Learn about windmills and more on a guided cycling trip |  <i>Richard Tulloch</i> Our Bike and Barge trips are a great way to see Holland |  <i>Hat Tours</i> Dinner on board the Holland barges Getting ready for a day of cycling in Holland

8 of the Best Bike and Barge Tours in Holland

Discover the Netherlands with these affordable guided Dutch bike and barge holidays

The Netherlands is famous for its system of canals and flat terrain - two essential components of a perfect bike and barge holiday! Explore Holland on an unforgettable cycling tour that sees you discovering windmills, tulip gardens, cheese factories, museums and more, all while sleeping in comfort on board charming barge accommodation. 

Enjoy being shown around Holland with your experienced local guide who can reveal the cultural quirks you won't find in a guidebook. Also, these cycle tours have electric bike options so you can get more power to your pedaling.

Here are 8 of the best bike and barge tours in the Netherlands.

  1. Best of Holland Bike and Barge tour

  2. Cycling near the Kinderdijk windmills |  <i>Vicki Wasilewska Fletcher</i>

    Venture into the ‘Green Heart’ of Holland! Board UTracks’ barge in Amsterdam and after exploring the city’s canals head towards the tranquillity of the Dutch countryside. Cycle through quiet lake areas and past sand dunes and witness the UNESCO-listed windmills of Kinderdijk. 

    Visit the traditional cheese markets in Gouda, discover the pretty villages of Vianen, Weesp and Dordrecht, visit scenic ports and immerse in the spirit of the Dutch Golden Age. The Best of Holland Bike and Barge tour is an 8 day holiday of introductory grade and an experienced local guide accompanies you.

  3. Dutch Tulips by Bike and Boat tour

  4. Experience the tulips during Spring when they are in bloom |  <i>Richard Tulloch</i>


    From the moment the first bulb was planted in Dutch soil in 1593, the country quickly became famous for its tulips and on this new, short bike-and-barge holiday you can experience the highlights of springtime in Holland. As you cycle through the Dutch waterways you will visit Keukenhof (the largest flower garden in the world), explore the Flower Auction in Aalsmeer (where 20 million flowers are sold every day) and cycle through blooming bulb fields to reach Leiden, the birthplace of Rembrandt. Note this special trip only runs only for a few weeks, from late-March to early-May. The Dutch Tulips by Bike and Boat vacation is also family friendly and has electric bike options.

  5. Holland Family Bike and Barge Tour

  6. Kids enjoying the family ride in Holland |  <i>Vicki Wasilewska Fletcher</i>


    A trip perfect for families looking for their first cycling holiday: the flat cycle ways and pretty canals of Holland offer some of the most enchanting and safe cycling opportunities in Europe, making the Holland Family Barge and Bike tour the perfect vacation. Joining in Amsterdam, aboard your hotel barge and in the company of other families, the pace is relaxed ensuring that all members of the family are able to fully participate in the day’s cycle.

  7. Amsterdam to Bruges - Comfort: Bike & Barge Tour

  8. Cycling in Holland is great for first time cyclists


    The Netherlands and Belgium are two of the most bicycle-friendly countries in the world and the Amsterdam to Bruges Comfort trip follows a well-signposted route along a string of exceptional Dutch and Flemish towns. While in Holland, discover the hidden gem of Bergen op Zoom, whose 800-year history is etched in its narrow streets and old squares, and once you cross over to Belgium, see for yourself why Antwerp remains one of Europe’s best-kept secrets. The final leg to Brussels is short to ensure plenty of time to explore the Belgian capital’s main sights, such as the opulent Grote Markt. 

  9. Amsterdam to Bruges - Deluxe: Bike & Barge Tour

  10. Magnifique II upper deck suite on Category A+ barge

    The Amsterdam to Bruges Deluxe follows the same itinerary as the above, except you cruise on a premium barge, either the Magnifique I or Magnifique II. A great way to see the Netherlands and Belgium!

  11. Tulip Tour - Comfort: Bike and Barge Tour

  12. Flower field, Haarlem |  <i>NBTC</i>

    Based on board a comfortable river barge, the Tulip Tour is a short break combines the highlights of springtime in Holland with visits to classic Dutch sights: find yourself surrounded by thousands of tulips (as well as daffodils and hyacinths) of various colours, shapes and scents at the world famous gardens of Keukenhof; cycle through blooming bulb fields to reach the open-air museum of Zaanse Schans, which features several windmills and craftsmen’s workshops; and discover the world’s biggest Flower Auction in Aalsmeer – 20 million flowers are sold every day! 

  13. Tulip Tour - Deluxe: Bike and Barge Tour

  14. Exterior of Magnifique III

    The Deluxe version of the Tulip Tour follows the same 5 day itinerary of gentle cycling and cruising. The key difference is the barge you cruise the Dutch canals on: the premium Magnifique II and Magnifique III allows for a few more creature comforts and style to make this vacation truly unforgettable.

  15. Amsterdam to Bruges Bike and Barge Tour

  16. The famous canals of Amsterdam |  <i>Nick Kostos</i>


    The highlights of Holland and Belgium are uncovered on the Amsterdam to Bruges Bike and Barge cycling tour of the lowlands and North Sea coast. Beginning in Amsterdam, we visit a cheese farm and then cycle to the world famous windmills of Kinderdijk, before heading through Dordrecht and the natural reserve of Biesbosch to Willemstad. We continue by barge across the impressive waterways of Zeeland and onto the lively town of Antwerp in Belgium. In the delightful town of Ghent we enjoy an evening stroll before continuing to Bruges where small chocolatiers and waffle sellers offer a great reward for your cycling efforts!

    There is also the Bruges to Amsterdam Bike and Barge holiday that makes the return journey if you would like to start in Belgium.


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