Keukenhof, near Lisse in the Netherlands. Photo courtesy of the Netherlands Board of Tourism

Quiet bike paths just outside of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Photo via Flickr:Francesca Cappa
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Tulip Tour - 5 day

Netherlands Bike + Barge Tours

Mini barge/bike tour during Tulip Time!

  • This five day Holland bike and boat tour in peak Tulip season goes through some of the most beautiful areas of the "Garden of Amsterdam." The tulips blooming herald the awakening of Spring and this journey offers an excellent opportunity to visit the most beautiful highlights in and around the capital of the Netherlands. There are many museums and shops to entice you in Amsterdam, the smallest metropolis of Europe, and the canals, which quite recently have been listed on the UNESCO world heritage list, are famous all over the world.

    Highlights vary according to boat:

    • Historical city of Haarlem
    • World famous flower exhibition, the Keukenhof
    • World's largest flower auction near Aalsmeer
    • Mill visit at Zaanse Schans
    • Entrance North Holland Dune reserve
    • Tulips and more

    A comprehensive list of all of our bike and barge tours in Holland can be found here.

  • 2020
     

    MagnifiquesMarchApril
    Twin cabin £ 683 $ 1,465 804 $ 1211 NOK 7571 kr 6989 $ 909 £ 726 $ 1,556 854 $ 1287 NOK 8042 kr 7423 $ 965
    Premium twin cabin (Mag II) £ 794 $ 1,702 934 $ 1407 NOK 8795 kr 8119 $ 1,055 £ 836 $ 1,793 984 $ 1483 NOK 9266 kr 8553 $ 1,112
     Upper deck suite (Mag II and Mag III) £ 938 $ 2,012 1104 $ 1663 NOK 10396 kr 9596 $ 1,248 £ 980 $ 2,103 1154 $ 1739 NOK 10867 kr 10031 $ 1,304
    Twin cabin for single use (Mag II) £ 993 $ 2,130 1169 $ 1761 NOK 11003 kr 10157 $ 1,320 £ 1057 $ 2,266 1244 $ 1874 NOK 11710 kr 10809 $ 1,405
    Single cabin ( Mag III) £ 869 $ 1,865 1023 $ 1541 NOK 9633 kr 8892 $ 1,156 £ 924 $ 1,983 1088 $ 1639 NOK 10245 kr 9457 $ 1,229
    Regular triple cabin £ 649 $ 1,392 764 $ 1151 NOK 7194 kr 6641 $ 863 £ 692 $ 1,484 814 $ 1226 NOK 7665 kr 7076 $ 920
    Triple cabin upper deck suite (Mag II and Mag III) £ 879 $ 1,885 1034 $ 1558 NOK 9737 kr 8988 $ 1,168 £ 921 $ 1,976 1084 $ 1633 NOK 10208 kr 9422 $ 1,225
    Fluvius 
    Small twin cabin below deck £ 573 $ 1,228 674 $ 1015 NOK 6347 kr 5859 $ 762
    Twin cabin below deck £ 598 $ 1,283 704 $ 1061 NOK 6629 kr 6119 $ 796
    Twin cabin below deck for single-use £ 865 $ 1,856 1019 $ 1535 NOK 9591 kr 8853 $ 1,151
    Twin cabin upper deck £ 700 $ 1,502 824 $ 1241 NOK 7759 kr 7162 $ 931
    Double cabin upper deck £ 828 $ 1,775 974 $ 1467 NOK 9172 kr 8466 $ 1,101

     

    Please note that twin cabins for single-use or single cabins are very limited.

