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River Cruise
River Cruise

Keukenhof and Dutch Delights

Dutch Waterways

from £1,349 per person 7 2
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required
  • VIP travel service included on selected European tours VIP on selected river cruises
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Discover Holland’s historic cities and iconic sights...

Be among the first passengers to step aboard Saga’s brand new luxury ship, Spirit of the Rhine, on this seven-night river cruise which allows you to indulge your interest in flowers as well as explore some of Holland’s most historic towns and cities.

Your cruise begins in Amsterdam, where you can look forward to a full-day excursion to the exquisite Keukenhof Gardens – one of the largest and most revered botanical gardens on the planet. April is a fantastic time to visit with millions of blooms awaiting you – you can find out more about the iconic tulips you see there on a themed lecture during your cruise.

You will also take an included trip to The Hague, home to a wealth of important and historic buildings, and cruise to the iconic and historic windmills of Kinderdijk. Perhaps learn about an instrumental moment in World War II, Operation Market Garden, during a stop in Arnhem and visit pretty Enkhuizen and Hoorn en route back to Amsterdam where you can soak up the food, drink and culture and explore on foot, on the road and on its world-famous waterways...

​The Hague is a cultural treasure-trove and a must for any art-lover.  It also has a delightful beach setting.

Andrew Iwasyszyn, Expert Holiday Creator

Including...

20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners

Included Excursions

  • Keukenhof Gardens visit (full day)
  • Tour of The Hague
  • Amsterdam city tour and canal cruise or Unique Experience: Culinary Walking Tour

*Return flights or direct Eurostar train to Amsterdam for a supplement


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Day 1 UK to Amsterdam

Amsterdam canal at sunset

Travel to Amsterdam and embark Spirit of the Rhine.

Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board as you cruise through the evening towards Beverwijk, where you will moor overnight.

Amsterdam Holland Netherlands Europe

Day 2 Beverwijk to Rotterdam

Beautiful Keukenhof Gardens

Today there's an included full-day excursion to the wonderful Keukenhof gardens, 'the most beautiful spring garden in the world!' Admire dazzling displays of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths and pick up ideas for your own garden from the themed gardens here.

Your ship departs at dinner and cruises overnight towards Rotterdam

Rotterdam Holland Netherlands Europe

Day 3 Rotterdam to Kinderdijk

Binnenhof Palace in The Hague

This morning travel to The Hague for an included tour.

It's the seat of government, home to the Royal Family, and host city to the United Nations. Discover beautiful squares, a huge market and historic buildings here. This afternoon cruise to Kinderdijk, home to 19 iconic and UNESCO-listed windmills, which you can see up-close on an optional excursion.

Set sail this evening and cruise overnight towards Arnhem.

Kinderdijk Netherlands Europe

Day 4 Arnhem

Old town of Arnhem, the Netherlands

Arrive in Arnhem in the early hours. Explore independently or perhaps join an optional tour to see famous sights associated with Operation Market Garden, a battle fought in 1944 and the subject of the epic war film A Bridge too Far.

Depart Arnhem late tonight.

Arnhem Netherlands Europe

Day 5 Lelystad to Enkhuizen

Lelystad, Netherlands

Arrive after breakfast and you have the day to explore Lelystad, a city built on land reclaimed from the inland sea, the Zuiderzee, in 1967.

It is the capital of the province of Flevoland which is essentially a man-made island joined to the mainland by bridges. This land wasn't always under water, but gradually the peat was washed away creating the Zuiderzee (Southern Sea). Making the best of the situation, the Dutch traders of the time used this as a route between Amsterdam and the cities of the Hanseatic League which dominated trade between the 13th and 15th centuries. This maritime history is celebrated in the National Centre for Maritime History museum in Lelystad, although the stretch of water was also famous for shipwrecks!

Perhaps join an optional afternoon excursion to the pretty, car-free village of Giethoorn, the ‘Venice of the Netherlands’, where distinctive thatched houses line the canals.

Cruise to Enkhuizen this evening and moor overnight.

Enkhuizen Netherlands Europe

Day 6 Enkhuizen to Hoorn 🎧

Enkhuizen, the 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. Perhaps join an optional walking tour. Cruise overnight for Amsterdam.

Hoorn Netherlands Europe

Day 7 Amsterdam 🎧

The Bloemenmarkt, Amsterdam's floating flower market

Arrive in the early hours and have a full day in the capital of the Netherlands.

This morning you can enjoy one of our Unique Experiences which are designed to give you the chance to get under the skin of a destination by enjoying the local food and culture. After disembarking your ship and meeting your guide, 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 also 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 perhaps join an optional excursion which visits Volendam, Edam and the Katwoude Cheese Farm.

Amsterdam Holland Netherlands Europe

Day 8 Amsterdam to UK

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

Joining you on board

Celebrity chef Nick Nairn

Chef and TV presenter Nick Nairn will join your cruise and use the on-board kitchen facilities to showcase his culinary prowess.

After travelling the world in the Merchant Navy, the Scot taught himself how to cook some of the dishes he sampled around the globe and in 1991 became Scotland’s youngest ever Michelen-starred chef at his first restaurant, Braeval in the Trossachs. He opened Nairns in Glasgow in 1997 to international acclaim and now teaches and works at the Nick Nairn Cook School on the shore of the Lake of Menteith, where he grew up.

He first appeared on Ready, Steady, Cook in 1995 and has gone on to appear in Wild Harvest, represent Scotland in the Great British Menu and regularly appears on The One Show and Saturday Kitchen.

Nick Nairn

Please note

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

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