Spring Flowers in Holland - Boat & Bike

Boat & Bike 4 nights

VISITING: Holland

Why we love this tour

"Experience famous flower gardens & the world’s biggest flower auction while staying on a barge of your choice. Your guide will lead you along the canal cycle paths to the next interesting town, past windmills and seasonal flowers."

Pink hyacinths, multi-coloured tulips and yellow daffodils

Holland’s famous flower garden and the world’s biggest flower auction

Gentle cycling along easy canal side paths

4 nights accommodation aboard a premium or comfort class barge

Guiding
Guided
Distance
56miles/90km
Level
Easy
Standard
Superior, Comfort
Departs
Departs any day
Runs
Mar, Apr, May
Code
NL027
Fly to
Amsterdam
Good for
Luxury, Riverside Routes, Short Breaks
Return
Amsterdam

Cruise your way through the country’s main bulb-growing region in springtime, stopping off at famous flower gardens and the world’s biggest flower auction. Stay aboard the luxurious Princesse Royal and Magnifique IV barges or the comfort class Fluvius and Mecklenburg barges. Prepare to be amazed by the perfume of millions of flowers as you cycle from the capital city of Amsterdam, an exciting place to start and finish this lovely tour, along gentle countryl lanes lined with yellow daffodils, pink hyacinths and purple tulips.

The endless flowers are not the only highlight; enjoy the cobblestone streets, cosy cafes and grand palaces of Haarlem, the open-air museum of Zaanse Schans with its reconstructed 17th century village and, of course, Amsterdam itself.

This tour has limited departure dates to coincide with the tulip season. See more cycling tours of Holland's tulip region here.

Accommodation

Princesse Royal (formerly Magnifique)

The premium class Princesse Royal is a 63 meters long barge which sails under a Dutch flag and can accommodate up to 30 guests. She was last renovated in 2013 and has 16 tastefully furnished cabins: 11 twin cabins (11m2), 4 premium twins (14m2) with small sitting area & 1 single cabin (8m2). All cabins have fixed portholes, shower and toilet, individually regulated air conditioning, hairdryer and a flat screen satellite TV. An extra bed is available on request in two twin cabins and two premium twin cabins.

On the upper deck, there is a spacious, elegant air conditioned salon with restaurant, bar and lounge with panoramic large windows. The front deck features two partly covered teak wooden sun decks with chairs and tables & cycle storage, while the aft deck has a whirlpool/Jacuzzi and a barbecue.

Princesse Royal

Princesse Royal

MS Magnifique II

The MAGNIFIQUE II was built in 2016 after the success of the Magnifque. She is a 63 meter long premium barge that can accommodate up to 34 guests and sails under Dutch flag and management. The lower deck has 13 cabins: 12 twin cabins (approx. 11 M²), 1 premium twin (approx. 13M²).  The upper deck has four beautiful suites with a large panoramic window (14 M²). The cabins on the lower deck have fixed portholes with the upper deck suites having a 2 meter wide window (one window can be opened). All cabins have en-suite shower and toilet, air conditioning, flat screen satellite TV, small safe and hairdryer. If requested, an extra bed is available in some twin cabins above one of the other beds.

On the upper deck there are a tastefully furnished air conditioned saloon with restaurant, bar, lounge with wide screen TV, large windows, Wi-Fi (limited use of data) and a partly covered teak wooden sun deck with chairs and tables and on the aft deck cycle storage. On the top deck there is a hot tub and some deck chairs that you can enjoy after your cycle.

Magnifique II

Magnifique II

MS Magnifique IV

This premium barge can accommodate up to 36 guests. The upper deck has 10 beautiful suites (approx. 14M²) with double beds, a small seating area and French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors. The lower deck cabins (approx. 12M²) have twin beds and fixed portholes. All cabins have en-suite shower and toilet, air conditioning, flat screen satellite TV, small safe and hairdryer. If requested, an extra bed is available in some lower deck twin cabins above one of the other beds.

The saloon has a air conditioned bar and lounge area with large windows to enjoy the view. Large doors open onto the partially covered sundeck and the top deck has a hot tub and deckchairs for you to relax. The dining room is on the lower deck and has a glass wall to the kitchen.

