5-Star Tulips Cruise
Enjoy a wonderful waterways cruise on the beautiful Dutch and Belgian waterways.
Discover the beauty and history of the Dutch and Belgian waterways from our elegant 5-star Superior cruise ship, visit the spectacular Keukenhof Gardens during their colourful tulip season, and medieval gems like Antwerp and Ghent.
Highlights and Inclusions
- First Class rail travel as described (Standard Premier Class on Eurostar journeys with a light meal and drinks)
- 7-night cruise on board the Amadeus Brilliant, Royal or Queen
- 20 meals including 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
- Free flowing wines with lunch and dinner, and a cocktail reception on embarkation
- Time to discover Amsterdam
- Optional excursion to Volendam
- Experience Ghent at leisure
- Visit to Antwerp
- Included excursion to the magnificent Keukenhof Gardens
- Optional excursion to Kinderdijk
- The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
Day 1 - Eurostar & First Class Rail to Amsterdam
From St Pancras we take the Eurostar to Brussels, continuing on to Amsterdam, where we board our vessel. (D)
Day 2 - Exploring Amsterdam & Edam
After breakfast you could join an optional city tour, which includes a journey through the historic canals of Amsterdam. We return to the ship for lunch while cruising the IJsselmeer to Volendam you can join the optional 'Holland Waterland' excursion, which includes a visit to a local dairy specialising in local Dutch cheeses, and a stroll through the village of Edam, world-famous for its cheese. (B, L, D)
Day 3 - Arnhem
This morning is spent on board the ship as we cruise along the Rhine. We reach the town of Arnhem, famously the site of the Battle for Arnhem Bridge during 'Operation Market Garden'. This afternoon you can choose to join one of two optional excursions. One explores the town of Arnhem, the other is a 'World War II history' excursion which tours Arnhem before visiting Arnhem Airborne Museum, which shows the course of events during one of the major battles of World War II. (B, L, D)
Day 4 - Middelburg
This morning we wake up in Middelburg, home to the magnificent Middelburg Abbey. The town was almost destroyed during WWII and has since been painstakingly restored. You can explore Middelburg independently or join an optional guided walking tour of the town. Alternatively, you could join an optional excursion to the 'Deltaworks project', which showcases how the innovative Dutch have tamed the environment in which they live. (B, L, D)
Day 5 - Ghent
This morning we wake up in Ghent, Belgium's fourth largest city which is a pretty maze of quaint cobbled streets and winding canals which has retained its medieval charm. After breakfast you can join an optional guided walking tour of Ghent, which includes the 'Castle of the Counts', a real medieval castle in the centre of town. This afternoon you can join the optional excursion to nearby Bruges, one of Europe's most perfectly preserved medieval cities. (B, L, D)
Day 6 - Antwerp
Today the ship is moored in Antwerp, Belgium's second city and the largest in Flanders. You can explore Antwerp at leisure, admiring the beautiful buildings of the Grote Markt and the imposing Church of Our Lady, or join the optional guided walk. Your afternoon is free to explore at leisure, or alternatively take an optional excursion to nearby Brussels. Belgium's capital is home to a number of attractions including the Grand Place, one of the world's great market squares. (B, L, D)
Day 7 - Cruise to Holland
This morning we reach Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage site, home to the Netherlands' largest collection of windmills. We stop briefly in Kinderdijk for an optional guided walk. This afternoon you can join the wonderful optional excursion to the famous Keukenhof Gardens - one of the real highlights of the tour. Admire the spectacular display of bulb flowers in bloom across 80 acres of flower-filled park. About seven million tulip bulbs are planted here each year along with crocuses, daffodils, orchids and other flowers creating an explosion of brilliant colour. Keukenhof also has several ponds, sculpture gardens, greenhouses and a windmill which can be visited. (B, L, D)
Day 8 - Amsterdam to London
We transfer to the station for the Thalys service to Brussels. Here we travel back to London on the Eurostar. (B, L)
Rail Your Way
Own your holiday, make it bespoke, especially designed for you. This could be as simple as a variation to one of our existing tours by choosing where and when you want to begin and end your journey. Or something totally unique with your chosen destinations and hotels for the time you want. Rail Your Way allows you to tailor make your holiday so you can have the experience you want.
Ask your rail specialist for details.
Train and Hotel Accommodations
The high speed Eurostar trains link St Pancras International in London with Paris and Lille in France as well as Brussels in Belgium.
Eurostar's Standard Class coaches feature two seats on either side of the central aisle, most of which is arranged in an 'airline' seating configuration with drop down tray tables. There are two tables for four per carriage. Passengers travelling in Eurostar Standard Class coaches can take advantage of the Bar-Buffet which sells a range of snacks, meals, hot and cold drinks - including Champagne!
Thalys is a brand co-owned by German, Dutch, French and Belgian state railways, and runs rail services linking Paris and Brussels with Amsterdam or Cologne. The trains are similar in design to French TGVs and can reach up to 190mph (305km/h) when travelling on dedicated high speed lines.
Comfort 1 (First Class) passengers benefit from spacious seating and are usually served complimentary light refreshments once underway. Both Comfort 1 and Comfort 2 (Standard Class) passengers have access to the Thalys Bar, which serves a selection of snacks, meals and hot and cold drinks during most journeys.
MS Amadeus Brilliant, Royal or Queen
The 5-Star superior MS Amadeus Brilliant was launched in April 2011 and certainly lives up to its promise. There are 67 cabins and nine suites on the stylish ship, accommodating up to 150 passengers who are looked after by as many as 40 members of staff. During your time on board the ship, you can choose to do whatever takes your fancy. Both ships' boast many amenities for you to really make the most of your time on board - and each ship has a lift to all interior decks.
Launched in 2005 and completely renovated for 2015, the MS Amadeus Royal is a premium passenger vessel fitted out with all imaginable refinements. The superior ship continues the high standards of glamour found on its sister river cruise ships. It features 67 cabins and 4 suites, attended by approximately 40 staff during your time on board.
The modern MS Amadeus Queen is a brand new vessel, launching in 2018.
Dates & Prices
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: Departs 12th April 2018 (Sold Out) 27th April 2018 (Sold Out)
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