Dutch Bulbfields Cruise

Dutch Bulbfields Cruise

Welcome on board a very special river cruise, offering a different way to view the fabulous bulbfields of Holland.

There will be time for sightseeing ashore, as each day the ship will moor at a different "port of call" and whilst on board the river cruiser MV Esmeralda, it is easy to relax and unwind whilst the historic and romantic scenery slips quietly by.


At a glance:

  • Welcome cocktail

  • Two nights entertainment

  • Captain’s farewell dinner

  • Keukenhof

  • Amsterdam canal cruise

  • Home pick up


This holiday includes Sapphire Star travel.

Day 1

Morning collection from home to join the coach for the drive to Folkestone and the Eurotunnel crossing to Calais. On arrival in Calais, continue through France, Belgium and Holland to the old milling City of Zaandam, once home to thousands of windmills, powering saws for wood for the shipbuilding and paper industries to board the MV Esmeralda. Enjoy a welcome cocktail while the luggage is taken to the cabins, with time to settle in before a four-course dinner this evening.


Day 2

After breakfast, board the coach and travel south to Keukenhof for the best day out among the flowers! Expect to witness up to 7 million bulbs in bloom, with a total of 800 varieties of tulips providing a unique and unforgettable springtime experience. Over 32 hectares of flowers along with many inspirational gardens make this a must-see excursion. Later drive to Amsterdam to meet the ship with time to explore before or after dinner.

B, D

Day 3

This morning, depart the ship for sightseeing time in Amsterdam, the Netherlands' capital city, known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city's 17th Century Golden Age. Enjoy a canal cruise of this wonderful city before departing in the early afternoon for the bustling port of Hoorn, located on the shores of the Ijsselmeer and birthplace of the explorer Willem Schouten (who named the infamous Cape Hoorn after his home town). Explore the splendid 17th Century merchant houses and warehouses lining the waterfront and the huge variety of ships, boats and yachts in the harbour. Rejoin the ship in Hoorn and enjoy a leisurely evening meal on board.

B, D

Day 4

The ship makes an early start today. Enjoy a leisurely cruise sailing from Hoorn over the Ijssel Lake and on to Alkmaar. Take in the scenery and catch sight of the many bulb fields in the area before arriving in Alkmaar, known for its cheese making prowess and its impressive cathedral, the 15th Century Grote Kerk. Wander through pretty streets lining the canals, before enjoying a farewell dinner on board with the ship's Captain.

B, D

Day 5

After breakfast, leave the MV Esmeralda one last time. Your bags will be transferred to the coach to begin the return journey home where the door to door home collection service will be waiting to return you home.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Evening Meal Included

MV Esmeralda


The MV Esmeralda has become a firm favourite for river cruising and is a comfortable vessel decorated in traditional Dutch style. The lounge and reception are located on the upper deck, and the tastefully decorated restaurant is on the main deck. There is a lift between the promenade deck and the main deck as well as a stair lift to the sun deck. The Esmeralda is an ideal floating hotel for those who like a traditional ambience to go hand in hand with modern comforts.





Deposit is £150 per person and is non refundable and non transferable.

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Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Ardleigh Crown Ardleigh Crown Public House
Bramford, Angel PH Bramford, Angel Public House
Brentwood George & Dragon George & Dragon PH, Roman Road, Mountnessing
(B1002) CM15 0TZ
Bury St Edmunds Bus Stn Bury St Edmunds, Bus Station, Stand 9
Capel St Mary (South) Capel St Mary National Express Stop Southbound
Setdown Point: Capel St Mary White Horse Pub
Chelmsford Services Chelmsford Springfield Services
Lorry Park (Off A12)
Claydon Crown Claydon Crown Public House Lay By
Colchester North Rail Stn Colchester North Rail Station
Combs Bus Shelter Combs Bus Shelter, Ipswich Road (Opp. Esso Garage)
Copdock - Tescos Copdock Mill, Tesco Superstore Front Exit Bus Stop
Debenham Angel Debenham Angel Public House
Diss Bus Station Diss Bus Station
Eye Town Hall Eye Town Hall
Felixstowe Coach Park Felixstowe Coach Park, Garrison Lane, Felixstowe,
IP11 7SJ
Felixstowe Gt Eastern Sq Felixstowe Great Eastern Square
Ipswich, West End Rd Ipswich,West End Road Car Park
Kelvedon - The Tavern Kelvedon The Tavern, High Street/Station Road
Long Stratton Long Stratton Police Station
Mendlesham Kings Head Mendlesham, Kings Head Public House,
Mendlesham, Denters Hill Mendlesham, Denters Hill
Needham Market - Swan Needham Market, Swan Public House,
Norwich - Castle Meadow Norwich, Castle Meadow,(Outside Galloway Office)
Redenhall/Station Road Junction of Redenhall Road & Station Road
(Where Duke William Public House Used to Be)
Scole - Scole Engineering Outside Scole Engineering Garage, Scole
Sproughton Sproughton, Wild Man Public House
Stowmarket Railway Stn. Stowmarket Railway Station.
Stowupland Dents Corner Stowupland, Dents Corner,
Tollgate McDonalds Stanway, Mc Donalds Bus Stop, Tollgate, CO3 8RG
Witham Old Post Office Witham Old Post Bus Stop - Sorting Office
(NOT McColls Store)
Woolpit Church Woolpit Church
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