Keukenhof, near Lisse in the Netherlands. Photo courtesy of the Netherlands Board of Tourism

Quiet bike paths just outside of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Photo via Flickr:Francesca Cappa
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Tulip Tour - 5 day

Netherlands Bike + Barge Tours

Mini barge/bike tour during Tulip Time!

  • This five day Holland bike and boat tour in peak Tulip season goes through some of the most beautiful areas of the "Garden of Amsterdam." The tulips blossoming herald the awakening of Spring and this journey offers an excellent opportunity to visit the most beautiful highlights in and around the capital of the Netherlands. There are many museums and shops to entice you in Amsterdam, the smallest metropolis of Europe, and the canals, which quite recently have been listed on the UNESCO world heritage list, are famous all over the world. Highlights include the historical city of Haarlem, the world famous flower exhibition, the Keukenhof near Lisse, and the world's largest flower auction near Aalsmeer.

    A comprehensive list of all of our bike and barge tours in Holland can be found here.

  • Fluvius: 
    Twin Cabin upper deck £ 589 $ 1,061 719 NOK 7070 kr 6526 $ 848
    Twin Cabin  lower deck £ 507 $ 913 619 NOK 6087 kr 5619 $ 730
    Small twin cabin lower deck £ 483 $ 869 589 NOK 5792 kr 5346 $ 695
    Double cabin upper deck £ 630 $ 1,134 769 NOK 7562 kr 6980 $ 907
    Twin cabin (for single use), lower deck £ 671 $ 1,208 819 NOK 8054 kr 7434 $ 966
    Twin cabin (for single use), upper deckOn request
    MS Magnifique:MarchApril
    Twin Cabin £ 548 $ 987 669 NOK 6579 kr 6072 $ 789 £ 589 $ 1,061 719 NOK 7070 kr 6526 $ 848
    Premium Twin Cabin £ 647 $ 1,164 789 NOK 7759 kr 7162 $ 931 £ 688 $ 1,238 839 NOK 8250 kr 7616 $ 990
    Single Cabin £ 753 $ 1,356 919 NOK 9037 kr 8342 $ 1,084 £ 819 $ 1,474 999 NOK 9824 kr 9068 $ 1,179
    *Triple Cabin Regular £ 507 $ 913 619 NOK 6087 kr 5619 $ 730 £ 532 $ 957 649 NOK 6382 kr 5891 $ 766
    *Triple Cabin Premium  £ 556 $ 1,002 679 NOK 6677 kr 6163 $ 801 £ 573 $ 1,031 699 NOK 6874 kr 6345 $ 825

    *Triple cabin availability is limited: 2 Triple Regular and 2 Triple Premium. 

    MS Magnifique II:MarchApril
    Twin Cabin £ 548 $ 987 669 NOK 6579 kr 6072 $ 789 £ 589 $ 1,061 719 NOK 7070 kr 6526 $ 848
    Twin Premium  Cabin £ 647 $ 1,164 789 NOK 7759 kr 7162 $ 931 £ 688 $ 1,238 839 NOK 8250 kr 7616 $ 990
     Upper Deck Suite £ 712 $ 1,282 869 NOK 8545 kr 7888 $ 1,025 £ 753 $ 1,356 919 NOK 9037 kr 8342 $ 1,084
    Twin Cabin for Single Use £ 753 $ 1,356 919 NOK 9037 kr 8342 $ 1,084 £ 819 $ 1,474 999 NOK 9824 kr 9068 $ 1,179
    *Regular Triple Cabin £ 507 $ 913 619 NOK 6087 kr 5619 $ 730 £ 532 $ 957 649 NOK 6382 kr 5891 $ 766

    *Upper Deck Triple Cabin

    £ 573 $ 1,031 699 NOK 6874 kr 6345 $ 825 £ 597 $ 1,075 729 NOK 7169 kr 6617 $ 860

    *Triple cabin availability is limited: 1 Triple cabin upper deck and 2 Triple cabin lower deck.

