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Tripsite Traveler - Tulip Tour with Nancy Arehart by anke clews 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Being born and raised in Holland I always enjoy seeing the Dutch landscape ... but these pictures are exceptional. I received this link through Norma, who I believe is your aunt. I am glad she did. Beautiful Holland, gorgeous pix!
South Holland Tour by V. Silberstein 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This was a fabulous trip! The best way to see the Netherlands is by boat and barge. This cruise far exceeded my expectations. The barge was homey and warm, the crew was so special. They took care of our every need, and did it in a friendly and caring manner. The chef was phenomenal! The value for your money was great. I would do this again in a heartbeat!
Boat: Liza Marleen
Amsterdam to Bruges by M. Ford 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The boat, the crew, the bikes, the food....all great. The bike guide was on her first tour and on several occasions, we had to stop, wait while guide asked for directions. In her defense, route markers were often confusing or hard to locate, making it difficult to take off on our own, or to pause along the way without group consensus. As the farewell meeting on the boat, the entire group voiced positive comments and satisfaction with the experience.
Countries: Netherlands, Belgium
Tulip Tour - 5 day by R. Vaughan 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
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
Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges - 8 day by R. Modi 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The entire trip for all 13 of us was superb !!! From the quality of the boat, the skipper, the chef, the cycle route, the guide, the food on board, all excellen !! A must do!! The quality of the cycles were excellent ! Which made the experience memorable! I did get a chance to compare it with other boat and bicycle tours, ours was far superior, practically new bicycles.
Boat: Quo Vadis
Countries: Belgium, Netherlands
Tulip Tour - Bruges to Amsterdam - 8 day by S. Kraushaar 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Second time on the Merjlin. We would definitely book a third. Bike/Barge trips are so much fun!
Tulip Tour - 5 day by D. Hunts 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Highly recommend this trip!
Tulip Tour - 5 day by D. Keener 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
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.
Amsterdam to Bruges by J. Proller 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I would have appreciated written directions each day of the turns so that we could do a self guided trip. Also, it would help to have a staff as a sweeper to make sure the group urging in the correct direction .
Tulip Tour - Bruges to Amsterdam - 8 day by T. Hottentot 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
It was a wonderful trip. The hostess is exceptional, the food fabulous, the guide very good and all the passengers were nice to be with.
Holland Southern Tulip Tour by S. Breaugh 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Overall I really enjoyed our trip. However, our guide Piet left a lot to be desired. He got us from the boat and back each day but that was about it. We had very few stops during the day for water breaks or photos. He did not provide any "tour guide" type of information like history or pointing anything out of interest, or even a clear idea of the details of the following day. While we got to all the towns on the itinerary, everything was pretty much closed after dinner so we couldn't do any sightseeing in towns on our own. The guide on our sister ship "Liza Marleen" did much more with her group.
On the plus side, the barge Sailing Home was excellent and the crew was great - very friendly and helpful. Our chef Markus was amazing.
I had an electric bike and I loved it. It made the trip much easier and enjoyable. Highly recommend it for inexperienced bikers.
Boat: Sailing Home
Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges - 8 day by J. Shah 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Best time we ever had. It was like coming back to home after the day cycling. Staff was very friendly and felt at home. Food was good. Look forward to come again in future for sure. The E-bikes were too good and very good for us who are not regular cyclist.
Holland Southern Tulip Tour by B. Dewey-Kirschman 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The tour was wonderful! We had clear weather the entire week and a great group of people to ride with. The "Sailing Home" really was comfort plus, with an attentive and helpful staff.
Holland Southern Tulip Tour by P. Cass 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Everything exceeded our expectations. Crew made us feel like family, food was excellent and tour was perfect including the weather and the tulips.
Authentic Holland by Kris 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This was such an amazing trip on the Gandalf with Captain Hans and Fred the guide. The description does not do this trip justice. You go through such varied terrain like forests, along the water and the towns were sooo charming! I've been to Holland many times and yet I saw such a beautiful side of Holland that blew me away!
Tripsite Traveler: Elizabeth Correll by Laura Kuhlman 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Sounds like you really enjoyed the trip. I know your feeling about biking and traveling. I think it is the only way to travel. I leave on August 12 with four friends to Bolzano, Italy and venture to Venice. Cannot wait.
Thank you for the post!
Tulip Tour - 5 day by L. Bendz 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
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
Tulip Tour - 5 day by K. Vandermeer 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
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...
Holland Southern Tulip Tour by S. Eitnier 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Tulip Tour - 5 day by P. Shackleton 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
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!
Tripsite Traveler: Elizabeth Correll by Sandi Wilson 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I enjoyed your pictures and commentary ~ allowing me a bit of insight on your trips!
Tulip Tour - 5 day by L. Vandermeer 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
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.
Super Tulip Tour by J. Coffin 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
The staff,food and barge were exceptional. Just a wonderful experience. I would definitely recommend the tour.
Tulip Tour - Amsterdam to Bruges - 8 day by L. Chandler 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I loved this trip. The Merlijn was well-above my expectations. Very clean and well setup. Everything on the boat was perfect. Now if only we had had better weather. :)
North Holland Tour by L. Scrutton 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
I would have liked was some variety in the lunch fruit. Apples every day but one ...... got a bit boring. I would also have liked to have a condiment (mustard or mayonnaise) to add to the meat/cheese sandwiches as they were a bit dry. All in all, a great trip! Too bad the weather wasn't a bit better, but nothing could be done about that.
Boat: De Holland
Holland Southern Tulip Tour by M. Dries 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
Although we had a week of rain and cool temperatures, the attitude and spirit of all on the boat was upbeat and lively. We biked in all kinds of conditions and still had a great time. Our guide was informative and accommodating. The scenery was beautiful from one location to the other and the food on the barge was top notch and delicious. I thoroughly enjoy the whole trip from start to finish.
Tulip Tour - 5 day by L. Epstein 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
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.
Tulip Tour - 8 Day by J. Stowell 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
This was an amazing trip. The scenery and flowers were absolutely stunning, the group was great, and we had wonderful food, thanks to our chef, Sander. Nico, our guide was fantastic. He is fun and knowledgable and took great care of us. I would love to take another of his tours! I loved the biking. It was pretty chilly and sometimes very windy, but always doable. The bike roads and scenery make the Netherlands a perfect place to bike.
Tulip Tour - 7 day by J. Geall 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We had a super time. My only suggestion is have a snack for post bike ride and pre dinner. We arrived starving so that would be great. Otherwise this was just an amazing way to see Europe.
Tulip Tour - 7 day by T. & C. Tucker 3 years ago • Permalink/Reply
We had a total of six people who we traveled with. All had a positive option of he barge and the bikes. The owners, Hank and his wife gone over the top to make sure everyone had a good time and responded to any issues or problems. Our bike tour guide was outstanding and explained many of the sites. Great value.
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