Tall Ship's Race in Antwerp, Flanders, Belgium. Photo via Flickr:Willy Verhulst

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Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges - 8 day

Belgium, Netherlands Bike + Barge Tours

Come see the beautiful spring flowers of this famous cycling route!

  • In April and May all of Holland is blooming and this tour shows you some lovely old Dutch towns like Dordrecht and Gouda, famous for its delicious cheese! Crossing the border to Belgium takes you to the Belgian pearls of Antwerp, Ghent and on top of that, Bruges! Highlight of this tulip-themed bike and boat tour is a visit to the world-famous Keukenhof, which will be ablaze with colors. In fact, all of Holland and Belgium will be bursting with spring.

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  • Merlijn: £ 1269 $ 2,556 1480 NOK 14060 kr 12978 $ 1,687

    Single supplement: On request

    Clair de Lune and Tijdgeest: £ 843 $ 1,698 983 NOK 9339 kr 8620 $ 1,121

    Single supplement: £ 192 $ 387 224 NOK 2128 kr 1964 $ 255

    Feniks: 

    Superior twin: £ 1239 $ 2,496 1445 NOK 13728 kr 12672 $ 1,647 Standard twin: £ 1059 $ 2,133 1235 NOK 11733 kr 10830 $ 1,408 Bunk bed for twin use: £ 909 $ 1,831 1060 NOK 10070 kr 9295 $ 1,208 Bunk bed for single use:  £ 1059 $ 2,133 1235 NOK 11733 kr 10830 $ 1,408

    Merlijn: £ 1307 $ 2,634 1525 NOK 14488 kr 13373 $ 1,739 Single supplement: On request

    Feniks: 
    Superior twin: £ 1256 $ 2,530 1465 NOK 13918 kr 12847 $ 1,670 Standard twin: £ 1071 $ 2,159 1250 NOK 11875 kr 10962 $ 1,425 Bunk bed for twin use: £ 913 $ 1,840 1065 NOK 10118 kr 9339 $ 1,214 Bunk bed for single use:  £ 1341 $ 2,703 1565 NOK 14868 kr 13724 $ 1,784

     

    extra options

    Electric bike rental:
    Clair de Lune or Tijdgeest (price includes mandatory bike protection): £ 147 $ 297 172 NOK 1634 kr 1508 $ 196 Feniks: £ 39 $ 78 45 NOK 428 kr 395 $ 51 Merlijn:
    Electric or tandem (rate is per day): £ 21 $ 43 25 NOK 238 kr 219 $ 29 Tandem:
     

    Electric bike rental:
    Merlijn:
    Rate is per day: £ 26 $ 52 30 NOK 285 kr 263 $ 34 Feniks: £ 47 $ 95 55 NOK 523 kr 482 $ 63  

     

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

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  • Travel

    Fly into and out of Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) or fly to Amsterdam and out of Brussels Zaventem Airport (BRU).

    Local Travel

    You will have just a short train ride from Amsterdam airport (Schiphol) to Amsterdam central, where you board the boat usually between 12 and 4 PM depending on the boat. From Bruges, train to Amsterdam airport takes approx. 3¼ hr and costs approximately ± €48. The train station in Bruges is named "Brugge". The train station at Amsterdam Schiphol airport is named "Schiphol". The train station in Amsterdam city center is named "Amsterdam Centraal". If you are flying out of Brussels, train travel from Bruges to Brussels is about 1 1/2 hour. There is a train station in the lower level of the airport.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before travel. A very good website to research regional weather is weatherbase.com. The climate in Holland is considered maritime, greatly affected by the sea. Belgium as well is influenced by the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, with cool summers and moderate winters.

    Recommended

    Extra time in Amsterdam before the tour.

    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. Going early or late in the season may affect what is in bloom.

    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.

