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Springtime River Cruises in March, April & May

Titan Travel Keukenhof park, Netherlands

If it’s springtime in Holland, it means just one thing – colour and lots of it. Cruising along the rivers is by far the best way to really appreciate it.  Read about the highlights of your visit to The Netherlands and Belgium.

Windmills and Tulips on Springtime river cruises
Tulips and Windmills in Holland in Springtime

The fields positively blaze with colour stretching for mile upon mile on either side, passing through areas which are accessible only by boat.  A springtime river cruise is unique. From March to May, springtime in Holland is incredible.

And it’s not just in the fields. At every stop along the route, there are brilliantly coloured bulbs to be seen. In the stunning Keukenhof gardens (open from 21st March – 21st May 2017), bulb growers have worked all year to devise the most stunning and imaginative displays. These not just swathes of colour such as a mini river of blue hyacinths surrounded by yellow daffodils passing through a clump of trees, but also spectacular images such as a sailing ship or the face of Van Gogh decked out in flowers. Then there is the all pervading delicate fragrances that scent the air, delighting every visitor.

Tulips at Keukenhof Gardens on Springtime river cruises
Tulips at Keukenhof Gardens

Not surprisingly, this is an area which has inspired countless artists and writers. Monet explored the rivers of Northern Holland, painting windmills and beautiful stretches of calm, tranquil waters. Even today, the little villages along the riverbanks seem unchanged by time.

Coast line and beach with sea view in volendam, netherlands, on a springtime river cruise
Volendam Fishing Village By The Sea

Cruising the Ijesselmeer is an experience in itself – a vast inland sea created to protect the land from the ravages of the North Sea.

Springtime in the Netherlands

The maze of canals and rivers characterize the Netherlands continues even into the city of Amsterdam. There are beautiful tall, narrow riverside houses and what seems like thousands of bicycles everywhere. Try some Dutch poffertje (a type of pancake), and taste unusual cheeses at the cheese shops. Explore beautiful art at the Rijksmuseum or see the Sunflowers at the Van Gogh museum.

Flanders poppy fields seen on a springtime river cruise
Flanders Fields in Springtime

First World War Memories on a Springtime River Cruise

As the boat travels southwards and into the Flanders fields, the landscape begins to change. There are constant reminders of the hard fought battles of two World Wars, especially at Arnham and Ypres. The poignant sound of the Last Post ringing out each evening at the Menin Gate never fails to be an emotional moment. Marvel at a city which was almost totally destroyed during the First World War, but within a few was totally rebuilt just as it had been for centuries.

old medieval houses in ghent at sunny spring evening, belgium. visit on a springtime river cruise
Ghent’s Medieval Houses in Springtime

Discover the secrets of chocolate making in Bruges, and enjoy the beauties its little canals and rivers. Or explore the magnificence of Ghent, with its soaring medieval architecture. Springtime will never be the same again!

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About Alex Leete

Who is Alex Leete? A passion for travel and over 15 years' experience in the industry encouraged me to set up Global River Cruising, our own family run company. Over the last few years we have been on as many river cruises, ships and seen as many destinations as we possibly can so we can rightfully call ourselves "experts". As independent specialists we work hard to find the perfect river cruise for our clients - at the very best prices too!

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