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Tulips & Windmills

Amsterdam - Antwerp - Example 10 Day Cruise aboard River Empress
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Set sail on a 10-day cruise aboard the River Empress along the Tulips & Windmills route in the Netherlands and Belgium. Your adventure starts in Amsterdam, the Netherlands’ largest city. Explore the Hermitage Amsterdam Museum's Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age, cruise the canals, or take a stroll following Rembrandt's path. Discover charming Enkhuizen, and step back in time in a recreated 19th-century Dutch village. Explore Hoorn's seafaring history on a guided tour. Rotterdam awaits with its modern skyline and unique culinary experiences, followed by a visit to the iconic Kinderdijk windmills. Explore the quaint village of Veere in Zeeland and the medieval charm of Bruges in Belgium. Finally, discover art, beer, and local culture in Antwerp.

Select departures run in reverse (Antwerp to Amsterdam)
Brilliant tulips growing near AmsterdamHistorical Delfshaven in RotterdamChurch and Arch Bridge in Ghent, BelgiumGrote Markt square in Antwerp, BelgiumView along the riverTake a tour to see the beautiful fields of tulips
Highlights
  • Explore Amsterdam's history via canal boat or Rembrandt's footsteps
  • Indulge in Dutch art and lifestyle in Haarlem and Keukenhof
  • Discover Enkhuizen's picturesque town and a 19th-century Dutch village
  • Marvel at Rotterdam's modern skyline and iconic landmarks
  • Uncover Belgium's gems in Bruges, Ghent, and Antwerp's cultural riches
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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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

The Netherlands’ largest city, Amsterdam has been an international port and financial center for hundreds of 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

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

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

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 walking tour of Nijmegen.

Day 6: Rotterdam (Kinderdijk) | Dordrecht

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

Your ship docks this morning in the quaint Zeeland village of Veere, which will be your base for explorations of this charming town. A harbor village on the shores of the Western Scheldt, Veere may be a small town now, but its stately 15th-century town hall tells of a grander past. For three centuries it was the bustling center of the wool trade with Scotland; the wealth from this trade built the splendid church with its tall and ornate steeple that dominates the village, as well as the handsome mansions on its main street.

Day 8: Ghent (Bruges)

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

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 Empress

River Empress Lobby
River Empress main lounge
Captain's lounge and library

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River Empress Classic Cabin
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Classic
Magnificently appointed riverview stateroom located on the Moselle Deck (151 sq ft - 14 sq m) . Handcrafted Savoir Beds of England, built-in closet, safe, hairdryer, individual thermostat, flat TV screen, and bottled water. Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, backlit magnifying mirror, cozy bathrobes, and slippers.
River Empress Deluxe Cabin
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Deluxe
Sumptuously appointed riverview stateroom located on the Danube and Main Deck (151 sq ft - 14 sq m) . Handcrafted Savoir Beds of England, built-in closet, safe, hairdryer, individual thermostat, flat TV screen, and bottled water. Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, backlit magnifying mirror, cozy bathrobes, and slippers.
River Empress French Balcony Cabin
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French Balcony
Luxuriant 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, hairdryer, individual thermostat, flat TV screen, and bottled water. Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, backlit magnifying mirror, cozy bathrobes, and slippers.
River Empress Suite
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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, hairdryer, individual thermostat, flat TV screen, and bottled water. Marble bathroom with Hermès bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, waffle bathrobes, and slippers. Additional special amenities and services.

Notes

Please Note: Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice.

- All fares are per guest in US Dollars based on double occupancy unless otherwise noted.
- Single Supplement applies for single accommodation. Solo occupancy pricing is dependent on cabin type, contact us for details.
Included
  • 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 9 Dinners
  • 9 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Bilingual English-speaking guide
  • Unlimited Wifi
  • All gratuities, shipboard and shoreside 
  • Bicycles & Hiking Sticks equipment if needed
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks, and mineral water
  • Guided “Do as the Locals Do” and “Let's Go” programs
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Airport Tax
  • Port Fees
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Passport or Visa fees

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