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.

  • Discount aboard the Magnifiques: 2nd person in twin cabin (March 24, 26, 27, 28, 31, and April 2, 2019)

    Twin cabin £ 349 $ 714 400 NOK 3867 kr 3569 $ 464 £ 371 $ 758 425 NOK 4108 kr 3792 $ 493
    Premium twin (Magnifique and Magnifique II) £ 406 $ 830 465 NOK 4495 kr 4149 $ 539 £ 427 $ 874 490 NOK 4737 kr 4372 $ 568
    Upper deck suite (Magnifique II and Magnifique III) £ 440 $ 901 505 NOK 4882 kr 4506 $ 586 £ 462 $ 946 530 NOK 5123 kr 4729 $ 615
    Regular Triple  £ 460 $ 940 527 NOK 5094 kr 4702 $ 611 £ 493 $ 1,008 565 NOK 5462 kr 5042 $ 655
    Triple premium (Magnifique) £ 545 $ 1,115 625 NOK 6042 kr 5577 $ 725 £ 577 $ 1,181 662 NOK 6399 kr 5907 $ 768
    Triple upper deck suite (Magnifique II and Magnifique III) £ 564 $ 1,155 647 NOK 6254 kr 5773 $ 751 £ 597 $ 1,222 685 NOK 6622 kr 6112 $ 795
    Twin cabin £ 636 $ 1,301 729 NOK 7047 kr 6505 $ 846 £ 679 $ 1,390 779 NOK 7530 kr 6951 $ 904
    Premium twin cabin £ 749 $ 1,533 859 NOK 8304 kr 7665 $ 996 £ 793 $ 1,622 909 NOK 8787 kr 8111 $ 1,054
    Single cabin £ 889 $ 1,819 1019 NOK 9850 kr 9093 $ 1,182 £ 932 $ 1,908 1069 NOK 10334 kr 9539 $ 1,240
    Regular triple cabin*  £ 592 $ 1,212 679 NOK 6564 kr 6059 $ 788 £ 636 $ 1,301 729 NOK 7047 kr 6505 $ 846
    Triple cabin premium*  £ 706 $ 1,444 809 NOK 7820 kr 7219 $ 938 £ 749 $ 1,533 859 NOK 8304 kr 7665 $ 996

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

    Magnifique II:MarchApril
    Twin cabin £ 636 $ 1,301 729 NOK 7047 kr 6505 $ 846 £ 679 $ 1,390 779 NOK 7530 kr 6951 $ 904
    Premium twin cabin £ 749 $ 1,533 859 NOK 8304 kr 7665 $ 996 £ 793 $ 1,622 909 NOK 8787 kr 8111 $ 1,054
     Upper deck suite £ 819 $ 1,676 939 NOK 9077 kr 8379 $ 1,089 £ 863 $ 1,765 989 NOK 9560 kr 8825 $ 1,147
    Twin cabin for single use £ 889 $ 1,819 1019 NOK 9850 kr 9093 $ 1,182 £ 932 $ 1,908 1069 NOK 10334 kr 9539 $ 1,240
    Regular triple cabin** £ 592 $ 1,212 679 NOK 6564 kr 6059 $ 788 £ 636 $ 1,301 729 NOK 7047 kr 6505 $ 846

    Triple cabin upper deck suite**

    £ 732 $ 1,497 839 NOK 8110 kr 7486 $ 973 £ 775 $ 1,587 889 NOK 8594 kr 7933 $ 1,031
    Magnifique IIIMarchApril
    Twin cabin £ 636 $ 1,301 729 NOK 7047 kr 6505 $ 846 £ 679 $ 1,390 779 NOK 7530 kr 6951 $ 904
    Upper deck suite £ 819 $ 1,676 939 NOK 9077 kr 8379 $ 1,089 £ 863 $ 1,765 989 NOK 9560 kr 8825 $ 1,147
    Single cabin £ 889 $ 1,819 1019 NOK 9850 kr 9093 $ 1,182 £ 932 $ 1,908 1069 NOK 10334 kr 9539 $ 1,240
    Regular triple cabin** £ 592 $ 1,212 679 NOK 6564 kr 6059 $ 788 £ 636 $ 1,301 729 NOK 7047 kr 6505 $ 846
    Triple cabin upper deck suite** £ 732 $ 1,497 839 NOK 8110 kr 7486 $ 973 £ 775 $ 1,587 889 NOK 8594 kr 7933 $ 1,031

