Tulip Fields Bike and Boat

  • 4.5
    (3 reviews)
  • Category

    Bike and Boat
    Self Guided or Guided
  • Grade

    Easy
  • Duration/s

    4 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Amsterdam / Amsterdam
  • Distance

    65 miles/104 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeRivers and Lakes
  • Accommodation

    Comfort to Superior
  • Tour code

    008-106CNL
Price From £614

Overview

A bike and boat cycling holiday through the vivid tulip fields of Holland aboard a comfortable barge. Easy cycling on dedicated cycle paths past fields ablaze with vivid blooms. On this route you’ll also visit the world famous Keukenhof flower gardens, the fascinating outdoor museum of Zaanse Shans and explore vibrant Amsterdam.

Starting and finishing in the heart of vibrant Amsterdam this circular route offers easy and enjoyable daily bike rides through the surrounding countryside. The kaleidoscopic bulb fields are of course the main attraction however on this tour you will also visit the iconic open-air museum of the Zaanse Schans, the atmospheric old town of Haarlem, the stunning Keukenhof Flower Gardens and on certain departures the frenetic Flower Market in Aalsmeer. You will also have plenty of time to explore the fascinating and unique city of Amsterdam.

The daily rides are led by a knowledgeable guide who is a font of knowledge on local customs, traditions and history and he/she will be happy to impart his/her knowledge during the daily rides. You’ll be cycling along dedicated cycle paths and quiet lanes. The routes are very easy with no hills so anyone with a basic level of fitness can enjoy this tour.

The emphasis is firmly on enjoying the scenery and springtime colours, so if you don’t fancy riding one day, simply stay on board and enjoy a relaxing cruise to the next port of call.

 

Itinerary & Map

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Day 1: Amsterdam – Zaandam

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

On arrival in Amsterdam make your way to your boat – embarkation and check-in is at 2pm. Once everyone is on board she slips her moorings and begins a leisurely cruise to nearby Zaandam, 22 miles/35 kms. Upon arrival you can enjoy taking your bike for a brief test ride and in the evening take a stroll through the picturesque old town before turning in for the night.

Day 2: Zaandam – Zaanse Schans – Haarlem, 14 or 21 miles/24 or 34 kms

Zaanse Schans - Holland

Zaanse Schans

After breakfast we enjoy a short cycle ride of approximately 5km to the open air museum of Zaanse Schans. Explore working windmills, traditional wooden dutch houses, a clog workshop and a cheese factory. After returning to the boat you can choose whether to stay on board and enjoy a leisurely cruise to the town of Haarlem or to do the journey by bike. Once in Haarlem be sure to visit the town’s lovely main square.

Day 3: Haarlem – Keukenhof – Oude Wetering, 24 or 35 miles/38 or 55 kms

Today is a real highlight as we cycle through a myriad of colourful bulb fields. The colours are stunning and this is definitely not a day to forget the camera. The finale is a visit to the Keukenhof – the world’s largest flower garden. Here we wonder among 7 million bulbs including daffodils, hyacinths and tulips, set over nearly 80 acres of land. The kaleidoscope of colours and fragrances are unforgettable and at times our senses are almost overwhelmed. At lunchtime we cycle to the nearby village of Oude Wetering where the barge is waiting for us.

Day 4: Oude Wetering – Amsterdam, 18 miles/28 kms

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

This morning, there is an optional trip to the Aalsmeer flower auction. We are picked up at 06.30 and driven by bus the short distance to the auction site(entry fee of €7 – not included)*. Here we can watch the frenetic activity as millions of blooms are auctioned to buyers from around the world in the blink of an eye.

Afterwards, we return to the boat for a late breakfast and then enjoy a leisurely cruise along the waterways back into the heart of Amsterdam. Once moored up, we can choose whether to spend the afternoon exploring the museums and other attractions of this vibrant city or, alternatively, to mount up and join a ride that will lead us through the wetlands or Waterland region just outside the city.

The boats remains moored in central Amsterdam overnight providing you with the opportunity to also experience an evening in this vibrant city.

