Discover the beauty and history of the Dutch and Belgian waterways in springtime. Admire the colorful tulip carpets and flower displays; stroll amidst Kinderdijks’ lush green countryside dotted with the world-famous windmills, taste the local cheese and learn about the traditions of the friendly Dutch and Flemish people. In Belgium, admire great medieval cities like Antwerp, Ghent and Brugges with their stunning architecture and traditions.
Board your overnight flight to Amsterdam, Holland.
ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
Welcome to Amsterdam, a modern city with a rich and fascinating history. Explore the 700-year-old European capital with its elegant and classic architecture, cafés, restaurants, lively marketplaces and exciting nightlife. Perhaps visit one of the city's renowned museums such as the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum or the Anne Frank House. Tonight, meet your fellow passengers on board for the Welcome Dinner. (D)
AMSTERDAM - VOLENDAM - EDAM
After breakfast, enjoy a comprehensive morning cruise through the historic canals of Amsterdam. Then enjoy a driving tour followed by free time in Amsterdam. Return to the ship for a scenic lunch, while you cruise the Ijsselmeer towards Volendam. Enjoy a late afternoon scenic drive or guided bicycle tour (capacity controlled) to the village of Edam, where you will sample some of its famous cheese. Cruise through the night to Arnhem. (B,L,D)
ARNHEM - NIJMEGEN
Arrive in Arnhem early this morning and see the site of the Battle of Arnhem Bridge during Operation Market Garden. Then visit the Airborne Museum, which shows the course of events during the Battle of Arnhem, one of the major battles of World War II. After the tour, return to the ship for lunch and cruise to Nijmegen for some free time on your own. Enjoy scenic cruising this evening as you sail through Holland, and on to Belgium. (B,L,D)
This morning, enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Antwerp, one of the world's most important ancient seaports. See the Grote Market with its beautiful city hall and the Church of Our Lady, and admire the city's superb architecture. The afternoon is free to explore Antwerp on your own or take an optional excursion to nearby Brussels. During dinner, your cruise departs for Ghent. (B,L,D)
After breakfast take a guided sightseeing tour of Ghent, the fourth largest city of Belgium. This city is the diamond of Flanders, preserving its medieval charm while remaining current with the times. Modern architecture blends with remnants of the past. Take the time to visit “Castle of the Counts” a real medieval castle in the center of town. The afternoon is yours to explore Ghent at leisure or to take an optional excursion to Brugges, which is one of Europe's most perfectly preserved medieval cities. Brugge’s historical city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B,L,D)
WILLEMSTAD, HOLLAND – KINDERDIJK-SCHOONHOVEN
This morning, sail through the Dutch region of Zeeland. This region is home to one of the world's most complex engineering projects, the Delta Works, which took more than 30 years to complete. During this morning's cruise, you will pass some of these magnificent projects, and then stop in charming Willemstad for a walking tour. Return to the ship to enjoy a scenic lunch as you sail towards Kinderdijk, famous for its 18th-century windmills; the largest group of original windmills in Holland. Tonight, enjoy a special music performance as the ship cruises to Schoonhoven for the evening. (B,L,D)
UTRECHT - KEUKENHOF - AMSTERDAM
During breakfast, enjoy some scenic cruising along the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal to Utrecht. Admire the spectacular display of bulb flowers in bloom during your morning excursion to the famous Keukenhof Gardens. Keukenhof also offers several ponds, sculpture gardens, greenhouses, a windmill which can be toured and several terraces to relax in. Return to your ship in Amsterdam for lunch. The rest of the day is for you to enjoy at your leisure. (B,L,D)
Disembark for your transfer to the airport. (B)
From $1,999.00 per person in double occupancy
Duration: 8 Days / 9 Nights
2011 Departures: Mar 27, Mar 31, Apr 1, Apr 3, Apr 7, Apr 8, Apr 10, Apr 15, Apr 17, Apr 22, Apr 24, Apr 29, May 1
Type of services: Use of Bicycles to explore on your own; Services of Professional Cruise Director; Daily Sightseeing Program as outlined in the Itinerary
Highlights: Special Highlights including Folklore Dances, Lectures, Theme Dinners, onboard Music Performances and afternoon & evening Piano Music .
Travel documents: Please visit our “Visa Info” page to inquire if you need a travel visa for this tour. It is the responsibility of the traveler to obtain proper travel documents for this tour.
Inclusions: 7-night Deluxe Cruise Accommodation in an Outside Stateroom;
Infotainment System in all Staterooms; Terry Bathrobes and White-on-white plush Bedding in all Staterooms; Superb Dining with all Meals included during your Cruise; Unlimited Quality Red & White Wines from Europe's great Wine Regions with every Dinner onboard the Ship; Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain's Gala Dinner .
Not included: International and domestic airfares; airport departure taxes; tips of any kind; incidentals at hotels; any meals not included in the itinerary; alcoholic beverages; souvenirs.
It is the travelers responsibility to have all proper travel documents which can include passports and foreign visas. Learn more here: Passport & Visa Information
Travel Insurance is highly recommended to protect your travel investment and for any emergencies that could occur while traveling. Learn more here: Travel Insurance
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