Windmills at the Zaanse Schans Open Air Museum, Zaandam, Holland. Photo via Flickr:kismihok

Cheese market in Alkmaar, Holland. Photo via Flickr:Manuel
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Tulip Tour - 8 Day

Netherlands Bike + Barge Tours

Biking and boating through the Tulips!

  • One of our most popular, this bike and boat tour in Holland during Tulip season, is bursting with colors and scents. When Spring dawns in Holland, millions of eager bulbs rise, stretch toward the sun, and blossom for the occasion. Acres upon endless acres of exquisite tulips transform ordinary fields into a colorful kaleidoscope! Having been grown in the Netherlands for more than 400 years, 1200 different varieties of these flowers are now harvested!

    Highlights:

    • Keukenhof - the world's flower garden
    • Aalsmeer - the world's flower auction
    • Leiden - birthplace of Rembrandt
    • Haarlem - center of the Dutch flower-growing district
    • Gouda - CHEESE!
    • Windmills, tulips, and more

    Did you know that during the 17th century in the Netherlands, Tulips became so highly-prized that prices were sent soaring and markets crashing. This was known as Tulip Mania. Today, though Wall Street is unaware, Tulip Mania prevails!

    Come and be dazzled!

    A full list of all of our bike and barge tours in Holland is here.

  • 2018 

    Iris: £ 1151 $ 1,813 1250 NOK 12083 kr 11154 $ 1,450 Single supplement: On request
    Fleur: 
    April 7 departure: £ 967 $ 1,523 1050 NOK 10150 kr 9369 $ 1,218 Single supplement: £ 437 $ 689 475 NOK 4592 kr 4238 $ 551 All other departures: £ 1059 $ 1,668 1150 NOK 11117 kr 10262 $ 1,334 Single supplement: £ 483 $ 761 525 NOK 5075 kr 4685 $ 609 Sarah: 
    April 7 departure: £ 855 $ 1,347 929 NOK 8980 kr 8290 $ 1,078 All other departures: £ 947 $ 1,492 1029 NOK 9947 kr 9182 $ 1,194 Single supplement: On request
    Allure:  £ 947 $ 1,492 1029 NOK 9947 kr 9182 $ 1,194 Single supplement: On request
    Quo Vadis:
    Twin cabin:  £ 1119 $ 1,762 1215 NOK 11745 kr 10842 $ 1,409 Twin cabin for single use: £ 1449 $ 2,282 1574 NOK 15211 kr 14040 $ 1,825 Liza Marleen:
    Superior cabin: £ 1165 $ 1,834 1265 NOK 12228 kr 11288 $ 1,467 Twin cabin: £ 1073 $ 1,689 1165 NOK 11262 kr 10395 $ 1,351 Twin cabin for single use: £ 1501 $ 2,364 1630 NOK 15757 kr 14545 $ 1,891 Triple cabin: £ 990 $ 1,559 1075 NOK 10392 kr 9592 $ 1,247 Elodie:
    April 15: please ask us for charter price
    April 22: £ 985 $ 1,552 1070 NOK 10343 kr 9548 $ 1,241 Twin cabin single use:
    April 29: £ 1040 $ 1,639 1130 NOK 10923 kr 10083 $ 1,311 Twin cabin single use: 

     

    extra options

    2018:
    *Electric bike rental

    Quo Vadis: £ 83 $ 131 90 NOK 870 kr 803 $ 104   Sarah, Fleur, and Allure: £ 78 $ 123 85 NOK 822 kr 758 $ 99   Iris: £ 74 $ 116 80 NOK 773 kr 714 $ 93 Elodie (two available per departure): £ 138 $ 218 150 NOK 1450 kr 1338 $ 174  

     

    please note

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

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    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

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Tour Dates

2018 Dates
On the Comfort Plus Boats:
Fleur: April 7, April 14, April 21, April 28, and May 5, 2018
Iris: April 28 and May 5, 2018
Liza Marleen: April 7 and April 28, 2018
Quo Vadis: April 7, 2018
Elodie: SUNDAYS,  *April 15, April 22,  and April 29, 2018
*(Available for charter only. Please contact us for prices.)

