NEW: Dutch Bulbfields Cruise
includes Keukenhof Gardens and Amsterdam
Wednesday 3rd - Sunday 7th April 2019
5 daysDeposit: £75pp
Travel Insurance: £47.50pp
Single supplement: £ not available
Holland is known as the Land of Flowers, famous for its tulips that bloom in an explosion of colour. This new tour enables you to see the best of Holland from the picturesque Dutch waterways. Price is based on 2 sharing a twin-bedded cabin on the lower deck. Upper deck cabins are available at a supplement of £40 per person. We regret that, due to the limited number of cabins available, there are no sole occupancy cabins available on this cruise.
Please note that a reasonable degree of mobility is required for this tour, as it may not always be possible to get the coach immediately close to the ship. The itinerary listed is provisional and may be subject to change. For navigational reasons and for passenger safety the Captain has the right to modify the cruise itinerary.
Your Holiday Hotel
The 3-star MV Esmeralda is a comfortable vessel decorated in traditional Dutch style. The 63 outward-facing cabins have twin beds, air-conditioning/heating, TV, mini-safe and a small ensuite bathroom with shower, toilet and washstand. The lounge and reception are located on the upper deck, and the restaurant is on the main deck. There is a lift between the promenade deck and the main deck as well as a stair lift to the sun deck. The Esmeralda is an ideal floating hotel for those who like a traditional ambience to go hand in hand with modern comforts.
There will be evening entertainment on two nights of the cruise.
(DAY 1) Wednesday 3rd April
Taxi pick up from your home to the coach. We drive to Folkestone and through the Eurotunnel to France. We make our way through Belgium and Holland to Zaandam, not far from Amsterdam. Late afternoon/early evening we embark MV Esmeralda and enjoy a welcome cocktail while our bags are taken to our cabin. Dinner included on board this evening.
(DAY 2) Thursday 4th April
After breakfast we will board the coach and drive to Keukenhof Gardens for the day. Keukenhof is the world’s most famous and largest flower show, with around 7 million bulbs in bloom and 800 varieties of tulips providing a unique and unforgettable springtime experience. After our visit we will return to the ship, which will be waiting for us in Amsterdam. Time for a short exploration of the City either before or after dinner. Breakfast and Dinner on board included.
(DAY 3) Friday 5th April
After breakfast take a sightseeing cruise to see some of the highlights of the Netherlands’ capital. The canal trip takes us under historic bridges and past the picturesque merchants’ houses that give Amsterdam its charming and iconic character. We return to the Esmeralda for lunch and spend the afternoon cruising between Amsterdam and Hoorn. This historic city is located on the shores of the Ijsselmeer and is home to many listed buildings and was the birthplace of the explorer Willem Schouten who named Cape Hoorn after his home town. Time to enjoy a stroll along the waterfront before dinner. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on board included.
(DAY 4) Saturday 6th April
Today sees a highlight of our cruise, as the ship makes an early start from Hoorn, sailing out into the Ijsselmeer and then through the network of canals to Alkmaar. This Dutch gem of a town is famous for cheese-making and has a beautiful old centre with many historic monuments and a range of interesting museums. You can wander through the pretty canalside streets before returning to the ship for a farewell Captain’s dinner. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on board included.
(DAY 5) Sunday 7th April
After breakfast we say farewell to the Esmeralda, load the luggage onto the coach and depart for home. We will drive to Calais and take a train through the Channel Tunnel for the quick and convenient journey back to the UK. Breakfast on board included.