Holland & Belgium in Bloom River Cruise
Departing by Air
Duration 8 Days
Available April 2020

A Holland and Belgium in bloom river cruise is undoubtedly one of the best things to do during the Springtime, where fields full of blooming tulips promise to be a highlight.

On this exclusive eight-day river cruise, you’ll discover the cuisine and heritage of this historic corner of northern Europe and, to make your experience extra-special, you’ll be joined by BBC Gardeners’ World presenters Carol Klein and Joe Swift for exclusive events.

Together, you will explore the renowned Keukenhof Gardens, one of the largest and most beautiful flower gardens in the world, and will attend a private Q&A session as Carol and Joe regale their stories and share their top tips.

Holland & Belgium in Bloom

Price Includes

  • Return flights direct from Scotland to Amsterdam – available from Aberdeen, Inverness, Edinburgh or Glasgow
  • 7 nights’ in a suite or a stateroom of your choice – with a river view
  • All meals on board throughout your river cruise
  • Unlimited FREE drinks – including wine, beer and soft drinks exclusively for our readers
  • Airport to ship transfers
  • Included excursions – see the sights of Zaanse Schans, Rotterdam, Veere, Antwerp, Arnhem, Keukenhof Gardens and Amsterdam
  • First class service from an English speaking crew
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board, all airport taxes and port charges – plus ABTA & ATOL protection

Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability. Single supplements apply.

To speak to an adviser regarding more information for this cruise or to book this cruise, please call 0208 0808 252 5705 and quote EWDCT.


Offer Terms & Conditions: 2020 European river cruise offers: Savings of up to £1,350 per couple includes £250 Early Payment Discount and valid for new 2020 river cruise bookings only. Unlimited free drinks on board is valid for all new bookings on the advertised river cruises on selected dates and excludes Champagne, wine by the bottle and cabin mini-bar. Early Payment Discount of £250 per couple is valid for new 2020 river cruise bookings only when the balance is paid in full by 31st December 2019. The on board credit amount is €150 on European river cruises. On board credit is per cabin and will be deducted from your final bill upon departure. Flights are available to and from Amsterdam only and are subject to availability.


Holland & Belgium in Bloom River Cruise Itinerary

DAY 1: Fly direct from your chosen airport to Amsterdam

You will be met and transferred from the airport to your stylish Emerald Waterways Star-Ship.

DAY 2: Amsterdam – Zaanse Schans

This morning, you will have the opportunity to venture to Zaanse Schans. Relax on board your Star-Ship, as your delightful EmeraldPLUS experience this afternoon involves welcoming a local clog painter for a demonstration and the opportunity to try your hand at this unique craft.

DAY 3: Rotterdam

Rotterdam is a unique example of a Dutch city because it had to be reconstructed following the air raids of WWII, leaving behind a patchwork of different styles. Today you will have the opportunity to explore this contemporary city.

DAY 4: Veere

Today, you will arrive in Veere, a delightful historic town where normal houses are adorned with miniature classical palace gardens and elegant architecture adorns the surprisingly quiet streets that you will stroll down during your guided tour.


Holland & Belgium in Bloom River Cruise

This morning, visit the Botanical Gardens which lies in the centre of Antwerp. In the evening back on board, join Joe Swift in the lounge for an informal talk and Q&A.

DAY 6: Arnhem

Arnhem is most famous for its great battle during WWII, best learned about during your excursion to the Airborne Museum, where you will have the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of British parachutists and immerse yourself in what the battle would have felt like. Alternatively, embark on a guided bike tour of Arnhem, famous for its postcard-worthy streets, scenic parks and fine museums.


Holland & Belgium in Bloom River Cruise

This morning, meet Carol Klein & Joe Swift at Keukenhof Gardens, the most beautiful spring garden in the world and Europe’s largest, boasting displays of different flower and plants – filling over 79 acres! This evening back on board, join Carol Klein in the lounge for an informal talk and Q&A.

DAY 8: Fly direct from Amsterdam back to your chosen airport

After breakfast, it’s time to bid farewell to your fellow guests and quintessential Holland as you disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport. Your direct flight home is included in the price of your holiday.

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