On the Comfort boat:
Sarah: April 7, April 14, April 21, and April 28, 2018
Allure: May 5, 2018
Wending: April 7,  and April 14, 2018

Where You’ll Stay

Aboard the Comfort Plus class boats, the Iris, the Fleur or the Quo Vadis

What’s Included

  • Quo Vadis
  • Accommodations for 7 nights on board
  • Breakfast, packed lunch or lunch on board, and dinner
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • 8 speed hybrid bicycle with pannier
  • Route information
  • Tour guide
  • Admission to Keukenhof, Aalsmeer Flower Auction, cheese farm Zaanse Schans, Aalkmeer cheese market, Bulbarium Lisse, and evening canal cruise
  • Fleur
  • Accommodations for 7 nights on board
  • Breakfasts, 5 packed lunches, and 6 dinners
  • 1 lunch on board
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • 11 speed bicycle equipped with water bottle and panniers
  • Helmets
  • Tour guide (two tour guides for groups of 18 or more)
  • Entrance to Keukenhof
  • Route information
  • WiFi with limited data (more available for supplement)
  • Bicycle protection
  • Sarah and Allure
  • Accommodations for 7 nights on board
  • Breakfasts, 5 packed lunches, and 6 dinners
  • Welcome drink
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • 8 speed bicycle equipped with helmet, water bottle and panniers
  • Tour guide
  • Entrance to Keukenhof
  • Route information
  • WiFi with limited data (more available for supplement)
  • Bicycle protection
  • Iris
  • Accommodations for 7 nights on board
  • Breakfasts, 5 x packed lunches, 1 x lunch on board, and 6 x dinners
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • 11 speed bicycle equipped with water bottle and panniers
  • Helmets
  • Tour guide (two tour guides for groups of 18 or more)
  • Entrance to Keukenhof
  • Entrance to Hortus Bulborum
  • Entrance to the flower auction
  • Route information
  • WiFi with limited data (more available for supplement)
  • Bicycle protection
  • Elodie
  • Accommodations for 7 nights on board
  • Breakfasts, 7 packed lunches, and 6 dinners
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • 24 speed bicycle equipped with water bottle and panniers
  • Tour guide
  • Ferry fees en route
  • Liza Marleen and Wending
  • Accommodations on board for 7 nights
  • Breakfasts, 6 x pack lunches, 7 x dinner
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • 1 Road book per cabin
  • Entrance Keukenhof
  • Ferry fares on route
  • 24 speed Batavus Galibier

What’s Not Included

  • Quo Vadis
  • Drinks other than mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Bike protection
  • Travel insurance
  • Fleur, Allure, and Iris
  • Drinks other than mentioned
  • Entrance fees for museums, monuments, etc.
  • 1 x dinner
  • Gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Elodie
  • Drinks other than mentioned
  • Entrance fees for museums, monuments, etc.
  • 1 x dinner
  • Gratuities
  • Bicycle protection (mandatory)
  • Travel insurance

Extra Stay

As you will begin and end your tour in Amsterdam, why not book extra nights and visit the world famous museums like the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum (with Rembrandts’ Night watch), the Anne Frank House, and enjoy the abundance of terraces and boutique style cafes. And of course, the markets abound, theFlea Market, Flower Market, Noorder Markt, and Albert Kuip Markt!

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An easy, guided bike and boat tour with average daily distances between 15 and 34 miles (25 and 55 km).

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Tulip Tour - 8 Day Map

Each boat has a slightly different itinerary. If you do not see your boat listed below, we will be happy to send you the specific itinerary. 

*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.

ABOARD THE FLEUR, SARAH, and ALLURE

Day 1: Amsterdam - Haarlem, 9 mi. (15 km)
Day 2: Haarlem - Keukenhof - Leiden, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 3: Leiden - Alphen by barge, cycle to Gouda, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 4: Alphen - Kudelstaart (by boat),  22 mi. (35 km)
Day 5: Kudelstaart - Amsterdam - Zaanse Schans, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 6: Zaanse Schans - Alkmaar, 25 (40 km)
Day 7: Alkmaar - Amsterdam, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 8: Departure from Amsterdam 

Day 1: Amsterdam - Haarlem, 9 mi. (15 km)
Boarding begins at 1:30 pm. The boat will be moored in the Oosterdok, not far from the Central Station.  It is important to be on time as the boat leaves the harbor at 2:30 pm. During this first short sailing, you can enjoy coffee, tea or another beverage, while being introduced to the crew, the boat and the program ahead. Upon arrival in Haarlem, there is opportunity to test your bike and to have necessary adjustments made to insure a comfortable ride throughout the week! Dinner will be served at 6:30 pm this evening and each evening and on most nights, a town walk will be offered by your guide.

Day 2: Haarlem - Keukenhof - Leiden, 31. mi. (50 km)
Get ready to pedal through the oldest tulip fields of Holland, including a visit to the infamous Keukenhof gardens! This is the most beautiful flower garden in the world, an overwhelming blaze of colors as seven million flowering tulips rise up in a magnificent background of traditional and modern gardening architecture. It is here that Spring begins. Hyacinths, narcissus, and many other flowers dazzle as well. After being saturated with color and scent,  the cycling continues ending in the historic city of Leiden, who unabashedly boasts of its own beauty and charm. In the evening, there will be opportunity to experience this enchanting place for yourself, strolling along the canals and alleyways, viewing the historical buildings, and, like Rembrandt himself, be inspired by its beauty.

