Yellow tulips in the Netherlands (nickname Holland). Photo via Flickr:stokesrx

Amsterdam aglow at night with its many canals, North Holland, the Netherlands. Photo via Flickr:BriYYZ

Tulip Tour - 10 Day - Amsterdam to Bruges

Netherlands, Belgium Bike + Barge Tours

Bike and Boat Holland and Belgium like it should be explored!

  • We have been told several times, and our captains and operators agree, the usual 8 days allotted for a bike and boat tour from Amsterdam to Bruges or Bruges to Amsterdam is simply not enough. That is why we think that this 10 day bike and boat tour from Holland's intriguing capital to Belgium's artistic gem (or reverse), during peak tulip season, will be unsurpassed. You will have more time to bike, more time to boat, and more time to immerse, enjoy your surroundings, and participate fully in this cycling experience.

    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.

    Highlights:

    • Keukenhof
    • Kinderdijk
    • Deltaworks
    • Cycling the Tulip Fields

    Be sure to check out all of our bike and barge tours in the Netherlands.

  • Quo Vadis (10 day):  £ 1538 $ 2,453 1615 NOK 16150 kr 14908 $ 1,938 Single supplement: £ 462 $ 737 485 NOK 4850 kr 4477 $ 582

    Zwaantje (10 day): £ 1443 $ 2,301 1515 NOK 15150 kr 13985 $ 1,818

    extra options

    Electric bike rental, Quo Vadis, (rate is per day): £ 24 $ 38 25 NOK 250 kr 231 $ 30

    Electric bike rental, Zwaantje: £ 238 $ 380 250 NOK 2500 kr 2308 $ 300

    please note

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Most people opt to fly into and out of Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport. However, depending on your tour start/tour end city you could opt to fly into or out of Brussels as well.

    Local Travel

    From the Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, you can take the train to Amsterdam Central. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket counter in the Arrival’s Hall of the airport, or at ticket machines located in the airport terminal (NS train station). From there you head down the escalator to the train terminal. The train ride from the airport to Amsterdam Central takes about 15‐20 minutes and costs only a few Euros.

    Climate

    The Dutch have a saying "April doet wat hij wil". It means that April does whatever it wishes to do. Keep this in mind as you pack for your cycling holiday. Though cooler in April the sun does shine on average 177 hours. Average high temperature is 55° F (12.8° C) and average low is 38° F (3.3° C). April is normally the driest month of the year but that does not mean it does not rain. Average rainfall is 1.8 inches (47 mm). Rain showers are common and frequent but not long. Plan to dress in layers!


Where You’ll Stay

On board the comfort plus vessel the Quo Vadis or the Zwaantje

What’s Included

  • On the Quo Vadis:
  • Accommodations for 9 nights
  • Daily cleaning of cabin
  • Welcome toast
  • 9 x breakfast buffets, 8 x packed lunches, and 8 x three course dinner
  • Coffee, tea, hot chocolate & water on board
  • 8-speed hybrid bicycle, including a bike bag, lock, helmet, and water bottle
  • Tour guide and route Information
  • All ferry fares en route
  • WiFi on board
  • Entrances of Keukenhof, one windmill, one canal boat-tour
  • On the Zwaantje:
  • Accommodations for 9 nights
  • Daily cleaning of the cabin
  • 9 x breakfast buffets, 8 x packed lunches, and 8 x three course dinners
  • Coffee, tea, & water
  • 21 speed hybrid bicycle with hand brakes, pannier bag, helmet, and water bottle
  • Tour guide
  • Snacks after cycling tour
  • All ferry and harbor fees