*The Aalsmeer flower auction is closed during the weekend and on public holidays. Please note also that on the following tour start dates this optional visit to the flower auction is not possible:

March 31, April 8, 21, 28 and 29

 

Day 5: Amsterdam

After breakfast it’s time to disembark, by 9.30am, and head for home or your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

2020 Arrival Dates - scroll down for 2021 dates
Magnifique II
March2630
April3
May1
Magnifique III
March2529
April2, 71115, 19
Magnifique IV
April23
Fluvius
April61014
Mecklenburg
April913

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2020 Prices - scroll down for 2021 prices
008-106CNL
Per person
25 Mar
to
31 Mar
01 Apr
to
01 May
Magnifique II - superior
Twin £699 £747                  
Premium Twin £824 £872                  
Triple* £661 £709                  
Twin for sole use £1049 £1121                  
Upper Deck Suite - 2 share £987 £1035                  
Upper Deck Suite - 3 share £920 £968                  
Magnifique III - superior
Twin/Double £699 £747                  
Triple* £661 £709                  
Single £909 £972                  
Upper Deck Suite - 2 share £987 £1035                  
Upper Deck Suite - 3 share £920 £968                  
Magnifique IV - superior
Twin £824 £872                  
Upper Deck Suite - 2 share £987 £1035                  
Fluvius - comfort
Small twin   £575                  
Twin   £603                  
Single   £905                  
Upper Deck Twin   £718                  
Upper Deck Double   £862                  
Mecklenburg
Twin   £603                  
Single   £905                  
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Deposit per person £230

Price Includes

4 nights onboard your chosen boat. See practical information
4 x Breakfast, 3 x Packed lunch, 4 x Dinner
Welcome drink and daily briefing
Daily coffee and tea
Fully guided cycling tours with tour guide
Maps & route information
GPS route data
Helmet and water bottle (Magnifique boats only)
Entrance Keukenhof, North-Holland Dune reserve and Visit mill at Zaanse Schans (Magnifique boats only)
Short walking tours
Ferries
Wi-Fi

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire and bike insurance (see supplements)
Drinks on-board
Entrance fees & excursions (not mentioned under incusions)
Special dietary requests, excluding vegetarians (€50, payable locally)
Gratuities/tips
Valet parking in Amsterdam (approximately €170)

Supplements

Regular bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£50)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£105)
Regular bike with pannier, lock and bike insurance (£60)
Electric bike with pannier, lock and bike insurance (£130)
Helmet (Fluvius & Mecklenburg boats) (£10)

Notes

* Triple share only applicable for 2 adults and 1 child under 16 years old
2021 Arrival Dates
Princess Royal
March31
April48, 1216, 2024, 28
May2
Magnifique IV
March29
April2, 61115, 1923
Fluvius
April59, 13
Mecklenburg
April14, 182226

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2021 Prices
008-106CNL
Per person
29 Mar
31 Mar
02 Apr
to
02 May
Princess Royal - superior
Double/Twin   £712 £800                
Premium twin   £839 £927                
Single   £927 £1044                
Twin - sole use   £1068 £1200                
Triple*   £673 £761                
Premium triple*   £790 £878                
Magnifique IV - superior
Twin £712   £800                
Twin - sole use £1068   £1200                
Upper deck suite - 2 share £1005   £1093                
Fluvius - comfort
Lower deck
Small twin     £614                
Twin     £644                
Twin - sole use     £965                
Upper Deck
Twin     £771                
Double     £917                
Mecklenburg
Twin     £644                
Twin - sole use     £965                
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Deposit per person £230

Price Includes

4 nights onboard your chosen boat. See practical information
4 x Breakfast, 3 x Packed lunch, 4 x Dinner
Welcome drink and daily briefing
Daily coffee and tea
Fully guided cycling tours with tour guide
Maps & route information (1 set per cabin)
GPS route data
Helmet and water bottle (Magnifique and Princesse Royal boats only)
Entrance Keukenhof (Magnifique & Princesse Royal boats only)
Entrance North-Holland Dune reserve and Visit mill at Zaanse Schans (Magnifique & Princess Royal boats only)
Fees for ferries and short walking tours
Wi-Fi (excluding Mecklenburg)

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire and bike insurance (see supplements)
Drinks on-board
Entrance fees & excursions (not mentioned under incusions)
Special dietary requests, excluding vegetarians (€50, payable locally)
Gratuities/tips
Valet parking in Amsterdam (prices on request)

Supplements

Regular bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£60)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£133)
Regular bike with pannier, lock and bike insurance (£74)
Electric bike with pannier, lock and bike insurance (£150)
Helmet (Fluvius & Mecklenburg boats) (£11)

Notes

* Triple cabions only applicable for 2 adults and 1 child under 16 years old

Practical Information

Bikes

An example of the bike provided on this tour.

An example of the bike provided on this tour.

Regular bikes provided are modern alloy framed models with 7 speeds. The bikes come equipped with pannier, lock and a repair kit with pump.