    Le Belle Fleur 
    Twin cabin £ 539 $ 1,156 634 $ 955 NOK 5970 kr 5511 $ 716
    Twin cabin for single use (limited) £ 751 $ 1,611 884 $ 1332 NOK 8324 kr 7684 $ 999
    Child (under 12 only) in triple cabinon request

     

    extra options

    2020

    Electric bike (Limited number available. Please reserve at time of booking):
    Magnifiques and Fluvius: £ 42 $ 91 50 $ 75 NOK 471 kr 435 $ 57 La Belle Fleur: pending
    Helmet
    Fluvius: £ 8 $ 18 10 $ 15 NOK 94 kr 87 $ 11  

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Fly to Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport (AMS)

    Local Travel

    There is a direct train that leaves 6 times per hour from the airport to Amsterdam Central Station. It takes about 16 minutes. The price for a train ticket Schiphol-Amsterdam Central is € 4,20 per person for a single journey. The airport train station is located on the lower level of the airport. Depending on what boat you are on, mooring location could be within walking distance or otherwise, a short taxi ride away.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions prior to arrival. Holland is near or below sea level and experiences a Maritime climate influenced by the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean with relatively mild winters and summers that are not too hot. Holland has the perfect climate and soil for the Tulips. Average high/low temp in °F for Amsterdam in March, 48°/37°, April is 53°/41º and May, 61°/46º. Don’t forget your layers and your rain gear!

    Remarks

    Please note: tulip season in Holland extends from the end of March to the middle of May but is dependent on temperatures and the weather. Going early or late in the season may affect what is in bloom.
    Discounted ticket for one hour canal cruise Amsterdam: €12.50 in 2019 and € 13 in 2020. Please book your ticket in advance and you can collect it on board of your ship on the first day of the tour.

    TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


Tour Dates

2020

Deluxe class boats:

Magnifique II: Thursday, March 26, 2020

Magnifique III: Wednesday, March 25; Sunday, March 29;  Thursday, April 2; Tuesday, April 7; Saturday, April 11; Wednesday, April 15; and Sunday, April 19, 2020

Premium Class Boat

Fluvius: Monday, April 6; Friday, April 10; and Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Standard Class Boat

La Belle Fleur:  Tuesday, March 31, Monday, April 6, Sunday, April 12, Saturday, April 18, Friday, April 24, Thursday, April 30, and Wednesday, May 6, 2020

What’s Included

Magnifiques

  • Accommodations for 5 day/4 nights on board
  • Climate-controlled cabins
  • Daily cleaning of cabins
  • 4 breakfasts, packed lunches, 4 three-course dinners
  • Welcome presentation with complimentary drink
  • Coffee and tea
  • 7-speed unisex touring bicycle (Batavus Dinsdag) with step-through frame, hand brakes, gel saddle, pannier, helmet, frame lock, and water bottle
  • Two cycling tour guides so guests can opt for longer/shorter or quicker/slower cycling tours (depending on the route)
  • A few short walking tours
  • Entrance to the Keukenhof
  • Entrance North Holland Dune Reserve
  • Mill visit at Zaanse Schans
  • Fees for ferries
  • WiFi
  • GPS tracks
  • Tour maps and notes (one set per cabin)

Fluvius

  • Accommodations for 5 day/4 nights on board
  • Climate-controlled cabins
  • 4 breakfasts, packed lunches, 4 three-course dinners
  • Welcome presentation with complimentary drink
  • Daily coffee and tea during breakfast and after biking
  • 7 speed unisex hybrid touring bicycle (Bikkel) with handbrakes, equipped with pannier, repair kit, and pump
  • Two cycling tour guides so guests can opt for longer/shorter or quicker/slower cycling tours (depending on the route)
  • Fees for ferries
  • Tour maps and notes (one set per cabin)
  • GPS tracks

La Belle Fleur

  • Accommodations for 5 days/4 nights on board
  • 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 4 dinners
  • Afternoon coffee and tea
  • Cycling tour guide
  • 24-speed bicycle equipped with pannier bag, water bottle holder, helmet, and bike lock
  • Daily briefing of the program
  • Short city tours according to program
  • Entrance fees for Keukenhof, the cheese farm, the auction of Aalsmeer, and ferry tickets

What’s Not Included

  • Transfers to and from the port in Amsterdam
  • Drinks on board
  • Gratuities
  • Excursions not mentioned in itinerary
  • Helmets on the Fluvius, available for surcharge, see pricing and please reserve at time of booking
  • Wifi on the Fluvius, available for surcharge, €10 unlimited data package, payable on board
  • Electric bicycle. Available for supplement. See pricing
  • Bicycle Protection
  • Travel Insurance

Extra Stay

Extra nights in Amsterdam are always recommended.