Lounge - Artist's impression

Lounge - Artist's impression

MS Fluvius

This comfortable 70-meter river cruiser can accommodate up to 44 guests in 18 twin and 4 double cabins. There are 14 twin cabins and 1 smaller twin cabin on the lower deck and 3 twins and 4 doubles on the upper deck. The 4 above deck double cabins with a large panoramic window. All cabins have their own shower and toilet, a fixed window and individually regulated air conditioning and ventilation system.

The large communal salon with bar has a semi separate restaurant area. On the large and partially roofed sun deck are seating areas with tables and chairs and storage room for the bikes.

MS Fluvius

MS Fluvius

Mecklenburg

The Mecklenburg is a cosy 11 cabin ship. Each cabin is air conditioned with seperate beds and an en-suite with shower and toilet. 

Find wonderful places to relax on the upper deck, from the all-weather sun deck at the rear of the ship to the salon with its expansive windows. Enjoy your delicious served meals here too. 

Mecklenburg

Mecklenburg

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What's included

Price includes

4 nights accommodation on a premium (Magnifique barges) or comfort class (Fluvius) barge

Board basis: Full board including breakfast, packed lunch and three-course dinner

English speaking tour guide on board and on bike - an extra English speaking guide is added once 22 guests are booked meaning cycling in smaller groups as guests can opt for longer or shorter or quicker or slower cycling tours

Maps and route information (1 set per cabin) - GPS tracks available

Welcome meeting and welcome drink

Daily cabin cleaning

Daily coffee (espresso, latte, cappuccino) tea and hot chocolate

Cycle helmets included for Magnifique barges

Fees for ferries

Entrance to Keukenhof, North Holland Dune Reserve & Zaanse Schans mill for guests on all Magnifique barges

Price excludes

Flights and transfers

Bike hire

Cycle helmets for Fluvius guests

Drinks on board

Ferry fees & tips

Special dietary requests  - see below

Entrance fees for the Aalsmeer flower auction 

Entrance fees for the Keukenhof and other excursions for Fluvius guests

Bike hire and extras

Bike hire

Bikes come with a built in lock, waterproof pannier and a small repair kit all included at no extra cost. Helmets, water bottles & gel-saddles are included with rental bikes for the Magnifique, Magnifique II & Magnifique III.

Hybrid bike (for Fluvius or Mecklenburg barges)

£53

E-bike (for Fluvius or Mecklenburg barges)

On request - limited availabilty

£108

Hybrid bike (for Princesse Royal or Magnifique barges)

£57

E-bike (for Princesse Royal or Magnifique barges)

£127

Other Extras

Helmet

Helmet hire (for Fluvius or Mecklenburg barges)

£11
Board upgrade

Gluten or lactose free diet (35 Euros payable locally) - please select if applicable

£0

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Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions about this tour. Simply click on a question to reveal the answer.

How do I get there?

Fly to Amsterdam. Take the train (NS) to Amsterdam central station. After this you can either walk to the barge or take a bus or a taxi. 

Alternatively by train, take the Eurostar from London to Amsterdam.

How do I get back?

Take the train  (NS) from Amsterdam central station to fly from Amsterdam. Alternatively, take the Eurostar from Amsterdam or take the train to Hook of Holland and then a ferry to Harwich, UK.

What is an ‘Easy’ cycle holiday?

Your days will involve gentle riding, mainly on flat terrain and with minimal effort required. Easy cycling holidays are suitable for most people whether you are a regular cyclist or not, however we recommend at least a few practice rides before your holiday!

We are always on hand to offer advice, so please give us a call if you wish to chat about the tour’s grading.

Will the itinerary ever change?

For Boat & Bike tours the boat will generally keep to the advertised itinerary, however the captain may have to adapt the itinerary due to the river or sea conditions.

How much space will I have in my cabin?

There is limited space in the cabins, so pack light and take a soft suitcase.

What is the average temperature on this tour?
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Can I stay on the boat during the day and not cycle?

Yes, you can relax on the boat or explore when you arrive at each destination instead of cycling. 

Can the boat cater for special dietary requirements?

Please advise us of any special requirements at time of booking and we will notify the boat operator in advance. Understandably, kitchen galley space is limited and it may not be possible to provide specialist products (eg. Gluten free). We suggest you bring a few items with you and, in some cases, these can be provided at a supplement. 

Can I book by myself?

Absolutely! Boat & Bike tours are very sociable and a good choice for single travellers wishing to mix with other guests and share your common interest of cycling.

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