Windmills aplenty in Kinderdijk, the Netherlands. Photo via Flickr:John Morgan

Tulips at the famous Keukenhof, Lisse, the Netherlands. Photo via Flickr:Michela Simoncini
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Holland Southern Tulip Tour

Netherlands Bike + Barge Tours

Cycle some of Holland’s most beautiful cities during the Tulip Season!

  • This Southern Tulip bike and boat tour leads through some of Holland's most popular cities but also through fields of beautiful Tulips! One highlight, among many, will be the Keukenhof gardens, the most beautiful flower garden in the world!

    Your bike and boat adventure begins and ends in Amsterdam and includes the prestigious towns of Gouda, Delft, Leiden, and Haarlem.

    Gouda, city of cheese, is one of your first stops. Delft, of course, is famous for its Delftware (handsomely painted blue and white china) that was developed in the 1500's. This quaint little town was also the workplace of the great Dutch painter Vermeer. Rembrandt's city of birth, Leiden, will embrace you with its lively atmosphere and shop-filled narrow streets. Haarlem, is a lovely small town has a beautiful square on which the famous St. Bavokerk sits. This impressive Gothic Basilica contains the magnificent Christian Muller organ (1727) with 5,000 pipes on which Mozart, Handel and Liszt have all tested their skills. The city is also known for its monuments (it has over 1000!) and beautifully restored hofjes (courtyards).

    Highlights will include:

    • Keukenhof
    • Tulips and other wonders
    • Historic town centers
    • Biking on one of the world's greatest cycling networks

    This tour truly allows you to sample the best of Holland: quaint villages, lively metropolises, tulips, canals, and biking!

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  • 2018 Prices

    Sailing Home

    Twin cabin: £ 1176 $ 1,763 1185 NOK 12344 kr 11394 $ 1,481 Twin cabin for single use:  £ 1657 $ 2,485 1670 NOK 17396 kr 16058 $ 2,088


    Twin cabin:   £ 1071 $ 1,607 1080 NOK 11250 kr 10385 $ 1,350 Triple cabin: £ 1017 $ 1,525 1025 NOK 10677 kr 9856 $ 1,281 Twin cabin/single use: £ 1275 $ 1,912 1285 NOK 13385 kr 12356 $ 1,606


    Twin cabin: £ 1176 $ 1,763 1185 NOK 12344 kr 11394 $ 1,481 Triple cabin: £ 1146 $ 1,719 1155 NOK 12031 kr 11106 $ 1,444   Single cabin/single use: £ 1657 $ 2,485 1670 NOK 17396 kr 16058 $ 2,088

    Liza Marleen

    Regular twin: £ 1156 $ 1,734 1165 NOK 12135 kr 11202 $ 1,456 Large twin: £ 1255 $ 1,882 1265 NOK 13177 kr 12163 $ 1,581 Twin cabin/single use: £ 1617 $ 2,426 1630 NOK 16979 kr 15673 $ 2,038 Triple cabin: £ 1066 $ 1,600 1075 NOK 11198 kr 10337 $ 1,344


    Regular twin: £ 1066 $ 1,600 1075 NOK 11198 kr 10337 $ 1,344 Bunk bed cabin: £ 922 $ 1,382 929 NOK 9677 kr 8933 $ 1,161 Bunk bed cabin for single use: £ 1176 $ 1,763 1185 NOK 12344 kr 11394 $ 1,481

    Anna Antal

    Comfort twin cabin (low beds): £ 1071 $ 1,607 1080 NOK 11250 kr 10385 $ 1,350 Bunk bed cabin: £ 922 $ 1,382 929 NOK 9677 kr 8933 $ 1,161 Bunk bed cabin for single use: £ 1176 $ 1,763 1185 NOK 12344 kr 11394 $ 1,481

    extra options


    Electric bicycle rental: £ 64 $ 97 65 NOK 677 kr 625 $ 81

    Bike maps for self-guided option (price includes two maps): £ 19 $ 28 19 NOK 198 kr 183 $ 24

    Helmet rental (must be reserved at the time of booking): £ 10 $ 15 10 NOK 104 kr 96 $ 13

    Entrance fees to museums (approximate): £ 20 $ 30 20 NOK 208 kr 192 $ 25

    Gluten free diet: £ 50 $ 74 50 NOK 521 kr 481 $ 63

    Discounts available for children. Ask us for details.

    please note

    Please note:  Pricing is based on fuel costs as of June 2017. If the fuel cost increase 5%, additional fees may apply  (even for reservations already booked).

