Easily one of the most enduring images of The Netherlands, the Dutch bulbfields are a wonderful sight; a vibrant sea of flowers in many dazzling colours. In particular the spectacular Keukenhof Gardens make for a spellbinding attraction. These famous gardens stretch out across 80 acres of parkland, which also includes ponds and landscaped gardens.
They boast a wonderful choice of flower displays, along with many greenhouses and even a working windmill. Of course the tulips – as one of the Netherlands’ most iconic emblems – feature most prominently, and approximately seven million tulip bulbs are planted here each year. There is also a marvellous display of orchids, daffodils and crocuses amongst others, making the incredible Dutch bulbfields a truly unmissable sight.
Our holidays to the Dutch bulbfields also visit some of the Netherlands’ other great highlights, such as the incomparable, canal-lined city of Amsterdam and the famous cheese-producing town of Edam. Other great highlights include lesser-known gems such as Zanse Schaans, a fascinating open-air museum that faithfully depicts rural Dutch life in the 17th and 18th centuries. And of course, our tours include some of the finest railway journeys in Europe, with modern trains such as the Eurostar from London, and charming nostalgic heritage lines like the Medemblik Steam Train, which travels through the idyllic Westfrisian coastal countryside.
Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a twin cabin with a limited number of single cabins available on all decks, at the relevant supplement.
Travel options…..Its all included in the price… and exclusive to Great Rail Journeys
Fly & Cruise
For those who prefer to travel by air, Great Rail Journeys are excited to offer the option of flying to your destination from airports across the UK. On arrival in Amsterdam you will be met by our representative and transferred to your 5*-star ship. On departure we included a transfer to the airport for your flight home
Rail & Cruise
Travel by rail to Amsterdam in Standard Class, departing from our departure office in London St Pancras. For those wishing for that little extra touch of luxury, we also offer a First Class Upgrade from only £200 per person which sees you travel in Standard |Premier Class on Eurostar service with light meals and drinks. Passengers are escorted by one of our tour managers.
Meet your Tour Manager at London St Pancras today, where you board the Eurostar Service to Amsterdam, where you’ll be escorted you to the ship.
Fly from your closest airport to Schipol Airport in Amsterdam, where you’ll be met by a Great Rail Journeys representative who will escort you to the ship.
On arrival you board your vessel and settle into your cabin and your new surroundings. Later, enjoy a welcome drink in the lounge before a sumptuous 5-course first dinner in the restaurant.
Day 2 - Amsterdam
After waking up to your first morning and breakfast on board, you are given a choice between two fascinating excursions.
Your first option is a guided sightseeing tour of Amsterdam, taking in all the sights which make this enigmatic port city one of the most loved in Europe. Discover the Royal Palace, Dam Square and the pretty canals for which Amsterdam is famous.
Your second option is a visit to the town of Hoorn where you embark on a nostalgic steam train trip on the wonderful Medemblik Steam Railway.
Day 3 - The Battlefields of Ypres
Our vessel arrives into Ghent today, in Flemish Belgium. This morning. Colonel Piers Storie-Pugh comes aboard to deliver a fascinating talk about the battlefields in the region, using his impressive expertise in the field to take us back in time.
In the afternoon, our excursion takes us to the infamous Ypres Battlefields, a key battlefront in the First World War. We are accompanied by experts who take us through the old trenches as well as up to the poignant site of Hill 60, one of the worst areas of fighting that Europe has ever seen.
You also see the Tyne Cot cemetery where many of the combatants were buried.
Return to the ship later for dinner.
Day 4 - Ghent & Bruges
Discover the attractive town of Ghent this morning as you venture into the narrow streets and pretty boulevards for a guided tour. Built in an instantly identifiable style, the architecture lends an elegant grandeur to the buildings here, and we discover some of the finest examples on our tour which includes the ever impressive St Bavo’s Cathedral and the Belfrey.
After lunch, we pay a visit to the fairytale city of Bruges. An exceptional example of a medieval town which maintains its historicity, Bruges is truly an enchanting city with winding streets opening up to large squares which are often filled with locals enjoying the local cafés serving Belgian delicacies. Here we discover the canals, churches and noble old townhouses which are famous across Europe.
Later, after our day in the towns of Belgium, we enjoy another delicious dinner on board our vessel. The ship sails overnight to Antwerp.
Day 5 - Antwerp
This morning, our cruise arrives into the diamond town of Antwerp in the far north of Belgium, near the Netherlands. A superb city of magnificent colour and style, Antwerp is famous for its role as the world’s leading diamond authority. It is estimated that around 70% of the world’s diamonds are sold and bought here. We visit the diamond district and more on a guided tour of the city’s medieval streets
Later in the afternoon, we depart Antwerp sailing along the Rhine and the Scheldt-Rhine Canal. This man-made stretch of water was created to serve trade routes along the Rhine. We discover more about the history of the canal from our Cruise Director.
