On this garden-and nature-themed Tulip Time cruise, visit spectacular Keukenhof near Lisse, Antwerp’s Bo-tanical Gardens, the world’s largest flowe auction, and small hidden-away private gardens in Amsterdam. This scenic river cruise begins in Holland’s modern capital of Amsterdam. This 700-year-old city offers classic architecture, cafés, and restaurants to explore, as wells as the legendary canals and bridges crisscrossing the city.
Set sail for destinations in Holland and Belgium, and cruise through Rotterdam’s harbor, noted as the world’s busiest port. Garden enthusiasts will delight in the breathtaking colors of Keukenhof, also known as the “Garden of Europe.” With 70 acres of parkland and lakes, it’s one of the world’s largest flower gardens. Next, sail to Antwerp, Belgium’s second-largest city. Discover its ancient buildings and monuments combining with modern architecture, or visit its splendid Botanical Gardens—an oasis in the heart of the city.
In Ghent, join a local expert for a guided tour of the city, including a visit to St. Baaf’s Cathedral, housing important works of Flemish art. Return to Holland, and visit the historic trading port of Middelburg. See its gothic Town Hall, Abbey Tower, and bustling Market Square. You’ll marvel at the technical miracle of the 6-mile-long Delta Works, a storm flood barrier constructed after 1,800 people drowned in the floods of 1953.
This beautiful and historic springtime river cruise holiday concludes in Holland’s capital city. Do not miss a visit to the world largest flower auction followed by a a canal cruise along the elegant grachten, or a visit to some of the city’s best-kept secrets—the private gardens and courtyards of Amsterdam.
An expert will travel with you on this cruise, sharing his knowledge about botany and the world of plants.