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Tulips Route - Zwaan 2021

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8 days and 7 nights bike and boat tour - departure Amsterdam - 20 to 26 people - Full board price : Zwaan. departures 2021

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Tulips Tour II - Le Zwaan 2020

 

Bicycle tour, 8 days and 7 nights

 

Dates

- Departure from Amsterdam, on Saturdays

- Feasible in 2021

27/03, 03/04, 24/04, 01/05

 

 

Options :

- Bike rental
- Extra night at the beginning and the end of the tour

General information
- Loop tour with a guide
- Full board (picnic for lunch)

- Road Book provided
- Visits with guide (entrance fees not included)

 

- Kids prices : contact us

 

Barge Zwaan (comfort plus)

Capacity: 14 passengers
    Length x Width: 34 x 6.1 meters
    7 cabins total
    Private bathroom with shower in all cabins
    WiFi available (only in the Netherlands)
    Hairdryers available

    Air conditioning
    220 V electricity

 


 

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This tour offers you the opportunity to discover historical towns, picturesque villages in country environment, full of nature, water but also dunes and beaches bearing in mind windmills.

These are the typically Dutch ingredients on the Southern Route.

 

You will discover a diversified tour, guaranteeing you a tourist and cultural discovering of Netherlands.

One day, you will ride relaxed along the canals bordered with reeds, crossing Vecht and Lek rivers and the day after, you will ride through Delft old town from 16th century, Leiden and Harlem. Spectacular, the 18 windmills of Kinderdijk  built around 1750.

 

You will discover Rotterdam by boat, as it must be. You will visit the beaches and dunes of Scheveningen near La Haye. You will live this week like most of the Dutch people : cycling.

 

- The stages -

 

Day 1 - Saturday : Amsterdam, boarding the latest at 2 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 45km

Today's trip leads you through the oldest tulip fields of Holland and along the Keukenhof. Of course you’ll have time to admire  the most beautiful bulb park in the world (tickets are included in the tour price). 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 is Rembrandt’s hometown but also Armin van Buuren’s.

 

Day 3 - Monday : Leiden - Kudelstaart 45km

Today you continue your tour around the Haarlemmermeer. In case you have a lunchstop at the other side of the bridge in Leimuiden. Imagine that this polder once was the biggest lake in Holland and nicknamed ‘the waterwolf’.  The cycleroute leads you through the green heart of Holland, an area characterized by small cycle paths, typical black and white cows and despite the work of mr. Leeghwater, a lot of water. Your destination for today is Kudelstaart : a small town bordered by the Westeinderplassen.

 

Day 4 - Tuesday : Visit to flower auction, sailing to Amsterdam and cycling Wormerveer via Zaanse Schans 45km

Every morning „Bloemenveiling Aalsmeer" sets the world price for flowers and plants. As a visitor you can walk over a specially designed gallery to experience the hustle and bustle of demand and supply experience the hustle and bustle lead by the auction clock but also enjoy the gorgeous flowers that are showed in. While flowers and plants start their world tour you will have breakfast while sailing towards Amsterdam. You leave the city behind and continue your tour through lush green polders towards the world famous hamlet of Zaanse Schans. A unique place where people live and work, with original houses and windmills from the river Zaan area.

 

Day 5 - Wednesday : Wormerveer - Alkmaar 45km

From Wormerveer you will cycle 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. Today's 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 35km

Today you can discover the descent of Beemster cheese and the birthplace of the man who defeated ‘the waterwolf’. 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. There will be time to visit the windmills at the Rijp and see the house where mr. Leeghwater was born.

 

Day 7 - Friday : Purmerend - Amsterdam 20 to 35km

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

Debarkation before 10 AM near Central Station.

 

 

1 km = 0.62 miles

For navigation reasons the route might be modified or inverted

 

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Levels  :
1 2 3 4 5 6

Terrain :
Flat and low resistance path. Program on 90% of cycle paths.

Climate :
Contrary to what we might think, temperature in Netherlands is close to the one in France. Near the coasts, it might be windy.


Technicality :
0  to 40 km riding per day ie 3 to 4 hours riding.

Itinerary easy to follow. No difficulties, fully accessible to anyone.

 

Bibliography :

Cycling maps on Netherlands on cartovelo.fr
Cycling guides on Netherlands on cartovelo.fr

 

Extra nights : 
An additional night is available at the beginning and at the end of the tour in an hotel in Amsterdam.

 

Participants :
On board, you will meet an international community of all ages, men and women, bachelors and couples with kids.

Accompanying :
Here are the people in charge of your holidays for the bike and boat :

- Aboard, the captain and his ship's apprentice. They are in charge of you on the boat and lead the boat from one stage to another. The chef prepares the meals.

- Participants are accompanied by a guide. He will help you in case of breakdown and will give you advice on the itinerary to follow. He will also give all the tourist information you need. He or she is polyglot.


The meals :
- Breakfast : aboard, you will find a substantial and dutch breakfast worthy of a cyclist.

- Lunch : after the breakfast, you will prepare your lunch by yourself (sandwiches, fruits, snacks and drinks).

- Snack : after the daily journey, you will find aboard different kinds of drinks, like tea and coffee with cake.

- Diners : minimum 3 good quality dishes. After diner, you may have some tea or coffee. 

The other drinks, like wine, beers, lemonade and mineral water are not included but are available on board and affordable.

 

The bike :

Leaving on Saturday afternoon, you will get a bike adapted to your height. After a test, you will sign a receipt. The bike is an hybrid one with 21 gears. It is at your disposal for the entire week until Friday in the afternoon.

The bike are equipped with panniers, lock and repair kit. If you prefer a 7 gears bicycle, let us know ! (it must be specified when booking, too late on the boat)


If you come with your own bikes, it cannot benefit from our company theft insurance, you must do what is necessary. Don't forget your lock.The transportation to the starting point is of your responsability.

 

Road book :

We will provide you the information concerning your tour as well as the itinerary,  except changes.

 

Transport :  Location
- By train : Departure towns for the bike and boat tours are served by rail roads. Amsterdam train station is well served, several trains run in and out from France everyday. Thalys is the most rapid train.
- By plane : International airport of AMSTERDAM. Feel free visiting our travel agency website Selectour 
de Parthenay

 

Your vehicle :
We advise you against parking your car in Amsterdam streets. You will find some information on supervised parking spaces in Amsterdam on the following website : http://www.naaramsterdam.nl

 

 

Cancellation insurance :

In order to guarantee reimbursement of your fees, you may subscribe to a cancellation insurance. To know more about this insurance, click here

 

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