Kinderdijk windmill. Photo via Flickr:johnmcq Pink tulips! Photo via Wikimedia Commons:John O'Neill Bike Amsterdam and the bridge canal. Photo via Flickr:vgm8383

Tulip Tour - 7 day

Netherlands Bike + Barge Tours

Tulips and more!

The tulip has come to be a respected and treasured symbol in Holland and this seven day tour lets you experience them in all of their glory! The flower exhibition in Keukenhof will bring you up close and personal with these majestic flowers (and others!), and in Baskoop you will cycle passed hundreds of horticulture nurseries. The tulips are only a fraction of what can be seen on this tour, though. The windmills of Kinderdijk, the largest concentration of old windmills in the Netherlands, will be visited along with Gouda- city of cheese and candles. Cyclists will also experience Haarlem, the oldest town of Holland, home to the famous St. Bavo Cathedral, and the lively university town of Leiden.

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Where You’ll Stay

On the beautiful Merlijn, a comfort plus class ship.

What’s Included

  • 6 nights accommodation aboard the Merlijn in a double room with a private bathroom, climate control, safe, and hairdryer
  • 6 x breakfast buffets, 5 x packed lunches, and 5 x dinners
  • 24 speed hybrid bike with water bottle, bike bag, towel, and use of universal helmet
  • Entrance fee to the Keukenhof
  • Tour guide
  • Daily cleaning of the rooms
  • Coffee, tea, water and hot chocolate
  • Welcome drink
  • Harbor fees
  • WiFi on board

What’s Not Included

TourEurope Bike + Boat Tours
Length7 days
From1120 Rates
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Tour Dates

2015 Dates
April 4, 2015
April 11, 2015​ Sold out
May 2, 2015 Sold out

2016 Dates
April 9, 2016
April 16, 2016

2017 Dates
April 1, 2017
April 8, 2017

Skill Level

This tour is an easy, guided tour in Dutch cycling paradise!

Tour Boats

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Tulip Tour - 7 day Map

APRIL 4, 2015 & APRIL 9, 2016 ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival in Rotterdam
Day 2: Rotterdam - Delft - Rotterdam, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 3: Rotterdam - Gouda, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 4: Gouda - Leiden, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 5: Leiden - Keukenhof - Haarlem, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 6: Haarlem - Zaansche Schans - Amsterdam, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 7: Departure from Amsterdam

Day 1: Arrival in Rotterdam
After arrival on board the Merlijn, you'll be welcomed by the crew. Enjoy a drink while you receive information on the barge and the route. In the afternoon and evening there will be time to enjoy the city of Rotterdam.

Day 2: Rotterdam - Delft - Rotterdam, 25 mi. (40 km)
In the morning you will have time to explore Rotterdam a little more before cycling to Delft, one of the most famous Dutch cities. In its beautifully preserved historic center you'll get a sense of the rich history of the city. Delft stands for Delft Blue, House of Orange – such as the Nieuwe Kerk / New Church with its historic link to the Dutch Royal Family - Vermeer, Almshouses (there are 7), Churches and Monasteries. After this visit you will return by bike to Rotterdam and enjoy your dinner on board the Merlijn.

Day 3: Rotterdam - Gouda, 22 mi. (35 km)
In the morning, the barge will take you to the Kinderdijk, where your bike tour starts. You'll see the impressive row of 19 large windmills, built to drain the polder, Alblasserwaard. You'll have the opportunity to tour one of the windmills. Continuing on, cycle through the Green Heart of Holland to Gouda, the city of cheese and ‘stroopwafels’. Dinner and overnight stay on board.

Day 4: Gouda - Leiden, 22 mi. (35 km)
Cycle through the green heart of Holland, passing Boskoop, famous for its nurseries and horticulture, particularly the woody plant and perennial nurseries, of which some 774 are situated on long stretches of land, divided by narrow canals. You will pass small cities and villages such as Alphen aan den Rijn, and later today, Leiden. When exploring Leiden you will notice that its rich history still seems very much alive. This is where Rembrandt was born and developed his painting skills. Leiden's atmosphere is largely determined by the first university in Holland (1575), which has developed into a world- famous center of science, while its many students contribute to the convivial atmosphere in the city. Dinner and overnight stay in Leiden.

Day 5: Leiden - Keukenhof - Haarlem, 22 mi. (35 km)
As you enjoy breakfast on board the Merlijn will take you to Lisse, which is close to the Keukenhof flower exhibition, one of the highlights of the tour. After your visit you will bike back to the Merlijn, which will be moored in Haarlem, passing flower fields and great Dutch scenery along the way. Tonight's dinner is at your own expense. Following dinner, take a stroll and explore this charming historical city. You may want to visit the Frans Hals Museum or the St. Bavo Church, where once Mozart played the organ. There are many things to see in here and it is known as the oldest city of Holland. It's history dates back to the 10th century. You may want to end your trip drinking the famous local “Jopen” beer in one of the many bars.

