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Tulips Route bike and boat - Sailing Home

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8 days and 7 nights bike and boat trip from Amsterdam with full board at the Sailing Home. Discover Holland by bike, the land of tulips.

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Day 1 - Amsterdam - Oude Wetering - 10 km

Boarding at 2pm.

Drop off your belongings in your cabin and meet your guide and crew members.

Depart Amsterdam at 2:15 pm and sail to Oude Wetering. You will be able to test your bikes during a ride. 

During dinner on board the Sailing Home, the guide will give you the program for the week.


Day 2 - Oude Wetering - Gouda, 45 km

From Oude Wetering you continue your journey along country roads and canals through the Green Heart and polders of Holland to the town of Gouda, known for its cheese.

You will also discover some specialties such as "stroopwafels" (Dutch wafers), pottery, and earthenware.

After dinner you are free to explore the city.



Day 3 - Gouda - Delft - 40 km 


From Gouda, you cross the Alblasserwaard.

You stop in Kinderdijk which is known for its old windmills classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These windmills were still used until 1950 to regulate the water level. 

You will then take the ferry to Rotterdam. 

In Rotterdam you will board the Sailing home for Delft, the city known for its pottery, "Delft blue".

Visit of the Prinsenhof museum in the former monastery of Saint Agatha. 


Day 4 - Delft-Katwijk-Leiden, 40 km

Cycling route towards The Hague through the Haagse Bosch Forest and past the Royal Palace, Huis ten Bosch. You continue on a cycle path through the dunes towards Wassenaarse Slag, a secluded beach access to the dune ridge north of The Hague. The 8 kilometers of beach are known for their beautiful natural areas, such as Meijendel, the largest single-piece dune strip in South Holland.

You will be able to see traces of the Atlantikwall (Atlantic Wall), the great line of defense 2,685 kilometers in length, built by the Germans during the Second World War. The underground corridors and bunkers now form a nature reserve for bats and are protected.

At the Wassenaarse Slag you will find breweries where you can relax with a view of the North Sea.

Further on, in the dunes, is an old fishing village: Katwijk aan Zee. Passing through Oude Rijn (old Rhine ’) you come to Leiden, another historic city with many‘ hofjes ’, old facades and buildings from the 15th to the 18th century.


Day 5 - Leiden

Visit the splendid Keukenhof Gardens, an impressive and colorful collection of millions of flowering bulbs. The many flowers like rhododendrons and azaleas are beautiful. The pavilions offer unique flower displays. And among the richness of colors, you can admire 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.

To get to Keukenhof you take the bus. Keukenhof 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 walk through beautiful bulb flower fields on your way to Haarlem. Between March and May, the bulbous flower fields are in full bloom: first daffodils, then hyacinths, tulips and lilies.

In Haarlem you can see the ‘hofjes’ (houses built around a small courtyard) and the typical city canals. You will also see 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 to visit 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

Sail to Spaarndam, a picturesque village next to 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.

Crossing 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 busy 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. You can still walk around town or take a canal boat trip.


Day 8 - Amsterdaam

End of the trip after breakfast before 10 a.m.


Due to the navigation plan, the route may be reversed or changed.


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General information :

  • 8 days and 7 nights
  • Comfort level of the barge : Comfort Premium
  • Child prices : please contact us
  • Languages spoken on board: English and Dutch

Dates :


Departure dates 2023 :


Departures on Saturdays from 01/04 to 06/05/2023

  • Low season : 01/04, 08/04 and 06/05
  • High season : 15/04 


Included :

  • Full board (picnic lunch)
  • Travel book: we will provide you with information about your stay and the itinerary upon validation of your reservation, subject to change.
  • coffee and tea on board
  • free wifi (limited to the lounge and the deck)
  • accompanying guide
  • at least 3 guided city walks
  • roadmap (in English) 
  • gps tracks on request
  • entrance to Keukenhof

Not included :

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

Options :

  • Bike rental (helmet included)
  • 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 40 km of cycling per day, or about 3 to 4 hours of cycling.

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 20 to 26 places 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.
Participants are accompanied by a guide. This will help you in the event of a breakdown, advise you on the route to follow and give you the necessary tourist information. He or she is multilingual.


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 as well as an anti-theft device, a container and a tire repair kit. If you prefer a 4-speed bike, please let us know (this must be specified when booking). It will not be possible to order a bicycle once on the boat. 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 train station is very well connected : several trains daily run to and from France.
Thalys is faster.
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 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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