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Home » Destinations » Europe » Netherlands » Riviera Travel Amsterdam, Kinderdijk & the Dutch Bulbfields River Cruise
Discover historic maritime cities where innovation meets tradition, as well as the authenticity of iconic windmills and the floral beauty of the colourful Dutch bulb fields. The breathtaking bulbfields truly are a sight to see. Keukenhof Park has an astounding 7 million flowers covering 80 acres in a riot of colour, while inventive landscaping displays mother nature at her finest with dazzling lakes, water-gardens, and flowering bushes of every hue.
You will also visit the Ijsselmeer, an inland lagoon formed by damming the Zuider Zee in the 1930s, and discover a number of magnificent communities along its shore that have relied on the sea for generations. During the 16th century Golden Age, the Dutch traversed the world in quest of the spices, silks, and luxury items that Europe’s aristocracy coveted, and they are little altered today. Combine this with a visit to Amsterdam, one of Europe’s most active and intriguing towns, and you’re in for a fantastic few days.
– Experience a classic Amsterdam glass-topped canal cruise
– See the world’s largest flower garden
– 4nts on-board a 5-star ship
– Return flights or Eurostar
– 5 visits and tours
– Full board dining
– Complimentary on-board tea and coffee
– Complimentary on-board wi-fi
– Services of Expert Cruise Director and Concierge
– All port charges and airport taxes
– Checked luggage
Day 1 – Arrival in Amsterdam
Fly to Amsterdam from a choice of regional airports or take the Eurostar from London St Pancras International to Brussels, where you change trains and continue to Amsterdam. On arrival, transfer by coach to your five-star cruise ship moored near the city centre and railway station. The friendly crew welcomes you on board, helping you settle into your spacious and exquisitely furnished accommodation – you’ll feel immediately at home.
Day 2 – Enkhuizen
Overnight the ship has gently steered a course north. As dawn breaks, you’re greeted by views of Enkhuizen, a picturesque port nestling at the edge of the former Zuiderzee. It is also home to the Zuiderzee Museum, which we will experience on our visit this morning. Found in the historic centre of Enkhuizen, it superbly recreates the 19th-century heritage of Holland’s inland bay and combines interesting exhibits with demonstrations of the artisan skills of yesteryear, such as sailmaking, fish curing and blacksmithing.
After a delicious lunch on board, you’ll cruise along the Markermeer, the southwestern part of the IJsselmeer, the great freshwater lake created when the Zuiderzee was separated from the North Sea by a series of dams and dykes built during the 1920 and ’30s. Before long, thoughts turn to tonight’s à la carte dinner, served with panache by the restaurant staff.
Day 3 – Rotterdam & Kinderdijk
Wake up in historic Rotterdam, the Netherlands’ second largest metropolis, situated where the Rhine flows into the North Sea. This morning, embark on a guided tour of this captivating city, from the old harbour to the modern architecture, passing by the Witte Huis, Europe’s first skyscraper, built in the Art Nouveau style.
During lunch on board you can enjoy a kaleidoscope of views through the restaurant’s panoramic windows as we leave Rotterdam’s skyline behind.
The next port of call is Kinderdijk. Here, you can witness a truly iconic polder scene – a series of 19 authentic windmills lining the canal banks, set against a starkly beautiful backdrop of pancake-flat marshland. Later we return to the cruise ship, where the chef has prepared a sumptuous dinner.
Day 4 – Keukenhof & Amsterdam
A long spring season and the polders’ well-drained soil create the perfect environment for growing the Netherlands’ world-famous tulips, first imported into the country from the Ottoman Empire in the late 16th century. This morning, drive through the scenic bulb fields to Keukenhof, the world’s largest flower garden, covering nearly 80 acres. Nothing prepares you for the dazzling carpet of colours created by the seven million tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and other blooms arranged in rows, swirls and every other imaginable shape.
We return to Amsterdam to explore this beautiful city on a classic glass-topped canal cruiser.
Amsterdam is the ideal walking city and the ship remains moored dockside so you can explore its characterful streets at your leisure. Wrapping up a memorable day is the lavish Captain’s Dinner in the ship’s restaurant, as evening falls and the lights of this unforgettable city sparkle in the night.
Day 5 – Return home
This morning, transfer to the railway station or airport for your return journey.
MS Geoffrey Chaucer
MS George Eliot
MS Emily Brontë
Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the ship for the duration of your cruise. Please note that speeds may vary.
UK Citizens do not require a visa to enter the Netherlands however must have a valid passport.
*All transfer times listed here are approximate.
City Stay in Amsterdam – 3nts
In 2023 – add four days to your holiday, staying at centrally located Leonardo Boutique Museumhotel.
Amsterdam Extension – 3nts
Extend your holiday with 3 extra nights in Amsterdam during which you’ll discover the historic town of Haarlem in the heart of the Netherlands’ tulip-growing region and sample one of the country’s most famous export, beer. Explore the highlights of Amsterdam and visit the Rijksmuseum. There’ll also be plenty of free time to explore as you wish
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