TourBike+Boat
TypeGuided
SkillEasy
Length5 days
From634 Rates
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Skill Level

Easy guided bike and boat tour with relatively low mileage. Terrain is very flat and consists mainly of well maintained cycling paths. Head winds can at times be bothersome.

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Tulip Tour - 5 day Map

Each boat has a slightly different itinerary. Please be sure to check your specific itinerary below. All distances are approximate. Any and all planned itineraries are subject to change, even on very short notice, due to changing wind and weather conditions, and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, docking location changes, lock repairs, etc.


Day 1: Boarding in Amsterdam, Amsterdam - Zaandam
Day 2: Zaandam - Zaanse Schans- Zaandam | Zaandam - Haarlem, 14 mi. (24 km) or 21 mi.  (34 km)
Day 3: Haarlem - Keukenhof - Oude Wetering, 24 mi. (39 km) or 35 mi. (57 km)
Day 4: Oude Wetering - Amsterdam | Amsterdam Waterland cycling tour, 16 mi. (25 km) and/or 18 mi. (28 km)
Day 5: Departure from Amsterdam

Distances in italics covered by ship.

On this Tulip Tour with more than 22 guests the daily cycling tours will be accompanied by 2 knowledgeable and multi-lingual tour leaders. On most days the tour leaders will offer a long and a short (or a quicker and a more relaxed) bike option. Not all mentioned highlights will be visited during the short bike option.
You can also choose to ride individually with the help of a map and route notes (available on board). GPS tracks will be sent to you 4 weeks before the start date of the tour.

Day 1: Boarding in Amsterdam, Amsterdam - Zaandam
Embarkation and check-in, where the crew will welcome you on board, takes place between at 2 pm. It is possible to bring your luggage on board beginning at 11 am but cabins will not be ready for check in. As soon as all guests have arrived a short cruise will bring you to Zaandam, a spot famous for its windmills. Here, your barge will berth in the center of the city for the night. Upon arrival you can enjoy taking your rental bike for a brief test ride through the surrounding area. In the evening, enjoy a short walk through the picturesque center of Zaandam.

Day 2: Zaandam - Zaanse Schans- Zaandam | Zaandam - Haarlem, 14 mi. (24 km) or 21 mi.  (34 km)
After breakfast, you will enjoy a 5 km bicycle ride to the open air museum “Zaanse Schans” with beautiful windmills, traditional wooden houses, an old Dutch village, a cheese farm, and a traditional wooden clog maker. In the afternoon you have a choice to make: you can either cycle (24 km/14 mi.) to Haarlem or take it easy and join the barge while enjoying the scenery. In Haarlem visit the historical inner city with the Grote Markt and St. Bavo church. Your barge will be berthed not far from the center of Haarlem for the night, so you will have time to enjoy a short city walk in the afternoon or in the evening.

Day 3: Haarlem - Keukenhof - Oude Wetering, 24 mi. (39 km) or 35 mi. (57 km)
Today you will cycle 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 at noon and will head to Oude Wetering, a small village, where your floating hotel will be waiting for you.

Day 4: Oude Wetering - Amsterdam | Amsterdam Waterland cycling tour, 16 mi. (25 km) and/or 18 mi. (28 km)
This morning you are in for a real treat – an early (optional) visit by bus (6.30 a.m.) to the biggest flower auction in the world at Aalsmeer. In the morning millions of flowers are auctioned off here and are instantly sent out to all parts of the world*. By 9 am you will return on to your barge where a late breakfast will be waiting for you before you make your way to Amsterdam by bicycle (on the Magnifiques) or by barge (Fluvius).