What’s Not Included

  • On the Quo Vadis:
  • 1 x dinner
  • Insurances
  • Local transportation and airfare
  • Entrance fees/excursions other than mentioned
  • Wine tasting
  • Drinks other than mentioned
  • Bicycle protection
  • Gratuities
  • On the Zwaantje
  • 1 x dinner
  • Insurances
  • Local transportation and airfare
  • Entrance fees/excursions other than mentioned
  • Entrance to Keukenhof (approx. €16 - 20 per person)
  • Drinks other than mentioned
  • Bike protection
  • Gratuities
TourBike+Boat
TypeGuided
SkillEasy
Length10 days
From1515 Rates
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Tour Dates

Amsterdam to Bruges:
Quo Vadis: April 14, 2018
Bruges to Amsterdam
Zwaantje: April 11, 2018
Quo Vadis: April 23, 2018
 

Skill Level

This is an easy 10 day guided bike and boat tour. Bicycle routes follow mainly flat bike paths & country lanes with little traffic. Occasionally heavier traffic is encountered when entering or exiting the bigger cities. Daily cycling distances average 25 miles (40 km).

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Tulip Tour - 10 Day - Amsterdam to Bruges Map

Amsterdam to Bruges

Day 1:
 Amsterdam, embarkation at 3 pm
Day 2: Amsterdam - Zaandam - Haarlem, 28 miles (45 km)
Day 3: Haarlem - Keukenhof - Leiden, 28 miles (45 km)
Day 4: Leiden - Katwijk - Delft, 30 miles (48 km)
Day 5: Delft - Rotterdam - Kinderdijk - Dordrecht, 26 miles (42 km)
Day 6: Dordrecht - Willemstad - Zierikzee, 25 miles (40 km)
Day 7: Zierikzee - Veere - Middelurg, 26 miles (42 km)
Day 8: Middelburg - Vlissingen (Flushing) - Sas van Gent - Gent, 28 miles (45 km)
Day 9: Gent - Bruges, 27 miles (43 km)
Day 10: Bruges, depart after breakfast approximately 9 am

*ALL ITINERARIES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO CHANGING WIND AND WEATHER CONDITIONS AND OTHER UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES HAVING TO DO WITH MOORING REQUIREMENTS, ETC.  DISTANCES ARE APPROXIMATE.

Day 1: Amsterdam, Embarkation at 3 pm
The crew will welcome you on board with a welcome toast and information on the barge and the route. In the afternoon and evening there will be time to enjoy the city of Amsterdam.

Day 2: Amsterdam - Zaandam - Haarlem, 28 miles (45 km)
You begin your cycling day with a ferry to Amsterdam north. From here you start biking through the Ilperveld, an incredibly unique landscape. Next, a stop at the famous Zaanse Schans, a hamlet designed to showcase how people lived and worked in days gone by, where people live and work, with original houses and windmills from the Zaan River area. The hamlet is dominated by fully operating windmills, the oldest built in 1673. As you walk through the village, you will get a  sense of the early history in Holland. The Zaanse Schans is one of the popular tourist attractions of the Netherlands and an anchor point of ERIH, the European Route of Industrial Heritage.  From here you continue to cycle through the traditional ‘polder’ landscapes, crossing the Noordzeekanaal by ferry, to Spaarndam, where the first known lock of Europe is located. Also you will find the famous statue of Hansje Brinker, the Dutch boy that prevented a flooding with his finger in the dike. From there you will bike along a dune landscape to the historical city of Haarlem.

Day 3: Haarlem - Keukenhof - Leiden, 28 miles (45 km)
Get ready to pedal through the oldest tulip fields of Holland, including a visit to the infamous Keukenhof gardens! This is the most beautiful flower garden in the world, an overwhelming blaze of colors as seven million flowering tulips rise up in a magnificent background of traditional and modern gardening architecture. It is here that Spring begins. Hyacinths, narcissus, and many other flowers dazzle as well. After being saturated with color and scent, the cycling continues ending in the historic city of Leiden. Leiden originated around 800 AD as a marketplace at the confluence of the Old and New Rhine rivers, the Vliet river and the Mare (‘Leyten’ means ‘at the waters’). For a long time, it was the second city after Amsterdam. It was the center of the textile industry in Medieval times and is the birthplace of Rembrandt van Rijn.

