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Bike and boat on Tulip tour - Mare Fan Fryslân

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8 days and 7 nights bike and sailboat trip on the Tulip Route aboard the Mare Fan Fryslân sailboat. An original experience in full board.

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Netherlands by bike on board the Mare Fan Fryslân

 

 

Day 1 - Amsterdam / Zaandam

 

You can join the sailboat between 1 pm and 2 pm. your crew will welcome you with coffee and tea. At 2:30 p.m. the ship leaves the port. As you cruise towards Zaandam, the guide will give you all the information about the trip, cycling and safety procedures. At the end of the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to take a short ride to test your bikes. After enjoying a delicious dinner on board, the guide will take you on a guided city walk through central Zaandam.

 

Day 2 - Zaandam / Alkmaar

 

In the morning you will drive to Zaanse Schans, a unique hamlet where people live and work in traditional houses. You can admire the windmills built next to the Zaan River. You can visit a clock museum, an old-fashioned grocery store, a house with period furniture, a clog maker and a cheese factory. After this tour, your bike tour continues to Limmen and Egmond-Binnen through fields of colorful tulips. Nearby, you will visit the Hortus Bulborum, a unique garden-museum dedicated to the preservation of rare and historic bulbs. Over 4000 tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and other special flowers are planted here. You will then reach Egmond at the edge of the North Sea. Your ship will meet you near the historic city center of Alkmaar. This town is known for its Dutch cheese. As you stroll through the streets, you will be amazed by the beauty of the old town of Alkmaar, with its well-preserved 17th century buildings and narrow, winding canals.

 

Day 3 - Alkmaar / Den Helder

 

Today you can take a bike tour north of Alkmaar where you will find the most beautiful tulip fields on your way to the North Sea. The sandy beach is one of the most beautiful in the Netherlands. Nearby is the artists' village of Bergen. Then you will cross the North Holland dune reserve to Den Helder: this piece of land wedged between the North Sea and the IJsselmeer is home to the largest field of flower bulbs in the world. An exceptional experience!

 

Day 4 - Den Helder / Oudeschild | Texel's Wadden Island: round trip (43 km / 29 mi. To 48 km / 26 mi.)

 

During breakfast, the sailboat will reach the island of Texel, the largest of the Dutch Wadden Islands. You can choose between a short route or a long tour around the island. Signs lead you through picturesque villages and landscapes, and even to the Ecomare Seal Sanctuary. At the end of your bike ride, you can taste a locally brewed beer during a visit to the small brewery near Oudeschild.

 

Day 5 - Oudeschild - Enkhuizen | Sailing day

 

Today your ship will set sail for Enkhuizen. You can even lend a hand during navigation with the hoisting of the sails. No previous experience is required. During navigation, you will enjoy a hearty lunch on board. In the afternoon, the ship will arrive in Enkhuizen, an old town with centuries of maritime tradition. You will be able to discover the city of herring, its old port and its history. No dinner will be served this evening, to allow you to discover the city. You can prepare a picnic or try one of the good restaurants in Enkhuizen.


Day 6 - Enkhuizen - Hoorn | Hoorn - Volendam (28 km)

 

In the morning, you will join the ship along the IJsselmeer to Hoorn, a former town of the Dutch East India Company, which in the 17th century was one of the most important ports in the world. Your afternoon stroll will take you to Volendam, a small picturesque fishing port on the shores of Lake IJsselmeer. On your route, you will pass through Edam, known for its famous Edam cheese, covered with red or yellow wax. This pretty village now famous for cheese, was once a shipyard and an industrial port.


Day 7 - Volendam - Keukenhof - Amsterdam | Day trip by bus

 

A beautiful bus ride takes you through Holland's oldest tulip fields to the famous Keukenhof Gardens. You will have plenty of time to discover the most beautiful bulb park in the world. Seven million blooming tulips in a beautiful setting. You will also be able to admire various hyacinths, daffodils and many other vibrant flowers. In the afternoon, the bus will take you back to Amsterdam to spend the night on the Mare Fan Fryslan.


Day 8 - Amsterdam

 

End of your trip on the Tulip Route. After breakfast, you can disembark until 9:30 a.m.

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General information :

  • 8 days and 7 nights
  • Comfort level of the barge : Comfort
  • Spoken languages on board : English and notions of French
  • Child prices : please contact us

Dates :

 

Departure dates 2022 :

 

Departures on Saturdays from 05/28 to 09/17/2022

  • Low season: 30/04 and 17/09
  • High season: 14/05, 21/05, 28/05, 04/06, 11/06, 18/06, 25/06, 02/07, 09/07, 16/07, 06/08, 13/08, 20/08, 27/08 , 03/09 and 10/09

Included :

  • Full board stay (except dinner on day 4)
  • Travel documents : we will provide you with the information relating to the progress of your stay as well as the itinerary upon validation of your reservation, subject to change.
  • Non-guided loop tour

Not included :

  • Dinner on day 4
  • Transport to the place of departure
  • Personal expenses
  • Visits

Options :

  • Bike rental
  • Helmet
  • Personal bike location (mandatory if no rented bike)
  • Theft insurance for rented bikes
  • Cancellation insurance
  • Extra 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 weather is sometimes windy.

 

Technicality :


0 to 65 km of cycling per day, or about 3 to 5 hours of cycling. Easy route. No difficulties, accessible for anyone.

 

Bibliography :


Guide and maps about the Netherlands on cartovelo.fr

 

Participants :


On board, you will meet an international community of all ages, men, women, singles and couples with children. We offer boats with 80 places maximum in cabins of 2 and 3 people.

 

Accompaniment :


People responsible for your bike and boat holidays are : 
On board, the captain and his mate. They are responsible for the smooth running of the vacation on the boat, and bring the boat from stage to stage. The cook prepares the meals.
The tour is without a guide, a morning briefing on the tour will present you the route each day.

 

Meals :


Breakfast : on board, you will find a substantial and dutch breakfast, worthy of a cyclist.
Lunch : after the breakfast, you will prepare by yourself a “lunch” (sandwich, fruit, snack, drinks).
Snack : after the daily route, you will find, when you arrive on the boat, various drinks such as tea and coffee prepared for your return, with a cake.
Dinner : 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.

 

Bike :


At the beginning, on Saturday afternoon, a bike corresponding to your height, will be assigned to you. After a test ride, you will sign a receipt. The bike (21-speed bike) will be at your disposal all week until Friday afternoon, when the bike is handed over. The bike will be fitted with panniers.
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 : Geographic location


By train : the departure towns for the bike and boat tours are served by the railway.
Amsterdam and Enkhuizen train stations are very well connected : several trains daily run to and from France.
Thalys is faster to Amsterdam, and the equivalent of the TER will get you to Enkhuizen in an hour.
By plane : AMSTERDAM international airport.


Your vehicle : 


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

 

Cancellation insurance :


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

 

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