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Tulip Time in the Low Lands
Discover delightful Dutch scenery as we visit the spectacular Keukenhof Gardens, the largest flower garden in the world...

Tulip Time in the Low Lands

Amsterdam to Antwerp

Tuesday 5th April to Tuesday 12th April 2022

From £3,850 per person

7 nights including
2 Gala Dinners

Discover delightful Dutch scenery as we visit the spectacular Keukenhof Gardens, the largest flower garden in the world. In addition to this, explore the intricate network of inland waterways of The Netherlands and Belgium which flow through historic cities and charming countryside. Discover the contrasting highlights of these two enchanting countries, including magnificent Amsterdam with its myriad of canals and unique townhouses, the bustling port of Rotterdam, the famous windmills of Kinderdijk, the silver city of Schoonhoven, and the medieval cities of Ghent and Bruges.
This cruise will capture the essence of real The Netherlands and Belgium with a perfect mix of cities, riverscapes and spring colour.

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Tulip Time in the Low Lands route map

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Guest Speaker Professor Stefan Buczacki

Royal Crown cruise guest speaker Professor Stefan Buczacki

Professor Stefan Buczacki has no less than thirty years experience as a cruise ship lecturer. He is one of the country’s best known and most respected gardening and natural history authors and broadcasters, familiar from his many years as panellist and chairman on Gardeners’ Question Time and as a presenter on Gardeners’ World. Less expectedly, he is a respected historical biographer and is recognised as an authority on Winston Churchill and his social circle.

Tuesday 5th April

UK / Amsterdam

Your holiday begins with either an accompanied flight from London Heathrow to Amsterdam or a rail journey from St. Pancras to Brussels and road transfer to Amsterdam.

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Wednesday 6th April

Amsterdam

The colourful buildings of Amsterdam lining the waters edge

Our cruise commences in the unique 17th century capital of The Netherlands. In the heart of the city, on the Keizersgracht, is the former residence of the Amsterdam regent family Van Loon. This extremely wealthy family purchased the house in 1884 which has since been converted into a living museum.

Historical photographs, paintings, personal souvenirs and documents tell the history of the Van Loon family who co-founded the Dutch East India Company, held various positions in the Amsterdam city government and were later ennobled by King William I.

The National Maritime Museum invites visitors to discover how the sea has shaped Dutch culture and explore 500 years of maritime history. Built in 1656, the former national naval warehouse was once used by the Dutch navy to store sails, ropes, weapons and ammunition. Included in the large array of exhibitions is a replica of the famous Dutch East India Company ship ‘Amsterdam’ which we can step aboard and travel back in time to the Golden Age.

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Thursday 7th April

Utrecht / Keukenhof Gardens

Dutch tulips in Keukenhof Gardens

No visit to The Netherlands in spring would be complete without a visit to Keukenhof Gardens to experience the gorgeous views of blooming Dutch tulips and other flowers for which The Netherlands is renowned. The world-famous gardens at Keukenhof encompass over 70 acres of gardens and parkland. Here, we admire the spectacular displays of over seven million bulbs in bloom and over 80 different varieties of trees set amongst shimmering lakes and beautiful water gardens.

The gardens and pavilions show a fantastic collection of tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, orchids, roses, carnations, irises, lilies and many other flowers. You will be overwhelmed by a spectacle of colours and perfumes.

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Friday 8th April

Schoonhoven / Kinderdijk

Windmills in Kinderdijk in the Netherlands

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kinderdijk, with its 19 historic windmills, plays host to our visit this morning. Boasting the largest concentration of windmills in the world, and dating back to the 1740’s, the windmills are kept in operating condition, forming an iconic Dutch scene. The windmills of Kinderdijk were built to keep the low-lying lands of the Alblasserwaard dry and here, we discover how the Dutch have been using water to their benefit for over 1000 years.