Day 6: Haarlem - Zaansche Schans - Amsterdam, 25 mi. (40 km)
In the morning your last bike tour brings you to the Zaansche Schans. Cycling through Zaandam, you can admire the famous Dutch windmills.

Your tour ends in the capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam where you will have plenty of time to explore the city. You might want to include a ride through the canals and visit the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh museum.
Farewell dinner and city walk through the beautiful illuminated lively center of Amsterdam.

Day 7: Departure from Amsterdam
End of tour after breakfast.

APRIL 11 & MAY 2, 2015 and APRIL 16, 2016 ITINERARY

Day 1: Amsterdam - Utrecht
Day 2: Utrecht - Vianen - Schoonhoven 15 or 30 mi. (25 or 48 km, depending on weather conditions)
Day 3: Schoonhoven - Kinderdijk - Gouda, 17 or 33 mi. (28 or 53 km)
Day 4: Gouda - Leiden, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 5: Leiden - Keukenhof - Haarlem, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 6: Haarlem - Amsterdam, 26 mi. (42 km)
Day 7: Amsterdam (departure)

*The above planned itinerary is subject to change due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, etc.

 Day 1: Amsterdam - Utrecht
The Merlijn will be docked in Amsterdam, behind the Central Station, and will be ready to check-in by 4pm. After a welcome drink, there will be an informational presentation of the ship and a short tour. By 4:30pm, the ship will begin its journey to Utrecht; dinner will be enjoyed along the way. Utrecht features many ancient buildings and structures dating back to the early Middle Ages. It has been the religious center of the Netherlands since the 8th century and is home to the tallest church tower in the Netherlands: The Dom Tower. In the evening, you will be able to explore this breathtaking city.

Day 2: Utrecht - Vianen - Schoonhoven, 15 or 30 mi. (25 or 48 km, depending on weather conditions)
Today you cycle Holland through the prettiest part, by far. Breakfast will be served while cruising to Vianen, where the bike tour will start to the charming city of Schoonhoven. Schoonhoven is renowned for its silver, hence its nickname Zilverstad ("Silver City"). Silver smiths have been present here since the 17th century and the trade is still thriving today!

Day 3: Schoonhoven - Kinderdijk - Gouda, 17 or 33 mi. (28 or 53 km)
You will get to enjoy the gorgeous Dutch scenery while sailing on the river Lek and biking from Schoonhoven to Kinderdijk. Kinderdijk is home to an impressive 19 windmills, built around 1740, to drain the polder Alblasserwaard. They are a well-known tourist destination and have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. The Merlijn awaits here to sail on to Gouda.

Day 4: Gouda - Leiden, 25 mi. (40 km)
Today's bike tour takes you through the Green Heart of Holland. Leaving Gouda, you will pass Baskoop, famous for its horticulture nurseries, particularly woody plant and perennial nurseries, of which some 774 are situated on long stretches of land divided by narrow canals. Passing small towns and villages such as Alphen on the Rhine, you will finally reach Leiden. Leiden is a lively city where history comes alive. Birthplace of painting legend Rembrandt, it is where he developed his skills and his workshop can still be visited today.  The University of Leiden lends to the vibrant and convivial atmosphere and is quickly developing into a world-famous center of science. You will get a chance to stroll through this magnificent city after dinner.

Day 5: Leiden - Keukenhof - Haarlem, 25 mi. (40 km)
While you enjoy breakfast, the Merlijn will cruise into Lisse, near Keukenhof. It is estimated that nearly 7 million flower bulbs are planted here annually to cover an area of roughly 80 acres. This makes Keufenhof, easily, the largest flower garden in the world. At this stop, you will get to admire all these beautiful tulips and other flowers. On the ride to Haarlem, you will witness even more of Holland's beautiful countryside and of course, more flowers! While in Haarlem, it is a must to take a stroll through this historical city and maybe try the famous local beer: "Jopen". Dinner tonight is on your own in one of the many restaurants in Haarlem.

Day 6: Haarlem - Amsterdam, 26 mi. (42 km)
There are many things to see in Haarlem, one of the oldest cities in Holland dating back to the 10th century. You can visit the Frans Hals Museum or the St. Bavo Church, where Mozart once played the organ. The tour ends in Amsterdam, where you can visit the Van Gogh Museum or the Rijksmuseum. After dinner, there will be time to walk through Amsterdam's stunning illuminated center, don't forget to take a ride through the beautiful canals!

Day 7: Amsterdam
Farewell breakfast, check-out and departure. 

Please note, 2017 itinerary subject to changes! 

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