CLASSIC river cruises down the Danube and Rhine take place all year round, however it's only in the spring that you can take a Tulip Time trip.
These Dutch and Belgian waterways cruises are typically 7 to 10 days long and frequently a round-trip from Amsterdam, spilling over into Belgium to go to Antwerp and Ghent.
Travel plans generally likewise consist of the historical ports of either Hoorn or Volendam, on the Markermeer internal sea; Arnhem, where the World War Two battle for Arnhem Bridge occurred, and Nijmegen with its National Liberation Museum.
But exactly what marks Tulip Time trips as special is the see to Keukenhof Gardens.
These landscaped gardens surrounding a main lake are planted each year with countless spring bulbs so you will never ever see the exact same designs twice.
Each year has a various style and this year - its 67th season - Keukenhof is celebrating "The Golden Age" of the 17th century, when the Netherlands led the world in the advancement of sciences, art and global trade.
It was also throughout the mid-1600s that Dutch tulip mania took place, when the rate of unusual tulip bulbs reached unprecedented heights.
The highlight of each year at Keukenhof is the massive flower bulb mosaic comprised of a hundred thousand tulips, grape-hyacinths (muscari) and crocuses and this year it is flowering into an ideal leisure of a 17th century painting.
There are likewise pavilions that stage different display screens, such as this year's cut tulip programs, and the Flowers & Fashion exhibit in the orchid pavilion.
This year Keukenhof expects 800,000 visitors from more than 100 nations to check out the park, which opened on March 24 and can be gone to daily until May 16.