    Magnifique III 
    Upper Deck Suite £ 753 $ 1,356 919 NOK 9037 kr 8342 $ 1,084
    Twin Cabin £ 589 $ 1,061 719 NOK 7070 kr 6526 $ 848
    Single Cabin £ 819 $ 1,474 999 NOK 9824 kr 9068 $ 1,179
    *Regular Triple Cabin £ 532 $ 957 649 NOK 6382 kr 5891 $ 766
    *Upper Deck Triple Cabin £ 597 $ 1,075 729 NOK 7169 kr 6617 $ 860

    **Triple cabin availability is limited: 1 Triple cabin upper deck and 2 Triple cabin lower deck.

    Le Belle Fleur 
    Twin Cabin £ 495 $ 891 604 NOK 5939 kr 5482 $ 713
    Twin Cabin for Single Use (limited) £ 819 $ 1,474 999 NOK 9824 kr 9068 $ 1,179
    Children (under 12) in triple cabin £ 401 $ 721 489 NOK 4809 kr 4439 $ 577
    Gandalf 
     Twin Cabin £ 524 $ 944 640 NOK 6293 kr 5809 $ 755
    Triple Cabin £ 483 $ 870 590 NOK 5802 kr 5355 $ 696
    Single Cabin £ 851 $ 1,533 1039 NOK 10217 kr 9431 $ 1,226

    Magnifique, Magnifique II, and Magnifique III

     MarchApril
    Twin cabin £ 597 $ 1,075 729 NOK 7169 kr 6617 $ 860 £ 638 $ 1,149 779 NOK 7660 kr 7071 $ 919

    Premium twin
    (only on Mag  and Mag II)

    £ 704 $ 1,267 859 NOK 8447 kr 7797 $ 1,014 £ 745 $ 1,341 909 NOK 8939 kr 8251 $ 1,073
    Upper deck suite
    (only on Mag II and Mag III)
    £ 769 $ 1,385 939 NOK 9234 kr 8523 $ 1,108 £ 810 $ 1,459 989 NOK 9725 kr 8977 $ 1,167
    Single cabin(Mag/Mag III)
    or twin for single use (Mag/Mag III
    £ 835 $ 1,503 1019 NOK 10020 kr 9249 $ 1,202 £ 876 $ 1,577 1069 NOK 10512 kr 9703 $ 1,261
    *Triple cabin £ 556 $ 1,002 679 NOK 6677 kr 6163 $ 801 £ 581 $ 1,046 709 NOK 6972 kr 6436 $ 837
    *Premium triple cabin 
    (only on Mag)
    £ 663 $ 1,193 809 NOK 7955 kr 7343 $ 955 £ 704 $ 1,267 859 NOK 8447 kr 7797 $ 1,014
    *Triple cabin upper deck suite
    (only on Mag II and Mag III)
    £ 688 $ 1,238 839 NOK 8250 kr 7616 $ 990 £ 728 $ 1,311 889 NOK 8742 kr 8069 $ 1,049

    Fluvius

    Small twin cabin below deck £ 507 $ 913 619 NOK 6087 kr 5619 $ 730
    Twin cabin below deck £ 532 $ 957 649 NOK 6382 kr 5891 $ 766
    Twin cabin below deck for single use £ 655 $ 1,179 799 NOK 7857 kr 7252 $ 943
    Twin cabin upper deck £ 614 $ 1,105 749 NOK 7365 kr 6799 $ 884
    Double cabin upper deck £ 737 $ 1,326 899 NOK 8840 kr 8160 $ 1,061

     

    Le Belle Fleur 
    Twin Cabin £ 520 $ 935 634 NOK 6234 kr 5755 $ 748
    Twin Cabin for Single Use (limited) £ 642 $ 1,156 784 NOK 7709 kr 7116 $ 925
    Children (under 12) in triple cabin £ 442 $ 795 539 NOK 5300 kr 4892 $ 636

     

    extra options

    Fluvius, Magnifique, Magnifique II, and Magnifique III

    Electric bicycle rental: £ 37 $ 66 45 NOK 443 kr 408 $ 53 Special dietary requests (other than vegetarian): £ 29 $ 52 35 NOK 344 kr 318 $ 41 Helmets included on the Magnifiques.
    Helmets in limited supply on the Fluvius and must be requested at time of booking: £ 8 $ 15 10 NOK 98 kr 91 $ 12

