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Spring Gardens in Holland & Belgium 2018

Dutch Waterways | Netherlands, Europe

7 days
from
£879
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 the ultimate spring sensation at two of the most beautiful gardens in Europe. Keukenhof opens its doors to thousands of visitors every year; 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. Together they are the perfect addition to this relaxing cruise, plus we include visits to Appeltern Gardens and the National Botanic Garden of Belgium along with free time in beautiful Dutch and Belgian cities.

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

Day 2: Amsterdam
We set off early this morning on an optional excursion to the Aalsmeer Flower Auction, where you can experience the hustle and bustle of the auction floor and admire the stunning flowers traded daily from more than 10 countries (a packed breakfast will be taken because of the early start). Later today you can join another optional excursion which reveals the best views of Amsterdam on a cruise around the city’s canals.

Day 3: Kinderdijk & Appeltern Gardens
This morning we reach Kinderdijk, which is renowned for its 19 beautifully preserved windmills. Our optional excursion visits two of the mills, where we learn about the lifestyle of a miller and the mechanism of a mill, before cruising to Dordrecht. Our included excursion then takes you to Appeltern Gardens, home to 200 model gardens bursting with colour and inspiration. Later today we begin cruising towards Belgium.

Day 4: Antwerp & Floralia
After breakfast our coach departs on an included trip to Floralia, the 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 Antwerp which is renowned for its skilled diamond cutters and cherished artist Peter Paul Rubens.

Day 5: Antwerp & Meise
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, which also boasts an enormous glasshouse filled with more than 10,000 plant species. Later today we begin cruising to Rotterdam.

Day 6: Rotterdam & Keukenhof Gardens
After breakfast our coach departs on an included trip to Keukenhof Gardens, where over seven million bulbs are on show. You can follow the pathways which surround shimmering lakes, ancient trees and wonderful works of art, browse the pavilions, find your way around the hedge maze and enjoy the entertainment taking place throughout the day. Later this evening begin cruising back to Amsterdam.

Day 7: Amsterdam – UK
We bid farewell to our captain and crew after breakfast 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.

By Air Heathrow, Manchester or Aberdeen

Air travel is included as an air inclusive option with flights and return transfers to the ship included.

Meet at your cruise ship

Make your own travel arrangements at your convenience to join your selected cruise, simply board your cruise ship at the embarkation point.

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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2018-04-08
08 April 2018
for 7 days


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Ferries
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7 days from
£1029
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2018-04-09
09 April 2018
for 7 days


Eurostar
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7 days from
£1119
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2018-04-09
09 April 2018
for 7 days


Flights
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7 days from
£1069
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2018-04-09
09 April 2018
for 7 days


Coach
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7 days from
£879
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2018-04-14
14 April 2018
for 7 days


Coach
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7 days from
£1029
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2018-04-15
15 April 2018
for 7 days


Eurostar
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7 days from
£1119
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2018-04-15
15 April 2018
for 7 days


Flights
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7 days from
£1069
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2018-04-15
15 April 2018
for 7 days


Coach
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7 days from
£879
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2018-05-02
02 May 2018
for 7 days


Coach
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Ferries
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7 days from
£1079
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2018-05-03
03 May 2018
for 7 days


Eurostar
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7 days from
£1169
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2018-05-03
03 May 2018
for 7 days


Flights
Join ship at Amsterdam
7 days from
£1039
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2018-05-03
03 May 2018
for 7 days


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7 days from
£929
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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!

Aaslsmeer Flower Auction

Aaslsmeer Flower Auction

£29

Aalsmeer is the largest trading centre for plants and flowers in the world with trading taking place with over 10 countries. This is the only place in the world where you can watch the trading take place.

Amsterdam canal cruise

Amsterdam Canal Cruise

£39

The city of Amsterdam is best appreciated with a cruise along its world famous canals; indeed no visit is complete without having this experience. Enjoy a selection of wonderful cheeses washed down with a refreshing glass of wine as our chartered cruiser, accompanied by English commentary, highlights the sights and places of interest passing by.

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

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 Flower Show

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.

National Botanic Garden

National Botanic Garden of Belgium

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.

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

£75

SAVE £10 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 Heathrow, Manchester or Aberdeen
  • Meet at your cruise ship
7 days
from
£879
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
  • Six nights’ cruise on a full board basis
  • Entertainment every night of your cruise
  • Visits to Amsterdam, Kinderdijk, Antwerp, Meise & Rotterdam
  • Entrances to Appeltern Gardens, Floralia Flower Show, the National Botanic Garden of Belgium and Keukenhof Gardens
  • Services of our experienced and friendly Cruise Director and Cruise Manager

 


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