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Tulip Time Cruise

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard MS Amabella
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Discover the beauty and history of the Dutch and Belgian waterways in springtime, when spectacular carpets of colorful tulips are in full bloom on this European river cruise. Stroll through the lush green countryside of Kinderdijk, home to the country's greatest concentration of windmills, taste delicious local cheeses, and learn about the traditions of the friendly Dutch and Flemish people. In Belgium, admire the great medieval cities of Antwerp and Ghent. Don't miss Europe in the spring on this small ship river cruise.
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Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed

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Day 1: Embark in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Welcome to Amsterdam, a modern city with a rich and fascinating history. Explore the 700-year-old European capital with its elegant and classic architecture, cafes, lively marketplaces and exciting nightlife. This evening meet your fellow passengers on board for the Welcome Reception and Dinner. (D)

Day 2: Amsterdam / Volendam / Edam, Netherlands

After breakfast, enjoy a comprehensive and scenic morning cruise through the historic harbor and canals of Amsterdam. See the beautiful homes that line the water, the fabled Skinny Bridge, and the famous Anne Frank House. Later, enjoy a panoramic city tour that includes the Rembrandt Windmill and other great landmarks of Amsterdam. Return to the ship for a scenic lunch while you cruise the Ijsselmeer towards Volendam. Enjoy a late afternoon tour of Volendam Harbor to see the fish auction building, Old Quarter and famous churches. Continue by motor coach to the village of Edam, a picturesque town with a rich historic past. While here, be sure to sample some of its famous cheese. Take a walking tour through the Old Quarter's beautiful houses, canals, bridges, and churches. (B,L,D)

Day 3: Arnhem / Nijmegen, Netherlands

Arrive in beautiful Arnhem early this morning and see the site of the Battle of Arnhem Bridge featured in the classic film 'A Bridge Too Far' during Operation Market Garden in World War II. Then visit the Airborne Museum, which shows the course of events during the Battle of Arnhem. Alternatively, enjoy a tour of the most stunning royal residence in Holland, Het Loo Palace, with lavishly furnished rooms and meticulously sculpted gardens. After your tour, return to the ship for lunch and cruise to Nijmegen for a city tour. Enjoy scenic cruising this evening as you sail through Holland, and on to Belgium. (B,L,D)

Day 4: Antwerp, Belgium

This morning, enjoy a walking tour of Antwerp. See the Antwerp Castle, Grote Market, Brabo Fountain and city's superb architecture. Alternatively, visit the Rubens House, former home and studio of famous 17th-century Flemish Baroque Painter, Peter Paul Rubens. Afterwards, visit the Antwerp Cathedral which features two of Rubens' most important works, "The Elevation of the Cross" and "The Descent from the Cross." The afternoon is free to explore Antwerp on your own or take an optional excursion to nearby Brussels, the capital of Belgium and site of NATO headquarters. After dinner, your ship departs for Ghent. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Ghent, Belgium

After breakfast take a guided sightseeing tour of Ghent, the fourth largest city of Belgium. Your walking tour includes the Belfry Hall and picturesque highlights such as the Koornlei, the Graslei, and the Castle of the Counts. Cruise to Terneuzen this afternoon or take an optional excursion to Bruges, one of Europe’s most perfectly preserved medieval cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Early this evening, cruise through the Dutch region of Zeeland, home to one of the world’s most complex engineering projects, the Delta Works, which took more than 30 years to complete. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Willemstad / Kinderdijk, Netherlands

This morning, stop in charming 400-year old Willemstad for a walking tour and private organ recital at the oldest Protestant church in Holland. In the afternoon, visit Kinderdijk, a lovely region renowned for having the greatest concentration of windmills in the entire country and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight, enjoy a special onboard musical performance as the ship cruises to Schoonhoven, where the ship moors overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Amsterdam / Keukenhof, Netherlands

Arrive in Amsterdam today. Admire the spectacular display of millions of flowering tulips during your morning excursion to the famous 70-acre Keukenhof Gardens. Return to Amsterdam and spend the rest of the day at your leisure. The ship moors overnight in Amsterdam. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Disembark Amsterdam / Return Home

Disembark after breakfast for your transfer to the airport. (B)


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Please note: Cruise fare does not include port charges.

Included Features:
- 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom offer balconies
- Life enriching tours and excursions daily with personal headset included
- Daily sightseeing program as outlined in the itinerary
- State-of-the-art Infotainment System in all staterooms with high-speed Internet access, hit movies, music Library and English language TV stations
- Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush Bedding in all staterooms
- Superb dining with all meals included during your cruise
- Multiple dining venues
- Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe's great wine regions, beer and soft drinks with every dinner on board the ship
- Bottled water in every stateroom, replenished daily
- Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain's Gala Dinner
- Special highlights including lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and afternoon & evening piano music
- Use of bicycles to explore on your own
- Services of professional Cruise Manager
- All English Language on board in a non-smoking Environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
- All local Taxes



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