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Spring Gardens in Holland & Belgium 2017

Dutch Waterways | Netherlands, Europe

7 days
from
£779
per person
  • Keukenhof Gardens
  • Brussels
  • Dordrecht
  • Floralia
  • Antwerp
  • Keukenhof Gardens
  • Rotterdam
Keukenhof GardensBrusselsDordrechtFloraliaAntwerpKeukenhof GardensRotterdam
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.

 

Spring Gardens in Holland & Belgium Itinerary

Experience Europe’s most beautiful gardens in full bloom this spring with the 2017 Spring Gardens cruise from The River Cruise Line. This seven-day trip takes you along the sublime waters of the Netherlands and Belgium, with visits to both country’s capital cities and the best botanical gardens each country has to offer. Keukenhof, also known as the Garden of Europe, reached a new record in spring 2015 with well over a million visitors. Still, it doesn’t beat the number of bulbs you will find here, with more than seven million of them creating a spectacular carpet of colour.

In the neighbouring country of Belgium, Floralia is the must-see spring event where thousands of bulbs are on show around a beautiful castle.

This relaxing cruise also includes visits to Appeltern Gardens and the National Botanic Garden of Belgium, along with free time in beautiful Dutch and Belgian cities.

Discover our full itinerary below, or contact us for more information about our Spring Gardens in Holland and Belgium Cruise 2017.

Day 1: Amsterdam
We travel to Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands, and enjoy a relaxing evening aboard our ship.

Day 2: Kinderdijk & Dordrecht
This morning we reach the village of Kinderdijk, which is renowned for its 19 beautifully preserved windmills. Our optional excursion visits two of the mills before cruising on to Dordrecht. After lunch our included excursion takes you to Appeltern Gardens, home to 200 model gardens bursting with colour and inspiration. Later in the day we cruise towards Brussels.

Day 3: Brussels
Shortly after breakfast we visit the Floralia spring flower show, held in the grounds of Château de Grand Bigard. Here you can wander among more than a million bulbs and admire the glasshouse exhibits. The remainder of the day is free to explore Brussels or you can join our optional guided tour. Later in the day we cruise towards Antwerp.

Day 4: Antwerp
Today’s included trip takes you to the National Botanic Garden of Belgium (Meise) and the Plant Palace. This is one of the largest botanic gardens in the world, with beautiful outdoor collections and an enormous glasshouse filled with more than 10,000 plant species. We return to Antwerp which is renowned for diamonds and Peter Paul Rubens.

Day 5: Ghent
We wake up in the small city of Ghent, which is filled with canals and beautiful buildings. First, you can join our optional excursion to the nearby city of Bruges, a masterpiece of medieval times, before spending the afternoon in Ghent. Later this evening we begin cruising back towards the Netherlands.

Day 6: Rotterdam
Today we visit the magnificent Keukenhof Gardens, where there’s plenty of time to explore the grounds which are filled with over seven million flowering bulbs. This evening is free to explore Rotterdam, known as the Manhattan on the Meuse because of its impressive skyline.

Day 7: Amsterdam – UK
We bid farewell to our Captain and crew and set off on the return journey.

Spring Gardens in Holland & Belgium

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• Visit the capital cities of the Netherlands and Belgium

• See over 200 model gardens on an included visit to Appeltern

• Walk around Château de Grand-Bigard during the spectacular Floralia spring flower show

• Entrance to one of the largest botanic gardens in the world, the National Botanic Garden of Belgium

• See the Plant Palace which houses more than 10,000 plant species from around the world

• Visit Keukenhof, the most beautiful spring garden in the world

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 or Hull

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.

Ferry crossing at Dover or Hull

When you travel by coach or car, you will join a ferry at Dover or Hull, 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 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.

By Air

Air travel is included on selected cruises, it includes taxes, one item of checked in baggage per couple, a seat in economy class and return transfers from the airport to the ship.

