Holland’s Tulips: Scenic Cruising with Uniworld
Sail with Uniworld on a river cruise and witness the striking colours of Holland’s flowering tulip bulbs. Imported in the 16th century, tulips became increasingly popular with locals over time and are now commonly associated with both the region of Holland and the country of the Netherlands, along with windmills, canals and wooden shoes. To celebrate these cup-shaped wonders, Uniworld offers passengers two special cruises that set sail during Europe’s spring season.
Tulips and Windmills – 10 days from Amsterdam to Antwerp
Lovers of history, art and nature will be in seventh heaven during this charming voyage. During three days in Amsterdam, guests can visit the famous Van Gogh Museum, stroll through canal districts, or spend a day at the Keukenhof Gardens, which boasts over seven million bulbs planted on 70 acres of land. After this, the cruise ship will dock at two historic ports, Hoorn and Enkhuizen, and passengers can disembark to learn more about the Netherlands’ seafaring history.
On Day 5, passengers are transported to Nijmegen, the oldest town in the country and the gateway to the National Liberation Museum (World War II history buffs can’t miss this) and the Kröller-Müller Museum (home to the second-largest collection of Van Gogh works).
The sixth day of the cruise brings travellers the chance to cruise through Rotterdam harbour and visit Kinderdijk, from where a local guide takes guests to see over a dozen windmills in picture-perfect settings. During the last few days of the cruise, cruisers can explore the village of Veere, a popular artists’ retreat, embark on a walking tour of Ghent or enjoy a full-day in Bruges, and choose from a variety of excursions in the Belgium city of Antwerp.
Holland and Belgium at Tulip Time – 8 days from Brussels to Amsterdam
Departing from Brussels, guests can choose between a chocolate-themed excursion and a trip to Castle Groot-Bijgaarden, where tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and roses are planted in a stunning haze of colour and sweet fragrance. From there, the cruise ship will voyage to Antwerp and then Maastricht, the oldest city in the Netherlands.
Next, guests should prepare for a day of endless beauty. In the quaint villages of Nuenen and Hesuden, Van Gogh found much inspiration and it’s not hard to see why. Stroll around, enjoy the fresh air, eat lunch in a historic water mill and learn how to make bread at a local bakery. The next day, travellers will set off on a walking tour of Schoonhoven or visit a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site that features 19 well-preserved windmills. The cruise wraps up in Amsterdam, where guests can visit stunning public gardens or set off on an interesting and informative walking tour with a local expert.
The Uniworld Difference
Since entering the river cruise market, Uniworld River Cruises has positioned itself as a provider of luxurious, all-inclusive and culturally immersive voyages to timeless destinations. With an emphasis on quality, Uniworld’s stunning ships could double as floating boutiques. Uniworld is also dedicated to improving guests’ well-being through a range of facilities and activities. Passengers will leave their cruise feeling as though their mind, body and spirit are enriched and satisfied.
Do you want to tick this quintessential Dutch experience off your travel bucket list? Discover the picturesque landscapes and spectacular beauty of the Netherlands in springtime by calling us on 1300 954 661 and making a booking with one of our friendly cruise consultants.
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