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See tulips and sample cheeses on a boat-and-bike tour of Holland

See tulips and sample cheeses on a boat-and-bike tour of Holland
Bicycle to the tulips at Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands on Tripsite's bike and barge Tulip Tour in April. (Visit Keukenhof)

You may not stop to smell the tulips on this Holland tour, but you'll certainly get an eyeful of the flower that blankets the Netherlands in spring.

Tripsite offers an eight-day guided tour that starts and ends in Amsterdam. Participants travel by barge and set off on two wheels at towns along the way.

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By night, you'll sleep on the boat; by day, you'll cycle to the famed Keukenhof flower garden, the Aalsmeer flower market and the country's flower-growing center in Haarlem.

Of course, there's more than just flowers to this trip.

Participants visit the town of Leiden, where Rembrandt was born, and sample some of Holland's famed cheeses (think Gouda). Other stops include Alphen, Zaanse Schans, Alkmaar.

Date: Four tours depart this year on April 2, 9 (two different ships) and 10, and on April 29 in 2017.

Price: $1,103 to $1,114 per person, based on double occupancy.

The tour includes accommodations for seven nights on the boat, most meals, a 24-speed hybrid bicycle with panier, tour guide and route information. Not included are international airfares, bicycle helmets (available for rent) and museum/excursion entrance fees.

Info: Tripsite Tulip Tour, (800) 951-4384

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