Acquaint yourself with the Dutch culture as you visit art galleries, museums, and the cities of Enkhuizen, Kampen, Sneek, Arnhem, and Rotterdam. Also tour Amsterdam with its historical 17th-century buildings, sculptures, and canals. From the deck of your river cruiser enjoy fabulous scenery with trees and flowers in their full spring glory and field upon field of colourful tulips. No springtime tour of The Netherlands would be complete without strolling through Keukenhof—the epicentre of the country’s famous tulip festival.
Tulip Time Cruise in Northern Holland
Friday, April 22 Amsterdam
Embark the cruise ship by 5 pm. After getting settled, investigate the ship and meet your fellow passengers.
Saturday, April 23 Enkhuizen
Explore the historic North Sea trading port of Hoorn on foot or by bicycle. This afternoon, cruise to Enkhuizen where you can take a guided tour of Zuiderzee Museum to discover cultural traditions and maritime history or join a tour of local tulip fields and Dutch flower farms. Spend the rest of the afternoon walking or biking through Enkhuizen. Later, relax while watching live entertainment on the ship.
Sunday, April 24 Sneek
This morning, on a guided stroll in Enkhuizen appreciate the charm and beauty of this historic harbor village. Or for an authentic local experience, go to the home of a Dutch family to sample local specialties and engage in conversation. Enjoy a brief afternoon cruise to the province of Friesland. In Sneek, visit the Royal Eise Eisinga Planetarium—the world’s oldest planetarium still in operation. See if you can spot this region’s world-famous black-and-white cows and black Friesian horses. Embark your ship in Sneek. Relax before dinner. This evening, watch more live entertainment on board.
Monday, April 25 Kampen
Today, learn about traditional shipbuilding at Lelystad’s Batavia Shipyard and board a replica of the historic Batavia ship. Or you could travel the waterways of Giethoorn often referred to as “Dutch Venice”, counting how many of the 170 bridges you pass under. Later back on board the ship, sample wine and cheese—there is nothing like Dutch cheese!
Tuesday, April 26 Arnhem
After breakfast, attend an onboard lecture about Holland and taste authentic Dutch Deventer Koek Cake (you’re on vacation, you can eat cake in the morning.) Later, you can take a guided tour of the Airborne Museum of Hartenstein commemorating the 1944 WWII Battle of Arnhem. Peruse art and artifacts at Arnhem’s Kröller-Müller Museum, which houses the world’s second-largest collection of Van Gogh paintings. Overnight, cruise to Rotterdam.
Wednesday, April 27 Rotterdam
Venture to Keukenhof for full- or half-day guided experience or a guided tour of Rotterdam. In Rotterdam, sample artisan beer, a slice of appeltart (Dutch apple pie), or a koffie verkeerd. You could also borrow a bike from your ship to investigate Rotterdam and the surrounding area. Before dinner, enjoy a cruise through Rotterdam harbor. As the ship cruises to Amsterdam, unwind from a busy day with more onboard entertainment.
Thursday, April 28 Amsterdam
Enjoy a guided canal cruise of the iconic waterways of Amsterdam. Float along the Grachten, past Amsterdam’s stately homes of the Golden Age. Join an optional culinary excursion through Amsterdam to sample sweet and savory Dutch delights. Or go on a cycling jaunt to see the countryside. If you prefer, see Holland’s beautiful medieval Muiderslot Castle. Later, explore Amsterdam’s colorful streets, canal houses, galleries, and shops.
Friday, April 29 Amsterdam
Following a bittersweet farewell breakfast, disembark the ship, transfer to the airport, and fly home with a heart full of amazing memories and cultural experiences.
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