A Tulip field in Holland Enjoying the view on a bike path in Holland

Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges

Belgium, Netherlands Bike + Boat Tours

Come see the beautiful spring flowers of this famous cycling route!

In April and May all of Holland is blooming. Therefore this is the perfect time to see the famous bulb fields showing the colorful tulips and hyacinths. Furthermore, this tour shows you some lovely old Dutch towns like Dordrecht and Gouda, famous for it's delicious cheese! Crossing the border to Belgium takes you to the Belgian pearls of Antwerp, Ghent and on top of that, Bruges!

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Tour Dates

2014
On Standard Plus boats: 
Tijdgeest: April 12, May 10, 2014

On Comfort boat, the Sarah: May 31, 2014

2015
On the Comfort Plus boat, the Merlijn: April 18

Skill Level

Easy, guided bike & boat tour. Bicycle routes follow mainly flat bike paths & country lanes with little traffic. Occasionally heavier traffic is encountered when entering the bigger cities. Daily cycling distances range from approximately 16 to 25 miles (25 to 40 km). Guide bikes with the group but it’s also possible to cycle on your own.

Where You’ll Stay

Aboard the standard plus boat, the TIjdgeest or the comfort plus boat, the Merlijn.

Click barge information for further details about the classes of boats.

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 8 days/7 nights on board
  • All meals (breakfasts, packed lunches, and 3 course dinners)
  • Tour guide
  • 7 speed hybrid bicycle with pannier
  • Several city walks
  • Information booklet and map
  • Entrance fee to the Keukenhof
  • On the Tijdgeest and Sarah only:
  • Bicycle protection
  • Entrance fee to the Kinderdijk
  • Horse and carriage ride in Bruges
  • Train ride to and from Bruges
  • Bus transfer from Ghent to Amsterdam Airport
  • On the Merlijn only:
  • Welcome drink
  • Helmet and water bottle
  • Coffee, tea, water, and hot chocolate on board
  • Daily cabin cleaning

What’s Not Included

  • Drinks on board
  • Entrance fees other than those mentioned in tour description
  • Trip insurance
  • On the Merlijn:
  • Biking maps (for sale on board)
  • 1 dinner
TourBike + Boat
TypeGuided
SkillEasy
Length8 days
From854 Rates
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges Map

Aboard the Tijdgeest and Sarah, 2014

Day 1: Arrival in Amsterdam, sail to Oude Wetering
Day 2: Oude Wetering - Gouda, 15 mi. (25 km)
Day 3: Gouda - Willemstad, 24 mi. (40 km)
Day 4: Sail to Antwerp 
Day 5: Antwerp - Dendermonde, 21 mi. (35 km)
Day 6: Dendermonde - Ghent, 18 mi. (30 km)
Day 7: Ghent - Bruges
Day 8: Departure

*All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Arrival in Amsterdam
Check- in on board. In the afternoon, the barge crosses Amsterdam and heads for the village of Oude Wetering.

Day 2: Oude Wetering - Gouda, 15 mi. (25 km)
Early in the morning you will cycle Holland through the reclaimed land of the Haarlemmermeer to flower park, the Keukenhof. After seeing all the blooming tulips and daffodils you will return to the barge and set sail for cheese town Gouda. Upon arrival in Gouda you will have the opportunity to explore the town in the late afternoon and also following dinner on board.

Day 3: Gouda - Willemstad, 24 mi. (40 km)
Today, a visit to the world famous windmills of Kinderdijk is on the agenda. Here, you will be able to tour the inside of one of the windmills. Following your visit to the Kinderdijk is a cycle tour through Dordrecht and through the natural reserve Biesbosch, to Moerdijk. The night will be spent in the walled town of Willemstad, a real Dutch beauty!

Day 4: Rest day, sail to Antwerp
Today the barge will take you across the impressive waterways of Zeeland to the lively town of Antwerp in Belgium. After arrival in Antwerp, will be free time to explore this port town.

Day 5: Antwerp - Dendermonde, 21 mi. (35 km) 
The day begins with a sailing trip to the outskirts of Antwerp. Here the cycling tour for the day will begin and cross the riverland of the river Schelde. In the charming provincial town of Dendermonde, you'll spend the night aboard the barge.

Day 6: Dendermonde - Ghent, 18 mi. (30 km)
Today, the barge will sail further on the tidal river Schelde all the way to Ghent and your cycling tour will continue across the flat, Flemish countryside. In the old city of Ghent, you will join the tour leader for a walk across the wonderful town center.

Day 7: Rest day, Bruges
Today, a train will take you into Bruges. A horse and carriage ride and a short, guided walk past the many historic monuments in the center of Bruges is planned for the morning. In the afternoon, you will return by train to Ghent.

