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Floriade & Keukenhof River Cruise

Floriade & Keukenhof River Cruise

Join us on a cruise along the Dutch waterways ehre we visit Almere for the Floriade International Horticultural Expo, this event only occurs every ten years!

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WHY CHOOSE A RIVER CRUISE?

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 where we visit Almere which will be the stage for the Floriade Expo 2022 International Horticultural Expo: the greenest day out. Once every 10 years Floriade is the place to enjoy the scent and colour of flowers, plants, vegetables, and fruit. The Expo offers 40 inspiring country presentations, a spectacular greenhouse complex, a cable car over the Floriade Park, pavilions with sustainable innovations and a vibrant arts and culture programme. Visit Keukenhof – Tulip Garden Extraordinaire. At Keukenhof there are more than 8 million tulips with over 800 varieties, daffodils, and hyacinths, all in full bloom. The landscape is immaculate, with shimmering lakes, mature trees, and wonderful works of art, and although the crowds can get busy at times, Keukenhof emanates an underlining peaceful ambience that soothes the soul.

Day 1

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

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Day 2

Alkmaar to Hoorn.
Today enjoy a leisurely cruise as the ship sails from Alkmaar along the canal to Den Helder where we 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.

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Day 3

Keukenhof.
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.

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Day 4

Floriade Epo 2022.
Full day at Floriade - it only happens every 10 years! Disembark the ship in the morning and travel by coach to Floriade, the spectacular World's Fair of Horticultural shows. Free day to enjoy all this amazing event has to offer with exhibitions from more than 30 countries. The Expo's location will be held in Almere, a modern "garden city" near Amsterdam that was built on land reclaimed from the sea. The theme of the show will be "Growing Green Cities"-an appropriate motto, given that the site will become a new urban district named Hortus after Floriade closes. Set in sixty hectares (148 acres) of land, forty inspiring country presentations, a spectacular greenhouse complex, and a real aerial cableway across the park - it is with good reason that Floriade Expo is considered one of the world's major horticultural shows. This spectacular event will be the perfect place to enjoy flowers, plants, vegetables, and fruits in park-like surroundings. We return to the ship afterwards in Amsterdam.

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Day 5

Amsterdam to UK.
After breakfast we say a sad farewell to the crew on board the MV Esmeralda and meet our Guide for short walking tour of Amsterdam. Afterwards there will be opportunity for a canal ride along the waterways of Amsterdam; this is the best way to see Amsterdam (price not included, approx. €18pp). Enjoy the rest of the morning free to wander around this fantastic city and time to purchase lunch before returning to home area.

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

MV ESMERALSA ***

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.

 

AT A GLANCE

  • Return Eurotunnel crossing

  • 4 nights full board accommodation

  • Welcome meeting with cocktail

  • Hot & cold buffet breakfast

  • 4 course menu with choice of main course, including vegetarian option

  • Onboard entertainment on at least 2 nights

  • Free WiFi in lounge and bar

  • 3 course set lunch on 1 day

  • Packed lunches on Keukenhof and Floriade excursions

  • Tea with biscuits each afternoon

  • Tea/coffee after dinner

  • Late night snacks each night

  • Coach excursions as described

  • Entry into Keukenhof Gardens

  • Entry into Floriade

  • Captains Farewell Dinner with small gift for the ladies on the final night

  • Guided walking tour around Amsterdam

  • Fully escorted by Karen Kirby

 

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

 

Passports are required.

 

Cruise itineraries & couriers are subject to change. Single Room Supplements are subject to change. A deposit of £250 per person applies. This cruise is promoted by Success Tours and cannot be booked via a Travel Agent.

 

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Please find below our pick up points (not all pick up points will be available on all departure dates). View the pick-up point you require, then you’ll see a list of dates which are/aren’t available from your pick up point.

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