Enjoy spring as the countryside awakens from a long winter‘s slumber. Cruise along the waterways of Holland & Belgium, past lazily spinning windmills, blossoming foliage and sleepy towns. Along the intricate net of extensive waterways, explore the capital city of Amsterdam, ‘the Venice of the North‘, the quaint villages and Renaissance cities of Ghent, Antwerp and Bruges medieval churches. View Dutch and Flemish masterpieces and taste Dutch cheeses and world-famous Belgian chocolates. Take the opportunity to visit the Keukenhof gardens with its 79 acres of breathtaking beauty, only open in the spring. A riot of flowers exploding in color and scent as well as centuries of history and culture make the Tulip Serenade a wonderful treat.
Your Dutch adventure begins in Amsterdam, where you will embark in the afternoon. After a Welcome Cocktail and a celebratory Welcome Dinner, you will get to enjoy a performance on board by a traditional shanty choir, setting the mood for the days to come.
In the morning, you will arrive in Arnhem, one of Europe’s most unique cities. Voted "greenest city in Europe", Arnhem rebuilt itself after the famed 1944 battle immortalized in the film "A Bridge Too Far", and is now a thriving fashion town with fine museums and beautiful parks. In the morning, you can choose to join the city tour of Arnhem. On this excursion, you will get to appreciate its beautiful sights and delve deeper into the history and atrocities of World War II at the War Museum.
For your afternoon entertainment, choose between a trip to the Open Air Museum and the Kröller-Müller Museum. The Open Air Museum offers visitors a look at charming Dutch buildings, industries and crafts of bygone times, while the Kröller-Müller Museum houses the second-largest collection of Van Gogh paintings in the world. Relax on board in the evening, enjoying a delicious dinner as your vessel cruises onwards to the next destination.
Just before lunchtime, your cruise ship will dock in Middelburg. As one of the centers where the Dutch East India Company flourished in the seventeenth century, this lovely city features historic merchant houses and storefronts lining its canals.
For your afternoon excursion, you can visit the Netherland’s “modern wonder of the world,” the Delta Works, which protect the southwest of the Netherlands from the sea. This excursion also includes a visit to the historic village of Veere. Alternatively, you can take part in a walking tour of Middelburg to see and learn more about its significant history and rich culture.
During the night, your vessel will dock in beautiful Ghent, which you can explore in the morning. Thanks to its importance as a medieval city-state in the late middle ages, Ghent boasts a wealth of well-preserved medieval architecture. Your city tour will include a visit to the Gravensteen, or “Castle of the Counts”, which was the residence of the Counts of Flanders until 1353.
In the afternoon, you can join the Bruges excursion. Bruges, the capital of the province of West Flanders, is home to one of the most charming city centers in Belgium and is also known as the “Venice of the North” thanks to its many canals. If you prefer to remain in Ghent, you can sample some local delicacies as part of an afternoon beer and chocolate tasting.
Antwerp, the second-largest city in Belgium, welcomes you today. After breakfast, you can join the excursion to the politically and culturally significant city of Brussels, which is situated nearby. Amongst other things, you will visit the iconic Atomium, which was created for the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair and, thanks to its popularity, was not torn down as originally planned. You will also pay a visit to the Cinquantenaire Park with its triumphal arch, built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Belgium’s independence.
In the afternoon, explore Antwerp in a comfortable coach. Famous for its diamond trade, the city also boasts many cultural highlights such as the Cathedral of Our Lady with paintings by the famous Baroque artist Peter Paul Rubens. In the evening, enjoy dinner with your fellow guests, while your vessel returns to the Netherlands.
In the morning, pay a visit to Kinderdijk, which houses the most unique windmill complex in the world. Built to drain water from the soil, these windmills are now protected by UNESCO and are one of the Netherlands’ most popular tourist destinations. At midday, your ship will arrive in Rotterdam, the second largest city in the Netherlands.
After lunch, you can marvel at the Rotterdam port, Europe’s largest seaport, during a harbor cruise, and discover local delicacies in a visit to the iconic Market Hall thereafter. Alternatively, you can explore the world-famous Keukenhof gardens or take a tour to the lovely canal town of Delft, renowned for its Delft Blue ceramics which have been manufactured and hand painted there since the seventeenth century. This evening, the festive Captain’s Gala Dinner will provide a fitting finish to the day.
Amsterdam welcomes you back today and you have a wealth of excursion options to choose from! In the morning, cruise through the lovely, verdant canals of Amsterdam while learning more about the city’s history and significance. You will also pay a visit to the flower market.
After lunch, you can visit Waterland in North Holland, where you will stop in the charming fishing village of Volendam and the equally picturesque town of Edam. Renowned for its cheeses, this is the perfect spot for a cheese tasting (included in the excursion). Alternatively, you can visit Haarlem in the afternoon, where you will learn more about its art, history and the Dutch lifestyle. If you’d like to see the amazing Floriade flower and horticultural exhibition, which is held in the Netherlands every 10 years, you can, instead, join the full-day excursion for a visit to this unmissable event.
Enjoy one more leisurely breakfast on board before disembarking. The Amadeus team wishes you a safe journey home and looks forward to seeing you again in future.
Cruise your way and choose from a carefully curated selection of immersive and inspiring excursions and adventures! Select one of our packages offered at a discounted rate when purchased in advance or book individual shore excursions at regular rates on board your cruise.
Enjoy the flexibility to choose any shore excursion of the ones listed below for a discounted rate when purchased in advance.
When booking our new ALL-IN excursion package prior to departure we offer you maximum flexibility at a great value. Create your personalized shore excursion program by choosing your favorite tours from our list of exciting options in each port.
Enjoy a package of 6 pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance:
Additional shore excursions can be purchased onboard at the below rate.
|Cruise Amsterdam - Amsterdam||Unit Price|
|Arnhem and World War II History||$ 71.00|
|Arnhem and Open-air Museum||$ 71.00|
|OR Visit to the Kröller-Müller-Museum||$ 81.00|
|Delta Works experience and Veere walking tour||$ 107.00|
|OR Middelburg walking tour||$ 24.00|
|Ghent with medieval Fortress Gravensteen||$ 57.00|
|Bruges - Venice of the North||$ 50.00|
|OR Belgium Beer and chocolate tasting||$ 58.00|
|Brussels with Atomium and Cinquantenaire park||$ 50.00|
|Antwerp with visit of the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe Cathedral||$ 50.00|
|Kinderdijk and visit to the windmills||$ 45.00|
|Rotterdam harbor cruise and culinary stroll through the Market hall||$ 69.00|
|OR Visit to the Keukenhof Flower Gardens||$ 90.00|
|OR Delft with visit to the Royal porcelain pottery||$ 49.00|
|Full-day Amsterdam and Floriade Garden show||$ 110.00|
|OR Amsterdam with canal trip and flower market||$ 64.00|
|OR Excursion North Holland with Volendam, Edam and cheese tasting||$ 54.00|
|OR Haarlem - art, history and Dutch lifestyle||$ 43.00|
Prices per person if excursions are purchased on board.