The Tulip Mini Tour cruise centres on the fascinating city of Amsterdam called, by some, the smallest metropolis of Europe. Highlights of the city include the UNESCO heritage-listed canal system, its quirky ‘leaning’ buildings, Anne Frank’s home, the Rembrandt House Museum, the Royal Palace of Amsterdam and Dam Square, the very centre and heart of the city, world class shopping and much, much more. During the tour you can visit the famous Bloemenmarkt, the world’s only floating flower market in the centre of Amsterdam and will discover the open air museum ‘Zaanse Schans’ with its beautiful windmills, traditional wooden houses, an old Dutch village, a cheese farm and a traditional wooden clog maker and enjoy guided bicycle tours and some city walks. Other highlights include the historic city of Haarlem, the world famous flower park ‘Keukenhof’ near Lisse and the largest flower auction* in the world at Aalsmeer. *:The flower auction is not open in the weekends and holidays; instead we offer a free tour through the famous canals of Amsterdam.
Embarkation and check-in, where the crew will welcome you on board, takes place between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. As soon as all guests have arrived a short cruise will bring you to Zaandam, a spot famous for its windmills. Here, your barge will berth in the center of the city for the night. Upon arrival you can enjoy taking your new bike for a brief test ride through the surrounding area. In the evening, enjoy a short walk through the picturesque center of Zaandam.
After breakfast you will enjoy a 5 km bicycle ride to the open air museum “Zaanse Schans” with beautiful windmills, traditional wooden houses, an old Dutch village, a cheese farm and a traditional wooden clog maker. In the afternoon you have a choice to make: you can either cycle (24 km/14 mi.) to Haarlem or take it easy and join the barge while enjoying the scenery. In Haarlem visit the historical inner city with the Grote Markt and St. Bavo church. Your barge will be berthed not far from the centre of Haarlem for the night, so you will have time to enjoy a short city walk in the afternoon or in the evening.
Today you will cycle to the Keukenhof, arguably the most famous flower park in the world where you can admire hundreds of thousands of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and many other flowers in full bloom. After an extensive visit you will get back on your bicycle at noon and will head to Oude Wetering, a small village, where your floating hotel will be waiting for you.
This morning you are in for a real treat – an early visit by bus (6.30 a.m.) to the biggest flower auction in the world at Aalsmeer. In the morning millions of flowers are auctioned off here and are instantly sent out to all parts of the world*. By 9 a.m. you will return on the your barge where a late breakfast will be waiting for you before you make your way to Amsterdam by bicycle or by barge. During the afternoon you either have the opportunity to make a last beautiful cycling tour through the wetlands of Waterland or to discover this amazing city. Visit the inner city flower market, go to a museum, do some shopping… there is just so much to do! Optional: end-of-day canal tour in Amsterdam.
*: The Aalsmeer flower auction is closed during weekends and on public holidays. This is an optional visit. Please be aware that on dates that are marked with an asterisk (*), a visit to the flower auction is not possible.
Magnifique: March 24 / March 28* / April 2
Magnifique II: March 26 / March 31
Magnifique III: March 27* / April 1 / April 5 / April 15 / April 19* / April 23
End of your tour: Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.30 a.m.
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reservation fee €15
The comfortable river cruiser MS Fluvius has been a popular choice for guests for a number of years now on the Amsterdam to Bruges cycle tour. On board this cozy ship, which caters for a maximum of 44 guests, are a total of 18 twin and 4 double bed cabins. The lower deck has 14 twin cabins (approx. 10 M² = 108 sq.) and one smaller twin cabin (approx. 9 M² = 97 sq.) and on the upper deck there are 3 twin cabins (approx. 10 M² = 108 sq.). In winter 2017-2018, 4 additional upper deck double cabins (approx. 12 M² = 129 sq.) with a large panoramic window (ceiling to floor) that can be opened will be created.
All twin cabins have 2 low separate single beds, the 4 new cabins have a 140×200 cm double bed. All cabins have an air-conditioning unit that is individually adjustable, a ventilation system and a window (windows in twin cabins are fixed) and en-suite bathroom with shower/toilet and hairdryer. The salon with bar is a large room for common use and has a semi-separate restaurant area. On the large sun deck of the 70 meter-long ship are sitting places (tables and chairs) and storage room for the bikes. The ship sails under the Dutch flag and management.
