Five-Star Tulips Cruise - Inaugural Departure
By Lesley Bellew
13 May 2019
Great Rail Journeys’ inaugural Five-Star Tulips cruise got off to a great start on Amadeus Silver II river cruise ship.Read more
The Netherlands is renowned for its historic cities, its bulbfields, windmills and waterways, and its artistic heritage. These and many other aspects of this country can be enjoyed on an escorted rail tour of the Netherlands with Great Rail Journeys.
The Netherlands possesses one of the most modern, comfortable and efficient railway networks in Europe and its continuing expansion ensures that visitors can get to virtually any destination in the country by rail.
Guests on our Netherlands rail tours travel on the high-speed international Eurostar, the Netherlands' own excellent rail network and, depending upon the tour, an authentic steam locomotive on a heritage railway to provide a complete rail experience. Trains aside, you may also visit the Netherlands' remarkable Keukenhof flower gardens, the famous Royal Delft porcelain factory, historic Amsterdam and many other places of interest.
From Switzerland to the Netherlands, this spectacular cruise reveals the majestic allure of the Rhine River, in all of its fairytale glory. We uncover beautiful valley gorges, splendid halftimbered towns and all the remarkable cities along the banks of this grand old river.
Over the course of four different countries, discover some of the finest experiences these nations have to offer including a German heritage rail journey, a French city tour and Dutch steam trains, along with daytime cruising on some of the finest stretches of the Rhine.… see more
8 days from $4,075 ppView tour details >
Discover the magnificent floral displays of the Keukenhof Gardens and enjoy a talk onboard ship from television personality Charlie Dimmock on this wonderfully diverse cruise on the enchanting Belgian and Dutch waterways.
On this tour we uncover the beautiful historic cities of Amsterdam, Ghent and Antwerp as well as the Battlefields of Ypres, the spectacular Keukenhof tulips and the Hoorn-Medemblik steam train. We also enjoy a talk from army veteran and battlefields expert Colonel Piers Storie-Pugh OBE on this memorable river cruise.… see more
8 days from $2,715 ppView tour details >
Before you set sail on the magical waters of the Rhine, venture to the top of Europe on the Jungfrau Railway to Jungfraujoch, the continent's highest railway station. Experience the majesty of the Swiss Alps by rail, as the mountains serenade you with spectacular views across the peaks below.… see more
10 days from $3,615 ppView tour details >
Whichever escorted rail tour of the Netherlands you choose, Great Rail Journeys guarantees that it provides a selection of the country's best cultural and historical experiences and attractions whilst offering remarkable value for money.
The price of each of our Netherlands train tours includes every rail fare and any other transport costs, a varied program of excursions and activities, excellent accommodation and a selection of meals.
Guests on our Netherlands rail tours are placed in the capable hands of our friendly and experienced Tour Manager. They are on hand whenever needed to provide assistance, advice and information to help guests have the most rewarding, relaxing and enjoyable time in the Netherlands.
Good accommodation is fundamental to a good tour and so we hand-pick our hotels to ensure that they are conveniently-located and offer high standards of comfort, hospitality and services as well as good value. Family-run hotels are generally our preference for the warm welcome, personal service and informal atmosphere they provide.
The Netherlands takes its name from its flat geography; translated it means 'low country'. Bordered by Belgium to the south and Germany to the east, this small but densely-populated country has historical associations with agriculture and with pottery that can be traced back to around 5000BC. Today the country is still renowned for both and is the world's second-largest exporter of agricultural products behind the USA.
The Netherlands' temperate maritime climate isn't given to extremes of temperature; summers are warm and winters are mild and whilst rainfall is relatively evenly spread throughout the year it is most common in late summer during July and August. Spring is a beautiful time to visit; vast fields of daffodils bloom in April, followed by multi-coloured tulips in May.
Although relatively small the Netherlands has made a significant impact upon world culture. Iconic symbols such as windmills, tulips and wooden clogs are indelibly associated with the country which has also produced some of world's greatest artists including Van Gogh, Mondrian, Hals, Vermeer and Rembrandt. These and others are celebrated in Amsterdam's extensive collection of museums and art galleries.
Some would argue that the Netherlands doesn't possess an identifiable cuisine of its own simply because the Dutch enjoy all food. Others will insist that the national diet consists of little more than bread, cheese, herring and chips with mayonnaise. If the Netherlands does have its own cuisine it seems to be based upon simplicity; stews, seafood and roast meats with vegetables are all popular.
Thanks to the Dutch predilection for public transport rail travel through the Netherlands, especially the western regions, is like travelling on a metro service. Trains run up to twelve times an hour on major routes and there are even hourly night trains.
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