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Tulip Time Cruise

Cruise through Holland and Belgium in the Spring
9 Days – Travel to Amsterdam

OVERVIEW

Discover the beauty and history of the Dutch and Belgian waterways in springtime, when spectacular carpets of colorful tulips are in full bloom. Stroll through the lush green countryside of Kinderdijk, home to the country’s greatest concentration of windmills, taste delicious local cheeses, and learn about the traditions of the friendly Dutch and Flemish people. In Belgium, admire the great medieval cities of Antwerp and Ghent.


  • SELECT DIRECTION:
DayDestinationActivities
1Overnight flight to Holland
2AmsterdamEMBARKATION
Welcome Dinner
3AmsterdamCanal Cruise and City Tour
VolendamWalking tour
EdamWalking tour & cheese tasting
OR guided bicycle tour (capacity controlled)
4ArnhemArnhem Bridge & Arnhem Airborne Museum
OR Het Loo Palace tour
OR guided bicycle tour (capacity controlled)
5AntwerpWalking tour
OR Reubens Tour
Optional excursion to Brussels
6GhentWalking tour
BrugesOptional tour to Brugges
7WillemstadPrivate organ recital
OR guided bicycle tour (capacity controlled)
KinderdijkKinderdijk windmills
8UtrechtKeukenhof Gardens excursion
9AmsterdamDISEMBARKATION
DayDestinationActivities
1AmsterdamEMBARKATION
Welcome Dinner
2AmsterdamCanal Cruise and City Tour
VolendamWalking tour
EdamWalking tour & cheese tasting
OR guided bicycle tour (capacity controlled)
3ArnhemArnhem Bridge & Arnhem Airborne Museum
OR Het Loo Palace tour
OR guided bicycle tour (capacity controlled)
4AntwerpWalking tour
OR Reubens Tour
Optional excursion to Brussels
5GhentWalking tour
BrugesOptional tour to Brugges
6WillemstadPrivate organ recital
OR guided bicycle tour (capacity controlled)
KinderdijkKinderdijk windmills
7UtrechtKeukenhof Gardens excursion
8AmsterdamDISEMBARKATION

INCLUDED FEATURES

  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom
  • Most staterooms with French balconies or revolutionary Twin Balconies
  • Life enriching tours and excursions daily with personal headset included
  • “Culinary Delights – Bites & Sights” excursions
  • State-of-the-art Infotainment System in all staterooms featuring free high-speed Internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library & English language TV stations
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
  • Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding in all staterooms
  • Gourmet dining with all meals included during your cruise
  • Multiple dining venues on select vessels
  • Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe's great wine regions, beer & soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
  • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain's Gala Dinner
  • Special highlights including lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and piano music
  • Bicycles to explore on your own & guided bicycle tours
  • Services of professional Cruise Manager
  • All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
  • All transfers with the purchase of cruise & air package
  • All local taxes