Day 6 - Arnhem
We arrive into Arnhem this morning. After free time, you have another choice of two excursions. Your first option is to visit the excellent Hartenstein Airbourne Museum in nearby Oosterbeek for a guided tour. This institution is based on the fierce Battle of Arnhem in WWII, the setting of the war film ‘A Bridge too Far’.
The museum features a collection which includes various artefacts from the battle itself. Alternatively, you may wish to join the excursion which visits the Netherlands Open Air Museum, recanting the storied history of flight in this proud European country.
Tonight we sit down to an elegant Gala dinner with our captain and crew.
Day 7 - The Keukenhof Gardens
This morning we arrive back in Amsterdam, and are joined on board by the wonderful Charlie Dimmock, star of the BBC’s Ground Force. We enjoy a presentation as well as a question and answer session with her, learning about her time at the BBC and her tips on horticulture and garden care.
Later, we experience a true highlight of the tour, visiting the magnificent kaleidoscope of colour that is Keukenhof Gardens. Lined and filled with all manner of glorious tulips displays of all sizes and variety, this is one of the best floral displays in Europe and indeed the rest of the world.
In the evening, we are serenaded back on board by a Dutch sea shanty choir.
Day 8 - Homeward Bound
After a buffet breakfast, your cruise comes to an end and you disembark your ship in Amsterdam.
Here you are escorted by your Tour Manager by rail back to London.
You are transferred to the airport for your flight home.
Designed in stylish greys and berry tones, AMADEUS SILVER II combines modern innovation with comfort, ensuring that you feel at home on board. The ship accommodates a maximum of 168 passengers, with a choice of comfortable cabins with automatically lowerable french panorama windows or generous suites with private, accessible balconies.
The extensive Sun Deck and the outdoor, glass-shielded River Terrace offer plenty of room for mental and spiritual relaxation. Your culinary needs and desires will be taken care of by the elegant Panorama Bar, the Panorama Restaurant and the relaxed Café Vienna, which offer refreshing drinks and lovingly crafted culinary delights from the kitchen, and which will ensure that your every wish is met, around the clock.
Amadeus operate bilingual cruises (English/German), meaning that all announcements, menus and daily programme, etc. will be provided in both languages. All excursions are operated with English speaking guides.
• Panorama-Bar and Lounge
• “Café Vienna” with Viennese coffee specialities
• Outdoor glass-shielded “River Terrace”
• Sun Deck with Lido-Bar, lounge chairs, shade awnings, giant Chess Board and Shuffleboard
• Fitness Room
• Hair Salon, Massage Room
• Gift Shop
• Laundry Service
• Complimentary bicycles on board
• Wi-Fi available
Stay in one of the elegantly appointed Classic Staterooms or Amadeus Suites and enjoy unexpected little luxuries.
Be transported into a realm of chic comfort in one of the 72 enlarged staterooms. The beautiful 188 sq ft design is loaded with high-tech hospitality and swanky décor. Escape with the view from your state-of-the-art panoramic window on the Strauss and Mozart decks that extends across the entire width of the cabin. Automatically lower the windows to make the stateroom become it’s own balcony. Included are all the necessary details: a flat screen TV, WiFi, cabinet, seating area, a safe, and the Amadeus Signature Bed.
Staterooms are located on all decks. The Mozart and Strauss Decks include the innovative French Balcony.
These 12 deliberately designed suites with a lounge area, offer outdoor seating to sip your morning coffee and 284 sq ft of space to relax. Included are the little luxuries that have earned the Amadeus Silver Series the “2013 River Ship of the Year” award as well as the Amadeus Signature Bed, a luxurious bath and separate shower, WiFi, a flat screen TV, a safe and a minibar.
Suites are located on the Mozart Deck.
|Apr 12||Amadeus Silver II||Amsterdam||Cabin Upgrades|
|Lower Deck||C-4||172 ft², Fixed Windows||£1395|
|Lower Deck||C-1||172 ft², Fixed Windows||£1495|
|Middle Deck||B-4||188 ft², French Balcony||£1795|
|Middle Deck||B-1||188 ft², French Balcony||£1995|
|Upper Deck||A-1||188 ft², French Balcony||£2095|
|Upper Deck||Suite||284 ft², Outside Balcony||£2595|
Enquire now about this cruise & speak to one of our friendly river cruising team on 0800 471 4754.
Experience historic maritime cities, where innovation meets the traditions of the past, plus the authenticity of iconic windmills and the floral masterpiece of the colourful Dutch bulb fields.
As you sail through picturesque waterways, discover the artisanal traditions of what was once the world’s greatest naval power, the remarkable art of the Flemish masters and the old Zuiderzee.
Easily one of the most enduring images of The Netherlands, in particular the spectacular Keukenhof Gardens make for a spellbinding attraction.
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