Electric bikes are also available.

We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons.
Alternatively:
Magnifique II/III, helmets are provided on arrival.
Fluvius/Mecklenburg, rental helmets must be pre-booked at the time of booking the trip.

Accommodation

On-board payments:
Magnifique II/III/IV, Princesse Royal and Fluvius – Cash and credit cards accepted.
Mecklenburg – Cash ONLY accepted.

The captain reserves the right to make changes to the planned route due to changing wind, tide and weather conditions, and where required by organizational necessities.

Six boats operate this route and on the dates and prices panel you can see which boat operates on which date. The Princesse Royal (formerly Magnifique), Magnifique II, Magnifique III and Magnifique IV are all superior category boats offering a very high standard of accommodation and facilities. The Fluvius and and the Mecklenburg are comfort category boats offering more simple but still very pleasant accommodation.

Magnifique II

Magnifique II

Magnifique II

The Magnifique II offers exceptionally high levels of comfort and service and has 17 cabins. A modern design finished in a classical style, the ship makes a very pleasant base for your cycling holiday.

The upper deck has four spacious suites  (14m²) with two separate single beds, a small sitting area and large panoramic windows, one of which can be opened. The lower deck feature 13 cabins, 12 of which are twin bedded cabins (11m²) with two separate single beds, one of which is a larger premium twin with two separate single beds and a small sitting area (13m²). In most cabins, on prior request, the beds can be set together as a double bed. On request, and additional bed is available in two twin cabins and one upper deck suite (above one of the other beds). All the cabins on the lower deck have portholes (fixed for safety reasons).

Magnifique II - Upper deck suite

Magnifique II – Upper deck suite

All the cabins are well appointed and equipped with en-suite facilities with a shower, toilet and sink and the air conditioning in all cabins can be individually regulated. Furthermore they are equipped with a flat screen TV, mini-safe and hairdryer.

On the upper deck there is a tastefully decorated salon with restaurant, bar and a lounge with wide screen TV, large windows to enjoy the scenery and free Wi-Fi. Large doors open onto a partially roofed sundeck with table and chairs. On the top deck you will find a whirlpool/Jacuzzi and deckchairs.

Magnifique III

Magnifique III

Magnifique III

Magnifique III offers the same exceptionally high level of comfort and service as the Magnifique and Magnifique II and has 21 cabins.

The lower deck features 14 twin cabins (12m²) with two separate single beds and 2 single cabins (9 m²). The upper deck has 5 spacious suites (16 m²) with two separate single beds, a small sitting area and a “French Balcony”: ceiling-to-floor sliding glass doors. In most cabins and all suites, on prior request, the beds can be set together as a double bed. On request, an additional third bed is available in one of the suites and one of the lower deck twin cabins (Pullman bed, above one of the other beds).

Magnifique III - upper deck suite

Magnifique III – upper deck suite

All cabins are well appointed and equipped with en-suite facilities with a shower, toilet and basin. The cabins on the lower deck have portholes (fixed for safety reasons), upper deck suites have sliding glass doors that can be partly opened. The airconditioning in all cabins can be individually regulated. In each cabin you will find a flat screen TV, mini-safe and hairdryer.

On the upper deck, there is a tastefully decorated salon with restaurant, bar and a lounge with wide screen TV, large windows to enjoy the scenery and free Wi-Fi. Large doors open onto a partially roofed teak wood sundeck with tables and chairs on the aft deck.

On the top deck, you will find a whirlpool/Jacuzzi and deckchairs to relax.

Magnifique IV

Magnifique IV Suite (artist impression)

The Magnifique IV is currently under construction and will offer the same high level of comfort and service as her sisterships.

The lower deck will feature 8 twin bedded cabins (12m²) with two single beds, while the upper deck will offer 10 spacious, double-bedded suites (16 m²) with a cozy sitting area and French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors. The cabins on the lower deck have portholes (fixed for safety reasons).

All cabins will have their own private bathroom with shower, basin and toilet; as well as individually-regulated air-conditioning, flat screen satellite TV, mini safe and hair dryer.

On the upper deck, there will be a tastefully decorated bar/lounge area with wide screen TV, large windows to enjoy the scenery and free Wi-Fi. The comfortable and inviting restaurant is separated from the kitchen by a glass wall, so you can see the talented chefs in action. Large glass doors open onto a beautiful partially-covered teak sundeck, furnished with tables and chairs.

