Join us on this wonderful Keukenhof and The Hague 2020 Cruise where you’ll cruise the waterways of Holland and discover gardens teeming with tulips, wealthy trading towns, quaint villages and hard-working windmills.
- Return flights from Edinburgh, Glasgow or Aberdeen, other UK airports available
- VIP door-to-door service
- Entertainment and activities on the ship
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
- Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- 20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
- Drinks reception and Captain’s dinner
- Exursions to Keukenhof Gardens and The Hague
Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability. Single supplements apply.
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Keukenhof and The Hague 2020 Cruise Itinerary
Day 1: UK – Amsterdam – Haarlem
Embark your river cruise ship. Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board. Your ship departs early this evening for Haarlem, arriving around two hours later and mooring overnight.
Day 2: Haarlem
After breakfast look forward to an included full-day excursion to the wonderful Keukenhof gardens, ‘the most beautiful spring garden in the world!’ The first open-air exhibition, to promote the region’s bulb growers and flower exporters, was held here in 1949.
Now the exhibition is an annual event lasting eight weeks and featuring various events, themed displays and a flower parade. Admire dazzling displays of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths and hopefully pick up ideas for your own garden here. A packed lunch will be provided. Return to your ship which will depart early this evening and cruise overnight towards Gouda.
Day 3: Gouda to Kinderdijk
This morning travel to The Hague on the North Sea coast for an included tour. It’s the seat of government and home to the Royal Family. But it’s also known worldwide as the International City of Peace and Justice as it’s one of the cities that hosts the United Nations, and 160 other organisations dedicated to world peace. As you’ll discover during your visit, it’s also home to beautiful squares, a huge market open every other day and many historic buildings, including the Peace Palace, the royal residence Huis ten Bosch Palace and Binnenhof, housing the Dutch Parliament.
Return to your ship for lunch as your cruise continues to Kinderdijk. You’ll moor here to view the 19 UNESCO-listed windmills dating from the 1800s, and now UNESCO-listed. The mills were built to help drain water from the Alblasserwaard area into the River Lek and then into the sea. A pumping station – one of the worlds largest – took over the job in the 1950’s. You can stroll among the windmills or visit some on an optional excursion. Set sail this evening towards Arnhem.
Day 4: Arnhem
Arrive in Arnhem very early this morning. Explore independently or perhaps join an optional Arnhem Commemoration tour to see famous sights associated with the Battle of Arnhem, also known as Operation Market Garden.
In September 1944 thousands of British and Polish airborne troops were dropped behind enemy lines to hold the river bridges, allowing the Allied army into the lowlands of Germany while avoiding their defences at the Siegfried Line. Unfortunately, the bridge at Arnhem proved to be ‘a bridge too far’, as you may know from the epic war film of the same name. Depart Arnhem late tonight.
Day 5: Arnhem to Kampen to Enkhuizen
Depart Arnhem in the early hours and cruise to Kampen, arriving after breakfast and mooring for the day. The town prospered as a member of the Hanseatic League and many fine buildings can still be seen in the historical centre. Alternatively, join an optional excursion to Giethoorn, the ‘Venice of the Netherlands’, in the province of Overijssel in part of the national park, Weerribben-Wieden.
The houses in this pretty village are very distinctive, with rounded thatched roofs. Between them are many canals created originally to transport peat that was dug from the area, creating the large lakes close by. As a result the village is car-free – most people get around by canoe or bicycle.
Cruise to Enkhuizen early this evening and moor overnight.
Day 6: Enkhuizen to Hoorn
Enjoy some time to explore Enkhuizen this morning. It was one of the wealthiest towns in Holland in the 17th century – the Dutch Golden Age – due to its trade connections. Depart round midday for an afternoon in Hoorn. Explore independently or join an optional walking tour.
The 16th and 17th-century town houses with their decorative gables are a reminder of how the Dutch East India Company’s spice-trading monopoly made it an important and wealthy trading town. Depart Hoorn later tonight and cruise overnight towards Amsterdam.
Day 7: Amsterdam
Arrive in the early hours and have a full day in the capital of the Netherlands. Compact and easy to explore on foot, it’s home to many interesting old and new buildings and world-class museums, including the Rijksmuseum, home to Rembrandt’s ‘Night Watch’. An optional sightseeing tour this morning will reveal the city’s greatest attractions and includes a canal-boat ride that highlights the vivid history of the city.
This afternoon perhaps join an optional excursion to the Katwoude Cheese Farm to see cheese being made followed by a walking tour in the historic city of Edam and visit to the fishing village of Volendam beside IJssel Lake, formerly the Zuiderzee.
Day 8: Amsterdam to UK
Disembark your ship after breakfast for your return journey to the UK.