Discover the magnificent floral displays of the Keukenhof Gardens on this wonderfully diverse cruise on the enchanting Belgian and Dutch waterways.
About the Tour
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.
Your vacation start or end can be tailored to meet your travel needs.
- Round-trip rail travel between London and Amsterdam onboard Eurostar
- 7-night cruise on board an Amadeus river cruise ship
- 20 meals, including a Gala Dinner
- Choice of included sightseeing in Amsterdam
- The Battlefields of Ypres
- The Keukenhof Gardens
Day 1 – 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. Overnight ship. (D)
Day 2 – 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. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 3 – 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. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 4 – Ghent
Discover the attractive town of Ghent this morning, as we 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 Belfry. After lunch, your time is your own to explore more of Ghent. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 5 – Bruges
Today we pay a visit to the fairytale city of Bruges. An exceptional example of a medieval town that takes great pride in its history, Bruges is a truly enchanting city. With winding streets opening up to large squares, often filled with locals enjoying the cafés that serve up plenty of Belgian delicacies. Here we discover the canals, churches and noble old townhouses famous across Europe. Later, after our day in Bruges, we enjoy another delicious dinner on board. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 6 – Arnhem
We arrive in 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 artifacts 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. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 7 – 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. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 8 – 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)
MS Amadeus River Cruise Ships
Discover unparalleled levels of luxury, elegance, and tranquility aboard the MS Amadeus Star, Imperial, Silver III or Queen. Inviting and comfortable cabins outfitted with modern conveniences, quality food flowing almost continuously from the kitchens, and extensive facilities that vie for your attention during sailing hours; you'll never find yourself at a loss while on board. Cabin choices include Classic Staterooms, Deluxe Staterooms, and Deluxe Suites.
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 are 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.
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