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Keukenhof and Floriade

Dutch Waterways

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  • A glass of wine All Inclusive

Compare the floral displays of Keukenhof and the Floriade Expo

Head to the famous flower filled fields of the Netherlands on this river cruise that includes a full-day excursion to Keukenhof Gardens and another included full-day visit to the Floriade Expo in Almere, where you’ll see floral displays from around the world.

You’ll also have the opportunity to explore Nijenhuis Castle and its sculpture gardens, enjoy a drive through the tulip fields of the Noordoostpolder and traverse the historic canals of Giethoorn by electric punt on a choice of optional excursions. A full day in the vibrant Dutch capital completes your holiday.

Including...

Hands shaking Included travel insurance

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

CocktailFree bar open 12 hours a day†

Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner

PersonCruise Host

Plus…

  • Drinks reception and Captain’s dinner
  • Saga Cruise Assistant on board
  • Entertainment and activities on the ship
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • Return coach travel via Eurotunnel or ferry††

MapIncluded excursions

  • Keukenhof Gardens
  • Floriade Expo

HeadphonesInteractive maps and audio headsets for independent exploration
†The free bar on board is open from 12pm to midnight, serving non-branded alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. †† Return flights or Eurostar upgrade available for a supplement.

View Full Itinerary

Day 1 UK to Amsterdam

City of Amsterdam in Netherlands

Travel by air, or by coach from Folkestone to Amsterdam via Eurotunnel or ferry (a journey from Calais of approximately four hours and 30 minutes) and embark Rex Rheni.

Enjoy a welcome dinner on board as you remain moored here overnight.

Amsterdam Holland Netherlands Europe

Day 2 Amsterdam to Zwolle 🎧

Keukenhof Gardens

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

You will rejoin your ship in Zwolle where she moors overnight.

Zwolle Netherlands Europe

Day 3 Zwolle to Kampen

Zwolle, The Netherlands

This morning you may like to visit Nijenhuis Castle and its sculpture garden on an optional excursion. Enjoy some free time this afternoon, admiring architecture dating back to the 15th century when the town of Zwolle was a member of the wealthy trading organisation, the Hanseatic League.

Continue sailing to Kampen this evening, where your ship will moor overnight.

Kampen Netherlands Europe

Day 4 Kampen to Urk

View of Urk, Netherlands

Perhaps spend the morning driving through the colourful tulip fields of the Noordoostpolder on an optional excursion.

Leave at lunchtime for Urk, arriving this afternoon, and enjoy some free time before rejoining your ship.

Urk Netherlands Europe

Day 5 Urk to Lelystad

Lelystad, The Netherlands

An optional excursion this morning visits the lake town of Giethoorn and includes a cruise along the historic canals aboard a motorised punt.

Continue sailing to Lelystad this afternoon, arriving early evening for an overnight mooring.

Lelystad Netherlands Europe

Day 6 Lelystad to Amsterdam 🎧

2022 Expo

The city of Lelystad is built on land that was reclaimed by the Zuiderzee (inland sea) during the late 1960s. This morning, step on the shuttle bus for your included full-day visit to the Floriade Expo held in Almere. This world horticultural exhibition will last six months, and the theme for the 2022 Expo will be ‘Growing Green Cities’, focusing on how nature can be better incorporated into cities in innovative and sustainable ways. As well as hundreds of species of flowers, plants and vegetables, there will be 40 country presentations, a greenhouse complex and a cable car providing amazing views across the site. A ride on the cable car will be included with your ticket.

After your day at the Expo you’ll travel back to your ship, which will depart for Amsterdam later in the evening.

Amsterdam Holland Netherlands Europe

Day 7 Amsterdam 🎧

Canal houses on the Rokin in Amsterdam

Enjoy a full day in this iconic city where a choice of optional excursions is available. Perhaps see the highlights during a coach tour and canal cruise, or embark on a culinary themed walking tour for the opportunity to sample local delicacies along the way. This afternoon perhaps visit Volendam, Edam and the Katwoude cheese farm on another optional excursion.

Your ship remains moored here overnight.

Amsterdam Holland Netherlands Europe

Day 8 Amsterdam to UK

Disembark after breakfast and return to the UK.

Nijenhuis Castle and sculpture garden

The earliest records of the castle’s existence date from 1382 in the late Middle Ages. Various distinguished noble families, including the Van Ittersums and Bentincks, have occupied the castle through the years. After the estate was sold by the Van Pallandt family in 1934 it fell into disrepair, until its restoration and convertion into an architect-designed museum under the instruction of collector Dirk Hannema, whose own collection formed the museum. The castle was radically rebuilt again in 2003/2004 under the supervision of architect Gunnar Daan. Explore the castle and take a stroll through the well-kept gardens, home to sculptures such as Charlotte van Pallandt’s ‘Wilhelmina’ and the Hildebrand monument by Jan Bronner.

Walking Grade 3

Three hours
Nijenhuis Castle
  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary

Noordoostpolder drive

Enjoy a drive through the colourful tulip fields of the Noordoostpolder – land reclaimed from the sea, which is now considered the foremost bulb region in the Netherlands. There will be plenty of photo stops along the way.

Walking Grade 1

Two-and-a-half hours
Tulip fields and wind turbines in the Noordoostpolder
  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary

Giethoorn

Travel through the village of Staphorst to the lake town of Giethoorn – named after the large number of goat horns found here by 12th-century settlers. It was these men who built the canals on which you’ll cruise by motorised punt. Float beneath a series of narrow arched bridges to Giethoorn’s central island, now a nature reserve. Here a shallow lake is inhabited by many rare birds. There are no roads in the centre of the village, so locals use punts to get around and cars remain outside the village. After your punt excursion you can look forward to refreshments served with a slice of delicious Dutch apple cake. 

Walking Grade 1

Four hours
Giethoorn
Giethoorn Netherlands Europe
  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary

Amsterdam City & Canals

This cosmopolitan capital delights visitors with its pretty tree-lined canals – criss-crossed by over a thousand bridges – exquisite architecture and world-class art collections. Enjoy a canal cruise to view such treasures as the famous Skinny Bridge, the Montelbaanstoren tower and the Jewish Quarter. Highlights are subject to change. Walking Grade 3

Two-and-a-half hours
Pretty tree-lined canals of Amsterdam
Amsterdam Holland Netherlands Europe
  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary

Amsterdam Culinary Walking Tour

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.

Walking Grade 4

Three hours
Traditional dutch food: herring with onion
Amsterdam Holland 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 Amsterdam and Lelystad.

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 Floriade

Dutch Waterways