directly to the Netherlands, arriving at Clara Maria, where the age-old
tradition of cheese production and wooden shoe making will be brought to life.
After a gracious Dutch breakfast provided by the farm host and hostess
(included), experience the Dutch tradition of making cheese, seeing the
production from start to the tasty finish! Of course, there is always time to
sample more of this renowned export and even purchase some favourites for family
and friends. Many Dutch souvenirs are available here – purchase shoes as a
souvenir of the learning experience!
Continue on to
the Keukenhof Spring Gardens (entrance fee included), formerly a Dutch royal
hunting estate and kitchen garden, with its amazingly beautiful tulip fields.
Last year the Garden’s theme is Van Gogh, whose death was 125 years ago. Displays
will include bulb mosaics of his portrait and his paintings, the largest of
which will include over 50,000 bulbs! The colorful splendor will reveal itself
in all its floral glory in the spring of 2015.
The 8 acre park displays millions of bulb flowers, in outdoor landscapes and
indoor pavilions, and is one of the country’s major attractions. Experience the
differences displayed in inspirational gardens: the city garden, the deck
garden, the bridal path and bridal garden. Explore the canals and functioning
windmill. Families can enjoy wandering the boxwood maze, with the children’s
farm nearby, and overlooking the fields of blooming tulips surrounding the
Park. The indoor pavilions highlight various grower competitions, providing
decorative displays richly arranged to fascinate the senses! At different
times, the pavilions may show off entire sections of freesia, lilies, roses,
amaryllis, gerbera or astroemeria. Art in the Park delights visitors with
statues throughout the grounds. Or, go to the windmill and purchase a boat
ticket for an exceptional experience – seeing the beautiful landscapes from
water level in a “whisper boat” on the shallow water routes intersecting the
Have the opportunity for lunch (not included) and souvenir shopping at some of
the many locations within the park
enjoy your own picnic brought from home.
RTT has arranged a stay which allows ample time to experience all the Keukenhof
has to offer!
Depart Keukenhof Gardens at about
3:30 p.m. for arrival back at points of origin at
Special festival dates in the park allow for additional enjoyment:
28 March – Marching Bands
4 April – Dutch Folklore Festival
18 April – Summer Bulb Weekend
2 May Bird of Prey show
9 and 16 May – Lily Show
16 May – Sailor Choirs Festival