Dutch Bulbfields Cruise by Eurostar
Enjoy a riot of colour among 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 La Boheme. 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.
Supplements (per person)
- Single cabin main deck £300.00 = $405
- Single cabin upper deck £450.00 = $610
- Twin cabin upper deck £150.00 = $205
- Insurance 2021 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
Your Departure date
Deposit: $270 Single supplement: $405
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Day 1 -
We depart by Eurostar train from London St Pancras to Brussels, where we will change trains and continue our journey to Amsterdam. On arrival we shall be met and transferred to our ship, the MS La Bohème. 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.
|Hotel||MS La Boheme|
Day 2 -
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.
Day 3 -
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.
Day 4 -
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.
Day 5 -
Following breakfast we disembark the ship and tour the historic center 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 continue to Antwerp railway station for a train to Brussels, where we board the Eurostar service to London St Pancras, where we expect to arrive late evening.
Tour dates & prices
Included in your cost:
- Services of a professional tour manager
- Comfortable coach travel throughout
- Meals - as per the itinerary
- Train travel
|Tour Departure||Tour ID||Departure date||Return Date||Guided by||Price||Deposit||Single supplement||Availability|
|April 16 2021||BBCE210416||April 16 2021 (Friday)||April 20 2021 (Tuesday)||$1,615
|$270||$405||Call for availability|