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Bike and boat on Tulip Tour - Wending

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8 days and 7 nights bike and boat trip from Amsterdam with full board aboard the Wending. Unique and original cruise on the Tulip Route in the Netherlands.

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Cycling the Netherlands on the Tulip Route aboard the Wending

 


Cross the green heart of Holland and the Kagerplassen Lakes on short cycling routes between the cities of Delft, Leiden, Haarlem and Amsterdam. Sail aboard the Wending, a comfort cruise ship for a unique and unforgettable cycling trip.


On the Tulip Route, discover the great Dutch painters such as Rembrandt, Vermeer and Van Gogh. You can also admire the flowering of tulips during the months of April and May.

 

The highlights of the stay:

  • The historic cities Haarlem, Delft, Leiden
  • Keukenhof, the most beautiful flower park in the world
  • The windmills of Kinderdijk
  • Gouda, city of cheese

Day 1 - Amsterdam


Boarding at 2 p.m.
On the boat, you can drop off your belongings in your cabin and then introduce your guide and members of the crew.
You leave Amsterdam on a cruise on the Amstel river to reach Ouderkerk-sur-Amstel.
Pick up the bikes for about 15 km in the Ronde Hoep polder towards Uithoorn.
During dinner on board the boat, the guide gives you the program for the week.

 

Day 2 - Uithoorn-Gouda, 45 km


From Uithoorn you continue your journey on country roads and along canals through the Green Heart and the polders to reach the town known for its cheese: Gouda.
You will also discover the "stroopwafels" (Dutch wafers), pottery, or even earthenware.

Gouda is an authentic Dutch town with an almost historic town center.
After dinner you will be free to explore the city.

 

Day 3 - Gouda: 40 km by bike to Kinderdijk then navigation to Rotterdam


From Gouda you cross the Alblasserwaard to Rotterdam.
Kinderdijk is known for its old windmills, they are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These mills were still used until 1950 to regulate the water level.
In Rotterdam you embark for Delft, the city known for its pottery, "the blue of Delft".
Possibility to visit the Prinsenhof museum which is located in the former Monastery of Saint Agatha.


Day 4 - Delft-Katwijk-Leiden, 40 km


You cycle towards The Hague through the Haagse Bosch Forest and past the Royal Palace, Huis ten Bosch. You ride on a cycle path through the dunes towards Wassenaarse Slag, a secluded beach access to the dune ridge north of The Hague. The eight kilometers of beach are known for their beautiful natural areas, such as Meijendel, the largest single-piece dune strip in South Holland.
Here still exist traces of the Atlantikwall (Atlantic Wall), the great line of defense 2,685 kilometers in length, built by the Germans during World War II. The underground corridors and bunkers now form a bat nature reserve and have a protected status.


At the Wassenaarse Slag you will find breweries with a view of the North Sea.
Further on, in the dunes, is Katwijk aan Zee, an old fishing village. Passing through the Oude Rijn ("old Rhine") you arrive in Leiden. It is another historic town with many hofjes ’, old facades and buildings from the 15th to the 18th century.

 

Day 5 - Leiden


Visit the Keukenhof Gardens, an impressive and colorful collection of millions of flowering bulbs, in a setting of beautiful traditional and modern gardens. The many flowers like rhododendrons and azaleas are beautiful. The pavilions will surprise you with unique flower displays. And among the richness of colors, you will see some surprising works of art.
Keukenhof is the showcase for the horticultural sector in the Netherlands, in particular bulb culture. The park is the setting for 7 million spring-flowering bulbs, a living catalog of 100 exhibitors. Over 20 flower shows allow 500 flower growers to present all their cut flowers and potted plants.
To get to Keukenhof you take public transport. Keukenhof bus tickets and entrance fees are included in the price of the Tour.

 

Day 6 - Leiden - via the flower fields - Haarlem, 40 km

 

From Leiden, you drive through beautiful bulb flower fields towards Haarlem. During the period from March to May, the bulb flower fields are in full bloom: first daffodils, then hyacinths, tulips and lilies.
In Haarlem you can admire the ‘hofjes’ (houses built around a small courtyard) and the typical city canals. You can admire the large central square (Grote Markt), the town hall and St. Bavo's Church. Haarlem, which gave its name to Harlem, New York, is a bustling city ideal for shopping. The museums not to be missed are:

  • the Teylers Museum (one of the oldest museums in the Netherlands)
  • the Frans Hals Museum (one of the old Dutch masters, those painters who worked during the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century).