Day 3: Leiden - Alphen by barge, cycle to Gouda, 25 mi. (40 km)
The day begins with a sailing breakfast! Imagine enjoying your morning coffee as the stunning Dutch scenery passes by! The boat will moor in Alphen from where the cycling itinerary begins and leads through the ‘green heart’ of Holland. Near Zoeterwoude, you will visit the cheese farm to learn about the cheese-making process and of course, to sample the wares! Holland is not just famous for its Tulips as you will come to know! In the afternoon, you reach Gouda, famous for the Gouda cheese. If truth be told, Gouda ("How-da" as the locals say) is one of the most popular cheeses in the world, accounting for 50 to 60 percent of the world's cheese consumption, The market square here is lovely with its Gothic town hall and  Saint John Cathedral, famous the world over, whose stain glass windows flood the interior with a diffused light and impress with understated elegance. 

Day 4: Gouda - Kudelstaart, 22 mi. (35 km)
This  morning you stay in Gouda and will have opportunity to do some shopping and to visit the market square with its cheese weigh house or you can visit the St. John's church. Once back on board the barge, you take off at noon enjoying a light lunch on board. From Alphen aan den Rijn, you bike through the green hear of South Holland via the Drecht River and the Amstel-Drecht channel to Kudelstaart.

Day 5: Kudelstaart - Amsterdam - Zaanse Schans, 28 mi. (45 km)
Today begins early! Coffee is served at 7 am and then at 7:15,  you cycle cycle  to the flower auction of Aalsmeer, the largest of Europe. Here huge quantities of flowers are trucked in and sold every day, after which they are distributed all over Europe.  Back on board, you will enjoy a late breakfast and then another cycling itinerary takes you through the ‘Amsterdamse Bos’, west of Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans, a unique hamlet where people live and work, with original houses and windmills from the Zaan River area. The hamlet is dominated by fully operating windmills, the oldest built in 1673, for grinding mustard, spices, paint and oil and for sawing wood into planks. 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 and get a sense of early history in Holland.

Day 6: Zaanse Schans - Alkmaar, 25 mi. (40 km)
First on the agenda is the beautiful town of De Rijp. Centuries of history are still evident here in the  wooden facades, beautiful church, and town hall. From here, your ride continues across the Beemster Polder, an almost untouched open polder landscape, after which, you visit the former windmill complex of the Schermer Polder and the  Schermerhorn Windmill Museum. The it is off to Alkmaar, known as a Dutch cheese city. As you wander through the streets you'll be amazed by the beauty of Alkmaar's Old Town, with its well-preserved 17th century buildings and narrow, winding canals! Dinner this evening will be on your own!

Day 7: Alkmaar - Amsterdam, 28 mi. (45 km)
Once again, this morning, you will enjoy your breakfast as the boat cruises the Dutch canals, followed by Hortus Bulborum, a unique garden museum dedicated to the preservation of rare and historic bulbs. More than 4,000 tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and other flowers are planted here. As the cycling continues, you pedal through the unique Waterland back to Amsterdam. In the late afternoon or evening there is time for a canal tour through the famous canals of the city.

Day 8: Departure
After breakfast, your adventure officially ends! Departure from the boat by 9 am.

ABOARD THE QUO VADIS

Day 1: Amsterdam, embarkation
Day 2: Amsterdam - Kudelstaart, 23 mi. (37 km)
Day 3: Kudelstaart - Leiden,  34 mi. (55 km)
Day 4: Leiden - Keukenhof - Haarlem, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 5: Haarlem, Alkmaar, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 6: Alkmaar - Schagen - Alkmaar, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 7: Alkmaar - Amsterdam, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 8: Departure from Amsterdam
 

Day 1: Arrival in Amsterdam
Embarkation begins at 3 p.m. The crew will welcome you aboard Quo Vadis with coffee and tea. Explore the Dutch capital on your own. All the major tourist highlights are within easy walking distance from the mooring location of the barge.

Day 2: Amsterdam - Kudelstaart, 23 mi. (37 km)
Leaving Amsterdam, you travel along the 'Amsterdam Forest', through Schiphol and Aalsmeer to Kudelstaart on "Westeinderplassen".

Day 3: Kudelstaart - Leiden, 34 mi. (55 km)
Today begins with an early ride to Aalsmeer so you have plenty of time to visit the largest flower auction in the world. From there you will pass through the beautiful Dutch landscape through the green heart of Holland in the direction of Leiden, the birthplace of Rembrandt. Along the way, visit a traditional Cheese farm. In the evening explore the old university city of Leiden.

Day 4: Leiden - Keukenhof - Haarlem, 25 mi. (40 km)
Today you will bike to Lisse and then on to the famous ‘Keukenhof' flower gardens. The Keukenhof displays 6 million tulips, narcissi, hyacinths, and other bulb flowers. In the afternoon, you bike through the blooming fields of flowers to Haarlem.

