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Tulips in Holland Bike & Boat - Magnifique

5 Days & 4 Nights 5 Read 3 reviews
  • Experience easy cycling through Holland during peak tulip season.
  • Visit “Keukenhof” an unrivalled, stunning and colourful flower park.
  • Exploring the charming and historic city of Haarlem and its Grote Markt.
  • Relaxing on your premium barge, the luxurious MS Magnifique.
  • Cycle your way to Aalsmeer, the world’s largest flower auctioneer
Spend an unforgettable short break in Holland on a Dutch river cruiser, gliding through the waters and taking in the strikingly beautiful and vibrant colors of the world-famous flower fields. This bike & boat tour transports you from the historic city of Haarlem, to Keukenhof flower park, and to “Zaanse Schans” an open-air museum where you can see typical Dutch scenery of windmills, an authentic village, and a traditional cheesemaker. Combine time on your gorgeous boat (dining on delicious cuisine) with easy flat cycling through idyllic and traditional Dutch landscapes.

What To Expect

If you wish to experience Holland in the best way possible, sailing and cycling through the iconic Dutch countryside during the peak flower season, then this tour is for you. You will see thousands upon thousands of vibrantly coloured tulips, hyacinths, and daffodils, visit historic cities and interesting museums and enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow guests onboard your boat.

Trip Style:

Small Group Guided | Benefit from an expert leader and join a group of like-minded adventurers.

Activity:

Bike and Boat | A combination of cycling and cruising or sailing, your overnight accommodation will be on boat or barge style accommodation.

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travellers, Families, Multi-Generational, Mixed Abilities, First Timers

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Grade & Terrain

Almost completely flat, this cycle tour is graded easy with daily distances ranging between 28 and 57 km. This tour is well-suited to those who have never taken a cycling holiday before and you also have the option of skipping the cycling and relaxing on board. Most of the days there are shorter cycling routes available, please view the itinerary to make sure you are comfortable. You will be biking mostly on dedicated cycle paths alongside canals, rivers and through the iconic cities and towns of the region. Roads near larger towns and cities are likely to busier. Please always be mindful of other road users, especially on sections of the route when the road is shared with traffic.

Navigation

Your tour leader will accompany you on the daily cycling tours, therefore you will not be required to navigate yourself.

Accommodation Information

You will spend each night on the MS Magnifique I in a comfortable cabin. Your boat is always docked at night and only sails during the day. 

MS Magnifique I

The MS Magnifique accommodates approximately 32 – 35 guests and has a total of 16 cabins on the lower deck. There are 11 twin cabins (11 m²), 2 premium twin cabins (14 m²) and one single cabin (7 m²). The twins have two single beds set next to each other and the premium twins have a small sitting area in addition to that. On prior request, the beds in most twin cabins can be set together as a double bed. 

Each cabin has an en-suite bathroom with a shower, toilet, and washbasin. In addition to this the cabins have individually regulated air conditioning, ventilation system, and central heating, and the portholes in all cabins are fixed for safety reasons. Each cabin has a flat-screen (satellite) TV, a mini-safe and a hairdryer.

On the upper deck, there is a tastefully furnished salon with a restaurant and bar, a lounge with large windows and Wi-Fi (limited use of data). There are also two partly covered teak wooden sun decks with chairs and tables and a cycle shed (front deck). Guests can relax on the aft deck in the whirlpool/ Jacuzzi.

Single Cabins & Solo Cyclists

Single cabins are available although a supplement is payable. This trip is also available to solo cyclists (with a supplement) and is perfect as there are plenty of people to chat with every day.

Meals

All meals onboard are included. A sumptuous breakfast, lunch on board for non-cyclists, or picnic lunches for cyclists. Each evening you can look forward to a three-course dinner.

Included
  • 4 Nights in a standard twin cabin
  • All meals, including breakfasts, lunches & 3-course dinners
  • Welcome drink & presentation
  • Services of a English-speaking Tour Leader
  • Entrance to “Zaanse Schans” Open Air Museum
  • Some short city walking tours
  • Detailed Information Pack & Boarding Information
  • Bike rental (modern 7-speed-hybrid bike with pedal brakes and panniers)
  • 24/7 support from our area manager and our office
Excluded
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Getting to and from Amsterdam
  • Transfers to docking areas
  • Fees ferries, entrances or excursions
  • Drinks on board
  • Gratuities
Extras
  • Electric bike hire (as a 7-speed bike is included this will just be a supplement)

When To Go

You can start your Tulips in Holland Bike & Boat tour on selected dates in March, April, and May. This tour only operates during the spring season as it is specifically designed so that you can enjoy the blooms of the famous flower fields in Holland. It is important to book early as these departures are limited and sell out quickly!

Important: The Aalsmeer flower auction is closed during weekends and on public holidays. Although this is an optional visit on day 4 of your itinerary and there are plenty of alternative activities, please be aware that on the 2020 departure dates of April 10 (barge Fluvius), March 26 (barge Magnifique II), March 25, April 2 and April 15 (barge Magnifique III) a visit to the flower auction is not possible.

Getting to the Start

By Air - Amsterdam Schiphol Airport just outside Amsterdam is a major European airport and is served by direct flights from most major UK and European airports as well as international destinations.

By Train - Amsterdam is linked with London, either via Paris or Brussels (around 5 hours) by high-speed train. Visit Rail Europe for prices and booking.

By Ferry/Car - Ferries from the UK to Holland run from Harwich to the Hook of Holland, Hull to Rotterdam and Newcastle to Amsterdam. Direct Ferries lists prices and schedules.

Equipment

Bike Rental

The bikes onboard are 7-gear unisex hybrid bikes with pedal brakes and are included in the cost of your trip. There are also E-bikes available upon request (at a supplement). All rental bikes are equipped with a pannier (saddle bag) although helmets are not available onboard, we strongly recommend that you bring your own helmet with you for safety reasons. Due to the very restricted space, there is limited availability to bring your own bike. If you wish to bring your own bike, please check with us.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Amsterdam & Embarkation Day 2 Cycle to Haarlem via “Zaanse Schans” 21 miles / 34 km Day 3 Cycle to Oude Wetering via Keukenhof 35 miles / 57 km Day 4 Cycle to Oude Wetering via Keukenhof 18 miles / 28 km Day 5 Onward Travel

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