- 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 premium boat, the MS Magnifique, taking in the strikingly beautiful and vibrant colours of the world famous flower fields.
This bike & barge tour transports you to 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 cheese maker.
Combine time on your gorgeous boat (dining on delicious cuisine) with easy flat cycling through idyllic and traditional Dutch landscapes.
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.
Day 1: Arrive Amsterdam & Embarkation
Your comfortable river cruiser awaits you in Amsterdam’s harbour and the crew will welcome you onboard at 2:00 PM. Once you are settled in, begin sailing to Zaandam.
Upon arrival the Tour Leader takes you on a walk through Zaandam, a typically Dutch town with brightly-coloured houses and famous for its windmills.
Day 2: Cycle to Haarlem via “Zaanse Schans”
A short ride brings you to the “Zaanse Schans" Open Air Museum which includes more windmills, an authentic Dutch wooden village, clog maker and much more. Return to your boat by means of a bike ride.
This afternoon you can choose to either stay and cruise on the boat or take a ride to Haarlem. A short city walk is included this evening.
Cycle: 24 or 34 km
Day 3: Cycle to Oude Wetering via Keukenhof
After breakfast ride along dedicated cycle paths to the "Keukenhof“, arguably the most famous flower park in the world and where you can admire hundreds of thousands of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and many other flowers in full bloom.
After this wonderful visit, get back in the saddle to cycle to the small village of Oude Wetering where your floating hotel will be waiting for you.
Cycle: 38 or 55 km
Overnight: Oude Wetering
Day 4: Cycle to Amsterdam
You’re in for a real treat this morning; an early visit (06:30 AM) to the biggest flower auction in the world at Aalsmeer. Millions of flowers are auctioned off here and instantly sent out to all corners of the world. Return to the boat where you will be served a delicious brunch!
On your last afternoon cycle past wetlands and into the centre of Amsterdam where you can visit some of its famous sites, including the flower market and the Anne Frank Museum, or where you can simply amble along the cobbled streets by the canals.
Cycle: 28 km
Day 5: Disembarkation & Onward Travel
Disembarkation will begin after your last breakfast onboard and is possible until 9.30AM. You can connect to your onward journey from here, details will be provided in your client documentation.
Accommodation & Boat Information
You will spend each night on the boat in your very comfortable cabin. The standard cabins are on the lower deck although there are upgrades available.
Your boat is always docked at night and only sails during the day.
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.
All meals on board 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.
MS Magnifique II
The MS “Magnifique II”, a premium barge, was built in 2015-2016 and accommodates approximately 34 guests.
The lower deck has 13 cabins, and the upper deck has 4 suites. All cabins are en suite and equipped with air-conditioning, satellite TV, a wardrobe and mini-safe.
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).
MS Magnifique III
After the immense success of Magnifique’s I and II, number III got introduced into the fleet in 2018. The ship has 16 cabins on the lower deck, and 5 suites on the main deck. The en suite cabins are comfortable and equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV, mini-safe and hairdryer.
The ship accommodates roughly 40 guests and is slightly larger than its sister.
The restaurant and lounge areas are situated around the bar, ideal for a relaxed stay onboard! The top deck has a jacuzzi and deckchairs to enjoy the sun.
Charming Fluvius has been a popular choice for many years, catering to a maximum of 44 guests. Unlike the Magnifique barges, Fluvius is not a Premium boat although still very comfortable and well-equipped. There are 15 cabins on the lower deck, and 7 cabins on the upper deck.
Cabins are equipped with air conditioning, a cabinet for your belongings and a private bathroom.
The upper deck has a restaurant area and bar and drinks can be enjoyed on the large sundeck.
You can start your Tulips in Holland Bike & Boat tour on selected dates in April and May. Please check the website for departure dates.
Time of Year
As this Bike & Boat tour only operates during spring to enjoy the blooms of the famous flower fields, the weather can still be unpredictable. Whilst your boat is made to be cosy and comfortable, it is worth taking a few extra layers for changeable conditions and to be prepared for rain with waterproofs. It is important to book early as these departures are limited.
Grade & Terrain
Almost completely flat, this cycle tour is graded easy. The daily distance ranges between approximately 15-40 km. This tour is well-suited to those who have never taken a cycling holiday before as it is on the level and you also have the option of skipping the cycling and relaxing on board. 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.
Your Tour Leader will accompany you on the daily cycling tours, therefore you will not be required to navigate yourself.
The bikes on board 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 on board, we strongly recommend that you bring your own helmet with you for safety reasons.
Due to very restricted space on board there is limited availability to bring your own bike – please check with us.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable Travel Insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.
The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat and sun screen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard cycling gear such as good cycling shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.
Getting to and from Amsterdam
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.
- 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
- Travel insurance
- Getting to and from Amsterdam
- Transfers to docking areas
- Fees ferries, entrances or excursions
- Drinks on board
- Electric bike hire (as a 7-speed bike is included this will just be a supplement)
- Single room supplement(s)
- Solo Traveller Supplement
We are often asked the following questions and I hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries.
How far in advance do I need to book?
We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this trip is extremely popular and it only runs on certain dates in April and May.
How fit do I need to be?
Almost completely flat, this cycle tour is graded easy. The daily distance ranges between approximately 15-40 km. You will be biking mostly on dedicated cycle paths alongside canals, rivers and through the iconic cities and towns of the region. This tour is well-suited to those who have never taken a cycling holiday before as it is on the level and predominantly traffic-free and you also have the option of skipping the cycling and relaxing on board.
What equipment do I need?
You will need comfortable sports shoes, comfortable clothes for cycling, waterproof jacket and trousers, a helmet and a sunhat. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack.
What happens if I can't cycle a stage?
If you don't want to cycle it is possible to relax on the boat as it moves to the next port of call.