Tulips galore on this bike tour! Photo via Flickr:The Glass Beehive
Windmills dot the Dutch landscape. Photo via Flickr:ComunicaTI

Bike rest in Volendam, North Holland. Photo via Flickr:Jose A.
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Super Tulip Tour

Netherlands Bike + Barge Tours

The ultimate Dutch tulip bike tour!

A holiday that is proving to be another popular Holland bike tour is this Super Tulip Tour totally dedicated to the beautiful tulip. You will cycle 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. If the weather cooperates, perhaps you will even see the Tulips in the fields. The daily mileage is a bit longer than our normal tulip tours but through Holland's cycling paradise, you will enjoy every mile!

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

Tour Dates

On the Comfort plus class boats:
Sailing Home: April 1 and April 8, 2017

On the Comfort class boat:
Zwaan: April 1, April 15, April 22, April 29, May 6, 2017
Wending: May 6, 2017

On the Standard plus class boats:
Anna Antal: April 8, April 15, April 22, and April 29, 2017
Feniks: April 15, April 22, and April 29, 2017

Where You’ll Stay

Aboard comfort plus, comfort, or standard class vessels.

What’s Included

  • 7 nights’ accommodations on board
  • Breakfasts, packed lunches, and 3-course dinners
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Tour guide
  • Route information
  • Road book (1 per cabin)
  • Entrance fee for the Keukenhof
  • Ferry fares on the route
  • 24 speed hybrid bicycle with pannier bags, lock and water bottle (Anna Antal and Zwaan)

What’s Not Included

  • Bicycle protection
  • Helmet rental (Anna Antal and Zwaan)
  • Beverages (incl. alcohol), available on board
  • Museum entrance fees (approx. €15) (Anna Antal and Zwaan)
  • Maps for self-guided option (please see pricing) (Only available on Anna Antal and Zwaan)
  • Travel insurance

Extra Stay

Extra nights in Amsterdam.

TourBike+Boat
TypeGuided
SkillEasy
Length8 days
From895 Rates
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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 at 2 PM near Central Station. Cruising to Spaarndam and cycling to Haarlem, 9 miles (15 km)
Day 2: Harlem - Keukenhof - Leiden, 28 miles (45 km)
Day 3: Leiden - Kudelstaart, 28 miles (45 km)
Day 4: Visit to flower auction. Cruising to Amsterdam. Cycling to Womerveer via Zaans 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 due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, etc.

Day 1: Arrival in Amsterdam. Embarkation at 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. At 2 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 - Womerveer, 28 miles (45 km)
In the early morning you can visit one of the many flower auctions in Aalsmeer. Every day ‘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 auction. The flowers and plants that are sold at the auctions are exported all over the world, a wonder of logistics. Afterwards you will have breakfast while sailing in the direction of Amsterdam.

From the lock at the Nieuwe Meer, you can cycle along the borders of the river Amstel into the city and after a short ferry, cycle to Zaanse Schans, a unique hamlet where people live and work, with original houses and windmills from the river Zaan area. As you walk through the village you will see a clock museum, an old-fashioned grocery store, a house with period furniture, a clog maker, and a cheese farm. The day ends in Wormerveer.

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, dykes 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, 13 or 22 miles (20 or 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

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Customer Feedback

  • J. Coffin 7 months ago

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

    Boat: Zwaan

  • Jim Wernham 1 year ago

    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 1 year ago

    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 1 year ago

    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 4 years ago

    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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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