- Cruising Holland In Tulip Season
- Holland during the spring tulip season is a riot of colors, with expansive tulip fields set among world famous windmills and canals. To explore this beauty with your own eyes take a river cruise, and to broaden your experience consider a cruise that continues to Belgium. River cruises are available from such companies as Avalon River Cruises, APT River Cruises, AMA Waterways and Viking River Cruises.
The Tulip Season Cruise Itinerary
The itinerary of a typical tulip season cruise includes visits to Amsterdam, Maastricht, Antwerp, Ghent, Middelburg, Kinderdijk, Rotterdam and Amsterdam. The cruise lasts for about 8 days, and allows you to explore the beauty of blooming Keukenhof gardens, the canals of Amsterdam, the old windmills of Kinderdijk, the university town of Maastricht, medieval Ghent and many other charming ports of call.
Maastricht is a member of the Most Ancient European Towns Network. It is popular for its historic buildings, romantic streets and picturesque squares.
Antwerp is Belgium’s second largest city. It is known for having one of the largest seaports in Europe. The city resembles an architectural museum. Here you can visit famous Cogels-Osylei, modern waterfront creations, and a medieval riverside fortress. Most distinctive however are Gothic and Flemish baroque architectural styles.
The port of Ghent is the third largest in Belgium, and the city itself is the fourth most populous. During the Tulip Season Cruise you will have a chance to see the magnificent Saint Bavo Cathedral, a Ghent highlight.
Your visit to Holland would not be complete without seeing the iconic Dutch windmills. The village of Kinderjik boasts the biggest concentration of windmills in the country. It is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sights List.
Rotterdam and Tulip Season in Keukenhof
Rotterdam boasts of one of the largest ports in the world and is the second largest city in the Netherlands. From Rotterdam you can go on excursion to Keukenhof. Occupying more than 32 hectares, Keukenhof is the largest flower park in the world. It is open only during the eight weeks of the tulip season, but receives more than 800,000 visitors annually. Forty four million people visited it over the last 60 years. It is truly an unforgettable experience for both children and adults, and is considered to be one of the most spectacular attractions in Europe.
Exploring Holland during tulip season, and experiencing this charming country while it is enveloped in blankets of rainbow colors, is in deed a fantastic way to vacation in spring time. It is a chance to experience the country’s history and culture while having its coat of tulips welcome you with a symphony for the senses.
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