offers a number of unique Boat & Bike Holland Programs in which to choose from. By
joining a bike & barge tours you will enjoy a relaxed cycling holiday and
experience a sailing trip at the same time!
On this 4-day bike & barge holiday you will experience
the highlights of Holland during springtime. On bike you arrive in the
historical city of Haarlem, the next day the cycle tour crosses the blossoming
bulb fields and ends in Leiden.
Included are excursions to Flower Park Keukenhof, Flower Auction Aalsmeer, a
traditional windmill and a cheese farm.
The tour starts on Saturdays and Tuesdays in April and May.
4 days/3 nights stay aboard Comfort barge (class A)
Full board (breakfast + packed lunch + 3-courses dinner)
Bicycle with gears and pannier
Visit Flowerpark Keukenhof
Visit cheese farm
Visit Flower auction Aalsmeer
Several city walks
Compensation bicycle damage
Day 1. cycle trip ± 10 km.
After the embarkation in Amsterdam, you’ll be sailing to Spaarndam, the
picturesque village of Hans Brinker. From here there is a short cycling
trip to Haarlem. In the evening you your tour leader takes for a nice city
walk through the old centre.
Day 2. cycle trip ± 15 km
Today you sail to Lisse here you disembark and cycle to the famous flower
garden ‘Keukenhof’ for a visit. Here you see about 6 million tulips,
hyacinths, daffodils and other flowers. After your visit, the cycle tour
crosses the blossoming bulb fields and ends in Leiden.
Day 3. cycle trip ± 30 km
In the morning you will make a walkingtour through Leiden, the birthplace
Later you will cycle through the fine Dutch landscapes in the so-called
Green Heart of Holland to Kudelstaart. During this cycle trip you will
visit a traditional cheese farm and a miller will tell you about the
history and working of his windmill.
Day 4. cycle trip ± 15 km
You rise early, because you visit the world’s biggest flower auction in
Aalsmeer. Before leaving the barge you have to clear your cabin. After the
visit you get back on board and sail back to Amsterdam.
(Subject to change)
First night on the boat:
April 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
4 and 7
$569 pp dbl, $749 Single
Members deduct $10 per person
This tour offers an attractive combination of towns and countryside in
Holland. It starts with a sailing trip right across the centre of Amsterdam.
Soon after having left the city behind, it appears that amidst the larger Dutch
towns lies a splendid rural area: the Green Heart. One moment you'll be cycling
in the middle of quiet lakes, the next you'll experience the old Dutch
atmosphere in the historical centre of towns like Haarlem and Leiden.
Furthermore this tour will show you the North Sea beach, dune areas and old
port towns like Hoorn which breathe the Dutch Golden Age.
During this tour you will stay aboard a comfort ship.
Zaanse Schans: open air museum including windmills.
Hoorn: picturesque port town dating from the 17th century.
Landscapes of Rembrandt ( cycle tour along the river Amstel)
Haarlem and Leiden: 2 attractive old Dutch towns
- 8 days/7 nights stay aboard a comfort class barge (A) or a convenient
class barge (B)
- All meals (breakfast, lunch/packed lunch, 3 courses diner)
- Cycle guide
- Bicycle with gears and pannier
- Bike compensation
- Several city walks
- Information booklet + map
- Entrance fee museum Edam
- Entrance fee Museum mill Schermerhorn
Saturday: cycle trip ± 20 km
After your embarkment in Amsterdam, you’ll be sailing right through the
city of Amsterdam. In the evening a short bike ride along the waters near
Kudelstaart is planned
Sunday: cycle trip ± 55 km
Today you’ll cross the real Green Heart of Holland: on cycle paths
through the lake areas of the Langeraarse Plassen and Braassemer Meer.
Your trip ends in the university town of Leiden. A city walk in the
historical centre of this birth place of Rembrandt with its numerous
courtyards is certainly recommendable.
