Guided/Self-guided Bike and Barge

Web code NL030

Holland / Tulip Tour

Sailing through the flowers in 5 days

Enjoy five days of navigationexploring the Netherlands during spring time! You will cycle through colourful flowered meadows, visit windmills and the famous open-air Zaanse Schans museum. You will have the opportunity to visit the Keukenhof, famous floral garden where grow about 6 millions tulips, hyacints, jonquils and other flowers.
  • Day by Day

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    1. Individual arrival in Amsterdam
    Embarkation and check-in where the crew will welcome you on board is from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the centre of Amsterdam. Your five day tour will start with a short “dinner cruise” to Zaandam famous for its windmills and cheese making where your barge will berth in the centre of the city. In the evening enjoy a short walk through the picturesque centre of Zaandam.

    2. Zaandam – Haarlem (25/35 km)
    After breakfast you will enjoy a 5 km bicycle ride to the open air museum "Zaanse Schans"  with beautiful windmills, traditional wooden houses, an old Dutch village, a cheese farm and a traditional wooden clog maker. In the afternoon after returning to your ship by bicycle you have a choice to make: you can either cycle (approx. 25 km/14 mi.) to Haarlem or take it easy while enjoying the scenery as your barge makes the approx. 2,5 hour trip. In Haarlem visit the historical inner city with the Grote Markt, St. Bavo church and the Teylers and Frans Hals Museums. Your barge will be berthed in the center of Haarlem for the night, so you will have plenty of time to enjoy a short city walk in the afternoon or in the evening.

    3. Haarlem – Oude Wetering (40/55 km)
    Today you will cycle to the Keukenhof, arguably the most famous flower park in the world where you can admire hundreds of thousands of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and many other flowers in full bloom. After an extensive visit you will get back on your bicycle at noon and will head to Oude Wetering, a small village, where your floating hotel will be waiting for you.

    4. Oude Wetering – Amsterdam (30 km)
    This morning you are in for a real treat – an early visit by bus (6.30 a.m.) to the biggest flower auction in the world at Aalsmeer. In the morning millions of flowers are auctioned off here and are instantly sent out to all parts of the world*. By 9 a.m. you will return on the your barge where a late breakfast will be waiting for you before you make your way to Amsterdam by bicycle.
    During the afternoon you will join the barge sailing through Amsterdam. Later in the afternoon there is time to discover this amazing city. Visit the inner city flower market, go to a museum, do some shopping… there is just so much to do!

    * The Aalsmeer flower auction is closed during weekends and on public holidays. This is an optional visit.


    5. Amsterdam
    Disembarkation and end of tour after breakfast around 9.30 am.

     

     

    Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday. Issues with high and low water, as well as logistic obstacles such as officially ordered - previously not announced - repair work on locks or bridges can modify some of the daily stretches or overnight stays. These decisions are only taken by the barge’s captain. 

     

  • Route profile

    The Netherlands are the country of bycycles, mainly due to the flat lands, beneath sea level. The cycle path network, almost all paved, is impressive and well sign posted with white and red signals and small stumps called “mushrooms”, numbered and signalled on the maps.


    It is not at all a hard tour, but you will need to be a bit trained in order to stay a whole week on the saddle! Wind and rain are very frequent in this country and they might make your cycling difficult. Sometimes the bike lanes are separated from the street only by a red line, so please pay attention. The tour leader on board will happily give you more information.

     

  • How to get there

    Embarkation and check-in from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

     

    The precise embarkation point will be written in the Final Tour Details that you will receive some days before departure. Consider about 15 minute by bus from the train station to reach the point of embarkation (the means of transportation are frequent).

     

    By Plane

    The easiest way to get to the starting point is by flying to Amsterdam.

    In order to get to the embarkation point you need to arrive at Amsterdam central station by taking the train directly at the airport. You can purchase the tickets at the cashiers, which usually accept debit and credit cards. The journey takes about 20 minutes, the cost is about €5. To book the train tickets visit www.ns.nl.

