Holland Bike & Sail - Tulip Tour

Start: Amsterdam Finish: Amsterdam

Visiting: Holland

Duration: 7 Nights

Physical rating: Leisurely

Special diets catered: Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour code: MNB

Tour operator: Exodus

Group size: 15 - 25

Age range: 16 to 99

Tour operated in: English

Prices From: $1932

Tour Overview

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.


  • iconSail across the Wadden Sea and Lake Ijsselmeer, and enjoy the beauty of the North Sea beaches
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  • iconDiscover the Dutch city of cheese, Alkmaar, and the home of the renowned Edam cheese
  • iconVisit the famous Keukenhof gardens
  • iconSplendid flat landscapes, small dreamlike farm villages, and romantic, picturesque harbour towns
  • iconExplore enchanting Dutch landscapes by foot, two wheels and on water
  • iconSplendid flat landscapes, quaint farm villages and romantic, picturesque harbour towns
  • iconEnjoy comfort on the beautiful sailing ship, the Leafde fan Fryslân
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Places You'll See



icon Day 1 : Start Amsterdam; board Leafde fan Fryslân and sail to Zaandam

Meals: dinner

Our adventure starts in the early afternoon as you board the Leafde fan Fryslân in Amsterdam. After getting settled on board, the ship will leave the harbour at 2:30pm and sail to Zaandam. In the late afternoon, we will have the option to take a short ride. After enjoying a delicious dinner on board, our leader will take us on a guided walk through the beautiful city centre of Zaandam. *Accommodation:  Leafde fan Fryslân*

icon Day 2 : Cycle to Egmond, visiting the hamlet of Zaanse Schans and the Hortus Bulborum en route

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

In the morning, we cycle to the charming hamlet of Zaanse Schans. 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. Stroll through the village, looking out for the clock museum, an old-fashioned grocery store, a clog maker and a cheese farm.  Our cycling tour continues 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 *

icon Day 3 : Cycle north to Den Helder, stopping on the beach at the North Sea along the way

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

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*

icon Day 4 : Cycle around the Wadden island of Texel

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

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*

icon Day 5 : Sail to Enkhuizen; afternoon free to explore the town

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

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*

icon Day 6 : Morning sail to Hoorn; afternoon cycle to Volendam

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

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*

icon Day 7 : Full day visit to the famous Keukenhof Gardens

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

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 Leafde fan Fryslân. *Accommodation:* *Leafde fan Fryslân*

icon Day 8 : Disembark until 9:30am in Amsterdam

Meals: breakfast

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

What's Included

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    All transport and listed activities

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    7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners.

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    Local bike hire 

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    Qualified ship crew

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    All accommodation

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    Tour leader throughout

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    7 breakfasts, 6 packed lunches, and 7 dinners

What's Not Included

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    Travel insurance

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    Visas & vaccinations

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    Single accommodation (available on request)

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    Bike helmet (compulsory for this trip - please bring your own or enquire about rental)


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.

Book with Confidence

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    Low Deposit

    Exodus requires a deposit of 20% to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 70 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.

Dates & Availability

Sunday Apr 17, 2022






Sunday Apr 24, 2022