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    The scenic town of Zaandam

Springtime in the Netherlands

Dutch Waterways

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Discover brilliant blooms on a cruise of the waterways of the Netherlands

Discover the contrasting highlights of the Netherlands at their most colourful, on this five-night springtime cruise aboard the popular Rex Rheni. Look forward to an included visit to the sprawling Keukenhof Gardens along with plenty of time to wander the quirky streets of Amsterdam.

Including...

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

Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Dinner plate14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners

CocktailFree bar open 12 hours a day†

Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner

PersonSaga Cruise Host

Plus…

  • Captain's dinner and drinks reception
  • Entertainment and activities on the ship
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • Return coach travel via Eurotunnel or ferry††

MapIncluded excursion

  • Visit to Keukenhof gardens

HeadphonesInteractive maps and audio headsets for independent exploration

†The free bar, open from 12pm to 12am, serves non-branded alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. ††Return flights or Eurostar upgrade available for a supplement.

Celebrity guest

If your cruise departs on April 26, 2022 you will be joined on board by renowned horticulturist Tom Hart Dyke, who first shot to international prominence in March 2000 when he and his travelling companion Paul Winder were on a plant hunting expedition in the Colombian jungle. They were captured by warring guerrilla factions while trekking through ‘The Darien Gap’, and he was held captive for nine months.

Since his release, he has been busy building the ‘World Garden’ at his home in Lullingstone Castle, Kent.

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Day 1 UK to Amsterdam to Beverwijk

Amsterdam canal at sunset

Travel by coach from Folkestone to Amsterdam via Eurotunnel or ferry - a journey time of approximately five hours from Calais - and embark Rex Rheni.

Enjoy a welcome dinner as you spend the evening cruising to Beverwijk.

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Day 2 Beverwijk to Zaandam 🎧

Keukenhof Gardens

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.

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Day 3 Zaandam to Enkhuizen

Zaanse Schans, Zaandam

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.

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Day 4 Enkhuizen to Hoorn 🎧

Historic town of 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 join an optional walking tour. You will also be treated to a talk on tulips by your host. Moor here in Hoorn overnight.

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Day 5 Hoorn to Amsterdam 🎧

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. You may wish to join a culinary walking tour, or an optional city tour and a canal cruise that fits in as much sightseeing as possible!

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Day 6 Amsterdam to UK

Flower market

Disembark Rex Rheni after breakfast for your return journey to the UK.

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
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  • Optional on 5 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
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  • 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

Three-and-a-half hours
The windmills of Zaanse Schans
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  • Optional on 5 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
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  • Optional on 5 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
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  • 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 available for exploring independently in Zaandam, Hoorn and Amsterdam.

Springtime in the Netherlands

Dutch Waterways