     
    By Train
    The nearest arrival point is Amsterdam Centraal Station. More information on www.ns.nl
     
    By Car
    Parking in the centre of Amsterdam is very expensive, we suggest parking on the outskirt of  the city.
     
    Parking
    On this website you can find the address of several parking places open 7 days a week: www.amsterdam.info/parking .
    In particular, we suggest the following parking places:
    • parking place at the Schiphol Airport in the Smart parking area, you can book it on www.schiphol.nl. The cost for 5 days is about 70 €.
    •  P1 Parking Amsterdam Centre: (Prins Hendrikkade 20A). This is the closest parking place to the embarkation points Scheepvaart Kwartier e Oosterdok. You can make a reservation on www.p1.nl. The cost for 5 days is about 160 €.

     

  • Accommodation and meals

    Overnights, breakfasts and dinners will on board of the following river boats:

     

    PRINCESSE ROYAL

    The Princesse Royal is 63 meters long and it accommodates max. 35 guests.

    The cabins
    The Princesse Royal has 16 cabins, situated on the lower deck.
    Guests are accommodated in:

    • 11 twin cabins (11 m² – 118.5 sq.ft.) with two single beds set next to each other
    • 4 premium twin cabins (14 m² – 151 sq.ft.) with two single beds next to each other and a small sitting area
    • 1 single cabin (7 m² – 75.5 sq.ft.)


    On prior request, the beds in most twin cabins can be set together as a double bed. On request, an additional bed is available in some twin cabins for children up to age 16 (as fold away bunk bed, above one of the other beds).

    Each cabin has an en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and wash basin. All cabins have an individually regulated air conditioning, ventilation system and central heating; the portholes in all cabins are fixed for safety reasons. Furthermore, each cabin has a flat screen (satellite) TV, a mini safe and a hair dryer.

    Common areas
    On the upper deck, the Princesse Royal has a tastefully furnished lounge with air conditioning, restaurant, a beautiful bar, a sitting area with cozy corners, a wide screen TV and large windows. Wi-Fi is available.

    Furthermore, the Princesse Royal offers two partly covered teak wooden sundecks with chairs and tables where you can have a drink when the weather is nice and enjoy the scenery while cruising. On the elevated aft deck you will find a barbecue and a whirlpool/Jacuzzi to relax.

    In brief:

    • Passengers (max): 35
    • Private bathroom
    • Towels
    • Air conditioning
    • Wi Fi in the lounge area
    • Hair dryer

     


     

    MAGNIFIQUE II

    The 63 meter long barge can accommodate up to 37 guests.

     

    The cabins
    The lower deck has thirteen cabins: 

    • 1 "premium" twin cabin (13 m² – 140 sq.ft.) with two separate single beds and a small sitting area 
    • 12 beautiful twin cabins (11 m² – 118 sq.ft.) with 2 separate single beds.

     

    The upper deck has 4 spacious suites (14 m² – 151 sq.ft.) with two separate single beds, a small sitting area and large panoramic windows, of which the middle part can be opened.

     

    In most cabins, on prior request, the beds can be set together as a double bed.

     

    On request, an extra bed is available in two twin cabins and one upper deck suite for children up to age 16 (above one of the other beds).

     

    All cabins have en-suite facilities with a shower, toilet and sink. The cabins on the lower deck have portholes (fixed for safety reasons), upper deck suites have 2 m / 6.6 ft. wide windows (which can be partly opened) and the air conditioning in all cabins can be individually regulated. Furthermore, in each cabin you will find a flat screen satellite TV, a mini safe and a hair dryer.

     

    Common areas
    The upper deck has a large, tastefully furnished and spacious salon with a restaurant area, a beautiful bar and a lounge area with cozy sitting area, a wide screen TV and large panoramic windows. Wi-Fi is available.