    *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

Deluxe Class
 

Merlijn: April 20, 2019

Standard Class 


Clair de Lune: April 6, April 20, May 4, 2019
Feniks: May 4, 2019
Tijdgeest: May 11, 2019

Deluxe Class


Merlijn: April 25 and May 9, 2020

Standard Class

Feniks: May 2, 2020

 

Skill Level

This is an easy, guided bike and boat tour. The cycling routes follow mainly flat bike paths and country lanes with little traffic. Occasionally heavier traffic is encountered when entering or exiting larger towns or cities. Daily cycling distances range from approximately 16 to 25 miles (25 to 40 km). A tour guide cycles with the group but it’s also possible to cycle on your own.

Where You’ll Stay

Click barge information for further details about the classes of boats.

What’s Included

On the Merlijn

  • Accommodations for 7 nights
  • Welcome drink
  • All meals: breakfast, packed lunches and three-course dinners (excluding one dinner)
  • Entrance fee to the Keukenhof
  • 24-gear tour bike, incl. water bottle, universal sized helmet and bike bag
  • Tour guide
  • Unlimited coffee, tea, and hot chocolate during the trip on board and portable ice water during meals
  • Harbor fees

On the Clair de Lune or Tijdgeest

  • Accommodations for 7 nights
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch/packed lunch, 3 courses dinner)
  • Tour guide
  • Bicycle with gears and pannier
  • Bicycle protection
  • Several city walks
  • Information booklet + map
  • Entrance fee Windmill Kinderdijk
  • Train ride Ghent – Bruges – Ghent
  • Bus transfer Ghent – Amsterdam Airport
  • Horse and carriage ride

Iris

  • Accommodations for 7 nights
  • Breakfasts, 5 packed lunches, and 6 dinners
  • 1 lunch on board
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • 11-speed bicycle equipped with water bottle and panniers and a helmet
  • Tour guide (two tour guides for groups of 18 or more)
  • Route information
  • Entrance to the Hortus Bulborum, Keukenhof, Cheese Farm, and Flower Auction
  • Bicycle protection

Feniks

  • Accommodations for 7 nights
  • 7 breakfast, 7 packed lunches, and 6 three-course dinners per week
  • Coffee, tea, and biscuits
  • Afternoon snacks
  • Tour guide
  • 24-speed bikes with helmets, pannier, lock and water bottle
  • Daily check and cleaning of your cabin
  • Daily care of your personal laundry

What’s Not Included

On the Merlijn

On the Clair de Lune and Tijdgeest

  • Excursions and entrance fees not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Drinks on board
  • Travel Insurance

Iris

  • Drinks other than mentioned
  • Entrance fees for museums, monuments, etc. other than mentioned
  • 1 dinner
  • Gratuities
  • Beverages aboard and ashore
  • Entrance fees
  • Gratuities
  • Bicycle Protection
  • Travel Insurance

Feniks

TourBike+Boat
TypeGuided
SkillEasy
Length8 days
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges - 8 day Map

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



Day 1: Arrival in Amsterdam, cruising to Harlem
Day 2: Haarlem - Keukenhof - Leiden, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 3: Leiden - Gouda - Dordrecht, 21 mi. (35 km)
Day 4: Dordrecht - Willemstad - Tholen - Antwerp, 27 mi. (45 km)
Day 5: Antwerp - Baasrode, 21 mi. (35 km)
Day 6: Baasrode - Merelbeke - Ghent, 27 mi. (45 km)
Day 7: Ghent - Bruges, 24 mi. (40 km)
Day 8: Departure from Bruges

Day 1: Arrival in Amsterdam, cruising to Harlem
The Merlijn, your sailing hotel, awaits you in Amsterdam. Embarkation is between 1:00 PM and 1:30 PM. The barge departs at 2 PM to cruise to Haarlem. It is necessary to leave on time because of the operating hours of the bridges. The crew will welcome you on board and while you enjoy a welcome drink, you will be informed about the barge and the daily tours. The barge stays overnight in Haarlem.

Day 2: Haarlem - Keukenhof - Leiden, 25 mi. (40 km)
During breakfast, the Merlin will take you a little further on to Cruquius, where your bike tour will start. Today you will visit the Keukenhof, the beautiful flower exhibition. After this visit, you will bike to Leiden, where the Merlijn awaits you. Dinner on board and overnight stay in Leiden.