Day 5: Haarlem, Alkmaar, 31 mi. (50 km)
Leave from Haarlem and bike to Spaarndam with a detour to the monument of the legendary figure, Hans Brinker. The route continues to the historic city of Zaandam, before your visit to the open-air museum "Zaanse Schans". Here, you can expect an Old Dutch museum village. From there you bike to Alkmaar, known for its Dutch cheese.

Day 6: Alkmaar - Schagen - Alkmaar, 31 mi. (50 km)
In the early morning the boat cruises to Schagen. Today's bike tour begins here and you will cycle through the flower fields of Anna Pauwlonapolder. The return journey takes you along the coast and the ‘Schoorlse Duinen' and ends back in Alkmaar.

Day 7: Alkmaar - Amsterdam, 28 mi. (45 km)
After a visit to the cheese market in Alkmaar, cycle through polders with beautiful villages such as Beemster, de Rijp, Schermer (mills). The tour ends back in Amsterdam where you have more time to explore.

Day 8: Departure from Amsterdam
Tour ends after breakfast. Disembarkation by 10 a.m.

ABOARD THE IRIS 
Day 1: Amsterdam - Zaanse Schans, (15 km)
Day 2: Zaanse Schans - Alkmaar, 40 km
Day 3: Alkmaar - Haarlem (45 km)
Day 4: Haarlem - Keukenhof - Leiden, (50 km)
Day 5: Leiden - Gouda, (40 km)
Day 6: Gouda -  Uithoorn, (35 km)
Day 7: Uithoorn - Amsterdam (45 km)
Day 8: Amsterdam

Day 1: Amsterdam - Zaanse Schans, (15 km)
You will be welcomed onboard the Iris at 2.30 pm. As you meet your fellow travelers, guides and crew, the boat will navigate the harbor of Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans followed by a short cycle ride to become accustomed to your bike. You will experiernce the 19th century living and working community in the Zaan district, a living museum of farmsteads, paths, wooden houses, warehouses and windmills, ditches and fields. Stroll past the bakery museum and enjoy the smell of fresh bread, or take a look at the warehouse where clogs are made. You should be sure not to miss the cheese factory, pewter foundry and the various windmills. The Zaanse Schans is a unique part of the Netherlands, full of wooden houses, mills, barns and workshops.

Day 2: Zaanse Schans - Alkmaar, 40 km
You will get to explore the  Zaanse Schans a bit more. The cycling itinerary leads through lovely villages like De Rijp and a stop to the Windmill Museum. Following little canals and fields of flowers, you bike into the cheese city Alkmaar. The barge will be docked within walking distance of the heart of this delightful city.

Day 3: Alkmaar - Haarlem (45 km)
You will love your highlight this day, the private gardens Hortus Bulborum! This is an historical garden preservating the old varieties of tulips. You will take a tour with the local volunteers who arevery proud of their unique work. You continue biking along the coastal area to the beach and lunch. Perhaps you would enjoy a swim? The local ferry the transfers the group to the other side of the canal between Amsterdam and the North Sea and then onward to Haarlem, with its old and well preserved intact inner city with a big market square, terraces and dominant church. 

Day 4: Haarlem - Keukenhof - Leiden, (50 km)
Ah, this is the day you have been waiting for, a visit to the Keukenhof, showcasing 7 million flowering tulips, hycacinths, narcissus and more, in a traditional and modern landscape. These gardens are visited by millions of international guests every year!

Once again, the barge will dock within walking distance of  Leiden  city center. 

Day 5: Leiden - Gouda, (40 km)
After an early sail out of Leiden, the first stop will be at a cheese farm, for a tasting and experience of how cheese is made! The city center of Gouda has quite a few cheese shops. A highlight here is the 17th century Town Hall at the market square. Dinner is on your own this evening!

Day 6: Gouda -  Uithoorn, (35 km)
You will visit the St. John’s Church this morning, built in the Gothic style during the 15th and 16th centuries,notable not only for its beautiful windows but also because it is the longest church in the Netherlands. The church has been placed on the UNESCO list of Dutch monuments specifically for its stunning stained-glass windows.

While you enjoy  lunch on board, the IRIS will navigate to a drop off point so you can cycle along the canals and rivers passing the smallest lock just big enough to let the barge pass through.

At Uithoorn, it is onboard again. Tomorrow begins bright and early.

Day 7: Uithoorn - Amsterdam (45 km)
Early in the morning, you will bike to the Flower Auction at Aalsmeer. Although the internet has brought a new era of trading, it is still a place where a lot of logistics are handled. Loads of flowers are auctioned and brought to their destinations all over the world.

