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Holland in Bloom aboard Rex Rheni

Dutch and Belgian Waterways

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Flower-filled Keukenhof and canals of Amsterdam

Encounter the floral delights of Holland on this cruise of contrasts. Begin in Arnhem by remembering the fallen troops before sailing the scenic Rhine towards Beverwijk where you can join an optional excursion to the beautiful Keukenhof Gardens. Cruise on towards Amsterdam to explore the wealth of museums nestled amid its canal-lined streets.

Including...

11 meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners



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Day 1 UK to Arnhem

Rex Rheni

Travel by coach from Folkestone to Arnhem via Eurotunnel or ferry, and embark Rex Rheni. Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board before mooring overnight.

Arnhem Netherlands Europe

Day 2 Arnhem to Wijk bij Duurstede

Arnhem City Hall

This morning, you can explore Arnhem independently, or you might like to join an optional tour to see famous sights associated with the Battle of Arnhem, a battle fought by British and Polish airborne troops during World War II. An alternative optional excursion visits Appeltern Gardens — a stunning location and a source of information and inspiration for amateur gardeners from around the world. Depart for Wijk bij Duurstede this afternoon, arriving early evening.

Wijk bij Duurstede Netherlands Europe

Day 3 Wijk bij Duurstede to Amsterdam

Castle Duurstede

Wijk bij Duurstede sits on the banks of the River Rhine and is one of the oldest settlements in the Netherlands. Look out for the 13th-century medieval Castle Duurstede and traditional Dutch windmills adorning the town's laid-back streets. Perhaps join a full-day optional excursion to the wonderful Keukenhof gardens, described as 'the most beautiful spring garden in the world!' Alternatively, depart for Amsterdam early afternoon where you moor overnight.

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Day 4 Amsterdam

Amsterdam

You have a full day in this lively city, the capital of the Netherlands. Although it's compact and easy to explore on foot, it is home to many interesting old and new buildings and world-class museums, including the Rijksmuseum where you can see Rembrandt’s 'Night Watch'. Perhaps take an optional visit to the fishing village of Volendam and the historic city of Edam. You may like to explore the city this afternoon on an optional sightseeing tour with a canal cruise and coach tour showcasing treasures such as the famous Skinny Bridge.

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Day 5 Amsterdam to UK

Amsterdam

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

Aalsmeer flower auction

Your leave the ship early in the morning to travel by coach to Aalsmeer. The early start is essential because the auction is at its busiest at this time of day. You can watch the entire process from a special gallery. Here you enjoy the unique floral grandeur, the auction process and the sheer level of activity. This behind-the-scenes look at the world's largest flower trading centre is an unforgettable experience. Walking grade 3

Two and-a-half hours
Aalsmeer Market
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  • Optional on 4 nights itinerary

Amsterdam City and Canals

The cosmopolitan capital city delights visitors with its pretty tree-lined canals, crossed by more than a thousand bridges, exquisite architecture and priceless art collections. Enjoy a canal cruise to view such treasures as the famous Skinny Bridge, the Montelbaanstoren tower and the Jewish Quarter, where Anne Frank's house can be seen. Walking Grade 3

Two-and-a-half hours
Explore Amsterdam
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  • Optional on 4 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 2

Three-and-a-half hours
Arnhem Airborne WWII memorial building
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  • Optional on 4 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
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  • Optional on 4 nights itinerary

Keukenhof Gardens

Over seven million spring bulbs bloom in Keukenhof Gardens’ 32 hectares, filling the air with perfume and offering stupendous displays. It claims to be the most beautiful spring garden in the world and here you’ll see a mass of tulips, hyacinths and daffodils amid the beautifully landscaped grounds. Of course the show of blooms are weather dependent, but they’re normally in flower for eight weeks from mid-March to mid-May. You can also find out more about garden design trends and get ideas from seven inspirational gardens. Walking Grade 3

Full day
Keukenhof Gardens
Keukenhof Gardens Netherlands Europe
  • Optional on 4 nights itinerary

Please note

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


Holland in Bloom aboard Rex Rheni

Dutch and Belgian Waterways

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Dutch and Belgian Waterways

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