Springtime Gardens with Charlie Dimmock Itinerary -
03 May 2019 on the ms Serenity

Day 1 Amsterdam

We travel to Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands, and enjoy a relaxing evening onboard our ship.

Day 2 Amsterdam & Keukenhof

After breakfast our coach departs on an included trip to Keukenhof Gardens, where over seven million bulbs are on show. You can follow the pathways which surround shimmering lakes, ancient trees and wonderful works of art, browse the pavilions, find your way around the hedge maze and enjoy the entertainment taking place throughout the day.This evening you can join another optional excursion which reveals the best views of Amsterdam on a cruise around the city’s canals.

Day 3 Kinderdijk & Appeltern Gardens

This morning we reach Kinderdijk, which is renowned for its 19 beautifully preserved windmills. Our optional excursion visits two of the mills, where we learn about the lifestyle of a miller and the mechanism of a mill, before cruising to Dordrecht. Our optional excursion then takes you to Appeltern Gardens, home to 200 model gardens bursting with colour and inspiration. Later today we begin cruising towards Belgium.

Day 4 Antwerp & Floralia

After breakfast our coach departs on an included trip to Floralia, the spring flower show held in the grounds of Château de Grand Bigard. Here you can wander among more than a million bulbs and admire the glasshouse exhibits. The remainder of the day is free to explore Antwerp which is renowned for its skilled diamond cutters and cherished artist Peter Paul Rubens.

Day 5 Antwerp & Meise

Today’s optional trip takes you to the National Botanic Garden of Belgium (Meise) and the Plant Palace. This is one of the largest botanic gardens in the world, which also boasts an enormous glasshouse filled with more than 10,000 plant species. Later today we begin cruising to Rotterdam.

Day 6 Rotterdam & Aalsmeer

We set off early this morning on our optional coach excursion to the Aalsmeer Flower Auction, where you can experience the hustle and bustle of the auction floor and admire the stunning flowers traded daily from more than 10 countries (a packed breakfast will be taken because of the early start). Later this evening begin cruising back to Amsterdam.

Day 7 Amsterdam – UK

We bid farewell to our captain and crew after breakfast and set off on the return journey.