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    Keukenhof Gardens
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    The windmills of Kinderdijk
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    The Hague
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Keukenhof and the Dutch Delights: Gardens

Dutch Waterways

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  • A car with a tick VIP on selected river cruises
  • A glass of wine All Inclusive

Discover the floral delights of the Netherlands…

Your cruise aboard Spirit of the Rhine begins in Amsterdam, and included excursions visit Keukenhof Gardens, The Hague, the Kinderdijk Windmills and pretty Giethoorn.

There will be opportunities to explore Arnhem, Lelystad and Hoorn at your leisure, or on a variety of optional excursions. Your cruise concludes in Amsterdam, where you can join an included walking tour or canal cruise, and explore its galleries and soak up its cafe culture at your leisure.


A car with a tickVIP door-to-door travel service from anywhere on the UK mainland

A suitcase with a tick Included travel insurance

A plate with a knife and fork 20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners

A glass of wine Free bar open 15 hours a day

A glass of wine Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner

A person Cruise Host


  • Expert Host
  • Drinks reception and Captain’s dinner
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • All gratuities on board
  • Return travel by Eurostar

A camera Included excursions

  • Full day Keukenhof Gardens visit
  • City tour of The Hague
  • See the Kinderdijk Windmills
  • Giethoorn city tour
  • Amsterdam city tour and canal cruise or culinary walking tour of Amsterdam

The free bar is open from 9am to midnight and serves non-branded alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

A headset Interactive maps and audio headsets for independent exploration

Joining you on board

Anne Swithinbank (March 27, 2023 departure)

Horticulturist Anne Swithinbank’s fascination with plants and nature began at a young age and led her to study for her Kew Diploma in Horticulture from 1976-1979.

Her career has seen her work as Glasshouse Supervisor at RHS Wisley, and appear on a number of television programmes including Channel 4’s Gardeners’ Calendar, and BBC’s Gardeners’ World. For the last 27 years Anne has been a regular panellist on Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time, and continues to write for Amateur Gardening, Grow Your Own, Candis and Gardeners’ World Magazines.

Anne has a passion for growing exotic plants under glass, and is one of the patrons of the British Cactus and Succulent Society.

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Day 1 UK to Amsterdam to Beverwijk

The canals of Amsterdam

Travel to Amsterdam and embark Spirit of the Rhine this afternoon.

Enjoy dinner on board during your evening cruise to Beverwijk, where your ship will remain moored overnight.

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Day 2 Beverwijk

Colourful flowers in the Keukenhof Gardens

Set off an included full-day excursion to Keukenhof Gardens.

Spread across 32 hectares, Keukenhof is described as ‘the most beautiful spring garden in the world’, and here you can admire a variety of colourful show gardens and horticultural displays featuring many floral species, including tulips and hyacinths.

After the day here, return to your ship, which departs at dinner and will cruise overnight to Rotterdam.

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Day 3 Rotterdam to Kinderdijk

Traditional windmills at Kinderdijk, Netherlands

An included tour this morning explores The Hague.

Set on the North Sea coast, the Netherlands’ third largest city is both the administrative and royal capital, as well as the host city to the United Nations, and features pretty town squares and historic buildings – such as the 17th-century mansion of the Maritshuis museum.

This afternoon, cruise to Kinderdijk, which is home to 19 UNESCO-listed windmills.

Built between 1722 and 1761, they form the largest park of windmills still in use in the Netherlands, and during your included excursion, you’ll see how a windmill works, learn why they were used and how they have been replaced by modern pump stations. You’ll visit the former steam pump station, Wisboom, as well as the historic waterboard house, and walk along the flood wall.

Cruise overnight to Arnhem.

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Day 4 Arnhem 🎧

City Hall in Arnhem, Netherlands

Arrive in Arnhem in the early hours.

You can choose to explore the city independently, join an optional excursion to the Castle Gardens at Arcen, or visit sites associated with Operation Market Garden during an optional Arnhem Commemoration tour.

Depart Arnhem late tonight.

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Day 5 Lelystad to Enkhuizen 🎧

The flower lined canal networks of Giethoorn

Arrive after breakfast in Lelystad, a city built on land reclaimed from the inland sea, the Zuiderzee, in 1967.

From here you can travel to the lake village of Giethoorn for an included city tour this morning. Referred to as the ‘Venice of the Netherlands’, Giethoorn features distinctive thatched houses that line its network of canals. There are no roads or cars in the centre of the town, so locals use punts to get around.

This afternoon you can choose to join an optional excursion to Bataviawerf, or enjoy an optional wooden shoe painting workshop. Cruise to Enkhuizen this evening where you will moor overnight.

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Day 6 Enkhuizen to Hoorn 🎧

The 16th and 17th century architecture of Hoorn

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. There is the option to join either an optional walking tour or cycling tour.

Cruise overnight to Amsterdam.

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Day 7 Amsterdam 🎧

The 19th century Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

Arrive in the early hours for a full day in the Netherlands’ capital. This morning you can choose one of the two included excursions available.

You can choose to meet your guide and 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 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 you may wish to join an optional excursion to Volendam, Edam and the Katwoude Cheese Farm.

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Day 8 Amsterdam to UK

Amsterdam's historic canals

Disembark Spirit of the Rhine after breakfast for your return journey to the UK.

Keukenhof and the Dutch Delights: Gardens

Dutch Waterways