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Cruise The Dutch & Belgium Waterways With Keukenhof Gardens

Europe
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Board Basis: All Inclusive
  • Tour Ref: D2TCRO9078

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

5 days

Cruise the Dutch & Belgium Waterways with Keukenhof Gardens | Crosskeys short break

Spring is a wonderful time to sit back and relax on board a river cruise and there is no better way to explore the beautiful scenery and fascinating culture of the Netherlands and Belgium than from the water.  Our itinerary provides a perfect mix of vibrant cities, scenic riverscapes and magnificent spring colour. As we sail along the Dutch and Belgian waterways, we discover superb springtime landscapes, the stunning Keukenhof Gardens and bustling Amsterdam. With full-board throughout the voyage, a free bar and unlimited drinks during meals this cruise offers fantastic value.

INCLUSIONS

  • Captain’s welcome cocktail reception
  • 3-course lunch on 3 days (packed lunch provided, if required, for Keukenhof)
  • 3-course dinner on 4 nights
  • Gala evening with 4-course dinner on 1 night
  • Unlimited drinks during meals and from the bar 12:00-23:59**
  • On-board entertainment
  • Excursion to Keukenhof
  • Free time in Amsterdam
  • Guided Walking tour of Antwerp
NOT INCLUDED
Cancellation and baggage insurance
Optional excursions
Personal expenses
**Premium drinks

Passport required

PRICE FROM ? £895 per person
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Itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1:  We make our way from the UK to Antwerp before boarding the MS Gerard Schmitter early this evening. Before dinner it’s time to switch off and relax before enjoying a Captain’s welcome cocktail reception. 

Day 2: This morning we will enjoy an included guided walking tour of Antwerp, learning about its fascinating history and culture. Belgium’s second city and biggest port retains an intriguing medieval heart with its 16th century market square, café filled cobbled lanes, a riverside fortress and a truly impressive gothic cathedral. Antwerp is renowned for its diamond dealers, vibrant fashion and entertainment scene and stunning architecture. Back on board this afternoon our ship travels through Belgium and into the Netherlands, crossing small inland seas and immense locks before arriving in Rotterdam this evening. 

Day 3: Today we disembark our ship and make our way to the world-famous Keukenhof Gardens, the most beautiful spring garden in the world! A visit to Keukenhof is a truly sensational experience where more than 7 million flower bulbs are planted every year. Gardens and pavilions show a fantastic collection including tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, orchids and many more; the spectacle of colour and perfume is sublime. Alongside the extravaganza of 32 hectares of flowers, imaginative landscaping shows off Mother Nature at her outstanding best with shimmering lakes, water gardens and flowering shrubs of every hue. Keukenhof is a truly amazing experience never to be forgotten. Back on board this afternoon we depart for Amsterdam. This evening we enjoy a 4-course Gala dinner; a perfect finale to this wonderful day. 

Day 4: We arrive in Amsterdam (or nearby port) early this morning.Known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system, narrow houses and iconic cultural scene, Amsterdam is one of the world’s most vibrant cities. With over 800 years of history to discover, the city is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site rich in fascinating attractions and sights. With old castles, beautiful museums, charming secret courtyards and picturesque cobbled streets the Netherland’s capital city is a feast for the eyes. You can opt to spend your time at leisure in the city or alternatively you can choose to join an optional excursion.

Optional Excursion: A guided tour of Amsterdam, begins at the Rieker Windmill, built in 1636 on the banks of the Amstel River, before heading to the Diamond District to visit a diamond merchant. Our last stop is Amsterdam’s famous floating flower market, Bloemenmarkt. £65*

Optional Excursion: In the afternoon, the optional excursion travels to the fishing village of Volendam and then onto Zaanse Schans, a living and working traditional Dutch community. This unique part of the Netherlands is full of windmills, handicraft shops and museums where you will see clog-crafting and cheese making. £47

*Excursions can be pre-booked or are available to book on board – subject to availability

Day 5: We disembark the MS Gerard Schmitter after breakfast before making our return journey to the UK.

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Accommodation

MS Gerard Schmitter

MS Gerard Schmitter is a 3-deck ship.

Please note there is no lift or chair lift between decks.

This is part of CroisiEurope’s premium fleet.

This 110m long and 11.40m wide ship is an intimate sized premium ship spread over 3 decks. The restaurant is located on the middle deck and offers delicate cuisine in a refined setting with large windows to fully enjoy the panorama. The lounge / bar are located on the same deck. The sun deck is an ideal place to relax and admire the landscapes with comfortable loungers and a large shaded area. All cabins are en-suite with TV, air conditioning and safe. Main deck cabins have high windows, middle deck cabins have high sliding windows and upper deck cabins have French balconies. 

DRESS CODE 

Casual outfits during the day. Dress according to the weather and the season of your cruise; there are no ironing facilities on-board. Please bring comfortable walking shoes for excursions. Regarding dinners, cocktails and galas, it is advisable to dress up a little more, but jacket and tie is not required. Places of worship may require an appropriate outfit for entry, neither too light nor too under-dressed.

NO CASH ON BOARD
CroisiEurope only accepts Euros on board, and accepts American Express, Visa and MasterCard.

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