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Itinerary

Day 1: Amsterdam - Haarlem, 9 mi. (15 km)
Day 2: Haarlem - Keukenhof - Leiden, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 3: Leiden - Alphen by barge, cycle to Gouda, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 4: Gouda - Kudelstaart (by boat),  22 mi. (35 km)
Day 5: Kudelstaart - Amsterdam - Zaanse Schans, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 6: Zaanse Schans - Alkmaar, 25 (40 km)
Day 7: Alkmaar - Amsterdam, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 8: Departure from Amsterdam 

Day 1: Amsterdam - Haarlem, 9 mi. (15 km)
Boarding begins at 1:30 pm. The boat will be moored in the Oosterdok, not far from the Central Station.  It is important to be on time as the boat leaves the harbor at 2:00 pm. During this first short sailing, you can enjoy coffee, tea or another beverage, while being introduced to the crew, the boat and the program ahead. Upon arrival in Haarlem, there is opportunity to test your bike and to have necessary adjustments made to insure a comfortable ride throughout the week! Dinner will be served at 6:30 pm this evening and each evening and on most nights, a town walk will be offered by your guide.

Day 2: Haarlem - Keukenhof - Leiden, 31. mi. (50 km)
Get ready to pedal through the oldest tulip fields of Holland, including a visit to the infamous Keukenhof gardens! This is the most beautiful flower garden in the world, an overwhelming blaze of colors as seven million flowering tulips rise up in a magnificent background of traditional and modern gardening architecture. It is here that Spring begins. Hyacinths, narcissus, and many other flowers dazzle as well. After being saturated with color and scent,  the cycling continues ending in the historic city of Leiden, who unabashedly boasts of its own beauty and charm. In the evening, there will be opportunity to experience this enchanting place for yourself, strolling along the canals and alleyways, viewing the historical buildings, and, like Rembrandt himself, be inspired by its beauty.

Day 3: Leiden - Alphen by barge, cycle to Gouda, 25 mi. (40 km) 
The day begins with a sailing breakfast! Imagine enjoying your morning coffee as the stunning Dutch scenery passes by! The boat will moor in Alphen from where the cycling itinerary begins and leads through the ‘green heart’ of Holland. Near Zoeterwoude, you will visit the cheese farm to learn about the cheese-making process and of course, to sample the wares! Holland is not just famous for its Tulips as you will come to know! In the afternoon, you reach Gouda, famous for the Gouda cheese. If truth be told, Gouda ("How-da" as the locals say) is one of the most popular cheeses in the world, accounting for 50 to 60 percent of the world's cheese consumption, The market square here is lovely with its Gothic town hall and  Saint John Cathedral, famous the world over, whose stain glass windows flood the interior with a diffused light and impress with understated elegance. 

Day 4: Gouda - Kudelstaart, 22 mi. (35 km)
This  morning you stay in Gouda and will have opportunity to do some shopping and to visit the market square with its cheese weigh house or you can visit the St. John's church. Once back on board the barge, you take off at noon enjoying a light lunch on board. From Alphen aan den Rijn, you bike through the green hear of South Holland via the Drecht River and the Amstel-Drecht channel to Kudelstaart.

Day 5: Kudelstaart - Amsterdam - Zaanse Schans, 28 mi. (45 km)
Today begins early! Coffee is served at 7 am and then at 7:15,  you cycle cycle  to the flower auction of Aalsmeer, the largest of Europe. Here huge quantities of flowers are trucked in and sold every day, after which they are distributed all over Europe.  Back on board, you will enjoy a late breakfast and then another cycling itinerary takes you through the ‘Amsterdamse Bos’, west of Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans, a unique hamlet where people live and work, with original houses and windmills from the Zaan River area. The hamlet is dominated by fully operating windmills, the oldest built in 1673, for grinding mustard, spices, paint and 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 period furniture, a clog maker, and a cheese farm and get a sense of early history in Holland.

Day 6: Zaanse Schans - Alkmaar, 25 mi. (40 km)
First on the agenda is the beautiful town of De Rijp. Centuries of history are still evident here in the  wooden facades, beautiful church, and town hall. From here, your ride continues across the Beemster Polder, an almost untouched open polder landscape, after which, you visit the former windmill complex of the Schermer Polder and the  Schermerhorn Windmill Museum. The it is off to Alkmaar, 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! Dinner this evening will be on your own!

Day 7: Alkmaar - Amsterdam, 28 mi. (45 km)
Once again, this morning, you will enjoy your breakfast as the boat cruises the Dutch canals, followed by Hortus Bulborum, a unique garden museum dedicated to the preservation of rare and historic bulbs. More than 4,000 tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and other flowers are planted here. As the cycling continues, you pedal through the unique Waterland back to Amsterdam. In the late afternoon or evening there is time for a canal tour through the famous canals of the city.

Day 8: Departure
After breakfast, your adventure officially ends! Departure from the boat by 9 am.


What's included?

Included in this tour:

  • 8 days/7 nights
  • 7 x breakfast
  • Packed lunches
  • 6 x 3-course dinner
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Welcome drink
  • Use of bed linen and towels
  • 1 x light cleaning of the cabin
  • Daily briefings
  • Fully guided cycling tours
  • Some short walking tours
  • GPS tracks
  • Use of a waterproof pannier bag
  • Fees for ferries
  • Entrance Keukenhof
  • Wi-Fi
  • 7-speed hybrid bicycle including lock and water bottle

 

Excluded in this tour:

  • 1 x dinner (Alkmaar)
  • Bicycle protection (€10/hybrid bike, €20/ebike)
  • Drinks
  • E-bike rental
  • Bicycle Helmet
  • Trip Insurance
  • Gratuities (at your discretion, approx €50-€70 per guest per week)
  • Entrance fees and excursions (not mentioned under included)
  • Transfers to/from the docking place
  • Parking fees

 


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