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 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.

    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!

    To browse all of our bike boat tours in the Netherlands, follow the link! Also, If you are looking for a high end tulip experience, check out the Luxury Tulip Bike Tour on the Aurora.

  • 2020 Dates & Pricing

    Premium Class Boats


    Standard season: March 28, April 4, and May 2, 2020
    High season: April 11, April 18, and April 25, 2020
     

     Standard seasonHigh season
    Twin cabin $ 2416 £ 1196 $ 2,089 1308 $ 2466 kr 14739 $ 1,489 $ 2628 £ 1301 $ 2,273 1423 $ 2683 kr 16035 $ 1,620
    Twin cabin/single-use $ 3403 £ 1684 $ 2,942 1842 $ 3473 kr 20759 $ 2,098 $ 3709 £ 1836 $ 3,207 2008 $ 3786 kr 22630 $ 2,287

    Comfort Class

    Standard Season: May 2, 2020
    High season: April 11, April 18, and April 25, 2020

     

     Standard seasonHigh season
    Twin cabin $ 2342 £ 1159 $ 2,025 1268 $ 2391 kr 14288 $ 1,444 $ 2628 £ 1301 $ 2,273 1423 $ 2683 kr 16035 $ 1,620
    Twin cabin/single-use $ 3266 £ 1617 $ 2,824 1768 $ 3334 kr 19925 $ 2,014 $ 3562 £ 1763 $ 3,079 1928 $ 3635 kr 21728 $ 2,196
    Superior cabin (15 m2 ) $ 2536 £ 1255 $ 2,193 1373 $ 2589 kr 15472 $ 1,564 $ 2739 £ 1356 $ 2,368 1483 $ 2796 kr 16712 $ 1,689
    Superior cabin for triple use $ 2130 £ 1054 $ 1,841 1153 $ 2174 kr 12992 $ 1,313 $ 2314 £ 1146 $ 2,001 1253 $ 2362 kr 14119 $ 1,427

    April 18 and April 25, 2020

    Luxury Twin cabin: $ 2924 £ 1447 $ 2,528 1583 $ 2985 kr 17839 $ 1,803

    Twin cabin: $ 2527 £ 1251 $ 2,185 1368 $ 2579 kr 15415 $ 1,558

    Bunk bed cabin, single-use: $ 3109 £ 1539 $ 2,688 1683 $ 3173 kr 18966 $ 1,917

    Bunk bed cabin: $ 2185 £ 1082 $ 1,889 1183 $ 2230 kr 13330 $ 1,347

    Standard Class

    Standard season: April 4 and May 2, 2020
    High season: April 11, April 18, and April 25, 2020

     

     Standard seasonHigh season
    Twin cabin $ 2194 £ 1086 $ 1,897 1188 $ 2240 kr 13386 $ 1,353 $ 2388 £ 1182 $ 2,065 1293 $ 2438 kr 14570 $ 1,472
    Twin cabin/single use $ 2545 £ 1260 $ 2,201 1378 $ 2598 kr 15528 $ 1,569 $ 2767 £ 1370 $ 2,392 1498 $ 2824 kr 16881 $ 1,706
    Triple cabin $ 2065 £ 1022 $ 1,785 1118 $ 2108 kr 12597 $ 1,273 $ 2250 £ 1114 $ 1,945 1218 $ 2296 kr 13725 $ 1,387

    Discount per person, April 4 departure (valid for reservations on or after February 14): $ 152 £ 75 $ 131 82 $ 155 kr 924 $ 93

    High season: April 11, 2020

     April 11
    Twin cabin $ 2388 £ 1182 $ 2,065 1293 $ 2438 kr 14570 $ 1,472
    Bunk bed cabin $ 2054 £ 1017 $ 1,776 1112 $ 2096 kr 12530 $ 1,266
    Single cabin $ 2545 £ 1260 $ 2,201 1378 $ 2598 kr 15528 $ 1,569

     

    2021 Dates & Pricing

    All tours run Saturday to Saturday

    Premium Class

    Standard season: March 27 & April 3, 2021
    High season: April 10, 2021

     Standard High
    Twin cabin $ 2559 £ 1267 $ 2,213 1385 $ 2612 kr 15613 $ 1,578 $ 2781 £ 1377 $ 2,404 1505 $ 2839 kr 16965 $ 1,714
    Twin cabin/single-use $ 3585 £ 1774 $ 3,099 1940 $ 3659 kr 21869 $ 2,210 $ 3899 £ 1930 $ 3,371 2110 $ 3980 kr 23785 $ 2,404