After a late breakfast back on board the barge, the last stretch takes you to the outskirts of Amsterdam to join thebarge for a unique sail on the Amstel River to the final docking spot in the Oosterdok.

Day 8: Amsterdam
Departure after breakfast.

ABOARD THE LIZA MARLEEN and WENDING

Day 1: Embarkation in Amsterdam by 2 pm. Sailing to Ouderkerk a/d Amstel and Cycling to Uithoorn
Day 2: Uithoorn - Gouda, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 3: Gouda – Alblasserdam, ferry to Rotterdam and sailing to Delft, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 4: Delft - (Katwijk) - Leiden, 23 mi. (36 km)
Day 5: Leiden - visit to Keukenhof by public transport
Day 6: Leiden – via the flower bulb fields - Haarlem, 23 mi. (37 km)
Day 7: Haarlem - Amsterdam, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 8: Disembarkation after breakfast, before 10 am


Day 1: Embarkation in Amsterdam by 2 pm. Sailing to Ouderkerk a/d Amstel and Cycling to Uithoorn
When you arrive on board the ship, you can put your luggage away in your cabin and then enjoy a cup of coffee or tea. (If you would like to bring your luggage on board earlier, you can so from 12 noon onward.) It is also a good moment to become acquainted with the guide, skipper, crew and of course your fellow passengers. You will leave Amsterdam cruising on the river Amstel to Ouderkerk a/d Amstel. From Ouderkerk you will cycle your first kilometers through the polder Ronde Hoep to Uithoorn. During dinner aboard the ship, the program for next day and the  planning of the week are discussed.

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. When you think of Gouda, you think not only 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 well preserved city center. As on most days, after dinner you can take a walk through the city.

Day 3: Gouda – Alblasserdam, ferry to Rotterdam and 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 take the ferry to Rotterdam. In Rotterdam you embark and from there the ship takes you to Delft. Delft is the town 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 - (Katwijk) - Leiden, 23 mi. (36 km)
From Delft we cycle in the direction of The Hague, through ‘het Haagse Bosch’, a large park, and past the former Royal Palace ‘Huis ten Bosch’. The long tour leads you over tranquil cycle paths through the dunes  to Wassenaarse Slag. Here you can see the remains of the Atlantikwall. Five bunkers are connected by nearly 3,000-feet-long brick tunnels. Now the underground network serves as a bat reserve. The route continues through the dunes, to Katwijk aan Zee, an old fishing village. The old inhabitants of Katwijk still speak their own dialect, ‘Kattuks’. Following the course of the Oude Rijn (Old Rhine) river we cycle to Leiden. Leiden boasts 14 museums, including the Rijksmuseum. The ship is moored near the Zijlpoort, a gate that once formed part of the city walls. The shorter route leads you inland after ‘Huis den Bosch’ and brings you along ‘Vlietlanden’ a 130 ha big recreational lake to Leiden.

Day 5: Leiden - visit to Keukenhof by public transport
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 colours 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’. In 2017 the Keukenhof will be devoted to “Dutch Design” Dutch Design is characterized by Dutch sobriety combined with innovative solutions.

Day 6: Leiden – via the flower bulb fields - Haarlem, 23 mi. (37 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 centre, 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, which 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: Disembarkation in Amsterdam by 10 am

ABOARD THE ELODIE

Day 1: Amsterdam - Kudelstaart, 12 miles (20 km)
Day 2: Kudelstaart - Gouda, 6/16/24 miles (10|32|53 km)
Day 3: Gouda - Rotterdam - Delft, 17 miles (27 km)
Day 4: Delft - The Hague - Leiden, 24 miles (39 km)
Day 5: Leiden - Voorhout - Leiden, 8 miles (13 km)
Day 6: Leiden - Haarlem, 13 or 24 miles (21 or 39 km)
Day 7: Haarlem - Amsterdam, 5 or 17 miles (8 or 27 km)
Day 8: Departure from Amsterdam

Day 1: Amsterdam - Kudelstaart, 12 miles (20 km)
The crew will welcome you aboard the Elodie with coffee and tea. The ship will sail through the centre of Amsterdam to the river Amstel. At the Nieuwe Meer you will leave the boat for your first cycle trip. In the evening your guide will give you a more detailed explanation of the program.

Day 2: Kudelstaart - Gouda, 6/16/24 miles (10|32|53 km)
You will start the day early with a visit to the flower auction in Aalsmeer. You will see the world biggest flower auction at work. Every day the world’s market prices for flowers and plant are being determined right here in this building. Millions of flowers and plants find their way all over the world when the auction starts. The route continues through the green heart of Holland towards Gouda. Along the route you can enjoy the views of windmills, lakes and green pastures.

