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 blooming 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 vary according to boat:
- Historical city of Haarlem
- World famous flower exhibition, the Keukenhof
- World's largest flower auction near Aalsmeer
- Mill visit at Zaanse Schans
- Entrance North Holland Dune reserve
- Tulips and more
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
A non-refundable admin fee of 20 Euros per person is included in the deposit amount.
† Currency exchange rate set 90 days before travel.
Fly to Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport (AMS)
There is a direct train that leaves 6 times per hour from the airport to Amsterdam Central Station. It takes about 16 minutes. The price for a train ticket Schiphol-Amsterdam Central is € 4,20 per person for a single journey. The airport train station is located on the lower level of the airport. Depending on what boat you are on, mooring location could be within walking distance or otherwise, a short taxi ride away.
Please check local conditions prior to arrival. Holland is near or below sea level and experiences a Maritime climate influenced by the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean with relatively mild winters and summers that are not too hot. Holland has the perfect climate and soil for the Tulips. Average high/low temp in °F for Amsterdam in March, 48°/37°, April is 53°/41º and May, 61°/46º. Don’t forget your layers and your rain gear!
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.
Discounted ticket for one-hour canal cruise Amsterdam for the Magnifiques and Fluvius: € 14. Please book your ticket in advance and you can collect it on board of your ship on the first day of the tour.
Before you travel, please check 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. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.
*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.
Where You’ll Stay
There are several boats that navigate this 5 Day Tulip Tour, ranging from the Deluxe ships the Magnifiques and Princesse Royal, the Premium ship, the Fluvius, the Comfort ship, the Mecklenburg, and Standard ship, La Belle Fleur.
What’s Not Included
- Transfers to and from the port in Amsterdam
- Drinks on board
- Excursions not mentioned in itinerary
- Helmets on the Fluvius, available for surcharge, see pricing and please reserve at time of booking
- Wifi on the Fluvius, available for surcharge, €10 unlimited data package, payable on board
- Electric bicycle. Available for supplement. See pricing
- Bicycle Protection
- Travel Insurance
Extra nights in Amsterdam are always recommended.
|Tour||Bike + Boat|
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.
Each boat has a slightly different itinerary. Please be sure to check your specific itinerary below. All distances are approximate. Any and all planned itineraries are subject to change, even on very short notice, due to changing wind and weather conditions, and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, docking location changes, lock repairs, etc.
Tulip Tour - 5 day Boats + Barges
Fluvius Belgium, Netherlands Premium Class Boat The MS Fluvius accommodates 44 guests. It has a large salon with lounge, bar, and restaurant area. The 70-meter long ship has a partially covered sundeck with 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 Netherlands Standard 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 (Princesse Royal) Netherlands Deluxe 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 Belgium, Netherlands Deluxe 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 Netherlands, Belgium Deluxe Class Boat A new ship in our program. Following the success of her sister ships, Magnifique I and Magnifique II, this deluxe vessel, launched in 2018, has not diappointed!
Magnifique IV Netherlands, Belgium Deluxe Class Boat Following the overwhelming success of the premium barges Magnifique, Magnifique II (2016), and Magnifique III (2018), we are proud to now offer a new addition, the Magnifique IV. The Magnifique IV is currently being constructed and will be ready for the 2020 season!
Mecklenburg Netherlands, Belgium Comfort Class Boat Navigating the rivers and channels of Belgium, the Mecklenburg is a comfortable river boat with an inviting atmosphere. First built in 1957 in Belgium, it was rebuilt in 2000. You can enjoy the passing scenery from the partially shaded sun deck with chairs and tables. The salon, with large panoramic windows and comfortable couches, is the perfect place to enjoy a meal and drink. There are eleven twin cabins on board with friendly staff to cater to your needs.