Day 3: Leiden - Gouda - Dordrecht, 21 mi. (35 km)
You will enjoy a sailing breakfast while you cruise to the starting point of the bike tour at Boskoop. Your route leads through one of the most beautiful parts of Holland, the Green Heart of Holland. You will cycle through Gouda, with its candles and stroopwafels and to Kinderdijk, world famous for its windmills. You will encounter an impressive row of large windmills, built to drain the Alblasserwaard. You can visit one of the mills. From Alblasserdam, you will embark the ferry and you will sail to Dordrecht, where the Merlijn will await you. Dordrecht is one of the oldest towns of Holland, where you will enjoy a walking tour through this charming old city before you will go out dining at your own expense in one of the many restaurants. The Merlijn will stay overnight in Dordrecht.

Day 4: Dordrecht - Willemstad - Tholen - Antwerp, 27 mi. (45 km)
During breakfast the boat cruises to Willemstad, where your bike tour to Tholen starts. Tholen was once an island in the middle of the large Zeeland streams, where many people were fisherman by trade. Today, Tholen is connected to the mainland in various ways, but it is still a picturesque village with many relics of an eventful past. Today's bike tour ends here and the barge takes you into the Willemdok of Antwerp. Antwerp is not only known as the diamond city, but also as the native city of the painter Rubens. In the Rubens House, you can admire his work. In the heart of the city, you will see the Cathedral of Our Lady and beautiful townhouses from a rich past are situated around the Market Square. 

Day 5: Antwerp - Baasrode, 21 mi. (35 km)
After breakfast, you will have more time to explore the city of Antwerp. At around 9 AM you will board a tram that brings you into the heart of Antwerp. You may want to visit the Rubens House if you did not get an opportunity earlier or a diamond factory. You can also go shopping in the lively center. After your visit, board the Merlijn and have lunch on board while cruising to Rupelmonde. Here, your bike tour for today begins. The tour follows the river Schelde further upstream via Temse to Baasrode.

Day 6: Baasrode - Merelbeke - Ghent, 27 mi. (45 km)
After breakfast, bike along the river Zeeschelde. Our first stop will be in Dendermonde, a nice country town on the Dender estuary. The route follows this beautiful but capricious tidal river, Schelde, upstream to Ghent, a lively university city. This city has a rich past with origins in Roman Times and is located at the place where the rivers, Leie and Schelde converge. This favorable situation brought a great deal of prosperity over the years, which had its peak late 13th, early 14th century. The textile industry brought great wealth. In the city center, many old patrician houses have been preserved. In the Clothmakers’ Hall (1425) textile merchants used to meet. The major church is St. Baafs’ Cathedral, built in various ages and in various styles. In the cathedral, you can admire a number of medieval paintings, including, ‘Adoration of the Lamb’ by Jan van Eyck. 

Day 7: Ghent - Bruges, 24 mi. (40 km)
During breakfast, the barge cruises to Aalter, where your last biking tour begins and leads through the pleasant countryside of Western Flanders to Bruges. Bruges, also called the Venice of the North, maybe is the most beautiful of all Flemish cities. Its old center, which dates from the Middle Ages, is almost completely intact. At the time, Bruges was a metropolis, the center of trade and art. Bruges is also great for shopping. In the afternoon, enjoy a walking tour through this city. You may even want to include a ride through the canals. Farewell dinner on the Merlijn and your last overnight stay on board.

Day 8: Departure from Bruges. Disembarkation after breakfast, approximately 9 AM.

Day 1: Arrival in Amsterdam, sailing to Oude Wetering, 6 mi. (10 km)
Day 2: Oude Wetering - Gouda, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 3: Gouda - Willemstad, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 4: Kreekrak locks - Antwerp, 27 mi. (45 km)
Day 5: Antwerp - Dendermonde, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 6: Dendermonde - Ghent, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 7: Train to Bruges, return by train to Ghent
Day 8: Transfer by bus to Amsterdam Airport

 

Day 1: Arrival in Amsterdam, sailing to Oude Wetering, 6 mi. (10 km)
Embarkation and check-in aboard the hotel barge. In the afternoon the barge crosses the Amsterdam center and heads for the village of Oude Wetering. In the evening there’s a short test ride on the bike.

