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Holland - Amsterdam Tulip Tour

Holland - Amsterdam Tulip Tour

Degree of difficulty - A

The tulip may have originated in Turkey but it found its home in Amsterdam! The tulip bulb reached The Netherlands at the end of the 16th century. The Flower and bulb were thought to be so special that a lively trade arose quite quickly. In 1634 there was one single bulb that was so expensive, a whole canalside house in Amsterdam costed the equivalent. In 1937 the government took the speculation in hand and the bulbs dropped in price drastically making the bulb and flower the norm.

Today Aalsmeer controls a market share of 44% for the turn over of bulb and tulip flowers. The route leads through vast fields of tulips. You will of course visit the famous 32 hectares' park The Keukenhof, where you can admire the wonderfully colourful fields with flowering bulbs in peace and quiet. What better way to explore this region than the Dutch way...from the water and from the saddle! You spend the nights on a comfortable sailing ship: a floating hotel.

We offer two tours dedicated to the mighty Tulip:   
The "Super Tulip Tour" and the "Southern Relax Tulip Tour"  

There are many different barges to choose from details which have been outlined below.  
The barges and their cabins are classified according to their comfort ranging from:
Comfort Delux - Comfort Plus - Comfort - Sandard Plus

For more details please have a look at the tour dossiers

Super Tulip Tour
Day 1: Saturday Arrival Amsterdam, boarding at 2.00 pm, sailing to Haarlem
The first part of the tour you will sail to Spaarndam – known as the village of Hansje Brinker – and from here we make an easy ride into the beautiful city of Haarlem.

Day 2: Sunday Haarlem – Keukenhof – Leiden 40 km
Todays trip leads you through the oldest tulip fields of Holland, including a visit of the Keukenhof gardens. This is the most beautiful bulb park in the world. Keukenhof is the place where the spring breaks. An overwhelming blaze of colours; seven million flowering tulips in a magnificent 80-acres' background of traditional and modern gardening architecture. You also can admire the various hyacinths, narcisses and many other colourful flowers. You spend the night in Leiden, which boasts 14 museums.

Day 3: Monday Leiden – Kudelstaart 45 km
Today you bike from Leiden to Kudelstaart: a small town bordered by the Westeinderplassen. You will go right through the green heart of Holland, an area with small cycle paths, lakes, small rivers and cows.

Day 4: Tuesday Flower auction, Sail to Amsterdam – cycling to Zaanse Schans – Wormerveer 45km
In the early morning you can visit the auction in Aalsmeer. Every day „Bloemenveiling Aalsmeer sets the world price for flowers and plants. This happens by bringing supply and demand together by means of the auction clock - a fascinating process during which large and small batches of flowers are sold within fractions of seconds. As a visitor to Bloemenveiling Aalsmeer, you will walk over a specially designed gallery. Enjoy the gorgeous flowers; experience the hustle and bustle of auction. The flowers and plants that are sold at the auctions are exported all over the world, a wonder of logistics. Afterwards you will have breakfast while sailing in the direction of Amsterdam. From the lock at the Nieuwe Meer you can cycle along the borders of the river Amstel into the city and after the ferry into the green again to the Zaanse Schans, a unique hamlet where people live and work, with original houses and windmills from the river Zaan area. The hamlet is dominated by operating windmills, the oldest built in 1673, for grinding mustard, spices, paint and oil and for sawing wood into planks. As you walk through the village you will see a clock museum, an old-fashioned grocery store, a house with period furniture, a clog maker and a cheese farm. 

Day 5: Wednesday Wormerveer – Alkmaar 45 km
From Wormerveer you will cycle to and through the most beautiful dunes of the Netherlands and if weather permits, you may like to swim in the North Sea during your lunch break at the beach. Todays’ overnight stay is in cheese town Alkmaar. An historic lively city with many small and bigger shops. A little less than 400 heritage sites, canals and harbour dominate the townscape.

Day 6: Thursday Alkmaar – Purmerend 35 km
Today time to cycle into the polder landscape of the Beemster and Purmer, part of a big green polder area. The Beemster Polder, dating from the early 17th century, is an exceptional example of reclaimed land in the Netherlands. It has preserved intact its well-ordered landscape of fields, roads, canals, dykes and settlements, laid out in accordance with classical and Renaissance planning principles. Also time to visit one of the big water mills at the Rijp.

Day 7: Friday Purmerend –Amsterdam 20 / 35 km
Purmerend lies at the edge of an area called ‘ Waterland’ where roads and water are nearby on the same level. We visit the nice village of Zunderdorp and Ransdorp. The better cyclists can cycle the long route to Edam and Volendam and if time permits you can cross the lake Gouwzee to admire the traditional fisherman’s village Marken with its typical wooden houses.
In Amsterdam you can look back at cycling seven days in great variation of typical Dutch landscapes, towns and many highlights.

Day 8: Saturday
Amsterdam, end of the tour after breakfast. (10am)

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.


