Springtime Dutch Discovery 2019 Fred Olsen River Cruise
With so much variety in one short sailing, this is the perfect way to sample the river cruising experience. Starting in Amsterdam you’ll be able to visit legendary Keukenhof Gardens and view the vibrant tulips in bloom. Then from gliding through Dutch countryside to transiting the Pannerden Canal, there’s a wealth of scenic delights all to be discovered from the comfort of Brabant. Dotted along the route are towns and cities steeped in seafaring history and authentic culture.
You’ll join Brabant in the Dutch capital, Amsterdam, with time to explore the following morning. Though the city boasts excellent museums – particularly the Rijksmuseum and Anne Frank House – and a network of famous canals, a trip to the resplendent, 32-hectare Keukenhof Gardens is a must. Especially as you’ll be around at the best time to view the vibrant tulips. There are many pavilions filled with flowering bulbs and pot plants too, including a collection of orchids. You can even take in the bulb fields in an electrically-propelled boat.
After cruising the IJsselmeer Lake, Hoorn is your next call. The main landmark is the cosy harbour, which indicates a prosperous heritage: Hoorn was once a major trading base during the Dutch ‘Golden Age’. The compact town centre presents seven museums all within easy reach. A stop is also made in Kampen to savour one of the best-preserved historic centres in the country, displaying churches, towers and remains of the ancient city wall.
Continuing down the IJssel River, you’ll pass Zwolle and a string of villages en route to Deventer. This is a city of great industrial and religious significance. Seek out intricate Hanseatic architecture along the twisting streets, admire the ceiling paintings of St Lebuin’s Church, or perhaps try some of the famous spiced honey cake. Deventer is home to the Netherlands’ oldest stone house, oldest scientific library, and oldest park too, so you’re sure to be in for a unique experience.
Brabant will pass by Zutphen, heading on to historic Arnhem. A short distance away from the city centre is the Netherlands Open Air Museum. Beautifully situated within a wooded park, this fascinating site showcases houses, antiques, clothing and production methods from many different periods, along with classic electric trams.
Fort Pannerden is an arresting sight to behold, as Brabant transits the Pannerden Canal. The afternoon will then be spent in Nijmegen. In the Netherlands’ oldest city, the Valkhof Museum is a great spot to start your exploration, given its engaging displays and Roman artifacts. Take a walk along the Waalbrug too, for views of the Old Town and the Waal River below.
After breakfast on board, your transfer will take to the airport for your flight to the UK.
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- Return flights & non UK transfers
- Comfortable en suite accommodation with TV, hairdryer, safe and individually controlled air conditioning
- Tempting cuisine every day throughout your cruise – with ‘early riser’ breakfast, breakfast buffet, casual lunch, five-course à la carte dinner and late-night snacks
- Complimentary tea & coffee station 24 hours a day
- Complimentary afternoon tea & coffee with sandwiches and cakes
- Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Use of leisure facilities including Fitness Room and Wellness Tub
- Lounge music by pianist, or duo every day
- All local taxes and port charges (where collectable in advance)