    Comfort Class

    Standard season: April 3, 2021

     Standard 
    Twin cabin $ 2458 £ 1216 $ 2,125 1330 $ 2508 kr 14993 $ 1,515
    Twin cabin/single-use $ 3428 £ 1697 $ 2,963 1855 $ 3499 kr 20911 $ 2,113
    Superior cabin (15 m2 ) $ 2864 £ 1418 $ 2,476 1550 $ 2923 kr 17473 $ 1,766
    Superior cabin/triple use $ 2273 £ 1125 $ 1,965 1230 $ 2320 kr 13865 $ 1,401

     

    High season: April 10, 2021

     High
    Luxury double cabin $ 3113 £ 1541 $ 2,692 1685 $ 3178 kr 18995 $ 1,920
    Twin cabin $ 2818 £ 1395 $ 2,436 1525 $ 2876 kr 17191 $ 1,737
    Small double cabin (front) $ 2421 £ 1198 $ 2,093 1310 $ 2471 kr 14767 $ 1,492
    Small double cabin (front)/single-use $ 3529 £ 1747 $ 3,051 1910 $ 3602 kr 21531 $ 2,176

    Standard Class

    Standard season: April 3, 2021
    High season: April 10 & April 17, 2021

     StandardHigh
    Twin cabin $ 2291 £ 1134 $ 1,981 1240 $ 2339 kr 13978 $ 1,413 $ 2485 £ 1230 $ 2,149 1345 $ 2537 kr 15162 $ 1,532
    Twin cabin/single-use $ 2652 £ 1313 $ 2,292 1435 $ 2707 kr 16176 $ 1,635 $ 2881 £ 1426 $ 2,491 1559 $ 2940 kr 17574 $ 1,776
    Triple cabin $ 2134 £ 1056 $ 1,845 1155 $ 2178 kr 13020 $ 1,316 $ 2319 £ 1148 $ 2,005 1255 $ 2367 kr 14147 $ 1,430

     

    Standard season: May 1, 2021
    High season: April 10 & April 24, 2021

     StandardHigh
    Twin cabin $ 2291 £ 1134 $ 1,981 1240 $ 2339 kr 13978 $ 1,413 $ 2485 £ 1230 $ 2,149 1345 $ 2537 kr 15162 $ 1,532
    Bunk bed cabin $ 1977 £ 979 $ 1,709 1070 $ 2018 kr 12062 $ 1,219 $ 2142 £ 1060 $ 1,852 1159 $ 2186 kr 13065 $ 1,320
    Bunk bed cabin/single-use $ 2448 £ 1212 $ 2,117 1325 $ 2499 kr 14936 $ 1,509 $ 2661 £ 1317 $ 2,300 1440 $ 2716 kr 16233 $ 1,640

     

    extra options

    Electric bicycle rental (including helmet): $ 152 £ 75 $ 132 83 $ 156 kr 930 $ 94 Set of bike maps for self-guided option (advanced reservation required, cannot be purchased onboard): $ 39 £ 19 $ 34 21 $ 40 kr 237 $ 24 Children's bike, trailers, bike seats, and discounts available for this tour
    Gluten-free diets: $ 92 £ 46 $ 80 50 $ 94 kr 564 $ 57

    Electric bicycle rental (including helmet): $ 157 £ 78 $ 136 85 $ 160 kr 958 $ 97 Gluten-free/ celiac/ vegan diet: $ 92 £ 46 $ 80 50 $ 94 kr 564 $ 57 Set of bike maps for self-guided option (advanced reservation required, cannot be purchased onboard): $ 39 £ 19 $ 34 21 $ 40 kr 237 $ 24

    Children's discounts are offered:
    0 - 2 years- free of charge
    3 - 11: 30% of base tour price


    Tag-Along Bike with helmet (ages 5-9): $ 102 £ 50 $ 88 55 $ 104 kr 620 $ 63 Bike Seat with helmet (age 11 mos-5 yrs): $ 28 £ 14 $ 24 15 $ 28 kr 169 $ 17 Bike Trailer: $ 166 £ 82 $ 144 90 $ 170 kr 1015 $ 103 Child's 21-speed bike with helmet (ages 9+): please ask
     

     

    please note

    Please note:  Pricing is based on fuel costs as of November 2019. If the fuel cost increases by 5%, additional fees may apply  (even for reservations already booked).

