Keukenhof Gardens
Keukenhof Gardens

Garden Tours

Dutch Bulbfields by Air

Enjoy a symphony of colour with the MS Beethoven and the beautiful bulbfields of Holland. For vibrancy, colour and serious charm nothing quite compares to the sight of not hundreds, not thousands, but millions of flowering bulbs, carpeting the fields in a radiant vision of patterns and patchwork. Here, gardening is not merely a pastime – it’s an art; a spectacular series of natural masterpieces.

The star of the show must be Keukenhof, one of the best and biggest flower gardens in the world, with 7 million bulbs and 800 varieties of tulip creating a kaleidoscope of colour.

There are more tulips to be seen as we travel north of Amsterdam to see the windmills at Zaanse Schans and tour the museums here, which give a fascinating insight to the traditional Dutch way of life.

As if that wasn’t enticement enough, from Amsterdam to Antwerp we’re all set to tour the bulbfields in style: as part of this trip you’ll enjoy four nights as a guest onboard the MS Beethoven. Our comfortable vessel transports us across rivers and sea, ensuring that our journey is just as special as the destinations it brings us to. Think welcoming cocktails with the crew, falling asleep to the water’s gentle motions, lunches and dinners with wine and beer, and – of course – the always convivial company of like-minded Brightwater travellers.

All aboard!

Supplements (per person)

  • Single cabin lower deck - £300.00
  • Single cabin middle deck - £420.00
  • Twin cabin middle deck - £120.00
  • Twin cabin upper deck - £150.00
  • Insurance 2020 - prices to be confirmed
  • Optional Evening Canal Cruise - On request
  • Rail/air connections and/or overnight accommodation before or after the tour available in London on request

What's included?

  •  Flights
  •  Accommodation
  •  Services of a professional tour manager
  •  Comfortable coach travel throughout
  •  Meals - as per the itinerary

Today's Price

Deposit: £200 Single supplement: £300

Tour highlights:

  • Direct flights from London plus regional airports on request
  • Friendly and attentive crew on board the MS Beethoven
  • Paintings, porcelain and silver at the Museum van Loon
  • Windmills, tulips and all things Dutch at Zaanse Schans
  • Full day to enjoy the breathtaking display of flowers at Keukenhof

Tour details

Dates 21 April 2020 - 25 April 2020
Duration 5 days
Today's Price
Deposit: £200 Single supplement: £300 Balance due by 28 January 2020
Activity Level
Tour code BWDBC20A

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21 April 2020: Itinerary

We depart from London on a direct flight to Amsterdam (flight connections and departures from regional airports are available on request at a supplement). On arrival at Schiphol we will be met and transferred to our ship, the MS Gérard Schmitter, a spacious and well-appointed river cruiser accommodating around 170 passengers. With its large, comfortable forward lounge, a well-stocked bar and a separate restaurant, the ship has a tasteful, relaxed and distinctively French ambience. There is also an attractive, partially-covered sun deck area and the friendly and attentive crew will cater for your every need. The cabins are spacious and well-equipped, with twin berths, shower and toilet, TV. All have windows which offer excellent views, the largest being on the middle and upper decks.

Prior to dinner there will be a welcome cocktail reception with the chance to meet the crew and ask any questions you may have. We overnight here in Amsterdam.

Meals include: Dinner

Hotel: MS Beethoven

After breakfast on board we spend the day in Amsterdam, beginning with a visit to the Museum Van Loon, a magnificent canal-side private residence from the Dutch ‘Golden Age’, with a large collection of paintings, fine porcelain and silver. The formal gardens perfectly complement the Classical style of the house.

In the afternoon, after lunch on board the ship, we travel north of Amsterdam through one of the main areas of bulb cultivation and visit the outdoor museum complex at Zaanse Schans, set against an iconic backdrop of historic windmills. At the Weaver’s House we discover everything there is to know about the traditional Dutch craft of sailcloth and windmill cloth weaving; At the Cooperage we see how vats and barrels are made and the Jisper House depicts the scene of a fisherman’s household of the 1850s.

Following dinner this evening you are free to explore Amsterdam. Alternatively there will be an optional canal cruise to give you the opportunity to view this spectacular city at night. Journeying through the canals at night is an exhilarating experience and this tour will allow you to see the best of the city (prices to be confirmed). Once again we overnight here in Amsterdam.

All meals included

Hotel: MS Beethoven

This morning we cruise from Amsterdam to Utrecht. After lunch on board, we will depart by coach for a visit to one of the most famous gardens in the world - Keukenhof. This is the bulb grower's magnificent display of all the different tulip, daffodil and hyacinth varieties. Over seven million bulbs are planted annually and around one million visitors pass through it from mid-March to mid-May - it is truly breathtaking.

We rejoin the ship in Rotterdam, where dinner is served in the evening.

All meals included

Hotel: MS Beethoven

After breakfast we have a leisurely day on board ship, as we cruise from Rotterdam to Antwerp, crossing the Oosterschelde and Westerschelde, two sheltered inlets off the North Sea. Lunch is served on board.

On arrival in Antwerp there will be an opportunity to go ashore and explore this historic Belgian city before dinner on board.

All meals included

Hotel: MS Beethoven

Following breakfast we disembark the ship and tour the historic centre of Antwerp, with visits to the Rubens House, which celebrates the life and work of the brilliant and versatile artist Peter Paul Rubens, and the 200 year-old Botanic Garden, which boasts a substantial number of exceptional trees and shrubs.

Later, we transfer to Amsterdam Airport in time to check in for our homeward flight.

Meals include: Breakfast

21 April 2020: Additional Info

21 April 2020: Accommodation

The MS Beethoven is a 3 deck river cruise ship, launched in 2004, with 90 well-appointed cabins.

21 April 2020: Enquiries

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