Green Heart Boat and Bike Tour

Early April is glorious in Holland — A perfect bicycle tour to see the flower fields of the renowned Keukenhof, and acres of blossoming trees adorning Holland’s “Green Heart”. We’ll harbor in the famous cities of Haarlem, Leiden, beautiful Delft, bustling Rotterdam and cheese town of Gouda. Along the way we’ll enjoy Keukenhof, an organic cheese farm, castles, Delft Pottery, a working windmill, and more- all included in your trip price!

Day 1: Haarlem and the Holland Dunes (20 miles)

Our trip starts Saturday right before noon when we board our barge/hotel, settle into our cabins, and get our bikes fitted and ready to go. Soon thereafter we head off sailing out of Amsterdam by way of the North Sea Canal.

We exit our ship at the village of Spaarndam- famous for the story of Hans Brinker. Just a few miles away we visit the Molen De Zaandhaas to see a true working windmill in action. A little more pedaling and we reach the 14th century ruins of the fascinating 1282 Brederode castle.

A tour guide walks us through the relics of this well-preserved artifact. Entering Haarlem we skirt the Kennermerland National Park through rolling dunes, small forests, past Highland cows and Shetland ponies. After a special Welcome Dinner, we’ll spend the evening sightseeing Haarlem’s beautiful Market Square and famous Hofjes (courtyards).

Day 2: Keukenhof and evening in Leiden (30 miles)

We depart our boat quickly after breakfast as today is a full day of sightseeing and cycling for us. Our destination in the morning is the famous Keukenhof – the world’s largest flower garden. On our way there we enjoy fields of blooms.

We start by meandering the lovely forested bike paths of Bennebroek town then only a turn later we are struck by fields of color and fragrance until we reach the town of Lisse. We plan on several hours to browse the Keukenhof’s magnificent acreage and enjoy a picnic lunch on the grounds.

A lovely cycle with a stop at medieval castle Teylingen and we reach the city of Leiden. Leiden is an unusually beautiful university city, famous for being not only the birthplace of Rembrandt but Clusius, who brought the first Dutch tulips into flower.

Day 3: Delft (24 miles)

We leave Leiden heading south to Lidia and Teo’s Farm- The Vierhuizen. The Van Leuwens run a nine generation milk farm- now prized for their organic Gouda cheese. We’ll take a tour, learn how cheese is made and buy things to take home from their lovely shop.

Beautiful green nature areas take us to Delft. Dating back to 1075, Delft is known as the birthplace of Golden Age artist Johannes Vermeer and the fine hand-crafting of Delftware porcelains. We will visit the Royal Blue Delft Factory to see firsthand the artwork and production of fine porcelain in the world-famous Delft tradition.

After dinner, we will also enjoy a town walk of the picturesque city center with its romantic tree-lined canals and countless historic monuments.

Day 4: Rotterdam (15 miles)

A trip to the south of Netherlands is not complete without a visit to the largest port in the world. Since its devastation in WWII, Rotterdam has become a center for modern architecture and showcase of city urban development.

Then there is the impressive Old Harbor and Delfshaven- oasis of history and culture within the modern city- and point from which the Pilgrim Fathers left for America in 1620. Being Tuesday, we can also partake of the city’s exciting open-air market!

Today is a short cycling day allowing lots of sightseeing time! Our city guide, Nico, will entertain us with a most interesting walk of Rotterdam!

Day 5: Gouda (30 miles)

By waterbus we leave Rotterdam early to arrive to Kinderdijk before the tourists. Honored as a World Heritage Treasure by UNESCO in 1997, 19 sturdy mills were built in 1740 and preserved to this day- a concentration of this number found nowhere else in the world.

We’ll be cycling through the Alblassarwaard- a pastoral landscape dotted by small towns and windmills. Time permitting we hope to see Schoonhoven – founded in 1280 and called Silvertown because of its famous past in Silversmithing. From here it’s only a few miles along a quiet river into Gouda.

