Day 1: Embarkation in Amsterdam; cruise Amsterdam – Zaandam
Embarkation and check-in between 2:00-4:00pm with the crew welcoming you on board. Your five-day tour will start with a short "dinner 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.
Day 2: Zaandam – Zaanse Schans – Zaandam (6 miles/10 km) | cruise Zaandam – Haarlem
After breakfast, you will enjoy a 5 km bicycle ride to the open air museum Zaanse Schans (entry included) 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 (6 or 13 miles/10 or 22 km) or take it easy while enjoying the scenery as your 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 (25 miles/40 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 the next village Oude Wetering or Aalsmeerderbrug.)
*Entry to Keukenhof is approximately €25 per person, not included in the tour cost.
Day 4: Oude Wetering – Aalsmeer** – Amsterdam (22 miles/35 km)
This morning you are in for a real treat - a visit to the biggest flower auction in the world at Aalsmeer (approximately €7 per person, not included).* Early in the morning millions of flowers are auctioned off here and are instantly sent out to all corners of the world. By 10:00am you will return to your barge in Aalsmeer where an elaborate brunch will be waiting for you before you make your way to Amsterdam by bicycle or, if you choose, on board the barge.
During the afternoon and evening, you will have plenty of time to discover this amazing city. 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!
**Entry to the flower auction is approximately €7 per person. The Aalsmeer flower auction is not available on weekends or holidays. In cases where this day of the program falls on a weekend or holiday, you will instead enjoy the This Is Holland experience (no additional cost).
Day 5: Amsterdam
Disembarkation after breakfast until 9:30am. After consultation with the crew, it may be possible to leave your luggage on board until approximately 3:30pm to give you more time to explore the beautiful city of Amsterdam.
All distances are approximate distances of recommended bike tours. 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.