    La Belle Fleur

    Electric bicycle, per diem: £ 16 $ 30 20 NOK 197 kr 182 $ 24 Tandem bicycle: £ 45 $ 81 55 NOK 541 kr 499 $ 65 Recumbent bicycle: £ 45 $ 81 55 NOK 541 kr 499 $ 65 Special dietary requests: £ 29 $ 52 35 NOK 344 kr 318 $ 41

    Gandalf

    5% discount if you book before September 29, 2017

    Electric bike (Limited number availalbe. Please reserve at time of booking)
    La Belle Fleur (rate is per day): £ 16 $ 30 20 NOK 197 kr 182 $ 24 Magnifiques: £ 37 $ 66 45 NOK 443 kr 408 $ 53 Fluvius: £ 41 $ 74 50 NOK 492 kr 454 $ 59 Helmet
    Fluvius: £ 8 $ 15 10 NOK 98 kr 91 $ 12

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Amsterdam International Airport (Schiphol Airport).

    Local Travel

    Short train ride from Amsterdam airport to Amsterdam Central train station. From the train station, it is approximately a 15 minute walk to the harbor or an inexpensive taxi ride.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before your arrival. Average high/low temperatures in degrees Fahrenheit for the area are: April 53/40° and May 61/46º.

    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.


Tour Dates

Comfort Plus boats: 
Fluvius: April 5*, April 9, April 13, and April 17, 2018
Magnifique: March 25, March 29*, April 2, April 6, and April 10, 2018
Magnifique II: March 27*, March 31, and April 4*, 2018
Magnifique III: April 3, April 7, April 11*, April 15, and April 23, 2018

On the Comfort class boats:
La Belle Fleur:  April 2, April 9, April 16, April 23, and April 30, 2018
Gandalf: April 17, 2018

*Please note, due to the flower auction being closed, the following dates will follow a slightly different schedule. See itinerary below for details.

Comfort Plus boats: 
Magnifique: Sunday, March 24; Thursday, March 28; and Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Magnifique II: Tuesday, March 26; and Sunday, March 31, 2019
Magnifique III: Wednesday, March 27; Monday, April 1; Friday, April 5; Monday, April 15; Friday, April 19; and Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Fluvius: Monday, April 8; Friday, April 12; and Tuesday, April 16, 2019

On the Comfort class boat:
La Belle Fleur: April 1, April 8, April 15, April 22, and April 29, 2019

 

Where You’ll Stay

On the Comfort Plus boats Magnifique III, Magnifique II, Magnifique, Fluvius or the the Comfort Class boat, the La Belle Fleur.

What’s Included

  • 2018
  • On the La Belle Fleur
  • Accommodations for 5 days/4 nights on board
  • All meals
  • Afternoon coffee and tea
  • Cycling tour guide
  • 8 speed bicycle equipped with pannier bag, water bottle holder, helmet, and bike lock
  • Daily briefing of the program
  • Route descriptions
  • Short city tours according to program
  • Entrance fees for Keukenhof, the cheese farm, and the auction of Aalsmeer
  • On the Magnifiques
  • Accommodations for 5 day/4 nights on board
  • All meals
  • Welcome presentation with complimentary drink
  • 7 speed touring bicycle and pannier
  • Helmets
  • Two cycling tour guides so guests can opt for longer/shorter or quicker/slower cycling tours (depending on the route)
  • Daily coffee and tea until 4 pm
  • Fluvius
  • Accommodations for 5 day/4 nights on board
  • All meals
  • Welcome presentation with complimentary drink
  • 7 speed touring bicycle and pannier
  • Two cycling tour guides so guests can opt for longer/shorter or quicker/slower cycling tours (depending on the route)
  • Daily coffee and tea until 4 pm
  • Gandalf
  • Accommodations for 5 days/4 nights on board
  • All meals
  • Afternoon coffee and tea
  • Cycling tour guide
  • Bicycle rental
  • Daily briefing of the program
  • Tourist information
  • City Tours
  • Ferry fares
  • Entrance fees for Keukenhof and the flower auction

What’s Not Included

  • 2018
  • Transfers to and from the port in Amsterdam
  • Drinks on board
  • Gratuities
  • Excursions not mentioned in itinerary
  • Helmets on the Fluvius, available for surcharge, see pricing and please reserve at time of booking
  • Bicycle protection
  • Trip insurance

Extra Stay

Extra nights in Amsterdam are always recommended.

