Plenty of tulips at the Keukenhof, near Lisse, South Holland. Flickr:Hans Splinter

Cheese market in Alkmaar, the Netherlands. Flickr:Javier Lastras
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Super Tulip Tour

Netherlands Bike + Barge Tours

The ultimate Dutch tulip bike tour!

  • Tulips by bike and boat! This Super Tulip Tour is totally dedicated to the beautiful tulip. You will bike Holland through acres of spring flowers and tulips, learn all about growing tulips in a tulip park and of course you will visit the Keukenhof, the garden of the world.

    Highlights:

    • Cycling through the bulb fields
    • Keukenhof, the best day out among the flowers!
    • Flower auction at Aalsmeer
    • Windmills Zaanse Schans

    Be sure to check out all of our Bike and Barge tours in Holland.

  • Zwaan

     All seasons
    Luxury double cabin £ 1341 $ 2,972 1578 $ 2378 NOK 14860 kr 13716 $ 1,783
    Twin cabin £ 1205 $ 2,671 1418 $ 2136 NOK 13353 kr 12326 $ 1,602
    Triple cabin £ 1171 $ 2,595 1378 $ 2076 NOK 12976 kr 11978 $ 1,557
    Small double cabin/front of the boat £ 1051 $ 2,330 1237 $ 1864 NOK 11648 kr 10752 $ 1,398
    Small double cabin/single us/front of the boat £ 1515 $ 3,358 1783 $ 2686 NOK 16790 kr 15498 $ 2,015

    Anna Antal

     Standard season
    Twin cabin (comfort) £ 1005 $ 2,227 1183 $ 1782 NOK 11135 kr 10279 $ 1,336 £ 1094 $ 2,425 1288 $ 1940 NOK 12124 kr 11191 $ 1,455
    Bunk bed cabin (standard plus) for twin use £ 864 $ 1,916 1018 $ 1533 NOK 9581 kr 8844 $ 1,150 £ 941 $ 2,086 1108 $ 1669 NOK 10429 kr 9627 $ 1,251
    Bunk bed cabin for single use £ 1073 $ 2,378 1263 $ 1902 NOK 11889 kr 10974 $ 1,427 £ 1166 $ 2,585 1373 $ 2068 NOK 12924 kr 11930 $ 1,551

    Clair de Lune

     Standard season
    Double bed cabin £ 962 $ 2,133 1133 $ 1706 NOK 10664 kr 9844 $ 1,280 £ 1047 $ 2,321 1233 $ 1857 NOK 11606 kr 10713 $ 1,393
    Split level bed cabin £ 962 $ 2,133 1133 $ 1706 NOK 10664 kr 9844 $ 1,280 £ 1047 $ 2,321 1233 $ 1857 NOK 11606 kr 10713 $ 1,393
    Single cabin £ 1090 $ 2,415 1283 $ 1932 NOK 12077 kr 11148 $ 1,449 £ 1221 $ 2,707 1438 $ 2166 NOK 13536 kr 12495 $ 1,624

     

    extra options

    Electric bicycle rental (including helmet): £ 70 $ 155 83 $ 124 NOK 777 kr 717 $ 93 Hybrid bike protection: £ 8 $ 19 10 $ 15 NOK 94 kr 87 $ 11 Electric bike protection: £ 17 $ 38 20 $ 30 NOK 188 kr 174 $ 23 Set of bike maps (advanced reservation required, cannot be purchased on board: £ 18 $ 40 21 $ 32 NOK 198 kr 183 $ 24 Gluten-free diet: £ 42 $ 94 50 $ 75 NOK 471 kr 435 $ 57 Children's bike, trailers, bike seats, and discounts available for this tour
    Discounts available for children. Ask us for details

    please note

    Pricing is based on fuel costs as of May 2019. If the fuel cost increase 5%, additional fees may apply (even for reservations already booked).

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Fly to Amsterdam International Airport.

    Local Travel

    Short train ride from Amsterdam airport to Amsterdam central. Trains are accessed in lower level of airport.

    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 the 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.

    Recommended

    Amsterdam City Card Amsterdam Museum Card

    Remarks

    Please note: tulip season in Holland extends from the end of March to the middle of May but is dependent on temperatures and the weather.

    Travel documents:

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements 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

2020

Zwaan

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


Anna Antal

Standard season: April 4, 2020
High season: April 18 and April 25, 2020


Clair de Lune

Standard season: April 4, 2020
High season: April 11 and April 18, 2020



 

Where You’ll Stay

Aboard the Standard class ships, the Zwaan or Anna Antal, or the Premium class ship, the Liza Marleen.

