Sail & Bike Holland Tulip Tour

Sail & Bike Holland Tulip Tour

(8 Days/7 Nights, approx. 275 km )


Enjoy Holland in springtime in an unforgettable way. Explore enchanting Dutch landscapes on wheels and on the water on our Tulip Sail & Bike tour. Smell the tulips while cycling through the countryside, enjoy the sea breeze while sailing across the Wadden Sea and IJsselmeer, and enjoy the comfort and camaraderie on the beautiful sailing ship Leafde fan Fryslân.

You will visit the famous Keukenhof gardens, known for its hundreds of thousands of blooming tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, and other bulb flowers as well as the Hortus Bulborum, giving you the chance to ramble through this unique garden museum, dedicated to the preservation of rare and historic bulbs. You will also bike through less famous, but equally gorgeous areas where tulips bloom in spring months.

But it is not only about tulips; during your week-long Sail & Bike tour, you will spend plenty of time e. g. in the historical cities of Haarlem and Alkmaar — gems hidden from mass tourism. You will discover typical Dutch cultural highlights and cycle through pleasant, flat polders, the result of centuries of extensive land reclamation from the North Sea and the former Southern Sea (now IJsselmeer). Given the Dutch love for cycling, the region is crisscrossed with many quiet cycle tracks that stretch from one end of the region to the other. You will be amazed by the beauty and expanse of the North Sea beaches, the extremely bicycle-friendly island of Texel, the splendid flat landscapes, small stereotypical farm villages, and romantic, picturesque harbor towns. And all of this completed with the occasional fields full of beautiful flowers.

On Board of the three-masted barquentine LEAFDE FAN FRYSLN we hoist sails together under the expert guidance from the crew on board and enjoy the wonderful sea breeze to the fullest.

Map

Highlights of the tour
Landscape/Nature: a visit to the most beautiful bulb park in the world – the Kaukenhof Garden
Culture: immerse yourself in Dutch history in the open air museum of Zaanse Schans
Activity: aside from cycling, take part in hoisting the sails on board a traditional sailing ship
Culinary: Poffertjes and Stroopwafel are "lekker" dutch specialities
Souvenir: Dutch cheese and Appelstroop

Itinerary

1st Day (Sat) Amsterdam (Embarkation) - Spaarndam – Haarlem (aprx. 3. or 8 mi./6 or 14 km)

Individual arrival to Amsterdam. Embarkation between 1 and 2 pm, where your crew will welcome you with coffee and tea. At 2.30 pm, the ship leaves the harbor. While the ship sails to Haarlem, your tour leader will tell you about the tour, the cycling and safety procedures. From Spaarndam, you will have the option to take a little test ride. After enjoying a delicious dinner on board, the tour leader will take you on a guided town walk through the beautiful city center of Haarlem, which is known to some as “Little Amsterdam”.

2nd Day (Sun) Haarlem – Keukenhof – Haarlem (aprx. 30 mi./49 km)

Today’s ride leads you through the oldest tulip fields of Holland, and includes a visit to the Keukenhof Gardens. This is the most beautiful bulb park in the world – Keukenhof is the place where spring springs. It features an overwhelming array of colors: seven million flowering tulips in a magnificent 80 acre setting of traditional and modern gardening architecture. You may also admire various hyacinths, daffodils, and plenty of other vibrant flowers. In the afternoon, you cycle back to Haarlem to spend a restful night in your floating hotel.

3rd Day (Mon) Haarlem – Zaanse Schans – Alkmaar (aprx. 24 mi./40 km)

In the morning, the ship will take you 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. These were used for grinding mustard seeds, spices, and paint components; extracting plant oil; and for sawing wood into planks. As you walk through the village, you will see a clock museum, an old fashioned grocery store, a house with antique furniture, a clog maker and a cheese farm. After this visit, your cycling tour continues to Limmen and Egmond-Binnen, and here, again you have the chance to bike through colorful tulip fields. Nearby, you will 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. Your cycling tour continues to Egmond at the North Sea, once more passing through the tulip fields. The Leafde fan Fryslân awaits you near the historical city center of Alkmaar, a town, well known as a Dutch cheese city. As you wander through the streets, you’ll be amazed by the beauty of Alkmaar’s old town, with its well-preserved 17th-century buildings and narrow, winding canals.

