A Spring Adventure on the Tulip Time River Cruise in the Netherlands and Belgium

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  • Netherlands

  • Amsterdam

  • Adventure Travel

  • Belgium

  • Lakeside

  • Sightseeing

  • Relaxation

Windmills beside body of water in Netherlands
Curator’s statement

Welcome aboard the Tulip Time River Cruise, an enchanting journey that will take you through the Netherlands and Belgium, immersing you in the vibrant colors of blooming tulips and the iconic charm of windmills. To witness the iconic tulips in full bloom, plan your visit between mid-March and mid-May. However, tulip blooming periods may vary each year due to weather conditions.

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Where to stay

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Hotel de Duif Lisse

Hotel de Duif Lisse is a charming boutique hotel located in Lisse, offering a delightful blend of comfort, style, and convenience near the stunning Keukenhof Gardens.

Boutique Suites Lisse

Boutique Suites Lisse offers luxurious and personalized accommodations in the heart of Lisse, providing a perfect blend of elegance and comfort for a memorable stay.

Hotel Restaurant De Engel - Lisse

Hotel Restaurant De Engel in Lisse combines warm hospitality, delicious dining experiences, and comfortable accommodations, creating a welcoming retreat for travelers seeking a charming Dutch experience.

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Day 1: Amsterdam

Keukenhof Gardens, a floral paradise.

Your adventure begins in the captivating city of Amsterdam. Take a leisurely stroll along the picturesque canals, admiring the charming architecture and soaking in the city's lively atmosphere. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the world-famous Keukenhof Gardens, a floral paradise boasting over seven million tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths. Lose yourself in a sea of vibrant colors and intricate flower displays – an experience that will leave you awe-inspired.

Day 2: Hoorn

The Westfries Museum is a great place to discover the Dutch Golden Age.

As the ship cruises along the IJsselmeer, enjoy the scenic beauty of the Dutch countryside. Arriving in Hoorn, a historic town with a rich maritime heritage, you'll discover a perfect blend of old-world charm and modern attractions. Explore the cobbled streets lined with traditional Dutch houses, visit the Westfries Museum, or simply relax at a waterside café as you take in the idyllic surroundings.

Day 3: Middelburg

small coffee shop with knick knacks

Next on your itinerary is Middelburg, a charming city located in the heart of Zeeland. The Delta Scenic cruises through an intricate network of rivers and estuaries, introducing you to the wonders of the region. In Middelburg, stroll through the historic center, admire architectural gems like the towering abbey and the Gothic town hall, and savor traditional Dutch delicacies at the local market.

Day 4: Ghent

old city on a river at night

As you arrive in Ghent, Belgium, be prepared to be enchanted by a city that effortlessly blends medieval grandeur with a vibrant modern ambiance. Immerse yourself in the rich history and architecture of Ghent's ancient town center, visit the iconic St. Bavo's Cathedral, and explore the charming canals that wind their way through the city. Don't forget to indulge in some Belgian chocolate or sample the famous waffles – a treat for your taste buds!

Day 5: Antwerp

Antwerp is the largest city in Belgium.

Today, your adventure takes you to Antwerp, a city renowned for its thriving diamond trade, exquisite fashion, and artistic heritage. With the arrival of spring, the city comes alive with the Floralia Spring Flower Exhibition. Marvel at the stunning floral displays, including countless tulips, elegant orchids, and fragrant roses. Take your time exploring Antwerp's renowned museums and art galleries, or simply relax and soak in the enchanting ambiance of this vibrant city.

Day 6 & 7: Rotterdam & Disembark in Amsterdam

Tulip Time River Cruise

Day 6 - Rotterdam:

No trip to the Netherlands would be complete without a visit to Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its windmills. Explore this iconic landscape, capturing photographs of the impressive row of 19 windmills, which have become an enduring symbol of the country's engineering prowess and historical significance. Learn about the fascinating history of these structures and immerse yourself in the peaceful surroundings of the Dutch countryside.

Day 7 - Disembark in Amsterdam:

As your Tulip Time River Cruise comes to an end, disembark in Amsterdam with a heart full of cherished memories. Reflect upon the beauty of the tulips and windmills you have encountered, the delightful towns you have explored, and the warm hospitality that has accompanied you throughout this journey.

With its kaleidoscope of colors, delicate petals, and overwhelming beauty, the tulip season in the Netherlands and Belgium is an extraordinary experience for those seeking a botanical adventure. Wander through fields that seem to stretch to the horizon, and capture memories that will last a lifetime. So pack your bags, grab your camera, and embark on a tulip-filled once in a lifetime experience!

Need to Know

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