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Traditional Dutch windmills from the channel Rotterdam. Holland

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Celebrate spring in the Netherlands and Belgium when the Keukenhof Gardens and Floralia come alive. Experience Amsterdam’s colorful canals, the whimsical Kinderdijk windmills and the art of Rubens and Michelangelo. Discover the timeless traditions of Delft porcelain and revel in the medieval architectural treasures of Bruges, Middelburg and Ghent. Throughout your journey indulge in Belgian chocolates, warm waffles and delicious cheeses—all while savoring the storybook atmosphere of the region.
MiddelburgGrote Markt square in Antwerp, BelgiumHolland TulipsChurch and Arch Bridge in Ghent, BelgiumTraditional Dutch windmills from the channel Rotterdam. Holland
Highlights
  • Tour Zaanse Schanns where you’ll see windmills and the village
  • Visit a family-run tulip farm with over one million tulips
  • Explore Bruges, one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe
  • Roam through the Floralia, an annual spring flower show in Antwerp
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  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Arrive In Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Arrive in Amsterdam and check into your hotel.

Day 2: Amsterdam

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

Day 3: Amsterdam | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Check out of your hotel and before transferring to the ship, visit Harrlem, one of the most photogenic cities in the Netherlands with ancient buildings, gabled houses, cobblestone streets and winding waterways. Or head to Zaanse Schanns where you’ll see windmills and the village as well as Zaandam, a city known for its whimsical and brightly-colored architecture, particularly The Stacked House Hotel.

Day 4: Amsterdam | Hoorn

  • 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

  • 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: Ghent, Belgium

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
There are several choices of excursions, depending on your interests. For those who wish to discover two medieval cities, Ghent and Bruges, you’ll wish to go on a highlights tour. Admire Ghent’s canal-side architecture and some of its famous sights, including the Castle of the Counts and Ghent Cathedral, and then visit Bruges, one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe. Alternatively, you may go on a full-day excursion to Bruges, which includes a visit to the Church of Our Lady, home to the beautiful Carrara marble Madonna and Child sculpture by Michelangelo. Those more inclined to learn about the art of Belgian chocolate making can join a master chocolatier as he shares his insights. And for those who wish to enjoy more free time, join a walking tour of Ghent, followed by leisure time. 

Day 7: Antwerp

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore this trendy city on a walking tour where you’ll 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. Foodies will want to go on a culinary tour to indulge in chocolate, waffles and beer. Flower lovers and gardeners can 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 8: Rotterdam, The Netherlands | Kinderdijk

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During the morning, you can go on a walking tour of Rotterdam, nicknamed the "Gateway to Europe,” followed by a visit to the charming city of Gouda, known for its delicious cheese. Alternatively, go on an excursion to Delft, known as the home of the painter Johannes Vermeer, Delft Blue earthenware and the Royal House. While here, you’ll visit the Royal Delft Porcelain Factory and Museum. Prefer a more active adventure, then go on a bike ride through Rotterdam and past some of its famous landmarks and architecture. 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

  • 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’ll see beautiful homes lining the water, the fabled Skinny Bridge and the Anne Frank House. 

Day 10: Disembark | Depart Amsterdam

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

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350 square feet. 4 cabins on Violin Deck with French balcony and outside balcony.

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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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