Springtime in The Bulbfields
Boats, Bulbs and a Spectacular Flower Parade
Friday 20th - Monday 23rd April 2018
4 daysDeposit: £75pp
Travel Insurance: £29.50pp
Single supplement: £45
Enjoy a spring weekend break with a distinctive Dutch flavour. We visit the world-famous bulbfields at Keukenhof, and take a trip through time by steam tram and on a museum boat cruise. We have chosen this particular weekend in order to enjoy the most famous parade in the Netherlands.
Your Holiday Hotel
THE KONTAKT DER KONTINENTEN HOTEL is a former monastery, converted into a comfortable 3-star conference hotel with 125 bedrooms. Located in the Utrechtse Heuvelrug National Park, it has a pleasant restaurant, and bar, with complimentary tea/coffee available in the lounge and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. Most of the bedrooms, all of which have a walk-in shower, have a view of the forest, monastery garden or courtyard. There is a lift.
(DAY 1) Friday 20th April
Door-to-door service is included, and a taxi will bring you to the coach. We head to Dover for a Channel crossing with P&O Ferries. We drive through France and Belgium to our Hotel, situated between Utrecht and Amersfoort, for a three-night stay.
(DAY 2) Saturday 21st April
After breakfast, it’s a full day excursion, setting off early through the Bulbfields to Keukenhof Gardens. Known as the Garden of Europe, it is one of the world’s largest flower gardens, with over 7 million bulbs in bloom. Among the 80 acres you will discover inspirational gardens, and unique artwork. This afternoon a very special annual event takes place when the Bloemencorso, or Flower Parade, passes Keukenhof on its way from Noordwik to Haarlem. Called the ‘Face of Spring’, it consists of about twenty floats lavishly decorated with flowers. Musical groups lead the procession along the length of the Keukenhof Corso Boulevard.
(DAY 3) Sunday 22nd April
We skirt Amsterdam, and head north to Hoorn to board a tram for a nostalgic ride through pretty Dutch countryside. Coffee and a pastry will be served during our journey to Medemblik, where there will be some free time to explore. We will then board the historic ship Friesland for a cruise to Enkhuizen. The return drive takes us across the Houtribdijk, a 27km long dike, built between 1963 and 1975 across what used to be called the Zuider See and is now the Ijsselmeer, Western Europe’s largest inland lake.
(DAY 4) Monday 23rd April
Today we will retrace our steps to Calais for the return ferry. Then home to Sussex for taxis home during the early part of the evening.