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Dutch Towns & the Spring Gardens of Keukenhof 2017

Dutch Waterways | Netherlands, Europe

7 days
from
£559
per person
  • Arnhem
  • Enkhuizen
  • Harlingen
  • Hoorn
  • Kampen
  • Keukenhof Gardens
  • Volendam
  • Volendam
  • Zutphen
  • Amsterdam Canal Cruise
ArnhemEnkhuizenHarlingenHoornKampenKeukenhof GardensVolendamVolendamZutphenAmsterdam Canal Cruise
Note that there may be small differences between our general Itinerary for this cruise and a specific departure. To view departure specific itineraries please go to the Dates and Prices tab and click "View Itinerary" on a specific departure.

 

Dutch Towns & the Spring Gardens of Keukenhof Itinerary

Experience Europe’s most beautiful gardens in full bloom this spring with the Dutch Towns and the Spring Gardens of Keukenhof Cruise 2017 from The River Cruise Line. Our cruise starts in Arnhem, a city steeped in history, before setting sail for picturesque IJsselmeer, with its quaint harbours and fishing ports. Before the sights and sounds of Amsterdam, we stop for an included excursion to the world’s largest flower garden, Keukenhof, where we’ll see the world’s largest flower garden in full springtime bloom. See the full itinerary for our Dutch Towns and the Spring Gardens of Keukenhof Cruise below, and if you’d like to find out more ways to enjoy the Netherlands, check out our Netherlands cruise page.

Day 1: UK – Arnhem
We travel to Arnhem and board our ship for a relaxing evening.

Day 2: Arnhem – Zutphen
The city of Arnhem is a moving place to visit, having been the scene of one of the boldest operations of World War Two. Explore at leisure or join our optional excursion with a visit to the historic cellars under the streets, a trip up Arnhem’s tallest building and apple pie with tea or coffee in the Dudok Café. In the afternoon we have another optional excursion visiting a vineyard in the wine village of Groesbeek where we enjoy a tour and tasting.

Day 3: Zutphen – Kampen – Lemmer
Our next port of call is Kampen on the edge of the IJsselmeer. From here we offer an optional excursion to visit Het Loo Palace, whilst our ship cruises up the eastern shoreline to the traditional fishing port of Lemmer.

Day 4: Lemmer – Franeker – Harlingen
Casting off in the early morning, we cruise to the historic town of Franeker. From here you can join our optional coach excursion which takes us across the IJsselmeer causeway to reach the harbour town of Medemblik, where we have included entry to the award-winning Bakery Museum. We rejoin our ship in Franeker and sail to Harlingen for a relaxing evening in this old Friesian seaport.

Day 5: Harlingen – Enkhuizen – Hoorn
The picturesque former seaport of Enkhuizen, is our destination today. Whilst berthed here for the afternoon you can explore the town and its famous marina or you can join our optional excursion to the Zuiderzee Museum. We cast off in the early evening and cruise to the lively little port of Hoorn.

Day 6: Hoorn – Volendam – Keukenhof Gardens – Amsterdam
We continue our route down the IJsselmeer to the quaint former fishing port of Volendam. Here you can join our included excursion to the magnificent Keukenhof Gardens. We rejoin our ship in Amsterdam where you can take an optional cruise along Amsterdam’s canal system whilst enjoying cheese and wine.

Day 7: Amsterdam – UK
This morning we bid farewell to our Captain and crew and disembark for the return journey to the UK.

Dutch Towns & the Spring Gardens of Keukenhof

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• Learn some of the fascinating history of the Netherlands

• Soak up the atmosphere of charming fishing towns

• Visit the town where one of the fiercest battles of World War II took place

• Walk around the world’s largest flower garden on our included trip to Keukenhof

• Enjoy the beautiful architecture of Het Loo Palace, often dubbed as a mini Versailles

• Choose to visit one of the world’s oldest working planetariums

• See in the new season with a trip to the spring garden of Europe

• Acquaint yourself with Amsterdam via a cruise on its world-famous canals

Ships

We offer a number of flexible travel options for you to join your cruise, whether you want to travel to the port of departure or directly to the ship. Please see below:

Coach via Dover, Hull or Newcastle

On many of our cruises you can take advantage of our convenient and FREE regional coach departures aboard our modern executive coaches from a town or city near you to the port of departure and onwards to meet the ship.

Join a Ferry crossing at Dover, Hull or Newcastle

When you travel by coach or car, you will join a ferry at Dover, Hull or Newcastle, depending on your chosen cruise, and cross over to Europe. Our coach will then take you to meet our ship at the embarkation point as shown in the cruise itinerary. Hull or Newcastle crossings take place overnight, adding 2 days to the cruise duration.