4th Day (Tue) Alkmaar – Den Helder – Oudeschild (aprx. 21 or 31mi./33 or 50 km)

Today you can take a bike tour north of Alkmaar where you will find wonderful tulip fields on your way to the North Sea. The sandy beach here is one of the nicest 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! Just before dinner, the Leafde will sail to the island of Texel, the largest of the Dutch Wadden Isles.

5th Day (Wed) Wadden island of Texel: round trip from/to Oudeschild (from 9 to 41 mi./15 to 65 km) – Medemblik

Today you can choose to cycle a shorter or 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! Our suggestion is to cycle the beautiful well signposted Thijsse-route (aprx. 25 mi./40 km), which leads you through picturesque villages and landscapes, and to the Ecomare seal sanctuary as well. 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. During dinner, the Leafde fan Fryslân will return to the mainland and sails to Medemblik.

6th Day (Thu) Medemblik – Enkhuizen – Hoorn (aprx. 20 mi./28 km)

In the morning, the Leafde fan Fryslân 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. Around lunchtime, the Leafde fan Fryslân will make a stop in Enkhuizen, an old city with many centuries of maritime tradition. You can spend some time exploring here before you start biking onwards in the afternoon – “the herring city” boasts a beautiful old harbor and an old town full of history. Your afternoon ride goes from Enkhuizen to Hoorn, passing through West-Friesland, which is another area where you can see a lot of riotously-blooming tulip fields. Today’s bike tour ends in the former Dutch East India Company town of Hoorn, which was, in the 17th century, one of the world’s foremost harbors.

7th Day (Fri) Hoorn – Volendam – Amsterdam (aprx. 20 mi./28 km)

On this last cycling day, a tasty breakfast will be followed by a bike tour to Volendam, a small and picturesque fishing harbor on the shores of the 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. In Volendam, the Leafde fan Fryslân will be waiting for you in the afternoon, giving you one last sailing trip to enjoy your way back to Amsterdam.

8th Day (Sat) Amsterdam (Disembarkation)

Your tour ends today with a nice breakfast. Disembarkation afterwards until 9.30 am. Individual trip home or extended stay in Amsterdam.

Ships

Leafde fan Fryslan

The Leafde fan Fryslan, an imposing, three-masted barquentine, taking its maiden voyage for Sail & Bike travel in 2018 and is managed by its owner/operators, Joris and Rinske de Wit. For many years, they have run the Mare fan Fryslan, a three-masted clipper. The interior of this luxury ship can best be described as refined. The ship has 12 well-appointed twin cabins with two separate beds, and one single cabin. A third (bunk)-bed can be added in some cabins. All cabins have an en-suite bathroom with shower, wash basin and toilet. A porthole can be opened in every cabin. Sumptuous meals are carefully prepared in the restaurant and the ship’s full-service, cosy bar is fully stocked. The wheelhouse is equipped with a well-appointed seating area and the best views over the water are available here and on deck. The Leafde fan Fryslan can comfortably carry 25 (max. 30) guests and is 50 meters (aprx. 165 ft.) long and seven meters (aprx. 23 ft.) wide with a sail surface of 760 m² (aprx. 2,500 sq. ft.).

Prices & Accomplishments

Basic tour price per person (in a double cabin below deck)

– 979 Euro (Tallship Leafde fan Fryslan)

Included services

– 8-day-trip on a sailing yacht with crew
– 7 nights in a double cabin with shower/toilet
– Welcome drink
– Full board (7x breakfast, 6 x packed lunch, 7x dinner)
– Daily briefings and daily guided cycling tours
– Maps and notes for cycling tours (1 set per cabin)
– Short walking tours as described in the itinerary
– Bed linen and towels (change of towels on request); cabin cleaning
– (limited) Wi-Fi/WLAN connection available throughout the ship (harbour area only)
– Daily complimentary coffee and tea on board till 4 pm

Additional optional services (on request)

– Surcharge for a single cabin: 250 euro Euro
– Rental bike with pannier: hybrid bicycle: 75 euro/week; e-bike: 175 euro/week (limited)
– Rental helmet: 10 euro/week (payment with booking)
– Surcharge for lactose-free/gluten-free meals on board: 50 euro (vegan cuisine is not available)

Not included in the tour price

– Journey to Amsterdam
– Transfer to/from the docking place in Amsterdam
– Parking fee (own car etc.)
– Beverages (as well as coffee and tea after 4 pm) on board (tally sheet, to be paid to the captain)
– Please bring a beach towel, if needed.
– Beverages & meals ashore
– Entrance fees & excursions
– Fees for ferries
– Personal (travel) insurances
– Tips for crew and tour guides

Price reductions

With three persons sharing a cabin, we allow a 300 euro discount on the basic tour price for the third person (on request).