During the afternoon. on the Magnifiques you will join the barge sailing through Amsterdam. Later in the afternoon there is time to discover this amazing city. Visit the inner city flower market, go to a museum, do some shopping… there is just so much to do!

On the Fluvius, you either have the opportunity to make a last beautiful cycling tour through the wetlands of Waterland or to discover this amazing city. Visit the inner city flower market, go to a museum, do some shopping… there is just so much to do!  Optional: end-of-day canal tour in Amsterdam.

Important:

*The Aalsmeer flower auction is closed during weekends and on public holidays. This is an optional visit. Please be aware that on dates that are marked with an asterisk (*), a visit to the flower auction is not possible.

  • Magnifique II: March 26, 2020
  • Magnifique III: March 25, April 2, and April 15, 2020
  • Fluvius: April 10, 2020

Vist is arranged and paid for on board. 

Day 5: Departure from Amsterdam
End of your tour: Disembarkation after breakfast by 9.30 a.m.

Day 1: Arrival in Amsterdam
Day 2: Amsterdam - Haarlem, 14 mi. (23 km)
Day 3: Haarlem - Leiden, 28 mi. (40 km)
Day 4: Leiden - Kudelstaart, 21 mi. (35 km)
Day 5: Kudelstaart - Amsterdam, 14 mi. (23 km) (Disembark approx. 1 PM)

Day 1: Arrival in Amsterdam
At 4 pm the crew of La Belle Fleur welcomes you on board in Amsterdam. You will meet your fellow travelers, tour guide, and crew and your upcoming tour will be explained.

Day 2: Zaandam - Haarlem, 15 mi. (25 km)
After breakfast, La Belle Fleur sets sail to Spaarndam. After the locks of Spaarndam, your cycling for the day begins leading to the North Sea beaches. There you have the time to enjoy a beach walk and afterward, 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 life. But Haarlem is more than that… its monuments and old houses are a sight worth seeing.

Day 3: Haarlem - Leiden, 25 mi. (40 km)
Today your bike trip starts in the direction of Lisse, where you can visit the most famous garden of Holland, the Keukenhof. There you can enjoy the tulip fields in all forms, shapes, and colors. Afterward, you continue your cycle tour to Leiden. In the afternoon you can stop by one of the many tulip fields and enjoy the colors and scents up close and personal. After dinner, there is an opportunity to visit the old city with the guide. Leiden, a city that is so beautiful that it received the UNESCO protection title, has 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, 21 mi. (35 km)
There is more to Holland than just Tulips. There is cheese! At some point in your cycling itinerary, you will have the opportunity to visit a cheese farm, where you can learn everything about the process of cheese making and life on the farm. The night is spent in Kudelstaart, a small village near Aalsmeer.

Day 5: Kudelstaart - Amsterdam, 14 mi. (23 km) (Disembark approx. 12 pm)
Your day starts early today with a visit to the tulip auction in Aalsmeer. This auction is the biggest flower auction in the world. Back on board the La Belle Fleur, you navigate back to Amsterdam again and 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 to enjoy the beautiful old canal houses or “grachtenpanden”, but also the small streets of the old city center. After coffee, the crew bids farewell.


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Tour Reviews

  • Eileen E. 4 weeks ago     Verified Reviewer

    The most memorable part of our trip was the Keukenhof. Would recommend packing clothes to layer, gloves, and rain gear.

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • Charles G. 4 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    My wife and I were part of the 5 day Super Tulip Tour. I can't say how amazing it was. The boat was top notch, the dinners were fantastic, the guides were AMAZING, and the route was beautiful. We are ALREADY planning our next trip.

