Cycle and sail the provinces of South- and North Holland while spring flowers are in bloom. This is the time of year that tulip fields glow in innumerable colors, thousands of daffodils make it seem like the sun has fallen on earth, and hyacinth fields spread their sweet scent for all to enjoy. That's just the beginning because there is a whole lot more to this region.
You’ll be completely surprised by the enormous variety of scenery in such a small area. You’re going to experience it all on your bike or from the comfort of the ship. See beautiful medieval cities and small fishing villages, centuries-old windmills and locks still in use, wide green polders and wetlands. Get out of the wind relaxing in the dunes by the North Sea, or feel it in your hair and on your face on the beach. You may even want to dip your feet in the still rather cool sea.
The tour also takes you to the historical cities of Amsterdam, Alkmaar, and Haarlem. Park your bike and explore them on foot. It's the most relaxed way of enjoying their beauties (and find the best cafe's and terraces).
In several museums, you can delve into the history of the region. Learn about tulip growing in the area while visiting both the famous Keukenhof gardens and the lesser known Hortus Bulborum garden museum. The Zaansche Schans open-air museum shows you what villages and village life looked like in days gone by. And when in Amsterdam, there's a museum for every kind of interest. Be it old Dutch masters or the most contemporary art, be it historical or maritime.
This wonderful bike and barge trip starts and ends in Amsterdam. A multilingual guide gives you a daily briefing, a map and route descriptions, and then you're off on your own to discover the treasures of this intensely Dutch area. The guide cycles the tour route each day, but you are also able to explore the program independently to get your fullest individual experience, making this tour a "semi-guided" cycling experience.
Each evening, you’ll return to your floating hotel barge, docked in a harbor along the route. The DE Nassau is a totally renovated ship, whose very comfortable cabins and suites can house up to sixty passengers. It's the perfect place to recuperate from your day's cycling tour. Tasty food is served in the lovely dining area. The pleasant lounge is the meeting and relaxing place for evenings of fun while reading, playing board games or enjoying the company of your co-travelers. On sunny days, the partially roofed sun deck with chairs and loungers is a good place to be as well. And then, a good night's sleep on the excellent bed gives you a fine basis for next day's tour.