Day 4: Leiden - Katwijk - Delft, 30 miles (48 km)
From Leiden,  you will follow the course of the Oude Rijn (Old Rhine) through the dunes, to Katwijk aan Zee, an old fishing village. From there you bike in the direction of the Hague, through the Haagse Bosch, a large park, and past the Royal Huis ten Bosch Palace. A tranquil cycle path through the dunes leads you to Wassenaarse Slag. Here, some remains of the Atlantikwall, the 1900 miles long coastal fortifications built by the Nazi Third Reich. Passing the Hague you will arrive in Delft, one of the very famous Dutch cities. In its beautifully preserved historic center you discover the rich history of the city. Delft is known for its Delfts Blue ceramic, the Nieuwe Kerk with its historic link to the House of Orange, the Dutch Royal Family.

Day 5: Delft - Rotterdam - Kinderdijk - Dordrecht, 26 miles (42 km)
From Delft to Rotterdam, a city with many architectural highlights, interesting museums, and is the main port of Holland. On the Maas River, the Erasmus Bridge is the gateway to the Kop van Zuid district. The modern architecture makes Rotterdam, ‘Manhattan on the Maas’, the city of architecture. From here you will take the high-speed ferry to Kinderdijk, and the cycling begins again, through the Alblasserwaard, situated in between rivers. You'll enjoy the lovely scenery of water and meadows. The many inundations and the slowly sinking surface made water management essential in this fenland. Canals and ditches were dug and windmills were constructed. Nineteen of these windmills remain today. After visiting one of the windmills you bike to Dordrecht. Known since the 11th century, Dordrecht developed into an important market city because of its strategic location. It traded primarily in wine, wood and cereals. In 1421, the Saint Elisabeth's flood flooded large parts of southern Holland, causing Dordrecht to become an island.

Day 6: Dordrecht - Willemstad - Zierikzee, 25 miles (40 km)
Starting early from Dordrecht, you will enjoy a sailing breakfast while motoring along the industrial area south of Rotterdam to the old fortress town Willemstad. From there, you will start biking mostly below sealevel to the delta of the great rivers. There used to be many open connections with the sea here, but after the big flood disaster of 1953, the Delta Works plan was initiated, As a result, most tidal inlets are now closed off from the sea by dams. A beautiful tour on the island of SchouwenDuiveland comes next. Your destination for today is the well-preserved historical town of Zierikzee,

Day 7: Zierikzee - Veere - Middelurg, 26 miles (42 km)
Today's bike tour will start by taking you towards the western part of the island, Schouwen. At Westenschouwen, you will begin crossing the Oosterscheldedam. Halfway along the dam, you can spot the former artificial island, Neeltje Jans. Be sure to take a closer look at the interior and exterior of the storm surge barrier. Although all the islands of the provinces ZuidHolland and Zeeland are now connected, and should no longer be called islands, they have all retained their own character. With a strong headwind, this trip can be very strenuous. In that case, you may prefer to do the first part of today's route on board the ship and start cycling at Zandkreek. Quiet country roads will take you into Middelburg. Middelburg became, after Amsterdam, the most important center for the Dutch East India Company. Middelburg played also an important role in the 17th century slave trade.

Day 8: Middelburg - Vlissingen (Flushing) - Sas van Gent - Gent, 28 miles (45 km)
By ship or on the bike, you will head to Vlissingen (Flushing), an important port at the mouth of the Westerschelde. Here, you will take the ferry to Breskens in Zeeuws Vlaanderen (Zeeland's Flanders), which takes about twenty minutes. Belgium is now getting close. While cycling through the spacious land and scattered villages, you may not even notice that you are crossing the Dutch-Belgian border. The city of Ghent is proud of its rich past, but is much more than just a museum town. This lively city has numerous squares and cozy pubs and is an excellent mixture of medieval edifices, stylish shopping streets, splendid mansions, working-class quarters from the beginning of the 20th century which now often house students, and busy little squares where people eat out till the wee hours during the summer.

