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Keukenhof and Dutch Delights: Sound of the Movies

Dutch Waterways

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Discover the music behind the movies as you cruise the Dutch waterways

Spend your days exploring the cities and springtime sights of the Netherlands and enjoy sociable music-filled evenings with popular host Carol Anne Wells as you discover the important role of music in film. 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 join a variety of optional excursions. Throughout your cruise you can enjoy evening concerts and talks as you explore the film soundtracks created by celebrated composers such as John Williams, Hans Zimmer and John Barry. Your cruise concludes in Amsterdam, where you can join an included walking tour or canal cruise, and explore its galleries and soak up its café culture at your leisure.

Including...

Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Dinner plate20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners

CocktailWine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner

PersonCruise Host

Plus...

  • Expert Host
  • On-board musical concerts and talks from your host
  • Drinks reception and Captain’s dinner
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • All gratuities on board
  • Return coach travel via Eurotunnel or ferry

MapIncluded 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

HeadphonesInteractive maps and audio headsets for independent exploration

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30/03/2022 UK to Amsterdam to Beverwijk

Amsterdam canal at night

Travel to Amsterdam –  the journey from Calais takes approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes – and embark Spirit of the Rhine this afternoon.

Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board during your evening cruise to Beverwijk, where you will remain moored overnight.

Beverwijk Netherlands Europe

31/03/2022 Beverwijk

Blooming flowers in Keukenhof Gardens in Netherlands

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.

Rotterdam Holland Netherlands Europe

01/04/2022 Rotterdam to Kinderdijk

Windmills at Kinderdijk in the 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.

Kinderdijk Netherlands Europe

02/04/2022 Arnhem 🎧

Traditional houses in the old town of Arnhem, the Netherlands

Arrive in Arnhem in the early hours. You can choose to explore the city independently, or join optional excursions to the Castle Gardens at Arcen, or the Arnhem Commemoration.

Depart Arnhem late tonight.

Arnhem Netherlands Europe

03/04/2022 Lelystad to Enkhuizen 🎧

Pretty Giethoorn, The Netherlands

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.

Enkhuizen Netherlands Europe

04/04/2022 Enkhuizen to Hoorn 🎧

Historic city of Enkhuizen, Netherlands

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.

Hoorn Netherlands Europe

05/04/2022 Amsterdam 🎧

Rijksmuseum, 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.

Amsterdam Holland Netherlands Europe

06/04/2022 Amsterdam to UK

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

Castle Gardens at Arcen

Discover 15 unique gardens, designed by landscape architect Niek Roozen, that have been laid out around a historic country estate with a 17th-century castle. Admire the Rhododendron Garden, Bamboo Forest, oriental water garden and Baroque Rosarium and explore the Casa Verde, a large greenhouse containing banana trees, bird of paradise flowers, palms and tree ferns, and a Koi pond.

Walking Grade 3

Four-and-a-half hours
Castle garden in Arcen, Netherlands
  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary

Arnhem Commemoration

Visit the site of the momentous events of Operation Market Garden, beginning at the famous 'Bridge Too Far.' It was here that the 2nd Battalion, led by Lieutenant Colonel Frost, held out for four days in September 1944 against overwhelming odds. At the north end, you'll see a monument in honour of those who participated, many of whom lost their lives. Continue to the old church in Oosterbeek, where the Allies sheltered prior to withdrawing, passing some of the fields where the landings took place. At the Airborne Museum, you can see photographs and memorabilia along with anti-tank guns and a Sherman tank which stand where they were left in battle. You return to Arnhem via the Airborne Cemetery, the final resting place of 1,748 Allied troops. 

Walking Grade 3

Three-and-a-half hours
Arnhem Airborne WWII memorial building
Arnhem Netherlands Europe
  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary

Bataviawerf

At the Bataviawerf shipyard you can discover the secret of wooden ships, spices and long trade missions to ‘The East’. Thanks to the establishment of the Dutch East India Company in 1602, Holland profited for nearly two centuries from a trade monopoly with Asia and had one of the most powerful sea fleets in the world. At the shipyard you will find two replicas of famous VOC ships, the ‘Batavia’ and the ‘Zeven Provinciën’ (Seven Provinces). The Batavia was a ship built in 1628 but which sank off the coast of Western Australia on its maiden voyage. The replica, made from Danish oak, is complete with authentic hand-carved decoration, rigging and artillery. Both ships are full-size and built using the same materials as the original. Experience what life was like on board these ships and, if you’re lucky, you’ll even witness the firing of the cannons.

