From mid-March to mid-May it is tulip season, in the Netherlands and elsewhere. However, it is a tradition and a specialty with our Dutch friends, more than in any other place. For centuries, the bulb has been cultivated on a large scale.
It is therefore a real colorful spectacle that awaits you at the beginning of spring. And there is no better way than by bike to admire these fields in bloom and treat yourself to unforgettable walks.
We therefore suggest that you go by bike and by boat to Holland to discover the flowering of tulips and all the unmissable sights around Amsterdam. You will inevitably pass by the essential Keukeunhof and its 7 million bulbs (>> more info).
This bike cruise is the shortest offered. However, you do not miss "the essential" of tulips:
Who says Netherlands, says mills and you will see some very beautiful ones in the authentic village of Zaanse Schans. With period buildings, preserved or restored, it is a real open-air museum. You dive into the heart of the 17th and 18th century with traditional houses, old docks, a tin foundry, a formagerie, a dairy farm, an old-fashioned grocery store and canals lining the whole.
On this bike and boat route, you set off in the direction of South Holland. The cheese capital of the Netherlands, Gouda is one of your first stops. And what a step! The city brilliantly combines the old and the new:
You then head to Kinderdijk and its 19 authentic UNESCO World Heritage-listed mills before stopping in Rotterdam. It's a pretty raw port city with modern town planning that doesn't appeal to everyone. However, the city is alive and the cultural and artistic life is very intense. The city center is also welcoming and worth a visit. You finally arrive in Delft, a bustling university town with authentic charm, which is sure to please you.
The following days are spent heading north, in the heart of the bulble region. The fields of blooming tulips are then much more numerous. You will discover The Hague, its many historical monuments and its beach within walking distance before visiting Leiden, its museums and its citadel.
On your way to Haarlem, don't forget to stop at the Keukenhof. It would be a shame to miss this magnificent park, which must be visited at this time of year. You stop at Zaanse Schans before completing the loop in Amsterdam.
This 8-day bike and boat tour takes you to both North Holland and South Holland. You start by heading towards Haarlem, a magnificent city with its historic city center, very famous among art lovers.
You have the possibility from the 2nd day to visit the Keukenhof. After stopping in Leiden and taking advantage of its many patios along the canals, you go to Aalsmeer and its famous flower market, the largest in the world. The Royal FloraHolland is a real spectacle not to be missed.
The cycle paths guide you to Zaanse Schans, a traditional village with its 17th and 18th century buildings. You then enter a region which has retained an authentic charm and which is very attached to traditions. Alkmaar is proof of this. The town is famous for its traditional cheese market and you can visit the Beer Museum and the Cheese Museum (hence the name of this tour).
The North Sea is never far away, and a swimming break is possible. Before returning to Amsterdam you will have the pleasure of pedaling in a natural park. Between Purmerend and Amsterdam, the charming fishing villages of Edam and Volendam are on the cycle route and are worth a visit.
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