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Springtime and the Tulips Are a-Bloomin’ on Austin-Lehman Adventures Five-Day "Highlights of Holland" Bike Tour

European cycling trips enrapture travelers with Holland’s most picturesque season

Billings, MT, March 05, 2010 --( Pedal past fields of brilliantly colored tulips this spring on Austin-Lehman Adventures’ “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.

Austin-Lehman Adventures ( travelers will savor a biking vacation 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

“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.”

About Austin-Lehman Adventures
Ranked number one as the “World’s Best Tour Operator” in 2009 by readers of Travel + Leisure Magazine, Austin-Lehman Adventures, with a 35-year legacy, provides adventure vacations on four continents. ALA has built an international reputation for small group active travel to destinations in North, Central and South America, Europe and southern Africa. The company specializes in adult and family multi-sport, hiking, biking vacations that emphasize history, culture, and geography’s natural beauty. Trips are limited to 12 guests (18 on family departures) and feature excellent regional dining, distinctive accommodations and all-inclusive rates and services. Founders Dan Austin and Paul Lehman believe the best way to enjoy a destination is to experience it as a local; close-up, at one’s own pace far off the usual tourist track. In addition to its scheduled group departures, ALA also offers customized trip planning for families, solo travelers and adults. To back up its strong commitment to the highest levels of guest service, ALA offers all its travelers a money back guarantee, a rarity among adventure travel companies

Editor's Note:
Interviews with Dan Austin or Ron van Dijk, as well as additional photography of Holland, available upon request.

Contact: Rebecca Werner 312.440.3075 Dan Austin, 800-575-1540
Werner Public Relations, Inc.

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