     

    The Magnifique II has a beautiful, partly covered teak wooden sun deck with chairs and tables on the aft deck and a cycle storage on the front deck. On the top deck, the barge has a whirlpool/Jacuzzi and some deckchairs to relax while you enjoy the scenery when cruising.

     

    In brief:

    • Passengers (max): 37
    • Private bathroom
    • Towels
    • Air conditioning
    • Wi Fi in the salon
    • Hair dryer
    • Whirlpool on the top deck

     


     

    MAGNIFIQUE IV

    The Magnifique IV is 67 m long and can host up to 36 persons.

    The cabins
    The upper deck houses 10 generous suites, while the lower deck houses 8 twin cabins.
    The spacious suites, each measuring 16 m² (172 ft²), have double beds, a cozy sitting area, and French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors.

    The twin cabins below deck, measuring 12 m² (129 ft²) feature two single beds and fixed portholes.

    All cabins have their own private bathroom with shower, basin and toilet; as well as individually-regulated air-conditioning, flat screen satellite TV, mini safe and hair dryer.

    Common areas
    The Magnifique IV’s upper deck features a spacious and tastefully-decorated salon with bar and lounge area. Here you will find large panoramic windows, a widescreen TV, and information screens displaying the barge’s real-time location. Wi-Fi is also available.

    The comfortable and inviting restaurant is in the lower deck, and is separated from the kitchen by a glass wall, so you can see the talented chefs in action.

    Large glass doors open onto a beautiful partially-covered teak sundeck, furnished with tables and chairs.

    The front deck has space to accommodate bicycles, while the top deck boasts a hot tub and deckchairs, from which you can enjoy the scenery.

    In brief:

    • Passengers (max): 36
    • Private bathroom
    • Towels
    • Air conditioning
    • Wi Fi in the salon
    • Hair dryer
    • hot tub on the front deck

     

    Watch Magnifique IV photo gallery.

     


     

    FLUVIUS

    A comfortable river barge for max. 44 guests. The Fluvius has eighteen twin cabins and four double cabins.

     

    Upper deck cabins
    On the upper deck, there are 3 standard twin cabins (11 m² – 118 sq.ft. ) with two separate single beds and 4 double cabins (12 m² – 129 sq.ft. ) with a double bed (140 x 200 cm) and a large panoramic window.

     

    Lower deck cabins
    On the lower deck you will find 14 standard twin cabins (11 m² – 118 sq.ft.) and 1 smaller twin cabin (10 m² – 108 sq.ft.), all of which have two separate single beds. On prior request, a child’s cot can be placed in two of the standard twin cabins

     

    Each cabin has an en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and basin. All twin cabins have a fixed window, the panoramic window in the double cabins can be opened. Each cabin has an individually adjustable air-conditioning unit, a ventilation system, a flatscreen TV and a hair dryer.

     

    Description of the ship
    The Fluvius has a large lounge (air-conditioned) with TV, bar and a semi-separate restaurant area. Wi-Fi is available. The barge also has a large sun deck with sitting places (tables and chairs) and a storage room for the bikes. While cruising, you can enjoy the scenery from here.

     

    In brief:

    • Passengers (max): 44
    • Private bathroom
    • Towels
    • 230 V socket
    • Air conditioning
    • Wi Fi in the lounge area
    • Hair dryer


    Watch Fluvius photo gallery.

     


     

    LENA MARIA
    The 45 meter (148 ft.) has 12 cabins (10,5 m² – 113 sq.ft.) with two separate single beds and an en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and basin.

    Common areas
    On the upper deck of the Lena Maria you will find the cozy lounge with the bar and dining area. Wi-Fi is available. The barge also has a beautiful sundeck, where you can have a drink.

