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Cruise on the IJsselmeer, one of Holland's treasures

Example 6 Day Cruise aboard MS Gérard Schmitter
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Cruise on one of the largest lakes in the Netherlands in the heart of authentic towns and villages. Between historical monuments and unmissable traditions, discover the beauty of Holland through its canals, the cheese museum, the mills of the seventeenth century, old fishing ports and the village of Giethoorn. The Keukenhof Gardens, true haven of peace, are considered the most beautiful floral gardens in the world.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Amsterdam | Embark
Day 2 : Amsterdam
Day 3 : Lemmer | Enkhuizen
Day 4 : Hoorn | Amsterdam
Day 5 : Amsterdam
Day 6 : Amsterdam | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit Zaanse Schans, an open air museum with wooden windmills and houses
  • Arrive in Lemmer and visit the D.F. Wouda Steam Pumping Station
  • Explore Enkhuizen, a beloved destination for its traditional Dutch feel
  • Join a guided visit of Amsterdam, a delightful city with a fascinating past

Ship

MS Gérard Schmitter

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Western Church with water canal view in Amsterdam Bicycles are a part of everyday life in Europe Take a tour to see the beautiful fields of tulips Traditional wooden houses in Durgerdam on IJsselmeer Lake Amsterdam by night

Day 1 Amsterdam | Embark

Board the MS Gérard Schmitter at 6:00 p.m. in Amsterdam. After comfortably settling into your cabin, meet the crew at a welcome cocktail. Enjoy dinner on board, followed by a tour of Amsterdam on a canal boat. The city’s name comes from its origins: it grew around a dam on the Amstel River. Remain in port overnight.

*Passengers will choose either the Classic or Discovery package to participate in for the duration of the voyage.

Day 2 Amsterdam

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today's excursions are:

Classic: Guided tour of Amsterdam and visit to a diamond merchant.

Discovery: Bike tour in Amsterdam. Explore and learn about all the must-see and out-of-the-way sites.

Spend all afternoon sailing towards Lemmer.

Day 3 Lemmer | Enkhuizen

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, a guided tour of Giethoorn, a charming lakeside town, followed by a boat ride on the canals.
Cruise on the IJsselmeer, one of the largest inland freshwater lakes in Holland. Reach Enkhuizen in the afternoon.
Enjoy time at leisure to discover Enkhuizen on your own. The Zuiderzee Museum gives you a glimpse of everyday life in those former fishing harbors 

Day 4 Hoorn | Amsterdam

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning's excursions are:

Classic: Guided tour of Alkmaar and its Cheese Museum.

Discovery: Bike tour on the polders and guided visit of an old windmill from the 17th century which is still in operation.

Spend this afternoon cruising on the Markermeer towards Amsterdam.

Day 5 Amsterdam

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the morning cruising to Amsterdam. Join a tour of the Keukenhof Gardens (open from March 24 to May 16). Each spring, there are more than 7 million bulbs in bloom with a total of 800 varieties of tulips. When the gardens are not open, you can have a tour of Volendam, well known for its Dutch seafood specialties, especially for smoked eel. Then head for Zaanse Schans, an open air museum with wooden windmills, barns, and houses. Enjoy a free evening, or why not discover the famous Red Light District through an optional tour (book and pay on board).

Day 6 Amsterdam | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m.

MS Gérard Schmitter

Per person starting at
$1,775
Cabins aboard the MS Gérard Schmitter
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Main Deck
25 cabins (18 twins, 7 cabins with a double bed) equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.
Cabins aboard the MS Gérard Schmitter
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Middle Deck
21 cabins (16 twins, 4 cabins with a double bed, 1 cabin equipped of disabled with double bed). All cabins are equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.
Cabins aboard the MS Gérard Schmitter
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Upper Deck
41 cabins (39 twins, 2 cabins with a double bed) equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.

Notes

20% discount on children between 2-10 years
30% discount for 3rd person in triple cabin

For the safety of our passengers, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the navigational itinerary.

This offer includes:
- All meals from dinner the first day to breakfast on the final day
- Drinks, including water, wine, beer, fruit juices and coffee served on board at your table and from the bar (excluding  champagne and wines on the wine list)
- Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
- Double-occupancy cabin with shower in private bathroom
- Excursions mentioned in the program
- Onboard entertainment
- Assistance from your onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
- Welcome cocktail
- Gala dinner and evening
- Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
- All port fees
-Excursions for the Classic or Discovery package. Passengers will need to choose one package to participate in for the duration of the voyage.

This offer does not include:
- The Zuiderzee Museum entrance fee
- Drinks on the wine list
- Champagne
- Drinks during excursions or transfers
- Cancellation and baggage insurance
- Personal expenses

Formalities:
Valid passport compulsory. Non-EU nationals are advised to consult their embassy or consulate. Please note: Your passport must be valid for six months beyond the last day of your travels.
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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