Springtime In Holland & Belgium (garden & Nature)
from $8784
Duration: 15 Days
If you’ve dreamed of seeing the legendary flowers of Holland and Belgium, this is the perfect way to spend springtime among the tulips! This 2-week European river cruise begins and ends in Amsterdam to explore the flowering fields, windmills, and delicious Dutch cuisine, culture, and art. Your first amazing stop is Rotterdam, Holland, where you’ll explore the “Garden of Europe” at Keukenhof. Gaze across a kaleidoscope of flowering bulbs—blooming with 7 million tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths, to name a few. In Antwerp, browse the central Grote Markt amid 16th-century guildhall houses and visit the Cathedral of Our Lady adorned with Rubens stunning altarpiece. Visit Ghent, “The Diamond of Flanders,” and marvel at its medieval Flemish artwork. Walk the winding cobblestones and canals of Middelburg. See the windmills and historic harbor of Willemstad, and return to Amsterdam to browse the largest flower auction in the world or tour the city on a canal cruise. For flower lovers, an expert accompanies you On the second portion of your Tulip Time cruise, sharing his knowledge about botany and the world of plants.

Envision the 17th-century maritime days of the Zuiderzee in Enkhuizen, see the second largest collection of Van Gogh masterpieces in Arnhem, and admire innovative architecture in Rotterdam. Return to Amsterdam to cruise its colourful canals. Windmills, waterways, and wonderful springtime views are all waiting for you on this river cruise through Holland and Belgium in tulip season. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the amazing Aalsmeer Flower Auction on our March 18th departure!
Day 1 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)
Welcome to Holland. Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. Your day in Amsterdam is free to explore at your leisure. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to beautiful Zaanse Schans where you'll see a wonderful collection of well-preserved historic windmills and Dutch houses. Enjoy dinner and explore the ship on your first night on board. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTTERDAM (D)
Day 2 ROTTERDAM
Dutch Treats and Flowers Sweet Visit the Adventure centre for today's activities with your Adventure Host. ACTIVE - Experience Rotterdam by foot with your Adventure Host, OR: CLASSIC - Join a full- or half-day Guided Tour of breathtaking Keukenhof-known as the "Garden of Europe"-for its 70 acres of lush parkland, lakes, and the world's largest flower gardens-with more than seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths as well as other bulbs, planted each year. Take some free time to relax on the harbor-side in Rotterdam with an artisan beer, a slice of appeltaart (Dutch apple pie), and a koffie verkeerd, a typical Dutch drink with equal parts coffee and milk. Take a bike from your ship to explore Rotterdam and the surrounding area. Before dinner, enjoy a cruise through Rotterdam harbor. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ANTWERP (B,L,D)
Day 3 ANTWERP, BELGIUM
Cathedrals, Carats and Crepes ACTIVE - Explore Antwerp by bike with your Adventure Host, OR: CLASSIC - Take a Guided Tour of this sophisticated city to visit the central Grote Markt, lined with 16th-century guildhall houses. You'll also see the beautiful city hall, the Cathedral of Our Lady with its stunning altarpiece paintings by Rubens. Alternatively, you may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the nearby capital, Brussels-considered home to the European Union, and admire its magnificent palaces and cathedrals. You might prefer to take time on your own to indulge in Antwerp's signature Belgian waffles and crepes-or explore this bike-friendly city from its old wharfs to its legendary diamond district. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO GHENT (B,L,D)
Day 4 GHENT
Medieval Masterpieces and Flemish Finery ACTIVE - Explore a different side of Ghent by foot with your Adventure Host, OR: CLASSIC - Explore Ghent-"The Diamond of Flanders"-with a Guided Sightseeing Tour of this showcase of medieval Flemish wealth. You'll visit St. Bavo's Cathedral-with its remarkable Flemish artwork. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion of Bruges to explore its canals, cobbled streets and medieval buildings. You'll see its crisscrossed canals, the 13th-century belfry of Market Square, and charming patrician houses. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MIDDELBURG (B,L,D)
Day 5 MIDDELBURG, HOLLAND
A Spicy History in Middelburg's Dutch Harbor Town Join your Adventure Host for today's special activities. ACTIVE - Explore Vlissingen by bike with your Adventure Host, OR: CLASSIC - Join a Guided Walking Tour through the winding cobblestones and canals of Middelburg. See the 15th-century gothic Town Hall and learn about its important role in the spice trade and Dutch East India trading. Spend some free time biking or walking through Middelburg to sample Babbelaar cookies, fries, or beer before cruising to Veere. VEERE: The Delta Works Stand Strong as a Technical Marvel ACTIVE - Bike your way to the beach from Veere with your Adventure Host, OR: DISCOVERY - Join a Guided Tour of the Delta Works, the largest flood-protection system in the world, and a miracle of modern technology. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WILLEMSTAD (B,L,D)
