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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Fly into and out of Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) or fly to Amsterdam and out of Brussels Zaventem Airport (BRU).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Merlijn: April 25 and May 9, 2020
Feniks: May 2, 2020
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 Not Included
*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.
Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges - 8 day Boats + Barges
Merlijn Germany, Netherlands Deluxe Class Boat "The Divine Miss M" as we lovingly call the Merlijn is a diva, for sure. What can we say? Is it the luxurious cabins with most comfortable beds you have ever slept in? Is it the lovely dining area with the large windows and skylight that let the air, light, and sun pour in? Or perhaps it is the sun deck, where you can relax with newfound friends, sharing good wine and good conversation. We think you will find it is the entire divine package! Step onboard and discover for yourself!
Feniks Belgium, Netherlands, France Standard 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.