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Dutch & Belgian Waterways River Cruise Bike Tour
Tulip Time in the Netherlands & Belgium
We love this part of the world any time of the year but seeing it in spring: breathtaking. Vivid rows of tulips stretch to the horizon and wrap around fairy-tale windmills. Beyond the blooms, bike through historic towns and medieval cities. And as you sail the waterways of the Netherlands and Belgium, captivating scenery delights, from romantic bridges to traditional gabled buildings.
THIS ITINERARY: 8 days, 7 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Small Luxury Ship
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
- Celebrate spring among vibrant blossoms of tulips, daffodils, crocuses and hyacinths plus the windmills of Kinderdijk
- Experience Dutch and Belgian biking culture as you ride to places like unforgettable Amsterdam, charming Ghent, beautiful Bruges and historic Middelburg
- Clink your glass of Belgian beer—perhaps a singel, dubbel or quadrupel—and indulge in waffles, chocolate and gourmet cheese
- Learn about the Zeeland province and how it’s protected by the Delta Works—a masterpiece of engineering
8 Days Small Luxury Ship
DAYS 1-2 Welcome to the Netherlands, a country where cycling is a way of life | Start with a bike ride in the famous Dutch bulb region and find yourself surrounded by rows of jaw-dropping tulips | Picnic in the midst of flower fields | Before boarding our ship in Amsterdam, see the millions of flowers on display in Keukenhof Gardens | Sail through Ijsselmeer to idyllic Hoorn | Cycle along the stunning coast, with the Dutch countryside and shimmering lakes as the backdrop | In Edam, sample its acclaimed cheese and discover waterways lined with colorful houses.
DAYS 3-4 Ride on amazing bike paths and along the coast through the province of Zeeland | See the storybook village of Willemstad and the twisting alleys of Middelburg | Marvel at the engineering miracle of the Delta Works—a massive flood barrier critical to a country sitting largely below sea level | Cross the border into Belgium and continue to Ghent, one of the country's oldest cities | Bike along a canal and through picturesque countryside to magical Bruges | Explore the city’s well-preserved architecture, from medieval to classical design.
DAYS 5-6 Bike through the impressive and historic center of Antwerp | Lunch on the footsteps of Westmalle Abbey, where monks have been producing beer since the 18th century | Back in the Netherlands, admire the 19 windmills at Kinderdijk’s World Heritage site | Pedal on cycling paths through enchanting villages and past lush farmland | As you bike through polders to Gouda, keep an eye out for a variety of birds including warblers, buntings and bluethroats | Try a wedge of the namesake cheese or treat yourself to a slice of appeltaart topped with whipped cream.
DAYS 7-8 Discover just how easy it is to navigate your bike in Amsterdam | Cycle out of the city and into the countryside, where quaint villages and beautiful meadows await | Enjoy unparalleled views of stately homes, arched bridges and famous monuments as our ship weaves through Amsterdam’s intricate canals.
A luxurious custom-designed ship featuring stylish private staterooms, panoramic windows, French balconies, an onboard team of classically trained chefs and inviting areas to socialize with fellow passengers. (pool)
The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy
Note: You may only reserve one Stateroom Category at this time. Your stateroom will be assigned based on availability. Please contact us if you are interested in booking multiple Stateroom Categories for your party, selecting a specific stateroom, or Single Supplement pricing.
Activity Level: 1-3
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.
Daily Route Options
- All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
- Expert Backroads Trip Leaders, on ship and on shore
- Off-the-beaten path exploration
- Access to all ship amenities
- Impeccable and personalized service from ship staff and Backroads Leaders
- Exclusive activities that amplify your appreciation and understanding of the local culture
- Exclusive biking routes with multiple options at varied paces
- Gratuities on ship and on shore handled by your Backroads Leaders
- Exploring lesser known routes away from busy ports
- Dedicated support vans
- Custom Titanium bike
- Easy-to-use route directions so you're free to explore independently
- Private walking tours with expert guides
- Access to all ship activities and excursions
- Wine included with all onboard meals
- Private cocktail/wine receptions
- Off-ship lunches in genuine settings
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
The ships we sail on are like a floating luxury hotel, so you can visit a new destination each day without touching your suitcase once you've settled in. Our ships are custom‐designed with a variety of inviting spaces that offer plenty of room for both relaxing and socializing. These ships are vastly smaller than most cruise ships, with up to just 150 passengers on our river trips and up to only 250 on our ocean trips.
We sail with up to 30 Backroads guests per group. Occasionally there may be more than one Backroads group onboard and you may cross paths with the other group on routes or at restaurants. When this occurs, each group will have their own dedicated onboard Backroads leaders.
If you're new to Backroads active cruise trips, there are a few things you need to know. Our cruises are smaller, and much more intimate than a typical cruise. They are also quite lively, social experiences, shaped by both our Backroads group and the larger ship community. Additionally, even with an itinerary subject to fixed nautical schedules that may occasionally limit our time on shore, we get out and explore far beyond the cruise norm. If you love meeting new people, enjoy the ease of unpacking once, and don't mind a set schedule of port departure times, you'll love our approach to active river and ocean cruising. Nobody does it like we do.
On our active cruises, we seek out diversity by including regionally authentic and creative meals for onshore lunches, picnics and the occasional onshore dinner. On-ship meals, though delightful, are meant to appeal to a wide cross section of passengers and may at times feel more conventional for some, and less reflective of the region than on Backroads hotel trips.
Our daily itinerary is based on scheduled sailing and port arrival times and as a result some days have more opportunities for exploring on land while other days have more sailing time. Every river has its own unique temperament and for centuries water levels have shifted due to rain, temperature and agriculture. High water levels may mean the ship cannot pass under a bridge, low water levels result in slower sailing, and a disabled lock can also lead to some extra cruising time. Should any unforeseen change happen during your river cruise, we will work closely with AmaWaterways' Captain and staff, who are very experienced in going with the flow. Depending on the situation, we may use a bus or our bikes to get to the next destination and use a land-based hotel if needed, in which case our leaders will adjust the rides and activities as necessary.
In contrast to our land-based trips, which have similar room categories, the AmaWaterways ships offer a wide range of stateroom categories. The top-tier staterooms often fill fast so book as early as possible if this is important to you.
Most port conditions require that ships tie up alongside each other, in which case you may need to walk through another ship to access our ship. This is a part of river cruising due to its popularity. You may experience obstructed views from your stateroom when the ship is double-docked, but rest assured that as soon as we set sail again your beautiful views will be restored.