€1230 (standard season) / €1340 (high season) per person sharing in a 2 bed cabin 
€1740 (standard season) / €1900 (high season) for single cabin occupancy 

€1150 (standard season) / €1255 (high season) per person sharing in a 2 bed cabin 
€1335 (standard season) / €1455 (high season) for single cabin occupancy

€1210 (standard season) / €1320 (high season) per person sharing in a 2 bed cabin 
€1700 (standard season) / €1855 (high season) for single cabin occupancy
€1310 (standard season / €1420 (high season) per person sharing in big superior cabin 

High season is from 13th April - 27th April 2019


€1225 (standard season) / €1355 (high season) per person sharing in a 2 bed cabin 
€1735  (standard season) / €1895 (high season) for single cabin occupancy 

€1145 (standard season) / €1250 (high season) per person sharing in a 2 bed cabin 
€1225 (standard season) / €1335 (high season) for single cabin occupancy
€985 (standard season) / €1070 (high season) per person sharing in a 2 bed bunk bed cabin 

€1315 (high season) per person sharing in a 2 bed cabin
€1850 (high season) for single cabin occupancy

€1335(high season) per person sharing in a 2 bed cabin
€1335 (high season) for single cabin occupancy bunk bed cabin
€1085 (high season) per person sharing in a 2 bed bunk bed cabin

For those travelling on their own we will endeavour to find you a room mate

Prices available for 3 bedded cabins,  see tour itineraries for more details

High season is from 13th April - 27th April 2019

Tour Includes

  • 7 nights on board ship
  • Bed clothes and towels 
  • Breakfast & dinner on board
  • Lunch packages when on the road
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • 24 speed bicycle (with pannier bags, lock, water bottle) / Childrens bikes are available
  • Bike helmets
  • Entrance fee to Keukenhof and Flower Auction
  • Multi-lingual guide, cycles with group
  • at least 3 city walks with tour guide
  • Route info & road book (1 per cabin) 
  • Ferry fares on route
  • GPS-tracks (on request)
  • Free WiFi (limited availability in lounge and on deck)

E-bikes are available for a supplement of €80
Gluten free / celiac / vegan diet meals: +€50

Discounts are available for children uner 12,  please email our office for more information

Group tour dates ( Red = booked out / not available, Blue = Limited Availability and Green = available)

6-April, 13-April, 20-April, 27-April,

Self Guided Tour Information

Self led tours are not an option on this route.

Our motorized passenger vessels, about 35-45 meters in length, are former river vessels especially converted for this kind of holiday. The barges all comply with the strict safety regulations laid down by the Dutch Shipping Inspection Authorities. On board you find a cozy dining room, a sun deck/a deck for the bicycles. All cabins are provided with running water (hot and cold), private shower and toilet, 220 Voltage and central heating. There is limited storage space in the cabin. We recommend 1 suitcase per person. You can slide the suitcase under the bed. 
Do not expect a cruise ship with its passive luxury. The Bike & Barge Holidays are for people who really enjoy the physical activity of cycling and who value sociability more than wholesale luxury!

Zwaan – Category Comfort Plus

Zwaan Barge Zwaan Barge2 Zwaan Barge3

Hotelboat Zwaan's chef prepares nice meals, which are served in the livingroom or, 
wheather permitting, on the sundeck. 
Capacity: 14/18 persons 
Wifi: on board (only in the Netherlands) 
Electricity: 220 V 
Cabins: Seven cabins with private hot shower and toilet
2x Family-style room, 2/3 p with double bed + single bed - 2x Friends-style room
2/3 p with 3 single beds (one bunk) - 2x Twins-style room, 2 p with two separate beds
- 1x Lovers Nest, 2 p with double bed

Anna Antal – Category StandardPlus/Comfort 

Anna Antal Barge Anna Antal Barge1 Anna Antal Barge2

Capacity: 18 persons
Cabins: Nine cabins with private shower, washbasin, toilet and central heating.
5 x 2-berth cabins with low beds (Comfort)
4 x 2-berth cabins with bunk beds (StandardPlus)
Saloon: The Anna Antal is pleasant for a day’s stay and it has a cozy bar

Wending – Category Comfort 

Wending Barge Wending Barge2 Wending Barge3

The “Wending” is a former freight barge that started a new life in the early nineties as a luxury passenger motor barge. Since then the “Wending” is a familiar fixture on several routes in the Netherlands and Belgium. 

Capacity: max. 28 people/ On the Bike & Barge tours: max. 25 people 
Cabins: The ”Wending” has 8 double and 2 triple cabins. The beds in the cabins are side by side. 
In the triple cabin one bed is placed over the other two. All cabins with private bathroom and central heating. 
Day Stay: The “Wending” has a roomy and cosy salon, equipped with a complete music installation and TV. 
After a strenuous bike ride it is a great place to relax. 
Electricity: 220 V

Sailing Home - Category Comfort de Luxe

Sailing Home Barge Sailing Home Barge1 Sailing Home Barge2

The "Sailing Home" started cruising in 2001.
This beautiful passenger ship can accommodate 26 overnight passengers.
The interior of the salon and bar is decorated in a modern Victorian style and offers a lot of comfort.

