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Join us on this unique Bike and Sail tour during Holland’s Tulip season in Spring. Visit the Keukenhof Gardens, known for its hundreds of thousands of blooming tulips, and the Hortus Bulborum- a unique garden museum dedicated to preserving rare and historic bulbs. Spend time exploring the historical cities of Alkmaar and Enkhuizen, where you discover Dutch cultural highlights and cycle through flat polders, the result of centuries of extensive land reclamation from the North Sea and the former Southern Sea (now IJsselmeer). Though no prior sailing experience is required for this trip, you are always welcome to lend a hand during navigating and hoisting the sails or relax and enjoy as we sail across the large lake IJsselmeer to Enkhuizen and Hoorn! On this exceptional bike and boat trip, get ready to be amazed by the beauty and expanse of the North Sea beaches, the extremely bicycle-friendly island of Texel, small storybook farm villages, and romantic, picturesque harbor towns.
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.
Check-in between 1 PM and 2 PM local time. The ship will be docked next to the Zaanse Schans, a unique hamlet where folks live and work alongside original houses and windmills built next to the river Zaan. This tiny village is dominated by its operating windmills — the oldest of which was built in 1673 and was used for grinding mustard seeds, spices, paint components, extracting plant oil, and sawing wood into planks. The ship will sail to Alkmaar after the visit. Welcome dinner on board tonight.
Today we ride to the beautiful North-Holland Dune reserve. This large forest and dune area has unique landscapes and supplies drinking water for almost the entire province of North Holland. We return to Alkmaar after a visit to the beach and artists' village in Bergen.
After breakfast, bike north of Alkmaar to the beautiful tulip fields on your way to the North Sea. Bike to Den Helder- a piece of land wedged between the North Sea and the IJsselmeer that boasts the world’s most spectacular flowering bulb field.
Today we sail to the island of Texel, the largest Dutch Wadden Island. Cycle through natural parks, blooming flowers, picturesque villages, and an Ecomare seal sanctuary. Wrap up the day with a beer tasting at the brewery near Oudeschild.
This morning we set sail to Enkhuizen. You may lend a hand during navigation and hoisting the sails. Previous sailing experience is optional. Of course, you are also welcome to relax and enjoy the sailing and scenery as you progress along the IJsselmeer. In the afternoon, we will arrive in Enkhuizen, an old city with many centuries of maritime tradition. You can explore “the herring city,” which boasts a beautiful old harbor and a town full of history. Dinner is on your own tonight as you explore the city.
Today we sail along the Ijsselmeer to the former Dutch East India Company town of Hoorn, which was, in the 17th century, one of the world’s foremost harbors. Your afternoon ride is to Volendam, a small and picturesque fishing harbor on the shores of Lake IJsselmeer. Along the way, you will pass Edam, known for its famous Edam cheese, covered in red or yellow wax. Sailors took wheels of Edam on their voyages as the cheese doesn’t spoil quickly and could be traded for spices and other riches of the East.
A beautiful bus ride leads you through the oldest tulip fields of Holland to the famous Keukenhof Gardens this morning. You will have plenty of time to discover the most beautiful bulb park in the world — Keukenhof is the place where spring springs. It features an overwhelming blaze of colors: seven million flowering tulips in a magnificent 80-acre setting of traditional and modern gardening architecture. In the afternoon, the bus will bring you back to Amsterdam to spend a restful night in your floating hotel.
After breakfast , disembark in Amsterdam around 9:30 AM.
The Mare fan Fryslân is a beautiful, almost extravagant, three-mast schooner that has been sailing as passenger vessel on the Dutch waters since 2007. On the lower deck there is a saloon with wooden paneling which is used as restaurant. Also below deck are 12 comfortable 2-bed cabins, 1 junior suite as well as a 1-bed cabin with bunk beds, all with a private bathroom. Next to the saloon, on the main deck, is the wheelhouse with a bar and panoramic windows. The wooden upper deck with an outdoor bar plus a Jacuzzi make this ship even more perfectLodging 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.