Day 1: Embarkation in Amsterdam; cruise Amsterdam – Zaandam
Embarkation and check-in is 2:00pm with the crew welcoming you on board. As soon as all guests have arrived, your five-day tour will start with a short cruise to Zaandam, famous for its windmills and cheese-making. Your barge will berth in the center of the city. In the evening, enjoy a short walk through the picturesque center of Zaandam or take a test ride on your bike.
Day 2: Zaandam – Zaanse Schans – Zaandam (14-21 miles/24-34 km) | cruise Zaandam – Haarlem
After breakfast, you will enjoy a 5 km bicycle ride to the open air museum Zaanse Schans which features beautiful windmills, traditional wooden houses, an old Dutch village, a cheese farm, and a traditional wooden clog maker. In the afternoon, after returning to your ship by bicycle, you have a choice to make: you can either cycle to Haarlem (14 miles/24 km) or take it easy while enjoying the scenery as the barge makes the approximate 2.5-hour trip.
In Haarlem visit the historical inner city complete with the Grote Markt, St. Bavo church, and the Teylers and Frans Hals-Museums. Your barge will be berthed in the center of Haarlem for the night, so you will have plenty of time to enjoy a short city walk in the afternoon or in the evening.
Day 3: Haarlem – Keukenhof* – Oude Wetering (24-35 miles/39-57 km)
Today you will ride your bicycle to the Keukenhof, arguably the most famous flower park in the world where you can admire hundreds of thousands of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and many other flowers in full bloom.
After an extensive visit, you will get back on your bicycle and head to Oude Wetering where your floating hotel will be waiting for you on the shores of the Westeinder Lakes. (Depending on availability of berths, the ship could possibly be moored in Aalsmeerderbrug.)
*Entry to Keukenhof is approximately €25 per person, not included in the tour cost.
Day 4: Oude Wetering – Aalsmeer** – Amsterdam (18 miles/28 km)
This morning you are in for a real treat - an early visit by bus (6:30am) to the biggest flower auction in the world at Aalsmeer**. Early in the morning millions of flowers are auctioned off here and are instantly sent out to all corners of the world. By 9:00am you will return to your barge where a late breakfast will be waiting for you while the boat cruises to Amsterdam.
During the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to cycle through the beautiful wetlands of Waterland or take time to discover the amazing city of Amsterdam. Visit the inner city flower market, go to a museum, do some shopping, or enjoy a boat trip through the canals. There is so much to do!
**Optional visit! Only available on April 6 or 14, 2020, tours. Entry to the flower auction is approximately €7 per person. The Aalsmeer flower auction is closed on weekends or holidays.
Day 5: Amsterdam
Disembarkation after breakfast by 9:30am.
All distances are approximate distances of recommended bike tours. Not all mentioned highlights will be visited during the shorter biking option. Program and information provided are subject to change, such as, for example, changes in weather conditions. The company retains the right to change the program or to change the shipping time and/or the order of the program in the case it deems it necessary to do so.