Day 2: Oude Wetering - Gouda, 25 mi. (40 km)
You enjoy an easy bike ride right through some real Dutch meadowlands and end your trip in the cheese town, Gouda. Free time in Gouda after dinner.

Day 3: Gouda - Willemstad, 25 mi. (40 km)
The day starts with a nice sailing trip. By bike, you visit the world famous windmills of Kinderdijk and the old Dutch town of Dordrecht. You embark the barge in the afternoon and sail to the beautiful walled town of Willemstad.

Day 4: Kreekrak locks - Antwerp, 27 mi. (45 km)
Today the barge sails right across the impressive waterways of Zeeland. At the Kreekrak locks, you'll get on your bike to head for the lively town of Antwerp in Belgium. AIn the evening your guide invites you for a short city walk and you will have some free time to explore this lively port town.

Day 5: Antwerp - Dendermonde, 31 mi. (50 km)
You cycle out of Antwerp for a ride through the pretty Flemish countryside alongside the river Schelde. You spend the night in the provincial town of Dendermonde.

Day 6: Dendermonde - Ghent, 22 mi. (35 km)
The river Schelde is a tidal river and thus the barge may have to wait for the high tide to continue. Therefore you disembark and cycle directly to the old city of Ghent. The tour leader will invite you for a walk across the wonderful town center.

Day 7: Train to Bruges, return by train to Ghent
By train, you go to Bruges and your tour leader will make you acquainted with this unique town. You are free to discover Bruges until mid-afternoon when you then return to Ghent by train. In the months of April and May, a ride through the center of Bruges in a horse-drawn carriage is planned.

Day 8: Transfer by bus to Amsterdam Airport

Important note for passengers aboard the Clair de Lune and the Tijdgeest: Due to restrictions by Belgian naval authorities, passengers are no longer allowed to remain on board while the barge motors the Belgian waterways. Noncycling participants will be required to take a taxi or public transportation at their own expense. The tour leader will provide details on board. 

Day 1: Amsterdam - Oude Wetering
Day 2: Oude Wetering - Gouda
Day 3: Gouda - Dordrecht
Day 4: Dordrecht - Zierikzee
Day 5: Zierikzee - Middelburg
Day 6: Middelburg - Gent
Day 7: Gent - Bruges
Day 8: Bruges

Daily distances average 45 km.

Day 1: Amsterdam
Individual arrival on board the Feniks. Cycling route leads to Oude Wetering.

Day 2: Oude Wetering - Gouda
Today you will bike through the bulb fields and visit the Keukenhof, with literally millions of flowering bulbs. You enjoy an easy bike ride right through some real Dutch meadowlands and end your trip in the cheese town, Gouda. Free time in Gouda after dinner. 

Day 3: Gouda - Dordrecht
Today you will enjoy cycling in the green heart of Holland, following scenic country roads along a winding waterway.

Day 4: Dordrecht - Zierikzee
Today you will enter Zeeland, a province of the Netherlands marked by light, wind, water, and space. It is made up of islands so bridges and ferries will be carrying you across the waters as you drift down towards Belgium. Picture-book towns with ancient houses and cobbled streets line the banks. Traverse a patchwork landscape of vast polders, idyllic countryside, rolling dunes, and golden sand flats. 

