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Holland’s Super Tulip Tour

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  • 7 nights | 24 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 1
  • Guided from: €895
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  1. Mostly flat, wide trails
  2. Some gentle slopes, wide trails
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  4. Some long and/or steep climbs and/or technical trails
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  1. Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  2. Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  3. Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge.
  4. Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year.
  5. Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  6. Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Tour Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

Between April and mid-May we offer special tulip tours. The program of this Super Tulip Tour is totally dedicated to this beautiful flower. You will cycle through the fields spring flowers and tulips, learn all about growing tulips in a tulip park and of course you visit the "Keukenhof" the flower auction in Aalsmeer.

The tulip originated in Turkey. 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 that a whole canal-side house in Amsterdam cost the equivalent. In 1637 the government took the speculation in hand and the bulbs dropped in price drastically. The bulb and flower became "normal."

The route leads through vast fields of tulips. You will visit the world-famous, 32-hectare park The Keukenhof, where you can admire the wonderfully colourful fields with flowering bulbs in peace and quiet.

Around Alkmaar you will find the most beautiful dunes in the country. From Alkmaar to Purmerend the route leads you through the 17th century polders. When time permits you will visit a water mill. The last part of the week the green "Waterland" surrounds you, while you’re cycling through the Beemster Polder, dating from the early 17th century.

Daily program

The following planned itinerary is subject to change due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances.

You are expected on the barge on Saturday by 2:00pm, at which time the boat leaves its mooring place in Amsterdam. The barge cannot wait due to the opening hours of bridges and locks, so plan your arrival accordingly.

Day 1: Arrival and embarkation in Amsterdam – Spaarndam (9 miles/15 km)
When you arrive on board the ship, you can put your luggage away in your cabin and then enjoy a cup of coffee or tea. It is also a good moment to become acquainted with the guide, skipper and crew and of course your fellow passengers.

The first part of the tour you will cruise to Spaarndam – known as the village of Hansje Brinker – and from here we make an easy ride into the beautiful city of Haarlem.

Haarlem, which rendered its name to Harlem, New York, is a lively city with good shopping possibilities. At the same time there are many interesting 17th-century sights here. Back on board, after the bike ride, the programme for the next day and the rest of the week will be explained to you at dinner time.

Day 2: Haarlem – Keukenhof Leiden (25 miles/40 km)
Today's trip leads you through the oldest tulip fields of Holland, including a visit the most beautiful spring park in the world. Keukenhof is the place where the spring breaks. An overwhelming blaze of colors; seven million flowering tulips in a magnificent 80-acres background of the Keukenhof gardens, traditional and modern gardening architecture. You can also admire the various hyacinths, narcisses, and many other colorful flowers.

You spend the night in Leiden, which is a historic city with many little courtyards, façades, and historical buildings built between the 15th and 18th century. Leiden, meaning "built on waters," came into existence around 800 AD as a marketplace at the confluence of the rivers Old and New Rhine, the Vliet and the Mare. It was a centre for the mediaeval linen industry. For a long time, it was second only to Amsterdam in importance.

A well-known episode of Leiden's history is the Spanish occupation in the 16th century. In 1574 the Spanish siege was eventually broken as a result of a deliberate inundation and the assistance of the Protestant fleet called the "Geuzenvloot." This fact is still celebrated annually on October 3rd. As a reward for its courage in the face of the Spaniards, Leiden was given the right to found a university in 1575. Leiden is also the city where Rembrandt van Rijn was born.

Day 3: Leiden – Kudelstaart (28 miles/45 km)
Today you continue your tour around the Haarlemmermeer. Imagine that this polder once was the biggest lake in Holland and nicknamed "the waterwolf." The cycle route leads you through the green heart of Holland, an area characterized by small cycle paths, black and white cows, and despite the work of Mr. Leeghwater, a lot of water. Your destination for today is Kudelstaart: a small town bordered by the Westeinderplassen.

