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Tulip Time Cruise

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Discover the beauty and history of the Dutch and Belgian waterways in the spring. Admire the spectacular tulip carpets in Keukenhof Gardens. Visit the lush green countryside of Kinderdijk, home to the country’s greatest concentration of windmills, and experience Amsterdam’s distinctive architecture and vibrant nightlife. A wonderful opportunity to admire the great medieval cities of Antwerp and Ghent and to delve into the cultural traditions of the friendly Dutch and Flemish people awaits you.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Amsterdam, Netherlands | Embark
Day 2 : Amsterdam | Hoorn, Netherlands
Day 3 : Arnhem | Nijmegen, Netherlands OR Middelburg, Netherlands
Day 4 : Antwerp, Belgium
Day 5 : Ghent, Belgium
Day 6 : Rotterdam | Kinderdijk | Schoonhoven, Netherlands
Day 7 : Amsterdam | Keukenhof, Netherlands
Day 8 : Amsterdam, Netherlands | Disembark

Highlights

  • Explore the vibrant city of Amsterdam on a guided tour
  • Admire the medieval cities of Antwerp and Ghent
  • Discover the renowned windmills in Kinderdijk dating from the 18th century
  • Wander through the flowering tulips in the world famous Keukenhof Gardens

Ship

MS Amaprima

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

An endless tulip field Bicycles in on a bridge over a canal Take a tour to see the beautiful fields of tulips View along the river Bicyclist riding through the fields in Holland

Day 1 Arrive Amsterdam, Netherlands | Embark

Welcome to Amsterdam, a modern city with a rich and fascinating 700-year-old history. Explore its unique and elegant architecture, lively cafés and markets, and vibrant nightlife. This evening, meet your fellow travelers on board at the Welcome Dinner.

Day 2 Amsterdam | Hoorn, Netherlands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast enjoy a panoramic city tour of Amsterdam that includes a windmill and other iconic landmarks like the Royal Palace and historic Begijnhof. Return to the ship for lunch while you cruise the Ijsselmeer towards Hoorn, where you have a choice of either visiting a tulip farm and driving through fields of bulbs, or seeing “De Halve Maen,” a Dutch East India Company replica ship, followed by a walking tour of this town. 

2018 Cruise Schedule: 
This morning the ship cruises the Ijsselmeer River to Hoorn, where you have a choice of three activities. The first is a visit to a family-run tulip farm, where you can learn about growing these flowers, tour greenhouses and discover over one million tulips in different colors, species and phases of growth. The second option is a walking tour of Hoorn and a visit to De Halve Maen, a replica of the Dutch East India Company’s most famous ship and then stroll through this town’s beautiful harbor. Those that are more active may choose to join a guided bike tour through West-Friesland, where windmills, tulip fields and fruit orchards abound.

Day 3 Arnhem | Nijmegen, Netherlands OR Middelburg, Netherlands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in beautiful Arnhem early this morning and choose from three tours today. Your first option is to see the monument commemorating the battle made famous by the classic film “A Bridge Too Far.” Also visit the Airborne Museum and learn more about Operation Market Garden, one of the major campaigns of World War II. Alternatively, you can visit the Kröller Müller Museum, which houses the second largest Van Gogh collection in the world, or join a guided bike ride through Arnhem. After your tour, return to the ship for lunch and cruise to Nijmegen for some free time. Enjoy scenic cruising this evening as you sail through the Netherlands en route to Belgium. 

2018 Cruise Schedule: 
After cruising the Delta today, you can explore Middelburg, which boasts more than 1,000 city monuments, on a walking tour. Alternatively, you may explore the Delta Works storm surge barrier, which showcases steel doors that are 147 feet wide, an impressive series of dams and Dutch hydraulic engineering. Your last option is a guided bike tour through this historic city.

Day 4 Antwerp, Belgium

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, you have your choice of one of two different excursions. Your first option is a walking tour of Antwerp on which you can see Antwerp Castle, Grote Market, Brabo Fountain, and the city’s superb architecture. Your second option is a visit to Rubens House, the former home of the famous Flemish Baroque painter. This afternoon, choose between a Belgian chocolates and waffles tasting or a guided bike ride. After dinner, your ship departs for Ghent. 

2018 Cruise Schedule: 
This morning, choose between one of three different excursions. Your first option is a walking tour of Antwerp on which you can see Antwerp Castle, Grote Market, Brabo Fountain and the city’s superb architecture. Your other options are a visit to Rubens House, the former home of the famous Flemish Baroque painter, or guided bike tour. This afternoon, choose between a Belgian chocolates and waffles tasting or a visit to Floralia, an annual spring flower show that spans over 34 acres and features approximately one million bulbs that are hand-planted each year by the castle staff.

Day 5 Ghent, Belgium

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, you can either choose a full day excursion to Bruges, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or stay to explore Ghent. Bruges features many marvelous things to see, including Grote Market and the city’s historic center. Those that prefer Ghent have a choice between a walking tour and chocolate tasting, with highlights like Belfry Hall, the Koornlei, the Graslei and the Castle of the Counts, or a guided bike ride. 

Day 6 Rotterdam | Kinderdijk | Schoonhoven, Netherlands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning there are three ways you can discover Rotterdam. The first takes you to see The Hague and then visit Delft, known for its canals, historic town center, and being the manufacturing base for Delftware, hand-painted blue pottery. Alternatively, you may explore the Delta Works, which showcase an impressive series of dams and Dutch hydraulic engineering, or join a guided bike tour. In the afternoon, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kinderdijk, a lovely village renowned for having the country’s greatest concentration of windmills, all dating from the 18th century. Tonight the ship cruises to Schoonhoven, where you have free time as the ship moors overnight. 

Day 7 Amsterdam | Keukenhof, Netherlands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Amsterdam today. Admire the spectacular display of millions of flowering tulips during your morning excursion to the world famous 70-acre Keukenhof Gardens. In the afternoon 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. You can opt instead for an excursion to delightful Zaanse Schans, a small historic village just outside of Amsterdam, or stay in Amsterdam for a walking tour of the upscale Jordaan district. The ship moors overnight in Amsterdam. 

Day 8 Amsterdam, Netherlands | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark the ship after breakfast and prepare for your homeward flight.

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Notes

Single supplement is 50%, except for Suites which are 100%.

2017 Included Features:
- 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom - most staterooms offer French Balconies or revolutionary Twin Balconies
- Life-enriching tours and excursions daily with personal headset included
- "Limited Edition Tours"
- Entertainment on demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed Internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library, and English language TV stations
- Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
- Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding in all staterooms
- Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise
- Multiple dining venues
- Unlimited 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)
- Transfers between hotel and ship are included with the purchase of cruise and land package; airport transfers are included with the purchase of airfare from the expedition company
- All local taxes

2018 Included Features:
- 2 nights hotel in Amsterdam at the Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
- 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in riverview stateroom or suite – most staterooms offer twin balconies or French balconies
- Fine dining, including unlimited complimentary hand-selected wines, beer and soft drinks withlunch and dinner on board
- Sip & Sail” Daily Cocktail Hour withcomplimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
- Cocktail Reception and Captain’s Gala Dinner
- Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
- Guided shore excursions in every port including Limited Edition Tours
- Live entertainment, cooking demonstration and more
- Complimentary bicycles
- Services of a professionally trained Cruise Manager throughout your cruise and land stay
- An all English-speaking staff on board
- Transfers between hotel and ship are included with the purchase of cruise and land package; airporttransfers are included with the purchase of airfare from the expedition company

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  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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