We’ll head for the historic center and a tour of 123-metre long imposing St. Janskerk (St. John’s Church) with its world-famous stained-glass windows.

Day 6: Gouda Cheese Market -Kudelstaart (25 miles)

We will linger a bit this morning for the Thursday morning GOUDA CHEESE MARKET -a spectacular and historic scene with lively cheese trading and a market square full of assorted vendors showing their foods and trades.

We take leave of Gouda into the Goudse Hout (woods)- a recreational area surrounded by a huge lake that we cycle across like we’re floating on the water while gazing upon a beautifully preserved grassland landscape.

Day 7: Flower Auction- Amsterdam (25 miles)

We leave our boat very early and cycle a few miles to get first peak at the workings of the famous Flower Auction of Aalsmeer – largest in the world. We will witness the exciting process in which millions of flowers and plants are bought and sold to be shipped to countries all over the world.

Heading to Amsterdam, we enjoy it’s Amsterdamse Bos (forest) at the southern edge of the city. Created in 1937 from unused wetlands, the Bos is now a favorite place for cycling and watersports. We’ll stop at Meer Zicht where Suzie and Roger love to treat the group to popular Dutch pancakes- Pannekoeken.

Tonight we celebrate our final evening together with a special Farewell Dinner!

Day 8: Goodbye to the Netherlands

Saturday morning we will have breakfast, say our goodbyes to cycling friends and the wonderful hospitality of our captain and crew. We disembark at 9 a.m. for home.

Please E-mail Suzie to inquire about openings and with any questions about this tour. We love to hear from you!

What’s included

  • 7 nights on lovely Flora boat-hotel with lower beds and private bath
  • Hearty breakfasts, 6 packed lunches and 6 wonderful dinners
  • Entrance to Keukenhof Flower Gardens, castle tour, working mill, cheese farm visit, Delft Pottery, church visit, Flower Auction, Pannekoek lunch, other surprise excursions along our route
  • Dutch favorites like Apple cake with coffee, famous Stroop Waffles of Gouda, afternoon wine and cheese
  • Guided historic walks
  • Ferry fees
  • Bike rental
  • Suzie and Roger; Hosts and Ride Leaders on route

More information and booking

Please E-mail us to inquire about openings and with any questions about this tour. We love to hear from you!

Bike and Boat Green Heart of Holland

Cycle through beautiful forests, blossoming acres of orchards and fields of flowers. We’ll harbor in famous cities like Gouda, Utrecht and Dordrecht and quaint gems like Gorinchem and Wijk Bij Duurstede. Along the way we’ll enjoy a cheese farm, beautiful castles in the Utrecht forest, a real clog shoemaker, working windmills, & more!

 

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Noord-Holland Bike and Barge Tour

Enjoy the largest flower growing region of Holland! Cycle through quaint fishing villages of the Zuiderzee, see a windmill at work, follow winding dikes to impressive castles and enjoy the Island of Texel. Explore an Open Air Museum, see how clogs are made, visit the popular cheese market in Alkmaar and celebrate Kingsday with the Dutch.

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During this eight day, seven night tour on board the charming barge Flora you can cycle individually and at your own pace as you discover the ‘Green Heart’ of Holland, a region steeped in history, natural attractions, world famous cities and beautiful scenery.Inhoud accordeon. 

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During this eight day, seven night tour on board the charming barge Flora you can cycle individually and at your own pace as you discover the ‘Green Heart’ of Holland, a region steeped in history, natural attractions, world famous cities and beautiful scenery.Inhoud accordeon.

information and booking: boat bike tours

During this eight day, seven night tour on board the charming barge Flora you can cycle individually and at your own pace as you discover the ‘Green Heart’ of Holland, a region steeped in history, natural attractions, world famous cities and beautiful scenery.Inhoud accordeon.

information and booking: boat bike tours

During this eight day, seven night tour on board the charming barge Flora you can cycle individually and at your own pace as you discover the ‘Green Heart’ of Holland, a region steeped in history, natural attractions, world famous cities and beautiful scenery.Inhoud accordeon.

information and booking: boat bike tours

During this eight day, seven night tour on board the charming barge Flora you can cycle individually and at your own pace as you discover the ‘Green Heart’ of Holland, a region steeped in history, natural attractions, world famous cities and beautiful scenery.Inhoud accordeon.