What’s Included

  • 7 nights accommodation on board
  • Breakfasts, packed lunches, and 3-course dinners
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Tour guide
  • Minimum 3 city walks with tour guide
  • Route information
  • Road book (1 per cabin)
  • Entrance fee for the Keukenhof and flower auction
  • Ferry fares on the route
  • Free WiFi available (up to 100 MB) in lounge and on deck. (Surcharge for more MB)
  • GPS tracks on request
  • 24-speed hybrid bicycle with pannier bags, lock, water bottle, and helmet

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

Extra nights in Amsterdam.

TourBike+Boat
TypeGuided
SkillEasy
Length8 days
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Easy, guided bike and boat tour on flat terrain in Europe’s most bike friendly country!

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Super Tulip Tour Map

Day 1: Arrival in Amsterdam. Embarkation between 1 and 2 pm near Central Station. Cruising to Spaarndam and cycling to Haarlem, 9 miles (15 km)
Day 2: Harlem - Keukenhof - Leiden, 25 miles (40 km)
Day 3: Leiden - Kudelstaart, 28 miles (45 km)
Day 4: Visit to flower auction. Cruising to Amsterdam. Cycling to Wormerveer via Zaanse Schans, 28 miles (45 km)
Day 5:  Wormerveer - Alkmaar, 28 miles (45 km)
Day 6: Alkmaar - Purmerend, 22 miles (35 km)
Day 7: Purmerend - Amsterdam, 13 or 22 miles (20 or 35 km)
Day 8: Departure from Amsterdam

*All distances are approximate. The above-planned itinerary is subject to change, even at very short notice,  due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, etc.

Day 1: Arrival in Amsterdam. Embarkation between 1 and 2 PM near Central Station. Cruising to Spaarndam and cycling to Haarlem, 9 miles (15 km)
After arrival on board the barge, you can put your luggage away in your cabin and then enjoy a cup of coffee or tea. It is also a good moment to become acquainted with the guide, skipper and crew, and of course your fellow passengers. You are asked to be on board no later than 2 pm.  At 2:15 pm the barge sets off for Spaarndam, also known as the village of Hansje Brinker. From here, take an easy ride into the city of Haarlem. This city, which rendered its name to Harlem, New York, is a lively city with good shopping possibilities. At the same time, there are many interesting 17th-century sights here. Back on board, after the bike ride, the program for the next day and the rest of the week will be explained to you at dinner time.

Day 2: Harlem - Keukenhof - Leiden, 25 miles (40 km)
Today's route leads you through the oldest tulip fields of Holland, including a visit of the Keukenhof gardens, the most beautiful spring park in the world. The Keukenhof is an overwhelming blaze of colors, seven million flowering tulips in a magnificent 80-acres' background of traditional and modern gardening architecture. (Tickets are included in the tour price.) You also can admire the various hyacinths and many other colorful flowers. You spend the night in Leiden, which is a historic city with many little courtyards, façades, and historical buildings built between the 15th and 18th century. Leiden, meaning ‘built on waters’, came into existence around 800 AD as a market place at the confluence of the rivers Old and New Rhine, the Vliet and the Mare. It was a center for the medieval linen industry. For a long time, it was second only to Amsterdam in importance. Leiden is also the city where Rembrandt van Rijn was born.

Day 3: Leiden - Kudelstaart, 28 miles (45 km)
Today you bike from Leiden to Kudelstaart, a small town bordered by the Westeinderplassen, around the Haarlemmermeer. You will go right through the green heart of Holland, an area with small cycle paths, lakes, small rivers, and cows. 

Day 4: Visit to flower auction. Cruising to Amsterdam. Cycling to Zaanse Schans - Wormerveer, 28 miles (45 km)
In the early morning, you can visit one of the many flower auctions in Aalsmeer. Everyday ‘Bloemenveiling Aalsmeer’ sets the world price for flowers and plants. This happens by bringing supply and demand together by means of the auction clock- a fascinating process during which large and small batches of flowers are sold within fractions of seconds. As a visitor to Bloemenveiling Aalsmeer, you will walk over a specially designed gallery, enjoy the gorgeous flowers, and experience the hustle and bustle of the auction. The flowers and plants that are sold at the auctions are exported all over the world, a wonder of logistics. Later you will have breakfast while sailing in the direction of Amsterdam.

Between the Schiphol and the city, you disembark to continue your tour by bike along the river Amstel and right into the city. A ferry will transport you to the other side of the river ‘IJ’. Here you leave the city behind and continue your tour through lush green polders towards the world famous hamlet of Zaanse Schans. A unique place where people live and work, with original houses and windmills from the river Zaan area.

Day 5: Wormerveer - Alkmaar, 28 miles (45 km)
From Wormerveer you will cycle to and through the most beautiful dunes of the Netherlands and if weather permits, you may like to swim in the North Sea during your lunch break at the beach. Today's overnight stay is in cheese town Alkmaar, a historic, lively city with many quaint shops. A little less than 400 heritage sites, canals, and harbor dominate the townscape. 