Day 5: Zierikzee - Middelburg
A stroll down the narrow streets of Zierikzee is an absolute delight. Quaint old houses take you back in time to the town's glory days when ships set sail to sell salt, wool, fish, grain, and red dye as far afield as the Baltic and the Mediterranean. Your route continues to the charming village of Veere. From 1541, everything that was exported to Holland from Scotland (mainly wool) came ashore in, and was distributed from, Veere. This contract brought the town not only prosperity but also a very lively Scottish expat community that stayed for 300 years. Walk in their footsteps as you take a tour of the sights. Cruising further south, you will discover the nostalgic splendor of the city of Middelburg, the capital of Zeeland. In the 16th and 17th centuries, it was one of the most important centers of trade in the Netherlands. With a strong headwind, this trip can be very strenuous. In that case, you may prefer to do the first part of today's route on board the Quo Vadis, and start cycling at Zandkreek. The Quo Vadis will moor in Middelburg, founded in the 12th century as an abbey. The city was the second most important center for the Dutch East India Company, active in Africa colonizing the southern coasts and slave trading on the western coasts

Day 6: Middelburg - Gent
Today we cross the waterway Westerschelde, which is the main estuary connecting the port of Antwerp with the sea and moor in Gent. A thriving and quaint medieval town

Day 7: Gent - Bruges
Today you bike from one medieval city to another on quiet roads in the typical small scale fields patter of Flanders with farmhouses and little villages. Docking in "Venice of the North", Bruges.

Day 8: Departure
Your tour officially ends after breakfast.

 

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Customer Feedback

  • Molly R. 6 days ago

    Our guide Cornel was great with fun stories and historic information provided throughout our trip. Loved the digestive walks after dinner of the various towns we were docked at. The staff of the Merlijn couldn't have been nicer or more professional and the boat was very clean and comfortable. Food was pretty basic and could be improved, but that was not a high priority to me. Overall great trip and have already recommended it to many people.

    Boat: Merlijn

  • Rita R. 6 days ago

    "It is difficult to say what the most memorable part of the trip was as each and every day brought wonderful new sights and experiences. Biking along fields filled with tulips and a stop at the Keukenhof Gardens would certainly rate as one of the highlights of the trip. The staff and bike guide definitely made the trip special as they went above and beyond to ensure we were satisfied. Food was great with a plentiful breakfast buffet and a different menu each night. Our lunches were made and packed each day and boy, theses sandwiches and treats sure tasted great after putting some miles in. The dining/lounge was large and spacious and made for a great place to interact with the other guests. Bedrooms/bathrooms were nor overly spacious but were very clean and the beds were comfortable.
    This was our first trip of this kind and also our first trip to Europe and the Crew of the Merlijn made it a wonderful experience we will never forget. Thank you Coen, Cristina, Klara, Read more… Luliana, Lili and our tour guide Cornel. Memories to last forever.

    Boat: Merlijn

  • Rosemary SZ. 6 days ago

    I highly recommend this trip. We were on the Merlijn. It was a charming barge with a very friendly and helpful staff. I was amazed just how comfortable the beds were and how roomy the bathrooms were.
    Our guide was very informative and had a great sense of humor. The guests, even though all so different , became friends. Leaving the barge was bittersweet. I cannot wait to go on another. The only thing I wish was a bit better, was the food. But then I consider myself a bit of a foody and so my expectations might be too high.

    Boat: Merlijn

  • Jane J. 6 days ago

    The biking was wonderful, the digestive walks in the evening were great and the camaraderie of the group was fantastic.

    Boat: Merlijn

  • Mark R. 6 days ago

    A wonderful way to experience the Netherlands. Our guide Cornell was informed and professional. Captain, mates and staff provided all the conveniences of home.

    Boat: Merlijn

  • Karina M. 5 months ago

    Loved it all but the range of fellow travelers was perfect, fast, fit riders for my husband and some less fit, slower riders for me to ride with.

    Boat: Quo Vadis

  • John S. 12 months ago

    This was our first bike and barge trip. It is a great way to travel. There is time to see the area and not have to worry about finding lodging. The crew of the Merlijn was first rate. I will sign up for another trip with them. Jantien was like your mom welcoming you on your trip home.

    Boat: Merlijn

  • Frederick S. 1 year ago

    Our trip aboard Quo Vadis exceeded our expectations; the food and crew were great. We ended riding more than the itinerary suggested (averaging about 35 miles per day), but we lucked out and head great weather the entire trip.