TourBike+Boat
TypeGuided
SkillEasy
Length5 days
From604 Rates
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Skill Level

Easy guided bike and boat tour with relatively low mileage. Terrain is very flat and consists mainly of well maintained cycling paths. Head winds can at times be bothersome.

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Tulip Tour - 5 day Map

2018 (2019 itineraries will not be ready until mid May. Expect only slight changes)

On the Magnifique III, Magnifique II, Magnifique, and Fluvius: 

Day 1: Boarding in Amsterdam, Amsterdam - Zaandam
Day 2: Zaandam - Zaanse Schansm | Zaandam - Haarlem, 6 mi. (10 km)
Day 3: Haarlem - Keukenhof - Oude Wetering, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 4: Oude Wetering - Amsterdam | Amsterdam Waterland, 16 -  22 mi. (27 - 35 km)
Day 5: Departure from Amsterdam

Day 1: Boarding; Amsterdam  | Amsterdam - Zaandam
Boarding from  2 to 4 PM in Amsterdam. At 5 PM there will be a short dinner cruise to Zaandam. Once you have arrived, you will have time for a short evening stroll through the center of the city. 

Day 2: Zaandam - Zaanse Schans, 6 mi. (10 km)| Zaandam - Haarlem
The first half of today's bicycle ride brings you to the open air museum, Zaanse Schans (entry included). Here you will find beautiful windmills, an authentic traditional Dutch village, a cheese factory and a clog maker. Afterwards, you will return by bicycle to the ship. In the afternoon, you can choose between a boat trip of approximately 2.5 hours or a bicycle trip to Haarlem (approx. 14 miles). 

Day 3: Haarlem - Keukenhof - Oude Wetering,  25 mi. (40 km)
Your ride to Keukenhof will begin after breakfast. (You could also take a bus if you prefer, fare not included).  Keukenhof is arguably the most famous flower park in the world, where you can admire hundreds of thousands of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and many other flowers in full bloom. After your visit, you will continue on bike to Kudelstaart, where the ship will be waiting for you on the shores of the Westeinder Lakes. Entrance fee for the Keukenhof is approximately €25 per person. If you have taken a bus to the Keukenhof, then a taxi from Keukenhof to the boat at Kudelstaart will be approximately €55 (max. 7 persons).

Bike tours: Haarlem – Keukenhof approx. 18 km (11 mi.); Keukenhof – Oude Wetering approx. 22 km (13 mi.)
Entry Keukenhof: approx. €18

Day 4: Oude Wetering - Amsterdam | Amsterdam Waterland cycling tour, 16 -  22 mi. (27 - 35 km)
After a quick breakfast, you will cycle to the flower auction in Aalsmeer (note that if this date falls on the weekend when the auction is closed, the program will be slightly altered so that you can visit it on a weekday). Early each morning, millions of flowers are auctioned off here and instantly sent out to all corners of the world. By 10 AM you will return aboard in Aalsmeer* where an elaborate brunch will be awaiting you. Afterwards, you can choose to make your way on board to Amsterdam or you can finish the last stage of the journey on bicycle. During the afternoon and evening, you will have time to visit the inner city flower markets. Individually, you may choose to visit a museum, do some shopping or even take a boat trip through the canals. 

Bike tours: Amsterdam (Veemkade) round tour through Waterland approx. 27 – 35 km / 16-22 mi.
Entry flower auction: approx. €7. Canal tour Amsterdam approx. € 10.
*Please note that on dates that the flower auction is closed, an alternative is offered. THIS IS HOLLAND in Amsterdam is a unique “5D flying experience” that does not just show you the Netherlands, it lets you literally live it. THIS IS HOLLAND gives you a breathtaking picture of our small, unique country. You can see an impression (short video clip).This experience is offered at no additional cost.

