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Dutch Tulips & Windmills

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Dutch Tulips and Windmills

From £999 pp

The 17th century saw the Netherlands flourish in tremendous wealth and glorious colour. It saw the building of the Kinderdijk Windmills, which helped to keep the country above water.

It saw tulips become a national phenomenon. And it saw the creation of some of the world’s greatest art, inspired by the Golden Age.

Celebrate Dutch icons at the incredible Keukenhof Gardens and Kinderdijk, take tours of beautiful towns and spend free afternoons lingering over masterpieces in some of the world’s finest art museums.

What’s Included:

  • 7 night cruise on the MS Serenade 1
  • 20 meals: 7 breakfasts (days 2-8), 6 lunches (days 2-7), 7 dinners (days 1-7)
  • Welcome reception party, and Evening Gala Dinner
  • Local wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Services of an experienced English-speaking onboard Cruise Director
  • Nightly onboard entertainment
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
  • Complimentary VOX portable headset system for cruise excursions
  • Onboard tuilp lecture
  • 4 included excursions: Excursion to Keukenhof Gardens, Royal Delft Factory tour, Excursion to Kinderdijk Windmills & Amsterdam city tour and canal cruise
  • Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Or Fly from your local airport
  • Check-in service by Titan Staff*
  • Eurotunnel or ferry crossings
  • Best available coaches with experienced drivers
  • All port taxes, security charges, and fuel surcharges included

*Check-in by Titan Staff not available at all airports, Please check on booking

Dutch - Keukenhof park in Netherlands,
Bicycles lining a bridge over the canals of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Historic Delfshaven area of Rotterdam
Day 1 - Amsterdam to Hoorn

Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for either your journey to Dover, where we take a break before boarding our coaches, for the Channel crossing to Calais and onward journey to Amsterdam, or you take you to the airport for your flight to Amsterdam.

Upon arrival, embark MS Serenade 1 (4T), where light refreshments are available.

A welcome cocktail and Captain’s gala dinner are served this evening.

Day 1 - Amsterdam to Hoorn


Day 2 - Hoorn & Enkhuizen

Tulips cannot fail to lift your spirit with their wonderful colours. They are a symbol of the arrival of spring, and forever associated with the Netherlands, where great festivals celebrate them in April and May.

After their introduction here in the 16th century, their popularity grew to the point that in the 1630s a single rare bulb was reputedly worth more than ten times a craftsman’s annual salary.

This morning we have a lecture on board MS Serenade 1 to learn more about tulips, before exploring Hoorn independently, or on an optional excursion. This beautiful little city gained popularity for its natural advantage as a trade port, most notably during the time of the Dutch East India Company.

Its history can be seen in the old city centre and the harbour; and the West Frisian Museum focuses on the town’s ‘Golden Age’, taking you on a walk through Hoorn in 1650. We return to the ship to enjoy lunch as we sail to Enkhuizen, where you have time to walk through the old city, where 16th century fortifications and state mansions show the historical power, or visit Zuiderzeemuseum to see the past brought to life.

Day 2 - Hoorn & Enkhuizen

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 - Enkhuizen (Keukenhof) & Lelystad

Today we visit the most famous of the Netherlands’ gardens, and a must-see for anyone with a love for spring flowers. Keukenhof is filled with the glorious colours of crocuses, daffodils, hyacinths and tulips, planted across 32 hectares of gentle landscape.

The inspirational gardens hold seven million bulbs, including 800 varieties of tulip, with the Historical Garden focusing on 400 years of tulip cultivation in the Netherlands. And if this is not enough, a long list of flower shows display yet more colourful blooms through the season.

We rejoin MS Serenade 1 in Lelystad, in time for dinner this evening.

Day 3 - Enkhuizen (Keukenhof) & Lelystad

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Zaandam

Zaandam developed as an important industrial town in the Golden Age, powered by a forest of windmills. The thousands of iconic towers milled wood for paper and shipbuilding industries, flour and oil.

Take an optional excursion to Zaanse Schans to experience 18th and 19th century life in a unique village of windmills. Smell fresh bread in the bakery, taste cheese at the factory and visit a pewter foundry as you make your way around the various windmills.

