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Sail Bike and Tulips - Van Gogh Tours

Sail Bike & Tulips

From: $1,610 USD

8 Days / 7 Nights
Type: Guided
Level of Difficulty: Easy

Imagine Yourself…

  • Smell the tulips and hyacinths when cycling 
  • Feel freedom in the breeze while sailing across the Wadden Sea
  • Explore the historical cities of Alkmaar and Enkhuizen
  • Discovering traditional Dutch ways of life in the Zaanse Schans
  • If you like, Lend a hand during navigating and hoisting the sails

Overview

Sail Bike and Tulips - Van Gogh ToursThis wonderful bike and barge trip starts at the Zaanse Schans and ends in Amsterdam, taking you through the provinces of North Holland and the extremely bicycle-friendly island of Texel, while spring flowers are in bloom. You will discover the best tulip areas that the Netherlands has to offer. Spend time in the historical cities of Hoorn, Enkhuizen and Alkmaar, and learn about the water management of these lowlands near the North Sea. You will also visit the famous Keukenhof gardens, known for their thousands of blooming tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, and other bulb flowers.  You will visit the open-air museum of the Zaanse Schans with its windmills, cheese farm, and picturesque wooden houses. The beautiful, varied scenery and wonderful bikeways of this tour of Holland will surprise and delight you. 

Daily Itinerary

  • DAY 1: Zaanse Schans – warmup ride

    You are welcome to check in between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., where your crew will welcome you with coffee and tea. The ship is docked next to the Zaanse Schans, a unique hamlet where people live and work alongside original houses and windmills built next to the river Zaan. This tiny village is dominated by its operating windmills — the oldest of which was built in 1673 — and these were used for grinding mustard seeds, spices, and paint components; extracting plant oil; and for sawing wood into planks. Mare FF: After visiting the village your ship will sail to Alkmaar. During this cruise through the flat Dutch countryside you will enjoy a first sailing diner.

    Leafde/Wapen FF: Late afternoon, you will have the option to take a little test ride.

  • DAY 2: Dune Tour Round trip – 20 or 25 miles (34 or 40 km)

    Today you can discover the beautiful North-Holland Dune reserve. This is a 5.300 hectare large forest- and dune area with its unique landscapes. In these dunes the drinking water for almost the whole province of North-Holland is gained. After a visit to the beach and artists village Bergen you will return to Alkmaar where you can visit the wonderful city center.

  • DAY 3: Alkmaar - Den Helder – 19 or 31 miles (30 or 50 km)

    Today you can take a bike tour north of Alkmaar where you will find the most beautiful tulip fields on your 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 artist’s village of Bergen. Then you will bike on 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!

  • DAY 4: Den Helder - Oudeschild (Island of Texel)   – 26 or 30 miles (43 or 48 km)

    During breakfast the ship will sail to the island of Texel, the largest of the Dutch Wadden Isles. Today you can choose to cycle a shorter route or to take a longer tour around the island. You will cycle through delightful natural parks, and even on Texel you will bike through fields of blooming flowers! The signposts lead you through picturesque villages and landscapes, and even to the Ecomare seal sanctuary. At the end of your cycling tour, you can enjoy a locally-brewed, well-deserved beer during a visit to the small brewery near Oudeschild.

  • DAY 5: Oude Schild - Enkhuizen – Sailing Day

    Today your ship will set sail to Enkhuizen. You may lend a hand during navigation and hoisting the sails. Previous sailing experience is not at all necessary. Of course, you are also very welcome to just relax and enjoy the sailing and scenery as you progress along the IJsselmeer. While sailing you will enjoy an extensive lunch on board. In the afternoon, the ship will arrive in Enkhuizen, an old city with many centuries of maritime tradition. You can spend some time exploring here; “the herring city” boasts a beautiful old harbor and an old town full of history. No dinner will be served tonight, to enable you to explore the city. You can make yourself a picnic meal or try one of the nice restaurants of Enkhuizen.

  • DAY 6: Enkhuizen - Hoorn – Volendam - 14 miles (24 km)

    In the morning you will join the ship 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 harbors. Your afternoon ride goes to Volendam, a small and picturesque fishing harbor on the shores of Lake IJsselmeer. Along the way, you will 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.