Day 5: Amsterdam
After breakfast, you will have to say goodbye to your wonderful crew. Please leave your cabin by 9:30 AM. It is possible, upon talking with the crew first, to leave your luggage on board until 3:30 PM, so you can explore Amsterdam once more. 

*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

*Parts printed in italics will be covered by the ship.


On the La Belle Fleur:

Day 1: Arrival in Amsterdam, Amsterdam - Zaandam, 21 mi. (35 km)
Day 2: Zaandam - Haarlem, 15 mi. (25 km)
Day 3: Haarlem - Leiden, 27 mi. (45 km)
Day 4: Leiden - Kudelstaart, 21 mi. (35 km)
Day 5: Kudelstaart - Amsterdam, 13 mi. (22 km) (Disembark approx. 4PM)


On the Gandalf:


Day 1: Arrival in Amsterdam at 1pm, Amsterdam - Haarlem, 9 mi. (15 km)
Day 2: Haarlem – Leiden, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 3: Leiden – Kudelstaart, 21 mi. (35 km)
Day 4: Kudelstaart – Amsterdam, 25 mi. (15 km)
Day 5: Departure from Amsterdam after breakfast


Itineraries coming soon! Please note if you are booking 2019 tour dates that the itineraries posted in 2018 are subject to change.

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  • Kim D. 1 month ago

    Our Bike and Barge trip on the new Magnifique III was the BEST! The boat was beautiful, the food was fabulous, the the guides and staff were so helpful and friendly. We'll never forgot all of the beautiful sites - windmills, tulips, and baby animals - just to name a few. Memories that will last a lifetime. I cannot recommend this vacation highly enough!

    Boat: Magnifique III

  • Christiane and Pascale D. 1 month ago

    The kindness and attention of Sanders and Als, owners of the barge, the delicious and beautifully presented meals, the bike tours so different every day, the size of the boat allowing super relations with the others, Rola the so friendly and helpful guide and to top it all, 5 days of perfect sunny hot weather....ordered by Tripsite, no doubt!!

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • Linda N. 1 month ago

    The Netherlands is a unique and beautiful country. We loved everything we saw. The flower auction was amazing. The Keukenhof was not to be missed. Our only problem was riding in a group single file through Amsterdam. We were strung out so long it sometimes took 2 or 3 lights to get through an intersection. We were so far back from the guide we couldn’t say “let’s stop and check out that windmill”. We were spoiled. On the Danube trip we could go at our own pace with detailed maps. I would suggest people download the map app and go it alone. But really, how can you complain about springtime and hyacinths?

    Boat: Fluvius

  • Brenda M. 2 months ago

    The tulip tour trip is too short, but cycling around the flowering bulb fields was wonderful. Visiting Keukenhof gardens in bloom was great. I didn't like assigned seating for our meals and the buffet organization on the Fluvius was terrible, especially when trying to make lunches in a tiny space with everyone grabbing stuff. Food arrangements were the weakest part of the tour, although they also hired an awful lounge singer one night.

    Boat: Fluvius

  • Lyla C. 2 months ago

    I have already recommended this trip to my walking and running friends as I am not a biker but found that it was very, very manageable with little current biking experience. I rode bikes a lot as a kid but just haven’t been on a bike much at all lately. This winter in Canada made it impossible to get out and get out on the bike ahead of time. Of course the flat Dutch terrain helped and I ended in the long group each day! The best part was that by being well looked after by the tour by way of food and the guides, the group came together in just a magnificent way. The days were laid out in advance for us and we were all quite comfortable. Everyone was relaxed and really good company. We soon were having a lot of fun!

    Boat: Magnifique II

  • Lorraine D. 2 months ago

    Just one tip that we should have more of the history explain on the bike trip, not enough info on the places we were seeing.

    Boat: Magnifique II

  • Antigoni T. 2 months ago

    Enjoyed the biking and food was great.

