Springtime Holland & the Bulbfields Cruise 2017
A delightful springtime cruise
Enjoy a very special cruise, and discover the glorious Dutch countryside ablaze with the colours of spring. Explore the canals and cafes of Amsterdam, visit historic Rotterdam, see the picturesque towns and villages of the surrounding polder land, and marvel at the stunning Keukenhof Gardens.
Life on board Olympia
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What The Price Includes
- Return Eurostar rail travel from London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet International to Brussels
- Return coach travel from Brussels to Olympia
- Five nights' accommodation in a standard lower cabin (upgrade cabins available)
- Embark in Amsterdam
- A scenic cruise through the South Holland countryside
- A visit to Schoonhoven
- A call at Hoorn
- A walking tour of Kinderdijk's windmills
- A tour of Rotterdam Harbour
- Full-board arrangements whilst on board, including afternoon tea and evening snacks
- On-board English commentary
- Luggage porterage
- On-board entertainment including a Captain's Farewell Dinner
- The services of a friendly, professional crew
- The services of a Newmarket Cruise Manager
- Government taxes and service charges
All prices are per person and based on two sharing
Single cabins are available for a supplement
Modern, well-equipped Olympia offers all you could wish to ensure that you enjoy every moment of your Rhine cruise. With accommodation and dining facilities for just under a hundred passengers, the ship has a warm, intimate feeling about her from the minute you step on board.
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Travel to Amsterdam via Brussels by high-speed Eurostar, then the efficient regional rail network, from London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet International station, and embark Olympia. Settle into your cabin and enjoy your first dinner this evening.
This morning's optional canal cruise is the perfect way to discover this vibrant city of canals and cobblestones, with its imposing Royal Palace, renowned Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum, and countless cafes. Shortly after lunch, Olympia slips away from the city, and cruises into the delightful countryside of South Holland, arriving in Schoonhoven after dinner.
Discover historic Schoonhoven, famed for its gold and silverware, celebrated in the town's fascinating museum. This afternoon, enjoy our included walking tour of the UNESCO-listed village of Kinderdijk, with its historic windmills. Later, Olympia sails on to the great maritime city of Rotterdam, where, on arrival you will enjoy a tour of the harbour.
Join the optional morning excursion to the beguiling 'Golden Age' town of Delft, former home to painter Johannes Vermeer, and visit its renowned pottery factory, famed for its distinctive ceramics. This afternoon, Olympia sails north to the Markermeer fishing port of Hoorn.
Wander the pretty streets of Hoorn this morning, then join this afternoon's included excursion to Keukenhof Gardens. Have your camera at the ready to capture the wonderful sight of some seven million flowers carpeting the ground in a breathtaking horticultural display.
Disembark in Amsterdam, leaving Olympia behind this morning, and transfer back to the station to begin your rail journey home.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Optional shore excursions
Optional excursions are available on all cruises, and we recommend that you book now to secure your place. If the number of bookings needed to operate any excursion is not reached, the excursion may be cancelled. In this case your payment will be refunded in full.
The majority of cabins on board are 10.5m square. Single cabins are approximately 7.7m square. (These measurements include the bathroom.) Standard Promenade cabins are 15m square and most have double beds (which do not convert to sofas), but they do not have a table or stool and will by subject to engine noise during overnight and early morning sailing.
The tap water on board is safe to drink, but may not be to your taste due to the purification system.
On rare occasions, the Captain may need to alter the Cruise Itinerary. If this happens, the Cruise Manager will keep passengers informed.
Pre-paid drinks package
Spend just £17.50 per person per night, and enjoy unlimited draught beer, house wine and soft drinks (including water, tea and coffee) between 10am and midnight while on board Olympia. All other drinks are not included. The drinks package must be purchased by every person occupying a particular cabin.
Where possible, non-rigid suitcases are easier to store within your cabin.
The dress code on board and ashore is casual. After 7pm, in the lounge and restaurant, shorts are not permitted, and footwear and a shirt or T-shirt must be worn.
Tipping is not compulsory, but from experience we know that many passengers like to leave gratuities for the crew. An envelope will be left in your cabin for this purpose.
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