Alternatively, spend your day relaxing in Zaandam, and maybe visit the beautiful, humble 17th century dwelling of Czaar Peterhuisje, which housed Peter the Great when he first visited the Netherlands.

Day 4 - Zaandam

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Rotterdam

Spend the whole day in Rotterdam, with an included tour of the Royal Delft Factory. This earthenware factory is the last of its kind from the 17th century, and still uses centuries-old hand-painting traditions.

On our tour, you can see the craftsmen producing the iconic blue and white porcelain and ceramic tiles, and wander through the museum filled with jars, plates, unusual tulip vases, items made for the Dutch royal family and a reproduction of Rembrandt’s Night Watchmen, in their own unique style.

The rest of the day is at leisure in this modern city, with a maritime tradition and plenty more excellent museums to find.

Day 5 - Rotterdam

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Kinderdijk & Amsterdam

After breakfast, we visit the Kinderdijk Windmills. Like much of the Netherlands, Kinderdijk lies below sea level, four metres below the River Rhine.

This UNESCO-protected site contains the country’s largest collection of windmills, which have pumped water from the area since around 1740. Two of the 19 beautiful windmills that stand here contain museums that explain how they prevent floods, and show how families lived here centuries ago.

We return to our ship for lunch and enjoy the views as we cruise back to Amsterdam.

Day 6 - Kinderdijk & Amsterdam

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a favourite amongst Europe’s cities – filled with the tilting gabled buildings that mark the great Golden Age, holding fascinating insights into the lives of world-renowned artists, craft breweries, quaint pancake parlours and an incredibly diverse selection of museums.

We take a tour this morning, including a cruise along the famous canals, to discover the city’s inspiring past.

Then spend the afternoon at leisure, maybe learning about the Frank family, whose lives were documented so candidly by Anne Frank as they lived in hiding on Prinsengracht; or in awe of masterpieces at the glorious Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum or Hermitage.

The Captain’s farewell gala dinner is served this evening.

Day 7 - Amsterdam

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Amsterdam - UK

After breakfast we board our waiting coaches for the return journey to Calais and Channel crossing.

Upon arrival in Dover, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.

Or return to the Airport for your flight home, Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.


The four-star plus MS Serenade 1 was built in 2005 and refurbished in 2015. This comfortable vessel creates a synergy between the luxury of an ocean liner and the intimacy and coziness of a river cruise ship. All bathrooms are equipped with both a shower and a bath tub, a unique feature in the river cruise industry.

The MS Serenade 1 is 110 m and offers 68 cabins across three decks with a maximum of 136 guests. Passengers can relax in the lounge, dine in the panoramic restaurant, make use of the library and the Captain’s Club, or simply enjoy the passing scenery on the sun deck while playing giant chess. A cruise on the MS Serenade 1 ensures an unforgettable holiday on the European waterways.

The ship offers three cabin types – all of which include a shower and bath tub. All cabins have outside views, climate control and an en-suite bathroom. In addition, cabins include a phone, TV, safe, hair dryer, mini bar, plus tea and coffee facilities.

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • 68 cabins across three decks, comfortable outside staterooms and suites, most with French Balconies
  • Boutique
  • Lift between Mozart and Chopin Deck
  • Gym and Sauna
  • Library
  • Lobby
  • Lounge and Bar
  • Mini Bar
  • Reception
  • Stairlift to Sun Deck
  • Sun deck with Loungers and Chess
  • WiFi

Accommodation & Amenities

This lovely 4 star river cruise vessel, features comfortably furnished cabins and suites, the majority featuring floor to ceiling sliding glass doors opening to a French Balcony.

68 spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms and including 2 suites range in size from 172 – 215 ft². Most accommodations featuring floor to ceiling glass sliding doors opening to a French Balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish.