DETAILED ITINERARY


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Day 1DEPART USA/CANADA
Board your international flight to Amsterdam, Holland.
Day 2ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND - EMBARKATION
Welcome to Amsterdam, a modern city with a rich and fascinating 700-year old history. Explore its elegant and classic architecture, cafés, lively marketplaces and exciting nightlife. This evening, meet your fellow passengers on board at the Welcome Dinner. (D)
Day 3AMSTERDAM - VOLENDAM - EDAM
After breakfast, enjoy a scenic morning cruise through the historic harbor and canals of Amsterdam. See the beautiful homes that line the water, the fabled Skinny Bridge, and the famous house where Anne Frank spent years in hiding during World War II. Later, enjoy a panoramic city tour that includes windmills and other iconic landmarks. Return to the ship for lunch while you cruise the Ijsselmeer towards Volendam. Enjoy a late afternoon tour of Volendam Harbor and see the fishing fleet and fish auction building. Continue by motor coach to Edam, where you will sample some of its famous cheese and see the Old Quarter’s beautiful houses and churches. Another option this afternoon is to take a scenic bicycle ride through North Holland (capacity controlled). (B,L,D)
Day 4ARNHEM - NIJMEGEN
Arrive in beautiful Arnhem early this morning and see the Battle of Arnhem Bridge made famous by the classic film “A Bridge Too Far.” You’ll also visit the Airborne Museum and learn more about the Battle of Arnhem, one of the major campaigns of World War II. As an alternative, take a picturesque bike tour of the city (capacity controlled), or enjoy a tour of Het Loo Palace, a Dutch Baroque building designed by Dutch masters Jacob Roman and Johan van Swieten. Return to the ship and enjoy scenic cruising as you sail through Holland en route to Belgium. (B,L,D)
Day 5ANTWERP, BELGIUM
This morning, enjoy a walking tour of Antwerp and see Antwerp Castle, Grote Market, Brabo Fountain and the city’s superb architecture. Alternatively, visit the Rubens House, former home and studio of Peter Paul Rubens, the famous 17th-century Flemish Baroque painter. You will also visit the Antwerp Cathedral, which houses two of Rubens’ most important works, The Elevation of the Cross and The Descent from the Cross. The afternoon is free to explore Antwerp on your own. Alternatively, take an optional excursion to nearby Brussels, the capital of Belgium and site of NATO’s headquarters. After dinner, your ship departs for Ghent. (B,L,D)
Day 6GHENT
After breakfast, take a guided walking tour of Ghent, which includes such highlights as the Belfry Hall, the Koornlei, the Graslei, and the Castle of the Counts. The afternoon is yours to explore the city at your leisure or to take an optional excursion to Brugges, one of Europe’s most perfectly preserved medieval cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B,L,D)
Day 7WILLEMSTAD, HOLLAND – KINDERDIJK – DORDRECHT
This morning, cruise through the Dutch region of Zeeland, home to one of the world’s most complex engineering projects, the Delta Works, which took more than 30 years to complete. Stop in charming 400-year old Willemstad for a walking tour and private organ recital at the oldest Protestant church in Holland. As an alternative, take a guided bicycle tour of Willemstad (capacity controlled). In the afternoon, you will visit Kinderdijk, a lovely region renowned for having the greatest concentration of windmills in the entire country. Tonight, enjoy a special onboard musical performance as the ship cruises to Dordrecht. (B,L,D)
Day 8UTRECHT - KEUKENHOF - AMSTERDAM
During breakfast, enjoy some scenic cruising along the Amsterdam- Rhine Canal en route to Utrecht. Admire the spectacular display of millions of flowering tulips during your morning excursion to the famous 70-acre Keukenhof Gardens. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure. The ship moors overnight in Amsterdam. (B,L,D)
Day 9DISEMBARKATION - DEPART AMSTERDAM
Disembark the ship and prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
Day 1ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND - EMBARKATION
Welcome to Amsterdam, a modern city with a rich and fascinating 700-year old history. Explore its elegant and classic architecture, cafés, lively marketplaces and exciting nightlife. This evening, meet your fellow passengers on board at the Welcome Dinner. (D)
Day 2AMSTERDAM - VOLENDAM - EDAM
After breakfast, enjoy a scenic morning cruise through the historic harbor and canals of Amsterdam. See the beautiful homes that line the water, the fabled Skinny Bridge, and the famous house where Anne Frank spent years in hiding during World War II. Later, enjoy a panoramic city tour that includes windmills and other iconic landmarks. Return to the ship for lunch while you cruise the Ijsselmeer towards Volendam. Enjoy a late afternoon tour of Volendam Harbor and see the fishing fleet and fish auction building. Continue by motor coach to Edam, where you will sample some of its famous cheese and see the Old Quarter’s beautiful houses and churches. Another option this afternoon is to take a scenic bicycle ride through North Holland (capacity controlled). (B,L,D)
Day 3ARNHEM - NIJMEGEN
Arrive in beautiful Arnhem early this morning and see the Battle of Arnhem Bridge made famous by the classic film “A Bridge Too Far.” You’ll also visit the Airborne Museum and learn more about the Battle of Arnhem, one of the major campaigns of World War II. As an alternative, take a picturesque bike tour of the city (capacity controlled), or enjoy a tour of Het Loo Palace, a Dutch Baroque building designed by Dutch masters Jacob Roman and Johan van Swieten. Return to the ship and enjoy scenic cruising as you sail through Holland en route to Belgium. (B,L,D)
Day 4ANTWERP, BELGIUM
This morning, enjoy a walking tour of Antwerp and see Antwerp Castle, Grote Market, Brabo Fountain and the city’s superb architecture. Alternatively, visit the Rubens House, former home and studio of Peter Paul Rubens, the famous 17th-century Flemish Baroque painter. You will also visit the Antwerp Cathedral, which houses two of Rubens’ most important works, The Elevation of the Cross and The Descent from the Cross. The afternoon is free to explore Antwerp on your own. Alternatively, take an optional excursion to nearby Brussels, the capital of Belgium and site of NATO’s headquarters. After dinner, your ship departs for Ghent. (B,L,D)
Day 5GHENT
After breakfast, take a guided walking tour of Ghent, which includes such highlights as the Belfry Hall, the Koornlei, the Graslei, and the Castle of the Counts. The afternoon is yours to explore the city at your leisure or to take an optional excursion to Brugges, one of Europe’s most perfectly preserved medieval cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B,L,D)
Day 6WILLEMSTAD, HOLLAND – KINDERDIJK – DORDRECHT
This morning, cruise through the Dutch region of Zeeland, home to one of the world’s most complex engineering projects, the Delta Works, which took more than 30 years to complete. Stop in charming 400-year old Willemstad for a walking tour and private organ recital at the oldest Protestant church in Holland. As an alternative, take a guided bicycle tour of Willemstad (capacity controlled). In the afternoon, you will visit Kinderdijk, a lovely region renowned for having the greatest concentration of windmills in the entire country. Tonight, enjoy a special onboard musical performance as the ship cruises to Dordrecht. (B,L,D)
Day 7UTRECHT - KEUKENHOF - AMSTERDAM
During breakfast, enjoy some scenic cruising along the Amsterdam- Rhine Canal en route to Utrecht. Admire the spectacular display of millions of flowering tulips during your morning excursion to the famous 70-acre Keukenhof Gardens. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure. The ship moors overnight in Amsterdam. (B,L,D)
Day 8DISEMBARKATION - DEPART AMSTERDAM
Disembark the ship and prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

