Enjoy a delightful spring weekend break with a distinctive Dutch flavour visiting the magnificent, world-famous bulb fields at Keukenhof and, also, the Netherlands’ capital city Amsterdam, the town of Delft, famous for its blue ceramics for more than 400 years, the seat of the Dutch government The Hague and the quaint fishing village of Volendam. Keukenhof is one of the largest and most famous spring gardens in the world and each year the flower festival takes on a different theme which in 2015 will be the life and art of Van Gogh.
Keukenhof is one of the largest and most famous spring gardens in the world. More than seven million flowering bulbs combine in an abundance of colour and fragrance that would make anyone’s head reel.
The 32 hectare park’s speciality is the Netherlands’ national flower, the tulip, and it can be found in a hundred different varieties, boasting both common and unusual shades. True to the Dutch love of the flower, over half of the bulbs planted each year are tulips. Keukenhof even has its own “Walk of Fame” consisting of tulips named after famous people. In many areas of the park, these beautiful and distinctive blooms are complemented by 87 different varieties of tree, as well as many other species of flowering and perennial plants, ornate water features and inspirational sculptures. Don’t forget your camera - this garden is a photographer’s dream.
Each year Keukenhof takes on a different theme and uses its flora to create artwork based around it. The Keukenhof theme for 2015 is “Van Gogh”, in which the painter’s strong post-impressionistic themes will be highlighted. The park hosts nine weeks of exhibitions between March and May from a wealth of breeders, growers and sellers, most of which are connected to the theme. Previous shows have seen weeks dedicated to carnations and chrysanthemums, asters and amaryllis, hyacinths and hydrangeas – this time expect to see a few sunflowers!.
As well as viewing the blend of traditional and futuristic exhibitions, a spot of shopping is always encouraged with the opportunity to buy bulbs to take home and create a visually delicious morsel of Keukenhof in your very own garden.
Return flight from your chosen airport to Amsterdam, Airport Schiphol†
Two nights stay at the 4 star Van der Valk Hotel Almere with dinner and breakfast
Visits to Amsterdam, The Hague, Delft and Volendam
Entrance to Keukenhof
One piece of hold luggage (an allowance of at least 20kgs per person, dependent on airline, to be confirmed on receipt of itinerary)
Services of an Omega Tour Manager
All airport taxes and security charges and the government tax on air travel (APD)
VAT at the government's prevailing rate at the date of travel
† Our price includes your flights for which we have allowed a reasonable budget However, at your time of booking, should the cost of your flight exceed this budget, we reserve the right to charge a supplement, which we will advise you of before we confirm your reservation. Flight supplements are payable in full at the time of booking. The date of operation, and flight times are subject to change and availability will be confirmed at the time of booking.
Ryanair, easyJet & Jet2 - Important Information. The airlines, Ryanair, easyJet and Jet2, require that you are able to check in online. Whilst the procedure is quite simple it does of course mean that you require access to a computer and printer. Failure to check in for both your outward and return flight will result in you being denied boarding and Omega will not be liable for any monies lost. Omega are of course prevented from doing this for you due to security reasons. Full details will be sent with your travel itinerary.
**Airport Development Fee**
Please note at selected airports a development fee will be charged which is to be paid directly to the airport at the time of departure.
Norwich Airport - £10.00 per adult (over 16 years).
Durham Tees Valley - £6.00 per adult (over 16 years) and £2.00 per child (3-15 years).
Day 1: Gather at your chosen airport for your flight to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. On arrival, you will be met by our English-speaking representative and transferred by coach to the centre of Amsterdam where you will have some free time to immerse yourself in the delights of Dutch culture, and explore this cosmopolitan city and its famous canals. If you wish, you may join our optional canal boat tour of Amsterdam. In the late afternoon, we will depart for your hotel for dinner and the first of your two nights stay.
One hour canal boat tour of Amsterdam; £10 per person.
Day 2: After a leisurely breakfast we will depart for the historic capital of the Netherlands – The Hague. There will be time to explore this delightful city before we continue to the picturesque town of Delft, after which we will return to your hotel to relax before dinner and your second night’s stay. Please note: 18 April is a Saturday departure and days 2 & 3 of the itinerary may be reversed.
Day 3: After breakfast, we will make the short journey to Volendam, an old fishing village with an array of shops, bars and coffee shops. At about 12 noon we will continue our journey to the renowned show gardens at Keukenhof. We will leave Keukenhof in the late afternoon and commence the return journey home via Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, after a most enjoyable holiday with fond, colourful memories of a floral and cultural spectacle.
Please note: details of this itinerary were correct at the time of placing online. The tour order and content may be subject to change due to local conditions, and Omega Holidays reserves the right to make such changes if necessary.