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.
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.
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.
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.
Say goodbye to Olympia today, and begin your coach journey home.
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.
Flexible joining options
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.
On rare occasions, the Captain may need to alter the Cruise Itinerary. If this happens, the Cruise Manager will keep passengers informed.
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.
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.
Pre-paid drinks package
The tap water on board is safe to drink, but may not be to your taste due to the purification system.
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.
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.
Optional shore excursions