Tulip Tour between Amsterdam and Bruges

8 nights
23 miles/day
Guided from EUR € 2480
Countries: Holland and Belgium
Rider Level: Leisure Electric bike tours Primarily bike paths Family-friendly bike tours Bike and boat tours

Tulip Tour between Amsterdam and Bruges


Rider Level: Leisure Electric bike tours Primarily bike paths Family-friendly bike tours Bike and boat tours

8 nights
23 miles/day

Guided from EUR € 2480
Bike and Boat Tour aboard Iris
Countries: Holland and Belgium

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  • Bike and boat amongst the tulips through Holland and Belgium

    Immerse yourself in the Tulips this spring and fully enjoy Holland and Belgium on this 8-night tour!

    This bike and boat tour features all of the favorites: Amsterdam, Holland's bustling capital, Bruges, the artistic gem of Belgium, and of course lots and lots of tulips in between.

    You will have plenty of time to cycle through stunning countryside, cruise on the emblematic canals, delight in the local gastronomy, and ENJOY!

    • Keukenhof tulips! Yogen Dranegi@Unsplash
    • Antwerp, Belgium. Who's Denilo?@Unsplash
    • Cycling in Ghent, East Flanders, Belgium. Danny Devylder@Unsplash
    • Dutch klompen as souvenirs. Silvia Trigo@Unsplash
    • Dutch windmills en route! Yvonne Einerhand@Unsplash
    • Bruges, West Flanders, Belgium. Simon Fevery@Unsplash
    • Gouda cheese for sale! Katrin Leinfellner@Unsplash
    • Amsterdam, North Holland, the Netherlands. CC:Nikolai Karaneschev

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    • Keukenhof flower garden
    • Antwerp
    • Gouda cheese farm
    • The Kinderdijk windmills
    • Tulips and flowers
    • Amsterdam

    Tulip Tour between Amsterdam and Bruges


  • Tulip Tour between Amsterdam and Bruges

     Tour Description Daily Program 

  • Daily program

    Day 1: Amsterdam to Haarlem
    Official check-in begins at 1:00 pm but you can drop your luggage at 9:15 am to explore Amsterdam at your leisure. Lunch is not provided by the barge on this first day. At 1:30, the crew will host and introductory meeting with coffee followed by the first cruise to Haarlem on the North Sea Channel. Take a test ride for a short distance just outside of Haarlem to the mooring location in the city. Haarlem is a lovely city to take a stroll, as the narrow streets are lined by the monumental buildings built by master Lieven de Key. Enjoy a walk with the guides after dinner and maybe even stop at the Joppen Church for a locally brewed beer.

    Day 2: Haarlem - Keukenhof - Oude Wetering
    Your first cycling day is a special one! You will go from Haarlem to Leiden beginning with a visit to the Keukenhof. This flower exposition boasts 80 acres filled with 7 million tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, and many other flowers. Visiting this garden is a spectacular way to experience spring! Continue cycling to Oude Wetering where the boat awaits with a delicious dinner after an exciting day.

    Day 3: Oude Wetering - Gouda - Kinderdijk - Dordrecht
    No trip to Gouda would be complete without a visit to a cheese farm! Enjoy a tour of a traditional farm complete with a tasting and the option to buy some (sealed) products at the local shop. This area is lovingly referred to as the Green Heart of Holland, a fertile countryside dotted with farms, grazing cows, and lush vistas. Gouda is not only famous for the cheese but also the delicious Stroopwafels, a yummy treat you'll be sure to try. The Gothic architecture of the Town Hall is awe inspiring and there may even be time to visit the divine stained-glass windows of the St. Johns Church.

    Along the route from Gouda and Dordrecht, the route will stop at one of the most iconic sites in all of Holland: the Kinderdijk. The Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage site built around 1740, features 19 magnificent windmills. After visiting, you will pedal a little more to meet the Iris. Where the boat will embark and sail onwards to Dordrecht. During the crossing, you will be amazed at the fast ferries that are used heavily by commuters here. Dordrecht is the final destination for tonight.

    Day 4: Dordrecht - Tholen
    Enjoy breakfast as the Iris navigates to Willemstad. Willemstad has the charm of a storybook village with a small historic quaint harbor and a scenic town square. Within a few steps of the dock is a row of restaurants where you can overlook the harbor while enjoying a refreshing beer. Today's destination is Tholen. While it is connected to the mainland, Tholen still retains its picturesque charm and boasts many fishing and boating relics from its colorful past.

    Day 5: Tholen - Antwerp
    Today you'll have the opportunity to see a unique landscape while biking through Wouwse Plantation, it is an otherworldly place of sand dune forests and fields of heather. Any history buff will enjoy the visit to the Canadian and British World War Two Cemetery. Arriving back on the boat, you will enjoy a cruising lunch to Antwerp, home to the famous painter Peter Paul Rubens. Many of his paintings are still in the city to be admired. Antwerp’s Golden age was in the 16th century when its trade blossomed and while walking the streets, you feel as if you have been transported back 500 years.

