Boat and Bike Tulip cruise 2019
Experience Holland in the best possible way: a gorgeous spring excursion in the theme of flowers. This 5 day mini-cruise plows through the most beautiful season of the year and will take you to gorgeous areas such in “the Garden of Amsterdam”. Enjoy a few unforgettable days on board of a premium passenger barge with excellent service and an alternating itinerary. Amsterdam is also called, by some, the smallest metropolis of Europe. There are many unique museums, enticing shopping and, recently added to the UNESCO Cultural World Heritage list, the canals in the heart of Amsterdam certainly make a visit to Amsterdam a highlight. Visit the famous flower market in the center of the capital and discover the „Zaanse Schans“ including windmills, a traditional cheese maker, a clog maker and an authentic traditional Dutch village. Other highlights of this trip are the historic city of Haarlem, the world famous flower park „Keukenhof“ near Lisse and the largest flower auction in the world in Aalsmeer. Guided bicycle tours and some city walks.
Description of the cabins
The upper deck has five spacious suites (16 m² – 172 sq.ft.) with two separate single beds, a small sitting area and a “French Balcony”: ceiling-to-floor sliding glass doors. The lower deck has fourteen beautiful twin cabins (12 m² – 129 sq.ft.) with two separate single beds and two single cabins (9 m² – 97 sq.ft.). In most cabins and all suites, on prior request, the beds can be set together as a double bed. On request, an additional third bed is available in one of the suites and one of the twin cabins (Pullman bed, above one of the other beds).
All cabins have en-suite facilities with a shower, toilet and basin. The cabins on the lower deck have portholes (fixed for safety reasons), upper deck suites have sliding glass doors that can be partly opened. 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.
Description of the ship
The upper deck has a large, tastefully furnished salon with a restaurant area, a nice bar and a lounge area with cozy sitting corners, a wide screen TV and large panoramic windows. There are also two TV screens (a camera and a navigation system) to see the real-time movement and position of the barge. Wi-Fi is available. Large glass doors open to the beautiful partially roofed teak wood sundeck with chairs and tables on the aft deck. There is a cycle deck on the front deck. On the top deck, the barge has a whirlpool/Jacuzzi and some deckchairs to relax and enjoy the scenery while cruising.
Tulip tour – Mini-cruises through tulip time
Day 1: boarding in Amsterdam | noon: Amsterdam – Zaandam
In the afternoon, between 14:00 and 16:00 you can check in on board in Amsterdam, berth in the center of the city. By 17:00 we start with the short „dinner- cruise“ to Zaandam. Berth in the center of the city. In the evening a short walk through the center of Zaandam.
Day 2: Zaandam – Zaanse Schans – Zaandam (approx. 10 km) | Zaandam – Haarlem
An approx. 5 km bicycle ride to the open air museum the „Zaanse Schans“ (entry incl.) which includes beautiful windmills, an authentic traditional Dutch village, a cheese factory and clog maker. Then we return, by bicycle, to the ship. In the afternoon you can choose between a boat trip of approx. 2.5 hours or a bicycle trip (approx. 10 or 22 km) to Haarlem. Visit the historic inner city with the Grote Markt and the St.-Bavo church, the Teylers museum and the Frans Hals-museum. The berth is in the center; in the afternoon or evening a short city walk.
Day 3: Haarlem – Keukenhof – Kudelstaart* (in total approx. 40 km)
After breakfast 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 elaborate visit you will get back on your bicycle at noon (or by taxi – not incl.) and head to the Kudelstaart where the Magnifique 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 approx. 18 km; Keukenhof – Kudelstaart approx. 22 km.
Entry Keukenhof: approx. € 25;
Taxi Keukenhof-Kudelstaart (max. 7 pers.): approx. € 55.
Day 4: Kudelstaart* – Aalsmeer – Amsterdam (total approx. 35 km)
After a quick and humble breakfast you will cycle your way to the flower auction in Aalsmeer. Early in the morning millions of flowers are auctioned off here and instantly sent out to all corners of the world. By 10:00am you will return aboard in Aalsmeer where an elaborate brunch will be awaiting you. Subsequently you will make your way to Amsterdam on board or you can finish this last stage to the berth in the center of Amsterdam on the bicycle. During the afternoon and evening you can visit the inner city with the flower market and you can individually visit a museum, do some shopping or have a boat trip through the canals.
*Bicycle tours: Kudelstaart-flower auction approx. 6 km; flower auction- Aalsmeer approx. 3km; Aalsmeer-Amsterdam (Veemkade) approx. 25 km. Entry flower auction: approx. € 5.
Day 5: Amsterdam
After breakfast you will have to say goodbye to the crew. You will need to leave your cabin by 09:30AM, but it is possible, upon consultation with the crew, to leave your luggage on board until approx. 15:30 so you can still go out and visit the city once more.
All distances mentioned in respect to the bicycle tours are approximate distances. Program +information provided are subject to changes, 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.
- 5 days/4 nights
- 4 x breakfast
- Packed lunches
- 4 x 3-course dinner
- Coffee and tea on board
- Welcome drink
- Use of bed linen and towels
- Daily cleaning of the cabin
- Climate-controlled cabin
- Daily briefings
- Fully guided cycling tours (2 tour leaders, 2 groups)
- Some short walking tours
- Maps and notes for cycling tours (1 set per cabin)
- GPS tracks
- Use of a helmet
- Use of a waterproof pannier bag
- Water bottle
- Entrance Keukenhof
- Entrance North-Holland Dune reserve
- Visit mill at Zaanse Schans
- Fees for ferries
- Bicycle rental or E-bike rental
- Personal insurances
- Gratuities (at your discretion)
- Entrance fees and excursions (not mentioned under inclusions)
- Transfers to/from the docking place
- Parking fees
(incl helmet and water bottle): €50 per period
Rental E-Bike (incl helmet and water bottle): €100 per period (only on request, limited number of e-bikes available, early bookings strongly recommended.