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    A non-refundable admin fee of 20 Euros per person is included in the deposit amount.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Fly to Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport (AMS)

    Local Travel

    There is a direct train that leaves 6 times per hour from the airport to Amsterdam Central Station. It takes about 16 minutes. The price for a train ticket Schiphol-Amsterdam Central is € 4,20 per person for a single journey. The barge will be moored at the Oosterdock. Walking distance to the barge is about 10 to 15 minutes. A taxi from the airport to the barge in Amsterdam takes about 30 minutes and costs approximately € 45. If you wish to take a taxi from the central train station to the barge it will only take about 5 minutes and will cost approximately €10.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions prior to arrival. Holland is near or below sea level and experiences a Maritime climate influenced by the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean with relatively mild winters and summers that are not too hot. Holland has the perfect climate and soil for the Tulips. Average high/low temp in °F for Amsterdam in April is 53°/41º and May 61°/46º. Don’t forget your rain gear!

    Remarks

    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. Tulip season in Holland extends from the end of March to middle of May but is totally dependent on temperatures and the weather.

    Travel documents

    Before you travel, please check your passport validity and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


Tour Dates

Premium class 

Sailing Home
Standard season: March 28, April 4, and May 2, 2020
High season: April 11, April 18, and April 25, 2020

Comfort class 

Feniks: April 18 and April 25, 2020

Liza Marleen: 
Standard Season: May 2, 2020
High season: April 18, April 25, 2020

Standard class

Wending
Standard season: April 4* and May 2, 2020
High season: April 11, April 18, and April 25, 2020

*Discounted departure. See pricing.

Anna Antal: April 11, 2020

Premium class 

Sailing Home
Standard season: March 27 & April 3, 2021
High season: April 10, 2021

Comfort class 

Liza Marleen: 
Standard season: April 3, 2021

Zwaan:
High season: April 10, 2021

Standard class

Wending
Standard season: April 3, 2021
High season: April 10 & April 17, 2021

Anna Antal:
Standard season: May 1, 2021
High season: April 10 & April 24, 2021

 

Where You’ll Stay

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

What’s Included

  • Accommodation for 7 nights onboard
  • 7 breakfast buffets, 6 packed lunches, 7 three-course dinners
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Tour guide (cycles with group)
  • Minimum of 3 city walks with the tour guide
  • 24-speed city touring bike (high handlebars and upright riding position) with panniers, helmet, lock, waterbottle, and repair kit on request
  • Route information
  • Ferry fares en route
  • Road book (one per cabin)
  • Entrance fee to the Keukenhof, including the fee for public transportation
  • Free limited WiFi (up to 100 MB) in the lounge and on deck
  • GPS tracks on request

What’s Not Included

  • Electric bike (available with supplement, see pricing)
  • Museum entrance fees, approximately €15 per tour
  • Beverages, available on board
  • Maps for self-guided option, must be ordered and paid in advance (see pricing)
  • Surcharge for gluten-free, celiac, and vegan diets (see pricing)
  • Gratuities
  • Bicycle Protection
  • Travel Insurance
TourBike + Boat
TypeGuided
SkillEasy
Length8 days
From1112 Rates
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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 Oude Wetering, cycling around Oude Wetering,  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, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 5: Leiden, visit to Keukenhof by public transportation
Day 6: Leiden - via flower bulb fields to Haarlem, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 7: Haarlem - Amsterdam, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 8: Amsterdam, disembark at 10 am

*All distances are approximate. This itinerary is subject to change, even on very short notice,  due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, docking location changes, lock repairs,  etc.

Day 1: Amsterdam, sailing to Oude Wetering, cycling around Oude Wetering,  9 mi. (15 km)
Embarkation on Saturday between 1 pm and 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. You can begin to board at 1 pm but can bring your luggage on board at noon. Do note that the crew will be busy preparing for you so you will not be able to check in to your cabin until 1 pm. The barges will be moored at the Oosterdok near the Nemo Science Museum.

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

Day 2: Oude Wetering - Gouda, 28 mi. (45 km)
From Oude Wetering 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 beautiful stained glass windows, a fairy-like town hall and atmospheric canals. Gouda is a beautiful Old Dutch city with a mostly intact city center. As on most days, after dinner, you can take a walk through the city.

Day 3: Gouda - Alblassserdam, 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.

From Kinderdijk you take the ferry to Rotterdam where the barge is waiting for you to take 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 sympathizer. Two bullet holes in the wall of the stairs bear witness to this event.

