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Tulip Route by bike and boat 8 days - Magnifique III

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Embark on an unforgettable journey aboard the Magnifique III from Amsterdam! A full-board stay to discover Holland by bike.

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The Tulip Route in the Netherlands by bike

 

Live the extraordinary experience of a bike and boat trip in Holland through the tulip fields from Amsterdam. Visit the historic cities of Haarlem, Leiden, Gouda and Alkmaar while cycling towards the North Sea. Your trip to Holland takes place aboard the Magnifique III, a beautiful ship which sails the seas throughout the Netherlands.

 

Highlights of the stay:

  • Tulip fields and cheese factories
  • The historic cities of Amsterdam and Gouda
  • The Keukenhof and Zaanse Schans flower markets
  • Sailing aboard the Magnifique III

 

Day 1: Amsterdam – Spaarndam navigation / Spaardnam – Haarlem – 14 km

You can check in between 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. aboard the Magnifique III. The crew will be pleased to welcome you with coffee and tea. At 2:30 p.m., the boat leaves the port. As the barge heads towards Haarlem, your guide will talk to you about the week's program and safety.
From Spaarndam, you can test your bikes during a short ride. After a nice dinner on board, the guide will guide you through the beautiful city center of Haarlem.

 

Day 2: Haarlem – Keukenhof – Leiden – 38 km

This stage will take you through Holland's oldest tulip fields, with a visit to the stunning Keukenhof Gardens. This is the most beautiful bulb garden in the world!

You will be able to admire an explosion of colors with seven million tulips in bloom in a magnificent 80 hectare garden with traditional and modern architecture. Among the tulips, you can also admire hyacinths, daffodils and many other flowers.
In the afternoon, you will reach the city of Leiden by bike.
Dinner on board the Magnifique III, then stroll through Leiden.

 

Day 3: Leiden – Gouda – 37 or 43 km

After breakfast, you will leave Leiden by bike to ride through the "green heart" of Holland. Near Zoeterwoude you will visit a cheese farm and you can learn about the cheese making process. Of course, you can taste the result!

In the afternoon, you will reach Gouda, famous for its cheese. Visit the city center with its pretty market square and Gothic town hall. You can then visit the church of Gouda, dedicated to Saint John, and known worldwide for its stained glass windows. After dinner, you can stroll around the city.

 

Day 4: Gouda – Alphen navigation / Alphen – Kudelstaart – 20 or 44 km

Enjoy the city of Gouda this morning. You can go shopping and visit the market square with its cheese weighing or visit the Saint-Jean church.
Departure by barge around noon and enjoy a light lunch on board. From Alphen aan den Rijn, you will cross the "green heart" of South Holland along the River Drecht and the Amstel-Drecht canal to reach Kudelstaart.

 

Day 5: Kudelstaart – Flower market – 9 km / Aalsmer – Amsterdam navigation / Amsterdam – Zaanse Schans – 23 km

At 6:30 a.m., wake up with a coffee and cycle to the Aalsmeer flower auction, the largest in Europe. Here, extraordinary quantities of flowers are transported by truck and sold every day and then distributed throughout Europe. After the tour, return on board (around 9 a.m.) for a late breakfast while the barge sails towards Amsterdam. You will experience a beautiful cruise through the city.

Today's cycling stage takes you from Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans, a unique hamlet with original houses and windmills in the Zaan River region. The hamlet has working windmills, the oldest having been built in 1673. These mills are used to grind mustard, spices, paint and oil and to saw wood into boards. While strolling through the village, you can visit a clock museum, an old-fashioned grocery store, a house with period furniture, a clog maker and a cheese farm.

 

Day 6: Zaanse Schans – Alkmaar – 40 km

This morning, bike tour to the Hortus Bulborum, a unique garden museum dedicated to the preservation of rare and historic bulbs. You can admire more than 4,000 tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and other flowers. Your cycling stage continues to Egmond, on the North Sea. The circuit crosses the dunes towards Alkmaar. It is the Dutch cheese town.
As you stroll through the streets, you will be surprised by the beauty of Alkmaar's old town, with its beautiful 17th century buildings and narrow, winding canals.
Dinner in town independently and at your expense.

