8 days | from: € 745,- | Group | Barge | Guided | Level 1 | Code STT
Between April and mid-May we offer special tulip tours. The program of this Super Tulip Tour is totally dedicated to this beautiful flower. You will cycle through hectares of spring flowers and tulips, learn all about growing tulips in a tulip park and of course you visit the “Keukenhof”.
Highlights include: • Cycling through the tulip fields • Keukenhof • Flower auction at Aalsmeer
The tulip originated in Turkey. The tulip bulb reached The Netherlands at the end of the 16th century. The plant became very popular (the “ Tulip Mania”): In 1634 there was one single bulb that was so expensive, a whole canal side house in Amsterdam did cost the equivalent. Of course you also will visit the world-famous, 32-hectares’ park The Keukenhof, where you can admire the wonderfully colorful fields with flowering bulbs in peace and quiet. On Tuesday early you pay a visit to the impressive flower auction at Aalsmeer. Aalsmeer controls a market share of 44% for the turnover of bulbs and tulip flowers. At midday you will cycle from Amsterdam to the Zaanse Schans. The Zaanse Schans is a unique hamlet where people live and work, with original houses and windmills from the river Zaan area (17th century). Around Alkmaar you will find the most beautiful dunes in the country. From Alkmaar to Purmerend the route leads you through the 17th century polders. When time permits you will visit a water mill. The last part of the week the green “ Waterland” surrounds you, while you’re cycling through the Beemster Polder, dating from the early 17th century.
The route from day to day + km
Amsterdam, embarkation at 2 PM near Central Station. Sailing to Spaarndam and cycling to Haarlem 15
Haarlem - Keukenhof - Leiden, 45
Leiden - Kudelstaart, 45
Visit to flower auction. Sailing to Amsterdam- cycling to Zaanse Schans- Wormerveer, 45
Wormerveer - Alkmaar, 45
Alkmaar - Purmerend, 45
Purmerend - Amsterdam, 30
Amsterdam, debarkation before 10 AM near Central Station
1 km = 0.62 miles
Level 1 For everyone The lightest cycling holiday, suited for everyone and people of all ages. On virtually flat terrain, with distances up to 50 kilometers. You spend about 4 hours on your bicycle.
Barge Anna Antal (cabins Comfort): 2-berth cabin: € 855,-
single use: € 1050,-
Barge Anna Antal (cabins StandardPlus): 2-berth cabin: € 745,-
single use: € 985,-
Reduction children: 0-2*: free of charge
*if child is accompanied by least 1 one full-paying person
Reservation costs: € 20,- per party
Bicycle rent per week:
• Hybrid, 24-gears: € 70,-
• Electric bike, Unisex bike with 7 gears: € 130,-
Helmet rental: € 10,- per week (to be ordered when booking; can not be rented on board)
Children's bicycle rent:
• Child's bike, 21 gears: € 50,-
• Bike seat: € 15,-
• Trailer bike, 3 gears: € 50,-
• Bike trailer: € 85,-
Daily cycling program
Day 1 Saturday: Amsterdam, boarding at 2.00 pm, sailing to Haarlem The first part of the tour you will sail to Spaarndam – known as the village of Hansje Brinker – and from here we make an easy ride into the beautiful city of Haarlem.
Day 2 Sunday Haarlem – Keukenhof - Leiden, 45 km. Todays trip leads you through the oldest tulip fields of Holland, including a visit of the Keukenhof gardens. This is the most beautiful bulb park in the world. Keukenhof is the place where the spring breaks. An overwhelming blaze of colours; seven million flowering tulips in a magnificent 80-acres' background of traditional and modern gardening architecture. You also can admire the various hyacinths, narcisses and many other colourful flowers. You spend the night in Leiden, which boasts 14 museums.
Day 3 Monday Leiden – Kudelstaart, 45 km. Today you bike from Leiden to Kudelstaart: a small town bordered by the Westeinderplassen. You will go right through the green heart of Holland, an area with small cycle paths, lakes, small rivers and cows.
Day 4 Tuesday Visit to flower auction. Sailing to Amsterdam – cycling to Zaanse Schans - Wormerveer, 45 km. In the early morning you can visit the auction in Aalsmeer. Every day „Bloemenveiling Aalsmeer‟ sets the world price for flowers and plants. This happens by bringing supply and demand together by means of the auction clock- a fascinating process during which large and small batches of flowers are sold within fractions of seconds. As a visitor to Bloemenveiling Aalsmeer, you will walk over a specially designed gallery. Enjoy the gorgeous flowers; experience the hustle and bustle of auction. The flowers and plants that are sold at the auctions are exported all over the world, a wonder of logistics. Afterwards you will have breakfast while sailing in the direction of Amsterdam. From the lock at the Nieuwe Meer you can cycle along the borders of the river Amstel into the city and after the ferry into the green again to the Zaanse Schans, a unique hamlet where people live and work, with original houses and windmills from the river Zaan area. The hamlet is dominated by operating windmills, the oldest built in 1673, for grinding mustard, spices, paint and oil and for sawing wood into planks. As you walk through the village you will see a clock museum, an old-fashioned grocery store, a house with period furniture, a clog maker and a cheese farm. Afterwards to Wormerveer. Day 5 Wednesday Wormerveer - Alkmaar, 45 km From Wormerveer you will cycle to and through the most beautiful dunes of the Netherlands and if weather permits, you may like to swim in the North Sea during your lunch break at the beach. Todays’ overnight stay is in cheese town Alkmaar. An historic lively city with many small and bigger shops. A little less than 400 heritage sites, canals and harbour dominate the townscape.
Day 6 Thursday Alkmaar – Purmerend, 45 km. Today time to cycle into the polder landscape of the Beemster and Purmer, part of a big green polder area. The Beemster Polder, dating from the early 17th century, is an exceptional example of reclaimed land in the Netherlands. It has preserved intact its well-ordered landscape of fields, roads, canals, dykes and settlements, laid out in accordance with classical and Renaissance planning principles. Also time to visit one of the big water mills at the Rijp.
Day 7 Friday Purmerend –Amsterdam 30 / 50 km Purmerend lies at the edge of an area called ‘ Waterland’ where roads and water are nearby on the same level. We visit the nice village of Zunderdorp and Ransdorp. The better cyclists can cycle the long route to Edam and Volendam and if time permits you can cross the lake Gouwzee to admire the traditional fisherman’s village Marken with its typical wooden houses. In Amsterdam you can look back at cycling seven days in great variation of typical Dutch landscapes, towns and many highlights.
Day 8 Saturday Amsterdam, end of the tour after breakfast.
Extra tour information
• All nights on board (incl. bed clothes, 2 towels)
• Breakfast and dinner on board
• Lunch packages when on the road
• Coffee and tea on board
• Tour guide • Route information
• Ferry fares on the route
• Reservation costs € 20,- per party
• Bicycle rent
• Bicycle insurance (optional) € 15,- per bicycle
• Bicycle insurance electric bike (optional) € 40,- per bicycle
• Entrance fees to museums; approx. € 15 per tour
• Travel risk insurance / cancellation insurance (optional)