Overnight hotel in Dover or Ashford

Travel at your own pace, in the comfort of your own vehicle and stay overnight at Dover or Ashford, in accommodation close to the port of departure and be collected/returned by our coach. Prices for Ashford start from £59 per person per night and for Dover for £65 per person per night on a bed and breakfast basis and include parking for one vehicle for the duration of your cruise.

Eurostar from London St Pancras

Enjoy the benefits of rail travel – boarding at London St Pancras International, you will be whisked effortlessly along by Eurostar whilst relaxing in your reserved seat. You have the freedom to stretch your legs whenever the mood takes you and purchase drinks and snacks from the buffet carriage.

On selected cruises there are rail options included in the price, whereas on other cruises it is offered alongside our coach travel option – please note a supplement will apply and transfers to the ship are not included except for cruises certain cruises.

Join at the Ship

You are of course free to make your own way to and from the ship by booking your flight/ferry or train tickets independently – a small reduction applies. With your joining instructions we will send you a map of where the ship is berthed and also a boarding time.

Dates and pricing

The details below show the travel options, pricing and the available departure dates for this itinerary. If you have any questions about this cruise please do not hesitate to call our Holiday Advisors.

Departures

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2017-03-23
23 March 2017
for 9 days
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2017-03-24
24 March 2017
for 7 days


Coach
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Ferries
Overnight hotel
Eurostar
Join ship at Arnhem
7 Days from
£559
Passengers
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2017-03-29
29 March 2017
for 9 days


Coach
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9 days from
£709
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2017-03-30
30 March 2017
for 7 days


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Ferries
Overnight hotel
Eurostar
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7 Days from
£559
Passengers
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2017-04-05
05 April 2017
for 7 days


Coach
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Ferries
Overnight hotel
Eurostar
Join ship at Arnhem
7 Days from
£559
Passengers
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Enhance your holiday experience with a range of optional and included excursions that allow you to discover the history of our ports of call, experience the tradition of local regions and explore further afield. They’re the perfect complement to your cruise itinerary, but they are subject to availability so we recommend you book early!

Arnhem

Arnhem above & below!

£27

We venture beneath the streets of Arnhem, where 36 centuries-old cellars have been restored to their former glory. We also enjoy panoramic views from the tower of St Eusebius Church, before finishing with a slice of Dudok apple pie and tea or coffee.

Groesbeek wine village

Groesbeek wine village

£27

We visit one of the many vineyards surrounding the small wine village of Groesbeek, Vineyard de Plack, whose owners introduced the first fully organic, climate neutral Dutch wine. We learn of about their achievements and finish with a tasting session.

Het Loo Palace

Het Loo Palace

£29

This magnificent palace with its lavish interiors and a wealth of historical exhibits was the former home of the Dutch royal family and has fascinated the public since opening in 1984.

Keukenhof Gardens

Keukenhof Gardens

Included

Keukenhof is spring at its most beautiful; where all the best floral features of the season are brought together to form stunning displays which are reflected in the still waters of the surrounding lakes.

Amsterdam canal cruise

Amsterdam canal cruise with cheese & wine

£39

No visit to Amsterdam is complete without a cruise along its canals. Enjoy a selection of cheeses washed down with a glass of wine as our chartered cruiser, accompanied by English commentary, highlights the sights and places of interest.

Medemblik & The Old Bakery Museum

Medemblik & The Old Bakery Museum

£21

We travel across the IJsselmeer causeway to Medemblik, to find the tastiest museum in the Netherlands – The Old Bakery. It houses a fascinating collection of all things bakery related, and you can also watch demonstrations and enjoy delicious baked goodies.

Excursion Package

Excursion Package Price

£109

SAVE £34 PER PERSON
Don't miss a thing by booking our special excursion package which includes all the listed excursions for this cruise. Not only can you take part in all the exciting trips we have organised, you can enjoy all this at a reduced cost!

At a glance

Length: 7 days

From: Arnhem

Ends: Amsterdam

Travel options available:

  • Coach via Dover, Hull or Newcastle
  • Join a Ferry crossing at Dover, Hull or Newcastle
  • Overnight hotel in Dover or Ashford
  • Eurostar from London St Pancras
  • Join at the Ship
7 days
from
£559
per person

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Included in the Price

  • Executive return coach travel from your chosen departure point
  • Return ferry crossing
  • Welcome drink, Captain’s get together and Party Night
  • En-suite cabin accommodation aboard the mps Lady Anne
  • Full board during the cruise
  • Early risers and mid morning tea/coffee
  • Entertainment on every night of your cruise
  • Visits to Arnhem, Zutphen, Kampen, Lemmer, Franeker, Harlingen, Enkhuizen, Hoorn, Volendam and Amsterdam
  • Included entrance to Keukenhof Gardens
  • Services of our experienced and friendly Cruise Director and Cruise Manager

 


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