Holland Bike & Sail - Tulip Tour

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Cycling
Suitable for:
Age 16+
Activity level:
Leisurely
Activity Level: Leisurely
Trip code: 
MNB
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Cycling
Group size:
15–25
Min age:
16

Explore Dutch landscapes by foot, wheels and water on this springtime tour.

Set sail into the vistas of Van Gogh, replete with storybook windmills, as you cruise, ride or walk back through time. Unveil the fascinating 400+ year-old history of tulips in Holland from bulb to flower.

Ideal for flower enthusiasts, cycling aficionados, foodies and every style of adventurer. Cycle, walk or relax onboard the classic sailing ship, the Leafde fan Fryslân, as you soak in the highlights. Delve into the charming countryside of Holland, led by an expert local guide on shore excursions, or enjoy plenty of time at your leisure. Along the way you’ll visit traditional cheese villages and get the chance to try delectable Dutch cuisine.

Highlights

  • Explore enchanting Dutch landscapes by foot, two wheels and on water

  • Splendid flat landscapes, small dreamlike farm villages, and romantic, picturesque harbour towns
  • Visit the famous Keukenhof gardens and spend time in the historical city of Haarlem
  • Discover the Dutch city of cheese, Alkmaar, and the home of the renowned Edam cheese
  • Enjoy comfort on the beautiful sailing ship, the Leafde fan Fryslân
  • Sail across the Wadden Sea and Lake Ijsselmeer, and enjoy the beauty of the North Sea beaches

Key information

  • 7 nights in twin or double cabins on board the Leafde fan Fryslân
  • Optional 4 days of cycling (without vehicle support)
  • Enjoy a mixture of guided and self-guided cycling routes
  • Group normally 15-25 plus crew. Min age 16 yrs
  • 90% tarmac roads and cycle paths, 10% unpaved trails
  • Local bike hire included
  • E-bike upgrade available on request 
  • Countries visited: The Netherlands

What's included

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 packed lunches, and 7 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • Local bike hire 
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Qualified ship crew

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas & vaccinations
Call for general departures:
1 800 267 3347
Call for tailor made trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

4

Days of Cycling
Terrain:

 We use mainly cycle paths and quiet roads where possible. The Netherlands is very flat, although sometimes there are strong headwinds. 

Day by day breakdown
Day 247.0km/29.0miles
Day 333.0km/21.0miles
Day 415.0km/9.0miles
Day 628.0km/20.0miles

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Itinerary

Amsterdam
to
Amsterdam
  • Day 1

    Start Amsterdam; transfer to Wormerveer to board Leafde fan Fryslân and sail to Zaanse Schans

    Our adventure starts at 1pm as you meet your tour leader at a central point in Amsterdam and take a 30-minute transfer to Wormerveer. On arrival, board the Leafde fan Fryslân. After getting settled on board, the ship will set sail for the charming hamlet of Zaanse Schans, where we will have the option to take a short ride. Renowned for its operating windmills (the oldest of which dates back to the 17th century), Zaanse Schans is a traditional village that lies on the banks of the river Zaan. After the bike ride, stroll through the village, looking out for the clock museum, an old-fashioned grocery store, a clog maker and a cheese farm. After a delicious dinner, enjoy a peaceful evening on board.

    Accommodation:  Leafde fan Fryslân 

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Cycle to Limmen and Egmond, visiting the Hortus Bulborum en route

    In the morning, we will cycle to Limmen and Egmond-Binnen where we have the chance to bike through colourful tulip fields. Nearby, we’ll visit the Hortus Bulborum, a unique garden museum dedicated to the preservation of rare and historic bulbs. More than 4,000 tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and other special flowers are planted here. We continue cycling to Egmond at the North Sea, once more passing through the tulip fields.

    Our ship will be waiting near the historical city centre of Alkmaar. This town is well known as a Dutch cheese city. Wander through the streets and be amazed by the beauty of Alkmaar’s old town, with its well-preserved 17th-century buildings and narrow, winding canals.