 

 

DATES & RATES

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Notes:

Important:  Dates, prices & itineraries for 2013 sailings are subject to change.

Port Charges:  $147 per person.

Single Supplement for Cruise:  50% of twin price; Jr. Suites & Suites 100% of twin price.

Bedding:  Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking. Option A: Two twin beds Option B: One large bed (larger than queen size).

SHIP(S)

AmaCerto

This 164-passenger vessel incorporates the most advanced design offering spacious staterooms featuring our exclusive twin balconies, multiple dining venues, heated pool, Internet/WiFi access and more.

AmaDante

The custom-designed AmaDante was introduced in 2008 and features spacious staterooms, most with French Balconies, Internet/WiFi access, walking track along our Sun Deck and guided bicycle tours at stops along the river.

AmaLyra

The AmaLyra offers spacious 170-255 sq. ft. staterooms, most with French balconies, complimentary high-speed internet and WiFi, a walking track along our Sun deck, and guided bicycle tours at stops along the river.

AmaPrima

This 164-passenger vessel incorporates the most advanced design offering spacious staterooms featuring our exclusive twin balconies, multiple dining venues, heated pool, Internet/WiFi access and more.

AmaVerde

Providing the ultimate in custom-designed luxury, this 161-passenger vessel offers twin balcony staterooms, a heated swimming pool, fitness center, and much more.

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