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

    Small twin cabin below deck £ 540 $ 1,105 619 NOK 5984 kr 5523 $ 718
    Twin cabin below deck £ 566 $ 1,158 649 NOK 6274 kr 5791 $ 753
    Twin cabin below deck for single use £ 697 $ 1,426 799 NOK 7724 kr 7130 $ 927
    Twin cabin upper deck £ 653 $ 1,337 749 NOK 7240 kr 6683 $ 869
    Double cabin upper deck £ 784 $ 1,604 899 NOK 8690 kr 8022 $ 1,043
    Le Belle Fleur 
    Twin cabin £ 553 $ 1,131 634 NOK 6129 kr 5657 $ 735
    Twin cabin for single use (limited) £ 684 $ 1,399 784 NOK 7579 kr 6996 $ 909
    Children (under 12) in triple cabin £ 470 $ 962 539 NOK 5210 kr 4810 $ 625


    extra options

    Electric bike (Limited number available. Please reserve at time of booking)
    La Belle Fleur (rate is per day): £ 17 $ 36 20 NOK 193 kr 178 $ 23 Magnifiques and Fluvius: £ 44 $ 89 50 NOK 483 kr 446 $ 58 Helmet
    Fluvius: £ 9 $ 18 10 NOK 97 kr 89 $ 12 Canal cruise, Magnifiques and Fluvius: £ 11 $ 22 13 NOK 121 kr 112 $ 15  

    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.


    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.


    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: 
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

*Second person in twin cabin now receives a 50% discount off of the tour price. Valid for reservations made on or after January 21.

On the Comfort class boat:
La Belle Fleur: Mondays:  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


  • Accommodations for 5 day/4 nights on board
  • Climate controlled cabins
  • Daily cleaning of cabins
  • 4 breakfasts, packed lunches, 4 three course dinners
  • Welcome presentation with complimentary drink
  • Coffee and tea
  • 7 speed touring bicycle, pannier, helmet, and water bottle
  • Two cycling tour guides so guests can opt for longer/shorter or quicker/slower cycling tours (depending on the route)
  • A few short walking tours
  • Entrance to the Keukenhof
  • Entrance North Holland Dune Reserve
  • Mill visit at Zaanse Schans
  • Fees for ferries
  • WiFi
  • GPS tracks
  • Tour maps and notes (one set per cabin)


  • Accommodations for 5 day/4 nights on board
  • Climate controlled cabins
  • 4 breakfasts, packed lunches, 4 three course dinners
  • Welcome presentation with complimentary drink
  • Daily coffee and tea until 4 pm
  • 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)
  • Fees for ferries
  • Tour maps and notes (one set per cabin)
  • GPS tracks

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
  • Short city tours according to program
  • Entrance fees for Keukenhof, the cheese farm, and the auction of Aalsmeer

What’s Not Included

  • 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
  • Wifi on the Fluvius, available for surcharge, €10 unlimited data package, payable on board
  • Bicycle Protection
  • Travel Insurance

Extra Stay

Extra nights in Amsterdam are always recommended.