215 ft² – Chopin (Upper) Deck

  • Floor to ceiling opening glass doors (French Balcony)
  • Full sit out private outdoor verenda
  • Indoor seating area with table and chairs
  • Hotel standard beds, which can be converted into twins or remain as double.
  • Private tiled bathroom with WC, wash basin & bathtub & separate shower enclosure
  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • Satellite television
  • Phone, in-room safe, hair dryer, mini bar
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

C, B & A Grade Superior Cabins

172 ft² – Middle (Mozart) & Upper (Chopin) Deck

  • Floor to ceiling opening glass doors (French Balcony)
  • Private tiled bathroom with WC, wash basin & bathtub & separate shower enclosure
  • Hotel standard beds, which can be converted into twins or remain as double.
  • Indoor seating area with table and chairs
  • Satellite television
  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • Phone, in-room safe, hair dryer, mini bar
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

D- Grade Standard Cabins

172 ft² – Lower (Beethoven) Deck

  • Head Height fixed window
  • Private tiled bathroom with WC, wash basin & bathtub & separate shower enclosure
  • Hotel standard beds, which can be converted into twins or remain as double.
  • Indoor seating area with table and chairs
  • Satellite television
  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

Why Choose This Cruise?

Titan is the only escorted tour operator to offer free home transfers on every itinerary and every departure date with no mileage supplement to pay.

Titan are also our number one choice for low or no single supplements.  As Titan now charter their own ship, the MS Serenade 1, not only as a solo traveler do you get picked up from home, but you can look forward to knowing that there will be a group of single travelers onboard with you. Or you can cruise with a companion, but you both have a cabin for only a small supplement, subject to availability.

As a long established, multi-award winning touring company, Titan have brought their friendly expertise to their comfortable, 4 star river cruising. Your fellow travelers on board will be from the UK and Ireland.

We have worked with Titan and their friendly staff for a number of years and are very happy to recommend their overall experience from start to finish.  Celebrating 40 years in business, they are definitely doing something right.

Apr 1Serenade 1Amsterdam£1399Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckD172 ft², Fixed WindowsSold  
Middle DeckC161 ft², French BalconySold  
Middle DeckB161 ft², French Balcony£1399  
Upper DeckA161 ft², French Balcony£1599  
Upper DeckSuite237 ft², Outside BalconySold  
Apr 15Serenade 1Amsterdam£1399Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckD172 ft², Fixed Windows£1399  
Middle DeckC161 ft², French Balcony£1599  
Middle DeckB161 ft², French Balcony£1799  
Upper DeckA161 ft², French Balcony£1849  
Upper DeckSuite237 ft², Outside Balcony£1899  
Apr 29Serenade 1Amsterdam£1399Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckD172 ft², Fixed Windows£1399  
Middle DeckC161 ft², French Balcony£1599  
Middle DeckB161 ft², French Balcony£1799  
Upper DeckA161 ft², French Balcony£1949  
Upper DeckSuite237 ft², Outside BalconySold  
May 6Serenade 1Amsterdam£999Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckD172 ft², Fixed Windows£999  
Middle DeckC161 ft², French Balcony£1599  
Middle DeckB161 ft², French Balcony£1599  
Upper DeckA161 ft², French Balcony£1749  
Upper DeckSuite237 ft², Outside BalconySold  

VIP door-to-door travel service
Travel with us and your holiday starts the moment you step out your front door. There’s no worry about taxi fares, train timetables or having to lug your bags on public transport – we take care of the whole journey for you.

Hassle-free transfers*
As the pioneers of door-to-door transfers, our service is industry-leading. No matter where you’re flying from, our drivers will pick you up from home (or another address if that’s easier) and take you to your departure airport. When you return, they’ll be waiting at the terminal to bring you back home again. If you’ve chosen to stay in a hotel the night before your flight, that’s not a problem – we’ll collect you the day before and take you to the hotel.

Everyone’s a VIP – no matter how far you are from the airport
We won’t ask you to pay extra just because you live further away. There are no mileage limits or supplements to pay for our airport transfers – we cover every UK address (with the exception of the Scottish Islands and Sark, where we’ll pick you up from a mainland address of your choice).

*The majority of our VIP door-to-door service transfers are not exclusive to one holiday booking and journeys to and from the airport may be undertaken via additional addresses and may involve a change of vehicle.

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