    Day 6: Antwerp - Dendermonde
    Leaving Antwerp, the cycle path passes through tunnels and elevators totally dedicated to pedestrians and cyclists. The Scheldt river will be your guide and you will make various river crossings via ferry. Along the route, you will see many castles! Your day ends in Dendermonde, a Medieval city loaded with important heritage, where you will visit the 14th centure "Clothmaker's Hall", the site of an old wool trading center. The town square is a perfect place to enjoy a real Belgian beer.

    Day 7: Dendermonde - Ghent
    The typical Flemish countryside will be your backdrop, through small towns, lakes, and castles. You will eventually arrive in Ghent. One of Belgium’s oldest cities and the historic capital of Flanders, Ghent has retained more traces of its past than most other Belgian towns. In the center of the city, you will find the 14th-century Belfry standing about 300 feet high.

    Day 8: Ghent - Bruges
    You'll have more Ghent this morning, before getting on your bike for the last cycling stage. From Ghent, you will bike through forests and eat lunch at an old estate. Utilizing a rail-to-trail route, you will arrive in Bruges by bike. The Iris will be docked in the center so you can easily explore this delightful medieval town. Know as the Venice of the North and the darling of Flanders, Bruges boasts a historically intact city center that is listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Day 9: Bruges
    Today you'll say goodbye to the crew and your new-found friends after one last breakfast on board. You can leave your luggage until 12:00 and spend some more time in Bruges. The crew will be happy to arrange taxis and assist in your onward travel plans.

    Tulip Tour between Amsterdam and Bruges

     Photos Accommodation 

  • Accommodation



      The Iris navigates on rivers and canals in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany. Read more

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        • Lounge area, bar, and sun deck
        • Wi-Fi (keeping in mind the speed might not be what you're accustomed to)
        • Helmets available free of charge
        • NO smoking onboard
        • Payment accepted in Cash, debit cards/credit cards (with security pin code)
          • Gratuities in cash (preferably in Euros)

      Tulip Tour between Amsterdam and Bruges

       Daily program Bikes 

    • Bikes

      The bike available to rent (reserved at time of booking) is:

      Giant Touring Bike from the LIV collection

      • 8 speeds
      • Hydraulic disc brakes
      • Gel saddle
      • Platform pedals

      Gazelle Ultimate C8  Electric Bike 

      • Stable and rigid step-through frame 
      • Integrated 500wh battery
      • Bosch Active Line Plus motor
      • Hydraulic disc brakes
      • Selle Royal Loire saddle

      More about electrically-assisted bikes

      All rental bikes are equipped with:

      • Panniers
      • Water bottle
      • Helmet

      Bike Protection:
      Bike protection is included with your booking. You can read more about that HERE.

      Tulip Tour between Amsterdam and Bruges

       Accommodation Dates & Prices 

    • Dates

      May 8, 2025


      Tour Package

      Per person, double occupancy €2460
      Single-use cabin (1 person/1 cabin) On Request

      Bike Rentals

      Touring bike €150
      Electrically-assisted bike €280

      Included services

      • 8 nights on board
      • 8 x breakfast buffets, 7 x packed lunches, 7 x dinners
      • Complimentary glass of wine or beer with dinner
      • Coffee (including café latte, cappuccino, hot chocolate) & tea
      • Daily cabin cleaning
      • Cycling guide
      • Entrance to the Keukenhof
      • Cheese farm visit
      • Entrance to Kinderdijk

      Please note that special dietary needs can be accommodated upon request. Extra fees may apply. Please note that while these boats can provide gluten-free food, we cannot guarantee a gluten-free kitchen. Cross-contamination is possible. Please inform us of dietary requirements when booking your tour.

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      Tulip Tour between Amsterdam and Bruges

       Bikes Other Details 

    • Surface and terrain

      This guided bike and boat tour is rated as leisurely. You will cycle on dedicated bike paths and on country roads with low traffic. Sometimes, you may experience more traffic as you enter or exit the cities but rest assured motorists here are very accustomed to bikers. All distances are approximate. The itinerary is subject to change and sometimes without prior notice, as some waterways are prone to flooding or drought. The captain reserves the right to make changes.

      How to get there

      Tour start and end
      Nearest airports: Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) and Brussels Airport (BRU)
      Nearest train stations: Centraal Station and Brugge Train Station

      For tour starts in Amsterdam:
      There is a direct train that leaves 6 times per hour from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam Central Station. It takes about 16 minutes. The price for a train ticket Schiphol Amsterdam is approx. €8 per person for a single journey.

      A taxi from Schiphol Amsterdam Airport to the barge in Amsterdam takes about 30 minutes. It costs about €60. A taxi from the Central Train Station in Amsterdam to the barge takes about 5 minutes: Costs about €10.

      To return to Amsterdam at the end of your tour, there is a train from Brugge station with possible stops in Brussels and/or Antwerp. Total travel time is approx. 4 hours. You may also take a train directly to Brussels which takes approx. 2 hours, for flights out of BRU.

      For tour starts in Bruges:
      If flying into Amsterdam Schiphol, a train to Brugge station takes around 4 hours. The docking location is situated approx. 400 meters from the station. This is a 10-minute walk or a short taxi ride.

      If flying into Brussels, you must take a train to Brugges station which takes around 2 hours. From the train station, the boat is located around 400 meters which is approx. 10-minute walking distance or a short taxi ride.

      To return to Bruges or Brussels at the end of your tour, you may take a train from Amsterdam Centraal.

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