Tampa Bay Ski Club Netherlands
Helen Newcombe
Helen Newcombe,
Trip Leader
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Amsterdam Bike & Barge Plus!!!

(This Trip is SOLD OUT!)


Join Helen and Susan
On a Tulip Tour to Holland!

April 24 to May 4, 2019 (Wednesday - Saturday)

2 night Pre-Trip to Amsterdam!

From $3449 Per Person Double Occupancy!!!

Magnifique - A tulip tour from / to Amsterdam!

(There are no dues to pay on Tampa Bay Ski Club trips
and no extra charge for using your credit card!)
Susan Simmons
Susan Simmons,
Assistant Trip Leader
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2 Night Pre-Trip Hotel Information
[ DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Central Station Information ]

The premium barge Magnifique is 63 meters long, accommodates 30 guests, sails under the Dutch flag and management and was completely modernized in 2010 and extended by 14 meters during the winter of 2012/13. The lower deck has 16 cabins: 11 twin cabins (approx. 11 M², 2 single beds next to each other), 4 premium twins (approx. 14 M², 2 single beds next to each other, small sitting area) and 1 single cabin (approx. 9 M²). All cabins have portholes (portholes are fixed for safety reasons), en-suite bathroom with shower and toilet, individually regulated air conditioning, flat screen (satellite) TV, a small safe and a hair dryer. On request, an additional bed is available in some twin cabins (above one of the other beds). On the upper deck there is a tastefully furnished salon with restaurant, bar, lounge area with wide screen TV, large windows, Wi-Fi (with unlimited data use). Two partly covered teak wooden sundecks with chairs and tables and cycle shed (front deck), and with a whirlpool/Jacuzzi and barbecue on the aft deck.


– Tour and accommodation on board in the booked category, 8 days/7 nights from/to Amsterdam;
– Full board; 7x breakfast, 6x picnic lunch during bike tours, 6x three course dinner (dinner in Alkmaar not included);
– Use of bed linen and towels (change of towels daily possible); daily short cleaning of the cabin;
– Welcoming drink and speech on the first evening;
– 2 Tour leaders (multilingual) with daily briefings of the bike tours, some short city tours (free); During the day the tour leader will cycle the daily bike tour and can be reached by individual travelers on his/her cell phone; daily fully guided bike tours;
– Printed instructions and detailed maps for daily bike tours, 1 set per cabin;
– Complimentary coffee and tea.


– Transfers to/from the docking places in Amsterdam;
– 1 Dinner not included (Alkmaar);
– Rental bicycle or e-bike; (additional)
– Other transfers;
– Parking fees;
– Entrance fees & excursions;
– Drinks on board;
– Personal insurances;
– Gratuities (at your discretion);
– Dietary requirements on request/surcharges may be calculated.

Rental bicycle with 7 gears, hand- and pedal brakes, pannier bag and helmet: $100 per week (optional)

Rental E-Bike incl. pannier bag and helmet: $213 per week (only on request, limited number of e-bikes available, early booking recommended)


Holland: Tulip Tour

Program Magnifique 2019

8 days / 7 nights

Tulips, Cheese and Dutch History

This wonderful bike and barge trip that starts and ends in Amsterdam and takes you through the provinces of South and North Holland while spring flowers are in bloom. You will spend time in the historical cities of Haarlem, Leiden, Gouda and Alkmaar and learn about the water management of these lowlands at the North Sea. You will also visit the famous Keukenhof gardens, known by the hundreds of thousands of blooming tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and other bulb flowers. The world famous Aalsmeer flower auction is on the program where an astonishing volume of beautiful flowers are being traded daily and exported all over the world the World. One night the barge mooring is at the open air museum ‘the Zaanse Schans’ with its windmills, cheese farm and picturesque wooden houses. You will be surprised by the beautiful, varied scenery and the wonderful cycling paths of Holland.

Day 1 (Sat): Amsterdam – Spaarndam | Spaarndam – Haarlem (6 km/3 mi. or 14 km/8 mi.)

You are welcome to check in between 1 PM and 2 PM. The crew will welcome you with coffee and tea. At 2.30 PM the barge leaves the harbor. While the barge sails to Haarlem, your tour leader will tell you about the tour, the cycling and safety. From Spaarndam you have the option to do a little test ride. After dinner on board, the tour leader will take you on a town walk through the beautiful city center of Haarlem.

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Day 2 (Sun): Haarlem – Keukenhof – Leiden (38 km/23 mi.)

Today’s trip leads you through the oldest tulip fields of Holland, including a visit of the Keukenhof gardens. This is the most beautiful bulb park in the world. Keukenhof is the place where the spring breaks. An overwhelming blaze of colors including seven million flowering tulips in a magnificent 80 acre background of traditional and modern gardening architecture. You also can admire the various hyacinths, daffodils and many other colorful flowers. In the afternoon you cycle to the city of Leiden. Dinner on board and after that you can join the walk through town.

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Day 3 (Mon): Leiden – Zoeterwoude | Zoeterwoude - Gouda (31 km/19 mi. or 40 km/24 mi.)

