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Netherlands Tulips Bike & Barge

  • Tulips in the Netherlands
  • The Iris comfort barge
  • Keukenhof with tulips
  • Toast in Haarlem, Netherlands
  • Picture of Netherlands Tulips Bike & Barge
  • Iris cabin with beds
  • Kasteel de Haar
  • Leiden at night
  • Leiden canal scene
DURATION
8 Day(s)
DAILY BIKING
TRIP DIFFICULTY
1-Easier
STARTING FROM
$3595
SINGLES ADD FROM
$1,200

Trip Overview

Join us for the jaw-dropping show of tulips and other spring flowers on our Netherlands Tulips Bike & Barge. Unpack once … and your hotel meets up with you at the end of each day’s explorations. What could be easier? This is a fully supported bike trip with leaders and a van to provide options, snacks and repairs as needed. Visit the world-famous flower gardens at Keukenhof, see the most luxurious and historic castle in the Netherlands, and stroll quaint villages and towns along the way. Plus, you start and end in glorious Amsterdam — filled with museums, canals and nightlife.

Spin along and enjoy some of the most amazing bike paths anywhere. Or, if you like, take a break for a day and cruise on the comfortable barge (which has only 12 guest rooms). This is truly flexible travel in a country rich in history … and one of the most colorful and stunning landscape experiences you can imagine!

Itinerary

From start to finish, check out the route.

DAY 1 - Arrival Day
Distance: 13 miles | Terrain: Easier | Comfort barge Iris
Arrive in Amsterdam and meet your leaders and fellow travelers at the barge Iris at around 1 pm. Cruise out through the Amsterdam Harbor onto the Amstel River. Stop for your first ride and enjoy the incredible bike paths and then meet back up with the barge to spend the night in the quaint town of Uithoorn.
DAY 2 - Castle Visit and Gouda
Distance: 32 miles | Terrain: Easier | Comfort barge Iris
Your day starts with a ride to one the most beautiful and luxurious castles in the Netherlands, Kasteel de Haar. Tour the castle … complete with towers, gardens and a moat! Enjoy the classic design and ornate decor. After your visit, cycle to Oudewater, a medieval town with a “Heksenwaag,” a place where authorities claimed to determine whether a woman was a witch by weighing her! Your goal for today is the town of Gouda. Yes, the one that gave the cheese its name. Gouda is definitely the most exported variety of Dutch cheese. So you will find many enticing cheese shops here … it’s also the place where the famous biking snack called the stroopwafel was invented. Another well-known product from this town is the Goudse Stroopwafel. Taste one!
DAY 3 - Farms, Cheese & Leiden
Distance: 31 miles | Terrain: Easier | Comfort barge Iris
Today, you enjoy a great ride through the agricultural heart of Holland. Although the bigger cities aren’t far away, the beautiful green space in this region remains protected … and is dotted with grazing cows, ducks and willow trees. To better understand the full local process, you visit a cheese farm and learn everything about cheese making from one of the farmers. Included is a cheese tasting of some of their specialties. You can visit the shop as well — and have the opportunity to purchase sealed cheese to take home if you like. End the day in Leiden, birthplace of Rembrandt. This town is known for its architecture and for being home of the oldest university in the country, dating from 1575.
DAY 4 - Tulip Gardens & Cycle to Haarlem
Distance: 25 miles | Terrain: Easier | Comfort barge Iris
Your cycling today includes one of the highlights of the tour. It’s your chance to stroll around the splendid tulip display at the botanical gardens called Keukenhof. This world-famous site offers the spectacle of about 7 million flowering tulips in lovely landscaped gardens at the edge of multi-colored fields of flowers. Plus, you see other magnificent spring blooms — like hyacinths, narcissus, daffodils and more.

