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Floral Delights of Holland 2019

From £1249 pp

There’s no better time to visit the gardens of Keukenhof and Utrecht than in spring, when tulips and daffodils are in full bloom. Look forward to exploring independently and at your own pace on included excursions.

You’ll also be able to admire the fantastic floral displays of Holland’s annual Flower Parade that arrives in Haarlem during your visit, and visit the Floralia flower show in Brussels.

What’s Included meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners

  • UK travel service
  • Return coach travel via Eurotunnel or ferry
  • Cocktail party and Saga dinner
  • Wine, Beer and soft drinks with lunch & Dinner
  • Saga cruise Host
  • Saga cruise Assistant
  • Entertainment and activities on the ship
  • Excursions;- Keukenhof Gardens, Floralia Brussels, Utrecht Botanical Gardens
Bicycles lining a bridge over the canals of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Arnhem heritage museum
Kasteel van Groot-Bijagaarden. Floralia
Keukenhof Kitchen Garden Holland
Day 1 - UK to Amsterdam / Haarlem

Travel by air, or by coach from Folkestone to Amsterdam via Eurotunnel or ferry and embark MS Carmen.

Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner as you cruise towards Haarlem, arriving later tonight.


Day 2 - Haarlem

Enjoy spending the day at leisure in the beautiful city of Haarlem where this evening the annual Flower Parade that begins in Noordwijk will arrive in Haarlem, and you can feast your eyes on a procession of floats carrying magnificent displays.

Your ship remains moored here overnight.

Day 2 - Haarlem

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 - Haarlem

Today you may like to venture into the city centre to take a closer look at the colourful floral displays.

The attractive market square, Grote Markt, is home to an impressive 14th-century Town Hall and St Bavo’s church. Set sail again this evening and cruise overnight towards Belgium.

Day 3 - Haarlem

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Antwerp

Arrive in Antwerp at breakfast time and look forward to an included half-day excursion to take in the splendour of the 16th annual Floralia Brussels flower show in the grounds and greenhouses of the castle of Groot-Bijgaarden. The 14 hectares incorporates more than one million bulbs with nearly 400 types of tulips on display. The rest of the day is at leisure in Belgium’s second city. Perhaps wander the cobbled lanes of the Medieval quarter or seek out a museum dedicated to local son and acclaimed painter Rubens. Your ship remains moored here until the early hours.

Day 4 - Antwerp

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Antwerp to Utrecht

Cruise through the morning to Utrecht, disembarking for a half-day trip to Utrecht Botanical Gardens, first laid out in 1639.

The gardens incorporate six different areas, including a Rock Garden said to be one of Europe’s finest, Tropical Greenhouses and an Outer Fort where marsh marigold and huge skunk cabbage flourish in the spring. Moor in Utrecht overnight.

Day 5 - Antwerp to Utrecht

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Utrecht to Zaandam

Look forward to a full-day excursion to the famous Keukenhof gardens, also known as the ‘garden of Europe’. More than seven million bulbs fill the park with vibrant colour and fragrance.

During your visit you can admire dazzling displays of millions of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths and visit flower and plant shows in the pavilions.

Of course, the tulip displays are weather dependent, but they’re normally in bloom from mid-March to mid-May.

Day 6 - Utrecht to Zaandam

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Utrecht - Amsterdam

Set sail from Zaandem late morning and return to Amsterdam for an overnight mooring.

An optional excursion visits Amsterdam’s botanical gardens, one of the oldest in the world.

Alternatively, you can join an excursion to Vondelpark, Amsterdam’s largest park, or explore at leisure.

Day 7 -  Utrecht - Amsterdam

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Amsterdam to UK

Disembark after breakfast and return to the UK.


MS Carmen has been recently refurbished to create light and airy public areas and welcoming cabins, and her compact size means it’s easy to make friends…

The compact size of MS Carmen means it’s easy to find your way about and to make friends. You can relax on the partially-covered sun deck or in the small library, or browse the boutique. Enjoy drinks and the panoramic riverside views in the lounge bar.

In the restaurant you can tuck in to delicious buffet breakfasts and three-course lunches and waiter-served four-course dinners with a choice of main course. The cabins are comfortably furnished with an ensuite shower and WC, air conditioning, cupboard space and a desk with a mirror. They also have a telephone, television, safe and a hairdryer. Upper deck cabins have opening, floor-to-ceiling windows and Juliet balconies. Some Middle deck cabins (216 to 240) have opening windows. Other cabins on the Main deck and all cabins on the Lower deck have non-opening windows.

There is a lift to all decks. Wi-Fi is available throughout the ship, although can be patchy depending on your location.

Onboard Features & Facilities

The compact size of MS Carmen means it’s easy to find your way about and to make friends. You can relax on the partially-covered sun deck or in the small library, or browse the boutique. Enjoy drinks and the panoramic riverside views in the lounge bar.

• Restaurant
• Panorama-Bar and Lounge
• Sun Deck
• Small Library

• Fitness cycle and table tennis
• Wi-Fi internet access
• A lift serving the Sun Deck, Promenade Deck and Main Deck

Accommodations & Amenities

  • Comfortable cabins with ensuite
  • Floor to Ceiling windows Upper deck with French Balcony
  • Air conditioning
  • Desk
  • Telephone
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer

Upper Deck Cabins

195 ft² –  (Upper) Deck

  • Floor-to-ceiling windows with French balcony
  • En-suite bathroom with Shower/WC,  hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Closet space
  • Choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed)
  • TV
  • Air Conditioning
  • Telephone
Middle Deck Cabins

150 ft² – Middle Deck

  • Picture Window
  • En-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer
  • Closet space
  • Choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed)
  • TV
  • Air Conditioning
  • Telephone
  • Safe

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