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Beauty in Bloom: A Cycle & Barge Adventure in the Netherlands

Program No. 24933RJ
Forget tiptoeing — get many perspectives on the Netherlands as you bike and barge along tulip fields and gardens while learning about Dutch culture.

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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 and barge journey, where you’ll travel through gardens and along rivers to experience the heritage of the Netherlands firsthand. Explore the canals and museums of Amsterdam, learn about a famed former steam-powered pumping station at the Cruquius Museum and enjoy exercising your mind and your body on this exciting adventure!
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Novice to intermediate cyclists. Participants may select a standard bike or e-bike rental at time of enrollment. Cycling between 10-26 miles (5 hours) per day at 10-12 mph on primarily flat terrain on dedicated paved bicycle paths with frequent stops. Weather conditions such as wind and rain may affect biking difficulty. Walking up to one mile/day and standing for up to two hours/day on uneven terrain (including stairs and cobblestones).

What You'll Learn

  • Attend the world-famous Bloemencorso flower parade, an astounding display of artistry only held once a year.
  • Visit the Keukenhof, known as the Garden of Europe, with its seven million spring-flowering bulbs.
  • Explore the North Holland Dune Reserve, one of the largest nature reserves in the Netherlands.
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16 Meals
7 Breakfasts
2 Lunches
7 Dinners
The following choices may be available when requested in advance: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Lodgings may differ by date. Select a date to see the lodgings specific to that date.
Apr 10, 2025 - Apr 18, 2025
  • Apr 10, 2025 - Apr 18, 2025
  • Apr 10, 2025 - Apr 18, 2025
7 nights
De Holland is a medium-sized cozy river cruise ship, built in 1952 and extended by 16 meters in 2012. In the winter of 2017/2018 the ship was completely refitted: new marshaling, spacious and more luxurious cabins and a full restyle of the interior. The ship sails under Dutch flag.

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