Keukenhof is visited by over a million guests every year. So be prepared to hear every foreign language you can imagine. You also cycle through a region of many gorgeous tulip fields and end the day in the heart of the wonderful village of Haarlem. (Yes, Harlem, NY, was named after this town.) Haarlem is a lovely city and is often called “Little Amsterdam.” Your leader will show you around the Old Town and point out some of the unique buildings and features.
DAY 5 - Special Tulip Garden, Beach and Alkmaar
Distance: 34 miles | Terrain: Easier | Comfort barge Iris
Today, you leave Haarlem and cycle through the nature reserve area behind the North Sea dunes. These are great cycling paths! Have lunch at the beach, and if you dare you can go for a swim … or just put your toe in the water. Then you follow the paths and ride further inland to a very precious national gem … the private gardens of Hortus Bulborum. This special garden preserves the ancient varieties of tulips as a resource for the future. Take a tour with the volunteers who are rightly proud of their important work here. Have a cup of tea or coffee at their local shop and enjoy this hidden garden. Then continue cycling to the town of Alkmaar, known as a center of the cheese trade, canals and lovely historical buildings.
DAY 6 - Historic Windmills
Distance: 23 miles | Terrain: Easier | Comfort barge Iris
The first stop of the day is the windmill in the Schermer. This area uses windmills to pump water and keep the land dry. Learn all about this at an included visit at the preserved windmill here.

Your lunch stop is in De Rijp, another lovely little village, on your way to Zaanse Schans, an open-air museum that welcomes many tourists during the daytime. You stay here on the barge for the night, so you can enjoy the museum exhibits in the afternoon — and even better — walk through it after all the other tourists have left! It is a magical place, and it's so tranquil at that time of day.
DAY 8 - Departure Day
Departure Day
Today, after breakfast, we say farewell to you at about 9 a.m. You can catch a train to the airport or elsewhere in Europe from Central Station nearby where we dock ... or we can help arrange a taxi to the airport … or stay on for more adventures in Amsterdam.

Map

Dates & Pricing

Prices are per person based on double occupancy (2 people in one room). Single supplement for private room is listed at the top of this page. A deposit of $500 holds your reservation for most tours. For weekend tours, the deposit is $300.

Start End Cost Availability
Apr 05, 2023 Apr 12, 2023 $3595.00 Available! Reserve Reserve

What’s Included

7 nights’ lodging on the barge (2 bunks per cabin or push them together), 7 breakfasts, 6 self-packed lunches, 5 dinners, 1 glass of wine or beer with each included dinner (2 dinners on your own), coffee & tea, snacks. We also include detailed maps and itineraries, experienced guides, full van support — plus use of a bike and helmet. Airfare and tips for crew & leaders are not included.

Dates & Pricing

Prices are per person based on double occupancy (2 people in one room). Single supplement for private room is listed at the top of this page. A deposit of $500 holds your reservation for most tours. For weekend tours, the deposit is $300.

Start: Apr 05, 2023
End: Apr 12, 2023
Cost: $3595.00
Availability: Available!
Reserve

What’s Included

7 nights’ lodging on the barge (2 bunks per cabin or push them together), 7 breakfasts, 6 self-packed lunches, 5 dinners, 1 glass of wine or beer with each included dinner (2 dinners on your own), coffee & tea, snacks. We also include detailed maps and itineraries, experienced guides, full van support — plus use of a bike and helmet. Airfare and tips for crew & leaders are not included.

Inns

Where you stay along the way.

Comfort barge Iris
The Iris is fully outfitted with 12 cabins with 2 bunks each (which can be pushed together to make 1 bed if you prefer). Each cabin has its own shower, toilet and sink and also includes central heat, air conditioning and a hair dryer. The Iris is ideal for bike and barge tours in the Netherlands. Her lounge and restaurant area have also been recently designed. An onboard chef provides delicious meals and can adapt them for certain dietary needs.

Gallery

Images from this tour. Click each to see it larger.

Tulips in the Netherlands The Iris comfort barge Keukenhof with tulips Toast in Haarlem, Netherlands Picture of Netherlands Tulips Bike & Barge Iris cabin with beds Kasteel de Haar Leiden at night Leiden canal scene