    Boat: Magnifique

  • Ana B. 7 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    We went on the tulip tour in Holland. It was breathtaking! Tripsite took us to the flower auction and the Kukenhof Flower Gardens which were beautiful and I would never have known about them. We had an amazing time!

    Boat: Magnifique II

  • Cynthia L. 8 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    The scenery along the bike path has stayed with me.

    Boat: Magnifique II

  • Margaret C. 8 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    Most Memorable Part? Meeting wonderful people bike that were interested in biking

    Boat: Fluvius

  • Marypat S. 8 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    We had so much fun biking around Holland.
    The scenery was fantastic.... beautiful blooming flower fields around each corner. We visited many places that gave us a good overview of the customs and culture of the Netherlands.
    The biking was easy on mainly flat roads and trails which made the experience very delightful!

    Boat: Fluvius

  • Kim D. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    Our Bike and Barge trip on the new Magnifique III was the BEST! The boat was beautiful, the food was fabulous, the the guides and staff were so helpful and friendly. We'll never forgot all of the beautiful sites - windmills, tulips, and baby animals - just to name a few. Memories that will last a lifetime. I cannot recommend this vacation highly enough!

    Boat: Magnifique III

  • Christiane and Pascale D. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    The kindness and attention of Sanders and Als, owners of the barge, the delicious and beautifully presented meals, the bike tours so different every day, the size of the boat allowing super relations with the others, Rola the so friendly and helpful guide and to top it all, 5 days of perfect sunny hot weather....ordered by Tripsite, no doubt!!

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • Linda N. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    The Netherlands is a unique and beautiful country. We loved everything we saw. The flower auction was amazing. The Keukenhof was not to be missed. Our only problem was riding in a group single file through Amsterdam. We were strung out so long it sometimes took 2 or 3 lights to get through an intersection. We were so far back from the guide we couldn’t say “let’s stop and check out that windmill”. We were spoiled. On the Danube trip we could go at our own pace with detailed maps. I would suggest people download the map app and go it alone. But really, how can you complain about springtime and hyacinths?

    Boat: Fluvius

  • Brenda M. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    The tulip tour trip is too short, but cycling around the flowering bulb fields was wonderful. Visiting Keukenhof gardens in bloom was great. I didn't like assigned seating for our meals and the buffet organization on the Fluvius was terrible, especially when trying to make lunches in a tiny space with everyone grabbing stuff. Food arrangements were the weakest part of the tour, although they also hired an awful lounge singer one night.

    Boat: Fluvius

  • Lyla C. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    I have already recommended this trip to my walking and running friends as I am not a biker but found that it was very, very manageable with little current biking experience. I rode bikes a lot as a kid but just haven’t been on a bike much at all lately. This winter in Canada made it impossible to get out and get out on the bike ahead of time. Of course the flat Dutch terrain helped and I ended in the long group each day! The best part was that by being well looked after by the tour by way of food and the guides, the group came together in just a magnificent way. The days were laid out in advance for us and we were all quite comfortable. Everyone was relaxed and really good company. We soon were having a lot of fun!

    Boat: Magnifique II

  • Lorraine D. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    Just one tip that we should have more of the history explain on the bike trip, not enough info on the places we were seeing.

    Boat: Magnifique II

  • Antigoni T. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    Enjoyed the biking and food was great.

    Boat: Magnifique III

  • Rosemary W. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    Everyone associated with the barge was kind and personable. We met interesting people and enjoyed the 5 Star service of the entire crew. I’m sure all of our friends at home are tired of hearing about our amazing trip, LOL! We are already looking to book a future bike and barge trip and bring some of those friends along. The only thing that wasn’t perfect about this trip was the weather, but we made the best of it.