Princesse Royal (formerly Magnifique)

MS Magnifique barge - Twin Cabin

Magnifique – Twin Cabin

The Princesse Royal is a wonderful boat offering an excellent standard of accommodation and facilities.

She has 16 lower deck cabins, 11 twin cabins (11 m²) with two single beds set next to each other, 4 premium twin cabins (14 m²) with two single beds next to each other and a small sitting area and 1 single cabin (7 m²). On prior request, the beds in most twin cabins can be set together as a double bed. On request, an additional bed is available in some twin cabins (as fold away bunk bed, above one of the other beds). Each cabin has en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and wash basin. All cabins have individually regulated air-conditioning, ventilation system, central heating and flat screen TV, mini-safe and hairdryer; the portholes in all cabins are fixed for safety reasons.

On the upper deck, there is a tastefully decorated spacious salon with restaurant, bar and lounge with wide screen TV, large windows to enjoy the scenery and free Wi-Fi. There are also two, partly covered teak sun-decks with tables and chairs, and on the elevated aft deck you will also find a whirlpool/Jacuzzi and BBQ.

Fluvius (comfort)

Fluvius

The MV Fluvius is a very popular boat offering a comfortable standard of accommodation and facilities.

She has 22 individually controlled air-conditioned cabins; the lower deck has 14 twins (11 m²) and one smaller twin (10 m²) all of which have two separate single beds. The upper deck has 3 twins (11 m²) with two separate single beds and 4 doubles (12 m²) with a double bed (140 x 200 cm) and a large panoramic window.

Fluvius - double upper deck cabin

Fluvius – double upper deck cabin

All cabins have en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and basin. All twin cabins have a fixed window, the panoramic window in the double cabins can be opened. Each cabin has an individually adjustable air-conditioning unit, a ventilation system, a flatscreen TV and a hair dryer. Some cabins are available for single use. Triples are not available.

 

The Fluvius has a large lounge (air-conditioned) with TV, bar and a semi-separate restaurant area. Wi-Fi is available to purchase on-board, €10. The barge also has a large sun deck with sitting places (tables and chairs). While cruising, you can enjoy the scenery from here.

Mecklenburg (comfort)

 

Mecklenburg

Mecklenburg

The Mecklenburg is a traditional dutch barge with a cosy and relaxed atmosphere.

She has 11 air-conditioned twin cabins all with en-suite shower/wc. The partially covered sundeck is ideal for watching the scenery drift as is  the cozy salon with its large windows.

 

Meals:
On all five vessels, a hearty breakfast is provided each morning along with a packed lunch to take with you on the daily rides. A three-course meal is served each evening.

Getting There

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Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 3 reviews 4.5
  • Date - 10/04/2018
  • Name - Christine Bainbridge
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - The information was pretty good, however a couple of negative points. Firstly we did not need to take cycling helmets or water bottles as we were told - they were provided. This makes a huge difference when only taking very limited cabin baggage on the plane as the helmet is particularly bulky. We were requested to take ‘soft’ luggage to fit under beds. Again that was not necessary as there was plenty of space so I ended up having to carry a heavy bag on my shoulder. There were more options for public transport to the boat which were not stated on the paperwork. This resulted in us having to walk some distance to find the ‘north’ side of the railway station when we could have taken tram number 26 from the south side. It was not clear that you cannot pay the driver in cash, which is normal in most places in the UK. Small things but they made a difference to our trip. Other than that the information was very good.
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Fabulous ship, wonderful crew. Food was fantastic, well presented and the bar bill at the end of the week reasonable. Couldn’t fault the quality which was superb in every way. Shame we weren’t offered the use of the jacuzzi on the top deck! Didn’t know it was there until the last day.
  • Flexitreks response - Service rating : Thanks very much for the very useful feedback Christine, we have amended our pre-tour advice for this tour accordingly.

    Product : So glad you enjoyed the experience aboard the Magnifique Christine.
  • Date - 10/04/2016
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Excellent response from Ally, with extra information.
  • Flexitreks response - Many thanks David - Ally really appreciates your comment.
  • Date - 09/12/2015
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - Staff very helpful and answered questions we had.
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - One of the best holidays we have had. Boat very comfortable, food and service on board excellent. Bikes were great and good mix of routes and sightseeing.
  • Flexitreks response - Many thanks for taking the time to give us your feedback as we really do appreciate this. I hope you are considering another cycling holiday in 2016. Feel free to call us on 01273 410 550 or email us on info@flexitreks.com and will be more than happy to help in the decision making. The Flexitreks team.