Keukenhof & Dutch Delights Spirit of the Rhine River Cruise

Be among the first passengers to step aboard Saga’s brand new luxury ship, Spirit of the Rhine, on this seven-night river cruise which allows you to indulge your interest in flowers as well as explore some of Holland’s most historic towns and cities.

Your cruise begins in Amsterdam, where you can look forward to a full-day excursion to the exquisite Keukenhof Gardens – one of the largest and most revered botanical gardens on the planet. April is a fantastic time to visit with millions of blooms awaiting you – you can find out more about the iconic tulips you see there on a themed lecture during your cruise.

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Join celebrity chef Nick Nairn for an incredible cooking themed sailing on 19 April 2021!

Nick is a renowned Michelin-starred chef and restauranteur, famous for his TV appearances on shows such as Ready Steady Cook and the Great British Menu. Nick will showcase his culinary talent to guests at the à la carte restaurant aboard the Spirit of the Rhine.

Keukenhof

Itinerary

Travel to Amsterdam and embark Spirit of the Rhine. Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board as you cruise through the evening towards Beverwijk, where you will moor overnight.

Today there's an included full-day excursion to the wonderful Keukenhof gardens, 'the most beautiful spring garden in the world!' Admire dazzling displays of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths and pick up ideas for your own garden from the themed gardens here. Your ship departs at dinner and cruises overnight towards Rotterdam

Included Excursion: Keukenhof Gardens

This morning travel to The Hague for an included tour. It's the seat of government, home to the Royal Family, and host city to the United Nations. Discover beautiful squares, a huge market and historic buildings here. This afternoon cruise to Kinderdijk, home to 19 iconic and UNESCO-listed windmills, which you can see up-close on an optional excursion. Set sail this evening and cruise overnight towards Arnhem.

Included Excursion: The Hague city tour
Optional Excursion: Kinderdijk Windmills

Arrive in Arnhem in the early hours. Explore independently or perhaps join an optional tour to see famous sights associated with Operation Market Garden, a battle fought in 1944 and the subject of the epic war film A Bridge too Far. Depart Arnhem late tonight.

Optional Excursion: Arnhem Commemoration

Arrive after breakfast and you have the day to explore Lelystad, a city built on land reclaimed from the inland sea, the Zuiderzee, in 1967. It is the capital of the province of Flevoland which is essentially a man-made island joined to the mainland by bridges. This land wasn't always under water, but gradually the peat was washed away creating the Zuiderzee (Southern Sea). Making the best of the situation, the Dutch traders of the time used this as a route between Amsterdam and the cities of the Hanseatic League which dominated trade between the 13th and 15th centuries. This maritime history is celebrated in the National Centre for Maritime History museum in Lelystad, although the stretch of water was also famous for shipwrecks! Perhaps join an optional afternoon 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.

Optional Excursion: Glethoorn visit and punt cruise

Enjoy some time to explore Enkhuizen this morning. You'll then have the afternoon in Hoorn to see the 16th and 17th-century town houses – the Dutch East India Company made it a wealthy trading town. Perhaps join an optional walking tour. Cruise overnight for Amsterdam.

Optional Excursion: Hoorn walking tour

Arrive in the early hours and have a full day in the capital of the Netherlands. This morning you can enjoy one of our Unique Experiences which are designed to give you the chance to get under the skin of a destination by enjoying the local food and culture. After disembarking your ship and meeting your guide, take a tram to Central Station from where you will begin a walking tour of the Dutch capital. Along the way look forward to tasting local delicacies including herring, cheese and croquettes and rounding it off with a sweet treat from a bakery.
Alternatively you can also join an included tour of Amsterdam and see the Royal Palace on Dam Square, the floating flower market, the Central Railway Station, which is built on thousands of wooden piles, and the grand 19th-century Rijksmuseum. Your excursion includes a canal cruise to see the city centre, the famous Skinny Bridge, the Montelbaanstoren tower and the Jewish Quarter. This afternoon perhaps join an optional excursion which visits Volendam, Edam and the Katwoude Cheese Farm.

Included Excursion: Amsterdam city tour & canal cruise OR
Included Unique Experience: Amsterdam culinary tour
Optional Excursion: Volendam, Edam & Katwoude Cheese Farm

After breakfast, disembark Spirit of the Rhine ready for your journey home.

Price Guide

Date Price from (pp)
19 April 2021 - Themed Cruise: Nick Nairn £1,549
3 May 2021 £1,349

What's Included

  • Low deposit of only £99pp
  • VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Optional travel insurance or a discount of £20 if not required†
  • A selection of return transport including UK flights, Eurostar or coach travel (subject to availability and some may carry a supplement)
  • 7 Nights on board Spirit of the Rhine
  • 20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
  • All gratuities on board
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Saga cruise director & Saga cruise escort on board
  • 3 included excursions & experiences