Keukenhof Gardens
Keukenhof Gardens

Dutch Bulbfields Cruise by Eurostar

We are sorry to inform you that due to the COVID-19 outbreak, it has become necessary to reschedule this tour. Your safety and wellbeing are our utmost priorities, so we do hope you understand this enforced change of travel arrangements. A new date will be confirmed shortly. For more information, please read our full statement about the Coronavirus here. If you are booked onto this tour, you can get in touch with our friendly sales team on 800-782-0295, who are ready to help.

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 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?

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

Led by...

David MacLennan

David MacLennan Tour Manager

Since retiring from full time employment David has worked as a tour manager and guide, specialising in history and in particular the ramifications of WW1.

Today's Price

Deposit: $300 Single supplement: $450

Tour highlights:

  • Fast and comfortable journeys between London and Amsterdam/Brussels with Eurostar
  • 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 April 21 2020 - April 25 2020
Duration 5 days
Today's Price
Deposit: $300 Single supplement: $450 Balance due by January 28 2020
Activity Level
Tour code BBCE200421

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April 21 2020: Itinerary

On arrival we shall be met and transferred to our ship, the MS Beethoven. 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.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 disperse for our individual journeys back home or for independent onward travel.

Meals include: Breakfast

April 21 2020: Additional Info

April 21 2020: Accommodation

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

April 21 2020: Enquiries

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