Holland is of course the tulip capital of the world, and Spring is the season when visitors see the tulips at their best, when the landscape comes alive with their brilliant and colorful displays. Holland is also a dream destination for culture lovers, packed with world famous icons such as windmills, cheese markets, museums with renowned oil paintings by the Old Masters, and hand-made, painted pottery.
In addition to excursions into the rolling fields of colorful tulips, cruise highlights aboard the Panache include a tour of Keukenhof Gardens, one of the largest flower gardens in the world. The garden boasts more than seven million bulbs and 800 varieties of tulips. Guests also enjoy a visit to the Aalsmeer flower auction, the largest trading center for plants and flowers, where some 20 million flowers are graded and sold daily.
As part of its cultural immersion, the itinerary includes a visit to the Alkmaar cheese market and the historic town of Zaanse Schans, which features a collection of original well-preserved wooden windmills, barns and houses, built in the traditional Dutch style. Guests also visit the harbor town of Enkhuizen, renowned for its open-air conservation area and museum that tells the story of maritime history of the Zuiderzee, the largest hydraulic engineering project undertaken by the Netherlands in the 20th century.
These tulip cruises also include a visit to a museum of Dutch painter Franz Hals and a tour of the city of Leiden, the birthplace of Rembrandt, one of Europe’s greatest painters.
Prices include all gourmet meals, fine wines, all escorted excursions and admittance fees, and opportunities for independent bicycle exploration and walking tours.