Things to note

Partner Tour Operator & Itinerary changes

Good to know: All of the listed tours in Holland are operated by a partner tour operator, experts in the field, and can vary in their execution in comparison to traditional Islandhopping tours.

While a little bit of adventure is part of every Sail & Bike tour, departure and arrival days as well as the location – Amsterdam – are fixed. Everything else depends on the strength and direction of the winds. 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 – has to be adjusted. Anyway, enjoy the ride and the elements!

Cancelation Conditions

As this tour is operated in cooperation with a partner tour operator, the cancelation conditions vary to those of Radurlaub Zeitreisen GmbH (Islandhopping). You can withdraw from the travel contract up until the beginning of the trip. Your cancellation is valid when your written notification reaches us.

– More than 60 days prior to beginning the trip: 20 %
– 59 – 42 days prior to beginning the trip: 30 %
– 41 – 28 days prior to beginning the trip: 60 %
– 27 – 1 days prior to beginning the trip: 90 %

If you cancel on the starting day of the trip or if you do not appear for the start of the trip, we charge the full trip price. If you miss the start of the trip or are prevented from traveling due to incomplete travel documents, this will be considered as a cancellation. 

Reservation changes are handled the same way as cancellations. For changing your reservation, we will charge 50 € changing fee for changes made 28 days or more before the beginning of the trip. Any later changes (if possible) will need to be handled as a cancellation and new registration. Cancellation and reservation change fees are due immediately.

Requirements of the bicycle tours: Level 1-2

Not too difficult tours with generally flat stages of 4 to 41 miles (6 to 65 km). Long and steep ascents hardly ever occur, however, a hilly countryside with regular ups and downs must be considered. Depending on the wind direction we must accept a strong headwind from time to time. Helmet use is mandatory on all cycle tours (even if cyclists are not obligated by law to wear a bike helmet in the Netherlands). You are strongly encouraged to bring your own (well-fitted) helmet, than rental helmets are NOT available. You are free to set aside a half or full day to swim or spend on board the boat, instead of taking a planned cycle tour.

The daily bike tours are accommpanied by a competent and bilingual tour guide. On days where two tour alternatives are offered the guide will come to an agreement with the group which tour he/she will accompany. On shorter tour alternatives, it is not possible to visit all of the above tour highlights.

Language

Due to our international audience all Islandhopping tours are conducted bilingually, in English and German.

Good to know

Luggage: Please bring your personal belongings in foldable travel bags. Please avoid hard protective cases. They will be too heavy to store within your cabin.
Payment on Board: cash only

Bringing children

We believe that only children in a good physical condition and with a minimum age of 10 and previous bicycle tour experience are able to master the cycle tours on their own strength.

Catering

Full board (7x breakfast, 6 x packed lunch, 7x dinner).

Accomodation

Please do not forget that the ship is your hotel as well as a machine, which has to be maintained and operated – day and night. A certain level of noise is therefore inevitable.

Weight Limit of Bicycles Brought on Board

Please be aware, that we have a weight limit of 22 kg (48.5 lb), if you bring your own biycle/e-bike on board of one of our boats. This limit is important to protect the health of our guides/crew members, than they have to lift the bikes on board.

If we consider it necessary, we will check the weight on site. If the weight limit is exceeded, we reserve the right to refuse taking the bike on board.

Dates & Booking

  • = fully booked
  • = 1-4 bookings possible
  • = 5+ bookings posible
  • = departure confirmed

Any questions?

Contact us:

Monday - Friday
09:00- 12:30 Hrs
14:00- 17:00 Hrs

Tel. +49(0)7531 361860

info@islandhopping.com