Day 9: Gent - Bruges, 27 miles (43 km)
Today you will bike from Gent through the Belgium polders, partly along the Gent-Oostende canal. Starting from Lovendegem, just outside the city, you will cycle through the beautiful country of Western Flanders to Bruges, the Venice of the North. This town is one the most beautiful of all Flemish cities. Its old center, which dates from the Middle Ages, is almost completely intact. Bruges was, in old times, a metropolis and center of commerce and art. Bruges historic center with its numerous canals, is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 10: Bruges, depart after breakfast approximately 9 am

Bruges to Amsterdam

Day 1: Embarkation at 3 pm
Day 2: Bruges - Gent, 27 miles (43 km)
Day 3: Gent - Sas van Gent - Vlissingen - Middelburg, 28 miles (45 km)
Day 4: Middelburg - Veere - Zierikzee, 24 miles (42 km)
Day 5: Zierikzee - Willemstad - Dordrecht, 25 miles (40 km)
Day 6: Dordrecht - Kinderdijk - Rotterdam - Delft, 26 miles (42 km)
Day 7: Delft - Katwijk - Leiden, 30 miles (48 km)
Day 8: Leiden - Keukenhof - Haarlem, 28 miles (45 km)
Day 9: Haarlem - Zaandam - Amsterdam, 28 miles (45 km)
Day 10: Amsterdam departure after breakfast

Day 1: Embarkation at 3 pm
The crew will welcome you aboard! In the afternoon and evening there will be time to enjoy the city of Bruges. This town is one the most beautiful of all Flemish cities. Its old center, which dates from the Middle Ages, is almost completely intact. Bruges was, in old times, a metropolis and center of commerce and art. Bruges historic center with its numerous canals, is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 2: Bruges - Gent, 27 miles (43 km)
During breakfast, the ship will bring you to Moerbrugge, where the touring begins, through the Belgium polders, partly along the Gent-Oostende canal. The city of Ghent is proud of its rich past, but is much more than just a museum town. This lively city has numerous squares and cozy pubs and is an excellent mixture of medieval edifices, stylish shopping streets, splendid mansions, working-class quarters from the beginning of the 20th century which now often house students, and busy little squares where people eat out till the wee hours during the summer.

Day 3: Gent - Sas van Gent - Vlissingen - Middelburg 28 miles (45 km)
Today another sailing breakfast brings you to the former sea-locks of Gent, Sas van Gent. While cycling through the spacious land and scattered villages, you may not even notice that you are crossing the Belgian-Dutch border. After arriving on the coastline you will take the ferry Breskens to Vlissingen (Flushing). Quiet country roads will take you into Middelburg. Middelburg became, after Amsterdam, the most important center for the Dutch East India Company. Middelburg played also an important role in the 17th century slave trade.

Day 4: Middelburg - Veere - Zierikzee, 24 miles (42 km)
Today's tour will first go to Veere. From here you bike to the Oosterscheldedam. At one time, there were many open connections with the sea here, but after the big flood disaster of 1953, the Delta Works plan was initiated. As a result, most tidal inlets are now closed off from the sea by dams. Be sure to take a closer look at the interior and exterior of the storm surge barrier. Halfway along the dam, you can spot the former artificial island, Neeltje Jans. Although all the islands of the provinces Zuid-Holland and Zeeland are now connected, and should no longer be called islands, they have all retained their own character. Your destination for today is the well-preserved historical town of Zierikzee.