Cabins: 13 spacious and comfortable guest cabins for two (lower beds) and each cabin has a private bathroom.
All cabins have central heating and air-conditioning. The “Sailing Home” has two floors.
On the top floor you will find the salon, a roomy lounge, a cosy bar and a sun deck.
Electricity: 220 V

Liza Marleen - Category Comfort

Liza Marleen Barge Liza Marleen Barge1 Liza Marleen Barge2

The “Liza Marleen” is a luxury motor passenger barge, built in 1997-98
on the completely dismantled shell of a seafaring freight logger.

Cabins are being fully renovated for the 2016 season. Capacity: max 22 people.

This robust barge is ideally suited for trips on the wider waterways, like the Dutch Waddenzee, the
IJsselmeer and the Zeeland Streams, but it can also be found cruising on the smaller inland waterways
of the Netherlands and Belgium. The “Liza Marleen” has 8 double cabins and 2 triple cabins.
All cabins come with a private bathroom and central heating. The triple cabins have one double bed on
top and one single bed underneath. The double cabins have two separate beds on top of each other.

The “Liza Marleen” has a beautiful, spacious and tastefully decorated salon and plenty of room on
deck. The dayroom has audio-equipment and TV.
Electricity: 220 V

Feniks – Category Comfort Plus 

Feniks outside

This barge has been newly renovated in 2018 and has now been upgraded to category comfort plus as well as their standard cabins.

Originally the Feniks was built in 1928 as a freighter on the Dutch, Belgium and French waters. In 1992 the Feniks was reconstructed to a hotel passenger ship and put in service for several sailing holidays. On board you will find a comfortable and well lit saloon, where you can relax and have a good meal. Outside on the deck you will find various seats to take the best views over the great landscapes. There is a sundeck to relax on; or you can sit under the awning which give you shelter from the sun. If the weather allows, the meals will be served outside on the deck.

All cabins have an individual bathroom with sink, shower and toilet, central heating and 220 volt sockets. Washer and dryer available, as well as hair dryer.

• 2 Luxury cabins: twin beds, wardrobe, table.
• 3 Low bed cabins
• 2 single traveler cabins with bunk bed (double occupation possible)

How to get to the start point port:

To get from Schiphol airport to the ship. The distance is approx. 20 km. At Schiphol airport you can take the train to Central Station Amsterdam. These trains leave approx. every 8 min.and takes approx 15 minutes by train from the airport into Amsterdam, a ticket costs approx €5 per person for single journey. From Amsterdam Central Station it is a 10 minute walk to the place where the ship is docked.
A taxi from Schiphol to Amsterdam takes about 30 minutes, it costs about €35.

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

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We did enjoy our Tulip Guided Cycling Tour last April.  My wife hasn’t stopped telling everyone how wonderful it was.  A couple of observations on our particular tour...Overall a great tour and we have recommended it.

Edward & Marlene Hayek (Tulip Tour April 2018)

We enjoyed the tour very much and highly recommend it to others. I have no complaints about anything! The staff were friendly, helpful and fun. The barge is remodelled with a dining area, bar area and lounge...very cosy. The cabins were small but comfortable. The meals were delicious and interesting, & we always had snacks, coffee and tea available. Our guide, Peter, was informative and the routes he took us on were scenic, the whole trip was very organized.
We had new bikes with locks and saddle bags to bring our food and gear for the day. Even though the weather was cold; sometimes raining it was a wonderful trip.
Thank you, I hope to travel with Cycling Safaris again!

Diane Cisewski April 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed it - we had good weather all week, the barge, crew and guide (Bert) were great, fellow passengers were fun and the tulips were stupendous. I would highly recommend it.

Nancy & Don McDaniel (Tulip Tour, 2017)

We had an amazing holiday on our Super Tulip Tour! We can't say enough great things about it. Our barge (Anna Antal) was like home for 7 days, our guide Roelie was exceptional guiding us on our bikes, finding points of interest and then after supper giving us a walking tour of the towns, the bikes were awesome. The food was so great from breakfast in the morning and the selection of foods for packed lunch to the three-course gourmet meal at supper. This bike and barge tour was very special for us. 

Mary & Bill Ormerod (Super Tulip Tour April 2016)

I very much enjoyed the cycling holiday. Starting and finishing in Central Amsterdam was ideal and made it very convenient for air travel.
It was a great way to see and experience Holland. 
Overall, a most enjoyable holiday.

John Conway (Southern Tulip Tour 2015)

An excellent tour, relaxed cycling, great food, good value for money and added the bonus of Keukenhof visit.

Maureen Hickey (Amsterdam Tulip Tour 2013)

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