Monday: cycle trip ± 50 km
Today’s itinerary leads to the seaside resort Katwijk and then through
the dune area to Zandvoort. If weather permits, you may spend some time on
the beach. Cycling along the path which was used by fishermen’s wifes to
go to the market, you’ll end up in Haarlem. The small and surveyable
centre invites one to do some shopping in this ‘best shopping town of
the Netherlands’. Don’t forget to sit down and have a drink on one of
the terrasses at the big market place.
Tuesday: cycle trip ± 50 km
The first village you arrive in is Spaarndam (the village of Hans Brinker).
After the crossing of the North Sea canal by ferry, you continue cycling
through rural villages like Nauerna. You visit open air museum the Zaanse
Schans and continue following the river Zaan and the Knollendammer canal
to our cheese town Alkmaar.
Wednesday: cycle trip ± 55 km
Today the boatel stays in Alkmaar. There’s a cycle trip to the unique
wooded dune area near the villages Bergen and Schoorl. You’ll have
plenty of time to have a drink at an outdoor café or to walk on the
beach. If you feel like it, you are of course, free to spend a day on your
own sightseeing in Alkmaar or relaxing at the seaside.
Thursday: cycle trip ± 45 km
After passing Oterleek and Avenhorn, you arrive in Hoorn. After you have
got acquainted with this historical port town, you take the road along the
coast from where you have a splendid view over the IJssel Lake. Thereafter
you take a ride following the canal ‘Beemsterringvaart’ to Purmerend.
On the way we visit the museum windmill in Schermerhorn.
Friday: cycle trip ± 50 km
First you cycle to and look around in the picturesque village of Edam.
Then you visit the
fishing village of Volendam. Take your time for a break and enjoy the
atmosphere and the people in traditional costume. The cycle trip continues
along the coastline of the IJssel Lake through Uitdam and Durgerdam. Via
the ferry crossing the IJ, you arrive at the finish of your tour in the
centre of Amsterdam. In the evening you may wish to join the guide for a
walk though the centre or you may go for a round trip of the Amsterdam
After breakfast your guide and the crew will say good-bye and your stay
aboard has come to an end.
(subject to change)
each tour you’ll be staying aboard a sailing boatel on which you eat and
sleep. The same ship transports your luggage, meaning that you’ll have a
‘light’ and careless holiday. Your accommodation is basically a simple double cabin in which you’ll find a
shower & toilet, a washing basin and central heating. Bedding and towels are
included. Furthermore you’ll find an attractive dining & recreation room
and a spacious sundeck aboard your boatel.
The cycling trips are 40 km average. This means that you’ll be leisurely
pedaling from 9.00 a.m. till approximately 4.00 p.m. Generally, you have enough
time to have several breaks and chances to do sightseeing. Each day aboard
starts with a firm breakfast: several kinds of bread, crackers, coffee &
tea, milk etc. During breakfast you’ll prepare your own lunch (sandwiches,
fruit and a drink) for ‘on the road’. At your return in the afternoon the
crew will serve a cup of coffee or tea. When you have freshened up after your
cycle trip, a three course dinner will be served in the dining room. Alcoholic
and non-alcoholic beverages are available at reasonable prices in the
self-service bar aboard the ship.
During your Boat/Bike Program, a fine bike of good quality is at your disposal.
These bikes are provided with hand breaks, at least a 3-speed gear and a saddle
bag. a bicycle rental firm will regularly maintain and check the bikes.
is limited on these packages, so book early!
Due to High Cancellation Penalties with this program,
payment procedures are as follows:
Once reservations are booked and no payments are made, there is a $55 per
person cancellation fee.
Ask about cancellation fees after payments are made.
Deposit: 50% of balance due within 3 days of
Full Payment: due within 60 days of departure date.
For reservations made within 60 days of departure, FULL
Payment is required within 24 hours of confirmation.
Holland Boat and Bike
If a reservation is cancelled each cancelled participant
will be charged for cancellation costs. The following terms are valid:
cancellations made up to 59 days before 25% of the total
cancellations made as from the 60th day
(inclusive) up to the 27th day before departure : 50 % of the total
cancellations made as from the 28th day
(inclusive) up to the 13th day before departure : 75 % of the total
cancellations made as from the 14th day
(inclusive) up to the day of departure : 100 % of the total reservation value.