  • DAY 7: Volendam - Amsterdam - Full day bus excursion

    Today a beautiful bus ride leads you through the oldest tulip fields of Holland to the famous Keukenhof Gardens. You will have plenty of time to discover the most beautiful bulb park in the world — Keukenhof is the place where spring springs. It features an overwhelming blaze of colors: seven million flowering tulips in a magnificent 80-acre setting of traditional and modern gardening architecture. You also can admire various hyacinths, daffodils, and many other vibrant flowers. In the afternoon the bus will bring you back to Amsterdam to spend a restful night here in your floating hotel.

  • DAY 8: Amsterdam Tour Ends

    Our tour concludes after breakfast, with departure around 9:30 a.m.

Dates & Prices

Green = Open | Yellow = Limited | Red = Full

Departure:

Zaanse Schans

Sailing Ship

Twin

Upper deck Suite

Junior Suite

Twin for Single use

March 31 

Leafde fan Fryslân

$ 1610

$ 2180

$ 1840

$ 2350

April 13 

Mare fan Fryslân

$ 1610

$ 1840

$ 2350

April 14 

Leafde fan Fryslân

$ 1690

$ 2260

$ 1920

$ 2470

April 28 

Leafde fan Fryslân

$ 1690

$ 2260

$ 1920

$ 2470

Opposite direction Tour starts in Amsterdam and ends in Zaanse Schans:

Departure:

Amsterdam

Sailing Ship

Twin

Upper deck Suite

Junior Suite

Twin for Single use

April 6 

Mare fan Fryslân

$ 1530

$ 1760

$ 2230

April  7

Leafde fan Fryslân

$ 1690

$ 2260

$ 1920

$ 2470

April 21 

Leafde fan Fryslân

$ 1690

$ 2260

$ 1920

$ 2470

Prices are per person in US Dollars  – inclusive bike rental

  • What's included

    • 7 nights on board the ship
    • Welcome drink
    • 7 breakfasts,
    • 5 packed lunches and 1  three-course lunch on board 
    • 6 three-course dinner on board and 1 picnic meal
    • Coffee and tea on board
    • Daily cleaning of the cabin
    • Use of bed linen and towels
    • Multilingual tour guide
    • Daily briefings
    • Some short walking tours
    • Route information and road book (1 per cabin)
    • Full day bus excursion including Keukenhof Gardens
    • 11speed bicycle, incl. helmet, pannier bag, water bottle
    • Reservation costs
  • Bikes

    A well maintained, comfortable unisex city bike with a low-entry and a riding position that is upright and comfortable. The bike is handmade in the Netherlands by Azor. The bike consists of a lightweight aluminum frame and is equipped with responsive roller brakes (handbrake), a Shimano 7 speed nexus drive, Selle-Royal gel saddle (adjustable), an easy to use lock (fixed on frame) and the Schwalbe Marathon anti-puncture tyre. This all results in a lightweight, stable and reliable bike, good for many miles on the saddle.

    The E-bike is an Azor Steps with Nexus 7 gears and hand brakes. The crank Shimano motor (400 WH) offers 4 support levels, The E-bikes have a comfortable gel saddle and a lock on the frame (or a comparable brand/model). Electric bikes can be rented for this tour ($150 per person). We advise you only to rent an electric bike if you have first tried one at home. They’re heavier than regular bikes and therefore can be difficult to maneuver.

    The bikes come with helmets,  carrier bag, water bottle, and bike insurance! If you prefer to bring your own bike you’re welcome to do so at a discount of $95 per person. 

  • Meals

    The cook prepares all meals: a substantial breakfast and a three-course dinner of very high quality. A packed lunch may be prepared after breakfast. Tea and coffee will be ready when you arrive on board in the afternoon. There’s a bar on board with reasonably-priced beer, wine, and soft drinks. If you have special meal requirements, we ask you to mention this when booking. In the case of a gluten-free or lactose-free diet there’s an additional charge of €50 per week. You’ll need to pay this in cash on board. 

  • Not included

    • Airfare
    • Drinks from bar on board or when cycling
    • Fees for ferries
    • Admission fees to the various museums or places of interest
    • Trip cancellation insurance

Accommodations

The accommodations listed below are examples of those usually used on the tour. Depending on availability, you may be booked in a different accommodation of equal quality.

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