On this bike & barge holiday you experience the highlights of the Dutch spring flowers, such as tulips, hyacinths and daffodils. Leaving from Amsterdam you sail by barge to Spaarndam, the village of Hans Brinker. The next day you cycle to the world famous flower garden‘Keukenhof’. Thousands of flowers in an enormous variety of colour, shape and scent will welcome you. Cycling through the bulb fields makes for a spectacular ride to Leiden, birthplace of the world famous painter Rembrandt. By bike you continue through the rural Green Heart of Holland. The last day you rise early and leave by bike to visit the world’s biggest flower auction in Aalsmeer. After this spectacular visit you cycle back to the centre of Amsterdam.
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: 3, 4 or 7 nights
Day 1. cycle trip ± 10 km.
After embarkation in Amsterdam, you’ll be sailing to Spaarndam, the picturesque village of Hans Brinker. From here there is a short cycling trip to Haarlem. In the evening you your tour leader takes you for a nice city walk through the old centre.
Day 2. cycle trip ± 15 km
Today you sail to Lisse where you disemabark and cycle to the famous flower garden ‘Keukenhof’ for a visit. Here you see about 6 million tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and other flowers. After your visit, the cycle tour crosses the blossoming bulb fields and ends in Leiden.
Day 3. cycle trip ± 25 km
In the morning you will make a walking tour through Leiden, the birthplace of Rembrandt, and the oldest university town of the Netherlands. Later you will cycle through fine Dutch landscapes in the so-called Green Heart of Holland to Uithoorn. During this cycle trip you will visit a traditional cheese farm, and a miller, who will tell you about the history and working of his windmill.
Day 4. cycle trip ± 15 km
You rise early, because you visit the world’s biggest flower auction in Aalsmeer. After the visit you get back on board and sail back to Amsterdam.
Day 1. Monday (cycle trip approx. 35 km)
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.
The La Belle Fleur was built in 1929 and converted into a passenger ship in 1993. The former inland freighter, which has been restored into a hotel barge, is 44 meters long. The boat features a tastefully designed lounge area, and an expansive sun deck complete with tables and benches. We use this barge for our 5 day itineraries only.
Departure Dates 2019 – 3 night Tour: Every Saturday and Tuesday in April and early May
Departure Dates 2019 – 4 night Tour (Premium barge): Mar. 24, 26, 27, 28, 31 Apr.1, 2, 5, 15, 19, 23
Departure Dates 2019 – 7 night Tour (Comfort barge): April 6, 13, 20 May 4
|Per person, double occupancy – 3 night tour
Per person, double occupancy – 4 night tour (various cabin categories possible)
from $1185 aaaa
|Single cabins on request|
|Per person, double occupancy – 7 night tour||CAD||$1715|
This tour includes:
SCHEDULE & PRICE – Convenient Barge (3+ Star)
Departure Dates 2019: 3 night tour – Most Saturdays and Tuesdays in April and early May
Departure Dates 2019: 4 night tour on the barge La Belle Fleur – Apr. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Departure Dates 2019: 7 night tour on the barge Feniks – Apr. 6, 13, 20, 27 May 4
|Per person, double occupancy: 3 nights||CAD||$785|
|Single cabins on request: $280 supplement applies|
|Per person, double occupancy: 4 nights
Single cabins on request: $280 supplement applies
Per person, double occupancy: 7 nights
Bunk bed cabins: deduct $50
This tour includes:
Telephone: 705-949-1710 or 888-297-4786
Station Mall, 293 Bay St., Sault Ste Marie, P6A 1X3
Monday to Friday: 9.30 am. to 5.30 pm.
Saturday: by appointment