Day 4: Visit to flower auction; cycling Zaanse Schans – Wormerveer (28 miles/45 km)
In the early morning, you can visit one of the many flower auctions 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 the auction. The flowers and plants that are sold at the auctions are exported all over the world, a logistic wonder. Afterwards, you will have breakfast while cruising in the direction of Amsterdam.

From the lock at the Nieuwe Meer, you can cycle along the borders of the Amstel River 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 three 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. Afterwards to Wormerveer.

Day 5: Wormerveer – Alkmaar (28 miles/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. Today's overnight stay is in cheese town Alkmaar. An historic lively city with many small and bigger shops. Nearly 400 heritage sites, canals, and harbors dominate the townscape.

Day 6: Alkmaar – Purmerend (28 miles/45 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.

Graft and De Rijp are two proud, typical 17th-century villages that enjoyed great prosperity at the heyday of the fishing and whaling industries. You spend the night in Purmerend.

Day 7: Purmerend – Amsterdam (12 or 22 miles/20 or 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: Departure from Amsterdam
After breakfast, the tour ends (disembarkation by 10:00am).

Route Map

Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

Dates

Mar 30; Apr 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 2019
Low season: Mar 30, 2019 - Apr 12, 2019, May 04, 2019 - May 11, 2019
High season: Apr 13, 2019 - May 03, 2019

Prices

Zwaan (Comfort class)

Mar 30; Apr 6, 27; May 4, 2019

Per person, double occupancy
€1135
High season surcharge
€110
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/1 cabin)
Low season
€510
High season
€560
Gluten free or vegan meals
€50
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike
€90
Electrically assisted bike
€170
Children's bike
€55
Child's seat
€15
Tag-along
€50
Bike trailer
€85
Bike insurance, hybrid touring bike
€15
Bike insurance, electrically assisted bike
€40
Bike maps (must be ordered when booking)
€19
Discounts
Child, ages 0-2 sharing a room with at least 1 full paying adult (on base package price)
100%
Child, ages 3-11 sharing a room with at least 1 full paying adult (on base package price)
30%
Liza Marleen (ComfortPlus)

Apr 13, 20, 2019

Per person, double occupancy
€1115
High season surcharge
€109
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/1 cabin)
€536
Gluten free or vegan meals
€50
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike
€90
Electrically assisted bike
€170
Children's bike
€55
Child's seat
€15
Tag-along
€50
Bike trailer
€85
Bike insurance, hybrid touring bike
€15
Bike insurance, electrically assisted bike
€40
Bike maps (must be ordered when booking)
€19
Discounts
Child, ages 0-2 sharing a room with at least 1 full paying adult (on base package price)
100%
Child, ages 3-11 sharing a room with at least 1 full paying adult (on base package price)
30%
Anna Antal (StandardPlus/Comfort class)

Apr 6, 13, 20, 27; May 5, 2019

Per person, double occupancy
€895
High season surcharge
€85
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/1 cabin)
Low season
€240
High season
€265
Cabin upgrade (Comfort cabin: 2 low beds)
Low season
€160
High season
€180
Gluten free or vegan meals
€50
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike
€90
Electrically assisted bike
€170
Children's bike
€55
Child's seat
€15
Tag-along
€50
Bike trailer
€85
Bike insurance, hybrid touring bike
€15
Bike insurance, electrically assisted bike
€40
Bike maps (must be ordered when booking)
€19
Discounts
Child, ages 0-2 sharing a room with at least 1 full paying adult (on base package price)
100%
Child, ages 3-11 sharing a room with at least 1 full paying adult (on base package price)
30%
Please note: Instead of operating bicycle tours ourselves, BikeTours.com represents local bicycle tour operators around the world. Review the tour operator's information and terms below, then submit your booking request through BikeTours.com. The primary benefits of booking your tour through BikeTours.com include:
  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  • Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Contact us with any questions about booking and paying for your tour through BikeTours.com. We look forward to serving you!

