Holland Bike & Sail – Tulip Tour

from $2,099.00

Enjoy Dutch landscapes by wheels and water on this springtime tour.

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  • Activity Level Leisurely
  • Group Size Medium Group
    15 - 25
All about the Holland Bike & Sail – Tulip Tour.

Set sail into the vistas of Van Gogh, replete with storybook windmills, as you cruise, ride or walk back through time. Unveil the fascinating 400+ year-old history of tulips in Holland from bulb to flower.Ideal for flower enthusiasts, cycling aficionados, foodies and every style of adventurer. Cycle, walk or relax onboard the classic sailing ship, the Leafde fan Fryslân, as you soak in the highlights. Delve into the charming countryside of Holland, led by an expert local guide on shore excursions, or enjoy plenty of time at your leisure. Along the way you’ll visit traditional cheese villages and get the chance to try delectable Dutch cuisine.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners
* All accommodation
* Local bike hire 
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout
* Full complement of qualified Ship Crew
* Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

  1. Day 1 Start Amsterdam; board Leafde fan Fryslân and sail to Zaandam

    Our adventure starts in the early afternoon as you board the Leafde fan Fryslân in Amsterdam. After getting settled on board, the ship will leave the harbour at 2.30pm and sail to Zaandam.  In the late afternoon, we will have the option to take a short ride. After enjoying a delicious dinner on board, our leader will take us on a guided walk through the beautiful city centre of Zaandam.*Accommodation:  Leafde fan Fryslân *

  2. Day 2 Cycle to Egmond, visiting the hamlet of Zaanse Schans and the Hortus Bulborum en route

    In the morning we cycle to the Zaanse Schans, a unique hamlet where people live and work alongside original houses and windmills built next to the river Zaan. This tiny village is dominated by its operating windmills — the oldest of which was built in 1673 — and these were used for grinding mustard seeds, spices, and paint components, extracting plant oil and sawing wood into planks. In the village we’ll see a clock museum, an old-fashioned grocery store, a house with period furniture, a clog maker, and a cheese farm. Our cycling tour continues to Limmen and Egmond-Binnen where we have the chance to bike through colourful tulip fields. Nearby, we’ll visit the Hortus Bulborum, a unique garden museum dedicated to the preservation of rare and historic bulbs. More than 4,000 tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and other special flowers are planted here. We continue cycling to Egmond at the North Sea, once more passing through the tulip fields.Our ship will be waiting near the historical city centre of Alkmaar. This town is well known as a Dutch cheese city. Wander through the streets and be amazed by the beauty of Alkmaar’s old town, with its well-preserved 17th-century buildings and narrow, winding canals.*Accommodation:* *Leafde fan Fryslân *

  3. Day 3 Cycle north to Den Helder, stopping on the beach at the North Sea along the way

    Today we cycle north of Alkmaar where we will find the most beautiful tulip fields on the way to the North Sea. The sandy beach here is one of the most wonderful to walk along in the entire Netherlands, the perfect spot for feeling the wind in your hair or simply enjoying the view. Close by — and certainly worth a visit — is the artist’s village of Bergen. We will continue on and cycle through the North-Holland Dune reserve to Den Helder: this piece of land wedged between the North Sea and the IJsselmeer boasts the world’s single biggest flowering bulb field. In one word: spectacular!/Please note: total distance covered this day can vary from 33 to 50 km / 21 to 31 miles depending on the cycle routes you choose./*Accommodation:* *Leafde fan Fryslân*

  4. Day 4 Cycle around the Wadden island of Texel

    During breakfast the ship will sail to the island of Texel, the largest of the Dutch Wadden Isles. Here there are various options in terms of cycling routes so you can ride as much as you want. Whichever route, cycle through delightful natural parks, and bike through fields of blooming flowers! Pass through picturesque villages and landscapes and visit the Ecomare seal sanctuary. At the end of the day, we can enjoy a locally-brewed, well-deserved beer during a visit to the small brewery near Oudeschild./Please note: total distance covered this day can vary from 15 to 65 km / 9 to 41 miles depending on the cycle routes you choose./*Accommodation:* *Leafde fan Fryslân*

  5. Day 5 Sail to Enkhuizen; afternoon free to explore the town

    Today we will set sail to Enkhuizen. You will have the chance to lend a hand during navigation and hoisting the sails if you wish (previous sailing experience is not at all necessary). Of course, you are also very welcome to just relax and enjoy the sailing and scenery as you progress along the IJsselmeer. In the afternoon, the ship will arrive in Enkhuizen, an old city with many centuries of maritime tradition. Spend some time exploring here: “the herring city” boasts a beautiful old harbour and an old town full of history. *Accommodation:* *Leafde fan Fryslân*

  6. Day 6 Morning sail to Hoorn; afternoon cycle to Volendam

    In the morning we sail along the Ijsselmeer to the former Dutch East India Company town of Hoorn, which was, in the 17th century, one of the world’s foremost harbours. Our afternoon ride goes to Volendam, a small and picturesque fishing harbour on the shores of Lake IJsselmeer. Along the way, we’ll pass Edam, which is known for its famous Edam cheese, covered in red or yellow wax. While this adorable village is now renowned for cheese, it was once an industrious shipyard and port. That’s why, in the 17th century, the town’s specialty became one of the most popular cheeses in the world. Sailors took wheels of Edam on their voyages – the cheese doesn’t spoil easily and could be traded for spices and other riches of the East.*Accommodation:* *Leafde fan Fryslân*

  7. Day 7 Full day visit to the famous Keukenhof Gardens

    Today we’ll take a bus through the oldest tulip fields of Holland to the famous Keukenhof Gardens. There will be plenty of time here to discover the most beautiful bulb park in the world — Keukenhof is the place where spring springs. It features an overwhelming blaze of colours: seven million flowering tulips in a magnificent 80-acre setting of traditional and modern gardening architecture. Here we will also find various hyacinths, daffodils, and many other vibrant flowers. In the afternoon the bus takes us back to Amsterdam where we spend our final night on the Leadfe fan Fryslân.*Accommodation:* *Leafde fan Fryslân*

  8. Day 8 Disembark until 9:30am in Amsterdam

    Our adventure ends after breakfast. Disembark until 9:30am in Amsterdam.

Package Confirmed Dates Trip Status Trip Status Price (PP) Excluding Flights Price (PP) Including Flights  
April 18, 2020