On this 4-day bike & barge holiday you will experience the highlights of Holland in springtime. You seen Hans Brinker’s statue, cycle to the historical city of Haarlem, pedal across the blossoming bulb fields and stay in Leiden, birth town of Rembrandt.
Included: excursions to Flower Park Keukenhof, Flower Auction Aalsmeer and a tasting at a cheese farm.
Around 4p.m. the crew of La Belle Fleur welcomes you onboard in Amsterdam. After making sure everybody has an bicycle wel suited the guide of the week likes to accompany you on a tour of Amsterdam.
Day 2. cycle trip ± 25 km
After breakfast La Belle Fleur sets sail to Spaarndam. After the locks of Spaarndam, your cycle trip of the day starts. The journey takes you to the North sea beaches. There you have the time to enjoy a beach walk and afterwards you bike to the city of Haarlem.
This old city is famous for its courtyards. Many of these you can visit and by doing this you will get a view of the typical Dutch way of live. But Haarlem is more then that… It monuments and old houses are a beautiful side to see.
Day 3. cycle trip ± 40 km
Today your bike trip starts in the direction of Lisse, you can visit the most famous garden of Holland, the Keukenhof. There you can enjoy the tulip fields in all forms, shapes and colours.
Afterwards you continue your cycle tour to Leiden. In the afternoon you can stop by one of the many tulip fields and enjoy a walk through it. You can play with the tulip leaves that are left behind on the fields and make the most beautiful pictures.
After dinner you can visit the old city with the guide. Leiden a city that is so beautiful that it received the UNESCO protection title for the complete old city, which contains the oldest university of Holland, but also the birth houses of many of the Dutch masters like Rembrandt, Lucas van Leyden and Jan Steen.
Day 4. cycle trip ± 35 km
When you say Holland, you say more than tulips, so today we are going the Dutch way. During the bike tour we stop at a cheese farm, where you can learn everything about the process of cheese making and live on the farm.
We spend the night at Kudelstaart, a small village near Aalsmeer.
Day 5. cycle trip ± 25 km
Today we have an early start. We start the day with a visit to the tulips auction in Aalsmeer. This auction is the biggest flower auction in the world.
Afterwards you come back at the ship as La Belle Fleur reaches Amsterdam again and you can enjoy the old West part of Amsterdam from the sun deck. Once the ship is moored the crew of La Belle Fleur says you goodbye and wishes you a save journey home (around noon, 1pm at the latest).
(Subject to change)