Springflower Tour

In April and May all of Holland is blooming. This is the perfect time to see the famous bulb fields showing colourful tulips and hyacinths. This tour also visits some lovely old Dutch towns like Dordrecht and Gouda. Crossing the border to Belgium takes you to the Belgian pearls of Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges! Each […]

In April and May all of Holland is blooming. This is the perfect time to see the famous bulb fields showing colourful tulips and hyacinths. This tour also visits some lovely old Dutch towns like Dordrecht and Gouda. Crossing the border to Belgium takes you to the Belgian pearls of Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges! Each day you have the option of joining the cycling guide or perhaps stay aboard until you arrive in the next port.
For 2015 there is a choice of “standard” or “convenient” barges on this tour.

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Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Embarkation and checking in aboard the hotel barge. Later this afternoon the barge crosses Amsterdam and heads for the village of Oude Wetering.

Day 2

cycle 25 km
Early in the morning we cycle through the reclaimed land of the Haarlemmermeer to the world famous flower park Keukenhof. After having seen all the blooming tulips and daffodils everyone returns to the barge.
Appr. 2.00pm the ship will depart for cheese town Gouda. Free time in Gouda late afternoon and after dinner. 

Day 3

cycle 40 km

This morning the cyclists ride to the world famous windmills of Kinderdijk. One of the mills will be visited. After the visit the cyclists head for Dordrecht, where the ship will be moored. There’s a short evening walk with your tour leader in the historical centre of Dordrecht.

Day 4

 cycle 20 km

Today we cycle through the nature reserve Biesbosch and will be picked up at Moerdijk. We sail to Willemstad, a beautiful walled town where a short city walk is planned.

Day 5

Across the impressive waterways of Zeeland by ship, we take you to the lively city of Antwerp in Belgium. After arrival its free time to explore this port city.

Day 6

cycle 35 km

Today we have an early departure as the ship needs appr. 7 hours to reach Ghent. The cyclists get off in Terneuzen, hit the road and enjoy the flat Flemish countryside. In the old city of Ghent the tour leader takes us for a walk through the wonderful town centre.

Day 7

Today your barge will stay in Ghent, while you take the train to the gorgeous walled city of Bruges. In the afternoon there is a horse carriage ride and a guided walk past the many historic monuments in the centre of Bruges.Late in the afternoon we return to Ghent.

Day 8

Disembark and transfer by bus back to Amsterdam.

 

 

 

Since the year 1897 the TIJDGEEST has been sailing with tourists, in the early years as a passenger ship on the river Rhine in Germany. More than 100 years later, in 1998, the ship was completely renovated and rebuilt into a nice hotel ship. In 2013 a further remodel and upgrade will provide 14 air-conditioned cabins, all with private facilities. 10 will have a lower level double bed, 2 will be singles, and 2 will have upper and lower bunk-style beds.
At the upperdeck a very spacious living/dining room with panoramic view. Due to the availability of a WIFI point you may use your laptop aboard. A laptop for general use is also available.tijdgeest1.900x0

 

 

Airport / transfers

Flights are in/out of Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. There are trains from the terminal into Central Station every 20 minutes, at a cost of approx. Euro 8.00. The barges are docked right beside the Central Station.
Your return transfer from Bruges to Amsterdam is included in the tour.

 

Schedule & Price Standard Barge (3 star)

Departing Amsterdam: April 4 & May 2 Departing Bruges: May 9

Price per person DOUBLE OCCUPANCY CAD $1220
Single Surcharge $275

 

This tour includes:

• accommodation in a double cabin with private facilities and two bunk beds
• bedding and towels
• breakfast, packed lunch, and 3-course dinner daily
• tour guide
• bicycle with handbrakes, gears, and pannier.
• bike insurance
• info pack and tour maps
• Visit to Keukenhof Gardens
• Horse and carraige ride in Bruges
• Train ride Ghent – Bruges – Ghent
• Bus transfer Ghent – Amsterdam Airport
• Several City Walks

 

 

Schedule & Price Convenient barge (3+ star)

2015

Departing Amsterdam: April 11 Departing Bruges: April 18

 

Price per person CAD $1355
Single Surcharge $350

 

This tour includes:
All of the above however your barge is of a higher standard plus the accommodation is in a double cabin with private facilities and a lower level double bed