Welcome spring by taking an unforgettable tulip river cruise in Europe. This magical experience will take you to some of the world’s most picturesque places from the comfort of a beautiful and intimate river cruise ship. Breathtaking views greet you along the fabled rivers and canals of the Netherlands and Belgium. Explore this history-rich region of Europe as you visit famous cities and quaint villages. Tulip cruises are typically offered between late March and early May with voyages from seven to nine days. These itineraries include such storied destinations as Amsterdam Hoorn, Arnhem, Kinderdijk, Middleburg, Rotterdam and Veere. Explore fascinating medieval cities, including Antwerp, Bruges and Ghent.
Throughout your Dutch Waterways river cruise, you are looked after by an attentive, yet unobtrusive staff who will spoil you, seemingly anticipating your every need and desire. Adding to this, your taste buds will be delighted by mouthwatering cuisine, including international cuisine, familiar favorites and local fare, all prepared by highly-trained chefs. Sumptuous accommodations, many with balconies for fabulous vantage points, provide the perfect serene space to lay your head and rest your feet after an adventure-filled day of exploration.
Showcased on these fascinating tulip river cruises is the breathtakingly vibrant and legendary Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse, Holland. Whether you are a garden enthusiast, photographer or nature-lover, a visit to this “Garden of Europe” will produce colorful memories as every spring, over seven million flowers and more than 800 astounding varieties of tulips bloom, covering more than 70 acres. Keukenhof also features a lovely sculpture garden.
Another highlight on a Dutch waterway journey will be the opportunity to see the world-famous windmills of Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many of these structures date back to the 17th century. Art aficionados will have an opportunity to visit museums brimming with amazing works of art by the Dutch masters. Dutch canals are often referred to as the “Venice of the North” due to the manner in which they divide the city into small islands. These “islands” are linked by the often painted and photographed romantic curved bridges. Take an iconic glass-topped boat ride for an ideal way to see Amsterdam, from water-level.
Tulip river cruises in Holland also give you the opportunity to visit the region’s many museums showcasing diverse exhibits ranging from the early works of the grand masters to the Dutch Resistance Movement. Throughout your journey you can explore historic towns and charming villages, many dating back to medieval times with unique architecture, centuries-old cobblestone streets and bustling markets, offering a unique glimpse back in time.
Some of Amsterdam’s must-see museums include the 350-year-old neoclassical Royal Palace on Dam Square, the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, legendary Anne Frank House and the Jewish Historical Museum. Travel back in time to the 1940s when the Dutch fought back against Nazi occupation at the Dutch Resistance Museum which houses rare artifacts.
Shopping at Amsterdam’s Negen Straatjes (Nine Streets) district is another highlight. These streets connect the city’s four main canals and are a shopper’s paradise filled with a variety of restaurants, cafés, jewelry stores, craft shops, art galleries and boutiques.
The second largest city in Belgium, Antwerp was known as the capital of the diamond industry for centuries and you can still watch these gems being cut and polished at Diamondland. Stroll cobbled streets of the Medieval Old Town and view the amazing Renaissance architecture flanking the market square. The Royal Museum of Fine Arts houses one of the largest collections of paintings by Rubens, who was born here. Animal-lovers will want to visit the Antwerp Zoo, one of the world’s oldest.
Considered one of Europe’s most beautiful places, Bruges (Brugge) still maintains its medieval appearance and is truly Belgium’s crown jewel. Enjoy a visit to the famous Grote Markt or climb to the top of the 13th-century Belfry of Bruges, with a delightful carillon of 47 bells. Purchase stunning Bruges Lace and don’t forget to pick up handmade, mouthwatering, decadent chocolate.
History-buffs will find Arnhem to be a highlight of their river cruise as it is the site of one of World War II’s most famous battles. The past comes alive at the acclaimed Airborne Museum and the National Liberation Museum, boasting unique historical displays, original film footage and more that will enable you to experience the liberation of the Netherlands as well as the rest of Europe.
Head to the 310-foot-tall Euromast and you will get to see unbelievable views of the city. Unique Cube Houses are known worldwide for their innovative design, with each representing a tree – and as a whole — a forest.
Experience a spectacular tulip cruise on the Dutch waterways cruise for yourself and begin spring with blooming flowers, enchanting canals, fascinating history and culture, plus delicious dining and decadent desserts. Experiencing these glorious destinations on a beautifully appointed river cruise ship provides guests an in-depth perspective on this delightful part of the world.