    Boat: Magnifique II

    • Vicky B. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

      Hi Rosemary,
      3 of my family and I will be doing a Best of Holland July 2019 and I'd REALLY appreciate info on the "bad weather" side of your trip. I'm thinking we should buy rain pants (jacket of course) just in case. 3 of us are not the best riders, so was it hard to ride in rain? Slippery? Did you ever opt not to ride but stay on the barge or just go into town and look around on your own? I'm finding it hard to get really good bad weather tips, info anywhere on the net or on reviews. I'm a "planner" so would appreciate anything you can suggest. Also, did you encounter a lot of wind and for the unexperienced bike riders, maybe better for the e-bike. Thanks a bunch!!!!!

  • Rose F. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    After sorting out problems with the bikes I was assigned I found the tour through the tulip fields to be amazing. I only wish the biking had been more leisurely with opportunities to stop and enjoy the fields and take more photos.

    • Kathy 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      Hello Rose, would you mind sharing a bit more information on this trip? I’m interested in going but a concern is that you ride through areas and don’t really get to appreciate all there is to see and experience. Also, what month did you go?
      Thanks
      Kathy

      • Rose F. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

        If I were to do a trip through the tulip fields again I would focus solely on experiencing the tulips and find a local guide to help me do it. That way I would be able to stop when I wanted to and take my time. The riding 20 miles a day meant an agenda that was not subject to change even when people in our group wanted to take longer in the fields. My comment to the guide after our second day was, "this is a TULIP tour, isn't it?". Kind of sums up my reaction.

  • Ana B. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Excellent trip!

  • Ann H. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    The most memorable part was the people we met.

  • R. Vaughan 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    The Magnifique II ship was beautiful and very comfortable. The ship's crew were outstanding and very friendly. We especially enjoyed touring with tour guide Tom. We would love to take another trip similar to this in other regions and countries.

    Boat: Magnifique II

  • D. Hunts 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Highly recommend this trip!

    Boat: Magnifique II

  • D. Keener 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    We loved the entire trip. The bikes trips were great - always lots to see with just the right amount of time in the saddle. My sister (who is not used to much cycling) loved her electric bike.

    Boat: Magnifique II

  • L. Bendz 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    This was my second bike and barge trip on the La Belle Fleur for the tulip tour and it was fantastic. We had an excellent guide, Koehn, who selected lovely routes thru rural settings and we saw amazing fields in bloom, the national park leading to the North Sea and the Amsterdam Forest on return. The barge sparkled and Sanders and Els were very warm and welcoming. Our room was very comfortable. The new bikes had very comfortable seats and were lighter & BETTER for riding the 13 to 23 miles/ day distances. Unfortunately we hit a week of rainy inclement weather so we wore every warm layer we had plus scarves and rain gear. Our fellow travelers from Canada and Brazil were very good sports. I can't wait to try the France river trip on the Mosel River next time!! Thank you for making this trip of memories possible!!

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • K. Vandermeer 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    The trip was awesome... Even tho it rained EVERYDAY...had a great time. The guide was great and he was able to adjust route to accommodate group. The scenery was incredible and enjoyed every day . The bikes were perfect with 8 gears to meet the needs of trip...

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • P. Shackleton 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Absolutely fabulous people(both tour guide & barge owners), amazing routes and clean accommodating facilities. The food was plentiful and some of it quite good. Some meals were a bit thin and breakfast & lunch too much the same stuff. However, for the cost of this trip it was very satisfactory; I have recommended the Fleur d Bell and thank all organizers for a smooth and memorable trip!

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • L. Vandermeer 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    The boat crew were both very nice, friendly and helpful. The bike guide was wonderful - such a great guy, wonderful sense of humour, very kind and considerate. He was also very knowledgeable about the places we went. The bikes were excellent. The routes we took were wonderful - made very good use of the great Dutch biking infrastructure, and we went through a very interesting mix of countryside, villages, pretty urban neighbourhoods, etc.

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • L. Epstein 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    More hot breakfast food. The route was semi-urban and suburban and that could have been made clearer beforehand. I liked doing one or more interesting stops each day. Keukenhof day was terrific, including cycling by tulip and hyacinth fields.