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Fly to Amsterdam.

    Local Travel

    Arrival in Amsterdam, short train ride to Amsterdam center where you board the boat at 2 PM.


    Check local weather conditions prior to departure. Always bring full rain gear. The average high/low temperature in °F is approx. 48/37 for March, 53/40 April, 61/46 May, 66/52 June, 69/55 July, 70/55 August, and 64/51 September.


    Please be aware that you will be part of an international group of people, but your tour guide and crew members will always speak English.

Tour Dates

2018 Dates
On the Comfort Plus class boat:
Sailing Home: April 14, April 21, April 28, and May 5,  2018
Liza Marleen: April 7 and April 28, 2018

On the Comfort class boats: 
Wending: April 7, April 14, and April 21, 2018
Zwaan: April 28, 2018

On the Standard Plus/Comfort class boat:
Feniks: April 21, 2018
Anna Antal: May 5, 2018

Where You’ll Stay

For this tour different class boats are used on different dates. Please see dates and pricing.

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 7 nights on board
  • 7 x breakfast buffets, 6 x packed lunches, 7 x 3-course dinners
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Tour guide
  • 24-speed hybrid bicycle
  • Route information
  • Ferry fares en route
  • Road book (one per cabin)
  • Entrance fee to the Keukenhof

What’s Not Included

  • Helmet rental (must be reserved in advance)
  • Museum entrance fees, approximately €15 per tour
  • Beverages (incl. alcohol), available on board
  • Maps for self-guided option (see pricing)
  • Surcharge for gluten free diets
  • Bicycle protection
  • Trip insurance
Length8 days
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Skill Level

Easy, guided tour with variable cycling distances per day in and around interesting cities and towns.

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Holland Southern Tulip Tour Map

Day 1: Amsterdam, sailing to Ouderkerk a/d Amstel, cycling to Uithoorn, 9 mi. (15 km)
Day 2: Uithoorn - Gouda, 28 miles (45 km)
Day 3: Gouda - Alblasserdam - ferry to Rotterdam - sailing to Delft, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 4: Delft - via Katwijk - Leiden, 23/30 mi.  (36/48 km)
Day 5: Leiden, visit to Keukenhof by public transportation
Day 6: Leiden - via flower bulb fields to Haarlem, 25 mi. (40km)
Day 7: Haarlem - Amsterdam, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 8: Amsterdam, disembark at 10 am

*All distances are approximate. Itinerary is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstance, including but not limited to weather, last minute mooring changes, and restructuring of locks or bridges.

Day 1: Amsterdam, sailing to Uithoorn, cycling around Uithoorn
Embarkation on Saturday before 2 pm.  The barge needs to leave the mooring place in Amsterdam at 2:15 PM. It is very important you are on time. The barge can’t wait due the opening hours of bridges and/or locks.

During dinner on board, the weekly program is discussed. After dinner, you will have a short bike tour around Uithoorn.

Day 2: Uithoorn - Gouda, 28 mi. (45 km)
From Uithoorn you will continue your tour over country roads, along river banks and channels through the Green Heart to the city known for its cheese: Gouda. Who thinks of Gouda, not only thinks of cheese, pipes, ‘stroopwafels’ (treacle-waffle) and pottery, but also of beautifull stained glass windows, a fairy-like town hall and atmospheric canals. Gouda is a beautiful Old Dutch city with a mostly intact city centre. As on most days, after dinner you can take a walk through the city.

Day 3: Gouda - Alblasserdam, sailing to Delft, 25 mi. (40 km)
From Gouda you cycle past scenic polders via Kinderdijk to Rotterdam. Kinderdijk has the largest group of windmills in the Netherlands. The windmills at Kinderdijk were still actively used until 1950. These days, a large pumping station is responsible for controlling the water level in the polder.

