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Discover the magnificent floral displays of the Keukenhof Gardens on this wonderfully diverse cruise on the enchanting Belgian and Dutch waterways.

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2022 Tour code: GR-NERA-22

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.

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Itinerary

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.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 2 - Amsterdam

After waking up to your first morning and breakfast on board, you are given a choice between three 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. Your third option is a half-day excursion to the Floriade Expo, the world-famous horticulture show that has been showcasing flora once a decade since 1960. 2022's theme focuses on building green cities and is certain to be filled with both beauty and innovation. Visit exhibitors from more 40 countries, meander through the colorful arboretum, and immerse yourself in Dutch culture. Overnight ship.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

Please Note

Pre and Post-night hotel accommodations in London are recommended. Ask your rail agent for details.

Departure times

Departure times vary based on selected rail vacation. This information will be provided in your final documents. For more information please speak with your rail specialist.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular vacation with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Trains

Eurostar
Medemblik Steam Train

Ships

MS Amadeus Queen
MS Amadeus Silver III
MS Amadeus Imperial
MS Amadeus Star

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