    Accommodation: Leafde fan Fryslân 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Cycle north to Den Helder, stopping on the beach at the North Sea along the way

    Today we cycle north of Alkmaar where we will find the most beautiful tulip fields on the way to the North Sea. The sandy beach here is one of the most wonderful to walk along in the entire Netherlands, the perfect spot for feeling the wind in your hair or simply enjoying the view. Close by — and certainly worth a visit — is the artists' village of Bergen. We will continue on and cycle through the North-Holland Dune reserve to Den Helder: this piece of land wedged between the North Sea and the IJsselmeer boasts the world’s single biggest flowering bulb field. In one word: spectacular!

    Please note: total distance covered this day can vary from 33 to 50 km / 21 to 31 miles depending on the cycle routes you choose.

    Accommodation: Leafde fan Fryslân

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Cycle around the Wadden island of Texel

    During breakfast the ship will sail to the island of Texel, the largest of the Dutch Wadden Isles. Here there are various options in terms of cycling routes so you can ride as much as you want. Whichever route, cycle through delightful natural parks, and bike through fields of blooming flowers! Pass through picturesque villages and landscapes and visit the Ecomare seal sanctuary. At the end of the day, we can enjoy a locally-brewed, well-deserved beer during a visit to the small brewery near Oudeschild.

    Please note: total distance covered this day can vary from 15 to 65 km / 9 to 41 miles depending on the cycle routes you choose.

    Accommodation: Leafde fan Fryslân

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Sail to Enkhuizen; afternoon free to explore the town

    Today we will set sail to Enkhuizen. Relax and enjoy the sailing and scenery as you progress along the IJsselmeer. In the afternoon, the ship will arrive in Enkhuizen, an old city with many centuries of maritime tradition. Spend some time exploring here: “the herring city” boasts a beautiful old harbour and an old town full of history. 

    Accommodation: Leafde fan Fryslân

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Morning sail to Hoorn; afternoon cycle to Volendam

    In the morning we sail along the Ijsselmeer to the former Dutch East India Company town of Hoorn, which was, in the 17th century, one of the world’s foremost harbours. Our afternoon ride goes to Volendam, a small and picturesque fishing harbour on the shores of Lake IJsselmeer. Along the way, we’ll pass Edam, which is known for its famous Edam cheese, covered in red or yellow wax. While this adorable village is now renowned for cheese, it was once an industrious shipyard and port. That’s why, in the 17th century, the town’s specialty became one of the most popular cheeses in the world. Sailors took wheels of Edam on their voyages – the cheese doesn’t spoil easily and could be traded for spices and other riches of the East.

    Accommodation: Leafde fan Fryslân

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Full day visit to the famous Keukenhof Gardens

    Today we’ll take a bus through the oldest tulip fields of Holland to the famous Keukenhof Gardens. There will be plenty of time here to discover the most beautiful bulb park in the world — Keukenhof is the place where spring springs. It features an overwhelming blaze of colours: seven million flowering tulips in a magnificent 80-acre setting of traditional and modern gardening architecture. Here we will also find various hyacinths, daffodils, and many other vibrant flowers. In the afternoon the bus takes us back to Amsterdam where we spend our final night on the Leadfe fan Fryslân.

    Accommodation: Leafde fan Fryslân

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Disembark until 9:30am in Amsterdam

    Our adventure ends after breakfast. Disembark until 9:30am in Amsterdam.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Visit the Embassy of the Netherlands website for the most current visa information.

The Netherlands is a party to the Schengen Agreement. This means that U.S. citizens may enter the Netherlands for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. You need sufficient funds and a return airline ticket. For additional details about travel into and within Schengen countries, please see our Schengen fact sheet.

No visa required for British passport holders.

For further Brexit travel advice please visit www.abta.com/tips-and-advice/brexit-advice-for-travellers

Vaccinations

The Netherlands

None required.

Eating and Drinking

Our on-staff chefs are here to create delicious meals for hungry cyclists. Each morning an extensive breakfast buffet is served, and you can make a packed lunch during breakfast to take with you for your day on land. Alternatively, you can choose to have lunch at a local restaurant instead. Each evening you will return to the ship to enjoy a three-course dinner on board.

