Keukenhof 2018 – Romance in Flowers
Join us on a wonderful weekend tour to see the show-stopping spring gardens of Keukenhof, which, for 2018, celebrate the theme ‘Romance in Flowers’, 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 2018, around the idea of 'Romance in Flowers'. 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 – particularly in 2018 when it will accompanied by a display of wild tulips in the Museum courtyard.
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 13th April 2018
. Regional flights into Amsterdam Schiphol, meet tour guide and coach
. PM Visit to Keukenhof
. Transfer to Hague Marriott Hotel, evening at leisure
Saturday 14th April 2018
. Breakfast at hotel
. AM visit to Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem and free time
. PM visit to Royal Delft Experience
. Free time in Delft
. Transfer to hotel, evening at leisure
Sunday 15th April 2018
. Breakfast at hotel and check out
. AM Canal trip in Amsterdam and free time
.PM Transfer to Schiphol airport for return flights to UK
All flights arrive into Schiphol Airport flying with KLM
Outbound: departing 09:25, arriving 11:35 (KL1422)
Inbound: departing 16:35, arriving 16:50 (KL1431)
Outbound: departing 09:20, arriving 11:35 (KL1050)
Inbound: departing 16:40, arriving 16:55 (KL1053)
Outbound: departing 08:20, arriving 10:55 (KL1278)
Inbound: departing 16:35, arriving 17:00 (KL1289)
Outbound: departing 10:20, arriving 12:25 (KL1542)
Inbound: departing 16:40, arriving 16:50 (KL1549)
Outbound: departing 09:55, arriving 12:25 (KL1008)
Inbound: departing, arriving 19:05/19:25 (KL1027)
Outbound departing: 09:00, arriving 11:15 KL1072
Inbound: departing 18:45, arriving 19:00 KL1081
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- Return flights to Amsterdam
- Services of an ECT Tour Manager
- Coach transfers from arrival in the Netherlands
- 2 nights bed and breakfast at the 4* Hague Marriott Hotel
- Visit to Keukenhof
- Visit to Frans Hals Museum
- Royal Delft Experience
- Amsterdam Canal Cruise
- 23Kg hold luggage
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