    Boat: Quo Vadis

  • Derek G. 1 year ago

    The most memorable was the food on the barge, it was very high end. It just added to the rest of the great experience we had.

    Boat: Holland

  • Richard H. 1 year ago

    Most Memorable Part: Our fellow travelers and Jacko, the chef on the Quo Vadis.

    Boat: Quo Vadis

    • Julie Worger 12 months ago

      Hi Richard-
      We enjoy biking but have never considered a trip like this. You mentioned the things you enjoyed... what were the disappointments?
      Thanks for your help.

  • Susan C. 1 year ago

    We have been on five trips through Tripsite and each one is better than the last. This authentic Holland trip through Central and Northern Holland was great cycling and of course the Merlijn was wonderful.

  • Marty W. 2 years ago

    Marcos , captain and Kim, cook were at the helm of our trip with the Claire de Lune. They did an outstanding job; food excellent, conversation and safety of boat exceptional - we were taken care of very well. Paul, tour bike guide kept us all together on the back streets and roads, never lost and always got us back to the boat in time for relaxation time and dinner. He knew the area, well versed in the country's history and strong bicyclist and took good care of us. This trip is not for the faint at heart or easy bicycle afternoon riders. We road 30 miles almost every day - wind in our face and sometimes lucky with the wind at our backs. The riding was some back roads, some deltas and some cobble stone city riding along with traffic. Not rails to trails and no sag wagon. We saw beautiful country sides, the tulips were full aglow at the tulip fields and the windmill adventure was super. It was a good full week of adventure. The barge crew are to be commended for all that Read more… they did to make our week special.

    Boat: Clair de Lune

  • Sandy B. 2 years ago

    It was the best trip. The food was spectacular, our guide was spectacular. I loved the whole trip.

    Boat: Quo Vadis

  • Rick H. 2 years ago

    The most memorable parts were Keukenhof gardens and fellow bikers. Disappointed that a week long "tulip tour" ended up being about 3 hours of tulip tour. Primarily focused on 1953 Delta Plan, interesting but spent too much time...days, on it. Enjoyed seeing Kinderdijk windmills. Would have been nice to see more small towns and tulip fields.

    Boat: Quo Vadis

  • Patricia C. 2 years ago

    Three highlights of the trip: glorious sunshine on the palette of colour at the Keukenhof Gardens; exploring the fabulous 'secret' back alleys in the Kieuperspoort district of Middelburg; the helpful, friendly and confident nature of our Dutch hosts. Fantastic holiday!!!

    Boat: Quo Vadis

  • Julie H. 2 years ago

    The most memorable part was riding through the beautiful countryside.

    Boat: Merlijn

  • Betsy A. 2 years ago

    The trip was fun but I don't think the description of the trip was accurate. The trip was about 85% bike riding and 15% site seeing. I would have liked more time to explore the cities we were riding through but most of the time it was too late or placed were closed. Not sure if I would do another tour like this. The riding was beautiful but I really expected more site seeing according to the trip description.

    Boat: Merlijn

  • A. Miller 3 years ago

    We loved the trip. Hank, Jantien, & staff were super as usual. The electric bike was a bit heavy. My(Anita) electric bike at home feels much lighter--it's smaller. Look forward to another trip on Merlijn & with Jantien & Hank. --Anita & Duncan

    Boat: Merlijn

  • L. Reisinger 3 years ago

    The staff of the Merlijn were delightful and very personable. Enjoyed them thoroughly.

    Boat: Merlijn

  • J. Klok 3 years ago

    Travel aboard the Merlijn is always a wonderful experience. Our guide, Felix, was excellent. This was our fourth trip and we will return for more.

    Boat: Merlijn

  • C. Martin 3 years ago

    I really enjoyed this trip. The barge was very spacious and the food was excellent. The staff were friendly and the atmosphere was very relaxing. The biking was just right and our bike guide was wonderful. Felix was knowledgeable and very helpful to all. I will certainly recommend this trip to others and can hardly wait to do another bike and barge trip.