Length5 days
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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

Magnifiques and Fluvius

Day 1: Boarding in Amsterdam, Amsterdam - Zaandam
Day 2: Zaandam - Zaanse Schansm- Zaandam | Zaandam - Haarlem, 14 mi. (24 km) or 21 mi.  (34 km)
Day 3: Haarlem - Keukenhof - Oude Wetering, 24 mi. (39 km) or 35 mi. (57 km)
Day 4: Oude Wetering - Amsterdam | Amsterdam Waterland cycling tour, 16 mi. (25 km) and/or 18 mi. (28 km)
Day 5: Departure from Amsterdam

Day 1: Boarding in Amsterdam, Amsterdam - Zaandam
Embarkation and check-in, where the crew will welcome you on board, takes place between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. As soon as all guests have arrived a short cruise will bring you to Zaandam, a spot famous for its windmills. Here, your barge will berth in the center of the city for the night. Upon arrival you can enjoy taking your new bike for a brief test ride through the surrounding area. In the evening, enjoy a short walk through the picturesque center of Zaandam.

Day 2: Zaandam - Zaanse Schansm- Zaandam | Zaandam - Haarlem, 14 mi. (24 km) or 21 mi.  (34 km)
After breakfast you will enjoy a 5 km bicycle ride to the open air museum “Zaanse Schans” with beautiful windmills, traditional wooden houses, an old Dutch village, a cheese farm and a traditional wooden clog maker. In the afternoon you have a choice to make: you can either cycle (24 km/14 mi.) to Haarlem or take it easy and join the barge while enjoying the scenery. In Haarlem visit the historical inner city with the Grote Markt and St. Bavo church. Your barge will be berthed not far from the center of Haarlem for the night, so you will have time to enjoy a short city walk in the afternoon or in the evening.

Day 3: Haarlem - Keukenhof - Oude Wetering, 24 mi. (39 km) or 35 mi. (57 km)
Today you will cycle to the Keukenhof, 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 an extensive visit you will get back on your bicycle at noon and will head to Oude Wetering, a small village, where your floating hotel will be waiting for you.

Day 4: Oude Wetering - Amsterdam | Amsterdam Waterland cycling tour, 16 mi. (25 km) and/or 18 mi. (28 km)
This morning you are in for a real treat – an early visit by bus (6.30 a.m.) to the biggest flower auction in the world at Aalsmeer. In the morning millions of flowers are auctioned off here and are instantly sent out to all parts of the world*. By 9 a.m. you will return on the your barge where a late breakfast will be waiting for you before you make your way to Amsterdam by bicycle or by barge. During the afternoon you either have the opportunity to make a last beautiful cycling tour through the wetlands of Waterland or to discover this amazing city. Visit the inner city flower market, go to a museum, do some shopping… there is just so much to do! 

Optional: end-of-day canal tour in Amsterdam.

*The Aalsmeer flower auction is closed during weekends and on public holidays. This is an optional visit. Please be aware that on dates that are marked with an asterisk (*), a visit to the flower auction is not possible.

  • Magnifique: March 24 / March 28* / April 2
  • Magnifique II: March 26 / March 31
  • Magnifique III: March 27* / April 1 / April 5 / April 15 / April 19* / April 23

Day 5: Departure from Amsterdam
End of your tour: Disembarkation after breakfast by 9.30 a.m.

 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. 4 PM)

Day 1: Arrival in Amsterdam, Amsterdam - Zaandam, 21 mi. (35 km)
At noon the crew of La Belle fleur welcomes you on board in Amsterdam. During lunch you can meet your fellow travellers and the tour guide. In the afternoon you bike trough the nature to the museum village of Zaanse Schans to visit the mills there

Day 2: Zaandam - Haarlem, 15 mi. (25 km)
After breakfast La Belle Fleur sets sail to Spaarndam. After the locks of Spaarndam, your cycle trip of the day starts. The journey takes you to the North sea beaches. There you have the time to enjoy a beach walk and afterwards you bike to the city of Haarlem. This old city is famous for its courtyards. Many of these you can visit and by doing this you will get a view of the typical Dutch way of live. But Haarlem is more then that… It monuments and old houses are a beautiful side to see.