    Boat: Magnifique III

  • Rosemary W. 2 months ago

    Everyone associated with the barge was kind and personable. We met interesting people and enjoyed the 5 Star service of the entire crew. I’m sure all of our friends at home are tired of hearing about our amazing trip, LOL! We are already looking to book a future bike and barge trip and bring some of those friends along. The only thing that wasn’t perfect about this trip was the weather, but we made the best of it.

    Boat: Magnifique II

  • Rose F. 1 year ago

    After sorting out problems with the bikes I was assigned I found the tour through the tulip fields to be amazing. I only wish the biking had been more leisurely with opportunities to stop and enjoy the fields and take more photos.

    • Kathy 6 months ago

      Hello Rose, would you mind sharing a bit more information on this trip? I’m interested in going but a concern is that you ride through areas and don’t really get to appreciate all there is to see and experience. Also, what month did you go?
      Thanks
      Kathy

      • Rose F. 6 months ago

        If I were to do a trip through the tulip fields again I would focus solely on experiencing the tulips and find a local guide to help me do it. That way I would be able to stop when I wanted to and take my time. The riding 20 miles a day meant an agenda that was not subject to change even when people in our group wanted to take longer in the fields. My comment to the guide after our second day was, "this is a TULIP tour, isn't it?". Kind of sums up my reaction.

  • Ana B. 1 year ago

    Excellent trip!

  • Ann H. 1 year ago

    The most memorable part was the people we met.

  • R. Vaughan 2 years ago

    The Magnifique II ship was beautiful and very comfortable. The ship's crew were outstanding and very friendly. We especially enjoyed touring with tour guide Tom. We would love to take another trip similar to this in other regions and countries.

    Boat: Magnifique II

  • D. Hunts 2 years ago

    Highly recommend this trip!

    Boat: Magnifique II

  • D. Keener 2 years ago

    We loved the entire trip. The bikes trips were great - always lots to see with just the right amount of time in the saddle. My sister (who is not used to much cycling) loved her electric bike.

    Boat: Magnifique II

  • L. Bendz 2 years ago

    This was my second bike and barge trip on the La Belle Fleur for the tulip tour and it was fantastic. We had an excellent guide, Koehn, who selected lovely routes thru rural settings and we saw amazing fields in bloom, the national park leading to the North Sea and the Amsterdam Forest on return. The barge sparkled and Sanders and Els were very warm and welcoming. Our room was very comfortable. The new bikes had very comfortable seats and were lighter & BETTER for riding the 13 to 23 miles/ day distances. Unfortunately we hit a week of rainy inclement weather so we wore every warm layer we had plus scarves and rain gear. Our fellow travelers from Canada and Brazil were very good sports. I can't wait to try the France river trip on the Mosel River next time!! Thank you for making this trip of memories possible!!

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • K. Vandermeer 2 years ago

    The trip was awesome... Even tho it rained EVERYDAY...had a great time. The guide was great and he was able to adjust route to accommodate group. The scenery was incredible and enjoyed every day . The bikes were perfect with 8 gears to meet the needs of trip...

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • P. Shackleton 2 years ago

    Absolutely fabulous people(both tour guide & barge owners), amazing routes and clean accommodating facilities. The food was plentiful and some of it quite good. Some meals were a bit thin and breakfast & lunch too much the same stuff. However, for the cost of this trip it was very satisfactory; I have recommended the Fleur d Bell and thank all organizers for a smooth and memorable trip!

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • L. Vandermeer 2 years ago

    The boat crew were both very nice, friendly and helpful. The bike guide was wonderful - such a great guy, wonderful sense of humour, very kind and considerate. He was also very knowledgeable about the places we went. The bikes were excellent. The routes we took were wonderful - made very good use of the great Dutch biking infrastructure, and we went through a very interesting mix of countryside, villages, pretty urban neighbourhoods, etc.

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • L. Epstein 2 years ago

    More hot breakfast food. The route was semi-urban and suburban and that could have been made clearer beforehand. I liked doing one or more interesting stops each day. Keukenhof day was terrific, including cycling by tulip and hyacinth fields.

