Keukenhof Gardens
Keukenhof Gardens
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Dutch Bulbfields Cruise by Air

5 days From £1,295

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14 April 2019

What’s on your botanical bucket list? For many it’s a visit to 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.

While we’re on the subject of masterpieces, it’s well worth noting that fabulous flowers are by no means the only thing the Dutch have to offer their visitors. This friendly lowland country is also home to some of the world’s most amazing artwork – remnants of a “Golden Age” of wealth, art and architecture. Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Gogh – on this terrific tour we seek inspiration as they did, both outdoors and in, treating our eyes to the pleasures of the Rijksmuseum alongside al fresco sights such as the Keukenhof, one of the best and biggest flower gardens in the world, where we spend a full day.

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 Gérard Schmitter. Our luxurious 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 2019 - 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
Call for availability £1,295 Deposit: £200 Single supplement: £300

Tour highlights:

  • Direct flights from London plus regional airports on request
  • Friendly and attentive crew on board the MS Gérard Schmitter
  • Paintings, porcelain and silver at the Museum van Loon
  • Priceless art treasures in the Rijksmuseum
  • The breathtaking display of flowers at Keukenhof

Tour details

Dates 14 April 2019 - 18 April 2019
Duration 5 days
Cost £1,295 Deposit: £200 Single supplement: £300 Balance due by 20 January 2019
Activity Level Moderate
Tour code BWDBC19A

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14 April 2019: 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 Gérard Schmitter

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 will visit the Rijksmuseum. Its collection of world famous Old Masters is second to none and includes a host of works from the Dutch Golden Age by artists such as Vermeer, Franz Hals and Rembrandt, including his 1642 masterpiece ‘The Nightwatch’.

Depending on how long you choose to spend at the museum, you will have some free time to explore the city. Amsterdam is truly a haven for museum buffs - other museums in the city include the Maritime Museum, the Theatre Museum, the Modern Art Museum and there is even a Tea and Coffee Museum. Visit the De Oude Kerk, one of the many spectacular churches in Amsterdam or stroll through the narrow streets which link the major canals. Here you will find unexpected little shops which specialise in everything from kites to beer.

Following dinner this evening you are free to further 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 Gérard Schmitter

This morning following breakfast 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 6 million bulbs are planted annually and around 1 million visitors pass through it from mid-March to mid-May - it is truly breathtaking. With so much to see we will spend a full day here and a lunch box will be provided.

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

All meals included

Hotel: MS Gérard Schmitter

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 Gérard Schmitter

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

14 April 2019: Additional Info

14 April 2019: Accommodation

The MS Gérard Schmitter is a 3 deck river cruise ship, launched in 2012, with 88 well-appointed cabins.

14 April 2019: Enquiries

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