    In brief:

    • Passengers (max): 24
    • Private bathroom
    • Towels
    • Wi Fi in the lounge area
    • Hair dryer

     

     

  • Bikes and accessories

    In this tour you can rent:

    • unisex touring 7/8 gears with pedal or hand brakes
    • unisex e-bikes with pedal or hand brakes

     

    The bikes are equipped with:

    • pannier bag
    • lock

     

    In the Netherlands bike helmets are not mandatory. There are bike helmets available on board (for free in the Magnifique II, IV and Pricesse Royal,10 € in the Fluvius and Lena Maria).
    Please pre-reserve and pay by booking.

     

  • Accompanying material

    Before your arrival, you will receive an email from us with the digital information material. It contains:

    1. Link to download the tour information material in Pdf:

    • Tour notes
    • Final tour details

     
    On the spot you will find maps and route descriptions.

     

     

  • By your side

    Tourleader

    The tour leaders are multi-lingual, and speak at least English and German. They are helpful and enthusiastic individuals who have a true passion for sharing their love of the outdoors, people, culture and local food. Becasue of their knowledge of the land, they can give you useful hints and help you appreciate the place you are visiting. Of course they love cycling and will be happy to give you some advice about how to correctly use optimize gears and whenever necessary they can fix your flat tyre.


    Staff support

    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us:

    • office +39 0444 1278430 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30
    • emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00 which will be specified in the Final Tour Details.

Tour details

 

from 659 €

5 days / 4 nights, barges Fluvius and Lena Maria

Tour type
Guided tour
 
Price per person

659 € twin cabin Fluvius and Lena Maria

729 € twin cabin Princesse Royal, Magnifique II and Magnifique IV


Departures

  • Magnifique IV: 29.03, 2.04, 6.04, 11.04, 15.04, 19.04 and 23.04.2021
  • Magnifique II: 30.03, 3.04, 7.04, 11.04, 15.04, 21.04, 25.04 and 29.04.2021
  • Princesse Royal: 31.03, 4.04, 8.04, 12.04, 16.04, 20.04, 24.04, 28.04 and 2.05.2021
  • Fluvius: 5.04, 9.04 and 16.04.2021
  • Lena Maria: 14.04, 18.04, 22.04 and 26.04.2021

 

Included

  • 4 overnights
  • Full board (breakfast,self made packed lunch and dinner)
  • English speaking tour leader
  • Entrance Keukenhof only for the barges Princesse Royal, Magnifique II and Magnifique IV
  • Entrance North-Holland Dune reserve only for the barges Princesse Royal, Magnifique II and Magnifique IV
  • Visit mill at Zaanse Schans only for the barges Princesse Royal, Magnifique II and Magnifique IV
  • Helmet for barges Princesse Royal, Magnifique II and Magnifique IV
  • Daily cleaning of the cabin
  • Bed linen and towels
  • Hotline service

 

Not included

  • Beverages on board
  • Museums, fees and extras in general
  • Tips
  • Everything not mentioned in the section “Included”

 

Supplements

330 € twin cabin single used on Fluvius and Lena Maria

250 € single cabin on Princesse Royal

410 € twin cabin single used on Princesse Royal, Magnifique II and Magnifique IV

 

130 € premium cabin Princesse Royal and Magnifique II (14mq)

300 € suite cabin above deck on Magnifique II and Magnifique IV

130 € twin cabin above deck Fluvius

280 € double cabin above deck Fluvius

 

90 € high season supplement Princesse Royal, Magnifique II and Magnifique IV (2.04 - 2.05.2021)

 

60 € rental bike Fluvius and Lena Maria

65 € rental bike Princesse Royal, Magnifique II and Magnifique IV

110 € E-bike Fluvius and Lena Maria

130 € E-bike Princesse Royal, Magnifique II and Magnifique IV

 

10 € helmet Fluvius and Lena Maria

7/17 € own bike/e-bike (parking and charge station)

 

50 € special diets (to be paid on site)

 

14 € optional excursion Canal Cruise Amsterdam

 

Reductions

30 € small twin cabin Fluvius

 

3rd person in cabin till 16 years:

120 € twin cabin Princesse Royal and Magnifique II

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