Day 7 - Haarlem - Amsterdam 40 km


You sail to Spaarndam, a picturesque village near Haarlem. The name Spaarndam comes from the dam built in the Spaarne river to limit the risk of flooding from the sea. On the IJdijk dyke is the statue of Hansje Brinker, a character from an American novel who saved the country from a flood by plugging a hole in the dike with his finger.


You cross the North Sea Canal by the Buitenhuizen ferry (the only connection between the ports of Amsterdam in the North Sea), then you cycle towards Zaanse Schans.
The village of Zaanse Schans, with its traditional wooden houses, warehouses and windmills, will take you back a few centuries. It is also a bustling place where people live and work. You can visit a cheese factory, a clog factory and a traditional bakery.
Back in Amsterdam, it's time to leave your bike. However, you can walk around town or take a canal boat trip. It is quite possible before or after dinner.

 

Day 8 - Amsterdam

 

End of stay after breakfast before 10am.


Due to the navigation plan the route may be reversed or modified

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General informations :

  • 8 days and 7 nights
  • Boat comfort level: Comfort
  • Languages ​​spoken on board: English, Dutch and notions of French
  • Child rates: contact us

The dates :

 

Departure from Amsterdam

  • Low season: 04/03
  • High season: 10/04, 17/04


Included :

  • Full board stay (picnic lunch)
  • Travel diary: we will provide you with the information relating to the progress of your stay as well as the itinerary to confirm your reservation, subject to change.
  • Guided loop circuit

Not included :

  • Transport to the place of departure
  • Personal expenses
  • Visits

The options :

  • VTC or VAE rental
  • Personal bike location (compulsory if no bikes are rented)
  • Helmet
  • Bike theft insurance (for rented bikes)
  • cancellation insurance
  • Additional night (s) at the start or end of the tour in a hotel in Amsterdam

Level :


1 2 3 4 5 6

 

Ground :


Flat, very smooth roads and paths. 90% program on cycle paths.

 

Weather :


Contrary to popular belief, the temperature in the Netherlands is similar to the temperature in France. Near the coast, the climate is sometimes windy.

 

Technicality :


- 0 to 40 km of hiking per day, or 3 to 4 hours of cycling.
- Easy to follow route. No difficulties, accessible to all.

 

Bibliography :


Guide and maps on the Netherlands on cartovelo.fr

 

The participants :


On board you will meet an international community of all ages.

 

Support :


Here are the people responsible for your bike and boat holidays:
On board, the captain and his boy. They are responsible for the smooth running of the vacation on the boat, and take the boat from stage to stage. The cook prepares the meals.
Each morning you can, if you wish, benefit from advice on the route to follow and additional tourist information.

 

Meals :


Breakfasts: on the boat you will find a hearty, Dutch breakfast, fit for a cyclist.
Lunches : after breakfast, you will prepare a “lunch” yourself (sandwiches, fruits, snacks, drinks).
Snack : after the daily trip, you will find, when you arrive on the boat, different drinks such as tea and coffee prepared for your return, with a cake.
Dinners : at least three very good quality dishes. After dinner you will have a choice of coffee and tea.
Other drinks, such as wine, beer, lemonade and mineral water, are not included but can be purchased on board at a reasonable price.

 

The bike :


At the start, on Saturday afternoon, a bike corresponding to your size will be assigned to you. After a test ride, you will sign a receipt. The bike (7-speed) will be at your disposal all week until Friday afternoon, when the bike is handed over.
The bikes will be fitted with saddlebags, as well as an anti-theft device, a container and a tire repair kit. There is no helmet on board.
If you take your own bike, it cannot be insured against theft by our company, you will have to make the necessary arrangements with your usual insurer. Do not forget your anti-theft. The return of your bike will be at your expense.

 

Transport: Geographical location


By train : The departure cities of the bicycle and boat circuits are served by the railway.
Amsterdam station is very well served: several trains run to and from France daily.
The Thalys is the fastest.
By plane : AMSTERDAM international airport.

 

Your vehicle :


We strongly advise against parking cars on the streets of Amsterdam. Information on guarded parking lots in the city can be found on the following website: parkingcentrumoosterdok.nl/.

 

Cancellation insurance :


In order to guarantee the reimbursement of costs in the event of cancellation of your stay, you can take out cancellation insurance. To learn more, click here.

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