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Springtime Tulips and Keukenhof Gardens (Fly & Cruise)

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(Tour code: NEZ20)

Discover the colours, flowers and windmills of Belgium and the Netherlands.

Spectacular floral displays, poignant battlefield tours and fairytale cities await on this scenic cruise along the waterways of Belgium and the Netherlands.

From the decks of a luxurious river cruise ship, get to the heart of what makes these two charming countries so special as you are joined for on board talks from gardening television celebrity Charlie Dimmock, and World War I specialist Col. Piers Storie-Pugh

Highlights
  • 7-night cruise on board the Amadeus Queen or Imperial
  • Amsterdam
  • The Battlefields of Ypres with on board talk by Col. Piers Storie-Pugh OBE
  • Guided tour and free-time to enjoy historical Ghent
  • Sightseeing tour of fairytale Bruges
  • Arnhem
  • Excursion to the spectacular Keukenhof Gardens
What’s Included
  • Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals
    6 Lunches
  • 5* Cruise Ship
    7-night cruise on board the MS Amadeus Queen or Imperial
  • Optional tour of Amsterdam or Journey on the Medemblik Steam Railway

Springtime Tulips and Keukenhof Gardens (Fly & Cruise) 2020Tour Details

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Day 1 Amadeus Queen
Amadeus Queen

To Amsterdam

Fly from your closest airport to Schipol Airport in Amsterdam, where you'll be met by a Great Rail Journeys representative who will escort you to the ship.

Once on board, 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.

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 St Bavos Cathedral, Ghent
St Bavos Cathedral, 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.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 Buffet breakfast on board your ship
Buffet breakfast on board your ship

Homeward bound

After a buffet breakfast, your cruise comes to an end and you are transferred to the airport for your flight home.

Includes:
  • Breakfast

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included
  • Escorted throughout your cruise by an on board Tour Manager and Cruise Director
  • Flights from London to Amsterdam and from Amsterdam to London, with return transfers from the airport to your ship
  • 7-night cruise on board the Amadeus Queen or Imperial
  • 20 meals including 7 Breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
  • 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.

Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

Helen Laverack
Helen
Lynne Broadley
Lynne
Julie Pacalon
Julie
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