Sail away to The Netherlands and mainland Europe with Stena Line
Celebrate with the Easter hare rather than the bunny in Holland this Easter weekend. Stena Line www.stenaline.co.uk still has some availability sailing from Harwich to Hook of Holland over the Easter weekend with accommodation in some of the country’s best city centre hotels from Good Friday onwards.
Rather than the Easter bunny, The Dutch have the Easter hare (paashaas) and Dutch children, like their English counterparts will be taking part in Easter egg hunts with gardens and parks full of spring flowers and tulips in full bloom there is no better place to hunt down those eggs.
Maastricht is a lively and energetic place, and no stay in the Netherlands is complete without a visit. Soak in the atmosphere of Easter by visiting the dozens of churches lining the city streets, or take boat trip to discover and experience the city and relax at the same time. Go underground and visit the caves of St Pietersburg, a labyrinth of more than 20,000 tunnels; the caves also served as a refuge for the people of Maastricht during the many sieges of the city, including during the Second World War. A family of four can stay in the Novotel Maastricht in a family room from £1,126 for three nights starting Friday 14 April including ferry crossings based on two adults and two children travelling in one car.
Rotterdam: Spend the Easter weekend in Rotterdam, there are numerous activities to keep the whole family amused, from outings in the nearby countryside to visiting the city’s most
iconic sites. The Dutch love to have Easter brunch and what better place than the famous Euromast, giving a bird’s eye view of the city? For those who like to shop, Rotterdam is a market lover’s paradise. Because of the city’s strong trading links there is a market on somewhere in the city nearly every day and from vintage fashion to Dutch cheese, there are some real bargains to be found. Having travelled to Holland by ferry, carry on the nautical theme by staying at Westcord SS Rotterdam, formerly a luxury cruise ship and now with moorings at the Kop van Katendrecht in Rotterdam this four star hotel offers a truly unforgettable experience. A family of four can stay in two double rooms from £1,036 for three nights starting Friday 14 April including ferry crossings, based on two adults and two children travelling in one car.
Amsterdam: Get a feeling for Dutch flower power, by visiting the ‘Flower Strip’, just an hour from Amsterdam. With Holland’s famous bulb fields in full bloom, visitors will be surrounded on all sides by flowers: purple hyacinths, pink crocuses, countless varieties of tulips and bright yellow daffodils. For the kids, on Easter Sunday, local petting zoos in Amsterdam often host special Easter parties with an egg hunt, egg decorating, festive treats and fun activities. Around Easter, farms in the Amsterdam area also hold ‘lamb days’ where visitors can cuddle and feed new-born lambs. A family of four can stay in the Amsterdam Marriot in a family room from £1,899 for three nights starting Friday 14 April including ferry crossings based on two adults and two children travelling in one car.
Stena Line offers twice-daily, seven hour return crossings between Harwich and the Hook of Holland. Return fares start from £148 for two adults and a car. Return fares for a family of four start from £178. www.stenaline.co.uk/ferry-to-holland.
Additional adults cost start from £15 and children (between four and 15 years old) from £7.50 one way. Foot passenger prices start from £36 per adult and £18 for a child. Infants (under four years old) travel free of charge.
Cabins start from £17 per person each way. Alternatively Stena Line’s Dutchflyer rail-and-sail service allows customers to take any Greater Anglia service to Harwich, and then on to any Dutch city of their choice. To make a booking visit www.stenaline.co.uk or call Stena Line on 08447 70 70 70
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