Tour description tulip tour
This wonderful bike and barge trip that starts and ends in Amsterdam The tulip tour takes you through the provinces of South- and North Holland while spring flowers are in bloom. You will spend time in the historical cities of Haarlem, Leiden, Gouda and Alkmaar. Also learning about the water management of these lowlands at the North Sea. Of course you will visit the famous Keukenhof gardens. They are famousfor the hundreds of thousands of blooming tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and other bulb flowers.
The world-famous Aalsmeer flower auction is on the program. Here is an astonishing volume of beautiful flowers being traded daily and exported all over the world the World. One night the barge mooring is at the open air museum ‘the Zaanse Schans’. You will find here windmills, cheese farm and picturesque wooden houses. Every day you will be surprised by the beautiful, varied scenery and the wonderful cycling paths of Holland.
Day 1 (Sat): Amsterdam – Spaarndam | Spaarndam – Haarlem (6 km/3 mi. or 14 km/8 mi.)
You are welcome to check in for the tulip tour between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. The crew will welcome you with coffee and tea. At 2.30 p.m. the barge leaves the harbor. While the barge sails to Haarlem, your tour leader will tell you about the tour, the cycling and safety. From Spaarndam you have the option to do a little test ride. After dinner on board, the tour leader will take you on a town walk through the beautiful city centre of Haarlem.
Day 2 (Sun): Haarlem – Keukenhof – Leiden (38 km/23 mi.)
Today’s trip leads you through the oldest tulip fields of Holland, including a visit of the Keukenhof gardens. This is the most beautiful bulb park in the world. Keukenhof is the place where the spring breaks. An overwhelming blaze of colors; seven million flowering tulips in a magnificent 80-acres’ background of traditional and modern gardening architecture. You also can admire the various hyacinths, daffodils and many other colorful flowers. In the afternoon you cycle to the city of Leiden. Dinner on board and after that you can join the walk through town.
Day 3 (Mon): Leiden – Zoeterwoude | Zoeterwoude – Gouda (31 km/19 mi. or 40 km/24 mi.)
After breakfast you will start cycling in Leiden. Your cycling tour leads through the ‘green heart’ of Holland. Near Zoeterwoude, you will visit a cheese farm. The farmer will learn you about the cheese-making process. After that you will have the opportunity to taste the results. In the afternoon you reach Gouda, famous for the Gouda cheese. Gouda has an attractive compact centre with her pretty market square and Gothic town hall. The main church of Gouda, devoted to Saint John, is world famous for its stained glass windows. After dinner you can join the walk through town.
Day 4 (Tue): Gouda – Alphen a/d Rijn | Alphen a/d Rijn – Kudelstaart (27 km/16 mi. or 44 km/27 mi.)
We stay in Gouda this morning. You have the opportunity to do some shopping or visit some attractions. Exemples are the market square with its cheese weigh house and the St. Johns church. We leave by barge around noon with the barge. During the barge tour we pass a lock. We have lunch on the boat. From Alphen aan den Rijn you cycle through the ‘green heart’ of South Holland. Along river Drecht and Amstel-Drecht channel we cycle to Kudelstaart. A little Village but a mooring spot with a magnificent sunset.
Day 5 (Wed): Kudelstaart – Flower auction | Aalsmeer – Amsterdam | Amsterdam – Zaanse Schans (32 km/19 mi. or 41 km/25 mi.)
At 6.30 a.m. you can drink an early cup of coffee. After that you cycle to the flower auction of Aalsmeer. This is the largest of Europe. Here, huge quantities of flowers are trucked in and sold every day. After being sold they are distributed all over Europe. The bike tour brings you return on board (around 9 a.m.). Here we have a late breakfast. The barge sails through Amsterdam. You will enjoy a nice cruise, right through the city.
Today’s cycling tour takes you from Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans. This is a unique hamlet where people live and work. Here you find original houses and windmills from the river Zaan area. The hamlet is dominated by operating windmills 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.
Day 6 (Thu): Zaanse Schans – Alkmaar (29 km/18 mi. or 40 km/24 mi.)
This morning you cycle to the Hortus Bulborum, a unique garden museum dedicated to the preservation of rare and historic bulbs. More than 4,000 tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and other flowers are planted here. Your cycling tour continues to Egmond at the Northsea. The tour goes through the dunes to Alkmaar. This town is known as a Dutch cheese city. As you wander through the streets you’ll be amazed by the beauty of Alkmaar’s Old Town, with its well-preserved 17th century buildings and narrow, winding canals. Dinner in town at your own account.
Day 7 (Fri): Alkmaar – Amsterdam (37 km/22 mi. or 51 km/31 mi.)
After breakfast your cycling tour leads you to the former windmill complex of the Schermer Polder. Here we visit the Schermerhorn Windmill Museum. Your next stop is the beautiful town of De Rijp. Centuries of history are still evident here in De Rijp’s wooden facades, beautiful church, lock and town hall. From here, your ride continues back to Amsterdam. In the late afternoon or evening there is time for a canal tour through the famous canals of the city.
Day 8 (Sat): Amsterdam
End of your tulip tour: Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.30 a.m.
Good to know
Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.
All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours. The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.
With 18 guests or more, the daily cycling tours will be accompanied by two knowledgeable and multi-lingual tour leaders. On most days, the tour leaders will offer a long and a short (or a quicker and a more relaxed) cycling option. The option for a long tour is also depending on weather conditions and wishes of the group.
- When there are less than 18 guests aboard, the tours will be accompanied by one knowledgeable and multi-lingual tour leader. During days when two bicycle options are possible, the tour leader will make a choice to guide the longer or the shorter option after consultation of the group.
- Not all mentioned highlights will be visited during the short bike option.
- You can also choose to ride individually with the help of a map (available on board). GPS tracks will be sent to you 4 weeks before the start date of the tour.
- In case you prefer a day of rest, you can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next town.
- On the arrival day is it possible to bring your luggage on board from 11 a.m..
Prices Tulip tour
|Twin cabin||2 pers.||€1459,-pp|
|Twin cabin single use (max. 1)||1 pers.||€2153,50 pp|
Tour dates tulip tour 2023
Tulip tour: April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
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