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • L. Daugherty 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    My trip was wonderful. Sander and Els were incredible hosts and Arie was a fantastic guide. The information from Tripsite was spot on and very helpful. The only glitch I had was that the Tram stop for the boat was not correct but we found the barge without too much difficulty. I would definitely recommend this trip.

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • B. West 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    The experience was very good; the only negatives are beyond anyone's control! I was not adequately prepared for the wind, which was far stronger than I anticipated, and I didn't have anything to protect my ears and eyes. My eyes and lips were severely windburned one day. Goggles, or at least wraparound sunglasses, and a headband to cover the ears are a definite must!

    Other than that, everything was good. The cabin was comfortable, and the meals were excellent. It was a very good value. Most tours cover all but a few meals; this covers all of them. Captain Sander and Chef Els were wonderful hosts, and tour guide Arie went above and beyond to make sure everyone experienced as much of the region as possible. The day bike trips and the evening city walks were really interesting.

    Thanks for a great trip!

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • S. Hogg 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Wish we had managed to cycle close to some tulip fields.

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • Melody Knapp 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Sander and Els were perfect hosts. The food, the service, the accommodations were also perfect. I was very impressed with the cleanliness of the cabins. Sander and Els also were very willing to let me stay on the barge two additional nights after the tour for an affordable price. The biking was also very pleasurable, so much so that I was sad when I realized we were on our last day.

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • Sandi Branker 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Loved the trip and hope to do it another in 2016!

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • Wayne Goodman 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    I really loved: Tour guide, boat hosts, food, sights, other guests.
    I only enjoyed: quality of bike (could've been a better bike, but it was well maintained)
    Could've been better: speed of cycling (while I understand not everyone cycles at the same speed, there should be a ""fast"" group and a ""slow"" group
    --overall rating: 4.5 of 5

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • Loretta and Lynn bendz 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    We had an amazing experience with Sanders and Els in April 2015 and I can't wait to do it again! The food and bicycles and itinery were all excellent! We had great weather although the northsea beaches were a little windy. I liked being able to pack my lunch so that we had more time exploring delightful Netherlands! Thank you for this fantastic opportunity. Feel free to share our experience with anyone interested in bike barge tour in the future. Thanks again! Loretta Bendz

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • Nancy Van Sas 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    My husband and I have just returned from our honeymoon from Netherlands. Five of the 10 days were spent on La Belle Fleur with Sander and Els. I cannot say enough positive things about this bike and barge. I have been planning this trip for 8 years, so there were very high expectations that had to be met, which they successfully accomplished. The barge was very cozy with wonderful food served daily, including traditional dutch cuisine. The bikes (Gazelle) were great in traditional dutch style. Our guide was knowledgeable and kept us on pace of a very full 5 day schedule. I highly recommend this trip if you are looking for an adventure and to experience the country in true Dutch style. I know I will be back to explore more of this beautiful country, hopefully aboard the La Belle Fleur for another adventure.

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • Peg Hanson 5 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    I had a wonderful experience with Sander, Els, and Arie (sp). The food was amazing, the bikes were comfortable and efficient..enjoyed the walking tours and all the history information. Would recommend to anyone that wants a comfortable easy tour.