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Beautiful tour through zealand where the famous Delta works are visited. These were built to protect the southern Netherlands after the disaster in 1953 in which 1,853 people drowned.

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During this eight day, seven night tour on board the charming barge Flora you can cycle individually and at your own pace as you discover the ‘Green Heart’ of Holland, a region steeped in history, natural attractions, world famous cities and beautiful scenery.Inhoud accordeon.

information and booking: boat bike tours

During this eight day, seven night tour on board the charming barge Flora you can cycle individually and at your own pace as you discover the ‘Green Heart’ of Holland, a region steeped in history, natural attractions, world famous cities and beautiful scenery.Inhoud accordeon.

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Experience the charm of a bygone era on this exciting tour where you will discover the best of what Holland and Belgium have to offer. During the day you will cycle to world famous destinations such as Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges while at night you will relax in the comfort of your floating hotel.


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Experience the charm of a bygone era on this exciting tour where you will discover the best of what Holland and Belgium have to offer. Cycling during the day and relax at the end of the cycling day abord the comfort of your floating hotel. Our starting place Bruges, with its picturesque town centre (UNESCO world heritage site) is probably the most beautiful of the historical Flemish cities. Leaving Bruges, we cycle into the Western Flanders region of Belgium, discover the medieval town of Ghent, with its many museums and historic buildings, for instance St Baafs cathedral and the famous Mystic Lamb triptych by painter Jan van Eyck.

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During this eight day, seven night tour on board the charming barge Flora you can cycle individually and at your own pace as you discover the ‘Green Heart’ of Holland, a region steeped in history, natural attractions, world famous cities and beautiful scenery.Inhoud accordeon.

information and booking: boat bike tours

During this eight day, seven night tour on board the charming barge Flora you can cycle individually and at your own pace as you discover the ‘Green Heart’ of Holland, a region steeped in history, natural attractions, world famous cities and beautiful scenery.Inhoud accordeon.

information and booking: boat bike tours

During this eight day, seven night tour on board the charming barge Flora you can cycle individually and at your own pace as you discover the ‘Green Heart’ of Holland, a region steeped in history, natural attractions, world famous cities and beautiful scenery.Inhoud accordeon.

information and booking: boat bike tours

During this eight day, seven night tour on board the charming barge Flora you can cycle individually and at your own pace as you discover the ‘Green Heart’ of Holland, a region steeped in history, natural attractions, world famous cities and beautiful scenery.Inhoud accordeon.

information and booking: boat bike tours

During this eight day, seven night tour on board the charming barge Flora you can cycle individually and at your own pace as you discover the ‘Green Heart’ of Holland, a region steeped in history, natural attractions, world famous cities and beautiful scenery.Inhoud accordeon.

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The Netherlands meets Germany, on this trip you will follow the Rhine river from Amsterdam to Koblenz. You will see and feel the rich history of this majestic river, from Roman times to the Industrial Revolution, and from WWII to German reunification. In the Netherlands you will cycle through flat, peaceful, farming countryside and ride through the Hoge Veluwe National Park with its abundant scenic beauty, and the famous Kroller -Muller art museum.

 

Crossing into Germany, you follow the Rhine upstream, through cities like Remagen and Bonn, Beethoven’s birthplace. Next stop is Cologne, once one of the most important centres of the Holy Roman Empire. Cologne’s landmark is, of course, its monumental Dom cathedral, situated right next to the city’s central station and railway bridge across the Rhine. During the second half of this trip you follow a more romantic section of the Rhine valley, with strongholds, mansions and the first vineyards appearing on the hills. The tour ends in Koblenz, a lively and interesting city, where the Rhine and the Mosel converge. 

