Cruise from Brussels to Amsterdam for quintessential scenes of windmills, waterways, and rows of blooming color. Embark the ship in Brussels and sail to Ghent where you can visit St. Bavo’s Cathedral with its stunning Flemish artwork. Sail to Bossuit for moving battlefield remembrances. Sail on to Holland for a visit to the former Dutch East India Company trading port. Tour the Delta Works in Veere—a marvel of flood-protection. In Kinderdijk, see 19 windmills built in 1740 for water management, and in Rotterdam the Erasmus Bridge. Take in the tulips and other flowering bulbs in the flower farm regions of Zaandam and Haarlem, and conclude your river cruise through Belgium and Holland with a visit to Amsterdam. T
Explore Ghent then visit St. Bavo’s Cathedral
Tour Boussit's famous Flanders Field Museum in Ypres
Take a guided tour of the historical merchant of Middelburg
Discover the beautiful tulips in Keukenhof gardens
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.
Alternatively, you may choose to join a full-day 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.
Discovery: Visit the In Flanders Field Museum in Ypres to—named for the soldier’s famed poem. Learn about the story of the invasion of Belgium, the first months of the mobilization, the four years trench war in the Westhoek, the end of the war, and the lasting remembrance to follow. After your visit, enjoy lunch at the museum’s café.
Discovery: Follow your visit to the museum with a journey back in time by visiting battlefields, cemeteries, memorials, and private collections.
Discovery: Don’t miss the opportunity to take part in the Last Post Ceremony, taking place every evening under the imposing arches of the Menin Gate. Enjoy some free time for dinner before the Ceremony starts.
Classic: Join a guided walking tour of the historic merchant city of Middelburg—with its 15th-century gothic Town Hall. You’ll learn about the spice trade of this Dutch harbor capital of Zeeland, its prosperity in the Dutch East India Company trading, and origins as a stronghold city. Enjoy its winding cobbled streets and canals that circle Old Town.
Enjoy lunch on board while cruising to Veere.
VEERE Discovery: Join a guided tour of the Delta Works, the largest flood-protection system in the world, and a miracle of modern technology.
Classic: Join a guided tour of Kinderdijk where 19 windmills were built in 1740 as flood prevention and water management. You’ll hear about the windmill’s vital role in the Netherlands’ history and why it became a national symbol of Holland.
Enjoy a cruise through Rotterdam harbor.
Classic: Join a guided sightseeing tour of Rotterdam featuring innovative architecture, including the marvelous Erasmus Bridge.
Arrive in Zaandam this morning with free time to explore this quintessential Dutch town. During tulip season, you may take a guided optional excursion to Keukenhof Gardens. Outside of tulip season, join a guided optional excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses.
Cruise to Haarlem this afternoon while enjoying lunch on board.
HAARLEM Classic: Visit Haarlem, a major flower bulbs growing district outside of Amsterdam. Explore the former North Sea trading port with its medieval features, gabled houses, and leafy courtyards.
Enjoy dinner on board your ship this evening as you sail to Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands.
Classic: Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a guided canal cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age, OR:
Active: See the sights of Amsterdam from a unique perspective by joining a guided jogging Tour of the city—all at an easy pace with stops for commentary.
During tulip season, you may take a guided optional excursion to Keukenhof gardens—with more than seven million tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths, as well as other bulbs, planted each year.
Outside of tulip season, join a guided optional excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses. Alternatively, choose an Optional Biking Tour to discover the countryside.
Initial deposit is $450, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card.
Final payment is due 100 days prior to departure by check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover/Novus, and American Express. All final payments by credit card may be subject to a surcharge and maximum of $20,000 charge
The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.