Breakfast while sailing out of Leiden. Your cycling tour starts just outside Leiden and leads through the ‘green heart’ of Holland. Near Zoeterwoude, you will visit a cheese farm where you will learn about the cheese-making process and you will have the opportunity to taste the results. In the afternoon you reach Gouda, famous for the Gouda cheese. Gouda has an attractive compact centre with her pretty market square and Gothic town hall. The main church of Gouda, devoted to Saint John, is world famous for its stained glass windows. After dinner you can join the walk through town.

Day 4 (Tue): Gouda - Alphen a/d Rijn | Alphen a/d Rijn – Oude Wetering (27 km/16 mi. or 44 km/27 mi.)

We stay in Gouda this morning. You have the opportunity to do some shopping and to visit the market square with its cheese weigh house or you can visit the St. Johns church. We leave by barge around noon and have a light lunch on board. From Alphen an den Rijn you cycle through the ‘green heart’ of South Holland to Oude Wetering.

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Day 5 (Wed): Oude Wetering – Flower auction | Aalsmeer - Amsterdam | Amsterdam – Zaan-se Schans (32 km/19 mi. or 41 km/25 mi.)

At 6.30 AM you can drink an early cup of coffee. After that a bus will bring you to the flower auction of Aalsmeer, the largest of Europe. Here, huge quantities of flowers are trucked in and sold every day, after which they are distributed all over Europe. After your visit you return on board (around 9 AM) for a late breakfast while the barge sails to Amsterdam. You will enjoy a nice cruise, right through the city.

Today’s cycling tour takes you from Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans, a unique hamlet where people live and work, with original houses and windmills from the river Zaan area. The hamlet is dominated by operating windmills, the oldest built in 1673, for grinding mustard, spices, paint and oil and for sawing wood into planks. As you walk through the village you will see a clock museum, an old-fashioned grocery store, a house with period furniture, a clog maker and a cheese farm.

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Day 6 (Thu): Zaanse Schans – Alkmaar (29 km/18 mi. or 40 km/24 mi.)

This morning you cycle to the Hortus Bulborum, a unique garden museum dedicated to the preservation of rare and historic bulbs. More than 4,000 tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and other flowers are planted here. Your cycling tour continues to Egmond at the Northsea. The tour goes through the dunes to Alkmaar. This town is known as a Dutch cheese city. As you wander through the streets you’ll be amazed by the beauty of Alkmaar’s Old Town, with its well-preserved 17th century buildings and narrow, winding canals. Dinner in town on your own.

Day 7 (Fri): Alkmaar – Amsterdam (37 km/22 mi. or 51 km/31 mi.)

After breakfast your cycling tour leads you to the former windmill complex of the Schermer Polder. Here we visit the Schermerhorn Windmill Museum. Your next stop is the beautiful town of De Rijp. Centuries of history are still evident here in De Rijp’s wooden facades, beautiful church, lock and town hall. From here, your ride continues back to Amsterdam. In the late afternoon or evening there is time for a canal tour through the famous canals of the city.

Day 8 (Sat): Amsterdam

End of your tour: Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.30 AM.

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Number of Occupants: 1 2
Twin Cabin – 2 lower beds that can convert to Queen/ Porthole, 11 M2   $3449
Premium Twin Cabin –
2 lower beds that can convert to Queen/Porthole, 14 M2 - Small sitting area
Single Cabin(1) –
1 twin bed/Porthole, 9 M2


Without Air Deduct: $700 per person. Those supplying own air are responsible
for ground transportation if ours is missed for any reason.
You must inform the office of no air status!

All International Travelers must have a current passport with at least 6 months of time left after the trip returns before expiration!
Please submit a copy of the name page of all traveler’s passports along with the trip application.

Prices are per person and are subject to airline fuel surcharges and schedule changes!
All accommodations are assigned in order deposits are received.

**Price changes may occur on International Trips due to tax and currency fluctuations**

No reservations are held without a deposit. Early commitments get first choice!

Price: $3449 per person, with Double occupancy in a Twin Cabin, with Approximate air
Includes: Deluxe motor coach transfers to/from Amsterdam, seven nights lodging, all current taxes, 2 nights Pre-trip at the 4 Star Doubletree in Amsterdam, and group social activities.
Deposit: $1000 per person Plus optional Trip Insurance to cover preexisting conditions (Deposit is Non Refundable)
2nd Deposit: December 5, 2018 - $500
Balance Due: January 31st, 2019
Cancellation Date: Non Refundable (Must be in writing, see trip application for details.)
Payment: Credit card authorization or check payable to: Tampa Bay Ski Club
  and mailed to: 4905 W. State Street
Tampa, Florida 33609
Deposit and balance of trip costs can be paid by check or with a major credit card. You will be billed later for the final payment. At that time, you will be able to order Bike rentals, select optional activities and purchase trip insurance (PREEXISTING NOT COVERED)
Minimum participation required. Prices are subject to any fuel surcharges,
new fees or taxes imposed by airlines or governmental agencies.


Further Information Contact: Tampa Bay Ski Club @ Bowen Travelworld
E-mail: SKIUS@SKIUS.COM or Call
(813) 289-8344 - Just ask for the Ski Department!

To contact the Trip Leader:

Helen Newcombe

Or Assistant Trip Leader:

Susan Simmons


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