Note: this tour starts on a cycling day. We recommend you arrive at least one day in advance.
Day 1: Embarkation in Amsterdam, cycling to Zaanse Schans/Zaandam (22 miles/35 km)
At noon the crew of La Belle Fleur welcomes you on board in Amsterdam. During lunch you can meet your fellow travellers and the tour guide. In the afternoon you bike trough the nature to the museum village of Zaanse Schans to visit the mills there. After this visit you will find La Belle Fleur in Zaandam.
Day 2: Spaarndam – Haarlem (16 miles/25 km)
After breakfast La Belle Fleur sets sail to Spaarndam. After the locks of Spaarndam, your cycle trip of the day starts. The journey takes you to the North sea beaches. There you have the time to enjoy a beach walk and afterwards you bike to the city of Haarlem. This old city is famous for its courtyards. Many of these you can visit and by doing this you will get a view of the typical Dutch way of live. But Haarlem is more than that. Its monuments and old houses are a beautiful sight to see.
Day 3: Cycling to Lisse and Leiden (28 miles/45 km)
Today your bike trip starts in the direction of Lisse, you can visit the most famous garden of Holland, the Keukenhof. There you can enjoy the tulip fields in all forms, shapes and colors.
Afterwards you continue your cycle tour to Leiden. In the afternoon you can stop by one of the many tulip fields and enjoy a walk through it. You can play with the tulip leaves that are left behind on the fields and make the most beautiful pictures.
After dinner you can visit the old city with the guide. Leiden is so beautiful that it received the UNESCO protection title for the complete old city, which contains the oldest university of Holland, but also the birth houses of many of the Dutch masters like Rembrandt, Lucas van Leyden and Jan Steen.
Day 4: Leiden – Kudelstaart (22 miles/35 km)
When you say Holland, you say more than tulips, so today we are going the Dutch way. During the bike tour we stop at a cheese farm, where you can learn everything about the process of cheese making and live on the farm. We spend the night at Kudelstaart, a small village near Aalsmeer.
Day 5: Aalsmeer – Amsterdam (14 miles/22 km)
Today we have an early start. We start the day with a visit to the tulips auction in Aalsmeer. This auction is the biggest flower auction in the world.
Afterwards you come back at the ship as La Belle Fleur reaches Amsterdam again and you can enjoy the old West part of Amsterdam from the sun deck. Once the ship is moored the guide takes you for a walk around Amsterdam, enjoy the beautiful old canal houses or "grachtenpanden," but also the small streets of the old city center. After coffee the crew of La Belle Fleur says you goodbye and wishes you a safe journey home.