After visiting the windmills of Kinderdijk you continue on to Rotterdam. In Rotterdam you embark and from there the ship takes you to Delft, famous for its pottery, the ‘Delft blue’. The Prinsenhof Museum is housed in the former St. Agatha’s monastery. In 1572 William of Orange chose the convent as one of his residences. It was from here that he led the revolt against the Spanish tyranny of Holland. He was murdered on the steps of the Prinsenhof on July 10, 1584, by Balthazar Gerards, a Spanish sympathiser. Two bullet holes in the wall of the stairs bear witness to this event.

Day 4: Delft - via Katwijk - Leiden, 23/30 mi. (36/48 km)
From Delft, you will cycle Holland in the direction of The Hague, through the Haagse Bosch, a large park, and past the Royal Huis ten Bosch Palace. A tranquil cycle path through the dunes leads you to Wassenaarse Slag. Here, some remains of the Atlantikwall can still be seen. The Atlantic Wall was an extensive system of coastal fortifications built by the German Third Reich in 1942 until 1944 during World War II along the western coast of Europe to defend against an anticipated Allied invasion of the mainland from Great Britain. Five bunkers are connected by nearly 3,000-foot long brick tunnels. Now this underground network serves as a bat reserve! It was nearly 1,700 miles long. This defense line, which was never completed, not only consisted of bunkers, but also of canons and mine fields. At some places the bunkers are still there, such as in Zandvoort, Scheveningen, Oostende (Belgium) and Normandy (France).
Continuing on through the dunes, to Katwijk aan Zee, an old fishing village (the inhabitants still speak their own dialect called Kattuks), you will follow the course of the Oude Rijn (Old Rhine) ending in Leiden. Leiden originated around 800 AD as a marketplace at the confluence of the Old and New Rhine rivers, the Vliet river and the Mare (‘Leyten’ means ‘at the waters’). For a long time, it was the second city after Amsterdam. It was the center of the textile industry in Medieval times. A well-known episode from the history of Leiden is the siege of 1574 by the Spanish. These were finally driven away after dikes had been broken through and a Watergeuzen (see Rotterdam) fleet had come to help. Leiden is the birthplace of Rembrandt (van Rijn!). It boasts 14 museums, including the Rijksmuseum for Anthropology with many priceless foreign objects, the Municipal Museum (Lakenhal, 1640) including works by Dou, Steen, Rembrandt and Van Goyen, the Rijksmuseum of Antiquities with Egyptian antiquities. The Hortus Botanicus (Botanical Garden), a 400-year-old garden with innumerable exotic plants and trees, is certainly worth seeing. In the center of town, you can go shopping or enjoy sitting on an outdoor terrace on the water’s edge.

Day 5: Leiden, visit to Keukenhof by public transportation
Today you visit the Keukenhof gardens, the most beautiful spring park in the world. The Keukenhof is the place where the spring breaks. In the Keukenhof various gardens and gardening styles can be found: the English Landscape Garden, the Historical Garden, the Natural Garden, the Japanese Natural Garden, the Formal Garden and three special colors gardens. Spread throughout the entire park there are approximately eighty sculptures from well-known Dutch artists as well as several other art objects, such as the collection 'Surprising Tulips'. 

Day 6: Leiden - via flower bulb fields to Haarlem, 25 miles (40 km)
From Leiden, you cycle through wonderful flower beds in the direction of Haarlem. In the period of March to May the bulb fields are blooming, starting with daffodils and followed by hyacinths, tulips, and lilies. Once in the city of Haarlem, you make a short tour through the city to see some typical  'hofjes' (almshouses), old houses around a central courtyard, now usually housing elderly people. These 'hofjes ' are definitely worth a visit. Haarlem, which rendered its name to Harlem, New York, is a lively city with good shopping possibilities. The ship is berthed in the city center, with a view of St. Bavo's Church and with easy access to the Grote Markt with its many outdoor cafés.