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Exploring the Moselle and Saar river valleys, from Koblenz to Merzig. It is a stunning region, highlighted by an enchanting countryside, fairy tale castles, award-winning vineyards on impossibly steep slopes, and historic medieval towns and villages. New this year, a visit to the Cloef viewing platform with spectacular views over the river valley below it is where the picture on the right was taken 

 

The Rhine’s peaceful little sisters, the Moselle and Saar Rivers, meander from picturesque village to village, offering unsurpassed views of castles high on the hills, stone-clad fortresses, picture-perfect wineries and much, much more. Cycling through this magical region, visit culturally rich cities, soak up the sights of untouched nature, meet local winegrowers and taste the wine and, importantly, get the opportunity to relive the rich history of the region. It is a tour not to be missed!

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As far as cycle touring destinations in Europe go, there are few better than the Moselle and Saar river valleys in Germany. During a cycling cruise you can find this out and experience it for yourself. In one word, it’s a “stunning” region, highlighted by an enchanting countryside, fairytale castles, award-winning vineyards on impossibly steep slopes and historic medieval towns and villages.

 

The Rhine’s peaceful little sisters, the Moselle and Saar rivers, meander from one picturesque village to another, offering unsurpassed views of castles high on hills, stone-clad fortresses, picture perfect wineries and much, much more. On a day-to-day basis, as you cycle through this magical region, you will visit culturally rich cities, soak up the sights of untouched nature, and meet local winegrowers and bottlers. Also, importantly, you’ll have the opportunity to relive the rich history of the region. It is without doubt a cycling cruise not to be missed! The cycling paths along the banks of the Moselle and Saar Rivers do not have any gradients of note and are asphalted or paved.

 

The Moselle, with a length of 544 km, is the Rhine’s longest tributary and is also the second most important shipping route in Germany, while the Saar, with a length of 246 km, is the Moselle’s longest tributary. The history of the region along the banks of the Moselle and Saar Rivers dates back to the Roman Era, some 2000 or so years ago. For guests on a cycling cruise there is so much to see: vineyards; beautiful half-timbered houses dating back to medieval times; the Roman-era Porta Nigra in Trier – the oldest defensive structure in Germany; and the “German Corner” at the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine rivers in Koblenz and Saarburg, often referred to as “Little Venice”. These are just a few highlights of this memorable trip.

 

Information and booking: boatbiketours 

As far as cycle touring destinations in Europe go, there are few better than the Moselle and Saar river valleys in Germany. During a cycling cruise you can find this out and experience it for yourself. In one word, it’s a “stunning” region, highlighted by an enchanting countryside, fairytale castles, award-winning vineyards on impossibly steep slopes and historic medieval towns and villages.

 

The Rhine’s peaceful little sisters, the Moselle and Saar rivers, meander from one picturesque village to another, offering unsurpassed views of castles high on hills, stone-clad fortresses, picture perfect wineries and much, much more. On a day-to-day basis, as you cycle through this magical region, you will visit culturally rich cities, soak up the sights of untouched nature, and meet local winegrowers and bottlers. Also, importantly, you’ll have the opportunity to relive the rich history of the region. It is without doubt a cycling cruise not to be missed! The cycling paths along the banks of the Moselle and Saar Rivers do not have any gradients of note and are asphalted or paved.

 

The Moselle, with a length of 544 km, is the Rhine’s longest tributary and is also the second most important shipping route in Germany, while the Saar, with a length of 246 km, is the Moselle’s longest tributary. The history of the region along the banks of the Moselle and Saar Rivers dates back to the Roman Era, some 2000 or so years ago. For guests on a cycling cruise there is so much to see: vineyards; beautiful half-timbered houses dating back to medieval times; the Roman-era Porta Nigra in Trier – the oldest defensive structure in Germany; and the “German Corner” at the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine rivers in Koblenz and Saarburg, often referred to as “Little Venice”. These are just a few highlights of this memorable trip.