Day 4: Delft - via Katwijk - Leiden, 25 mi. (40 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. Now, this underground network serves as a bat reserve! It was nearly 1,700 miles long. 
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 boasts 14 museums. 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
Disembarkation by 10 am.

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Tour Reviews

  • Deborah C. 3 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    Windmills, cycling and millions of tulips. What could be more wonderful? The barge, Sailing Home, was by far the nicest vessel we have stayed on for a bike and barge. The food was amazing, the Captain very welcoming, and the staff efficient and friendly. The itinerary was interesting and well planned. Do be sure to dress for the changeable weather!

    Boat: Sailing Home

  • Robin W. 4 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    Our guide was terrible!
    The crew on the ship very nice.
    Food excellent.

    Boat: Sailing Home

    • Carla 4 months ago     Staff

      Hi Robin,
      As I understand from following up with you, the guide was cycling too fast to keep up with some riders but other riders felt like they did not have a relaxed pace of cycling. I encourage anyone to please talk to the guide if you are not satisfied with his service. This can make a great difference. I am happy to hear you enjoyed the tour otherwise!

  • Barbara A. 9 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    This trip was fabulous! The biking in the countryside was beautiful! I especially enjoyed seeing the bounding hares, swans, sheep, flowers and lovely homes. The tulip, daffodil and hyacinth fields were spectacular and an experience I will never forget. The traditional Dutch dinners were delicious and the stories about the food were entertaining and fun. I did find the city biking frightening at times with the crowds. One tip is be prepared for this and stay near the guide in the heavy traffic areas. I thoroughly enjoyed the sites especially the factory in Delft, Harlem, biking through the Sand Dunes and Keukenhof gardens. A lovely country with so much to experience.
    I think this trip is an incredible value for the price. I can’t wait to take another bike and barge trip.

    Boat: Sailing Home

  • Kathleen P. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    Oh, to see the Netherlands by bicycle. No better way. This was my first biking vacation and it won't be my last.

    Boat: Wending

  • Ruth M. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    I loved being part of the Southern Holland Tulip Tour! The biking was wonderful, the scenery was unparalleled, and the Sailing Home was comfortable and well appointed. Staff was uniformly pleasant and accommodating. I enjoyed bonding with the other riders in the group , mostly from the Central and Western US and Canada. Our guide was knowledgeable and entertaining, however I feel that keeping our large group of 26 riders together on the rides was a challenge, and he would have benefited from the use of "corners" to make sure that all the riders were clear on the turns. Also, we were each given a booklet with the daily ride routes, but it would have been helpful to go over the next days map each evening so that we could visualize the lay of the land.
    Great trip all around and I am hoping to join another in the future!

    Boat: Sailing Home

  • Curtiss M. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    We came to see the tulips and that was definitely accomplished. Albeit a bit late for most of the major fields, but Keukenhof was spectacular. Cycling through the polders and quiet countryside was also very enjoyable.
    On the negative side, the last days cycling into Amsterdam and departure from the boat was a bit rushed.

    Boat: Sailing Home

  • Angela T. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Loved the comfortable accommodations on the barge.

    Boat: Sailing Home

  • Brenna B. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

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

    Boat: Wending

  • Patty M. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    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. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    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. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    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 notch.....you really couldn't find people that are sweeter and friendlier anywhere. Five Star Plus!!!

    Boat: Sailing Home

  • Ruth K. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

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

    Boat: Wending

  • S. Breaugh 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    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 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    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 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    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 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Great trip.

    Boat: Wending

  • M. Dries 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    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 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    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 8 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    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 Read more… appreciated.

    Boat: Sailing Home

  • Maureen Kulak 8 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    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 9 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    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 Read more… 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 Class Boat The Anna Antal is a former shuttle barge converted into a motor passenger ship in the winter of 1994-95. In 2013, 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.

Feniks Photo

Feniks Belgium, Netherlands, France Comfort 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.

Liza Marleen Photo

Liza Marleen Comfort Class Boat The Liza Marleen is a lovely motor passenger barge that was built in 1998 and the cabins were completely renovated in 2016. This "robust" lady is ideally suited for trips on the wider waterways. It has a beautiful salon area and a spacious deck.

Sailing Home Photo

Sailing Home Netherlands, Belgium Premium 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.

Wending Photo

Wending Netherlands Standard Class Boat The Wending is a former freight barge that was converted into a passenger motor barge in the early nineties and faithfully maintained since. The barge has a spacious salon equipped with a television and music installation. It is a great place to relax after a fulfilling day of cycling.

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