Get ready for a wonderful bike and barge trip starting and ending in Amsterdam, where you’ll witness the beauty of South and North Holland during the blooming of spring flowers. Immerse yourself in the rich history of cities like Haarlem, Leiden, Gouda, and Alkmaar while also learning about the impressive water management systems that keep these lowlands thriving in the North Sea.
A highlight of this trip is the world-famous Keukenhof Gardens and the feeling of being surrounded by hundreds of thousands of vibrant tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, and other stunning bulb flowers. Experience the bustling energy of the Aalsmeer flower auction, where an astonishing volume of exquisite flowers are traded daily and shipped worldwide.
Explore the open-air museum known as ‘the Zaanse Schans,’ – visit picturesque windmills, a charming cheese farm, and traditional wooden houses. Throughout your journey, you’ll be amazed by Holland’s diverse and breathtaking scenery, all while enjoying the convenience of excellent cycling paths. Join us on this remarkable bike and boat vacation and discover the beauty and wonders of Holland with the locals.
Special note: Please mention dietary needs during booking this trip (vegetarian meals, lactose intolerance, or gluten-free diet). Unfortunately, we cannot offer vegan meals on this trip. The kitchen on the ship is not large enough to guarantee vegan meals.
Today you board and check in between 1PM and 2PM local time. Late afternoon, the barge leaves the harbor towards Haarlem. Today's ride will be in Spaarndam. After dinner on board, we will take you on a town walk through the beautiful city center of Haarlem.
After breakfast, get on a trip through the oldest tulip fields of Holland, including a visit to the Keukenhof Gardens. This is the most beautiful bulb park in the world, with an outstanding blaze of colors; seven million flowering tulips in a magnificent 80-acres background of traditional and modern gardening architecture. In the afternoon, you ride to the city of Leiden. Dinner will be on board tonight. Post-dinner, we can all go on a walk through the town.
After breakfast today, we will ride out of Leiden and travel through Holland's 'green heart.' Visit a cheese farm near Zoeterwoude to taste and learn about cheese-making and explore Gouda, the famous cheese town where we visit the town's market square and the Gothic town hall. The main church of Gouda, devoted to Saint John, is world-famous for its stained glass windows. Post dinner, we can once again walk through the town.
We are staying in Gouda this morning. Take advantage of some shopping for local memorabilia. Visit the market square with its cheese weigh house or explore the St. Johns church. We sail around noon and have lunch on board. From Alphen aan den Rijn, you cycle through South Holland via river Drecht and Amstel-Drecht channel to Kudelstaart.
This morning, cycle to the flower auction of Aalsmeer, the largest in Europe. Here, vast quantities of flowers are trucked in, sold daily, and distributed all over Europe. Return on board for a late breakfast while the barge sails to Amsterdam. You will enjoy a lovely cruise through the city of Amsterdam. Ride from Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans, a unique hamlet where people live and work, with original houses and windmills. The oldest windmill was built in 1673 to grind mustard, spices, paint, and oil and saw wood into planks. Walking through the village, you will visit a clock museum, an old-fashioned grocery store, a house with period furniture, a clog maker, and a cheese farm. We will bike to Purmerend after the visit, where we spend the night on the barge.
We ride to the Hortus Bulborum this morning, a unique garden museum dedicated to preserving rare and historic bulbs. More than 4,000 tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and other flowers are planted here. We continue biking to Egmond at the Northsea through the dunes to Alkmaar, a Dutch cheese city. As you wander the streets, you'll be amazed by Alkmaar's Old Town's beauty, well-preserved 17th-century buildings, and narrow, winding canals. Dinner is on your own today.
After breakfast, we ride to the former windmill complex of the Schermer Polder. Here we visit the Schermerhorn Windmill Museum before heading to the beautiful town of De Rijp. Centuries of history remain evident in De Rijp's wooden facades, church, lock, and town hall. From here, we ride back to Amsterdam for a canal tour through the city's famous canals.
After breakfast , disembark in Amsterdam around 9:30 AM.
The ship has ten comfortable cabins. Each cabin has a private shower, toilet and basin. Windows can be opened and the cabins have central heating. Furthermore, you will find a mini safe and hair dryer in each cabin. The corridor is air-conditioned, thus also cooling the cabins.Lodging Website
Reserve one of our regularly scheduled trip dates for your private group and qualify for reduced pricing. The larger your group, the lower the per person price. Gather your friends and we’ll do the rest to provide your group with a truly personalized and memorable vacation. Smaller groups can join published trips and receive reduced pricing on trips that aren’t reserved as private trip dates.
For groups of 16-18 people traveling together on a published tour date, a 10% discount on the double occupancy trip price will apply.
For groups of 12-15 people traveling together on a published tour date, a discount of 8% on the double occupancy trip price will apply.
For groups of 8-11 people traveling together on a published date, a discount of 6% on the double occupancy trip price will apply.
Group discounts may not be combined with other offers.