Tulip Serenade Cruise from Amsterdam
Prices from £1,575 per person
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Dates: Late March and April 2021
Enjoy a marvellous cruise along the enchanting waterways of the Netherlands and Belgium and discover the many treasures that these two countries have to offer. After joining the ship in Amsterdam, enjoy gourmet dining and fine wines as you admire the spectacular colourful tulip carpets in Keukenhof Gardens and visit the great medieval cities of Antwerp and Ghent. Your exciting holiday also takes you through the lush green countryside of Kinderdijk, home to the Netherlands’ greatest concentration of windmills.
7 night / 8 day cruise holiday by First Class rail including all meals and wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner – from £1,575 per person (based on 2 people travelling together staying in an outside C4 grade en-suite cabin). Other cabin types are available – Please click here or see below for a full list of prices.
Day 1 – London to Amsterdam and onwards to your cruise ship
Your holiday begins as you stroll into stunning London St. Pancras station. Take your time to admire this majestic building, then sit back and relax as you travel by Eurostar on the direct service to Amsterdam. Enjoy the light meal and drinks served on board in Standard Premier Class (Eurostar’s 1st class for leisure travellers) and watch the countryside glide past as you make your way across Europe to the Dutch capital. On arrival in Amsterdam, join your floating hotel for the next seven nights, the beautifully appointed Amadeus Queen or Amadeus Star (dependent on departure date). After enjoying a welcome cocktail, this evening your cruise truly begins as you have your first delicious dinner on board.
Day 2 – Amsterdam and Hoorn
After breakfast, today you may choose to join the optional city tour of Amsterdam. See the beautiful homes that line the water, the fabled Skinny Bridge, and Anne Frank’s famous house where she spent years in hiding during the Second World War. The tour also includes a canal cruise and a visit to one of the city’s colourful flower markets. This afternoon you can continue exploring this vibrant city at your leisure, or alternatively you may opt to join the excursion by bus to charming Hoorn, with its delightful centre dating back to the 17th century. From here you can explore North Holland before returning to the ship. Relax over dinner this evening as you reflect on the day’s events.
Day 3 – Arnhem
The ship arrives in beautiful Arnhem early this morning. Here you can join the tour to see the monument commemorating the Battle of Arnhem Bridge, made famous by the classic film “A Bridge Too Far”, followed by a visit to the Airborne Museum. Then in the afternoon, you may like to join the optional tour to see Arnhem’s city centre and spectacular open air museum, which recreates many different parts of the Netherlands through its lovingly preserved and restored houses, farms and factories.
Day 4 – Middelburg
Today you arrive in Middelburg, a beautiful city in the south-west of the Netherlands, and capital of the Zeeland Province. Despite suffering extensive damage during the Second World War, today this historical city has been painstakingly restored to its pre-war glory and is home to an abundance of remarkable architecture. You can admire this on an optional walking tour of Middelburg this morning; otherwise you may prefer the optional excursion to one of the world’s most complex engineering projects, the Delta Works, which took more than 30 years to complete.
Day 5 – Ghent
Having crossed into Belgium overnight, this morning you wake up in Ghent. With its tangle of cobbled streets and idyllic canals that criss-cross the city, Ghent is a delight to explore – and you can do this on this morning’s optional city tour of some of the city’s highlights which includes the Belfry Hall, the Koornlei, the Graslei and the Castle of the Counts. This afternoon you can take the optional excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Bruges, one of Europe’s most perfectly preserved medieval cities.
Day 6 – Antwerp
Today the ship arrives in Antwerp, one of Belgium’s largest cities. After breakfast take part in the optional city tour of Antwerp, where you can see iconic landmarks such as Antwerp Castle, the Grote Market, Brabo Fountain and the city’s superb architecture. Feel free to further explore the delights of Antwerp this afternoon or take the optional excursion to nearby Brussels, the capital of Belgium and site of NATO headquarters. Tonight your ship departs for Rotterdam.
Day 7 – Rotterdam, Kinderdijk and Keukenhof
Today you arrive back in the Netherlands, in the lively port city of Rotterdam. Here you can explore independently or opt to join the city tour to take in the main attractions. Alternatively, you may choose to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kinderdijk, a lovely village renowned for having the country’s greatest concentration of windmills, all dating from the 18th century.
Back in Rotterdam this afternoon, you can join the excursion to the world-famous Keukenhof Gardens. Here you can admire the spectacular display of millions of flowering tulips across the 70-acre site, which come alive each year in an explosion of colour. There are also superb displays of crocuses, orchids and daffodils among many other flowers in a diverse array of greenhouses, sculpture gardens and terraces. Later you return to the ship for the final dinner and the last night aboard your cruise.
Day 8 – Amsterdam to London – Homeward bound
Today you wake up back in Amsterdam. After breakfast on board, your river cruise adventure concludes, and you bid farewell to the ship as you make your way back to Amsterdam Centraal station. Here you take the high-speed rail service to Brussels, where you connect with the Eurostar to London. Stretch out in your comfortable First Class seat and enjoy your light meal and drinks as you return to London St. Pancras station and the final leg of your journey home.
Your Cruise Ship
As two of the newest ships in the Amadeus fleet, both the Amadeus Queen and the Amadeus Star offer a comprehensive array of stylish facilities combined with the best in modern leisure amenities. The spacious cabins mainly have panoramic windows which can be automatically lowered, and the large suites each boast an outdoor balcony.
All cabins have en-suite facilities, whilst amenities such as flat screen television, individual climate control, hairdryer, telephone, safe and bottled water are also included.
Enjoy entertainment in the Panorama Lounge and Bar, deck games on the sun deck or relax and unwind in the Amadeus Club.
The Amadeus Queen also features an indoor pool, the roof of which can be opened in fine weather. In the evenings, this area may also be used for informative talks, functions or cinema showings. Other highlights on both ships include a fitness room, hair salon and massage room. There are 20 bicycles on board giving you the opportunity to explore the riverside paths or meander through the streets of the riverside towns you visit. Wi-Fi is available on board the ship.
All meals are included on board: buffet breakfast and multi-course lunch and dinner with menu choices, plus afternoon tea and midnight snack. Lunch and dinner are accompanied by wine, beer and soft drinks, and the restaurant is large enough to accommodate all passengers in a single sitting.
Cabin upgrades and prices
Below is a breakdown of the different cabin types, and prices for each of these on the different departure dates:
|C4, Haydn Deck||C1, Haydn Deck||B4, Strauss Deck||B1, Strauss Deck||A1 Mozart Deck|
|from £1,575 per person||from £1,715 per person||from £1,875 per person||from £1,975 per person||from £2,099 per person|
|from £1,759 per person||from £1,925 per person||from £2,125 per person||from £2,240 per person||from £2,399 per person|
|from £1,859 per person||from £2,049 per person||from £2,259 per person||from £2,399 per person||from £2,565 per person|