Day 6 WILLEMSTAD
Willemstad's Windmills and Historic Harbor ACTIVE - See Willemstad by bike with your Adventure Host, OR: CLASSIC - Join a Guided Walking Tour of Willemstad and discover its many beautifully restored buildings from the 17th and 18th Century. DISCOVERY - Later, enjoy a Cheese Tasting on board as you prepare to sail to Amsterdam. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM (B,L,D)
Day 7 AMSTERDAM
Canals of Colorful Amsterdam ACTIVE - Start your day joining your Adventure Host on an early morning walk in Amsterdam, OR: DISCOVERY - Discover Aalsmeer Flower Auction-the largest in the world, where around 20 million flowers are sold every day. Later enjoy a typical Dutch breakfast, OR: CLASSIC - Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam's "Golden Age." This afternoon choose among the many Guided Optional Excursions available. Take some free time to explore Amsterdam's colourful streets and canal houses, galleries, and shops. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM (B,L,D)
Day 8 AMSTERDAM
Holland's Lively Capital Your day in Amsterdam is free to explore at your leisure. You may join a Guided Optional Excursion to beautiful Zaanse Schans, where you'll see a wonderful collection of well-preserved historic windmills and Dutch houses. OVERNIGHT SAILING TO ENKHUIZEN (B,L,D)
Day 9 ENKHUIZEN
Tulips Fields, Flower Farms and the Zuiderzee Enjoy a leisurely morning cruise. ACTIVE - Explore Enkhuizen by bike with your Adventure Host, OR: DISCOVERY - Join a Guided Tour of local tulip fields and Dutch flower farms, OR: CLASSIC - Take a Guided Tour of Zuiderzee Museum to discover cultural traditions and maritime history. Spend the rest of the afternoon walking or biking through Enkhuizen. Later, enjoy onboard live entertainment. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ENKHUIZEN (B,L,D)
Day 10 ENKHUIZEN
Home and Hearth in a Dutch Harbor Town Visit the Adventure centre for today's activities with your Adventure Host. CLASSIC - Take a Guided Walking Tour of Enkhuizen to experience the charm and beauty of this historic harbor village. ENJOY A BRIEF AFTERNOON CRUISE TO FRIESLAND. SNEEK, FRIESLAND: The Heavens, Holsteins, and Horses of Friesland CLASSIC - Take a Guided Excursion to visit the Royal Eise Eisinga Planetarium-the oldest planetarium still working in the world. Watch for the world-famous black-and-white cattle and black Friesian horses. Take time for a stroll before dinner. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN SNEEK (B,L,D)
Day 11 LELYSTAD
Maritime Marvels of 17th-Century Shipbuilding and Horticultural Expo Enjoy a leisurely morning cruise. DISCOVERY - Join your garden expert for a botany lecture on board. ACTIVE - Enjoy a relaxing walk in Lelystad with your Adventure Host, OR: DISCOVERY - Learn all about the Netherlands' shipbuilding and seafaring past on this exciting step into the Golden Age at the Batavia visitor's centre and museum. DISCOVERY - Enjoy an onboard Cheese Tasting with Genever-the national and traditional liquor of the Netherlands. OVERNIGHT SAILING TO ARNHEM (B,L,D)
Day 12 ARNHEM
Spiced Honey Cake, WWII Valor, and Van Gogh DISCOVERY - This morning, attend an Onboard Lecture about Holland and a tasting of the authentic Dutch Deventer Koek Cake while cruising to Arnhem. CLASSIC - Join a Guided Tour of the Airborne Museum of Hartenstein commemorating the 1944 WWII Battle of Arnhem, OR: CLASSIC - Take a Guided Tour of Arnhem's Kroller-Muller Museum with the world's second largest Van Gogh collection. DISCOVERY - Later, enjoy a botany lecture on board with your Garden Expert. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTTERDAM (B,L,D)
Day 13 ROTTERDAM
Blooming Bulbs and Bold Bridge Design Join your Adventure Host for today's special activities. ACTIVE - Experience Rotterdam by foot with your Adventure Host, OR: CLASSIC - Join a full- or half-day Guided Tour of breathtaking Keukenhof-the world's largest flower gardens-with more than seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths as well as other bulbs each year, OR: CLASSIC - Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Rotterdam featuring innovative architecture, including the marvelous Erasmus Bridge. Sample artisan beer, a slice of appeltart (Dutch apple pie), or a koffie verkeerd. Take a bike from your ship to explore Rotterdam. Before dinner, enjoy a cruise through Rotterdam harbor. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board. EVENING CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM (B,L,D)
Day 14 AMSTERDAM
Canals of Colorful Amsterdam DISCOVERY - Discover Aalsmeer Flower Auction-the largest in the world, where around 20 million flowers are sold every day. CLASSIC - Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam's "Golden Age". This afternoon choose among the many Guided Optional Excursions available. Take some free time to explore Amsterdam's colourful streets and canal houses, galleries, and shops. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM (B,L,D)
Day 15 AMSTERDAM
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Departure Date:
2022-03-27
Return Date:
2022-04-10
Single : 13757NZD
Twin : 9212NZD
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Departure Date:
2022-03-18
Return Date:
2022-04-01
Single : 13094NZD
Twin : 8784NZD
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