    Boat: Merlijn

  • S. Carlson 3 years ago

    Some of the other people that came on the trip were not prepared to ride a bike 20-25 miles per day. They said that they had not ridden a bicycle since they were a youth. Consequently, this significantly held up the entire group. I would recommend emphasizing the importance of being in good riding condition for the bike/barge trips. Thank you.
    The staff of the Merlijn absolutely made the entire trip a pure delight! We would definitely sail with them again in the future!

    Boat: Merlijn

  • R. Modi 3 years ago

    The entire trip for all 13 of us was superb !!! From the quality of the boat, the skipper, the chef, the cycle route, the guide, the food on board, all excellen !! A must do!! The quality of the cycles were excellent ! Which made the experience memorable! I did get a chance to compare it with other boat and bicycle tours, ours was far superior, practically new bicycles.

    Boat: Quo Vadis

  • J. Shah 3 years ago

    Best time we ever had. It was like coming back to home after the day cycling. Staff was very friendly and felt at home. Food was good. Look forward to come again in future for sure. The E-bikes were too good and very good for us who are not regular cyclist.

    Boat: Quo Vadis

  • L. Chandler 3 years ago

    I loved this trip. The Merlijn was well-above my expectations. Very clean and well setup. Everything on the boat was perfect. Now if only we had had better weather. :)

    Boat: Merlijn

  • Derek Gee 3 years ago

    Both my wife and I were very happy with the overall experience. The crew, barge, daily itinerary and especially the food were all top notch. It was more then we could reasonably expect. We would and have recommended the experience to others. We hope to return soon on another bike and barge trip.

  • Mary Barchiesi 3 years ago

    We loved our trip so much that I just chartered another boat for 36 people in Croatia for September 2016 with another company. Better working deal than tripsite. The boat owners were rigid and probably not as congenial as they could have been. It was their boat, not our trip. I organized a group of 12 and were not demanding at all. The tour guide was over the top just amazing!!!! All in all a wonderful experience!

    Boat: Merlijn

  • Elizabeth Yates 3 years ago

    Yes, I have recommended this trip to several people and will continue to do so. So many people have never heard of such a trip. One of my friends has already booked on our same barge (Merlijn) for next year! The staff, the rooms, the food and scenery were absolutely wonderful.

    Boat: Merlijn

  • Linda Scotten 3 years ago

    Though not a 'delux' trip the staff and other passengers made it such a memorable trip! It might not suit everyone but we loved it!

  • James Dowie 5 years ago

    the captain was wonderful and the nice part was he had his two daughters on for a few days and they were lovely. They also had there small dog who was great. Missed the dog when he went with the girls. The guide Lia was excellent and very helpful at all times. They rearranged the direction of the tour to cope with the wind and to go to the Keukenhof on a day when it was not so busy. The Keukenhof Gardens were at its peak the day we went. We will never forget that day. There were many highlights the cheese farm, the floralies were flowers are sold world wide, and so many other things like a barge tour at night in one town. I could go on for pages.

    Waldy the helper was always there with a smile and never did he let me carry a bag. The cabins were neat and clean. Alf the cook who did the food was sensational every day . Alf and I had a birthday on the same day (April 21st) and they had a party for us. It was my 82nd birthday one I will never forget. All the other guests Read more… were great and we mixed so well. We bonded the first day even though we were from many different backgrounds. The e-bike you arranged allowed me to keep up with everybody. It was always ready and charged up each morning. I had a minor tumble in Amsterdam landed on my head and the helmets provided did the job. Guess I have a hard head too. Only damage is a sore thumb. When it hurts from time to time it brings back fantastic memories of our wonderful trip a very positive feeling. My wife and I really hope life will let us take another bike and barge trip in Europe.

    I really can not thank you all enough for the wonderful happiness you provide.

  • Mary & Bill Perkins 6 years ago

    The tour was packed with history, beauty & a real feel of how the people live there lives - thanks to Lia our guide. Food, decor & Jantien's hospitality aboard the Merlijn was second to none. The crew went out of there way to make this truly a memorable cycling vacation.

    Thank you!

    Boat: Merlijn

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