22618
Netherlands

A Cycling Journey: Tulips and Windmills in the Netherlands

Bicycle along Holland’s famed tulip fields as you learn the history of the country’s windmills, delve into the flower industry and enjoy the world-famous Bloemencorso flower parade.
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Program No. 22618RJ
Length
9 days
Starts at
3,479
Flights start at
675

At a Glance

After windmills and wooden shoes, tulips and bicycles may be the most recognizable icons of the Netherlands, a country with more bikes than residents and home to the world’s largest permanent display of tulips. Combine these emblems of Dutch culture on a bike journey in the provinces of North Holland and South Holland. Learn the story of the tulip craze and go inside today’s evolved tulip industry as you experience the Netherlands’ famous bike-friendliness firsthand.
Activity Level
Outdoor: No Sweat
Novice to intermediate cyclists! Cycling between 10-26 miles (5 hours) per day at 10-12mph on primarily flat terrain on dedicated paved bicycle paths with frequent stops. Weather conditions such as wind and rain may affect biking difficulty. Please note: some departures feature electric bikes which offer a boost of electric support while cyclists pedal. Walking up to one mile/day and standing for up to two hours/day on uneven terrain (including stairs and cobblestones).
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • In Lisse, attend the world-famous Bloemencorso flower parade and visit the Keukenhof, known as the Garden of Europe, with its seven million spring-flowering bulbs.
  • Learn about a famed former steam-powered pumping station at the Cruquius Museum.
  • Explore and learn about the beautiful city of Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands, with its canals, museums and lively outdoor terraces.

General Notes

Interested in electric bikes? Select departures offer "e-bikes" which offer a boost of electric support while cyclists pedal.
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