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • L. Daugherty 2 years ago

    My trip was wonderful. Sander and Els were incredible hosts and Arie was a fantastic guide. The information from Tripsite was spot on and very helpful. The only glitch I had was that the Tram stop for the boat was not correct but we found the barge without too much difficulty. I would definitely recommend this trip.

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • B. West 2 years ago

    The experience was very good; the only negatives are beyond anyone's control! I was not adequately prepared for the wind, which was far stronger than I anticipated, and I didn't have anything to protect my ears and eyes. My eyes and lips were severely windburned one day. Goggles, or at least wraparound sunglasses, and a headband to cover the ears are a definite must!

    Other than that, everything was good. The cabin was comfortable, and the meals were excellent. It was a very good value. Most tours cover all but a few meals; this covers all of them. Captain Sander and Chef Els were wonderful hosts, and tour guide Arie went above and beyond to make sure everyone experienced as much of the region as possible. The day bike trips and the evening city walks were really interesting.

    Thanks for a great trip!

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • S. Hogg 2 years ago

    Wish we had managed to cycle close to some tulip fields.

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • Melody Knapp 3 years ago

    Sander and Els were perfect hosts. The food, the service, the accommodations were also perfect. I was very impressed with the cleanliness of the cabins. Sander and Els also were very willing to let me stay on the barge two additional nights after the tour for an affordable price. The biking was also very pleasurable, so much so that I was sad when I realized we were on our last day.

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • Sandi Branker 3 years ago

    Loved the trip and hope to do it another in 2016!

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • Wayne Goodman 3 years ago

    I really loved: Tour guide, boat hosts, food, sights, other guests.
    I only enjoyed: quality of bike (could've been a better bike, but it was well maintained)
    Could've been better: speed of cycling (while I understand not everyone cycles at the same speed, there should be a ""fast"" group and a ""slow"" group
    --overall rating: 4.5 of 5

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • Loretta and Lynn bendz 3 years ago

    We had an amazing experience with Sanders and Els in April 2015 and I can't wait to do it again! The food and bicycles and itinery were all excellent! We had great weather although the northsea beaches were a little windy. I liked being able to pack my lunch so that we had more time exploring delightful Netherlands! Thank you for this fantastic opportunity. Feel free to share our experience with anyone interested in bike barge tour in the future. Thanks again! Loretta Bendz

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • Nancy Van Sas 3 years ago

    My husband and I have just returned from our honeymoon from Netherlands. Five of the 10 days were spent on La Belle Fleur with Sander and Els. I cannot say enough positive things about this bike and barge. I have been planning this trip for 8 years, so there were very high expectations that had to be met, which they successfully accomplished. The barge was very cozy with wonderful food served daily, including traditional dutch cuisine. The bikes (Gazelle) were great in traditional dutch style. Our guide was knowledgeable and kept us on pace of a very full 5 day schedule. I highly recommend this trip if you are looking for an adventure and to experience the country in true Dutch style. I know I will be back to explore more of this beautiful country, hopefully aboard the La Belle Fleur for another adventure.

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • Peg Hanson 4 years ago

    I had a wonderful experience with Sander, Els, and Arie (sp). The food was amazing, the bikes were comfortable and efficient..enjoyed the walking tours and all the history information. Would recommend to anyone that wants a comfortable easy tour.

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • Shirley Stephens 4 years ago

    We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and had no glitches. I would like to recommend the barge and bike trip around Amsterdam thru the US affiliate, "TripSite". The office was very helpful, pleasant and efficient. The information offered prior to the trip was excellent and unexpectedly thorough including a history of the history of the Netherlands! The excursion did not disappoint. The barge was compact, as expected but clean and comfortable. Most notably, the food was OUTSTANDING. The wife of the captain is an excellent cook and offered a different, interesting 3 course fair nightly. The passengers complimented her frequently after the meal and gave her special applause at the end. As promised we were offered coffee and cake just before disembarking. An extra detail but so nice for closure.The guide on our bike tour was fluent in English and happy to answer all questions. He was thoroughly knowledgeable in the bike routes, taking short a cut through the tulip fields because they had were largely harvested due to the very early spring. This allowed us an extra half hour at the OUTSTANDING Keukenhof Gardens. There was a medical emergency while we were biking necessitating an ambulance. He handled it efficiently without alarm. He and the captain called for taxis for those of us needing them at disembarkation and gave directions to trains, etc for others. They stayed around until all were on their way. One of us talked to a local bartender in Leiden while using WiFi there. He asked what boat we were on and offered that it was "the best". He asked about the food. When we said it was outstanding, he offered that passengers from other boats had complained about their food onboard. Feel free to share our experience with anyone interested in such a tour in the future. Thanks again for your help.