Day 3: Gouda - Rotterdam - Delft, 17 miles (27 km)
Gouda is famous for its cheese and beautiful town hall. From here you will cycle to Kinderdijk a unesco protected windmill park and then by fast ferry to Rotterdam, the largest port in the world were the Elodie will be waiting for you to take you to Delft. Delft has a beautiful historical center. Here you will find the church that with underneath the catacombs where the royal family is buried.

Day 4: Delft - The Hague - Leiden, 24 miles (39 km)
Before you leave Delft, you will pay a visit to a studio where earthenware is hand painted with the famous “Delfts blauw” (Delft’s blue). Afterwards, by bike, the route leads to the seat of government capital, The Hague. The houses around the hunting castle “de graven van Holland” (The Earls of Holland) grew into a town, and the castle gave it its name, ‘s-Gravenhage. The area is exceptionally cycle-friendly and that makes a visit by bicycle something special. You cycle along the many cycle paths, straight through the city whilst left and right you can admire the government buildings, museums and stately facades of the mansions. The town ends abruptly on the beach of Scheveningen with its charming boulevard and fishing port. The Hague has many attractions such as “Panorama Mesdag”, a painting of enormous measurements, 14 meters high and a circumference of 120 meters. At the end of the day you cycle back to the university town of Leiden.

Day 5: Leiden - Voorhout - Leiden, 8 miles (13 km)
In the morning you will set out for a short bike tour to visit a Dutch cheese farm where you can admire and taste the art of Dutch cheese making. In the afternoon there will be plenty of time to spend in Leiden The oldest Dutch university towns has a charming and lively centre. The Elodie lies in the centre of Leiden a good place to get acquainted with this historical town.

Day 6: Leiden - Haarlem, 13 or 24 miles (21 or 39 km)
From Leiden you will sail to Lisse very close to the Keukenhof. This flower exhibition has everything Holland has to offer when it comes to flowers. You may expect to be overwhelmed by colors at this time of year when most flower bulbs show their beauty. After the Keukenhof you continue by bike to Harlem.

Day 7: Haarlem - Amsterdam, 5 or 17 miles (8 or 27 km)
In the morning there is the possibility to do a short cycle trip to the statue of Hans Brinker. The Elodie will pick you up along the route to Amsterdam (e.t.a. 12.00) Amsterdam is certainly well worth to spend some more time because of its many possibilities: a boat tour around the canals, the Van Gogh museum, and the Rijksmuseum; or just savour the atmosphere. For dinner you can pick one of the many nice restaurants in the center of town.

Day 8: Amsterdam
Departure after breakfast.

On the Elodie, on some days,  a shorter tour is optional (for example, on Monday, options are provided for 6, or 20, or 33 miles.) However, if you choose the shorter distance, you might miss some of the highlights showcased on that day. You can ask your tour leader on board for details.

ALL ITINERARIES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES.  DISTANCES ARE APPROXIMATE.

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  • Darren B. 2 months ago

    The most memorable part was the whole staff and guide on the Elodie.

    Boat: Elodie

  • Paul Emile T. 2 months ago

    Excellent group spirit!

  • Cindy G. 2 months ago

    The staff on Fleur were wonderful and our guide Lia was excellent sharing so much info about the Netherlands.

    Boat: Fleur

  • Troy T. 2 months ago

    One of the best European Vacations I have ever done. Well worth the money. Will never forget how beautiful the Tulips were.

    Boat: Fleur

  • Frank L. 2 months ago

    EVERYTHING about this trip was fabulous! We will have long lasting memories about everything related to this trip- the booking process with Tripsite to the barge and crew to the tulips and windmills to the wonderful biking experiences throughout The Netherlands. I would highly recommend this trip to everyone!

    Boat: Fleur

  • Kathleen C. 2 months ago

    Everything was wonderful, from the newly renovated Barge, the staff, food, agenda and bikes. The booking process sometimes was a bit confusing and questions took a bit to get answers to via email. The cost was so reasonable and good value overall! I will definitely travel this way again!

    Boat: Fleur

  • David F. 2 months ago

    Every participant showed great enthusiasm for a perfect holiday, not one moan or groan.

    Boat: Quo Vadis

  • Kelly S. 2 months ago

    One of the best trips!

    Boat: Quo Vadis

  • Jim G. 2 months ago

    The most memorable parts were the Keukenhof Gardens and the monstrous Flower Market.

    Boat: Quo Vadis

  • Dave S. 2 months ago

    The most memorable part was the wind mill sawmill. I have six people I have recommended this trip to next year they have already contacted you.

    Boat: Quo Vadis

  • Mallory W. 3 months ago

    Honestly, it was a dream from booking to end. I had quite a few questions that Tripsite answered within hours, but the greatest surprise was the Quo Vadis. It was incredible; my first riverboat but most definitely not my last. The ship lulled me to sleep, Chef Frank cooked the best meal of my life every night, and Captain Rendert was so accommodating and intelligent. He surveyed the weather, the course, everything everyday, and tailored it to our crew. I can't wait for my next cruise!

