Day 1: Amsterdam – Uithoorn (9 miles). The crew will welcome you aboard the Elodie with coffee and tea. The ship will sail through the center of Amsterdam to the river Amstel. At Oudekerk you will leave the boat for your first cycle trip. In the evening your guide will give you a more detailed explanation of the program.
Day 2: Uithoorn – Gouda (20 miles). We will start the day early with a visit to the flower auction in Aalsmeer. You will see the world biggest flower auction at work. Every day the world’s market prices for flowers and plant are being determined right here in this building. Millions of flowers and plants find their way all over the world when the auction starts. We will precede our trip through the green hart of Holland towards Gouda. Along the route you can enjoy the views of windmills, lakes and green pastures. We will visit a Dutch cheese farm where you can admire and taste the art of Dutch cheese making.
Day 3: Gouda – Rotterdam – Delft (17-6 miles). Gouda is famous for its cheese and beautiful town hall, from here you can cycle or sail to the city of Rotterdam, the largest port in the world. After a visit to Rotterdam you will cycle to Delft. Delft has a beautiful historical center. Here you will find the church that with underneath the catacombs where the royal family is buried. The guide will show you more interesting things during an evening walk.
Day 4: Delft – The Hague – Leiden (14 miles). Before we leave Delft, we pay a visit to a studio where earthenware is hand painted with the famous "Delfts blauw". Now on the cycle we follow our way to the seat of government capital, The Hague. The houses around the hunting castle "de graven van Holland" (The Earls of Holland) grew into a town, and the castle gave it its name, ‘s-Gravenhage. The area is exceptionally cycle-friendly and that makes a visit by bicycle something special.
You cycle along the many cycle paths, straight through the city whilst left and right you can admire the government buildings, museums and stately facades of the mansions. The town ends abruptly on the beach of Scheveningen with its charming boulevard and fishing port. The Hague has many attractions such as "Panorama Mesdag", a painting of enormous measurements, 14 meters high and a circumference of 120 meters. Or Madurodam, where you can follow the development of Holland from the miniature construction pieces. At the end of the day you cycle back to the Elodie and we sail further to the university town of Leiden.
Day 5: Leiden – Voorhout – Leiden (6 miles). In the morning we will cycle to Voorhout. Here you will find Panorama Tulipland, a 62 meters long an 4 meters high painting that will give you an impressive picture of the bulb fields some 50 years ago. In 1996, the artist, Leo van den Ende started his enormous work of art and it is still not finished. Leo is working on his painting almost every day so there is a fear chance you might see him at work. In the afternoon there will be plenty of time to spend in Leiden The oldest Dutch university towns has a charming and lively center. The Elodie lies in the center of Leiden a good place to get acquainted with this historical town.
Day 6: Leiden – Haarlem (22-10 miles). From Leiden we will head straight for the Keukenhof. This flower exhibition has everything Holland has to offer when it comes to flowers. You may expect to be overwhelmed by colors at this time of year when most flower bulbs show their beauty. After the Keuken hof we will continue our bicycle ride to Harlem.
Day 7: Haarlem – Amsterdam (4 miles). In the morning there is the possibility to do a short cycle trip to the statue of Hans Brinker. The Elodie will pick you up along the route to Amsterdam. Amsterdam is certainly well worth to spend some more time because of its many possibilities: a boat tour around the canals, the Van Gogh museum, and the Rijks museum; or just savor the atmosphere. For dinner you can pick one of the many nice restaurants in the center of town.
Day 8: Amsterdam. We leave after breakfast.
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