Windmills, Tulips & Belgian Delights 2022 Scenic River Cruise
There’s something irrepressibly joyful about Europe in springtime, and nowhere more so than in beautiful Holland, where fields of tulips seem to personify the mood of young and old alike.
Commencing in Amsterdam, this itinerary takes in the very best that The Netherlands and Belgium have to offer. From sleepy towns like Edam and Volendam, to thriving modern centres like Rotterdam; from famous windmills and canals to timeless bridges and unique architectural styles, there is no better time to discover it all for yourself.
From May to October, in the city of Almere the once in a decade horticultural expo, Floriade will be held. The expo will focus on ‘Growing Green Cities’ and you will have the opportunity to wander the exhibits and discover the development, innovations and solutions around green energy in the future.
Fly to Amsterdam from one of up to 16 UK airports. If you'd prefer not to fly, why not take advantage of our Eurostar No-fly option at no extra cost and travel Standard Premier Class from St. Pancras international to Brussells and onto Amsterdam in First Class? You'll then be transferred to your Scenic Space-ship. Tonight, raise your glass to a fabulous cruise at this evening's welcome reception.
Freechoice: Join a knowledgeable local for a guided tour of Rotterdam. A dynamic, international city with a bold and passionately beating heart, Rotterdam is known as the architectural capital of the Netherlands. Or, you could choose to explore beautiful Delft before dropping into the pottery factory and museum to discover more about the world famous Delft Blue Pottery. Alternatively, discover picturesque Kinderdijk, famous for its historic windmills. Or visit Gouda, a town synonymous with cheese, and visit its local cheese market that dates back centuries.
Freechoice: Visit the Delta works, including the famous Storm Surge Barrier, an incredible feat of modern engineering, purpose-built to protect the flooding Delta Plain. Alternatively, you can choose to explore the charming village of Veere, located on a series of regional dykes, with a history that extends all the way back to the 15th century. Or, for something more active, embark on an enjoyable guided cycling tour of Veere and its surroundings. Alternatively, choose to visit an oyster farm for a tour and tasting.
Freechoice: Let a local expert guide you through Ghent, one of Belgium’s most historic cities with a myriad of medieval buildings and charming canals or walk the cobblestoned streets on a guided tour of the fairytale city of Bruges. Alternatively, explore Antwerp, renowned as the diamond capital of the world. Or, choose to learn about the life of the famous Flemish painter, Peter Paul Rubens during a guided tour of Antwerp. Visit his former residence and the cathedral that is now home to some of his most important works.
Freechoice: Explore the Arnhem Airborne Museum and learn about the Battle of Arnhem. Alternatively, visit the Netherlands Open Air Museum and discover historic houses, farms and windmills. Or, if you’re feeling more active, join a cycling tour through pretty surrounds.
Freechoice: Travel from Hoorn to the sleepy fishing village of Volendam, with its unusual raised homes and its quaint wooden church, then continue to Edam, famous for its round cheese. You’ll simply love this village and its beautiful squares, old-style bridges and cheese warehouses. Or, discover Hoorn with a local guide and be immersed into the local life while tasting fine regional cheese and seafood. Alternatively, you can choose to explore Hoorn by bike.
Enrich: A special experience awaits you as you will have the chance to meet the hospitable locals of this quiet pocket of northeastern Holland. Not only is there much friendly conversation in store, you can anticipate a truly sumptuous local dinner, with accompanying entertainment to celebrate your time in this charming region.
During April departures you will discover Keukenhof Gardens, complete with over seven million flowering bulbs. Keukenhof has delighted visitors for more than 70 years and you are sure to be impressed.
On cruises departing May - October you will have the opportunity to explore Floriade, the once in a decade Horticultural expo focussing on a sustainable future!
After breakfast, transfer to the airport or train station for your return journey home. Travel to one of up to 16 UK airports.
Please note: Pre release itinerary subject to change.
|6 April 2022 - Keukenhof||£2,145|
|13 April 2022 - Keukenhof||£2,395|
|27 April 2022 - Keukenhof||£2,395|
|11 May 2022 - Floriade||£2,145|
|15 June 2022 - Floriade||£2,245|
|18 July 2022 - Floriade||£2,245|
|31 August 2022 - Floriade||£2,245|
|5 September 2022 - Floriade||£2,245|
|5 October 2022 - Floriade||£2,245|
- Save up to £1,500 per couple, free VIP chauffeur transfers & free deposit protection
- Save an extra 10% on selected cabin grades when you pay in full 12 months before departure
- Fly from a selection of up to 16 UK airports or travel via Eurostar on selected itineraries
- 7 nights on Europe’s most luxurious 5-star ships
- 1 Exclusive Scenic Enrich event & 17 Scenic Freechoice excursions to choose from
- 20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
- Complimentary premium branded beverages
- Butler service for all guests
- Authentic local entertainment
- Exclusive Scenic Tailormade available throughout your cruise
- The freedom of on board e-bikes
- Cruise Director to guide and assist
- Expert local guides
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- All tipping, port charges and airport taxes worth up to £465 per couple