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    • Travelcode: 324

    Tulip Tour by Bike + Boat

    up/to Amsterdam

    • This 5 day mini-cruise plows through the most beautiful season of the year and will take you to gorgeous areas such in "the Garden of Amsterdam". Enjoy some unforgettable days on board of a passenger barge with excellent service and an alternating itinerary.

      Amsterdam is also called, by some, the smallest metropolis of Europe. There are many unique museums, enticing shopping and, recently added to the UNESCO Cultural World Heritage list, the canals in the heart of Amsterdam certainly make a visit to Amsterdam a highlight. Visit the famous flower market in the center of the capital and discover the "Zaanse Schans" open air museum including windmills, a traditional cheese maker, a clog maker and an authentic traditional Dutch village. Other highlights of this trip are the historic city of Haarlem, the world famous flower park "Keukenhof" near Lisse and the largest flower auction in the world in Aalsmeer.

      Tour profile / Level 1

      Flat, asphalted bike paths and side roads.

      Day 1: Amsterdam

      Individual arrival. Embarkation at  2 p.m. in the centre of Amsterdam. You will start with a short "dinner cruise" to Zaandam, famous for its windmills and cheese making where your barge will berth in the centre of the city. In the evening enjoy a short walk through the picturesque centre of Zaandam.

      Day 2: Zaandam - Zaanse Schans - Zaandam, approx. 24 - 34 km

      After breakfast you will enjoy a 5 km bicycle ride to the open air museum "Zaanse Schans" (entry incl.) with beautiful windmills, traditional wooden houses, an old Dutch village, a cheese farm and a traditional wooden clog maker. In the afternoon after returning to your ship by bicycle, you have a choice to make: you can either cycle (approx. 22 km/13 mi.) to Haarlem or take it easy while enjoying the scenery as your barge makes the approx. 2,5 hour trip. In Haarlem visit the historical inner city with the Grote Markt, St. Bavo church and the Teylers and Frans Hals-Museums. Your barge will be berthed in the center of Haarlem for the night, so you will have plenty of time to enjoy a short city walk in the afternoon or in the evening.

      Day 3: Haarlem - Keukenhof - Oude Wetering, approx. 39 - 55 km

      Today you will cycle to the Keukenhof, arguably the most famous flower park in the world where you can admire hundreds of thousands of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and many other flowers in full bloom. After an extensive visit, you will get back on your bicycle at noon and will head to Oude Wetering, a small village, where your floating hotel will be waiting for you. Entry Keukenhof: approx. € 18.

      Day 4: Oude Wetering - Aalsmeer - Amsterdam, approx. 28 km

      This morning you are in for a real treat – an early visit by bus (6.30 a.m.) to the biggest flower auction in the world at Aalsmeer. In the morning millions of flowers are auctioned off here and are instantly sent out to all parts of the world*. By 9 a.m. you will return on the your barge where a late breakfast will be waiting for you before you make your way to Amsterdam by bicycle. During the afternoon you will join the barge sailing through Amsterdam. Later in the afternoon there is time to discover this amazing city. Visit the inner city flower market, go to a museum, do some shopping… there is just so much to do!
      *: The Aalsmeer flower auction is closed during weekends and on public holidays. This is an optional visit. Please be aware that on certain departure dates 2020 with the Magnifique II (March 26) and the Magnifique III (March 25,  April 2 and 15)and the Magnifique IV (April 23), a visit to the flower auction is not possible.

      Day 5: Amsterdam

      Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.30 a.m. Individual departure.


      Due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements we reserve the right to make changes of routing and program.

      Airport: Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS)
      continue by train directly to Amsterdam Centraal - duration approx. 20 min. - Price approx. € 5.


      Train station: Amsterdam Centraal

      Docking place is only a free ferry trip from the central railway station. Departure is every 6 minutes.

      You will find detailed information in your travel documents.


      Parking in Amsterdam is only possible on official parking areas or in garages. Parking in the city center of Amsterdam costs approx. € 5,- per hour.

      In the city center are numerous parking areas (Parkhouses/Garages) of which some are connected with a park guidance system. The blue-white signs of this guidance system will lead you to the next parking where places are still available.

      Parking on yellow curbs is forbidden. Attention: Wheel clamps may be used. Penalties for parking violation are very high. 

      Parkhouse / Valet Parking Services:
      Pick up and bringing service of your car from and to the ship landing station in Amsterdam. 
      Price per week (8 days/7 nights) - CAR: € 150 (Payable locally)
      You can find the registration form in your travel documents.

      Self Parking:
      After depositing your luggage at the ship you will park your car yourself. Travel time to the garage: approx. 10-15 minutes. Shuttleservice to ship and return.
      Price per week (8 days/7 nights) - CAR: € 90 (Payable locaclly)
      You can find the registration form in your travel documents.

      Parkhouse Oosterdock:
      A monitored parking directly at the main station (only for cars up to 2,10 m height). The discount price (as per 2014) is approx. € 13 for 24 hours. approx. € 90-100 / week .

      Further information about Amsterdam and and also more parking possibilities you can find here  under "Plan your trip" / "Getting here & around" / "Parking".


      Please plan your journey accordingly to be on time for embarkation between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Thank you for your understanding, that it is not possible to go on board before embarkation started. 