 

Information and booking: boatbiketours 

As far as cycle touring destinations in Europe go, there are few better than the Moselle and Saar river valleys in Germany. During a cycling cruise you can find this out and experience it for yourself. In one word, it’s a “stunning” region, highlighted by an enchanting countryside, fairytale castles, award-winning vineyards on impossibly steep slopes and historic medieval towns and villages.

 

The Rhine’s peaceful little sisters, the Moselle and Saar rivers, meander from one picturesque village to another, offering unsurpassed views of castles high on hills, stone-clad fortresses, picture perfect wineries and much, much more. On a day-to-day basis, as you cycle through this magical region, you will visit culturally rich cities, soak up the sights of untouched nature, and meet local winegrowers and bottlers. Also, importantly, you’ll have the opportunity to relive the rich history of the region. It is without doubt a cycling cruise not to be missed! The cycling paths along the banks of the Moselle and Saar Rivers do not have any gradients of note and are asphalted or paved.

 

The Moselle, with a length of 544 km, is the Rhine’s longest tributary and is also the second most important shipping route in Germany, while the Saar, with a length of 246 km, is the Moselle’s longest tributary. The history of the region along the banks of the Moselle and Saar Rivers dates back to the Roman Era, some 2000 or so years ago. For guests on a cycling cruise there is so much to see: vineyards; beautiful half-timbered houses dating back to medieval times; the Roman-era Porta Nigra in Trier – the oldest defensive structure in Germany; and the “German Corner” at the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine rivers in Koblenz and Saarburg, often referred to as “Little Venice”. These are just a few highlights of this memorable trip.


Information and booking: boatbiketours 

As far as cycle touring destinations in Europe go, there are few better than the Moselle and Saar river valleys in Germany. During a cycling cruise you can find this out and experience it for yourself. In one word, it’s a “stunning” region, highlighted by an enchanting countryside, fairytale castles, award-winning vineyards on impossibly steep slopes and historic medieval towns and villages.

 

The Rhine’s peaceful little sisters, the Moselle and Saar rivers, meander from one picturesque village to another, offering unsurpassed views of castles high on hills, stone-clad fortresses, picture perfect wineries and much, much more. On a day-to-day basis, as you cycle through this magical region, you will visit culturally rich cities, soak up the sights of untouched nature, and meet local winegrowers and bottlers. Also, importantly, you’ll have the opportunity to relive the rich history of the region. It is without doubt a cycling cruise not to be missed! The cycling paths along the banks of the Moselle and Saar Rivers do not have any gradients of note and are asphalted or paved.

 

The Moselle, with a length of 544 km, is the Rhine’s longest tributary and is also the second most important shipping route in Germany, while the Saar, with a length of 246 km, is the Moselle’s longest tributary. The history of the region along the banks of the Moselle and Saar Rivers dates back to the Roman Era, some 2000 or so years ago. For guests on a cycling cruise there is so much to see: vineyards; beautiful half-timbered houses dating back to medieval times; the Roman-era Porta Nigra in Trier – the oldest defensive structure in Germany; and the “German Corner” at the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine rivers in Koblenz and Saarburg, often referred to as “Little Venice”. These are just a few highlights of this memorable trip.


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Bike and Barge Merzig to Koblenz, Germany

 

Discover beautiful landscapes along the Saar and Mosel Rivers; cycling through fall colors in cool cycling temperatures when all the tourist hubbub is done and we can enjoy historic medieval towns and leisurely cycling without the crowds.

 

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Bike and Boat Koblenz to Amsterdam

A fall Rhine adventure exploring Roman history and German culture starting in Koblenz with stops in famous towns of Cologne, Dusseldorf and Bonn. We cross into Netherlands to cycle lovely countryside and typical Dutch – windmills, old farmsteads, cheese and ancient towns.

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