See the best of Holland from the picturesque Dutch waterwaysBook Now
Join our cruise along Dutch waterways where we visit Almere which will be the stage for the Floriade Expo 2022 International Horticultural Expo: the greenest day out. Once every 10 years Floriade is the place to enjoy the scent and colour of flowers, plants, vegetables, and fruit. The Expo offers 40 inspiring country presentations, a spectacular greenhouse complex, a cable car over the Floriade Park, pavilions with sustainable innovations and a vibrant arts and culture programme. Visit Keukenhof Tulip Garden Extraordinaire. At Keukenhof there are more than 8 million tulips with over 800 varieties, daffodils, and hyacinths, all in full bloom. The landscape is immaculate, with shimmering lakes, mature trees, and wonderful works of art, and although the crowds can get busy at times, Keukenhof emanates an underlining peaceful ambience that soothes the soul.
At a Glance:
Keukenhof, Floriade, Amsterdam guided tour
(Please Note: Lunch is not included on Days 1 & 5)
Passports are required.
Crossing the channel by Eurotunnel then travel through Belgium to Holland making suitable refreshment stops, we arrive in Alkmaar late afternoon for embarkation onto the MS Esmeralda. Enjoy a welcome drink and settle into our cabins before our evening meal.D
Today enjoy a leisurely cruise as the ship sails from Alkmaar along the canal to Den Helder where we see the bulb fields along this stretch, then over the ljsssel lake to the bustling port of Hoorn, birthplace of the explorer Willem Schouten (who named the infamous cape Horn after his hometown). Explore the 17th century merchant houses and warehouses lining the waterfronts and the huge variety of ships, boats and yachts in the harbour.B, D, L
Depart the ship after breakfast from Hoorn to visit the most beautiful spring garden in the world, Keukenhof, filled with 32 hectares of colour and fragrance. Afterwards there will be opportunity to visit a shop selling many varieties of tulip bulbs for you to take home with you. On our return to our ship visit a family-run cheese and clog making outlet. There will be demonstrations of how they make their local famous cheese, with tastings afterwards, and how they craft their clogs. Refreshments provided. Return to our ship in Zaandam, a city in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland late afternoon.B, D, L
Full day at Floriade - it only happens every 10 years! Disembark the ship in the morning and travel by coach to Floriade, the spectacular World's Fair of Horticultural shows. Free day to enjoy all this amazing event has to offer with exhibitions from more than 30 countries. The Expo's location will be held in Almere, a modern "garden city" near Amsterdam that was built on land reclaimed from the sea. The theme of the show will be "Growing Green Cities"-an appropriate motto, given that the site will become a new urban district named Hortus after Floriade closes. Set in sixty hectares (148 acres) of land, forty inspiring country presentations, a spectacular greenhouse complex, and a real aerial cableway across the park - it is with good reason that Floriade Expo is considered one of the world's major horticultural shows. This spectacular event will be the perfect place to enjoy flowers, plants, vegetables, and fruits in park-like surroundings. We return to the ship afterwards in Amsterdam.B, D, L
After breakfast we say a sad farewell to the crew on board the MV Esmeralda and meet our Guide for short walking tour of Amsterdam. Afterwards there will be opportunity for a canal ride along the waterways of Amsterdam; this is the best way to see Amsterdam (price not included, approx. €18pp). Enjoy the rest of the morning free to wander around this fantastic city and time to purchase lunch before returning to home area.B
B=Breakfast Included, D=Evening Meal Included, L=Lunch Included
MV ESMERALDA ***
The MV Esmeralda has become a firm favourite for river cruising, and is a comfortable vessel decorated in traditional Dutch style. The 63 cabins are all the same size and all have air conditioning, TV, mini safe and en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and washstand. The lounge and reception area are located on the upper deck, and the tastefully decorated restaurant is located on the main deck. There is a lift between the promenade deck and the main deck, as well as a chair lift to the sun deck. The Esmeralda is an ideal floating hotel for those who like the traditional ambience to go hand in hand with modern comforts.
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Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|Ardleigh Crown|| Ardleigh Crown Public House |
|Beacon Hill Services|| Beacon Hill Services Lorry Park |
|Bramford, Angel PH|| Bramford, Angel Public House |
|Bury St Edmunds Bus Stn|| Bury St Edmunds, Bus Station, Stand 9 |
|Capel St Mary (North)|| Capel St Mary White Horse Public House |
Setdown Point:Capel St Mary National Exp StopSouth
|Chelmsford Services|| Chelmsford Springfield Services |
Lorry Park (Off A12)
|Claydon Crown|| Claydon Crown Public House Lay By |
|Colchester North Rail Stn|| Colchester North Rail Station |
|Combs Bus Shelter|| Combs Bus Shelter, Ipswich Road (Opp. Esso Garage) |
|Copdock - Tescos|| Copdock Mill, Tesco Superstore Front Exit Bus Stop |
|Debenham Angel|| Debenham Angel Public House |
|Diss Bus Station|| Diss Bus Station |
|Eye Town Hall|| Eye Town Hall |
|Felixstowe Coach Park|| Felixstowe Coach Park, Garrison Lane, Felixstowe, |
|Felixstowe Gt Eastern Sq|| Felixstowe Great Eastern Square |
|Ipswich, West End Rd|| Ipswich,West End Road Car Park |
|Kelvedon - The Tavern|| Kelvedon The Tavern, High Street/Station Road |
|Long Stratton|| Long Stratton Police Station |
|Mendlesham Kings Head|| Mendlesham, Kings Head Public House, |
|Mendlesham, Denters Hill|| Mendlesham, Denters Hill |
|Needham Market - Swan|| Needham Market, Swan Public House, |
|Newmarket Bus Station|| Newmarket Bus Station |
|Norwich - Castle Meadow|| Norwich, Castle Meadow,(Outside Galloway Office) |
|Redenhall/Station Road|| Junction of Redenhall Road/Station Road Harleston |
(Old Duke William PH) IP20 0LB
|Scole - Scole Engineering|| Outside Scole Engineering Garage, Scole |
|Sproughton|| Sproughton, Wild Man Public House |
|Stowmarket Railway Stn|| Stowmarket Railway Station |
|Stowupland Dents Corner|| Stowupland, Dents Corner, |
|Tollgate McDonalds|| Stanway, Mc Donalds Bus Stop, Tollgate, CO3 8RG |
|Witham Old Post Office|| Witham Old Post Bus Stop - Sorting Office |
(NOT McColls Store)
|Woolpit Church|| Woolpit Church |
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