Bike & Barge: Tulip Tour Holland
5 Days / 4 Nights | Ships: MS Magnifique I + II | Self-guided cycling tours
There is simply no better way to enjoy iconic Dutch tulips in the 'Garden of Amsterdam' than on a 5 day mini spring break on board the luxury premium barges MS Magnifique or MS Magnifique II. Spring in Holland is the most beautiful season, so why not enjoy it cycling and cruising to some unforgettably beautiful areas to see where Dutch tulips – and a wide range of other flowers - are grown before being shipped around the world. Enjoy some memorable days on board a premium passenger barge while enjoying excellent service and an alternating itinerary.
The Tulip Mini Tour cruise centres on the fascinating city of Amsterdam called, by some, the smallest metropolis of Europe. Highlights of the city include the UNESCO heritage-listed canal system, its quirky 'leaning' buildings, Anne Frank's home, the Rembrandt House Museum, the Royal Palace of Amsterdam and Dam Square, the very centre and heart of the city, world class shopping and much, much more. During the tour you can visit the famous 'Bloemenmarkt', the world's only floating flower market in the centre of Amsterdam and will discover the open air museum 'Zaanse Schans' with its beautiful windmills, traditional wooden houses, an old Dutch village, a cheese farm and a traditional wooden clog maker and enjoy guided bicycle tours and some city walks. Other highlights include the historic city of Haarlem, the world famous flower park 'Keukenhof' near Lisse and the largest flower auction* in the world at Aalsmeer.
*The flower auction is not open in the weekends and holidays; instead we offer a free tour through the famous canals of Amsterdam.
Day 1: Embarkation in Amsterdam | Noon: Amsterdam – Zaandam
Embarkation and check-in where the crew will welcome you on board is from 2 PM to 4 PM 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.
Day 2: Zaandam – Zaanse Schans – Zaandam (10 kms / 6 miles) | Zaandam – Haarlem
After breakfast you will enjoy a 5 km bicycle ride to the open air museum Zaanse Schans (entry incl.) which features 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. 10 or 22 km/6 or 13 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 complete with the Grote Markt, St. Bavo church and the Teylers and Frans Hals-Museums. Your barge will be berthed in the centre 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
Day 3: Haarlem – Keukenhof – Kudelstaart* (40 kms/ 25 miles)
Today you will ride your bicycle to (alternatively you can take the bus – not incl.) 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 (or by taxi – not incl.) and will head to Kudelstaart where your floating hotel will be waiting for you on the shores of the Westeinder Lakes.*: Depending on availability of berths the ship could possibly be moored in the next village Oude Wetering or Aalsmeerderbrug.
Bike tours: Haarlem – Keukenhof (18 kms /11 miles); Keukenhof – Kudelstaart (22 kms / 13 miles).
Entry Keukenhof: approx. € 25,-; taxi Keukenhof - Kudelstaart (max. 7 pers.): approx. € 55,-
Day 4: Kudelstaart* – Aalsmeer – Amsterdam (35 kms/22 miles)
This morning you are in for a real treat - a visit to the biggest flower auction in the world at Aalsmeer (not open in the weekends and holidays*). Early in the morning millions of flowers are auctioned off here and are instantly sent out to all corners of the world. By 10 AM you will return to your barge in Aalsmeer where an elaborate brunch will be waiting for you before you make your way to Amsterdam by bicycle or, if you choose, on board the barge. During the afternoon and evening you will have plenty of time to discover this amazing city. Visit the inner city flower market, go to a museum, do some shopping or enjoy a boat trip through the canals... there is just so much to do! Bike tours: Kudelstaart-flower auction (6 kms / 3 miles); flower auction - Aalsmeer (3 kms /1 mile); Aalsmeer-Amsterdam (Veemkade) (25 kms /16 miles).
Entry flower auction: approx. € 5.
*: instead thereoff we offer a free tour through the famous canals of Amsterdam.
Day 5: Amsterdam
Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.30 AM: End of your trip. After consultation with the crew it may be possible to leave your luggage on board until approx. 3.30pm to give you more time to explore the beautiful city of Amsterdam.
Note: All distances are approximate distances of recommended bike tours. Program and information provided are subject to change, such as, for example, changes in weather conditions. The company retains the right to change the program or to change the shipping time and/or the order of the program in the case it deems it necessary to do so.