The MS Magnifique is 63 meters long, accommodates approx. 32 – 35 guests, sails under Dutch flag and management and was completely modernized in 2010 and extended with 14 meters during winter 2012/13. The lower deck has 17 cabins: 11 twin cabins (approx. 11 M², 2 single beds next to each other), 4 premium twins (approx. 14 M², 2 single beds next to each other, small sitting area), 2 single cabins (approx. 8 M²); all cabins have portholes (all portholes are fixed for safety reasons), shower and toilet, individually regulated air conditioning, flat screen TV (satellite); if requested, an extra bed is available in some twin cabins (above one of the other beds). On the upper deck there are a tastefully furnished salon with restaurant, bar, lounge with wide screen TV, large windows, Wi-Fi (with limited data use). Two partly covered teak wooden sun decks with chairs and tables & cycle shed (front deck), and with a whirlpool/Jacuzzi and barbecue on the aft deck.
MS Magnifique II
The luxurious MS Magnifique II was constructed between March 2015 and February 2016. The 63 metre-long barge can accommodate 35 guests and sails under the Dutch flag and management. The lower deck has 14 cabins, 1 is a premium twin cabin (approx. 13 M², 2 single beds next to each other, small sitting area), 12 are twin cabins (approx. 11 M², 2 single beds next to each other) and 1 single cabin (approx. 8 M²); the upper deck has 4 beautiful suites with large panoramic windows (approx. 14 M², 2 single beds next to each other, small sitting area). The cabins on the lower deck have portholes (all portholes are fixed for safety reasons), upper deck suites have a 2 metre wide window (one of which can be opened). All cabins have en-suite facilities (shower and toilet), individually regulated air conditioning, a flat screen satellite TV; if requested an extra bed is available in some twin cabins (above one of the other beds). On the upper deck there is a tastefully furnished salon with a restaurant, bar, a lounge with a wide screen TV, large windows and Wi-Fi (limited use of data). There is a partly covered teak wooden sun deck with chairs and table on the aft deck for the use by guests and a cycle shed (front deck).
MS Magnifique III
This new premium barge is 70 meters long, 7.20 meters wide and can accomodate 40 guests. It will be launched in April 2018.
All cabins and suites have en-suite bathrooms with shower and toilet, individually regulated air conditioning, flat screen (satellite) TV, a small safe and a hair dryer. On request, an extra bed is available in some twin cabins (above one of the other beds). Most cabins can also be booked as cabins with a double bed (on previous request only).
• 14 regular twin cabins (approx. 11 M² , 2 single beds as twins, next to each other)
• 2 single cabins
• 5 upper deck suites with a small sitting area and large windows (a part of the windows can be opened). (approx. 14 M², 2 single beds as twins, next to each other)
• the spacious salon with large windows combines a restaurant area, bar and lounge
• 2 screens (a camera and a navigation system) to see the real time position of the barge
• large doors open to the partially roofed sundeck
• a whirlpool/Jacuzzi and deckchairs to relax
During weekends and holidays the flower auction in Aalsmeer is closed – instead thereof a boat tour of the canal system in Amsterdam is included within the price package!
Vegetarian meals are possible at no surcharge. Other diets (like gluten free or for lactose intolerance) are possible at a surcharge of € 35. All diets and vegetarian meals must be booked and confirmed well in advance.
If requested, an extra bed is available in some twin cabins (above one of the other beds).
Reservation fee: €15 per booking/group (obligated)
Rental bicycle (incl helmet and water bottle): €50 per period Rental E-Bike (incl helmet and water bottle): €100 per period (only on request, limited number of e-bikes available, early bookings strongly recommended. You can find a description of the bicycles when you click on ship.
Parking in Amsterdam (valet parking): prices and pre-booking on request.
The bicycles on board are mostly unisex touring bicycles with normal mount (ladies model), easy-to-handle Shimano 7 gears, handbrake and pedal brake, gel-saddle (height adjustable), a lock on the frame and a pannier bag. All bikes have 28 inch wheels. Some smaller frames are available on board for smaller persons.
There are a few e-bikes available (on request and at an additional charge). The e-bike is Kreidler Vitality P-200 Shimano with Nexus 7 gears, 3 support levels and hand breaks only (or a comparable brand/model).
Other bikes (e.g. children’s bikes, “slip streamers”, tandems, etc.) and child saddles (rear) on these tours are only available after prior request (by booking) and confirmation and in very limited numbers. Bike rent is optional. Guests are also allowed to bring their own bicycles or E-bikes (at no extra cost). However, the crew or tour operator is in no way responsible for any damage, loss or theft of such bicycles.
In the Netherlands cyclists are not obligated by law to wear a bike helmet. There are bike helmets available on board (for free).
...Overall it was a wonderful experience, hotels good and luggage transfer excellent...