Day 7: Haarlem - Amsterdam, 25 mi. (40 km)
From Haarlem, you sail to Spaarndam, a picturesque village on the edge of Haarlem, in the direction of Amsterdam. Spaarndam’s name comes from the dam built in the Spaarne river to limit the danger of flooding from the sea. Here you can find the statue of Hansje Brinker on the IJdijk. Hansje is a character from an American novel, who saved the country from flooding by putting his finger in the dike. The Buitenhuizen ferry takes you across the North Sea Canal and from there you cycle to the Zaanse Schans. The Zaanse Schans, with its traditional weatherboard houses, warehouses and windmills may give you the feeling of stepping back into the 17th or 18th century. Yet this is no open air museum, but a lively neighborhood where people live and work. Among other things a cheese farm, a clog maker and an old bakery can be visited here.

Day 8: Individual departure from Amsterdam

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Customer Feedback

  • Brenna B. 3 months ago

    All of it was memorable, especially Keukenhof Gardens at the height of bloom season. Loved the Netherlands.

    Boat: Wending

  • Patty M. 5 months ago

    The Wending is a great barge with a wonderful crew! We had superior food every day. Our guide was very smart, kind, helpful, and patient. I would do this trip again in a heartbeat.

  • Darle S. 10 months ago

    The biking and scenery was amazing. The collective group, including staff, became family. The best was the fields in bloom with tulips and such. Wow!

    Boat: Sailing Home

  • Penelope H. 10 months ago

    This trip was absolutely wonderful. Even with a day or two of challenging weather.....with the right clothes it didn't matter. We were surrounded by such beauty every day and the people of the Netherlands are top really couldn't find people that are sweeter and friendlier anywhere. Five Star Plus!!!

    Boat: Sailing Home

  • Ruth K. 10 months ago

    Awesome experience...I just would liked for the guide to pedal slower so that I could enjoy my surroundings more.

    Boat: Wending

  • S. Breaugh 2 years ago

    Overall I really enjoyed our trip. However, our guide Piet left a lot to be desired. He got us from the boat and back each day but that was about it. We had very few stops during the day for water breaks or photos. He did not provide any "tour guide" type of information like history or pointing anything out of interest, or even a clear idea of the details of the following day. While we got to all the towns on the itinerary, everything was pretty much closed after dinner so we couldn't do any sightseeing in towns on our own. The guide on our sister ship "Liza Marleen" did much more with her group.

    On the plus side, the barge Sailing Home was excellent and the crew was great - very friendly and helpful. Our chef Markus was amazing.

    I had an electric bike and I loved it. It made the trip much easier and enjoyable. Highly recommend it for inexperienced bikers.

    Boat: Sailing Home

  • B. Dewey-Kirschman 2 years ago

    The tour was wonderful! We had clear weather the entire week and a great group of people to ride with. The "Sailing Home" really was comfort plus, with an attentive and helpful staff.

    Boat: Sailing Home

  • P. Cass 2 years ago

    Everything exceeded our expectations. Crew made us feel like family, food was excellent and tour was perfect including the weather and the tulips.

    Boat: Liza Marleen

  • S. Eitnier 2 years ago

    Great trip.

    Boat: Wending

  • M. Dries 2 years ago

    Although we had a week of rain and cool temperatures, the attitude and spirit of all on the boat was upbeat and lively. We biked in all kinds of conditions and still had a great time. Our guide was informative and accommodating. The scenery was beautiful from one location to the other and the food on the barge was top notch and delicious. I thoroughly enjoy the whole trip from start to finish.

    Boat: Wending

  • C. Sheeran 2 years ago

    Loved it all! Wonderful staff, wonderful route, wonderful fellow passengers, wonderful guide! We could not have asked for anything more except less wind as we rode through the windmill area into a very strong headwind! Hardest day's riding we've ever done! But hey, this is Holland renowned for "wind"mills!! Keukenhof was amazing, everyone should visit this place once in their lifetime!