    Boat: Quo Vadis

  • J. Stowell 1 year ago

    This was an amazing trip. The scenery and flowers were absolutely stunning, the group was great, and we had wonderful food, thanks to our chef, Sander. Nico, our guide was fantastic. He is fun and knowledgable and took great care of us. I would love to take another of his tours! I loved the biking. It was pretty chilly and sometimes very windy, but always doable. The bike roads and scenery make the Netherlands a perfect place to bike.

    Boat: Quo Vadis

  • K Arehart 1 year ago

    We were very pleased with the Zwaantje and its ownership / crew, and Felix, our guide. We have already booked our next adventure on the Zwaantje for Sept 2017.

    Boat: Quo Vadis

  • T. Gaeng 1 year ago

    Boat, rooms, bikes, food, service, cleanliness, friendliness of crew (Captain, First Mate, Cook, Guide) - all excellent. It was was a fantastic trip !!!

    All entrance fees of the places we visited on the bike trips (Keukenhof, Flower Auction) were included and we also visited places that are not usually open for tourists (private cheese farm, retired tulip grower, ...). Some guests were not very experienced bikes (us included) but with e-bikes as options we managed to do all bike trips - although mostly flat we usually went at good clip and had frequently strong winds to battle. But the exercise only made the trip more fun and increased our appetite to look forward to the excellent 3-4 course dinners on the boat.

    Boat: Quo Vadis

  • J. Mumford 1 year ago

    About the only confusion was the gratuity. In your write up it stated 3 - 4%. On our room door it said 5 to 8%. Which was a combined amount. So it was a little confusing. We tipped the 8% maybe a little more. Not a problem for us, but some people budget for an exact amount. The trip was wonderful.

    Boat: Fleur

  • Susan B. 1 year ago

    Super trip. I was a inexperienced bicycler and the ebike made the journey very enjoyable.

    Boat: Quo Vadis

  • J Douglas 1 year ago

    The barge (Zwaantje) was exceptionally nice. It helps that the captain is also the owner. You could tell that he took pride in the vessel and kept it in great condition. We were lucky with the weather for this trip, as this time of year for the Tulip Tour can be cold and rainy, as some friends of ours found out, when they took a later week. The Tulip Tour is worth doing once, however since the weather during this time of the year is so unpredictable, we would not take the chance of a second time. Instead, we will be doing the September 2-week Paris to Brugge next year.

    Boat: Quo Vadis

  • Mona White 2 years ago

    I left my heart in The Netherlands. The people are so great there.

    Boat: Fleur

  • Jan Bray 2 years ago

    The route was altered due to bridge construction, beyond the control of the staff. They handled it well, though. It was very fun and the group bonded well. I would suggest at the beginning, a short refresher on hand signals, road signs, etc would be good so that we all understand the traveling circumstances.

    Boat: Quo Vadis

  • Sharon Bozman 2 years ago

    Had a wonderful time. The crew were amazing. Fred the guide was very attentive, knowledgeable, and always willing to help. Well organized with unique side trips. The food was great and the crew were all very friendly and helpful. What a beautiful country and lovely way to experience it. I will definitely recommend it to my friends.

    Boat: Fleur

  • Joyce Chizmadia 2 years ago

    We loved our trip to the Netherlands to bike through the tulips and have recommended this trips to lots of friends and family!

    Boat: Fleur

  • Beth Groundwater 2 years ago

    The staff of the Quo Vadis and our bike guide were absolutely wonderful.

    Boat: Quo Vadis

  • Paula Bramble 2 years ago

    We enjoy the international feel of Tripsite and tell our friends about the pleasures of bike and barge.

    Boat: Quo Vadis

  • Prosper Bellizia 3 years ago

    At the risk of sounding hyperbolic, this was a vacation that I still think about everyday, almost 2 months later. The only way to see this beautiful country is at ground level on a bike. And the only way to do it is with the crew of the Quo Vadis who made the trip so much fun.

    Did I say how much I loved this trip?!!

    Boat: Quo Vadis

  • Ralph and Erna Fluit 3 years ago

    We had an absolutely marvelous time.

    The crew was amazing,the food very delicious, they all went out of their way to make it a very memorable vacation.

    We truly appreciated all the extra things that Lia did for us, taking us on excursions in the town at night, even arranging a tour one night through the canals in one of the towns.

    We highly recommend a bike and barge tour and have done so already, we will definitely do it again and would love to be with the same crew.

    Thank you so much!

