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Tulips & Windmills

Amsterdam-Antwerp - Example 10 Day Cruise aboard River Duchess
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From the canals of Amsterdam to the belfry of Bruges, you’ll discover the best of the Netherlands and Belgium on this 10-day river cruise aboard River Duchess. Stroll through colorful acres of tulips at Keukenhof Gardens to get a sense of the Netherlands’ extraordinary connection to these blooms. Then visit the 19 UNESCO-designated windmills of Kinderdijk to better understand how these mighty structures have been used to protect the Low Country from ever-rising water levels for hundreds of years. Enjoy an exclusive “Morning with the Masters” visit to the Hermitage Amsterdam, the museum that is home of the sensational “Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age” exhibition. See everything from tulips to windmills on this journey during the season of rebirth.

Select departures run in reverse (Antwerp to Amsterdam)
Take a tour to see the beautiful fields of tulipsHistorical Delfshaven in RotterdamChurch and Arch Bridge in Ghent, BelgiumGrote Markt square in Antwerp, BelgiumView along the riverBrilliant tulips growing near Amsterdam
Highlights
  • Take in the dazzling skyline of Rotterdam
  • Savor Dutch delights and Belgian treats
  • Marvel at 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Visit Keukenhof, the most spectacular flower garden in the world
  • Discover an abundance of Haarlem’s art, history and Dutch lifestyle
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Amsterdam | Embark

Arrive at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Be greeted by a cruise representative and transferred to the ship.

Day 2: Amsterdam

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Netherlands’ largest city, Amsterdam has been an international port and financial center for 400 years. Your day begins with a morning tour of the Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age at the Hermitage Amsterdam Museum. Later, see the sites by canal boat or stroll through the city’s history by walking in the footsteps of Rembrandt.

Enjoy a special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner prepared for you this evening.

Day 3: Haarlem

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend all day or half a day among millions of brilliantly colored flowers in Keukenhof, then mix it up a bit with a visit to and exploration of Haarlem’s art, history and Dutch lifestyle.

Day 4: Enkhuizen | Hoorn

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend some time exploring the picture-perfect town of Enkhuizen and leave the modern world far behind as you visit a recreated 19th-century Dutch village. Later, you’ll discover the town of Hoorn’s seafaring past, where the swashbuckling derring-do of Dutch explorers will come to life on a guided walking tour of this historic locale.

Day 5: Nijmegen

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
For your choice of excursions today, visit the Kröller-Müller Museum, which is home to 97 works by native son Vincent van Gogh as well as other notable artists and sculptors. Or opt for a “Let’s Go” biking tour.

Day 6: Rotterdam (Kinderdijk) | Dordrecht

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Rotterdam is thoroughly modern—you’ll soon understand why it’s sometimes called “Manhattan on the Meuse”: The Maas Tower, the Montevideo, the Millennium Tower and the spectacular Erasmus Bridge make for a dazzling skyline. Begin your day by exploring this modern city on a Dutch culinary stroll, with a stop at the architectural milestone, Market Hall. Erected in 2014, it’s known for its futuristic look and unique culinary offerings. Later, head to Kinderdijk to discover why windmills are such an iconic symbol of Holland; marvel at their engineering and learn about their role in changing the course of Dutch history.

Day 7: Veere

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your ship docks today in the quaint Zeeland village of Veere, which will be your base for explorations of this charming town and the mighty Delta Works, the largest flood protection system in the world.

Day 8: Ghent (Bruges)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your first day in Belgium offers you the chance to visit one of two national gems: beautiful Bruges, the capital of West Flanders and one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe, or fascinating Ghent, the capital city of East Flanders, whose long history does not weigh on its vibrant present. Belgium’s second largest city, Ghent abounds in medieval architecture, but there’s nothing museum-like about the city. It’s lively and brims with cutting-edge boutiques and galleries.

Day 9: Antwerp

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
It may be the diamond capital of the world, but Antwerp is also known for a number of other sought-after cultural gems, including Golden Age art and Belgian beer, waffles and fries. Visit Antwerp’s striking Cathedral of Our Lady, with its UNESCO-designated belfry and its historic surroundings, or, if you’re feeling adventurous, hop on the metro and experience the city like a local.

Enjoy a special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner prepared for you this evening.

Day 10: Antwerp | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After disembarking, transfer to Brussels International Airport for your flight home.

Ship/Hotel

River Duchess

Blue Danube Lounge
Palace Restaurant
River Duchess Lobby

Dates & Prices

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$4,199
Classic Cabin
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Classic
Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq ft/14 sq m) located on the Moselle Deck. Handcrafted Savoir Beds of England, built-in closet, safe, hair dryer, individual thermostat, flat TV screen and bottled water. Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, bathrobes, towels and slippers.
Deluxe Cabin
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Deluxe
Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq ft /14 sq m) located on the Danube and Main Deck. Handcrafted Savoir Beds of England, built-in closet, safe, hair dryer, individual thermostat, flat TV screen and bottled water. Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, bathrobes, towels and slippers.
French Balcony Cabin
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French Balcony
Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom located on the Rhine Deck (151 sq ft /14 sq m) with a French balcony. Handcrafted Savoir Beds of England, built-in closet, safe, hair dryer, individual thermostat, flat TV screen and bottled water. Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, towels, bathrobes, heated mirrors and slippers.
Suite Cabin
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Suite
Lavishly appointed riverview suite located on the Rhine Deck (214 sq ft /20 sq m) with a French balcony. Handcrafted Savoir Beds of England, built-in closet, safe, hair dryer, individual thermostat, flat TV screen and bottled water. Marble bathroom equipped with Hermes bath and body products, bathrobes, towels and slippers.

Notes

Included in Cruise Fare:
  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water
  • 8 days of excursions, including "Choice Is Yours" options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided “Do as the Locals Do” and “Let's Go” programs
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • 2 countries: Belgium, the Netherlands
  • 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Services of an experienced Cruise Manager
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days
  • Gratuities for onboard personnel (ship staff, crew, Cruise/Tour Manager) are included during the cruise/tour
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture
Excluded from Cruise Fare:
  • Prices exclude additional port charges of $250 per person
  • Airfare, international or local
  • Passport or Visa fees
  • Travel protection plan
  • Extensions or land tours 
  • Losses or costs incurred as a result of medical services obtained while on tour
  • Any additional personal expenses
Note: The itineraries presented are subject to modification due to water levels, closures because of public holidays or other uncontrollable factors. Every effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but changes may still be necessary throughout the cruise. This day-to-day schedule is subject to change. Your final day-to-day schedule will be provided on board on the first day of your cruise.
 

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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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