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • Shirley Stephens 5 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and had no glitches. I would like to recommend the barge and bike trip around Amsterdam thru the US affiliate, "TripSite". The office was very helpful, pleasant and efficient. The information offered prior to the trip was excellent and unexpectedly thorough including a history of the history of the Netherlands! The excursion did not disappoint. The barge was compact, as expected but clean and comfortable. Most notably, the food was OUTSTANDING. The wife of the captain is an excellent cook and offered a different, interesting 3 course fair nightly. The passengers complimented her frequently after the meal and gave her special applause at the end. As promised we were offered coffee and cake just before disembarking. An extra detail but so nice for closure.The guide on our bike tour was fluent in English and happy to answer all questions. He was thoroughly knowledgeable in the bike routes, taking short a cut through the tulip fields because they Read more… had were largely harvested due to the very early spring. This allowed us an extra half hour at the OUTSTANDING Keukenhof Gardens. There was a medical emergency while we were biking necessitating an ambulance. He handled it efficiently without alarm. He and the captain called for taxis for those of us needing them at disembarkation and gave directions to trains, etc for others. They stayed around until all were on their way. One of us talked to a local bartender in Leiden while using WiFi there. He asked what boat we were on and offered that it was "the best". He asked about the food. When we said it was outstanding, he offered that passengers from other boats had complained about their food onboard. Feel free to share our experience with anyone interested in such a tour in the future. Thanks again for your help.

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • D.W. 6 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Our Tulip Tour in Netherlands was the most fun I've had on a vacation in years. Although there was a super small group, our guide, Lia, and the crew, Sander and Els, treated us incredibly well. The weather was cold, but we rode bikes every day, and even though it was too cold to see tulips, we managed to enjoy ourselves the whole time. Lia was so knowledgeable about the people, lore, history, politics, and engineering of Holland that she made every moment come alive. One thing that surprised me were the many monuments to WWII and she explained the history and its impact on the people. In addition to the planned excursions, we were able to enjoy a few spontaneous stops along the way. With such a small group we found ourselves all together more than might have been expected, and never once did it feel as if anybody was bored with seeing the same few faces every day. Our crew were simply fantastic, telling us about the boat, the rivers in Europe, the locks we passed through, and the Read more… villages we stayed in along the way. The food was terrific, and even though the chef was a vegetarian, she prepared wonderful dishes that included meat with each meal. And the desserts each night were delicious. I've been thinking about this trip a lot ever since we came home, and I would be so glad to do it again. Marvelous vacation!

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

  • Jill Nicholas 6 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    We had a wonderful week, despite the strong winds which made cycling more difficult. The tour guide was excellent and very supportive of any problems. The very late spring meant that we didn't see any flowering tulip fields, but the fields of daffodils and hyacinths more than made up for it. The crew of the Eva Josiena could not have been more welcoming.

    Boat: La Belle Fleur

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Tulip Tour - 5 day Boats + Barges

Fluvius Photo

Fluvius Belgium, Netherlands Premium Class Boat The MS Fluvius accommodates 44 guests. It has a large salon with lounge, bar, and restaurant area. The 70-meter long ship has a partially covered sundeck with comfortable tables and chairs along with a storage room for the bikes. The ship sails under the Dutch flag and has been sailing in Holland and Germany for many years.

La Belle Fleur Photo

La Belle Fleur Netherlands Standard Class Boat The La Belle Fleur was built in 1929 and converted into a passenger ship in 1993. The former inland freighter, which has been restored into a hotel barge, is 44 meters long. The boat features cabins for 19 guests, a tastefully designed lounge area, and an expansive sun deck complete with tables and benches.

Magnifique Photo

Magnifique Netherlands Deluxe Class Boat The boat is 63 meters long and accommodates maximum of 30 guests, sailing under the Dutch flag and management. Other features include a beautiful salon with a spacious bar, a sun deck equipped with comfortable chairs, and a small whirlpool to relax in at the end of a long day of cycling. Delicious meals are served daily in the restaurant area.

Magnifique II Photo

Magnifique II Belgium, Netherlands Deluxe Class Boat In 2016, we saw the launch of a new premium barge, the Magnifique II, to wonderful reviews. The ship boasts a classical style with emphasis on superior comfort. Highlights of the barge include 4 upper deck suites, with cozy seating area, and lovely large panoramic windows. This ship has earned the premium designation!

Magnifique III Photo

Magnifique III Netherlands, Belgium Deluxe Class Boat A new ship in our program. Following the success of her sister ships, Magnifique I and Magnifique II, this deluxe vessel, launched in 2018, has not diappointed!

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