Spectacular gardens and fields ablaze with colours make for a great spring start! | Craig Travel

Spectacular gardens and fields ablaze with colours make for a great spring start!

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Breath in the freshly arrived spring air while cruising the narrow rivers of Holland and Belgium. Delicate perfumes, unforgettable flavours and unparalleled scenery will all be for your daily enjoyment on this week long river discovery. 

Once you have landed in the atypical Dutch capital city, Amsterdam, all you will be asked to do is sit back, unwind and capture the lovely sights of Holland and Belgium’s quaint canals. Your floating home, the ms Amadeus Imperial, will take you to both countries’ greatest attractions. Explore Volendam, a fishermen village where music and cheese are the main pillars of the community. At a local cheese factory, learn of the history of cheese, the Netherlands’ favourite dairy product, and learn of the evolution of its creation. All of your senses will be on alert on this immersive experience. 

A trip to an Open Air Museum in the vicinity of Arnhem will feel as though you have jumped right into a history book. Stroll amongst historic houses and mills of life (windmills) dating from the 18th to the 20th century for a glimpse of the old Dutch lifestyle.

When discovering the Kinderdijk area in Holland, you are met by a spectacular view of 18th century mills as far as the eye can see; the biggest group of windmills in Holland. Visiting Keukenhof Gardens is a unique experience. You will feel as if you were taken to a world of flowers that could only exist in one’s imagination. Breathtaking colourful tulips and hundreds of other flower species in bloom, ponds, sculpture gardens, greenhouses, a windmill and several terraces are awaiting you. Be sure to bring an extra camera battery!

There is no shortage of fascinating cities and sights in Belgium either. Antwerp, one of Europe's most historical ports, is home to the country’s largest Gothic cathedral called Cathedral of Our Lady or Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal for Dutch amateurs. Construction began in 1352 and it took 170 years for it to be completed, but it was worth the wait. What a sight! In 1533, an unfortunate fire raged through the church, but the building was saved and reconstructed. The choir of the church championed that music become an important part of the church, and inside you can see wonderful paintings by famous artists; a beautiful harmony of the arts. Simply thrilling and exquisite all at once!