After lunch, we embark on a walking tour of Schoonhoven, with its preserved medieval parts and delightful canals. Schoonhoven is renowned for its silver tradition and has been home to Gold and Silversmiths since the Middle Ages. We have the opportunity to discover more of this traditional art at the Dutch Silver Museum.

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Saturday 9th April

Rotterdam

Oude Haven in Rotterdam

Known as Manhattan on the Meuse, due to its impressive skyline, Rotterdam has a fantastic reputation for architecture. The city centre was largely rebuilt after World War II and the buildings, skyscrapers and bridges have been designed with a daring, forward-thinking approach. The Erasmus Bridge (referred to locally as ‘The Swan’), the towering Euromast and the modern skyscrapers along the Wilhelminakade pier are particularly striking examples of the distinctive architectural style.

The afternoon is spent cruising over the border into Belgium on passage to Ghent

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Sunday 10th April

Ghent / Bruges

The old buildings of Bruges in Belgium lining the canal

This morning we travel to the romantic Castle Loppem, built in 1856 by Baron Charles van Caloen and his wife Countess Savina de Gourcy Serainchamps. The architecure and interiors are preserved in their original state and the castle is home to a rich art collection.

The Countess Isabelle van Caloen, current owner of Castle Loppem, will be in residence to welcome our group personally, followed by a private tour of the castle and grounds and an exlcusive Champagne reception.

Onwards to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bruges, one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe, where we board a canal boat to discover why Bruges is often called ‘the Venice of the North’. Our picturesque city tour of the historic centre bypasses charming medieval step-roofed houses and imposing churches reflected in the still waters of the canals, as well as the main market square with its 83 metre high 13th century belfry.

We conclude our tour by sampling the traditional chocolate craft of Bruges, considered to be the best in the world.

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Monday 11th April

Ghent

The old town of Ghent in Belgium by the river

After breakfast the beautifully restored medieval centre of Ghent, one of the oldest cities in Belgium with a history dating back to the Stone Age, awaits. The old city is a picturesque array of alleyways rimmed by quaint steeple-roofed buildings running along pretty canals. Our tour takes in St. Bavo’s Cathedral, which houses an impressive number of art treasures including a major work by Rubens and the world-famous Adoration of the Mystic Lamb painted by Hubert and Jan van Eyck around 1432.

We depart from Bruges at lunchtime and spend our final afternoon sailing the Belgian waterways bound for Antwerp.

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Tuesday 12th April

Antwerp / UK

After breakfast, our cruise comes to an end in Antwerp. We are transferred to either Brussels airport or Brussels Midi railway station for the return journey to the UK.

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Our decks and Cabins

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Royal Suites

Panorama Deck

The Royal Suite cabin on the Royal Crown cruise ship of Hebridean Island Cruises

Panorama Deck
Picture windows
King-size bed

The Royal Suites are centrally located on the Panorama Deck, each with a king-size bed comprising two single mattresses in one solid bed frame with two duvets; the beds cannot be split into twin format. The suites also comprise a separate seating area with sofa, easy chair and dressing table/writing desk.

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Cabins With Double Twin Beds
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Premium Cabins

Select Deck

The Premium Suite cabin on the Royal Crown cruise ship of Hebridean Island Cruises

Select Deck
Portholes
Queen-size bed

The Premium Cabins are located on the Select Deck, each with a queen-size bed comprising two single mattresses in one solid bed frame with two duvets; the beds cannot be split into twin format.

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Deluxe Cabins

Select Deck

The Deluxe cabin on the Royal Crown cruise ship of Hebridean Island Cruises

Select Deck
Portholes
Twin beds (2 single beds)

The Deluxe Cabins are located on the Select Deck each with twin beds; the beds cannot be arranged as a double.

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Single Cabins
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Deluxe Single

Select Deck

The Deluxe cabin on the Royal Crown cruise ship of Hebridean Island Cruises

Select Deck
Portholes
Twin beds (2 single beds)

The Deluxe Cabins are located on the Select Deck each with twin beds; the beds cannot be arranged as a double.

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