Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges
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 it's 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.
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Merlijn: £ 1182 $ 2,026 € 1480 NOK 14183 kr 13092 $ 1,702
Single supplement: On request
Clair de Lune and Tijdgeest: £ 785 $ 1,346 € 983 NOK 9420 kr 8696 $ 1,130
Single supplement: £ 179 $ 307 € 224 NOK 2147 kr 1982 $ 258
Merlijn: £ 1218 $ 2,088 € 1525 NOK 14615 kr 13490 $ 1,754
Tandem or electric bike rental on the Merlijn (rate is per day): £ 20 $ 34 € 25 NOK 240 kr 221 $ 29
Electric bike rental on the Clair de Lune or Tijdgeest (price includes mandatory bike protection): £ 137 $ 235 € 172 NOK 1648 kr 1522 $ 198
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
† Currency exchange rate set 90 days before travel.
Fly to Amsterdam.
Take a short train ride from Amsterdam Schiphol airport to Amsterdam Central, then short walk or taxi ride to the boat.
Check local conditions prior to departure. Average high/low temperatures in °F for Bruges are: 51/44 for April and 58/49 for May.
Extra time in Amsterdam before the tour.
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.
On Comfort Plus boat:
Merlijn: April 20, 2019
On the Standard Plus boats:
Clair de Lune: April 6, April 20, May 4, 2019
Tijdgeest: May 11, 2019
On Comfort Plus boat:
Merlijn: April 25 and May 9, 2020
Easy, guided bike & boat tour. Bicycle routes follow mainly flat bike paths & country lanes with little traffic. Occasionally heavier traffic is encountered when entering the bigger cities. Daily cycling distances range from approximately 16 to 25 miles (25 to 40 km). Guide bikes 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.
- On the Merlijn
- Accommodations for 8 days/7 nights on board
- Welcome drink
- All meals: breakfast, packed lunches and three-course dinners (excluding two dinners)
- 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 8 days/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
What’s Not Included
*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.
On the Merlijn
Day 1: Arrival in Amsterdam, cruising to Harlem
Day 2: Haarlem - Keuhenhof - 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
On the Clare de Lune or Tijdgeest
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
Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges Boats + Barges
Clair de Lune France Standard Plus Class Boat In May 2014, Marco Pouw and his wife Astrid assumed ownership of the ship Clair de Lune. In the winter of 2014, the ship was renovated and made ready for a new bike and boat adventure in and around Paris, launching in the spring of 2015.Marco has great experience as a skipper on freighters in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany and looks forward to this venture with great anticipation and enthusiasm.
Merlijn Germany, Netherlands Comfort Plus Class Boat The Merlijn has 12 luxurious cabins with two comfortable airbeds that can be pushed together or separated, a desk, a wardrobe closet, a hairdryer, and a safe. The lounge is comfortably furnished in a modern style with a restaurant area and lounge near the bar. You can enjoy fresh air, water, and nature in all weather on the sun deck. The entire ship is climate controlled and you can adjust the temperature in your own cabin.
Tijdgeest Belgium, Netherlands Standard Plus Class Boat Built in the year 1897, the Tijdgeest was one of the first passenger barges on the river Rhine in Germany. More than 100 years later, in 1998, the ship was completely renovated and rebuild into a hotel ship. On the lower deck you’ll find the cabins, all with private facilities. A number of cabins have twin beds, while others use bunk beds. On the upper deck you'll find a very spacious living/dining room with panoramic view. An on-board computer is available for you to use.