Sail & Bike Holland Tulip Tour

Sail & Bike Holland Tulip Tour

(8 Days/7 Nights, approx. 175 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.

During this fascinating Sail & Bike Tulip Tour, you will discover the best tulip areas that the Netherlands has to offer. Not only will you visit the famous Keukenhof gardens, known for its hundreds of thousands of blooming tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, and other bulb flowers. You will also bike through less famous, but equally gorgeous areas where tulips bloom in the spring months. A visit to the Hortus Bulborum is also on the program, giving you the chance to ramble through this unique garden museum, dedicated to the preservation of rare and historic bulbs.

But it is not only about tulips; during your week-long Sail & Bike tour, you will spend plenty of time in the historical cities of Alkmaar and Enkhuizen — 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).

The region you will cycle through has undergone such extensive impoldering, that you will soon realize the truth behind the proverb, “God created the earth, but the Dutch made Holland”. 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.

You will also sail across the large lake IJsselmeer to Enkhuizen and Hoorn. If you like, you may — instructed by the experienced crew — lend a hand during navigating and hoisting the sails. Sailing experience is not necessary. Of course you are also very welcome to just relax and enjoy the sailing and scenery.

This itinerary has been updated for 2021. The itinerary, prices and services should remain unchanged. All tour dates for 2021 are now online and available to book.

Good to know: All our 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. 

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) - Zaandam

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 Zaandam, your tour leader will tell you about the tour, the cycling and safety procedures. Late afternoon 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 center of Zaandam.

2nd Day (Sun) Zaandam – Alkmaar (aprx. 29 mi./47 km)

In the morning you will cycle 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. Your ship 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.

3rd Day (Mon) Alkmaar – Den Helder (aprx. 19 or 31 mi./30 or 50 km)

Today you can take a cycle tour in the 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

4th Day (Tue) Den Helder – Oudeschild / Wadden island of Texel: round trip (aprx. 26 – 29 mi./43 – 48 km)

During breakfast the ship sails to the island of Texel, the largest of the Dutch Wadden Isles. 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! 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.

5th Day (Wed) Oudeschild - Enkhuizen (Sailig 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; “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.

6th Day (Thu) Enkhuizen – Hoorn / Hoorn – Volendam (aprx. 20 mi./28 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 leads you 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.

7th Day (Fri) Volendam – Keukenhof - Amsterdam (Full day bus excursion)

Today a beautiful bus ride leads you through the oldest tulip fields of Holland, and includes a visit to the 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 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 many other vibrant flowers. In the afternoon the bus takes you back to Amsterdam to spend a restful night in your floating hotel.

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

Mare fan Fryslan

The Mare fan Fryslan is the epitome of luxury sailing in the Netherlands. Built as a cargo vessel under the name Neptunia, she was later rebuilt as a passenger ship in 2007 and has sailed as a three-mast schooner through Dutch waters with enthusiastic guests on board ever since. Below deck, you will find the saloon with its great atmosphere along with the comfortable guest cabins. The saloon leads to the wheelhouse and bar, which offer a great view over the front deck and passing landscapes. The ships’ deck offers plenty of seating, an outdoor bar and BBQ, the helm stand, a whirlpool and plenty of storage space for the bicycles. The sails on the Mare fan Fryslan can be operated wither manually or electronically.

Prices & Accomplishments

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

– 1,019 euro (Tallship Mare fan Fryslan)

Included services

– 8-day-trip on a sailing yacht with crew
– 7 nights in a twin cabin with shower/toilet
– Welcome drink
– Full board (7 x breakfast, 5 x packed lunch/1 x lunch on board, 6 x dinner/1 packed 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
– Full day bus excursion (incl. Keukenhof gardens)
– 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 double cabin for single use: 50% of the basic tour price
– Rental bike with pannier: hybrid bicycle: 85 euro/week; e-bike: 185 euro/week (limited)
– Rental helmet: 10 euro/week (payment with booking)
– Limitation of liability (damage) rental bicycle: 10 euro/week / rental e-bike: 25 euro/week
– Parking on board for own bicycle: 10 euro/week (only a limited number of parking places are available; reservation with booking)
– Parking on board + charge station for own e-bike: 25 euro/week (only a limited number of parking places available; reservation with booking)
– Parking Amsterdam (valet parking)

Not included in the basic tour price

– Journey to/from 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
– Gratuities for crew and tour guides (at your discretion)

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.

The tour details are barring changes as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons. 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. As for the rest, the planned daily sailing routes partially depend on the strength and direction of the winds. The skipper decides day by day on the best route and discusses the options with his guests. 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. So enjoy the ride and let yourself led by the elements! Whenever possible, various passages will be undertaken fully rigged. Anyone who likes to help the crew sail and steer the boat is welcome to do so. Sailing experience is not necessary.

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 9.5 to 41 miles (15 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. All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours. The daily cycling tours will be accompanied by a knowledgeable and multilingual tour leader. On days with two tour options, the guide will accompany either the short or longer tour in consultation with the group. Not all mentioned highlights will be visited during the short bike tour option. You can also choose to ride individually with the help of a map and route notes (available on board). In case you prefer a day of rest, you can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next town.

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.

Good to know: On our regular cycling tours the riding pace is determined by the cyclists on regular bicycles. We ask guests who have reserved an e-bike to be mindful of this and to acknowledge that also the regular cyclists need time to rest and longer to climb the hills. Thank you for your understanding.

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

7 x breakfast, 5 x packed lunch during bike tours/1 x lunch on board, 6 x dinner/1 packed dinner

Accommodation

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.

Bringing your own bike

You are welcome to bring your private bike with you on tour. If you are bringing your private bike, please inform us of the category type (hybrid/e-bike).

Please note: If you bring your private bike you do so at your own risk. The owner of the boat, the crew, the tour guides and the tour operator will not be held liable for any damages to the bike or for the theft thereof which may occur during your time on tour.

Use and Liability of Rental (E-) Bikes

For the duration of your cycling cruise you can rent a regular bicycle or an e-bike, whereby the use of a pannier bag is included. As long as the (e-) bike is not on deck of the vessel during the rental period, you are responsible and liable for your rental bicycle plus accessories. This means, amongst other things, that you should always lock your bicycle when you park it on land and that you always take your pannier bag with you. It is of great importance that you always take notice of the instructions given by the tour leader where and how to park your bike. In case of damage to or theft of the bike, the costs will be charged to you.

Please note: For safety reasons, it is not allowed to use the rental (e-) bikes for self-arranged rides in Amsterdam.

Dates & Booking

  • = fully booked
  • = 1-4 bookings possible
  • = 5+ bookings posible
  • = departure confirmed
April 2021
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 10.04-17.04Holland - Tulip TourMare Fan FryslanAmsterdamAmsterdam1019 book
 17.04-24.04Holland - Tulip TourMare Fan FryslanAmsterdamAmsterdam1019 book
 24.04-01.05Holland - Tulip TourMare Fan FryslanAmsterdamAmsterdam1019 book

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