Dutch Bulbfields & Amsterdam Waterways Cruise

5 Days

23rd Apr 2018 - From £599pp

BD4

GN Exclusive Charter

Full Board Plus

All Info

Overview



Join us on this exclusive Dutch Bulbfields River Cruise on board the stylish MV Prinses Christina. A visit to Holland in springtime is a mesmerising feast for the senses as the gardens and fields are full to bursting with tulips, daffodils and hyacinths, complemented with spring flowering shrubs and plants.
The highlight of this cruise is an included visit to Keukenhof Gardens with its magnificient floral displays and there is time to explore the canals, museums and flowers markets of Amsterdam too. We also visit Enkhuizen, Volendam and Hoorn on the Zuiderzee. We travel by Eurostar to Brussels and then board Thalys train to Amsterdam or alternatively fly from many regional airports direct to Amsterdam. Our exclusive river cruiser, will host you in comfort and style with all meals plus selected free drinks with lunch, dinner and at the bar from 6pm to midnight.
Amsterdam continues to enthral visitors with its maze of canals and waterways. Some of the canal-side houses show how rich merchants once lived in opulence. The city has the highest museum density in the world and is home to cultural highlights, such as the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House, Hermitage Amsterdam and the Rijksmuseum with Rembrandt’s world-famous Nightwatch.

Itinerary


Enkhuizen

Amsterdam



Day 1: UK to Amsterdam
Depart London St Pancras and Ebbsfleet in the morning by Eurostar to Brussels. Here we change platforms and board the Thalys train to Amsterdam. On arrival we transfer to our exclusive ship, the MV Prinses Christina, with time to settle in before dinner. Alternatively, travel to and from Amsterdam by air from regional UK airports – see flight information and options below.
Day 2: Amsterdam to Enkhuizen
Morning at leisure in Amsterdam, or choose an optional guided walking tour or canal cruise, before a midday sailing to Enkhuizen, arriving mid afternoon. In Enkhuizen you can see the traditions of the Dutch fishing lifestyle from days gone by. Visit the Zuiderzee museum with all the traditions of its folklore culture. This is truly a romantic port of call that captures everything traditionally Dutch. Overnight in Enkhuizen.
Day 3: Enkhuizen to Hoorn
This morning we sail to Hoorn, a buzzing historic city with its unique waterside location. Hoorn’s atmospheric and diverse shopping centre attracts thousands of visitors each year. This afternoon there is an optional coach excursion to the quaint port of Volendam where the harbour is still busy with working boats. Overnight in Hoorn.
Day 4: Keukenhof & Amsterdam
After breakfast we join the coach for the included excursion to Keukenhof departing from Hoorn and returning to Amsterdam. Lunch is not included on this excursion. These world famous gardens are where more than 7 million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths fill over 32 hectares with colour and fragrance. You can even sail around Keukenhof through the bulbfields in so-called ‘whisper boats’ (not included). These boats are powered by electric engines, are environmentally friendly and are almost silent as they sail through the beautiful Dutch landscape. We rejoin the ship in Amsterdam. For those who do not wish to join the excursion to Keukenhof you may remain on board and relax on the cruise to Amsterdam. Overnight in Amsterdam.
Day 5: Amsterdam to UK
After breakfast we disembark the ship and transfer to Amsterdam Central station where we take a morning train to Brussels Midi. Here we connect with Eurostar to Ebbsfleet and St Pancras where we expect to arrive late afternoon. Alternatively, transfer to the airport for a return flight to the UK - see flight information and options.

Optional Excursions

  • Amsterdam canal cruise £12pp

  • OR Amsterdam guided walking tour £12pp


Excursions must be booked prior to departure. All operate subject to minimum numbers.

Cruise Ship

The Prinses Christina
The Prinses Christina

The Prinses Christina is a comfortable, fully air-conditioned ship where everything on board has been designed to make guests as comfortable as possible. It can accommodate 107 passengers on three decks in cabins which were completely renovated in 2012. A stair lift operates between the main and promenade decks and to the restaurant on the cabin deck. The large sun deck is partially covered.

Cabins:
All 54 outward facing cabins have: air-conditioning, a shower and toilet, satellite TV, and European electricity socket (220 volts).