Day 8: Departure
Check out and transfer by bus to the Amsterdam airport.

Aboard the Merlijn, 2015

Day 1: Arrival in Amsterdam, cruising to Harlem
Day 2: Haarlem - Lisse - Keuhenhof - Leiden, 18 mi. (30 km)
Day 3: Leiden - Gouda - Dordrecht, 21 mi. (35 km)
Day 4: Dordrecht - Willemstad - Tholen - Antwerp, 27 mi. (45 km)
Day 5: Antwerp - Baasrode, 21 mi. (35 km)
Day 6: Baasrode - Merelbeke - Ghent, 27 mi. (45 km)
Day 7: Ghent - Bruges, 24 mi. (40 km)
Day 8: Departure from Bruges

Day 1: Arrival in Amsterdam, cruising to Harlem
The Merlijn, your sailing hotel, awaits you in Amsterdam. Embarkation is between 1 and 1:30 PM. The barge departs at 2PM to Haarlem. It is necessary to leave on time because of the operating hours of the bridges. The crew will welcome you on board and while you enjoy a welcome drink, you will be informed about the barge and the daily tours. The barge stays overnight in the neighborhood of Cruqius, just past Haarlem.

Day 2: Haarlem - Lisse - Keuhenhof - Leiden, 18 mi. (30 km)
During breakfast, the Merlin will take you a little closer to the Keukenhof and docks at Lisse. Here, your first bike tour will begin to the Keukenhof. After this visit you will cycle to Leiden.

Day 3: Leiden - Gouda - Dordrecht, 21 mi. (35 km)
Enjoy breakfast while the boat cruises to the starting point of the bike tour at Gouda. You will begin by biking through one of the most beautiful parts of Holland, the"Green Heart of Holland " en route to the Kinderdijk, world famous for its impressive row of large windmills. They were built to drain the Alblasserwaard. You have the opportunity to take a tour inside one of the mills. From here, board the Merlijn and cruise to Dordrecht, one of the oldest towns of Holland, where you will enjoy a walking tour through this charming old city

Day 4: Dordrecht - Willemstad - Tholen - Antwerp, 27 mi. (45 km)
During breakfast the boat cruises to Willemstad, where your bike tour to Tholen starts. Tholen was once an island in the middle of the large Zeeland streams, where many people were fisherman by trade. Today, Tholen is connected to the mainland in various ways, but it is still a picturesque village with many relics of an eventful past. Today's bike tour ends here and the barge takes you into the Willemdok of Antwerp. Antwerp is not only known as diamond city, but also as native city of the painter Rubens. In the Rubens House, you can admire his work. In the heart of the city you will see the Cathedral of Our Lady and beautiful town houses from a rich past are situated around the Market Square. Tonight you will enjoy your dinner on your own in one of the many local restaurants in Antwerp.

Day 5: Antwerp - Baasrode, 21 mi. (35 km)
After breakfast you will have more time to explore the city of Antwerp. At around 9 AM you will board a tram that brings you into the heart of Antwerp. You may want to visit the Rubens House if you did not get an opportunity earlier, or a diamond factory. You can also go shopping in the lively center. After your visit, board the Merlijn and have lunch on board while cruising to Rupelmonde. Here, your bike tour for today begins. The tour follows the river Schelde further upstream via Temse to Baasrode.

Day 6: Baasrode - Merelbeke - Ghent, 27 mi. (45 km)
After breakfast, bike along the river Zeeschelde. Our first stop will be in Dendermonde, a nice country town on the Dender estuary. The route follows this beautiful but capricious tidal river, Schelde, upstream to Ghent, a lively university city. This city has a rich past with origins in Roman Times, and is located at the place where the rivers, Leie and Schelde converge. This favorable situation brought a great deal of prosperity over the years, which had its peak late 13th, early 14th century. The textile industry brought great wealth. In the city center many old patrician houses have been preserved. In the Clothmakers’ Hall (1425) textile merchants used to meet. The major church is St. Baafs’ Cathedral, built in various ages and in various styles. In the cathedral you can admire a number of medieval paintings, including, ‘Adoration of the Lamb’ by Jan van Eyck. 

Day 7: Ghent - Bruges, 24 mi. (40 km)
During breakfast, the barge cruises to Aalter, where your last biking tour begins and leads through the pleasant countryside of Western Flanders to Bruges. Bruges, also called the Venice of the North, maybe is the most beautiful of all Flemish cities. Its old center, which dates from the Middle Ages, is almost completely in tact. At the time, Bruges was a metropolis, the center of trade and art. Bruges is also great for shopping. In the afternoon, enjoy a walking tour through this city. You may even want to include a ride through the canals. Farewell dinner on the Merlijn and your last overnight stay on board.

Day 8: Departure from Bruges

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Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges Boats + Barges

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