Tulip Serenade & the Floriade Expo 2022 Amadeus River Cruise
There’s simply no better way to experience Holland and Belgium than by river cruise, gliding past fields of tulips and windmills to visit quaint villages and Renaissance cities seemingly frozen in time: Ghent, Antwerp, and Bruges. And, of course, you’ll visit Keukenhof Gardens, 79 acres of breathtaking beauty, open only in the springtime. Don’t miss your chance to visit one of Europe’s most magical corners, at the most enchanting time of year!
Once every 10 years, Floriade is the park 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.
Please note all excursions mentioned in the itinerary are not included but can be purchased pre-cruise.
Embark and settle into your cabin. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Cocktail, followed by a specially-prepared Welcome Dinner. A Traditional Shanty Choir performance onboard makes a perfect beginning to your journey.
Breakfast is served as the vessel arrives in the city of Arnhem. Located in the eastern part of the Netherlands, Arnhem is a bustling city with plenty to offer, including a rich heritage including the famous John Frost Bridge - a 'bridge too far' during the Battle of Arnhem, the Airborne Museum of Hartenstein and an open air museum which recounts daily life in Arnhem. You can also visit the Burgers’ Zoo, the most-visited zoo in the Netherlands. Back on board, enjoy dinner as we cruise to the Capital of Zeeland.
After a morning spent cruising the waterways, we arrive in the picturesque town of Middelburg. In the Golden Age (17th c), the Dutch East India Company flourished, evidenced by the merchant houses and storefronts that line the canals. For a feat of modern technology, visit the impressive Delta Works. This expansive series of dams was built to protect the area against flooding and high tides. Several original windmills still stand on the outskirts of town, representing another innovative technology of a bygone era.
Overnight, cross the border into Belgium and reach the city of Ghent, where your vessel will remain anchored for the day. Ghent is the country’s third largest city and one of Belgium’s best kept secrets. Home to the beautiful St. Bavo Cathedral and the famous Ghent Altarpiece, Ghent is also home to numerous other museums. There is something for everyone. Another beautiful city worth visiting is nearby Bruges, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Basilica of the Holy Blood with its holy relic – a vial of blood – that is said to be that of Jesus. Or perhaps visit the Groeninge Museum with its collection of artwork that spans several centuries. This evening, join your fellow travelers for dinner.
Wake up in this beautiful Belgian port city, one of the largest ports in the world. Famous for its diamond trade, Antwerp is also home to numerous cultural jewels. Among them, the Cathedral of Our Lady with paintings by the famous Baroque artist Peter Paul Rubens, including the Raising of the Cross and the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, is not to be missed. Spend the afternoon in Antwerp following individual pursuits or venture to the nearby capital city of Brussels, a major center for international politics. This evening enjoy the Captain’s Gala Dinner.
>On today’s return to the Netherlands, we arrive at another major port city - Rotterdam. This vibrant city has a strong maritime history as well as bold, modern, architecture. Nearby, the historic windmills of Kinderdijk are a good example of the rich history of the Netherlands and are in contrast to the modern city.
This afternoon explore this dynamic city or perhaps venture to the Keukenhof Flower Gardens. This beautiful park features more tulips in flower than anywhere else in the world. Over 7 million bulbs are planted here annually, with visitors from around the world coming to explore the 9-and-a-half-mile network of footpaths, including the largest sculpture park in the Netherlands. Later this evening, the vessel sets off for its final port of call - Amsterdam.
Beautiful bridges connect numerous parts of the city which is divided by hundreds of canals and waterways, lined with 17th century architecture. Be sure to stop by the Oude Kerk (Old Church), the oldest building in the city or perhaps stop by the Anne Frank House - the day is yours to explore. Enjoy a delicious dinner onboard after which the vessel departs Amsterdam.
Disembark MS Amadeus Silver II and transfer to your 4* hotel to store your luggage before visiting the Floriade Expo. With FREE tickets included to the Floriade Expo 2022, explore this fascinating park and enjoy this extraordinary event that only happens every 10 years. After your day at the Expo, transfer back to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Transfer to the airport or train station for your return to the UK.
|Date||No Fly Price From (pp)||Fly Price From (pp)|
|9 April 2022||£1,699||£1,799|
- Return Flights or Rail travel from London and overseas transfers
- 8 Day river cruise on board Amadeus Silver II
- One night 4* hotel stay in Amsterdam
- FREE Tickets to Floriade Expo 2022 including cable car ride
- Services of an experienced, multilingual Cruise Director
- Gourmet dining with all meals included
- Free-flowing quality red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions with every dinner on board
- 24-hour complimentary coffee and tea station
- Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
- Special onboard entertainment including talks, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and nightly music by the Amadeus Duo in the Panorama-Bar
- Complimentary use of onboard bicycles
- Non-smoking environment (smoking permitted on the Sun Deck)
- All port taxes, embarkation, disembarkation and lock fees
- Optional excursions are available from £16pp. Pre book a package and save 15%.