Lounge⁄Bar:
The elegant lounge and bar – situated on the promenade deck – has picture windows offering a panoramic view. Morning coffee and afternoon tea are served each day in the lounge.

Restaurant:
On board the Prinses Christina you’ll start the day with a buffet breakfast. In the summer you’ll enjoy a three-course lunch and a four-course dinner with a choice of menu.

Prinses Christina Bridge

Prinses Christina Bar

Prinses Christina lounge

Prinses Christina cabins

Prinses Christina cabins



Cabin prices
███ Cabin Deck Standard (LSTD) £599pp
███ Main Deck Standard (MSTD) £699pp
███ Main Deck Deluxe (MDEL) £749pp
███ Main Deck Deluxe plus (MDEL+) £799pp
███ Promenade Deck Standard (PRSTD) £849p
███ Promenade Deck Deluxe (PRDEL) £899pp
███ Promenade Deck Deluxe plus (PRDEL+) £949pp

Included


  • Escorted return rail travel from London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Amsterdam OR return flights with luggage - see Flights tab

  • 4-night full-board-plus cruise on the MV Prinses Christina sharing a twin bed outside cabin on Cabin Deck - upgrades available

  • Beer, wine & soft drinks served with lunch & dinner and from 6pm to midnight at the bar

  • Entertainment

  • Welcome cocktail on arrival

  • Cup of coffee/tea each morning & afternoon

  • Captain’s dinner

  • Excursion to Keukenhof Gardens

  • Transfers in Amsterdam on arrival and departure days

  • Services of our Cruise Director on board


OPTIONS:
  • Pre/post departure overnight hotel near London St Pancras - 2 to 4-star options - call for availability and prices

Flights

Flights from Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Belfast, Stansted, Bristol, Liverpool, Edinburgh are possible with a choice of airline, outbound and inbound time combinations to suit your preference. All are subject to availability at time of booking and some may have a supplement.

  • Flight time around 60 mins each way

  • Flights include 1 checked in bag (usually no more than 20kgs) and 1 carry on bag per person - weight & size of each subject to airline restrictions.

  • Please call us on 01895 83 33 33 to discuss your flight requirements.

Rail Travel

Eurostar – from London & *Ebbsfleet
On board, you will have a reserved, semi-reclining aircraft-style seat. You’ll also find a buffer car serving tea, coffee, hot chocolate, beer, wine, spirits, sandwiches, crisps and a few hot snacks. Sterling, Euros and cards accepted. You can eat and drink in the bar area (standing space only, there are no seats) or take your purchases back to your seat. You can also take your own food and drink on board.
Northern Europe Trains
Eurostar connects with European rail networks in Brussels. From here, the Thalys network takes on on to Amsterdam.
Travel & Luggage
Train travel is a relaxing and enjoyable feature of our holidays. However, at times it can be physically demanding as you will be required to walk and move your luggage on and off trains and between platforms and transfer vehicles. Many train stations and platforms are big and long, sometimes with stairs or escalators, so please be prepared for this when walking with your luggage. Most stations have lifts, but using them can involve a longer walk, so be prepared for this when walking with your luggage. Where overnight or main hotels are less than 150 metres (approx) from the station, no transportation or luggage assistance will be provided.
There are no actual luggage weight restrictions imposed by the rail companies. However, for your comfort and convenience we recommend you limit your luggage to the following: ONE main suitcase⁄holdall with built in wheels weighing no more than 15 to 20kgs per person – Plus ONE small shoulder bag⁄holdall per person. Restricting the bulk of your luggage to manageable sizes will make the journey more enjoyable. Our Tour Manager⁄Escort will not be able to provide you and⁄or your luggage with physical assistance at anytime.
Please Help us to Help You
In our experience, clients who discuss with us their concerns over mobility limitations and⁄or health issues (including visibility, hearing etc) when booking, are far more satisfied with the level of service we provide and enjoy a more relaxed and fun holiday, compared to those who attempt to cope without the benefit of our expert advice.
We must stress that these holidays are not suitable for users of mobility scooters, wheelchairs or walking aids (frames, sticks, etc).

OPTIONS:
• Pre/post departure overnight hotel near London St Pancras - 2 to 4-star options - call for availability and prices