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SPRINGTIME AND THE TULIPS ARE A-BLOOMIN’ ON AUSTIN-LEHMAN ADVENTURES FIVE-DAY “HIGHLIGHTS OF HOLLAND” BIKE TOUR
Two cycling trips enrapture travelers with Holland’s most picturesque season
Billings, Montana / Holland, Netherlands (February 2010) — Pedal past fields of brilliantly colored tulips this spring on Austin-Lehman Adventures’ spectacular “Highlights of Holland” trip. The five-day, four-night excursion — capped at a maximum of only 12 travelers per group — winds along coastal dunes, passes over bridge-covered canals and fields bursting with color, and concludes at the world’s largest tulip auction.
Travelers will savor a biking-tour experience crafted by native-Dutchman and ALA partner Ron van Dijk, who has shown the best of Europe by pedal and foot for over 30 years. From Amsterdam to The Hague, be awed by the beauty of the springtime blooms while discovering what makes Holland such an intriguing destination.
Cycle to the world-famous Keukenhof gardens and flower fields – only open to the public for a short two-month period each Spring; explore the expansive park with seven million blooms, as famous for its stunning tulips and inspirational displays of color as its horticultural precision. Travelers then continue to the picturesque neighborhoods of Haarlem, the seaside resort of Zandvoort, and the bulb-growing region of Lisse with its blooms, water-rich landscape of canals, lakes and windmills. The next journey is via ferry to the quaint village of Kaag, and then on to explore Rembrandt’s birthplace of Leiden, which is also home to the world’s largest tulip painting. Completed in 2009 by Dutch landscape artist Leo van den Ende, this panorama of one million tulips is the compilation of an 11-year effort. The final stop is spent at Aalsmeer, the largest tulip auction in the world.
Designed for 12 adult bikers at a relaxed pace of 21 to 44 miles per day, the springtime “Highlights of Holland” trip is offered April 11-15, April 18-22 and April 25-25, 2010. The trip is also offered four times in the summer season. Priced at $1998 per person, double occupancy with a single supplement rate of an additional $380. For further information on Austin-Lehman Adventures’ “Highlights of Holland”, contact Austin-Lehman Adventures at 1-800-575-1540 or visit www.austinlehman.com
“Just as our US roots are aligned with spectacular destinations such as Yellowstone and emblematic of our national park heritage, Austin-Lehman has an equally strong European legacy founded in Holland,” said Dan Austin, director of ALA. “Thanks to Ron van Dijk, born in The Netherlands and based in Holland, his beautiful country has remained a natural stronghold for our tours – stunning natural scenery, combined with Ron’s unparalleled experience in seeing authentic Europe at its botanical best.”