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Springtime Tulips and Keukenhof Gardens (Rail & Cruise)

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(Tour code: NER21)

Cruise across the rivers of the Netherlands and Belgium

Embark on a cruise across the rivers of the Netherlands and Belgium, uncovering enchanting towns, sombre battlefields and the floral displays of the Keukenhof Gardens, with a talk from the BBC's Charlie Dimmock. This tour is operated by our sister company Great Rail Journeys.

Highlights
  • Amsterdam
  • The Battlefields of Ypres with on board talk by Col. Piers Storie-Pugh OBE
  • Guided tour and free time in Ghent
  • Sightseeing tour of fairytale Bruges
  • Arnhem
  • Excursion to the spectacular Keukenhof Gardens
What’s Included
  • First and Standard Class rail options available
  • 20 meals including 7 Breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
    Dinner drinks included every night of your cruise
  • 7-night cruise on board the MS Amadeus Silver III, Imperial or Star
    2 exclusive on board events & on board live music every night
    Transfer to ship
  • Talk from Charlie Dimmock

Springtime Tulips and Keukenhof Gardens (Rail & Cruise) 2021Tour Details

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Day 1 Amadeus Queen
Amadeus Queen

Travel to Amsterdam

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.

Once on board your, take some time to settle into your comfortable cabin and relax in your new surroundings. We enjoy a welcome drink in the lounge before a sumptuous 5-course dinner in the panoramic restaurant, followed by live music.

*If you would like to travel by air, view our Fly & Cruise option here.

Includes:
  • Dinner
Day 2 Amsterdam Canals
Amsterdam Canals

Amsterdam

After waking up to our first morning and breakfast on board, you have a choice between 2 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 aboard the wonderful Medemblik Steam Railway.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 Tyne Cot Cemetery
Tyne Cot Cemetery

The battlefields of Ypres

Our vessel arrives in Ghent, in Flemish Belgium. This morning, Colonel Piers Storie-Pugh will come aboard to deliver a fascinating talk about the battlefields in the region, using his 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 some of the most poignant sites, including Tyne Cot Cemetery where many of the combatants were buried. We return to the ship later for dinner.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 Ghent
Ghent

Ghent

Discover the attractive town of Ghent this morning, as we 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 Belfry.

After lunch, your time is your own to explore more of Ghent.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 Antwerp
Antwerp

Bruges

Today we pay a visit to the fairytale city of Bruges. An exceptional example of a medieval town which takes great pride in its history, Bruges is a truly an enchanting city. With winding streets opening up to large squares, often filled with locals enjoying the cafés that serve up plenty of Belgian delicacies. Here we discover the canals, churches and noble old townhouses famous across Europe. Later, after our day in Bruges, we enjoy another delicious dinner on board.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Arnhem
Arnhem

Arnhem

We arrive into Arnhem this morning. After some free time, you have another choice of 2 excursions. Your first option is to visit the excellent Hartenstein Airborne Museum, in nearby Oosterbeek, for a guided tour. This institution focuses on the fierce Battle of Arnhem in WWII, and was the setting of the war film 'A Bridge too Far'. The museum features a collection of various artefacts from the battle itself.

Alternatively, you may wish to visit the interactive Netherlands' Open Air Museum, recounting the storied history of this proud European country. Tonight, we sit down to an elegant gala dinner with our captain.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 Keukenhof Gardens
Keukenhof Gardens

The Keukenhof Gardens

This morning we arrive back in Amsterdam. We are joined on board by the wonderful Charlie Dimmock, star of 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.

Afterwards, we experience a true highlight of our cruise, visiting the colourful and enjoyable Keukenhof Gardens. Filled with all manner of glorious tulip displays, this is one of the best floral displays in Europe. Following dinner this evening, we're serenaded by a traditional Dutch sea shanty choir.

Please Note: For Departure NER2102 the guest speaker will be Joe Swift

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 Eurostar
Eurostar

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.

What’s included
  • Escorted throughout your cruise by an on board Tour Manager and Cruise Director
  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from London St Pancras to embarkation, and from disembarkation back to London St Pancras
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
  • 7-night cruise on board the MS Amadeus Silver III, Imperial or Star
  • 20 meals including 7 Breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Dinner drinks included every night of your cruise
  • 2 exclusive on board events
  • On board live music every night
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • Excursion to the spectacular Keukenhof Gardens
  • Excursion to the Battlefields of Ypres
  • City tours of Ghent & Bruges
  • Unique flexible excursions allowing you to choose how you spend your day with options including: A tour of Amsterdam, a journey on the Medemblik Steam Train, an excursion to the Hartenstein Airbourne Museum and a visit to the Dutch Open Air Museum
  • Although we pride ourselves on excellent service as standard, we also firmly believe that tipping should be at the discretion of the guest - therefore we don't include tips in the price of our cruises, nor do we add a daily gratuity to your bill. If you do wish to tip, an envelope will be left in your cabin on the final evening for your convenience.

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

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