Tulip Serenade River Cruise (Amsterdam - Amsterdam)

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  • Uncover some of the top cities in Europe on a relaxing river cruise.
  • Stay 7 nights on board the 4-star MS Queen.
  • Visit Amsterdam, Arnhem, Bruges & Antwerp. 
  • Avail of optional excursions at each port of call, including Ghent walking tour. 
  • Explore Keukenhof, the most iconic & biggest flower park in the world.
  • Be accompanied by Frances MacDonald a qualified and experienced gardener throughout the tour.

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Your Escorted Tulip Serenade River Cruise Holiday

Join us on this relaxing river cruise through the Netherlands and Belgium to see some of the most beautiful cities. Before we board our river cruise ship the MS Queen, the holiday will begin in Amsterdam with a canal tour where we'll see some of the highlights of the capital. During our river cruise we'll make a stop in Arnhem to admire the artwork of Van Gogh at the Kröller-Müller-Museum. Then we travel to Middelburg and Ghent, where we will take a guided excursion to Bruges, a beautiful medieval city. Next we cruise to Antwerp, Rotterdam, where there will be an opportunity to see the iconic windmills in Kinderdijk and then we visit the ‘Garden of Europe’. Keukenhof is one of most beautiful spring gardens in the world and every year approximately 7 million bulbs are planted, including 800 varieties of tulips. We'll return to Amsterdam, where there will be some free time at leisure to discover some of the city’s renowned museums, the famous flower market or to do some shopping.

Trip Itinerary

Leisurely

Activity Level: Leisurely

Day
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Amsterdam & Canal Cruise

Amsterdam

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Today we meet with our expert gardener, Frances MacDonald, at Dublin airport for our morning flight to Amsterdam.

Upon arrival in Amsterdam, we will be met by our local guide who will assist us on the transfer to Amsterdam port. A canal cruise will be provided en-route with highlights that include the city’s man canals, beautiful bridges and the impressive Central Station.

After some time at leisure, we will be transferred to Amsterdam port to commence boarding.  We will settle into our cabin and explore the range of facilities the MS Queen has to offer as we set sail.  Sit back with a welcome cocktail in one of the lounge areas, followed by a tasty welcome dinner.

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Kröller-Müller-Museum

At Leisure or Optional City Tour

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Voted “greenest city in Europe“, Arnhem rebuilt itself after the famed 1944 battle immortalized in the film “A Bridge Too Far“ and is now a thriving artists‘ town with fine museums and beautiful parks. This morning there will be an optional city tour in which you may partake if you wish (payable locally).

Kröller-Müller-Museum

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This afternoon join us on our included excursion to visit the Kröller-Müller-Museum which houses the second-largest collection of Van Gogh paintings in the world.

Evening at leisure

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This evening is free to relax on board, enjoying a delicious dinner as our vessel cruises onwards to Middelburg.

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Middelburg

At Leisure or Optional Excursions

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Before lunchtime our cruise ship will dock at Middelburg, a lovely city featuring historic merchant houses and storefronts lining its canals.  This afternoon there will be an option to join a guided walking tour or visit the Delta Works Project (optional excursions are payable locally) or alternatively to explore independently.

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Ghent & Bruges

Ghent

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During the night our vessel will dock in Ghent, the ultimate medieval city, where there will be free time to explore at our leisure or avail of booking an optional walking tour (payable locally)

Bruges

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In the afternoon, join us on board our coach for our included excursion to Bruges, the capital of the province of West Flanders. Due to the canal system the city is also known as the ‘Venice of the North’ and is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Our walking tour will take us along the maze of winding, cobbled alleys and romantic canals transporting us to medieval times. Highlights of this fascinating city include the market, the Burg (site of the former Bruges castle) and the Basilica of the Holy Blood.

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Antwerp

At Leisure or Optional Tour

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This morning our ship docks in Antwerp, the second-largest city in Belgium. Explore this lovely city on your own or take an optional excursion (payable locally) to view the iconic Atomium, which was created for the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair, and to visit the Cinquantenaire Park with its triumphal arch, built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Belgium’s independence.

An alternative optional tour this afternoon (payable locally), will explore Antwerp in a comfortable coach. Famous for its diamond trade, the city also boasts many cultural highlights such as the Cathedral of Our Lady with paintings by the famous Baroque artist Peter Paul Rubens.

In the evening, enjoy dinner, while our vessel returns to the Netherlands.

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Rotterdam and Keukenhof

At Leisure or Optional Tour

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Early morning, our ship will arrive in Rotterdam, the second largest city in the Netherlands. After breakfast, there will be an opportunity to visit to Kinderdijk (payable locally), which houses the most unique windmill complex in the world. Built to drain water from the soil, these windmills are now protected by UNESCO and are one of the Netherlands’ most popular tourist destinations.

Keukenhof Gardens

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Following our lunch join us on our included excursion exploring the world famous Keukenhof Gardens. Here we will see one of Europe’s largest garden displays in a park full of royal flair and creative diversity attracting over a million visitors each year. Seven million tulips, narcissi and hyacinths form a colourful carpet of blooms. Alternating exhibitions, know as parades, bloom in several pavilions. Numerous sculptures also lurk between the flowerbeds, as harmony between art and nature is a major feature of the park.

During dinner, the ship departs for the final leg of the cruise back to Amsterdam.

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Amsterdam

At Leisure or Optional Tour

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Amsterdam welcomes us back today with its enchanting blend of old-world charm and contemporary allure. Enjoy a day at leisure of perhaps avail of one of an optional cruise (payable locally) through the lovely, verdant canals of Amsterdam while learning more about the city’s history and significance in the morning or after lunch, you may wish to visit Waterland in North Holland (payable locally), where you will stop in the charming fishing village of Volendam and the equally picturesque town of Edam. Renowned for its cheeses, this is the perfect spot for a cheese tasting (included in the excursion). Alternatively, you can explore Amsterdam independently visiting the Flower Market, the  Rijksmuseum or Anne Franks’ house – or shop!

The festive Captain’s Gala Dinner will provide a fitting finish to this tour.

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Depart Amsterdam

Return to Dublin

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This morning we say goodbye to our ship after a week of delights. Following breakfast, we will disembark and transfer to the city for some free time at leisure before our onwards journey to  the airport for our afternoon flight back to Dublin.

* We aim to operate your tour itinerary according to the format shown. Occasionally, local conditions and unexpected events may result in adjustments to the planned schedule. We kindly ask for your understanding and flexibility in the event of any changes

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Know before you go

Will I be met at the airport?

You will be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred to your accommodation. You will be accompanied on all included excursions by your Travel Department guide. Your expert local guide is also available to give you tips and advice on any aspect of your holiday.

Do I need a Visa?

Please visit our visa page for information on requirements for each country's entry requirements

What if there is an emergency?

We have local representatives in all of our destinations who are available 24/7 as well as an emergency contact number for our offices in Ireland should you ever need it.

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