 

Day 7: Alkmaar – Amsterdam – 37 or 54 km

After breakfast, your Holland bike tour will take you to the ancient windmill complex of the Schermer Polder. You will have the pleasure of visiting the Schermerhorn windmill museum. The next stop is the beautiful town of De Rijp with its wooden facades, its beautiful church, the lock and the town hall still testify to centuries of history. The route then continues to Amsterdam by bike. In the late afternoon or evening, you can enjoy a ride on the city's famous canals.

 

Day 8: Amsterdam

End of the bike and boat trip aboard the Magnifique III. Disembarkation after breakfast at 9:30 a.m.

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General information :

  • 8 days and 7 nights
  • Level of comfort of the boat: Deluxe
  • Languages spoken on board: English, Dutch 
  • Children's rates : contact us

Dates:

 

Departure on 23/04/2024

 

Includes:

  • Full board (picnic lunch)
  • coffee and tea on board
  • welcome cocktail
  • daily cleaning of the cabins
  • air conditioning
  • accompanying guides (group divided in 2)
  • some guided walking tours
  • road book
  • gps tracks on request
  • helmet, waterproof bag
  • entrance to Keukenhof park, North Holland Dune reserve, visit to a mill in Zaanse Schans
  • port taxes
  • wifi on board

Not included :

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

Options :

  • Rental of a VTC or VAE
  • Personal bike space (mandatory if no bikes are rented)
  • Helmet
  • Bike theft insurance (for rented bikes)
  • Cancellation insurance
  • Additional night(s) at the beginning or end of the tour in a hotel in Amsterdam

Level :

 

1 2 3 4 5 6

 

Terrain :

 

Flat, very rolling roads and paths. 90% of the program is on bicycle paths.

 

Climate:

 

Contrary to popular belief, the temperature in the Netherlands is similar to the temperature in France. Near the coast, the climate is sometimes windy.

 

Technicality :

 

- 0 to 40 km of riding per day, or 3 to 4 hours of cycling.
- Itinerary easy to follow. No difficulties, accessible to all.

 

Bibliography :

 

Guide and maps on the Netherlands on cartovelo.fr

 

Participants:

 

You will meet an international community of all ages on board.

 

The accompaniment:

 

These are the people responsible for your bike boat vacation:
On board, the captain and his cabin boy. They are in charge of the smooth running of the vacation on the boat, and take the boat from stage to stage. The cook prepares the meals.


Every morning, if you wish, you can take advantage of the advice on the route to follow and additional tourist information.

 

Meals :

 

Breakfasts: on the boat you will find a hearty, Dutch breakfast, worthy of a cyclist.
Lunches: after breakfast, you will prepare your own lunch (sandwiches, fruit, snacks, drinks).
Snacks: after the day's ride, you will find various drinks such as tea and coffee prepared for your return, along with a cake.
Dinners: at least three dishes of very good quality. After dinner, you will have the choice between 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.

 

Cycling:

 

Upon departure on Saturday afternoon, you will be assigned a bike that matches your size. After a test ride, you will sign a receipt. The bike (7 speeds) will be at your disposal all week long until Friday afternoon, the day of the bike's delivery.
The bikes will be equipped with panniers, an anti-theft device, a water bottle and a tire repair kit. There is no helmet on board.
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 insurance company. Do not forget your anti-theft device. The return of your bike will be at your expense.

 

Transportation : 

 

By train: The departure cities of the bike and boat tours are served by rail.
Amsterdam station is very well served: several trains run to and from France daily.
The Thalys is the fastest.

By plane : AMSTERDAM International Airport.


Your vehicle:

 

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

 

Cancellation insurance: 

 

In order to guarantee a refund in case of cancellation of your stay, you can take out cancellation insurance. For more information, click here.

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