- Keukenhof Gardens
Enjoy a full-day included excursion to Keukenhof, the world’s most beautiful spring garden. Be sure to bring your camera!
- Discover Amsterdam
Tree-shaded canals, arched bridges, colourful cafes and historic buildings combine to create a magical atmosphere.
- Picturesque Enkhuizen
Enkhuizen is a charming little town with a picturesque, but still busy, harbour that's surrounded by traditional herring warehouses.
- The scenic town of Zaandam
Enjoy a morning to explore the town. Perhaps visit the historic village of Zaanse Schans.
- VIP on selected river cruises
- Solo Travellers
- All Inclusive
Discover brilliant blooms on a cruise of the Netherlands' waterways
Discover the contrasting highlights of the Netherlands at their most colourful, on this five-night springtime cruise aboard the popular Rex Rheni in the company of other like-minded travellers. Look forward to an included visit to the sprawling Keukenhof Gardens and join your fellow solo travellers for a special guided walking tour of Hoorn with plenty of time to wander the quirky streets of Amsterdam too.
A dedicated Solos Host will organise a drinks party and social activities exclusively for the solo travellers on board.
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners
Free bar open 12 hours a day†
Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
Saga Cruise Host
Plus all this…
- Captain's dinner and drinks reception
- Saga Cruise Assistant on board
- Entertainment and activities on the ship
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
- Return coach travel via Eurotunnel or ferry††
- Solos drinks party
- Farewell dinner
- Solos Host
- Social activities
- Visit to Keukenhof gardens
- Walking tour of Hoorn
Interactive 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.
Day 1 UK to Amsterdam to Beverwijk
Travel by coach from Folkestone to Amsterdam via Eurotunnel or ferry, and embark Rex Rheni. Meet your dedicated Solos Host before enjoying a welcome reception and dinner on board. Get to know your fellow travellers as you spend the evening cruising to Beverwijk.
Day 2 Beverwijk to Zaandam
Gardeners! You'll love this included full-day excursion to world-renowned Keukenhof gardens, which are ablaze with colourful flowers during springtime. It's the largest bulb flower park in the world covering 32 hectares, with 4.5 million tulips and over 87 different varieties of trees. The exhibition is an annual event lasting eight weeks and featuring various activities, themed displays and a flower parade. During your visit you can view flower and plant shows in the pavilions and pick up ideas for your own garden from the seven themed gardens here. It also contains the largest sculpture park in the Netherlands. Rejoin your ship at Zaandam this evening.
Day 3 Zaandam to Enkhuizen 🎧
This morning explore Zaandam independently or join an optional tour to see the the historic village of Zaanse Schans. The Zaan region was an industrial area and its hundreds of windmills were used in the production of a wide variety of different items. See the traditional houses, warehouses, workshops and reconstructed windmills and you'll get an idea of what it was like to live here in the 18th and 19th centuries. Spend a relaxing afternoon cruising to Enkhuizen.
Day 4 Enkhuizen to Hoorn 🎧
Discover picturesque Enkhuizen this morning, a town made wealthy by its association with the Dutch East India Company. Amazingly, much of the land in this part of the country is land reclaimed from the Zuiderzee. You depart at midday for Hoorn, where you can look forward to an included walking tour. Enjoy exploring the winding streets and market square of the attractive harbour town, one of the main towns in Western Friesland. Here the founders of the Dutch East India Company had their houses and the trade brought great wealth – as you can see in the historic buildings and the Westfries Museum. You will also be treated to a talk on tulips by your host. Moor here in Hoorn overnight.
Day 5 Hoorn to Amsterdam
Sail to Amsterdam, arriving around lunchtime with an afternoon to explore. It's easy to make your own way around this compact and pedestrian-friendly city – perhaps explore the Royal Palace, discover the wealth of art in one of the museums, see Anne Frank House or admire the paintings of Van Gogh. Or you might like to join an optional city tour and a canal cruise that fits in as much sightseeing as possible!
Day 6 Amsterdam to UK
Disembark Rex Rheni after breakfast for your return journey to the UK.
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
Optional on 5 nights itinerary
Zaanse Schans Windmill Village
Step back in time as you wander around the enchanting village of Zaanse Schans, where authentic 17th, 18th and 19th-century buildings from across the Zaan area have been transported and restored. The result is an authentic replica of a living and working society as it existed several centuries ago. Enjoy a guided tour of the oil mill, De Zoeker, the last remaining one of its type still in everyday use. If the wind is sufficiently strong, salad oil is pressed out of nuts and seeds. There are four other mills, including the paint mill De Kat and the oil mill, De Bonte Hen. There is also a museum shop, clog maker’s workshop, tin foundry, baker, a cheese dairy and museum with period rooms.
Walking Grade 3
Optional on 5 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
Optional on 5 nights itinerary
Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions at an additional cost, or by exploring independently.
🎧 Interactive maps and audio headset tours are available for exploring independently in Zaandam, Enkhuizen and Hoorn.