Keukenhof and the Rhine
|Resort:||Keukenhof and the Rhine|
Combine a classic Rhine cruise with the charms and colours of Keukenhof
There’s no better time to visit the Netherlands than spring, when those trademark tulips are in full bloom, dazzling with flashes of red, yellow and pink. Combine this with a segue into Germany’s Rhineland, calling at cities like Düsseldorf, Koblenz and Bonn, plus the timber-framed gem of Eltville. Top it all off with an included visit to Keukenhof Gardens, and overnight mooring in Amsterdam…
20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
Plus all this…
05/04/2019 UK to Arnhem
Travel by coach from Folkestone to Arnhem via Eurotunnel or ferry and embark your ship. Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner. You depart Arnhem later this evening.
Arrive in Düsseldorf this afternoon for an included tour and discover the contrast of the city’s modern, avant-garde architecture with the more traditional appeal of the altstadt, which is famous for its almost limitless supply of bars – perhaps make the most of them; the ship doesn’t depart until the early hours.
07/04/2019 Düsseldorf to Koblenz
After lunch, arrive in Koblenz, where the rivers Rhine and Moselle meet, and the Hünsruck, Eifel and Westerwald mountains converge. An included Koblenz tour also visits the historic Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Remain moored here overnight.
08/04/2019 Koblenz to Eltville to Bingen
Set off this morning for Eltville. Spend the afternoon exploring the timber-frame streets of this hidden gem of a town with a brilliant white castle and romantic fortifications. It’s also known for its sparkling wine. Cruise to Bingen this evening, and moor overnight.
09/04/2019 Bingen to Bonn
Explore Bingen this morning and perhaps spy the Mouse Tower on an island in the river. According to folklore, this was home to a tyrannical bishop who met his unfortunate end at the hands of a horde of hungry mice! Spend the afternoon cruising to Bonn, where you moor overnight.
The one-time capital of West Germany also happens to be the birthplace of Beethoven, and home to some excellent museums. Perhaps learn more on an optional walking tour with a visit to the beloved composer’s childhood home. Spend the rest of the day cruising towards Ultrecht.
11/04/2019 Utrecht to Amsterdam
Pause in Utrecht briefly this morning where you can join an included trip to Keukenhof Gardens, where millions of tulips will be in bloom for spring. Alternatively, continue cruising to Amsterdam where you can explore the streets and canals.
12/04/2019 Day 8 Amsterdam to UK
Disembark after breakfast and return to the UK.