Day 5: Zierikzee - Willemstad - Dordrecht, 25 miles (40 km)
During your cycling day, for the most part, you will biking below sea level, on the former bottom of the North Sea! The destination is the old fortress town Willemstad, where you will meet the barge to navigate along the industrial area south of Rotterdam to Dordrecht. Known since the 11th century, Dordrecht developed into an important market city because of its strategic location. It traded primarily in wine, wood, and cereals. In 1421, the Saint Elizabeth's flood flooded large parts of southern Holland, causing Dordrecht to become an island.

Day 6: Dordrecht - Kinderdijk - Rotterdam - Delft, 26 miles (42 km)
From Dordrecht you start biking through the Alblasserwaard, situated between rivers to the famous Kinderdijk. You'll enjoy the lovely scenery of water and meadows. The many inundations and the slowly sinking surface made water management essential in this fenland. Canals and ditches were dug and windmills were constructed. Nineteen of these windmills remain today. After visiting one of the windmills you will go by high-speed ferry to Rotterdam. This bustling city has many architectural highlights, some interesting museums, and is the main port of Holland. On the Maas River, the Erasmus Bridge is the gateway to the Kop van Zuid district. The modern architecture makes Rotterdam to what is known as ‘Manhattan on the Maas’, the city of architecture. From here you will finish your bike trip to Delft, one of the very famous Dutch cities. In its beautifully preserved historic centre you discover the rich history of the city. Delft is known for its Delfts Blue ceramic, the Nieuwe Kerk with its historic link to the House of Orange, the Dutch Royal Family.

Day 7: Delft - Katwijk - Leiden, 30 miles (48 km)
From Delft the trip goes in the direction of the Hague, through the Haagse Bosch, a large park, and past the Royal Huis ten Bosch Palace. A tranquil cycle path through the dunes leads you to Wassenaarse Slag. Here are some remains of the Atlantikwall, the 1900 miles long coastal fortifications built by the Nazi Third Reich. Through the dunes you will arrive in Katwijk can Zee, an old fishing village. From here you will follow the course of the Oude Rijn (Old Rhine) to Leiden. Leiden originated around 800 AD as a marketplace at the confluence of the Old and New Rhine rivers, the Vliet river and the Mare (‘Leyten’ means ‘at the waters’). For a long time, it was the second city after Amsterdam. It was the center of the textile industry in Medieval times. A well-known episode from the history of Leiden is the siege of 1574 by the Spanish. These were finally driven away after dikes had been broken through. Leiden is the birthplace of Rembrandt van Rijn.

Day 8: Leiden - Keukenhof - Haarlem, 28 miles (45 km)
Get ready to pedal through the oldest tulip fields of Holland, including a visit to the infamous Keukenhof gardens! This is the most beautiful flower garden in the world, an overwhelming blaze of colors as seven million flowering tulips rise up in a magnificent background of traditional and modern gardening architecture. It is here that Spring begins. Hyacinths, narcissus, and many other flowers dazzle as well. After being saturated with color and scent, the cycling continues ending in the historic city of Haarlem.

Day 9: Haarlem - Zaandam - Amsterdam, 28 miles (45 km)
First on the agenda is Spaarndam, home to the first know lock of Europe and the famous statue of Hansje Brinker, the Dutch boy that prevented a flooding with his finger in the dike. From here you continue to cycle through the traditional ‘polder’ landscapes and then cross the Noordzeekanaal by ferry, to Zaandam. First we will visit the famous Zaanse Schans, a unique hamlet where people lived and worked, with original houses and windmills from the Zaan River area. The hamlet is dominated by fully operating windmills, the oldest built in 1673, for grinding mustard, spices, paint and oil and for sawing wood into planks. As you walk through the village you will see a clock museum, an old-fashioned grocery store, a house with period furniture, a clog maker, and a cheese farm and get a sense of the early history in Holland. From here we go through the Ilperveld, a brackish peat land area, unique in this form. We arrive in Amsterdam from the North, where the Quo Vadis is waiting for you. Dag 10: Departure after breakfast, 9:30 AM

Day 10: Amsterdam and disembarkation

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