Day 3: Haarlem - Leiden, 27 mi. (45 km)
Today your bike trip starts in the direction of Lisse, you can visit the most famous garden of Holland, the Keukenhof. There you can enjoy the tulip fields in all forms, shapes and colours. Afterwards you continue your cycle tour to Leiden. In the afternoon you can stop by one of the many tulip fields and enjoy a walk through it. You can play with the tulip leaves that are left behind on the fields and make the most beautiful pictures. After dinner you can visit the old city with the guide. Leiden a city that is so beautiful that it received the UNESCO protection title for the complete old city, which contains the oldest university of Holland, but also the birth houses of many of the Dutch masters like Rembrandt, Lucas van Leyden and Jan Steen.

Day 4: Leiden - Kudelstaart, 21 mi. (35 km)
When you say Holland, you say more than tulips, so today we are going the Dutch way. During the bike tour we stop at a cheese farm, where you can learn everything about the process of cheese making and live on the farm. We spend the night at Kudelstaart, a small village near Aalsmeer.

Day 5: Kudelstaart - Amsterdam, 13 mi. (22 km) (Disembark approx. 4 PM)
Today we have an early start. We start the day with a visit to the tulips auction in Aalsmeer. This auction is the biggest flower auction in the world. Afterwards you come back at the ship as La Belle Fleur reaches Amsterdam again and you can enjoy the old West part of Amsterdam from the sun deck. Once the ship is moored the guide takes you for a walk around Amsterdam, enjoy the beautiful old canal houses or “grachtenpanden”, but also the small streets of the old city centre. After coffee the crew of La Belle Fleur says you goodbye and wishes you a save journey home.

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Customer Feedback

  • Ana B. 1 month ago

    We went on the tulip tour in Holland. It was breathtaking! Tripsite took us to the flower auction and the Kukenhof Flower Gardens which were beautiful and I would never have known about them. We had an amazing time!

    Boat: Magnifique II

  • Cynthia L. 2 months ago

    The scenery along the bike path has stayed with me.

    Boat: Magnifique II

  • Margaret C. 2 months ago

    Most Memorable Part? Meeting wonderful people bike that were interested in biking

    Boat: Fluvius

  • Marypat S. 2 months ago

    We had so much fun biking around Holland.
    The scenery was fantastic.... beautiful blooming flower fields around each corner. We visited many places that gave us a good overview of the customs and culture of the Netherlands.
    The biking was easy on mainly flat roads and trails which made the experience very delightful!

    Boat: Fluvius

  • Kim D. 9 months 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. 9 months 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. 9 months 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. 10 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. 10 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. 10 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. 10 months ago

    Enjoyed the biking and food was great.

    Boat: Magnifique III

  • Rosemary W. 10 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

    • Vicky B. 7 months ago

      Hi Rosemary,
      3 of my family and I will be doing a Best of Holland July 2019 and I'd REALLY appreciate info on the "bad weather" side of your trip. I'm thinking we should buy rain pants (jacket of course) just in case. 3 of us are not the best riders, so was it hard to ride in rain? Slippery? Did you ever opt not to ride but stay on the barge or just go into town and look around on your own? I'm finding it hard to get really good bad weather tips, info anywhere on the net or on reviews. I'm a "planner" so would appreciate anything you can suggest. Also, did you encounter a lot of wind and for the unexperienced bike riders, maybe better for the e-bike. Thanks a bunch!!!!!

  • Rose F. 2 years 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 1 year 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?

      • Rose F. 1 year 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. 2 years ago

    Excellent trip!

  • Ann H. 2 years ago

    The most memorable part was the people we met.

  • R. Vaughan 3 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 3 years ago

    Highly recommend this trip!

    Boat: Magnifique II

  • D. Keener 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 4 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 4 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 5 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 Read more… 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. 6 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, Read more… 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 6 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 in our program. Following the success of her sister ships, Magnifique I and Magnifique II, this deluxe vessel, launched in 2018, has not diappointed!