The bulbfields are an amazing sight: in Keukenhof Park there are seven million blooms covering 80 acres in a riot of colour. See how imaginative landscaping shows off nature at its best, with shimmering lakes, water gardens and flowering shrubs of every hue.

You will also explore the Ijsselmeer, the inland lagoon created by the damming of the Zuyder Zee in the 1930s and discover the town of Volendam and the series of beautiful villages along the lakeshore. It was from here during the 16th-century Golden Age that the Dutch roamed the world in search of the spices, silks and luxury goods. Together with Amsterdam, one of Europe’s most vibrant and fascinating cities, a wonderful few days are in store.

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a twin cabin with a limited number of single cabins available on all decks, at the relevant supplement. The price includes full board from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your final day; if you choose to travel with us on any of the full day excursions by coach, a packed lunch will be provided. Anyone choosing to stay on the ship may of course have lunch in the restaurant; morning/afternoon tea and coffee; all visits and excursions as mentioned in the brochure, airport transfers, coach travel as mentioned, travel to and from port of embarkation and the services of a Riviera Travel Tour Manager.

Day 1

Fly to Amsterdam or take the Eurostar to Brussels.

Day 2

  Enjoy a leisurely breakfast whilst cruising along the Markermeer, before docking in Hoorn for some free time.  During lunch take the short cruise to the quaint town of Enkhuizen and visit the Zuiderzee Museum – a superb recreation of 19th century local life.

Day 3

  Berth in the delightful village of Volendam and take the short drive through the heart of the astonishing bulbfields to the world-famous Keukenhof Gardens and one of the real highlights of the tour.  Enjoy a free afternoon in Volendam.

Day 4

  Experience a fascinating tour of Amsterdam in a classic glass-top canal cruiser and gain a real insight into its history, art and culture. See museums, bridges immortalised in art and the homes of Old Masters like Rembrandt and the heroine Anne Frank.  This afternoon is free to explore as you wish.

Day 5

Return home.