Day 6: Alkmaar - Purmerend, 22 miles (35 km)
Today you'll cycle into the polder landscape of the Beemster and Purmer, part of a big green polder area. The Beemster Polder, dating from the early 17th century, is an exceptional example of reclaimed land in the Netherlands. Its well-ordered landscape of fields, roads, canals, dikes, and settlements are all laid out in accordance with classical and Renaissance planning principles. Also on the agenda is a visit to one of the big water mills at the Rijp. Graft and De Rijp are two proud, typical 17th-century villages that enjoyed great prosperity at the height of the fishing and whaling industries. You spend the night in Purmerend.

Day 7: Purmerend - Amsterdam,  22 miles (35 km)
Purmerend lies at the edge of an area called ‘Waterland’ where roads and water are nearly on the same level. Visit the nice village of Zunderdorp and Ransdorp. Those that wish to lengthen today's route can cycle the long route to Edam and Volendam and if time permits, you can cross the lake Gouwzee to admire the traditional fisherman’s village, Marken, with its typical wooden houses. 

The day ends in Amsterdam.

Day 8: Departure from Amsterdam
Disembarkation by 10 am.

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Tour Reviews

  • Louis P. 2 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    Best part? Bike riding through countryside

    Boat: Anna Antal

  • Paul D. 2 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    So many memorable things about our bike and barge trip through the Netherlands on the Super Tulip Tour! Our guide arranged a unique tour of a private cheese farm that was fantastic! We also passed by a MIler adjusting his windmill and our guide began conversing with him and we ended up getting a detailed explanation and demonstration about the working of the windmill from the miller. Great. No way to describe the beauty of the tulip fields. You have to see it to appreciate it!! It was a fantastic week. We would do it again in a heartbeat and have been telling our friends and family that since we returned and showed them all our photos.

    Boat: Zwaan

  • Sylvia P. 2 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    I enjoyed the cycling. It was leisurely with many interesting stops and every day was different.

    Boat: Anna Antal

  • Yi L. 2 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    My family and I had a wonderful experience aboard the Liza Marleen for the super tulip tour this April. It was a perfect time of the year to visit the Netherlands, and this is the perfect way to do it. We are a family of four, with two young children (a four year old and a 11 month old). The tour group and the crew made every accommodation we needed, from child bike seats to brand new bike trailers. While we are out riding, the guide (Frans) also made sure that we have enough time to take care of our children's needs.

    The scenery was wonderful. We were also impressed with the variety of places we visited, from the flower auction to the sand dunes. The tour offered us a beautiful view of the Netherlands and an appreciation of its diversity.

    And the food on the boat was absolutely scrumptious. We ate very well.

    My son had his fourth birthday on the boat, and he was feted with a special seat decorated with balloons and dutch birthday song. I know the whole Read more… experience has left an indelible impression in his young mind. On the last day of the trip, my son said: "Mom, I love this boat. I will always love this boat." I share that sentiment wholeheartedly.

    Boat: Liza Marleen

  • Elizabeth C. 2 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    We loved the Super Tulip Trip on the Zwaan. The staff was wonderful, very friendly and accommodating. The chef was terrific. Her food delicious and we noticed how well she adjusted the menu for another traveler who had allergies to certain foods. The bike guides were very informative and showed us little out of the way places that we would not have easily found on our own. Our e-bikes were terrific.
    We would highly recommend this boat and tour.

    Boat: Zwaan

  • J. Coffin 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    The staff,food and barge were exceptional. Just a wonderful experience. I would definitely recommend the tour.

    Boat: Zwaan

  • Jim Wernham 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    This was our first trip - what a fantastic experience and great way to see the country. We look forward to many more adventures.

    Boat: Zwaan

  • Judith Frederick 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    The staff on the Zwaan was top notch. They attended to our every need. Trip was superb. Every person in our group of 10 loved the trip!!

    Boat: Zwaan

  • Jessie Nelson 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Excellent tour guide (Albert) after the first two days out I relaxed and thoroughly enjoyed the biking, all the explanations of what we were seeing along the route. The caption and partner were great hosts. Every evening a fantastic meal. After our evening meal Albert always offered to take us on a walking tour, on his own time, which we all did. I would certainly recommend trip site to anyone.

    Boat: Zwaan

  • Sheila Pope 7 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    My husband and I enjoyed a fantastic Super Tulip Tour in mid April of 2012. The staff of the very comfortable Zwaan were all professional, yet entertaining and informative. We learned a lot about Holland that week, and saw its beautiful countryside at a leisurely pace on the excellent bicycles provided. I would definitely recommend this trip and company to anyone considering a bike and barge tour.

    Boat: Zwaan

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Super 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.

Liza Marleen Photo

Liza Marleen Premium 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.

Zwaan Photo

Zwaan Belgium, Netherlands Standard 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.

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