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • D.W. 5 years ago

    Our Tulip Tour in Netherlands was the most fun I've had on a vacation in years. Although there was a super small group, our guide, Lia, and the crew, Sander and Els, treated us incredibly well. The weather was cold, but we rode bikes every day, and even though it was too cold to see tulips, we managed to enjoy ourselves the whole time. Lia was so knowledgeable about the people, lore, history, politics, and engineering of Holland that she made every moment come alive. One thing that surprised me were the many monuments to WWII and she explained the history and its impact on the people. In addition to the planned excursions, we were able to enjoy a few spontaneous stops along the way. With such a small group we found ourselves all together more than might have been expected, and never once did it feel as if anybody was bored with seeing the same few faces every day. Our crew were simply fantastic, telling us about the boat, the rivers in Europe, the locks we passed through, and the villages we stayed in along the way. The food was terrific, and even though the chef was a vegetarian, she prepared wonderful dishes that included meat with each meal. And the desserts each night were delicious. I've been thinking about this trip a lot ever since we came home, and I would be so glad to do it again. Marvelous vacation!

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • Jill Nicholas 5 years ago

    We had a wonderful week, despite the strong winds which made cycling more difficult. The tour guide was excellent and very supportive of any problems. The very late spring meant that we didn't see any flowering tulip fields, but the fields of daffodils and hyacinths more than made up for it. The crew of the Eva Josiena could not have been more welcoming.

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

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Tulip Tour - 5 day Boats + Barges

Fluvius Photo

Fluvius Belgium, Netherlands Comfort Plus Class Boat The MS Fluvius will accommodate 44 guests in 2018. The salon with a bar is a large room for common use and has a semi-separate restaurant area. On the large, and partially roofed sun deck of the 70-meter long ship are comfortable tables and chairs along with a storage room for the bikes. The ship sails under the Dutch flag and has been sailing in Holland and Germany for many years.

La Belle Fleur Photo

La Belle Fleur Netherlands Comfort Class Boat The La Belle Fleur was built in 1929 and converted into a passenger ship in 1993. The former inland freighter, which has been restored into a hotel barge, is 44 meters long. The boat features cabins for 19 guests, a tastefully designed lounge area, and an expansive sun deck complete with tables and benches.

Magnifique Photo

Magnifique Netherlands Comfort Plus Class Boat The boat is 63 meters long and accommodates maximum of 30 guests, sailing under the Dutch flag and management. Other features include a beautiful salon with a spacious bar, a sun deck equipped with comfortable chairs, and a small whirlpool to relax in at the end of a long day of cycling. Delicious meals are served daily in the restaurant area.

Magnifique II Photo

Magnifique II Belgium, Netherlands Comfort Plus Class Boat In 2016, we saw the launch of a new premium barge, the Magnifique II, to wonderful reviews. The ship boasts a classical style with emphasis on superior comfort. Highlights of the barge include 4 upper deck suites, with cozy seating area, and lovely large panoramic windows. This ship has earned the premium designation!

Magnifique III Photo

Magnifique III Netherlands, Belgium Comfort Plus Class Boat A new ship is born! Following the success of her sister ships, Magnifique I and Magnifique II, this deluxe vessel will not disappoint.

Gandalf Photo

Gandalf Netherlands, Belgium Comfort Class Boat The classic MS Gandalf is a comfort class passenger ship that can accommodate 20-22 guests. Almost everything on this barge is on one level, including the comfortable salon which has scenic panoramic windows.

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