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The Glorious Dutch Bulbfields

The Glorious Dutch Bulbfields

Let your senses soar in this discovery of colourful Dutch delights


Let your senses soar in this discovery of colourful Dutch delights


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!


Hoorn–Medemblik Heritage Railway

The Hoorn–Medemblik heritage railway operated by the Museumstoomtram Hoorn Medemblik runs from Hoorn to Medemblik, a distance of about 20 km (12.4 mi).The line was opened in November 1887 and closed in 1941  and is now operated as a tourist attraction. Seven of the ten steam locomotives are official Dutch railway monuments and eight steam tram carriages are in service, as well as several steam tram goods wagons. The station is twinned with the Bluebell Railway in West Sussex.


Originally, Volendam was the location of the harbour of the nearby Edam, famous for its red waxed, round cheeses. Most Edam cheese sold in stores has a very mild flavor, is slightly salty or nutty, and has almost no smell when compared to other cheeses. As the cheese ages, its flavor sharpens, and it becomes firmer. It has a significantly lower fat content than many other traditional cheeses; as little as 28 percent of the cheese is made up of fat.

Volendam is a popular tourist attraction in the Netherlands, well known for its old fishing boats and the traditional clothing still worn by some residents. The women's costume of Volendam, with its high, pointed bonnet, is one of the most recognizable of the Dutch traditional costumes, and is often featured on tourist postcards and posters.



Located at the centre of the "Dune and Bulb Region" (Duin en Bollenstreek), Holland's flower-growing region, Lisse is also a major tourist attraction. During the spring when the fields around Lisse are in a colourful bloom, hundreds of thousands of local and foreign tourists visit the area. Ironically, the only remaining estate that was not removed for flower cultivation (Keukenhof) became world-famous for its flower displays, open only during spring when the tulips are flowering and is the horticultural highlight of spring in Holland. Once a modest little herb garden, Kuekenhof Flower Garden is 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 and each spring a flower parade called the Bollenstreek is held through the main streets of Lisse.


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.

Tuesday 19th April

We depart Cumbria in the morning and travel to visit the lovely town of Beverley, where we have time for lunch before continuing to Hull to join the overnight P&O cruise ferry to Rotterdam.

Wednesday 20th April

Feeling refreshed after our nights sleep we head to Keukenhof and the day at leisure to see the world famous gardens, more than seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths fill over 32 hectares with colour and fragrance, a unique and unforgettable experience. We depart late afternoon for the short journey to Scheveningen and our hotel the 4 star Carlton Beach Hotel. Evening at leisure to enjoy one of the many local restaurants.

Thursday 21st April

After breakfast this morning we head to the charming town of Hoorn where we join the ‘Museumstoomtram’, an historic narrow gauge, steam-hauled train, enjoy the views of windmills and fields of tulips as we travel for 20km to Medemblik. In the afternoon we visit the lovely old fishing village of Volendam with an included visit to a cheese farm. We return to Scheveningen late afternoon, evening at leisure.


Fiday 22nd April

We depart the hotel for the short journey to Lisse and an included visit to the Halls where the 2022 Flower Parade floats will be having the finishing touches applied before the annual festival, don’t forget your camera. We then head to the picturesque historic town of Delft, known for its blue ceramics and delicious pancakes, we leave Delft late afternoon for the journey to Rotterdam and the overnight sailing to Hull.


Saturday 23rd April

Hull to Cumbria arriving home early afternoon.

B=Breakfast Included

Carlton Beach Hotel Scheveningen/The Hague

Wake up to a panoramic sea view at the 4-star Carlton Beach hotel just steps from the sands of Scheveningen, the property is 1 minute walk from the beach. This hotel offers rooms with a balcony only 50 yards from the beach. Carlton Beach includes wellness facilities and boasts a seasonal beach club with a barbecue terrace.

The hotel features rooms with modern bathrooms with a sliding glass door design. Each of the rooms has a refrigerator with complimentary mineral water and a kettle to make tea or coffee.

Holland Casino Scheveningen is a 10-minute walk from the hotel and the famous pier is only 5 minutes away. The centre of Den Haag is a 15-minute tram journey away from the Zwarte Pad tram stop which is 50 yards from Carlton.

The wellness facilities at Carlton Beach include an indoor swimming pool with a solarium, steam bath and fitness centre. There are also indoor and outdoor saunas plus guests can enjoy a range of relaxing massages treatments.

The Hotel serves an excellent breakfast buffet and the Beach Brasserie serves light lunch bites and bar snacks in a casual setting with an open-fire of unique design. International cuisine and organic dishes are served in the Smugglers Grill & Bar.

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 Bus Stop Tangier Street Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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