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Join the friendly crew of the MS Amaprima in a unique journey to discover the beauty and history of the Dutch and Belgian waterways in 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 : Amsterdam, Netherlands
Day 2 : Amsterdam, Netherlands
Day 3 : Amsterdam, Netherlands | Embark
Day 4 : Amsterdam | Hoorn, Netherlands
Day 5 : Middelburg, Netherlands
Day 6 : Antwerp, Belgium
Day 7 : Ghent, Belgium
Day 8 : Rotterdam | Kinderdijk | Schoonhoven, Netherlands
Day 9 : Amsterdam, Netherlands
Day 10 : Amsterdam, Netherlands | Disembark

Highlights

  • Enjoy a city tour of Amsterdam and observe the city's renowned landmarks
  • Visit a family-run tulip farm to learn about these flowers growing process
  • Tour Rubens House, the former home of the famous Flemish Baroque painter
  • Explore Kinderdijk, a village renowned for its concentration of windmills

Ship

MS Amaprima

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Traditional Dutch windmills from the channel Rotterdam. Holland Fields of tulips stretch as far as the eye can see Grote Markt square in Antwerp, Belgium A romantic bicycle ride through Europe's historical streets Keukenhof Gardens Middelburg Antwerp Chocolate

Day 1 Amsterdam, Netherlands

Arrive in Amsterdam today, check into your hotel, and enjoy some free time.

Day 2 Amsterdam, Netherlands

A city tour of Amsterdam provides the perfect overview before enjoying leisure time on your own.

Day 3 Amsterdam, Netherlands | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Check out of your hotel and before transferring to the ship, visit Zaanse Schans windmills and village. Later tonight enjoy a welcome aboard dinner. 

Day 4 Amsterdam | Hoorn, Netherlands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a scenic cruise through the Ijsselmeer to Hoorn, where you have a choice of three excursions. Visit a family-run tulip farm with over one million tulips, each in different phases of growth and in many species and colors. For those seeking to travel back in time, you can tour De Halve Maen, a replica of the Dutch East India Company’s most famous ship and then stroll through Hoorn’s beautiful old harbor. And for more active adventurers, go for a guided bike ride through the Dutch countryside.

Day 5 Middelburg, Netherlands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After enjoying a scenic cruise through the Delta, you can explore medieval Middelburg, which was the second largest trading city of the Dutch East India Company. Or, if you feel like exploring the city on two wheels, a guided bike ride is the perfect choice. Alternatively, you may venture off to the Delta Works storm surge barrier, an impressive series of dams and Dutch hydraulic engineering. More than half of the Netherlands lies below sea level and the Delta Works were built to prevent a recurrence of the 1953 flood disaster. 

Day 6 Antwerp, Belgium

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore this trendy city on a walking tour where you can see Antwerp’s Steen Castle, Grote Market and Brabo Fountain, along with the UNESCO-designated Cathedral of Our Lady. For a more active exploration of the area, join a guided bike tour. Or you can visit the Rubens House, the former home of the famous 17th-century Flemish Baroque painter. Later in the afternoon, you have a choice of two excursions. Go on a culinary tour to indulge in chocolate, waffles and beer, or roam through the Floralia, an annual spring flower show featuring approximately one million bulbs that are hand-planted each year by the castle staff.

Day 7 Ghent, Belgium

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Discover medieval Ghent on a walking tour. Admire the canal-side architecture and some of its famous sights, including the Castle of the Counts and Ghent Cathedral. Those more inclined to learn about the art of Belgian chocolate making can join a master chocolatier as he shares his insights. Alternatively, you may also visit one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe, Bruges, on a full-day excursion that includes a visit to the Church of Our Lady, home to the beautiful Carrara marble Madonna and Child sculpture by Michelangelo. And for those who wish to see both Ghent and Bruges, join a highlights tour showcasing them both.

Day 8 Rotterdam | Kinderdijk | Schoonhoven, Netherlands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During the morning, you can visit The Hague, the capital city of the province of South Holland, before going to the charming city of Gouda, known for its delicious cheese. Alternatively, combine Gouda with a visit to the Royal Delft Porcelain Factory and Museum, known for being the manufacturing base for hand-painted blue pottery known as Delftware. Or enjoy a guided bike tour through scenic Rotterdam, nicknamed the "Gateway to Europe." In the afternoon, venture to 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.

Day 9 Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
One of the most impressive public gardens in the world, Keukenhof, presents a spectacular display of millions of flowering tulips spread out over 70 acres. Spend time ambling through this legendary garden, open only nine weeks a year and sometimes referred to as the "Garden of Europe." Later in the day, admire Amsterdam’s historic harbor and canals, where you can see beautiful homes lining the water, the fabled Skinny Bridge and the Anne Frank House.

Day 10 Amsterdam, Netherlands | Disembark

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

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Included Features:
- 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with twin balconies)
- Computer for internet access
- Entertainment-On-Demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, movies, a music library and English language TV stations
- Mini-fridge, desk and sitting area
- Bottled water replenished daily
- Wellness Program with a dedicated Wellness Host leading various exercise classes as well as discussions on healthy eating and relaxation techniques, both on board and on shore.
- Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
- Internet and Wi-Fi access
- Sun deck pool with swim-up bar and walking track
- Fitness room, massage services and hair salon
- Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
- Daily entertainment including cultural performances
- All onboard dining in a variety of venues
- Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
- The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant
- Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner
- La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
- Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
- Sip & Sail Daily Cocktail Hour withcomplimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
- Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
- Immersive tours in every destination
- Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
- Bike tours and hikes
- Special Interest Tours
- Knowledgeable guides
- Personal headset for easy exploration
- Airport transfers with purchase of air from the expedition company
- Land Program
- 2 nights hotel in Amsterdam at the Amstel InterContinental Hotel (or similar), including city tour, Zaanse Schans visit and daily breakfast
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