Walking Grade 4

One-and-a-half hours
Lelystad shipyard
  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary

Clog painting workshop

Wooden shoes are an important part of the Netherlands’ culture and date back to the early 13th century. ‘Klompen’ or clogs as they’re also known, were mainly worn by farmers and fisherman as they protected their feet, but also absorbed perspiration allowing the skin to breathe. Wooden shoes are still worn today by some locals, and this fun and sociable workshop will reveal more of the history behind the shoes as you decorate your very own wooden shoe to take home as a souvenir.

Walking Grade 1

One-and-a-half hours
Paint your own clogs
  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary

Zuiderzee Museum

Take a ferry straight from your ship to the Zuiderzee Museum and go back in time! With over 140 historic buildings from villages around the former Zuiderzee, it’s a village in itself. Meet the residents of Urk, visit the cheese warehouse for a tasting and have a look in the smithy during your guided tour of the Outdoor Museum. Continuing on to visit the Indoor Museum you can enjoy the Journey Around the Zuiderzee exhibition and experience what life around this former inland sea was like. The journey takes you from Enkhuizen along the Afsluitdijk (the great barrier dam) to Friesland and then you return to North-Holland again, where you visit Marken and Volendam. Don’t forget to admire the extensive collection of historic boats in the Ships’ Hall too!

Walking Grade 3

Two-and-a-half hours
Zuiderzee Museum
Enkhuizen Netherlands Europe
  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary

Hoorn Walking Tour

Enjoy a guided walk around the attractive harbour town of Hoorn, once home to many an  adventurous mariner – including Abel Tasman and J P Coen, founders of the Dutch East India Company. As a result of its early seafaring wealth, Hoorn boasts many pretty historic buildings. Notably the State Council building, which houses the Westfries Museum and its fascinating collection of ceramic tiles, silver, china and model ships. Across the way you’ll find the charming Weigh House and beyond that a wealth of winding streets to explore. Perhaps spend some time in the market square or savour the views from the yachting harbour before returning to your ship.

Walking Grade 3

One-and-a-half hours
Hoorn
Hoorn Netherlands Europe
  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary

Cycling tour of Hoorn and tulip farm visit

Explore Hoorn and its surrounding areas in traditional Dutch style on this classic bike ride of approximately 13 miles accompanied by an expert guide. In tulip season (April – beginning of May) you will ride through colourful fields brimming with flowers, in any season you will see wind turbines, traditional windmills, farmhouses, fruit orchards, and of course the Westfriese Omringdijk or the IJsselmeerdijk. On these ‘dijken’ , you can clearly see the difference in level between land and water that this region is known for.

After a ride of approximately 45 minutes, including photo stops, you will arrive at the farm of Mr Tulip where you will be warmly welcomed with tea or coffee and a traditional syrup waffle. This family run farm only accepts a small number of guests each year and they will be proud to show you around their glasshouses on foot and tell you about their passion for the famous Dutch flowers and the staggered bulbs they plant especially for guests so there is always a beautiful display to see. All safety equipment will be provided on this excursion.

Walking Grade 5

Three-and-three-quarter hours
Discover the Netherlands by bicycle
Hoorn Netherlands Europe
  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary

Volendam, Edam & Katwoude Cheese Farm

This excursion for cheese lovers takes you to a beautiful farmhouse in Katwoude, where cheese is still made. Here you’ll enjoy a practical demonstration of the craft, and taste various cheeses. Head for Edam, one of the Netherlands’ best-preserved towns, which grew wealthy as a trading town and became famous for its red-waxed cylindrical cheese. Enjoy a walking tour through the pretty streets and visit the famous Edam cheese weigh house. The final stop is in the nearby, picturesque village of Volendam, which lies on reclaimed land along the former Zuiderzee, now known as the Ijssel Lake. Keep an eye out for locals wearing traditional Dutch costume, and enjoy some free time in the harbour area. During the excursion a local guide will explain the fascinating history of man’s fight to reclaim this low-lying land from invasion by the sea.

Walking Grade 3

Three-and-a-half hours
Volendam Harbour
Volendam Netherlands Europe
  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary

🎧 Interactive maps and audio headset tours available for exploring independently in Arnhem, Lelystad, Hoorn and Amsterdam.

Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions at an additional cost, or by exploring independently.

Walking Grades
1 – Walking at your own discretion. For example, on panoramic coach tours when the only walking is at photo stops.
2 – Minimal walking. Up to approximately 1,640 feet (500 metres) on mainly flat terrain.
3 – Moderate walking. Between 1,640-4,920 feet (500-1500 metres) over mixed terrain with the possibility of some steps.
4 – Considerable walking. More than 4,920 feet (1500 metres) over uneven terrain with many steps.
5 – Strenuous walking. Long distances over rough terrain with climbing, steps and trekking.

Keukenhof and Dutch Delights: Sound of the Movies

Dutch Waterways