Boat and Bike Tulip cruise 2019
Experience Holland in the best possible way: a gorgeous spring short break dominated by 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 some unforgettable days on board of a premium passenger barge with excellent service and an alternating itinerary.
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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“ open air museum 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.
Description of the cabins Magnifique 1
The Magnifique has sixteen cabins, situated on the lower deck. Guests are accommodated in eleven twin cabins (11 m² – 118.5 sq.ft.) with two single beds set next to each other, four premium twin cabins (14 m² – 151 sq.ft.) with two single beds next to each other and a small sitting area and one 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 (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.
Guided bicycle tours and some city walks.
NEW: These ships will have two tour guides for guided cycling in smaller groups; guests can opt for longer/shorter of quicker/slower cycling tours (depending on the route).
Enjoy the personal service, delicious meals and excellent accommodation on board of the premium barges „MAGNIFIQUE“, “MAGNIFIQUE II” and “MAGNIFIQUE III”
Amsterdam – open air museum „Zaanse Schans“ – Haarlem
– flower park „Keukenhof“ – flower auction Aalsmeer* – flower market Amsterdam
*:The flower auction is not open in weekends and on public holidays. For this reason we will change the order of the program slightly and offer the visit of the flower auction on a weekday instead.
*Please be aware that on dates that are marked with an asterisk (*), a visit to the flower auction is not possible.
TOUR DATES 2019 „TULIP MINI-CRUISE“ MAGNIFIQUE:
Tour 1: So. 24 March – Thu. 28 March
Tour 2: Thu. 28 March – Mo. 01 April*
Tour 3: Tue. 02 April – Fri. 05 April
Tour Details Holland: Tulip Tour | MS Magnifique / MS Magnifique II / MS Magnifique III
Day 1: Embarkation: 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 center of Amsterdam. Your five day tour will start with a short “dinner cruise” to Zaandam, famous for its windmills where your barge will berth in the center of the city. In the evening enjoy a short walk through the picturesque center of Zaandam.
Day 2: Zaandam – “Zaanse Schans” – Zaandam (Approx. 17 km/10 mi.) | Zaandam – Haarlem
After breakfast you will enjoy a 5 km bicycle ride to the open air museum “Zaanse Schans” (entry incl.) 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. 22 km/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 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.
Day 3: Haarlem – Keukenhof – Oude Wetering (Approx. 40 km/ 25 mi.)
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.
Bike tours: Haarlem – Keukenhof approx. 18 km (11 mi.); Keukenhof – Oude Wetering approx. 22 km (13 mi.).
Entry Keukenhof: approx. €18
Day 4: Oude Wetering – Amsterdam | Amsterdam Waterland cycling tour (Approx. 27-35 km/16-22 mi.)
This morning you are in for a real treat – an early visit by bus (06:30 AM) to the biggest flower auction in the world at Aalsmeer (not open in weekends and on public holidays*). Early in the morning millions of flowers are auctioned off here and are instantly sent out to all parts of the world. By 09:00 AM you will return on the your barge in Oude Wetering where a late breakfast will be waiting for you before you make your way to Amsterdam on board the barge. During the afternoon and evening you either have the opportunity to make a last beautiful cycling tour through the wetlands of Waterland or 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! Optional: end-of-day canal tour in Amsterdam.
Bike tours: Amsterdam (Veemkade) round tour through Waterland approx. 27 – 35 km / 16-22 mi.
Entry flower auction: approx. €7. Canal tour Amsterdam approx. € 10.
*: The Aalsmeer flower auction is not open in weekends and on public holidays. For this reason, for tours where such a visit is scheduled for a weekend or holiday, we will change the order of the program slightly and offer the visit of the flower auction on a weekday instead: this way, for each departure date, all highlights can be included.
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.
Details: Parts printed in italics will be covered by the ship.
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, nautical reasons or force majeure.
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
Vegetarian meals are possible at no surcharge. Other diets (like gluten free or for lactose intolerance) are possible at a surcharge of E 35. All diets and vegetarian meals must be booked and confirmed well in advance.
Rental bicycle with 7 gears, hand- and pedal brakes, pannier bag, helmet: €50
Rental E-Bike incl. pannier bag and helmet: €100,- (only on request, limited number of e-bikes available, early bookings strongly recommended.