The Dutch Bulbfields River Cruise

The Dutch Bulbfields River Cruise

Visit the world famous Kuekenhof Gardens & cruise through colourful fields of flowers on this 7 day tour.

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Visit the world famous Kuekenhof Gardens & cruise through colourful fields of flowers on this 7 day tour.

Delft

Delft is known for its historic town centre with canals, the Delft Blue pottery, the painter Johannes Vermeer and scientist Antony van Leeuwenhoek, and its association with the royal House of Orange-Nassau. Delft is well known for the Delft pottery ceramic products which were styled on the imported Chinese porcelain of the 17th century. The city had an early start in this area since it was a home port of the Dutch East India Company. It can still be seen at the Royal Delft pottery factories. The painter Johannes Vermeer (1632–1675) was born in Delft. Vermeer used Delft streets and home interiors as the subject or background of his paintings.

 

Zaanse Schans

Zaanse Schans is a neighborhood in the Dutch town of Zaandam, near Amsterdam. Historic windmills and distinctive green wooden houses were relocated here to recreate the look of an 18th/19th-century village. The Zaans Museum has regional costumes, model windmills and interactive exhibits on chocolate making. Artisan workshops demonstrate rare handicrafts such as wooden clog carving, barrel making and pewter casting.

 

Amsterdam

What makes Amsterdam so attractive is the 17th century historical atmosphere combined with the mentality of a modern metropolis creating a friendly and relaxed environment. The small scale of the buildings and the intimacy of the streets, canals and squares create an atmosphere that visitors find unique. 

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. Other well known places of interest in Amsterdam are the Palace on the Dam, Jewish Historical Museum and the Rembrandt House.

 

Keukenhof

The horticultural highlight of spring in Holland, aside from the intensely coloured commercial fields of tulips, has to be the Keukenhof Flower Gardens. Once a modest little herb garden, it's now where the Dutch bulb growing industry stage their annual petal spectacular. Each year between March and May, seven million bulbs planted across 70 acres burst into bloom. Not just tulips, but daffodils, hyacinths, narcissi, and crocuses too.

Keukenhof features a variety of different gardens and garden styles. For example, the English landscape garden features winding paths and unexpected see-through points (designed by Zocher in 1830, the garden architect of the Vondelpark in Amsterdam, among others). The historical garden is an enclosed garden where you can see many old types of bulbs. The nature garden consists of a water garden where shrubs and perennials are combined with bulbous plants. The Japanese country garden is a non-traditional garden in a natural environment.

The Keukenhof doesn't contain the long fields of tulips many visitors expect. However, there are tulip fields outside the Garden (mostly privately owned). These fields may have restricted access and are not included as part of the Keukenhof ticket.

It all happens in the little town of Lisse, less than 20 miles from Amsterdam!

Wednesday 8th Aprl

A morning departure from Cumbria as we head via York to Hull for the overnight crossing to Rotterdam, enjoy the facilities on board as we cruise across the North Sea.

Thursday 9th April

We leave Rotterdam and head to Delft, this lovely canal ringed city is famed for its blue and white pottery, time to have lunch before we continue on to Alkmaar , known as the City of Cheese, where we board the MV Esmeralda. Enjoy a welcome cocktail before dinner on board.

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Friday 10th April

Breakfast on board is followed by a day cruising the canals of north Holland. We sail from Alkmaar through the Bulbfields passing many colourful fields of flowers, don't forget your camera, towards Den Helder and then sail out into the Ijsselmmer and back inland again to Hoorn. Lunch and dinner on board.



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Saturday 11th April

A buffet breakfast on board before we sat sail late morning. Lunch is again served on board before arriving in Zaandam mid-afternoon. Dinner on board as we are moored in Zaandam

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Sunday 12th April

A buffet breakfast is seved on board before a short morning excursion to the beautifully preserved village of Zaanse Schans with its characteristic wooden houses, museums and windmills. We return to Zaandam in time for lunch on board the MV Esmeralda as we cruise towards Amsterdam. Dinner on board and overnight in Amsterdam.

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Monday 13th April

We have breakfast on board before disembarking the MV Esmeralda and heading to Keukenhof, here at the world famous gardens we can expect to see more than 7 million bulbs in bloom with a total of 800 varieties of tulips that will provide us with a unique and unforgettable springtime experience. We depart late afternoon for the journey to Rotterdam and our overnight sailing to Hull.

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Tuesday 14th April

We arrive in Hull and after clearing passport control re-join our coach for the return journey to Cumbria arriving home early afternoon.


B=Breakfast Included, L=lunch Included, D=Dinner Included

MV Esmeralda

The Esmeralda offers a high level of comfort and a friendly atmosphere. The Esmeralda can accommodate 126 passengers on two decks and is airconditioned throughout.  It has a lift between the promenade deck and main deck.  It has a stair lift between the promenade deck and sun deck. 

 

All 63 outward facing cabins have:

- air-conditioning,

- shower & toilet,

- satellite TV,

- safe deposit box,

- twin beds and

- a continental electricity socket (220 volts).

 

Lounge /Bar

The Esmeralda has a spacious and inviting lounge.

The bar and lounge of the Esmeralda was completely renovated at the beginning of 2011.

Morning coffee and afternoon tea is offered each day in the lounge.

 

Restaurant

The restaurant at the front of the main deck can accommodate all passengers at a single seating. 

On all cruises on board the Esmeralda you'll start the day with a buffet breakfast. On cruises in the summer you'll enjoy a three-course lunch and a four-course dinner with a choice in menu.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
High Hesket Palmerstons Furniture Store
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Old Bus Station Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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