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Experience the quintessential Dutch sights by barge and bike
On this short bike and barge holiday you will experience the highlights of springtime in Holland with excursions to the quintessential Dutch sights. Leaving Amsterdam we travel by barge to Spaarndam and the village of Hans Brinker where we disembark to make a short cycle trip to Haarlem. The Flower Park Keukenhof is our next focus where we are welcomed by thousands of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths of various colour, shapes and scents! Cycling through the blooming bulb fields we reach Leiden, birthplace of the world famous painter Rembrandt. As we continue on our bikes we will also visit a traditional Dutch windmill as well as a local cheese farm where we take a tour to learn the process of cheese making and taste the final goods! On our last day we visit the world's biggest Flower Auction in Aalsmeer before boarding our barge back to Amsterdam.
- The Flower Park Keukenhof and visits to a cheese farm and traditional Dutch windmill
- Leiden, the birthplace of Rembrandt
- Experiencing Holland in the springtime and viewing the fields of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths
- Visit worlds biggest flower auction in Aalsmeer
- Experience barging and cycling in a special corner of Holland
Day 1 Join Amsterdam, sail to Spaarndam (10km)
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 your tour leader will lead the group on a walking tour through the old centre.
Day 2 Cycle to ‘Keukenhof’ flower farm (15km)
This morning the barge sails to the town of Lisse where you disembark and cycle to the famous flower garden ‘Keukenhof’ for a visit. On display are 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 Visit Leiden, Rembrandt birthplace. Visit cheese farm and windmill (30km)
In the morning there will be a walking tour through Leiden, the birthplace of Rembrandt. 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 Visit Aalsmeer, world’s biggest flower auction. Trip concludes Amsterdam (15km)
An early morning to visit the world’s biggest flower auction in Aalsmeer. Before leaving the barge you will clear your cabin. After the visit you get back on board and sail back to Amsterdam where the trip concludes at approximately 12.30pm.
- 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners (does not include drinks) Continental breakfasts are served and will usually consist of breads, cheese, ham, tea, coffee & juices. At breakfast you will prepare your packed lunch for the day which will be sandwiches, fruit & juice. If you choose not to cycle on a particular day, the crew will serve lunch onboard. Dinner will consist of three courses inclusive of either a pasta, vegetarian or meat dish.
- 3 nights accommodation aboard a barge on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities. If you are travelling by yourself you will be matched with another passenger. Cabins are configured with bunk beds (upper and lower), except for comfort departures which are lower beds – price supplement applies.
- Bicycle with gears, pannier and insurance
- Entrance fees for Flower park Keukenhof, Cheese farm, visits to windmill & flower auction in Aalsmeer
- Several city walking tours
- Information pack
- Experienced guide
Trip Main Activities
- GUIDED CYCLING
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THE BARGE During the trip you will be accommodated on a hotel barge which holds between 15 and 35 passengers depending on the barge used on your departure. There are a number of different barges in the fleet which are used for the trip and these range from 4 star for our regular departures to 5 star for the comfort departures. The barges are not only a means of transportation; you also sleep, eat and relax aboard. The ships are equipped with a recreation/ dining room, sometimes with a separate bar, a modern galley, a spacious sundeck, mostly double cabins with bunk beds and wash facilities. The comfort departures offer more space per person, some have air-conditioning and the beds are lower berths. From the recreation room you will have an excellent view. Depending on the waterways the ships sail between 8 and 15 km per hour. The crew consists of a captain and a cook, both professionals, who are often assisted by an extra hand.
Bike helmet, wet weather gear, sunscreen, jogging shoes and sun hat. Note that storage capacity is limited in cabins and we recommend you bring a soft luggage bag. (A comprehensive gear list is included in the pre-departure information provided on booking).