Keukenhof and The Hague 2020 Saga River Cruise
Spend an inspiring day in beautiful gardens, visit the 'city of peace' and discover Amsterdam, on this scenic week-long cruise.
Travel by coach from Folkestone to Haarlem, via Eurotunnel or ferry, and embark your ship. Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board. Your ship departs early this evening for Haarlem, arriving around two hours later and mooring overnight.
After breakfast look forward to an included full-day excursion to the wonderful Keukenhof gardens, 'the most beautiful spring garden in the world!' The first open-air exhibition, to promote the region's bulb growers and flower exporters, was held here in 1949. Now the exhibition is an annual event lasting eight weeks and featuring various events, themed displays and a flower parade. Admire dazzling displays of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths and hopefully pick up ideas for your own garden here. A packed lunch will be provided. Return to your ship which will depart early this evening and cruise overnight towards Gouda.
This morning travel to The Hague on the North Sea coast for an included tour. It's the seat of government and home to the Royal Family. But it's also known worldwide as the International City of Peace and Justice as it's one of the cities that hosts the United Nations, and 160 other organisations dedicated to world peace. As you'll discover during your visit, it's also home to beautiful squares, a huge market open every other day and many historic buildings, including the Peace Palace, the royal residence Huis ten Bosch Palace and Binnenhof, housing the Dutch Parliament. Return to your ship for lunch as your cruise continues to Kinderdijk. You’ll moor here to view the 19 UNESCO-listed windmills dating from the 1800s, and now UNESCO-listed. The mills were built to help drain water from the Alblasserwaard area into the River Lek and then into the sea. A pumping station – one of the worlds largest – took over the job in the 1950's. You can stroll among the windmills or visit some on an optional excursion. Set sail this evening towards Arnhem.
Arrive in Arnhem very early this morning. Explore independently or perhaps join an optional Arnhem Commemoration tour to see famous sights associated with the Battle of Arnhem, also known as Operation Market Garden. In September 1944 thousands of British and Polish airborne troops were dropped behind enemy lines to hold the river bridges, allowing the Allied army into the lowlands of Germany while avoiding their defences at the Siegfried Line. Unfortunately, the bridge at Arnhem proved to be 'a bridge too far', as you may know from the epic war film of the same name. Depart Arnhem late tonight.
Cruise to Kampen and moor for the day. The town prospered as a member of the Hanseatic League and many fine buildings can still be seen in the historical centre. Alternatively, join an optional excursion to the pretty, car-free village of Giethoorn, the ‘Venice of the Netherlands’, where distinctive thatched houses line the canals. Cruise to Enkhuizen this evening and moor overnight.
Enjoy some time to explore Enkhuizen this morning. It was one of the wealthiest towns in Holland in the 17th century – the Dutch Golden Age – due to its trade connections. Depart round midday for an afternoon in Hoorn. Explore independently or join an optional walking tour. The 16th and 17th-century town houses with their decorative gables are a reminder of how the Dutch East India Company's spice-trading monopoly made it an important and wealthy trading town. Depart Hoorn later tonight and cruise overnight towards Amsterdam.
Arrive in the early hours and have a full day in the capital of the Netherlands. Compact and easy to explore on foot, it's home to many interesting old and new buildings and world-class museums, including the Rijksmuseum, home to Rembrandt’s 'Night Watch'. An optional sightseeing tour this morning will reveal the city’s greatest attractions and includes a canal-boat ride that highlights the vivid history of the city. This afternoon perhaps join an optional excursion to the Katwoude Cheese Farm to see cheese being made followed by a walking tour in the historic city of Edam and visit to the fishing village of Volendam beside IJssel Lake, formerly the Zuiderzee.
Disembark your ship after breakfast for your return journey to the UK.
|Date||Ship||Price from (pp)|
|2 April 2020||MS Bellejour||CALL|
|6 April 2020||MS Carmen||CALL|
|13 April 2020||MS Carmen||CALL|
- Savings of up to £150pp - book by 30th April 2020
- VIP door-to-door travel service
- Optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required†
- Return flights and transfers
- 20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
- Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- Captain’s dinner and drinks reception
- Saga Cruise Host and a Saga Cruise Assistant on board
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
- Entertainment and activities on the ship
- A day in Keukenhof gardens
- Tour of The Hague