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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DepartureTravel optionsBooking
2017-04-05
05 April 2017
for 9 days


Coach
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Ferries
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9 Days from
£929
Passengers
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2017-04-06
06 April 2017
for 7 days


Eurostar
Join ship at Amsterdam
7 Days from
£899
Passengers
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2017-04-06
06 April 2017
for 7 days


Flights
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7 Days from
£849
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2017-04-06
06 April 2017
for 7 days


Coach
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Ferries
Overnight hotel
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7 Days from
£779
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2017-04-12
12 April 2017
for 7 days


Eurostar
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7 Days from
£899
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2017-04-12
12 April 2017
for 7 days


Coach
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Ferries
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7 Days from
£779
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2017-04-23
23 April 2017
for 9 days


Coach
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Ferries
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9 Days from
£929
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2017-04-24
24 April 2017
for 7 days


Coach
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Flights
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7 Days from
£849
Passengers
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2017-04-24
24 April 2017
for 7 days


Coach
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Ferries
Overnight hotel
Join ship at Amsterdam
7 Days from
£779
Passengers
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2017-04-24
24 April 2017
for 7 days


Eurostar
Join ship at Amsterdam
7 Days from
£899
Passengers
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2017-04-30
30 April 2017
for 7 days


Coach
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Flights
Join ship at Amsterdam
7 Days from
£849
Passengers
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2017-04-30
30 April 2017
for 7 days


Eurostar
Join ship at Amsterdam
7 Days from
£899
Passengers
Select Travel options and Passengers, then click Book.
2017-04-30
30 April 2017
for 7 days


Coach
Enter postcode and click go to show pick ups closest to you
Ferries
Overnight hotel
Join ship at Amsterdam
7 Days from
£779
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!

Windmills

Windmills of Kinderdijk

£17

No trip to the Netherlands is complete without visiting these beautiful wooden windmills, which date back to the 1500s.We visit the Museum Windmill Nederwaard and the Museum Windmill Blokweer and gain fascinating insight from both.

Appeltern Gardens

Appeltern Gardens More Information

Included

A walk through this 23 hectare park is an experience for all the senses. There is a free audio tour if you are interested in the story behind Appeltern and want an extra explanation about the gardens, or you can simply enjoy the quiet, the space and the nature. Whichever you choose, you’re almost certain to come away with some fantastic ideas for your own garden.

Floralia

Floralia More Information

Included

This spectacular show is held in the grounds of Château de Grand-Bigard, where well over a million bulbs have been hand-planted by the castle’s gardeners. Tulips, hyacinths and daffodils are among the 400 varieties on show, along with extremely rare types. There are also displays in the greenhouses, and beautiful arrangements in the chapel and the tower, plus bulbs can be purchased at the entrance to the castle.

Brussels & the Atomium

Brussels & the Atomium

£25

See the best of Brussels on our guided tour which also takes you to see the Atomium – the unmistakable symbol of the city and a unique feat in the history of architecture.

National Botanic Garden

National Botanic Garden of Belgium (Meise) and the Plant Palace More Information

Included

This is one of the largest botanic gardens in the world, with endless promenades that lead you through beautiful open air collections of medicinal and herbaceous plants, shrubs, trees and conifers. There’s also the Plant Palace, an enormous glasshouse with more than 10,000 plant species from around the world.

Bruges

Bruges

£15

The Euromast is Rotterdam’s answer to Paris’ Eiffel tower! Take the superfast lift up to the viewing platform and enjoy the view. We also visit the curious cube houses, an architectural wonder in the heart of the city.

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.

Excursion Package Price

Excursion Package Price

£50

SAVE £7 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: Amsterdam

Ends: Amsterdam

Travel options available:

  • Coach via Dover or Hull
  • Ferry crossing at Dover or Hull
  • Overnight hotel in Dover or Ashford
  • Eurostar from London St Pancras
  • By Air
  • Join at the Ship
7 days
from
£779
per person

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Included in the Price

  • Return travel from the UK
  • Welcome drink, Captain’s get-together and party night
  • En suite cabin accommodation aboard the ms Serenity
  • Early risers and mid morning tea/coffee
  • Full board during your cruise
  • Entertainment every night of your cruise
  • Visits to Amsterdam, Kinderdijk, Dordrecht, Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent & Rotterdam
  • Entrances to Appeltern Gardens, Floralia, the National Botanic Garden of Belgium and Keukenhof Gardens
  • Services of our experienced and friendly Cruise Director and Cruise Manager

 


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