Springtime is the very best time of the year to visit the bulbfields. This tour features Keukenhof Gardens, the Floralia flower show at a Belgian château, steam adventures on the '3 Valleys Railway' and the historic steam train from Hoorn to Medemblik in North Holland. Not forgetting a day in Amsterdam with canal trip and we also stay in Gouda to coincide with their cheese market!
Saturday 14 April 2018
World famous Keukenhof Gardens at its finest with tulips in bloom
Floralia at the Château de Grand Bigard near Brussels with over a million bulbs
Explore the 3 Valleys Railway by steam from Mariembourg to Treignes
Enjoy a round trip in North Holland on the Hoorn to Medemblik Steam train and by boat on the Ijsselmeer
Take a relaxing cruise amidst Amsterdams canals
Experience Goudas cheese market day
Saturday 14 April - Travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras to Brussels. After checking into the 4* Hotel Pullman Brussels Midi, which is ideally located from the Eurostar, we enjoy a transfer to Château de Grand Bigard, where Dutch planters have created the annual Floralia exhibition, with over a million bulbs in lovely surroundings.D
Sunday 15 April - Today we take the train across Belgium to Mariembourg in the south of the country for a scheduled excursion on the 'Chemin de Fer des Trois Vallées' (The Three Valleys Railway), riding behind a steam locomotive in their heritage carriages from Mariembourg to Treignes. At Treignes there is time to visit the CF3V Museum, before we make our return journey by steam to mariembourg, continuing to Brussels by rail.B, D
Monday 16 April - We journey to Keukenhof , "the most beautiful spring garden in the world", open just a few weeks each year, where awesome swathes of tulips, crocuses and daffodils burst out of the rolling countryside. Huge rivers of colour beneath great avenues of trees: some of the world's greatest collection of bulbs including over 1,000 varieties of tulip. Enjoy the 79 acres of park and gardens, strolling some of the 15kms of footpaths to explore the many themed pavilions, flower shows and "inspirational" gardens with ideas to recreate at home. In the afternoon we transfer to our hotel in the cheese capital, Gouda, the Best Western Gouda, with dinner provided in the hotel restaurant.B, D
Tuesday 17 April - Travelling northwards to the town of Hoorn, we join the historic Museumstoomtram steam train that meanders across the West Frisian meadows between the Zuiderzee towns of Hoorn and Medembllik. Here an old-fashioned steamer awaits to sail gently along the Ijsselmeer lake to the village of Enkhuizen. After a day of nostalgia amidst the timeless scenery of North Holland, we rejoin the rail system at Enkhuizen, travelling back to Gouda.B, D
Wednesday 18 April - We travel by rail to Amsterdam, where we take a cruise along the city's most beautiful canal belt, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Observe the gracious 17th century gabled merchants' houses, the numerous baroque churches and the enchanting bridges. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore; perhaps visit Anne Frank House, discover the finest works from the 17th century at the Rijksmuseum or learn about beer at the Heineken Experience. We return by train to Gouda and enjoy a farewell meal in the hotel restaurant.B, D
Thursday 19 April - After a leisurely breakfast at our hotel, the final morning is free to explore Gouda a little. And this is the perfect day to discover more about the town's most famous export, as the Cheese Market is taking place. Cheeses are delivered to the market on wagonettes, where farmers negotiate prices with traders in front of the monumental Goudse Waag building (historic weighing house). In the afternoon we depart on our return rail journey to Brussels, then via Eurostar to London St Pancras.B
Hotel Pullman, Brussels Midi
An upscale 4* hotel situated at Brussels Gare du Midi station, just a short walk from your Eurostar, the Pullman Hotel offers easy access to the centre of the city. The hotel features a restaurant and bar, whilst the spacious rooms come equipped with air-conditioning, minibar, safe, and tea and coffee making facilities.
Best Western Hotel Gouda
This new 4* hotel is situated in Goudas historic centre next to one of the towns prettiest canals. Also featuring a restaurant and bar, the modern rooms are equipped with free wifi, air-conditioning, safe, refrigerator, and tea and coffee making facilities.
From London St Pancras International
Single Room Supplement
5 nights dinner, bed & breakfast accommodation
Eurostar standard class rail travel
Standard Class rail travel to & from the Netherlands
All transfers, excursions & admissions as detailed
Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager
Fares based upon sharing a twin-bedded en-suite room; single rooms available for a supplement.
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