Keukenhof Spring Floral Tour 2019
Join us on a wonderful weekend tour to see the show-stopping spring gardens of Keukenhof, and the quintessentially Dutch cities of Amsterdam, Haarlem and Delft.
This flight-based tour is ideal for individuals and small groups of friends looking to travel with like-minded people. We believe in making your life as easy as possible, so we can arrange for you to fly to Schiphol from a range of regional airports and will organise all transport once you arrive in the Netherlands.
You will stay at the Hague Marriott Hotel, a contemporary 4* hotel offering spacious rooms close to the city centre and just a short bus ride from Scheveningen Beach.
Keukenhof’s annual spring festival is one of the world’s most spectacular floral events. Seven million flowering bulbs turn the garden into a heady celebration of tulips, anemones, daffodils, freesias and hyacinths - themed, for 2019, around the idea of 'Flower Power'. There is also a spectacular sculpture garden where visitors will find extraordinary displays created by the world’s leading floriculturists, as well as exhibition zones such as the Beatrix Pavilion with its stunning collection of orchids and the Orange Nassau Pavilion where florists give daily demonstrations.
With its ancient buildings, cobbled streets and winding waterways, Haarlem is certainly one of the Netherland’s most beautiful cities. Keen shoppers will find plenty of Dutch specialities to take home at Grote Markt, the country’s best street market, while those after an archetypal Dutch experience should head straight for the 18th century smock windmill Molen de Adriaan.
The tour price includes entry to the Frans Hals Museum. Hals, the principal portraitist of the Dutch Golden Age, lived and worked in Haarlem and the eponymous museum holds the largest collection of his work in the world. Set in the heart of the region’s bulb growing area, Haalem is also a city of flowers and each spring the Museum invites florists, including Paul Wijkmeijer, to create floral arrangements which are displayed in both historic vases from the collection and contemporary ones designed by students at the Rietveld Academy. Cleverly placed among the paintings, this unique flower exhibition is not to be missed.
Delft is synonymous with the blue and white pottery that bears its name and no trip to the city would be complete without a visit to the Royal Delft Experience. Meet a Master Painter, go on a fascinating journey through Royal Delftware’s 400 year history and discover the brand’s links with the Dutch Royal Family and Delft’s most famous artist, Johannes Vermeer.
You will also have time to visit some of Delft’s other cultural highlights. See the studio where Vermeer painted ‘The Girl with a Pearl Earring’ and ‘View of Delft’ at the Vermeer Centre for example, or explore the city’s fascinating history at the Museum Prinsenhof, then visit Oude Kerk and Nieuwe Kerk to see the graves of both Vermeer and William of Orange.
The pretty, medieval streets surrounding the Markt Square have plenty to tempt shoppers. Oude Delft, Choorstraat, Voldersgracht, Wijnhaven, Hippolytusbuurt and Vrouw Juttenland are filled with art galleries, one-off fashion stores, gift shops, vintage boutiques and speciality stores selling local cheese and wine. And if you need some refreshment, there are plenty of cafés too; try a traditional Dutch herring or mackerel sandwich at Visbanken, which has been involved in the fish trade since the Middle Ages, for example, or follow Bill and Hillary Clinton’s lead and treat yourself to a plate of ‘poffertjes’ (Dutch pancakes) at Het Gulden ABC.
The Netherlands’ capital is known for its artistic heritage, narrow Golden Age houses with their gabled facades and its canals. Our tour culminates with an atmospheric cruise along these famous waterways, taking in all the must-see sights. You will then have time to pick up some last minute souvenirs in the 17th century city centre.
The 4* Hague Marriott is a stylish and comfortable hotel with spacious bedrooms, conveniently located close to the centre of The Hague. The Gallery Breakfast Room serves an extensive breakfast buffet, including delicious Dutch waffles, while the Lounge Bar offers an all-day international menu. There are also plenty of restaurants within easy walking distance of the hotel.
Friday 26th April 2019
AM - Regional flights into Amsterdam Schiphol
1200/1215h - Meet tour guide and depart airport by coach
1245/1300h - Arrive Keukenhof
Individual's lunch and free time in the garden
1645h - Depart for Hague Marriott Hotel,
Evening at leisure
Saturday 27th April 2019
Breakfast at hotel
0900h - Depart for Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem
1000h - Guided tour of the Museum, free time and individual lunch in Haalem
1300h - Transfer to Royal Delft Pottery
1400h - Tour of Royal Delft Experience
1500h - 1730h - Transfer to Delft city centre and free time
1730h - Transfer to hotel and evening at leisure
Sunday 28th April 2019
Breakfast at hotel and check out
1000h - Depart for Amsterdam city centre for canal cruise, free time and individual lunch
1600h - Depart for Schiphol Airport for return flights to the UK
All flights arrive into Schiphol Airport flying with KLM
Outbound: Depart 0840h, arrive 1100h - KL1002
Inbound: Depart 1905h, arrive 1925h - KL1027
Outbound: Depart 0915h, arrive 1130h - KL1422
Inbound: Depart 2105h, arrive 2120h - KL1435
Outbound: Depart 0900h, arrive 1115h - KL1072
Inbound: Depart 1845, arrive 1900h - KL1081
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- Return flights to Amsterdam
- Services of an ECT Tour Manager
- Local transfers
- 2 nights bed and breakfast at the 4* Hague Marriott Hotel
- Visit to Keukenhof
- Visit to Frans Hals Museum
- Royal Delft with 1 hour guided tour
- Amsterdam Canal Cruise
- ECT travel disruption insurance