      Minimum: not required
      Maximum: 44 persons

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    • Included Services on the Premium ships Magnifiques I-III

      • 4 nights in outside cabins with private facilities
      • fullboard (breakfast, packed lunch, dinner)
      • coffee or tea in the afternoon
      • daily information meeting on board for cycle tours
      • 2 tour leaders, fully guided bike tours, some short city tours
      • use of bed linen and towels (change of towels daily possible)
      • daily cleaning of the cabin
      • climate-controlled cabin
      • all charges for harbours, bridges and locks
      • GPS tracks
      • use of a helmet
      • water bottle
      • entrance Keukenhof
      • entrance North-Holland Dune reserve
      • Visit mill at Zaanse Schans
      • Fees for ferries
      • Wi-Fi
      • maps and information material per cabin

      Included Services on the MV Fluvius

      • 4 nights in outside cabins with private facilities
      • fullboard (breakfast, packed lunch, dinner)
      • coffee or tea in the afternoon
      • daily information meeting on board for cycle tours
      • 2 tour leaders, fully guided bike tours, some short city tours
      • use of bed linen and towels (change of towels daily possible)
      • daily cleaning of the cabin
      • climate-controlled cabin
      • all charges for harbours, bridges and locks
      • GPS tracks
      • fees for ferries
      • Wi-Fi
      • maps and information material per cabin
    • Anreisetermine / Verfügbarkeit


      Bicycles & Equipment
      7-speed-UNISEX 55
      E-bike (Fluvius) 105
      E-bike (Magnifique I,II,III), incl. helmet 105
      Helmet (Fluvius) 10
      Additional night Amsterdam 3-4*
      S1* (dbl/sgl) 89/154
      S1* arrival Saturday (dbl/sgl) 113/200
      S2* (dbl/sgl) 93/160
      S2* arrival Saturday (dbl/sgl) 117/209

      *S1: March, April, May, June, September, October
      *S2: July, August

      Best - Price - Guarantee

      If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
      All prices per person in EUR
    • Welcome on board !

      Your ship during the Holland & Belgium tour will be the MV Fluvius, MV Magnifique I, MV Magnifique II, MV Magnifique III or MV Magnifique IV.


      The MV MAGNIFIQUE IV is under construction and will be ready for start in Spring 2020.

      All elegant 18 cabins for max. 36 guests have portholes , shower + toilet, individually regulated air conditioning, flat screen TV with SAT-reception. Sundeck with jacuzzi.



      The MV MAGNIFIQUE III was built in 2017 and completed by March 2018.

      All elegant 21 cabins for max. 40 guests have portholes , shower + toilet, individually regulated air conditioning, flat screen TV with SAT-reception. Sundeck with jacuzzi.



      The MV MAGNIFIQUE II was built between May 2015 and February 2016 and has space for about 35 clients in 14 cabins, a tastefully furnished salon with restaurant, bar, lounge, two sun decks and a jacuzzi and a barbecue place.



      The MV MAGNIFIQUE I was completely modernized in 2010 and has 17 cabins für max. 35 guests, a tastefully furnished salon, two sun decks, a jacuzzi and a barbecue place.



      The small, comfortable and very popular river cruiser MV FLUVIUS with a comfortable salon has  22 cabins for max. 44 guests and a large sun deck.




    • Rental-Bicycles & equipment

      Our ship owned bikes to rent are most modern

      • UNISEX-touring/trekking bicycles with a comfortable, deep entrance and
      • 7-speed-hub circuit with hand pedal brake, as well as paniers.
      • other bikes: children’s bike, tandem, children’s seat, bikes with back pedal... on request

      Electric bikes | E-Bikes | Pedelecs

      On some barges we offer modern quality-electrically assisted bikes (Pedelecs) with 7 or 8-gear-hub circuit, gradual selectable help of pedaling power and deep UNISEX-comfot-entrance. The bikes are equipped with a powerful Panasonic or Bosch-Pedelec-Engine and a powerful Lithium-Ion-Battery, one battery-charge is sufficient for up to 65 kilometers. The range of the battery is depending on supportlevel, riding manners, body weight and terrain. In a more hilly terrain or with a higher bodyweight there is more batterycapacity used then in flat areas or with a low bodyweight. You can save battery, when you start with most possible low support and increase only if needed. The batteries are supposed to be charged overnight with the provided battery charger.

      IMPORTANT: book early, because of limited capacity!


      A note to our customers: Electric bikes are a great thing! However, due to their characteristics (high weight + high speed) they should only be booked by very experienced and safe cyclists with a good sense of balance. E-bikes are not appropriate for persons who do not ride bikes frequently.

      Bicycle breakdowns
      can happen, also when bikes are well serviced and maintained. Flats can be fixed by yourself. If there’s a difficult repair you may call the local representative. Please don’t get any repairs done on the bike without informing the tour operator/local representative and their approval.

      Bringing of own bikes

      If you bring your own bicycle, please pay attention to the following aspects: You are personally responsible for your own bike on board and ashore. Protect your bike against theft on board, as well as on land with a lock. The bikes will be brought on board and from board by the crew.

      Due to the local conditions we cannot prevent scratches and damages on the bikes. Please understand that we cannot accept any liability. The bikes on board are exposed to weather conditions because the parking is not covered. Please bring along your own spare material and repair kit for your bike. The fees for parking of own bikes on board you can find under prices.

      In the Netherlands it is not mandatory to wear a helmet.

    • 5,6 18.04.2019 | Bill M. Tulip Tour by Bike + Boat

      Bike and barge Tulip Tour a memorable experience

      Our overall tour experience was very good. The biking was very enjoyable: level of difficulty, variation and length of routes, , size of group, guides, quality of equipment, excursions, all very good. Our accomodations were modest, but comfortable. The ...
      • Overall satisfaction 6
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 6
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
      • Accomodation 5
      • Board 5
      • Route description 5
      • On-site assistance 6
      • Route-character 6
      • Bicycle + equipment 6
      • Price-performance ratio 6

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