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Amsterdam & Bulbfields River Cruise

Amsterdam & Bulbfields River Cruise

Fully escorted by Karen Kirby!

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For an intimate, relaxing and unforgettable travel experience, river cruising is hard to beat. As you sail at a pleasingly easy pace you’re cocooned in comfort. This is a great way to see a lot of different places in a short amount of time without having to worry about arranging transport yourself, or even unpacking your suitcase more than once. The incredible staff and crew really go above and beyond to make your experience a special one. A river cruise includes transportation to and through the country, or countries, on your chosen route; but also travelling with you every day, a ‘floating hotel’ with a lounge, bar and restaurant, outdoor space and evening entertainment, all of which are only a short walk from your en-suite cabin door. Think of it as a luxury hotel on the river.



Join our cruise along Dutch waterways and visit the spring gardens at Keukenhof, where more than 8 million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths are in full bloom. The landscape is immaculate, with shimmering lakes, mature trees and wonderful works of art. It’s simply breath-taking. Visit the exciting capital of the Netherlands, where you can explore the maze of cobbled streets and winding canals - the perfect place for your springtime escape!

Day 1

UK To Alkmaar.
Crossing the channel by Eurotunnel then travel through Belgium to Holland making suitable refreshment stops, arrive in Alkmaar late afternoon for embarkation onto the MS Esmeralda. Enjoy a welcome drink and settle into your cabins before your evening meal.


Day 2

Alkmaar to Hoorn.
Today enjoy a leisurely cruise as the ship sails from Alkmaar along the canal to Den Helder where you see the bulb fields along this stretch, then over the ljsssel lake to the bustling port of Hoorn, birthplace of the explorer Willem Schouten (who named the infamous cape Horn after his hometown). Explore the 17th century merchant houses and warehouses lining the waterfronts and the huge variety of ships, boats and yachts in the harbour.

B, L, D

Day 3

Hoorn to Zaandam.
Depart the ship after breakfast from Hoorn to visit the most beautiful spring garden in the world, Keukenhof, filled with 32 hectares of colour and fragrance. Afterwards there will be opportunity to visit a shop selling many varieties of tulip bulbs for you to take home with you. On our return to our ship visit a family-run cheese and clog making outlet. There will be demonstrations of how they make their local famous cheese, with tastings afterwards, and how they craft their clogs. Refreshments provided. Return to our ship in Zaandam, a city in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland late afternoon.

B, L, D

Day 4

Zaandam to Amsterdam.
Enjoy a free morning in Zandaam before the ship sets sail at 12 noon for Amsterdam. Arrive in Amsterdam mid-afternoon where your coach will be waiting for you to take you to central Amsterdam for an opportunity of shopping or enjoy a canal cruise (extra cost) around Amsterdam (the best way to see this wonderful city).

B, L, D

Day 5

Amsterdam to UK.
After breakfast we disembark the ship and take you into Amsterdam by coach for an hours’ guided walking tour of this interesting city before returning to home area making suitable refreshment stops along the way.


B=Breakfast Included, L=Lunch Included, D=Dinner Included


The MV Esmeralda has become a firm favourite for river cruising, and is a comfortable vessel decorated in traditional Dutch style. The 63 cabins are all the same size and all have air conditioning, TV, mini safe and en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and washstand. The lounge and reception area are located on the upper deck, and the tastefully decorated restaurant is located on the main deck. There is a lift between the promenade deck and the main deck, as well as a chair lift to the sun deck. The Esmeralda is an ideal floating hotel for those who like the traditional ambience to go hand in hand with modern comforts.



  • Return Eurotunnel crossing

  • 4 nights Full Board on board the MV Esmeralda

  • Lunch on board the ship x 2 days

  • Packed lunch on the Keukenhof excursion

  • Welcome cocktail

  • Porterage

  • All coach travel and excursions as listed

  • Hot and cold buffet breakfast

  • 4 course dinner each night

  • Tea with biscuits each afternoon

  • On board entertainment for a minimum of 2 nights

  • Midnight snacks each night

  • Entry into Keukenhof

  • Captains Farewell dinner

  • Guided tour of Amsterdam

  • Fully escorted by Karen Kirby

(Please note: Lunch is not included on Days 1 & 5)


Passports are required.



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If you book 20 places all together on a day excursion, short break or holiday ONE GOES FREE


A deposit of £250 per person is required for this holiday.

This cruise is promoted by Success Tours and cannot be booked via a Travel Agent.

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Barking Station Parade, IG11 8TU
Barkingside Fullwell Cross, Bus Stop A - IG6 2EA
Brentwood Brentwood, Outside The Dairyman
Chalkwell Park Chalkwell Park Bus Stop, London Road
Chelmsford Victoria Road Victoria Road CM1 1JR
Collier Row White Hart Lane - Bus Stop out Tythe Court RM7 8LZ
Corringham Town Centre Gordon Road, Bus Stop opposite Colbourne Close
Cranham Front Lane/Moor Lane Junction Bus Stop RM14 1XJ
Outside Restaurant Opp. Car Park
Dagenham Church Elm Lane, Bus Stop L - RM10 9QS
Depot Depot, Princess Road, Rayleigh
Hadleigh Church Hadleigh Church, Bus Layby
Harold Wood Bus Stop A, Gubbins Lane, RM3 0DR
Hockley Spa Hockley Spa, Bus Stop outside the Library
Holiday Inn, Brentwood Holiday Inn Brentwood
Hornchurch. Hornchurch Town Centre
Hutton Hutton, Bus Stop just past the Chequers Pub
Ilford Ilford, Bus Stop outside 6 Clements Road, IG1 1BA
Kavanaghs Rd Kavanaghs Road/London Road, Brentwood
Palace Theatre Palace Theatre Bus Stop
Pitsea Outside Gala Bingo Hall, Pitsea
Queensway Queensway Bus Stop (Behind the Odeon Cinema)
Rayleigh Stn Rayleigh Railway Station
Romford St Edwards Way - Bus Stop H - RM1 3DQ
Out: Romford Shopping Hall
Sadlers Farm Bus Stop on A13, just before Sadlers Farm
roundabout, nr Romsey Road
Shenfield Stn Shenfield Station, outside Barclays Bank
Shepherd & Dog Crays Hill Shepherd & Dog, Crays Hill
Shotgate Shotgate Post Office
South Green Grange Parade Bus Stop, South Green, Billericay
Stanford Rookery Corner Rookery Corner Stanford
Sun Corner Sun Corner London Road - Billericay
Thames Drive Thames Drive Bus Stop
The Elms Bus Stop outside Elms Public House, Leigh on Sea
The Oak Grays The Oak Public House, Lodge Lane, Grays
Thorpe Bay Stn Thorpe Bay Station, Acacia Drive (opp Station)
Thurrock Services, Thurrock Services Coach Park, RM16 3BG
Trafford House Outside Trafford House, by Bus Stop, Basildon
Upminster Bus Stop M, St Mary's Lane- Upminster
Outside St.Laurence Church RM14 2QJ
Vic Hse Cnr, Rayleigh Rd Vic House Corner, (Rayleigh Road)
Websters Way Websters Way, Rayleigh
White Horse White Horse,Southchurch Road, Southend
Whittinghams Grg Whittinghams Garage, opp Rochford Railway Station
Wickford Halls Corner, opposite Police Station, Wickford
Woodford Green Snakes Lane East, Bus Stop R - IG8 7HU

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