This fantastic five day bike and barge excursion, offered for a limited time only during the Spring months, is the ideal excuse for flower lovers to visit Holland. The spring tulips in Holland really are a sight to behold.
You will have the chance to experience tulip season in full bloom, with visits to Keukenhof's immense flower park and the world-famous flower market in Aalsmeer. There's also Holland's rich cultural heritage to explore, with many unique museums, boutique shops and of the course the charming canal network in the heart of Amsterdam, which was recently added to the UNESCO Cultural World Heritage list. You'll be staying on board a traditional Dutch barge, selected for its exceptional service, delicious meals and comfortable accommodation, as it makes its way from Amsterdam to Zaandam, Haarlem, Kudelstaart and more, docking for guided bike rides to various sites of interest and city tours. Any day you can opt to stay on board and relax rather than climbing onto your bike, so there's plenty of flexibility, making this an ideal choice for families with varying energy levels!
Please note: during Easter weekend the flower auction in Aalsmeer is closed. A boat tour of the canals in Amsterdam will be on offer instead.
from £780 per person
On Boat II and III premium cabin upgrade and Upper Deck Suites are available
Based on two people sharing a room
Breakfast each day, 3 picnic lunches and 4 three course dinners. Tea and coffee are also available until 4pm daily. See what’s included as standard
Start & Finish
Circular from Amsterdam with 2020 departures: Boat II - March 26; Boat III - March 25 and 29; April 2, 7, 11, 15 and 19
Enjoy the comfort of custom-built barges each with a range of cabins from Upper Deck Suites to Premium
This tour is priced with a knowledgeable, local guide
Gentle cycling (1) More info...
Upgrade fee £50.00
3 days of optional cycling 6 - 25 miles (9 - 40 km) per day. Bike hire is included. Helmets are also available
- Additional nights in Amsterdam.
1. Day one
Amsterdam to Zaandam
Arrive in Amsterdam and between 2pm and 4pm board your barge which is moored in the heart of the city. Around 5pm the boat slips its mooring and you enjoy dinner on board as you sail to Zaandam. From your berth in the heart of the city, join a short walk through the highlights of Zaandam in the evening.
2. Day two
Begin the day with a short cycle ride to "Zaanse Schans", an open-air museum which features beautiful windmills, an authentic traditional Dutch village, a clog maker and a cheese factory. Return by bike to the barge. In the afternoon, choose between a boat ride (lasting 2.5 hours) or a cycle trip to Haarlem. Spend the rest of the day exploring Haarlem, including its historic center with the Grote Markt and the St.-Bravo church, the Teylers museum and the Frans Hals Museum. Enjoy a short city walk in the evening.
Optional 6 miles (10 km) with a further optional 6 or 14 miles (10 or 22 km)
3. Day three
Haarlem to Kudelstaart
After breakfast, hop on your bike (or travel by road if you prefer) to visit the 'Keukenhof', arguably the most famous flower park in the world where you can admire blooming tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and other floral specimens in their thousands. Next, head to Oude Wetering, a small village, and rejoin your barge.
Optional 25 miles (40 km)
4. Day four
Kudelstaart to Amsterdam
Head out on two wheels after a light bite to eat to visit the famous flower market in Aalsmeeer and watch the early morning auctions, where literally millions of flowers are sold and delivered to destinations all around the world each day. Return to the barge for 10am, where a fantastic brunch awaits you. Following brunch, make your way to Amsterdam either by bike or on board. Upon arrival, the rest of the day is free to visit the inner city flower market if you wish, or enjoy a trip floating down the city's network of canals, or visit one of Amsterdam's many fantastic museums and boutiques.
Optional 6 miles (10 km) with an optional additional 15 miles (25 km)
5. Day five
Enjoy one final breakfast on board before packing up your bags and waving goodbye to the crew. Head back home or on to your next destination at your leisure. Check out is at 9.30am but you can arrange to leave your bags on board until around 3.30pm if you wish to spend the day exploring Amsterdam.