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Bike and boat on Tulip tour - Wapen Fan Fryslân

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Cycling the Netherlands on the Tulip Route aboard the Wapen Fan Fryslân. A unique full board experience in 8 days et 7 nights from Amsterdam.

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Holland by bike and sailboat on the Tulip Route

 

 

Do you want to live a unique and unforgettable experience? The discovery of the Tulip Route in the Netherlands by bike and aboard a sailboat will keep these promises. This Holland bike trip invites you to experience the blooming tulips in spring starting from the city of Amsterdam. You will have the opportunity to visit the Keukenhof Gardens and admire the polders as you pass through picturesque towns and villages.

 

Points of interest during your stay in Holland:

  • Keukenhof Gardens
  • Amsterdam
  • lake Ijsselmeer
  • Alkmaar and Enkhuizen
  • the polders


Day 1 - Amsterdam to Zaandam


You are expected on the Mare Fan Fryslân sailboat between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. The crew welcomes you with coffee and tea.

At 2:30 p.m. the ship leaves the port of Amsterdam. While sailing to Zaandam, the guide will give you all the travel information, cycling and safety procedures in the Netherlands.

At the end of the afternoon, you can try your bike. After your dinner on board, you will follow the guide for a walk through central Zaandam.

 

Day 2 - From Zaandam to Alkmaar / 47 km


You leave the sailboat to cycle to Zaanse Schans, a small village where people live and work in traditional houses. You see the windmills built near the Zaan River. Here you will have the opportunity to visit a clock museum, an old-fashioned grocery store, a house with period furniture, a clog maker and a cheese factory.

After this visit, the route continues to Limmen and Egmond-Binnen through fields of colorful tulips. Do not miss a visit to the Hortus Bulborum, a unique garden-museum dedicated to preserving rare and historic bulbs. Over 4000 tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and other special flowers are planted here.
Your cycling tour through Holland takes you to Egmond by the North Sea. The sailboat awaits you near the historic city center of Alkmaar. You probably know his famous Dutch cheese. As you walk through the streets, you will love to admire the beauty of the old town of Alkmaar, with its 17th century buildings and narrow canals.

 

Day 3 - From Alkmaar to Den Helder / 30 km


Today's itinerary takes place north of Alkmaar where you will find the most beautiful tulip fields on the way to the North Sea. You can enjoy one of the best beaches in the Netherlands. Nearby you will find the artists' village of Bergen. Then you drive through 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.


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

 

During breakfast, the sailboat reaches the island of Texel, the largest of the Dutch Wadden Islands. You have the choice between two routes of different lengths around the island. Follow the signs through picturesque villages and landscapes, and to the Ecomare Seal Sanctuary. At the end of the bike tour, you will have the pleasure of tasting a locally brewed beer on a visit to the small brewery near Oudeschild.

 

Day 5 - From Oudeschild to Enkhuizen by sailboat


Today your ship has set sail for Enkhuizen. This will be an opportunity to help the crew during navigation by hoisting the sails. No experience is required. After a hearty lunch while sailing, the sailboat reaches Enkhuizen. It is an ancient city with centuries of maritime tradition.
Take the time to visit the city of herring, its old port and its history. The dinner is not planned to allow you to discover the city. You can prepare a picnic or try one of the good restaurants in Enkhuizen.

 


Day 6 - From Enkhuizen to Hoorn and from Hoorn to Volendam (28 km)


In the morning, you cruise on the IJsselmeer to Hoorn, a former city of the Dutch East India Company, which in the 17th century was one of the most important ports in the world. You leave the sailboat in the early afternoon by bike to reach Volendam, a small picturesque fishing port on the shores of Lake IJsselmeer. On your route, you pass through Edam, known for its cheese covered with red or yellow wax.
Formerly, Edam was a shipyard and an industrial port.

 


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


Today, enjoy a bus tour through Holland's oldest tulip fields to reach the famous Keukenhof Gardens. This is the most beautiful bulb park in the world. Seven million blooming tulips to admire! You can also contemplate various hyacinths, daffodils and many other species of flowers.

In the afternoon, the bus will take you back to Amsterdam for your last night on board the Mare Fan Fryslân.


Day 8 - End of the cycling trip in Amsterdam

 

End of your journey on the Tulip Route in the port of Amsterdam. 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 :

 

Departure 04/16 

 

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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