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Amsterdam & Bulbfields Spectacular Cruise 2017

Discover Holland's colourful scenery

Set sail on a tranquil, round-trip cruise from Amsterdam to witness the stunning colours of Keukenhof Gardens, where seven million spring-flowering bulbs light up the landscape. You'll also make calls at Hoorn, Lelystad and Zaandam as you navigate the waters of reclaimed Lake Markermeer, and have the chance to visit the former palace of the Dutch royal family.

What The Price Includes

  • Return coach travel from Dover or Ashford
  • Three nights' accommodation in a standard lower cabin (upgrade cabins available)
  • Full-board arrangements while on board, including afternoon tea, coffee and cake, and late-night snacks
  • Calls at Hoorn and Zaandam
  • A half-day excursion to the renowned Keukenhof Gardens
  • On-board English commentary
  • On-board entertainment
  • Luggage porterage
  • The services of a friendly, professional crew
  • The services of a Newmarket Cruise Manager

All prices are per person and based on two sharing

Single cabins are available for a supplement

Ship Information

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.

Deck Plans

Click here to display the deck plans for this cruise.

Itinerary

Day One

Join our coach at the port before boarding the ferry and crossing the Channel to Amsterdam. Embark Olympia in the Dutch capital and enjoy dinner and a leisurely evening on board, before she slips off early the following morning out into the shallow waters of the Markermeer.

Day Two

Explore the delightful streets of Hoorn, a town packed with trading history dating back to the 17th Century. Continue to Lelystad, famous for its replica of Batavia, a merchant ship used by the Dutch East India Company. This afternoon, opt to join an excursion to Het Loo Palace, the grand former residence of the Dutch royal family, which boasts magnificent Dutch Baroque architecture.

Later, Olympia sails on to Zaandam, known for its painted houses and attractive windmills that became frequent subjects in a series of paintings by Claude Monet.

Day Three

Today, witness the magnificent sight of seven million bulbs in bloom as you visit Keukenhof Gardens. This renowned floral display features a total of 800 varieties of tulip and spans 32 hectares. Enjoy a morning stroll through the multi-coloured gardens or a take boat ride along the waterway that winds through the grounds.

Rejoin the ship in Amsterdam, and choose to spend your final evening relaxing on board or joining the optional cheese and wine cruise as you drift along the city's famous canals.

Day Four

Say goodbye to Olympia today, and begin your coach journey home.

Further Information

Flexible joining options

Our flexible joining options allow you to travel on any date, and as an added convenience we've arranged two possible pre-departure options for you. Make your own way to the Holiday Inn Ashford North and stay the night (car parking is included), and our coach will call for you at the hotel on the way to the Channel.

Alternatively, make your own way to the Stop 24 Services in Kent (M20, Junction 11), and board the coach there. Parking is available (payable locally), and we'll confirm the exact meeting point and time in your Joining Instructions.

Itinerary changes

On rare occasions, the Captain may need to alter the Cruise Itinerary. If this happens, the Cruise Manager will keep passengers informed.

Cabin sizes

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.

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.

Drinking water

The tap water on board is safe to drink, but may not be to your taste due to the purification system.

Luggage

Where possible, non-rigid suitcases are easier to store within your cabin.

Dress code

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

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.

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.

Amsterdam & Bulbfields Spectacular Cruise 2015 reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Amsterdam & Bulbfields Spectacular Cruise 2015Scores 8.1 out of 10 based on 10 reviews
(10 out of 10)

ELIZABETH

Halifax Single traveller
A lovely way to introduce you to river cruising and more importantly the Dutch bulbfields.
Confirmed traveller: 20 April 2017
Published on: 11 May 2017
(8 out of 10)

MICHAEL

DOVER Couple
I have been on the Olympia 3 times now which says something for the ship. However, the food this year was for my wife and I dissapointing.
Confirmed traveller: 17 April 2017
Published on: 16 May 2017
(8 out of 10)

DAVID

Thirsk Couple
The thing that spoiled the holiday was the length of time it took to get to the ship and due to the weather we were unable to visit all the schedulled stops that we were supposed to visit but onboard everything was brilliant.
Confirmed traveller: 17 April 2017
Published on: 15 May 2017
(6 out of 10)

JARROD

Couple
it was fairly good apart from one excursion was cancelled but nothing else put on to cover it for saturday morning stayed in onee place all day which was not lot to do there and the chesse and wine was cancelled the evening on the sunday but no extra entertainment was put on
Confirmed traveller: 17 April 2017
Published on: 11 May 2017
(8 out of 10)

GERALD

Solihull Friends
Enjoyed experience very much, down side outdated coach.
Confirmed traveller: 14 April 2017
Published on: 19 April 2017
(9 out of 10)

Mr Woodward

Coleford Couple
The holiday was very good but the cabin near the engine was difficult especially with 2 4.30am starts; that meant no more sleep. A cabin mid-ships is essential if your like your sleep. The travelling arrangements were very good. The coach was very comfortable. The ship's crew were amazing. There was a little too much focus on the 'red-light' district but apart from that it was a very enjoyable trip.
Confirmed traveller: 23 April 2015
Published on: 08 May 2015
(9 out of 10)

DOROTHY

London Family
Getting there took forever (and we were the last on board the coach at Ashford) and the coach did not stop for almost 4 hours - was this legal? It would also have been good to have the driver tell us when we might get there etc sooner than he did. Having said that he was a brilliant driver. Return journey excellent.
Peter the tour manager was brilliant and the crew a delight. V efficient.
Plan to get to Keukenhof early was key to the enjoyment of the cruise.
Liked Hoorn immensely and good to have free time in Amsterdam in Sunday
Confirmed traveller: 20 April 2015
Published on: 08 May 2015