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 barge, Magnifique II, the newly built Magnifique III or the comfort Fluvius barge. 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 country 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 class barge
Arrive in Amsterdam
Join the barage from 2pm and 4pm in the centre of Amsterdam and set sail at around 5pm to cruise to Zaandam whilst dining. Take an evening stroll through the old centre.
Zaandam - Zaanse Schans - Zaandam Sail to Haarlem
10 miles (17 km)
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 the Magnifique and either cruise or cycle to the historic city of Haarlem with its market place, St. Bavo church and Teylers museum.
Haarlem – Oude Wetering
25 miles (40 km)
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 boat will be waiting for you.
Oude Wetering – Amsterdam
16/22 miles (27/35 km)
After a simple, early breakfast, cycle to the 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 10am and enjoy brunch on board. Continue on to Amsterdam either on board your boat or you can cycle if you prefer (approx 25km). Spend your afternoon and evening visiting the city sights and flower market 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: Changes in weather and other conditions may alter the itinerary to protect your safety and well-being.
The premium class MS Magnifique is a 63 meters long barge which sails under a Dutch flag and can accommodate up to 34 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 salon with restaurant, bar and lounge with panoramic large windows and large TV. 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 35 guests and sails under Dutch flag and management. The lower deck has 14 cabins: 12 twin cabins (11 M²), 1 single cabin (8 M²) and one larger premium twin cabin. The upper deck has four 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 facilities (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 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 and a cycle shed.
MS Magnifique III
The Magnifique III is a new addition for 2018 that can accomodate up to 40 guests. The lower deck has 14 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 on the lower deck and 3 on the upper deck. There are 4 above deck double cabins with a large ceiling to floor panoramic window that opens. 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 - 2019 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 on the Magnifique, Magnifique II & Magnifique III once 18 guests are booked meaning cycling in smaller groups (guests can opt for longer or shorter or quicker or slower cycling tours)
- Maps and route information - 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
- Flights and transfers
- Bike hire
- Cycle helmets for Fluvius
- Drinks on board
- Ferry fees & tips
- Special dietary requests - see below
- Entrance fees for the Keukenhof and Aalsmeer flower auction and other excursions
*2019 itinerary may be subject to change.
Bikes come with a built in lock, pannier and a small repair kit all included at no extra cost.
Helmets and water bottles are included with rental bikes for the Magnifique, Magnifique II & Magnifique III.
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 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.
What other customers have said
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A great fun-packed holiday. Cycling, windmills, flowers and a warm, cosy cabin. Thinking back on it makes me smile!Jacqui Calvin, UK, April 2018
A fun way to meet new people, explore a new area and to have a lot of fun and laughter on the way. Excellent barge accommodation and staff service makes for a memorable experience for all the right reasons. Chef just needs to offer more than one main meal each evening and to consider energy levels expended during the day and hungry cyclists to feed of an evening. Tour guides were excellent and would always go on a tour that is led as there were so many things to consider not least crossing busy junctions with confusing rights of way! Suitable for all abilities, fantastic e-bikes and not a bad bottle of house red either.Fiona Flynn, UK, April 2018