Experience Holland in the best possible way: a gorgeous spring short break dominated by flowers. These cruises flow through the most beautiful season of the year and will take you to gorgeous areas such in “the Garden of Amsterdam”. Enjoy some unforgettable days on board of a passenger barge with excellent service and an alternating itinerary.
Amsterdam is also called, by some, the smallest metropolis of Europe. There are many unique museums, enticing shopping and, recently added to the UNESCO Cultural World Heritage list, the canals in the heart of Amsterdam certainly make a visit to Amsterdam a highlight. Visit the famous flower market in the center of the capital and discover the Zaanse Schans open air museum including windmills, a traditional cheese maker, a clog maker and an authentic traditional Dutch village. Other highlights of this trip are the historic city of Haarlem, the world famous flower park Keukenhof, near Lisse and the largest flower auction* in the world in Aalsmeer.
Note: there are three different standard of barge available for this tour: Premium (4+ star), Comfort (4 star), Convenient(3+ star) and Standard (3 star). Also durations of 4 or 7 nights
Aalsmeer Flower Auction
Day 1: Amsterdam | Amsterdam – Zaandam
Embarkation and check-in, where the crew will welcome you on board, takes place at 2 p.m.. 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 new 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 (24 km/14 mi. or 34 km/21 mi.)
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 (38 km/23 mi. or 55 km/34 mi.)
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 (28 km/18 mi.)
This morning you are in for a real treat – an early 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 a.m. you will return on the your barge where a late breakfast will be waiting for you while sailing through Amsterdam. During the afternoon 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.
2020: *: The Aalsmeer flower auction is closed during weekends and on public holidays. This is an optional visit. Please be aware that on the departure dates April 9 and 10 a visit to the flower auction is not possible.
Day 5: Amsterdam
Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.30 a.m.: End of your trip.
Day 1 Saturday: Amsterdam
After boarding the latest at 2 pm, the first part of the tour you will sail to Spaarndam – known as the village of Hans Brinker – and from here we make an easy ride into the beautiful city of Haarlem.
Flights are in/out of Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. There are trains from the terminal into Central Station every 20 minutes, at a cost of approx. Euro 10.00. The barges are docked near the Central Station.
These are lovely bike paths along well sign posted bike routes. Suitable for all levels of cyclist. You are welcome to take time off and stay aboard the ship during the course of the tour if you wish to have a rest.
Aboard our recently renovated (2013) ship JELMAR the owner has succeeded in using the available space as optimally as possible. All 10 air-conditioned cabins have two lower level beds, private facilities (shower + toilet) in a small bath room, a small sink, and (at least) one small window (“bull eye”). On the main deck there is a spacious salon (sitting / dining) in nautical atmosphere with large windows, dining tables + chairs and a small bar, as well as the sun deck. When the sun is shining the sundeck is the place to be. The crew guarantees your stay aboard will be unforgetable.
The chef will serve your meals in the spacious living room area. Due to the availability of a WIFI point you may use your own laptop aboard.
Departure Dates 2020 – 4 night Tour: April 6
Departure Dates 2020 – 7 night Tour: April 4, 11, 13, 25 May 2 (to Bruges)
|Per person, double occupancy – 4 night tour (various cabin categories possible)||CADaa||from $1095aa|
|Single cabins on request|
|Per person, double occupancy – 7 night tour on the Feniks
Deduction for cabin with bunk beds
Surcharge for Deluxe cabins
Surcharge for E-bike
Single cabin (on request, max. 2)
This tour includes:
Telephone: 705-949-1710 or 888-297-4786
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Monday to Friday: 9.30 am. to 5.30 pm.
Saturday: by appointment