    Boat: Sailing Home

  • Jill Crair 6 years ago

    Here it is almost 3 months following our trip and I'm just getting around to writing how wonderful everything was. It exceeded our expectations (which were high to begin with). To refresh your memory,we were the Nisky Riders.Our focus of the trip were the flower fields in the Netherlands and they were spectacular. We were on the Zwaan's maiden voyage for 2012 and loved the entire experience of being on the barge. The crew were very endearing, food was delicious (Dorus, the cook, had us hooked on the first dinner). We were accommodated beautifully. I have a gluten allergy and they took great care of me.

     A group of friends is currently on the Brugge to Amsterdam ride and LOVING it.

     We are exploring your site for our 2013 ride,  we would like to plan something for late spring or early summer. So I will be in touch in the near future.

    It all started with you and our experience with you sealed the deal. You added a personal quality that is much appreciated.

    Boat: Sailing Home

  • Maureen Kulak 6 years ago

    My husband and I took this trip in the Fall. We are seniors and would recommend this trip. This is the third trip we have made with this organization and they do a wonderful job. Company, food, service was great!

    Boat: Liza Marleen

  • Linda Hilliard 7 years ago

    My husband and I had talked for several years about taking this tour but didn't go until April 9th, 2011, on the Zwaan, with Ilya and Maria. This was the first tour of the season - we were afraid that the flowers would not be out - surprise! We saw jonquils, hyacinths, tulips and more. Had we been later the hyacinths and jonquils would have been gone. Hennie told us that it varies from year to year, so we were so fortunate.

    The weather was great except for one windy and chilly day. Our tour guide, Albert, adapted the ride to the level of the riders yet still taking us to the important places and showing us the best of the countryside. Our hosts could not have been more hospitable, making all of the participants feel more welcome than just paying customers. We even had a last-minute gourmet chef! And we got to help welcome the new dog on board - all the guests were dog lovers and were delighted to meet him. We recommend this trip to anyone who likes an active vacation in a beautiful setting with good food and company with similar interests.

    L. Hilliard

    Boat: Liza Marleen

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Holland Southern Tulip Tour Boats + Barges

Anna Antal Photo

Anna Antal Netherlands Standard Plus Class Boat The Anna Antal is a former shuttle barge converted into a motor passenger ship in the winter of 1994-95. In 2012, the salon and cabins were renovated.The sailing area of the Anna Antal includes all Dutch, German and Belgian waterways in so far as a ship of this size can sail. She also sails on the Waddenzee, IJsselmeer and Zeeland. The Anna Antal is built according to the rules of Maritime laws and holds a valid certificate for the Rhine.

Liza Marleen Photo

Liza Marleen Comfort Plus Class Boat The Liza Marleen is a luxury motor passenger barge that was completely refurbished in 1998. This robust barge is ideally suited for trips on the wider waterways. It has a beautiful salon area and spacious deck.

Wending Photo

Wending Netherlands Comfort Class Boat The Wending is a former freight barge that was converted into a luxury passenger motor barge in the early nineties and completely redecorated in 2002. The barge has a spacious salon equipped with a television and music installation. It is a great place to relax after a strenuous day of cycling.

Sailing Home Photo

Sailing Home Netherlands, Belgium Comfort Plus Class Boat Built in 2001, the Sailing Home was designed specifically to provide a more attractive hotel ship during your carefree vacation. It was built to meet the latest wishes and ideas with respect to comfort and service. The experience of a lifetime: cycling through the most beautiful spots within the Netherlands while residing on a very comfortable, newly built and well-furnished ship.

Feniks Photo

Feniks Belgium, Netherlands, France Standard Plus Class Boat Originally, the Feniks was built in 1928 as a freighter on the Dutch, Belgium and French inland waters. In 1992, the Feniks was converted to a hotel passenger ship and put in service for various sailing holidays. Since then, she has undergone several renovations to keep up-to-date with all modern facilities.

Zwaan Photo

Zwaan Belgium, Netherlands Comfort Class Boat Once a cargo boat, the Zwaan (Swan) was completely renovated and converted into a comfortable passenger barge. On board you will find seven comfortable cabins allowing a total capacity of 16 passengers.