After your daily bike trip, coffee and tea will be waiting for you on board. Other drinks, such as wine, beer and soft drinks are available on board at a charge. The Leafde fan Fryslân has a well-equipped (sometimes self-service) bar.

Any charges accrued for drinks not included in your trip cost will be settled at the end of your tour (paid for in cash). If you’d like to bring wine on board, a corkage fee will be charged.

If you have special dietary requirements (vegetarian meals, lactose or gluten-free diet), please indicate this when making your reservation. Vegetarian meals are always available, in all other cases we will check the possibilities for your specific departure. In some cases, additional cost will be charged (this mainly applies to lactose or gluten-free meals).

Due to the size of the kitchen on board the Leafde fan Fryslân, we are unable to offer vegan meals as we cannot guarantee that the food can be prepared to vegan standards.

Weather

Is this trip for you?

Activity Level: 1 (Leisurely)  This trip is suitable for a wide range of cyclists, but please note that a good physical condition and basic cycling skills are required. We use mainly cycle paths and quiet roads where possible. The Netherlands is very flat, although sometimes there are strong headwinds. Please see the introductory pages of the cycling brochure or our website for more important information on classification and grading. If you have any queries about the difficulty of the trip please do not hesitate to call us.

 A little bit of adventure is part of every departure - the planned daily sailing routes partially depend on the strength and direction of the winds. The skipper decides day by day on the best route and discusses the options with the group. The crew does whatever it can to run the program according to plan and to offer you a fascinating, varied and active week, in which nature and culture play a major part. It is however possible that departure times and the time spent on the water – and even the order of the program itself – will have to be adjusted. So, enjoy the ride and let yourself be led by the elements!

During your day on land you will be accompanied by a skilled and professional, multi-lingual tour leader. He or she can also make repairs to your bike if necessary.

Each evening, the tour leader will discuss your cycling options for the following day. During the days when alternate cycling routes are available with different distances, the tour leader will discuss your options and the group will decide on which route to take together (please note if the shorter route is chosen, not all mentioned highlights will be visited).

Self-guided cycling is also an option if you prefer to explore on your own. Maps are included in each cabin, as well as GPS tracks (a link to these can be found in this boarding information provided to you by the ship’s crew).

Alternatively, if you don’t feel like cycling, you are welcome to relax and stay on board while the ship is sailing or disembark with the group and discover that day’s location on foot. If you do stay on board during the day, please note that lunch will not be served so it’s best to make a packed lunch during the breakfast buffet.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as not suitable for full wheelchair users, but it may be suitable for other persons of reduced mobility. Please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
1 800 267 3347
Call for tailor made trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Leafde fan Fryslân

The Holland Bike and Sail - Tulip Tour is offered on the sailing ship Leafde fan Fryslân, an imposing, three-mast barquentine. This ship has a traditional nautical atmosphere without being old fashioned and the interiro can best be described as refined.  

Description of the cabins

On the lower deck, the Leafde fan Fryslân has twelve well-appointed twin cabins (10 m² – 107 sq.ft.), with two single beds, which can be set together in most cabins and 1 single cabin (8 m² – 86 sq.ft.). Some of the twin cabins can be booked as a three-bed cabin (the third bed as bunk). Each cabin has an en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and basin. All cabins have ventilation and heating, portholes and a hatch that can be opened. Furthermore, in each cabin you will find a hairdryer and a mini safe.

Description of the ship

On the lower deck you will find the restaurant in nautical style, where the carefully prepared sumptuous meals are served. In the wheelhouse on the upper deck, the Leafde fan Fryslân offers a cosy lounge which is equipped with large panoramic windows, a well-appointed seating area, TV and a well-equipped bar. Wi-Fi is available. The best views over the water are available in the lounge and on the deck, where you can also have a seat when the weather is nice.

Facts about the ship

Length: 48 m (158 ft.)
Width: 7.2 m (24 ft.)
Sail surface: 760 m² – 2494 sq.ft.
Crew: 4
Cabins: 13
Passengers: 25

Call for general departures:
1 800 267 3347
Call for tailor made trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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