Five-Star Tulips Cruise
Discover the magnificent floral displays of the Keukenhof Gardens on this wonderfully diverse cruise on the enchanting Belgian and Dutch waterways.
On this tour we uncover the beautiful historic cities of Amsterdam, Ghent and Antwerp as well as the Battlefields of Ypres, the spectacular Keukenhof tulips and the Hoorn-Medemblik steam train. We also enjoy a talk from army veteran and battlefields expert Colonel Piers Storie-Pugh OBE on this memorable river cruise.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Round-trip rail travel between London and Amsterdam onboard Eurostar
- 7-night cruise on board the Amadeus Queen or Imperial
- 20 meals
- The Battlefields of Ypres
- The Keukenhof Gardens
Day 1 - International Flight to London
Embark on your international flight to London from your U.S. gateway. (International flight not included in tour price.)
Day 2 – London to Amsterdam
Meet your group and Tour Manager at London St Pancras today, where you board the Eurostar to Amsterdam. On arrival in Amsterdam you are escorted to the ship and can settle into your cabin and your new surroundings. Later, enjoy a welcome drink in the lounge before a sumptuous 5-course dinner in the restaurant. (D)
Day 3 – Amsterdam
After waking up to your first morning and breakfast on board, you are given a choice between two fascinating excursions. Your first option is a guided sightseeing tour of Amsterdam, taking in all the sights which make this enigmatic port city one of the most loved in Europe. Discover the Royal Palace, Dam Square and the pretty canals for which Amsterdam is famous. Your second option is a visit to the town of Hoorn where you embark on a nostalgic steam train trip on the wonderful Medemblik Steam Railroad. (B, L, D)
Day 4 – The Battlefields of Ypres
Our vessel arrives into Ghent today, in Flemish Belgium. This morning, Colonel Piers Storie-Pugh MBE comes aboard to deliver a fascinating talk about the battlefields in the region, using his impressive expertise in the field to take us back in time. In the afternoon, our excursion takes us to the infamous Ypres Battlefields, a key battlefront in the First World War. You also see the Tyne Cot cemetery where many of the combatants were buried. Return to the ship later for dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 5 – Ghent and Bruges
Discover the attractive town of Ghent this morning as you venture into the narrow streets and pretty boulevards for a guided tour. Built in an instantly identifiable style, the architecture lends an elegant grandeur to the buildings here, and we discover some of the finest examples on our tour which includes the ever impressive St Bavo's Cathedral and the Belfrey. After lunch, we pay a visit to the fairytale city of Bruges. An exceptional example of a medieval town which maintains its historicity, Bruges is truly an enchanting city with winding streets opening up to large squares which are often filled with locals enjoying the local cafés serving Belgian delicacies. Here we discover the canals, churches and noble old townhouses which are famous across Europe.
Later, after our day in the towns of Belgium, we enjoy another delicious dinner on board our vessel. The ship sails overnight to Antwerp. (B, L, D)
Day 6 – Antwerp
This morning, our cruise arrives into the diamond town of Antwerp in the far north of Belgium, near the Netherlands. A superb city of magnificent color and style, Antwerp is famous for its role as the world's leading diamond authority. It is estimated that around 70% of the world's diamonds are sold and bought here. We visit the diamond district and more on a guided tour of the city's medieval streets
Later in the afternoon, we depart Antwerp sailing along the Rhine and the Scheldt-Rhine Canal. This man-made stretch of water was created to serve trade routes along the Rhine. We discover more about the history of the canal from our Cruise Director. (B, L, D)
Day 7 – Arnhem
We arrive into Arnhem this morning. After free time, you have another choice of two excursions. Your first option is to visit the excellent Hartenstein Airbourne Museum in nearby Oosterbeek for a guided tour. This institution is based on the fierce Battle of Arnhem in WWII, the setting of the war film 'A Bridge too Far'. The museum features a collection which includes various artefacts from the battle itself. Alternatively, you may wish to join the excursion which visits the Netherlands Open Air Museum, recanting the storied history of flight in this proud European country. Tonight we sit down to an elegant Gala dinner with our captain and crew. (B, L, D)
Day 8 – The Keukenhof Gardens
This morning we arrive back in Amsterdam, and are joined on board by the wonderful Charlie Dimmock, star of the BBC's Ground Force. We enjoy a presentation as well as a question and answer session with her, learning about her time at the BBC and her tips on horticulture and garden care.
Later, we experience a true highlight of the tour, visiting the magnificent kaleidoscope of color that is Keukenhof Gardens. Lined and filled with all manner of glorious tulips displays of all sizes and variety, this is one of the best floral displays in Europe and indeed the rest of the world. In the evening, we are serenaded back on board by a Dutch sea shanty choir. (B, L, D)
Day 9 – Return to London
After a buffet breakfast, your cruise comes to an end and you disembark your ship in Amsterdam. Here you are escorted by your Tour Manager by rail back to London. (B)
Train and Hotel Accommodations
MS Amadeus Queen
Sleek, elegant and comfortable, the MS Amadeus Queen is an excellent river going vessel, offering one of the finest ways to discover the stunning rivers of Europe. Well-maintained facilities, superb service and tasteful cabins all combine to make passengers' time on board the Amadeus Queen a delight. Enjoy the serene scenery as it passes by, through specially designed floor-to- ceiling windows or perhaps from the Sun Deck at the top of the boat, as you relax on loungers and deck chairs with your fellow travelers.
Across the four decks, the ship has a range of amenities available to passengers including a restaurant, a panorama-bar and a fitness room. A recent addition has seen an indoor pool installed at the rear of the boat. Each room has a television, an en suite bathroom, a mini bar and a hairdryer, while the suites enjoy a walk-out exterior balcony as well.
The high speed Eurostar trains link St Pancras International in London with Paris and Lille in France as well as Brussels in Belgium.
Eurostar's Standard Class coaches feature two seats on either side of the central aisle, most of which is arranged in an 'airline' seating configuration with drop down tray tables. There are two tables for four per carriage. Passengers traveling in Eurostar Standard Class coaches can take advantage of the Bar-Buffet which sells a range of snacks, meals, hot and cold drinks - including Champagne!
The highest class of Eurostar travel available for leisure customers is Standard Premier Class. In your dedicated Standard Premier carriage you'll find a less dense seat configuration, meaning the seats are larger and you have ample space to relax and stretch out. As part of the service you'll enjoy complimentary drinks and refreshments, served at your seat by friendly, helpful waiting staff.
Dates & Prices
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|14th April 2020||$1,965||Book Now|
|20th April 2020||$1,965||Book Now|
|14th April 2020||$2,245||Book Now|
|20th April 2020||$2,245||Book Now|
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Standard Class Rail / Classic Stateroom: Departs 14th April 2020 ($1,965), 20th April 2020 ($1,965)
First Class Rail / Classic Stateroom: Departs 14th April 2020 ($2,245), 20th April 2020 ($2,245)
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