Cycletours Holidays Terms and Conditions

Cancellation condition for individual bookings:

  • Until 60 days before day of departure: €65
  • 59-42 days before the day of departure: €135
  • 41 to 29 days before day of departure: 35% of full invoice amount
  • 28 to 22 days before day of departure: 40% of full invoice amount
  • 21 to 15 days before day of departure: 50% of full invoice amount
  • 14 to 6 days before day of departure: 75% of full invoice amount
  • 5 days to 1 day before day of departure: 90% of full invoice amount
  • on day of departure and no show: 100% of full invoice amount
    (Different conditions apply to group reservations/chartering a ship)

Cancellation condition for group bookings:

  • Until 120 days before departure: 30% of the total invoice
  • 120 until 90 days before departure: 50% of the total invoice
  • 90 until 60 days before departure: 75 % of the total invoice
  • 60 days until day of departure: total amount
    (Different conditions apply to chartering a ship)

Charge for Changes
If after booking a trip, you wish to make changes, bear in mind that you can be billed a surcharge to cover the costs of changes, This amounts to €14 (substituting a different traveler is €28). According to the ANVR terms and conditions, changes can generally be made up to 28 days prior to the departure date.

The conditions of all tours act on the Dutch jurisdiction. Any liability of the tour operator (the transporter) is limited to the amounts of the concerned insurance-company(s) of the tour operator / the transporter is (are) willing to pay, taken into account the maximum overages. The parties agree that the Dutch law applies to this agreement. Any conflicts arising out of this contract will be brought solely before a competent judge in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Travel Agreement
A travel agreement is reached with the traveler's acceptance of our offer. Acceptance can take place either directly through us or via the intermediary service of a booking office. As soon as you make a reservation, your accommodations will be arranged. When these arrangements have been settled, you'll receive word from us and thereupon, the invoice will be sent.

A confirmation of your booking together with the invoice will be sent within 72 hours. Travel documents will be sent via e-mail 3 weeks prior to departure. When booking more than 2 months before departure, payment in terms is possible. Deposit is 15% of the total amount. Second payment needs to be done at least 6 weeks prior to departure.

Travel Conditions
The tour operator is a member of the General Dutch Association of Tour operators (ANVR). This association publishes the ANVR-travel condition that includes the rights and duties of both the tour operator and the participant. These conditions are available upon request.

Travel Conditions
The tour operator is a member of the General Dutch Association of Tour operators (ANVR). This association publishes the ANVR-travel condition that includes the rights and duties of both the tour operator and the participant. These conditions are available upon request.

Cancellation of the tour
The tour operator reserves the right to cancel tours with fewer than 12 participants up to 21 days prior to the date of departure. The tour operator will offer an adequate alternative in case of such cancellation.

All photos used by permission. ©Cycletours Holidays

Ratings

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Average Ratings

  • Overall

    5

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 2
  • Value 4
  • Included meals 5
  • Bikes & equipment 5
  • Hotels or boat 5
  • Scenery 4.7
  • Ease of navigation 4
  • Tour documents 4.3
  • Local tour company services 4.3
  • Route selection 4.7
  • Guides (if applicable) 5

Reviews

Johni June 25, 2018

Cycling around Amsterdam with Cycletours exceeded our expectations

This trip was a memorable experience. The cycling guide, chef, barge 'captain' were all helpful, friendly, and nothing was ever too much trouble.

Allan May 6, 2017

Great way to explore a foreign country

A really enjoyable way to discover a new country. We were fortunate to have a very helpful tour guide ,along with a first class chef providing excellent meals as well as very helpful barge staff. Our boat the Anna Anatel accomadated 17 guests and was an ideal group size for this type of activity.

Markh May 1, 2017

Great cycle tour!

We enjoyed the tulip tour very much. Our guide, Maria, did a wonderful job. She is very knowledgeable and makes everyone feel comfortable. The crew of the Sailing Home were also great! The bikes were in excellent condition.