What to expect
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 Magnifique, Magnifique II or Magnifique III barge or the comfort class Fluvius. 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.
At a glance
- 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
Arrive in Amsterdam
Join the barage between 1pm and 2pm in the centre of Amsterdam and set sail as soon as all guests are onboard and cruise to Zaandam. Enjoy a short test ride through the surrounding area before dinner. Take an evening stroll through the old centre.
Zaandam - Zaanse Schans - Zaandam Sail to Haarlem
14 miles (24 km) or 21 miles (34km)
Cycle to the open-air museum of Zaanse Schans and visit this reconstructed 17th century village (free entry) with it's green wooden houses, stylised gardens, cheese and wooden shoe manufacturers and historic windmills. Return, by bike, to your barge and either cruise or cycle to the historic city of Haarlem with its market place, St. Bavo church and Teylers museum.
Haarlem – Oude Wetering
23 miles (38 km) or 34 miles (55km)
Cycle to the "Keukenhof“, the most famous flower park in the world, and admire hundreds of thousands of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and many other flowers in full bloom. Entry costs approx €18. Then cycle to Oude Wetering, where your barge will be waiting for you.
Oude Wetering – Amsterdam
18 miles (28 km)
A 6.30am bus will take you to the world's largest flower auction in Aalsmeer, where in the early morning millions of flowers are auctioned and sent to all corners of the world (entry approx € 7). Return to your boat at around 9am and enjoy breakfast on board whilst you sail through to Amsterdam. Cycle throughthe wetlands of Waterland or visit the city sights and museums or just enjoy time at leisure shopping or with a local boat trip along the canals.
Depart from Amsterdam
Check out by 9.30am after a final breakfast on board.
Please note: The captain reserves the right to alter the itinerary due to changes in weather and other conditions.
The premium class MS Magnifique 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 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.
MS Magnifique II
The MAGNIFIQUE II 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: 11 twin cabins (11 M²), 1 single cabin (8 M²) and one larger premium twin cabin. The upper deck has 4 beautiful suites with large panoramic windows (14 M²). The cabins on the lower deck have two portholes (all portholes are fixed for safety reasons), with the upper deck suites having a 2 meter wide window (one window can be opened). All cabins have en-suite shower + toilet, air conditioning, flat screen satellite TV and 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 salon with restaurant, bar, lounge, 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 and a cycle shed.
MS Magnifique III
The premium Magnifique III was a new addition for 2018 and can accomodate up to 40 guests. The lower deck has 15 twin cabins (11M²) and 1 single cabin. The upper deck has 5 suites (14M²) with a small dining area and a large window that opens partially.
The saloon has a combined restaurant, bar and lounge area with large windows to enjoy the view. Large doors open onto the partially covered sundeck. The top deck has a whirlpool/jacuzzi and deckchairs for you to relax.
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.
Dates & Prices
Please choose your boat, then click on a departure date for price options at a glance - 2020 dates
- 4 nights accommodation on a premium (Magnifique, Magnifique II & Magnifique III) 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, Magnifique II & Magnifique III
- Fees for ferries
- Entrance to Keukenhof, North Holland Dune Reserve & Zaanse Schans mill for guests on all Magnifique barges
- 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
Please note the Aalsmeer flower auction is closed during weekends and public holidays. Visits on departures on March 18, 25, 26 and April 2, 10 and 15 2020 are not possible.
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.
On request - limited availabilty
How to 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, take the Eurostar to Amsterdam or take a ferry from Harwich, UK to Hook of Holland then the train to Amsterdam central. If travelling by car, parking costs between €100 and €200 per week.
Take the train (NS) from Amsterdam central station.
Fly from Amsterdam
Alternatively, take the Eurostar from Amsterdam or take the train to Hook of Holland and then a ferry to Harwich, UK.
News, Reviews & FAQs
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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?
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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Our Holland Tulips tour was simply the best of times, from trip inquiry to the final day of our tour. Freedom Treks' excellent service made it easy for our group of twelve, making seven individual reservations, to coordinate reservations easily. The follow-up message via email and phone were a tribute to Freedom Treks' excellent communication. I highly recommend booking your next tour with Freedom Treks.Betsy Rivas, USA, May 2019
A fantastic holiday - the second time we've been on this ship and took four friends with us this time who loved it just as much as we did.Jonathan Turner, UK, April 2019