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Steaming through the Dutch Bulbfields – BEST SELLER!

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5 day tour
From £249 per person - minimum 25 passengers

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Keukenhof Flower Gardens, once a modest little herb garden, is now where the Dutch bulb growing industry stage their annual petal spectacular. Despite opening in 1950, Keukenhof has a different look and theme each year. Each year between March and May, 70 acres of bulbfields burst into bloom. For eight weeks each spring, it becomes a ocean of colour, attracting thousands of visitors from all over the world. Admire not just tulips, but daffodils, hyacinths, narcissi and crocuses too! Take a leisurely stroll through these remarkable gardens. If you prefer, you can also enjoy a whisper boat cruise through the vibrant displays.

Furthermore, we take a memorable trip back in time, riding on two remarkable examples of historic Dutch public transport. On this fantastic excursion, cruise on the museum ship Friesland. Then, enjoy steam train journey through the Dutch countryside. Stopping at stations along the route, this is a great way to take in Holland’s natural beauty. Look out for iconic Dutch windmills during your journey. Admire the beautiful scenery, including the blooming bulbfields if you’re lucky! This is a wonderful and unique way to enjoy the flowers.

This is the perfect tour for flower and garden lovers. Holland has a fantastic reputation for outstanding blooms, and on this tour you can experience them for yourself!


Dates

March - May 2021


Suggested Itinerary

Day 1

Depart the UK

Take an overnight crossing to the Netherlands, perhaps enjoy a delightful evening meal on board.

Day 2

Full Day at Keukenhof Gardens

Upon arrival in the Netherlands, head to directly to Keukenhof Gardens. With over 50 years of displaying its floral art with a different theme every year and a fresh look every day, Keukenhof has developed into a showcase for the flower bulb and ornamental plant industry. The history of Keukenhof, the name meaning ‘kitchen garden’, goes back to the 15th Century. Tulips proliferate but there are daffodils, hyacinths, narcissi and crocuses to admire as well. Perhaps see the gardens from a different perspective on a ‘Whisper Boat’ cruise. Optional guided tours also possible.

Day 3

Heritage Boat and Volendam

This morning travel to the town of Enkhuizen. From here, you can see the remarkable Houtribdijk, a 17- mile dyke and dam completed in 1975 as part of the Zuiderzee land reclamation project. In Enkhuizen, we board the museum ship ‘Friesland’ for a relaxing cruise on the IJsselmeer to Medemblik. There’s free time for lunch before heading back to Volendam for some free time.

Day 4

Steam Train Experience

There’s free time for lunch before we climb aboard the ‘Museumstoomtram’, a charming, historic narrow gauge, steam-hauled train that travels for 20km through the bulbfields to Hoorn. The train stops at stations along the route, each a little museum in its own right, with views of windmills and (in season) the fields of tulips. Enjoy some free time in Volendam before making your way back to the port for your overnight sailing.

Day 5

Arrive back in the UK

Perhaps enjoy a full English breakfast on board before disembarking to make your way back to your local area.


Suggested hotels

The Old Dutch Hotel, Volendam ***

Inspected by Greatdays Staff in October 2019

Family run hotel, located on the waterfront in the centre of Volendam. 32 rooms in total, all equipped with safe, telephone, TV, small desk and shower. The hotel’s restaurant offers typical Dutch and international cuisine. In summer months, guests can sit outside on the hotel’s terrace overlooking the lake. Coaches park at the public coach parking in town and luggage has to be loaded/unloaded at the back street as there is no coach access at the front of the hotel, however the hotel offers luggage service.

Art Hotel Spaander, Volendam ***

Inspected by Greatdays Staff in October 2019

Overlooking Markermeer lake and an 8-minute walk from the Volendams Museum, this storied hotel dates from 1881, when it functioned as a retreat for painters. Rooms offer TVs and free Wi-Fi. Some add water views, and 1 room features original 19th-century decor. Family rooms add lofts with extra beds. Amenities include a wood-paneled tavern with vivid paintings, a relaxed bar, and a traditional restaurant with lake views. There’s also an indoor pool, a sauna and a Turkish bath. Free onsite coach parking is available during off-peak season and during peak season coaching is free of charge however, it is offsite.

Van der Valk, Volendam ****

Inspected by Greatdays Staff in October 2019

This waterfront hotel is surrounded by countryside and is 3 km from local history exhibits at the Volendams Museum and 4 km from ship-building exhibits at the Edams Museum. Rooms, some with water views, feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and mini-fridges. Amenities include an elegant restaurant and a bar. There’s also an outdoor pool, a sauna and a gym. Free onsite coach parking is available at the hotel. 

NOVOTEL Rotterdam Schiedam ****

This hotel lies an 8-minute walk from Schiedam Nieuwland train station and 8 km from Rotterdam city centre. Rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffeemakers, along with minibars. Some provide pull-out sofas. Upgraded rooms add Nespresso machines; Room service is available. The hotel has a restaurant serving international cuisine, as well as a stylish bar. Other amenities include an outdoor pool, a terrace and a fitness room. Parking is available free of charge.


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5 days  Hotel Board basis Half Twin Single Supplement
26th March 2021 Novotel Rotterdam Bed & breakfast From £249.00 per person From £72.00 per person
15th April 2021 Van der Valk Volendam Half board From £335.00 per person From £139.00 per person

Alternative dates and hotels available on request. 

Price based on exchange rate of £1.00 = €1.170. All prices are per person based on sharing a double or twin room and with one free place in a single room, based on a minimum 25 full fare paying passengers. Prices do not include UK coach hire or travel insurance. Dates are subject to availability. Smaller groups can be quoted for on request. Greatdays Holidays Limited is a member of ABTA (Y0380) which means you have the benefit of ABTA's assistance and Code of Conduct. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. Greatdays Holidays Limited has an ATOL licence (4279) and all of our air package tours are protected under this licence. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the Civil Aviation Authority will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any monies you have paid to us for an advance booking. All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this tour are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate. Our website policy is to use only copyright free images or images which have been authorised to us for free use by the owner. If you consider an image to be unauthorised or to be your property, please contact us immediately and if invalid we will have the image removed. If your image requires crediting or is missing a copyright statement then we will be pleased to add this to the webpage, contact us at info@greatdays.co.uk

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