    Boat: Quo Vadis

  • Nick and Petra Voordenhout 3 years ago

    Just a note to say how much we enjoyed the 8 day tulip bike and barge. The captin Rendert, crew Valdi, chef Alf and guide Lia went beyond our expectations. The boat was clean and well kept and cozy. The meals amazing and Lia did her best to make it enjoyable for everyone regardless of ability. We would truly recommend this tour to anyone. We would like to do another tour with them in the future.

    Boat: Quo Vadis

  • Simon Husband 3 years ago

    Just a brief note to tell you how much we enjoyed the Tulip Tour aboard the Quo Vadis.

    The Captain Rendert, the Second Mate Waldi, the Chef Alfe and Guide Lea were excellent. They worked hard to make everyone happy and made a good team. They really enjoy what they do and this showed in the attention and professionalism shown to all the guests.

    The itinerary was spot on for content and interest. Not a moment was left to chance as they made sure we enjoyed every aspect of the Dutch culture, countryside and the beauty of the tulip fields.

    Special mention to our Guide Lea for her excellent knowledge of all things Dutch, our Chef Alfe for his passion for food and ensuring our nutritional wellbeing and Waldi for going out of way to make sure that we did not want for anything practical on the boat.

    We look forward to doing more tours with TripSite.

    Boat: Quo Vadis

  • Mary McLaughlin 4 years ago

    The April 14th, 2013 trip on the Elodie far exceeded my expectations. The dynamite crew provided excellent care and service. Meeting people from other countries, sharing stories, riding in the wind (and just a little bit of rain) and dining with each other for the week was a bonding experience. Ine, our guide, was patient and knowledgable, Vamme was a good captain who joined us on some of our city strolls and Sander was a chef extraordinaire ~ definitely the "King of Creme Brulle" ! My friend and I hope to take another Bike & Barge trip ~ and would arrange our trip around the Elodie. What wonderful memories!!!

    Boat: Fleur

  • Noreen Stackpole 4 years ago

    We just returned from the Tulip Tour on the Elodie. It was fantastic. Our guide, Ine, was great, even going the extra mile by offering city walks each evening. Sander, the chef, created outstanding gourmet dinners enhanced by his enthusiastic description and presentations. Our captain was great, pitching in as needed. The bikes were brand new and of excellent quality, and the biking was really fun - challenging at times with the wind, which added to the enjoyment. We got to tour a working windmill and a cheese producing farm and learned a lot about the Netherlands. No tulip fields this week but that was the only disappointment and it was overshadowed by all the positives. A fantastic trip!

    Boat: Fleur

  • Jane & Dale Honeycutt 4 years ago

    What a fabulous time! The crew on the Elodie could not have been better. Sanders, the chef, put out gourmet meals every night, with wonderful breakfast choices each morning. Our guide for the week, Miriah, took such good care of us, was always cheerful & helpful, and we really saw an amazing cross section of the Netherlands.The April 7th trip, this year, was cold, and unfortunately because of the very late spring there were very few tulips, but that didn't dim our enjoyment, and it was highly unusual. Some of the mileages shown are a little short. Day 2 was possible to do 34 miles & day 7 was 22 miles. All do-able even for someone who hasn't kept up on their cycling.

    Boat: Fleur

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Tulip Tour - 8 Day Boats + Barges

Elodie Photo

Elodie Netherlands, Belgium, France Comfort Plus Class Boat The Elodie was built in 1931 and has been completely refurnished into a luxury holiday ship. The ship has a saloon and sundeck and all of its cabins come with air-conditioning. The saloon of the Elodie is furnished in ship-style by using various types of wood in the finishing.

Fleur Photo

Fleur France, Netherlands Comfort Plus Class Boat The Fleur was first put into service in 2002. The owner, Jossie, had the beautifully-lined barge converted into a comfortable passenger ship, according to her own design. Her female touch is definitely recognizable by the tasteful interior and her sharp eye for detail. The whole barge radiates a homelike atmosphere.

Iris Photo

Iris France, Germany Comfort Plus Class Boat The Iris was put to sea in April 2005. She is a refitted freight barge that accommodates 24 overnight passengers. The interior of the Iris is fresh, tasteful and comfortable. The Iris can navigate on most rivers and canals in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. On the top deck you will the lounge, a roomy sitting area, a cozy bar and a sun deck. The whole barge has central heating and air-conditioning.

Quo Vadis Photo

Quo Vadis Belgium Comfort Plus Class Boat The beautiful MS Quo Vadis, put into service in April 2006, is comfortably furnished and so cozy you will feel right at home. It is equipped with 12 spacious cabins with private bath, two single beds that can be pushed together, and air conditioning (windows cannot be opened). Each cabin has a safe for valuables. The ship offers a gorgeous open salon with corner seats, a restaurant, a small bar, and a sundeck with umbrellas. With a guitar and piano right on board, you can enjoy regular live music during downtime.

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