Holland Bike & Sail - Tulip Tour

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Trip code: 
MNB
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Cycling
Group size:
15–25
Min age:
16

Explore Dutch landscapes by foot, wheels and water on this springtime tour.

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.

Highlights

  • Explore enchanting Dutch landscapes by foot, two wheels and on water

  • Splendid flat landscapes, small dreamlike farm villages, and romantic, picturesque harbour towns
  • Visit the famous Keukenhof gardens and spend time in the historical city of Haarlem
  • Discover the traditional cheese villages of Alkmaar and Edam
  • Enjoy comfort on the beautiful sailing ship, the Leafde fan Fryslân, with the chance to lend a hand during navigating and hoisting of the sails
  • Sail across the Wadden Sea and Lake Ijsselmeer, and enjoy the beauty of the North Sea beaches

Key information

  • 7 nights in twin or double cabins on board the Leafde fan Fryslân
  • Optional 4 days of cycling (no vehicle support but assistance is available on request)
  • Enjoy a mixture of guided and self-guided cycling routes
  • Group normally 15-25 plus crew. Min age 16 yrs
  • Local bike hire included
  • Countries visited: Europe, The Netherlands

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • Local bike hire 
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Full complement of qualified Ship Crew
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas & vaccinations
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

4

Days of Cycling
Terrain:

 We use mainly cycle paths and quiet roads where possible. The Netherlands is very flat, although sometimes there are strong headwinds. 

Day by day breakdown
Day 247.0km/29.0miles
Day 333.0km/21.0miles
Day 415.0km/9.0miles
Day 628.0km/20.0miles

Responsible Travel

 

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

Amsterdam
to
Amsterdam
  • Day 1

    Start Amsterdam; board Leafde fan Fryslân and sail to Zaandam

    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 

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Cycle to Egmond, visiting the hamlet of Zaanse Schans and the Hortus Bulborum en route

    In the morning we 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 — and these were used for grinding mustard seeds, spices, and paint components, extracting plant oil and sawing wood into planks. In the village we’ll see a clock museum, an old-fashioned grocery store, a house with period furniture, 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 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Cycle north to Den Helder, stopping on the beach at the North Sea along the way

    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 artist’s 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

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Cycle around the Wadden island of Texel

    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

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Sail to Enkhuizen; afternoon free to explore the town

    Today we will set sail to Enkhuizen. You will have the chance to lend a hand during navigation and hoisting the sails if you wish (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. 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

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 6

    Morning sail to Hoorn; afternoon cycle to Volendam

    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

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Full day visit to the famous Keukenhof Gardens

    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 Leadfe fan Fryslân.

    Accommodation: Leafde fan Fryslân

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Disembark until 9:30am in Amsterdam

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

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Visit the Embassy of the Netherlands website for the most current visa information.

The Netherlands is a party to the Schengen Agreement. This means that U.S. citizens may enter the Netherlands for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. You need sufficient funds and a return airline ticket. For additional details about travel into and within Schengen countries, please see our Schengen fact sheet.

No visa required for British passport holders.

For further Brexit travel advice please visit www.abta.com/tips-and-advice/brexit-advice-for-travellers

Vaccinations

The Netherlands

None required.

Eating and Drinking

Our on-staff chefs are here to create delicious meals for hungry cyclists. Each morning an extensive breakfast is served, and you can make a packed lunch during breakfast to take with you. You can also decide to have lunch at a restaurant, if there is enough time during your cycling day. In the evening you can enjoy a three-course dinner.

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. 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.

Weather

Is this trip for you?

Activity Level: 1 (Leisurely)  This trip is suitable for a wide range of cyclists, but please note that a good physical condition and basic cycling skills are required. We use mainly cycle paths and quiet roads where possible. The Netherlands is very flat, although sometimes there are strong headwinds. Please see the introductory pages of the cycling brochure or our website for more important information on classification and grading. If you have any queries about the difficulty of the trip please do not hesitate to call us.

 A little bit of adventure is part of every departure - 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 the group. 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 – will have to be adjusted. So, enjoy the ride and let yourself be 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 though of course, this is completely up to you. Sailing experience is not necessary.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as not suitable for full wheelchair users, but it may be suitable for other persons of reduced mobility. Please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Leafde fan Fryslân

The Holland Bike and Sail - Tulip Tour is offered on the sailing ship Leafde fan Fryslân, an imposing, three-mast barquentine. This ship has a traditional nautical atmosphere without being old fashioned and the interiro can best be described as refined.  

Description of the cabins

On the lower deck, the Leafde fan Fryslân has twelve well-appointed twin cabins (10 m² – 107 sq.ft.), with two single beds, which can be set together in most cabins and 1 single cabin (8 m² – 86 sq.ft.). Some of the twin cabins can be booked as a three-bed cabin (the third bed as bunk). Each cabin has an en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and basin. All cabins have ventilation and heating, portholes and a hatch that can be opened. Furthermore, in each cabin you will find a hairdryer and a mini safe.

Description of the ship

On the lower deck you will find the restaurant in nautical style, where the carefully prepared sumptuous meals are served. In the wheelhouse on the upper deck, the Leafde fan Fryslân offers a cosy lounge which is equipped with large panoramic windows, a well-appointed seating area, TV and a well-equipped bar. Wi-Fi is available. The best views over the water are available in the lounge and on the deck, where you can also have a seat when the weather is nice.

Facts about the ship

Length: 48 m (158 ft.)
Width: 7.2 m (24 ft.)
Sail surface: 760 m² – 2494 sq.ft.
Crew: 4
Cabins: 13
Passengers: 25

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

Call us on 020 8772 3936