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Duration
5 days
Activities
  • guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 4 nights on a deluxe barge
Meals
  • 4 Dinners
  • 3 Lunches
  • 4 Breakfasts

Price

$1190USD

 
 

Overview

Trip Code: TLD

Trip highlights


  • Experiencing Holland in the springtime and viewing the fields of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths
  • Visit the Flower Park Keukenhof and worlds biggest flower auction in Aalsmeer*
  • Exploring the Zaanse Schans open air museum and medieval city of Haarlem
  • Soaking up the hospitality onboard the deluxe barge

Cycling through the tulip capital of the world in springtime must surely be one of life's must do experiences. Based on board a deluxe river barge, the journey takes in springtime highlights including the world's largest flower gardens of Keukenhof in Lisse where bulbous flowering plants such as hyacinths, crocuses and of course tulips will dazzle with their colour and design. Windmills, wooden houses, museums and Amsterdam are also featured on this short cycle tour.

Trip Grading

introductory

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Between 1:00-2:00pm, you can check-in to the barge in Amsterdam. It is possible to bring your luggage on board from 11:00am. You will cruise to Zaandam in the afternoon as soon as everyone is on board. Zaandam is a picturesque city renowned for its windmills and cheese making. The barge will dock in the centre of the city. On arrival, the bikes will be distributed and you can enjoy a short bike ride in the surrounding area. You will have the opportunity for an evening walk after dinner.

Meals:  D

After breakfast you will cycle 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. After returning to the barge by bike in the afternoon, you have the option of cycling to Haarlem (24km/14mi) or enjoying the scenery from the barge as you cruise approx 2.5hrs. This vibrant medieval city is known for its textiles, beer brewing and as a major centre for the Tulip trade. The barge will dock in the centre of Haarlem, allowing you plenty of time in the afternoon or evening to take a walk through the small and historical centre complete with the Grote Markt (central square), St. Bavo church and the Teylers and Frans Hals museums.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today you will cycle to the famous flower garden ‘Keukenhof’ for a visit which is included (alternatively by local bus - not included) - it is arguably the most famous flower park in the world where you can admire about 6 million tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and other flowers. Around 12noon after an extensive visit, you will continue by bike to the barge docked in Oude Wetering on the shores of the Westeinder Lakes (alternatively by taxi - not included).

Meals:  B,L,D

Today you have an early morning cycle to visit the world’s biggest flower auction in Aalsmeer*. Millions of flowers are auctioned off here and are instantly sent out to all corners of the world. By 9am you will return to the barge in Aalsmeer where an elaborate brunch will be waiting for you before you make your way to Amsterdam by bike or, if you choose, on board the barge. During the afternoon and evening you will have ample time to discover this amazing city. There are many things to choose from, such as visit the inner city flower market, go to one of the many museums, do some shopping or enjoy a boat trip through the infamous canals. *Aalsmeer is closed on weekends and public holidays. This is an optional visit. A visit to the flower auction is not possible on the following dates: 26 March (Magnifique II), 25 March, 2 and 15 April (Magnifique III).

Meals:  B,L,D

Disembark after breakfast until 9:30am. It may be possible to leave your luggage on board until approx 3:30pm giving you more time to explore the beautiful city of Amsterdam (please speak with the crew).

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners (does not include drinks)
  • Continental breakfasts are served and will usually consist of breads, cheese, ham, tea, coffee & juices. At breakfast you will prepare your packed lunch for the day which will be sandwiches, fruit & juice. If you choose not to cycle on a particular day, the crew will serve lunch on board. Dinner will consist of three courses inclusive of either a pasta, vegetarian or meat dish.
  • 4 nights accommodation aboard a deluxe barge (Category A+) on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities. Cabins are configured with two lower beds (supplement applies for premium twin or upper deck suite on select departures, or single cabin). We do not match clients together so if you are travelling solo you will need to book a single cabin (limited and on a request basis).
  • 7 speed unisex trekking bike rental with handbrake and/or backpedal brake, helmet, pannier and water bottle (electric bike; children's bikes; trailer bicycles; tandem bikes; front/rear child seats; available on request, limited supplies - supplement applies)
  • Short city walking tours
  • Information pack including route notes & maps (one set per cabin)
  • Two experienced multilingual tour guides for fully guided cycling tours (group sizes of 22 passengers or more), daily briefings
  • Welcome drink and briefing on the first evening
  • Entrance fee for Zaanse Schans museum, Keukenhof and North-Holland Dune reserve
  • Linen and change of towels as required
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • Daily tea and coffee during breakfast and 3-4pm
  • GPS tracks on request
  • WIFI
  • Fees for ferries per the itinerary

  • Travel to and from Amsterdam
  • Drinks and other items of a personal nature
  • Entrance fees and excursions not specified. Allow EUR5 for flower auction in Aalsmeer*. Prices subject to change.
  • *Aalsmeer is closed on weekends and public holidays. This is an optional visit. A visit to the flower auction is not possible on the following dates: 26 March (Magnifique II), 25 March, 2 and 15 April (Magnifique III).
  • Transfers e.g. taxi Keukenhof-Kudelstaart (max 7 people), approx EUR55
  • Travel insurance - mandatory *cruise cover may be required - check with your insurer
  • Tips - while tipping is not obligatory, it is customary to offer a tip if the guide and crew have done a good job. As a guide we would recommend EUR 15-30 per person (to be distributed between the guide/s, captain and crew).
  • Bike insurance - payable locally (EUR10 for standard bikes and EUR25 for e-bikes) - further details of this Limitation of Liability (damage) policy are available on request

Cabins


Bike information


Grading

introductory  

INTRODUCTORY – GRADE 1 The daily cycling distances are from 10 to 57km/6 to 35mi. As with all of our cycling programs, wind and poor weather could make the trip grade change. Should you not wish to cycle there are walking options available or you are welcome to stay on board. The accent is on keeping a relaxed pace to take in all of the attractions, with time to stop and take photos, visit a museum or enjoy the market places in many of the interesting towns visited. It is considered suitable for beginners and children, as long as they have road sense, are familiar with the workings of a bike (gear change etc) and are comfortable cycling alongside moving vehicles at times. *For safety reasons, we highly recommend a helmet is worn during cycle sections.


Departure dates


Notes

H
High Season
DN1
A high season supplement for departures in April.
DN2
Operates with Magnifique II (S), operates with Magnifique IV (O).
DN3
Aalsmeer is closed on weekends and public holidays. This is an optional visit. A visit to the flower auction may not be possible on some departure dates.

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Total Priceper person from

$1190USD

Options & Supplements*
  • electric bike supplementUSD$100
  • Premium Twin cabin upgrade supplement - MAGIIUSD$160
  • Upper deck suite upgrade supplementUSD$440
  • Single supplement (single in twin share twin) - low seasonUSD$470
  • Single supplement (single in twin share twin) - high seasonUSD$530
*Prices listed are per person

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