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Essential Holland: Tulips in Spring - 2018

Amsterdam • Enkhuizen • Arnhem • Kinderdijk • Rotterdam • Middelburg • Zelzaate • Antwerpen

  • Keukenhof Gardens
  • Amsterdam Canal Cruise
  • Rijksmuseum
  • Dutch countryside

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NEW CULINARY & COCKTAIL FEATURES: INCLUDING DEMONSTRATIONS & TASTINGS!
NEW FOR 2018: All port charges included: A value of $219 per person + gratuities for local guides & drivers now included!
FREE Single Supplement on our single occupancy cabins - Limited Availability!
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Your Vantage Team

Experts to serve you, ship to shore


During your cruise, you’ll be well taken of. Your Cruise Director will provide briefings about upcoming ports, coordinate social and cultural activities on board ship, and generally make sure that your experience is the best it can be. Your onboard Concierge can provide expert advice and assist with special requests, be it on-shore restaurant reservations to spa appointments to event tickets and more. And to guide your included shore excursions, we’ve selected the best Regional Experts. If your program includes a land stay (or if you have chosen an optional extension), you will also enjoy the services of a City Host at your hotel, who can help you plan your exploration.


Cruise Directors make your trip “smooth sailing”

Your Vantage river cruise will be led by a seasoned Cruise Director whose job is to see to your comfort and satisfaction. Think of him or her as your onboard “host,” the person to turn to with questions about your itinerary, updates on the day’s activities, reservations for optional tours, and so much more.


Meet Erna Hoek

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Erna’s love affair with travel began with a six-month backpacking trip in the U.S., which led to a career as a multilingual tour guide and adventures in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. These days she is back home in her native Netherlands, introducing Vantage travelers not only to canals and windmills but to the Dutch view of themselves and the world. “I know both American society as well as European society very well,” Erna says, “I can draw many comparisons between the two. And although our ways of life may seem the same, there are huge and very interesting differences to learn about.”

“Erna was very articulate, knowledgeable and pleasant. She was accessible plus ready to answer all questions, and provided a great cultural experience because she has lived in the U.S. and the Netherlands.”


MEET THE CAPTAINS

Gábor György Czakó (River Splendor)

Having worked on ships since 1986, River Splendor Captain Gabor Gyorgy Czako aims to make his cruises safe, smooth, and comfortable for all his passengers. “We’re at our best when the boat travels so smoothly the travelers can’t tell if we’re sailing or we’re docked,” he says. A native of Hungary, Gabor, a married father of three, received his captain’s license in 1999, and loves viewing the scenic natural beauty of the region all along the river route. When he’s not at the helm of the River Splendor, Gabor relaxes with his family or participates in paragliding, running and skiing activities.

Siegbert Schröder (River Voyager)

The son of a cargo ship captain, River Voyager Captain Siegbert Schroder has spent most of his life around boats. Starting out as a ship’s boy in 1982, he eventually learned how to maneuver and handle vessels on his own, becoming a cargo ship captain himself in 1988. He notes that every day brings new challenges on the water, but considers a voyage successful as long as the passengers are enjoying themselves and the water levels are satisfactory. When he spends some rare time on land, Siegbert enjoys soccer and motorbiking.


CULINARY TEAM


Chef Stefan Vasile Florin

If you ask Stefan Vasile Florin to sum up his love of cooking, one theme runs through his every word: passion. Stefan has been cooking with passion since 1999 when he began his culinary training. He brought his skills in traditional and international styles of cooking to a 5-star hotel in Bucharest, where he expanded his knowledge and refined his craft. “My every intention is to cook with passion and make the guest want to come back for more,” he says. “For that, you need a strong team that works together seamlessly and shares the same commitment.” One experience that tapped into that passion occurred in a Bucharest fine dining establishment specializing in Asian cuisine. Diners were able to choose their own fresh fish from an aquarium and watch as he procured the “locally sourced” food and prepared their meal. It provided a lesson in the importance of fresh ingredients that he carries with him as chef on the River Splendor. “I love having the opportunity to turn fresh quality products into creative, innovative and delicious dishes,” he says.

Regional Experts in Each Port

No one knows a destination better than an insider, so in addition to your River Cruise Director, you’ll enjoy the services of experienced Regional Experts in each port during your included tours. Their deep command of regional history will certainly enrich your viewing of important attractions. But our “insiders” go a step beyond, sharing insights on behind-the-scenes aspects of local culture that ordinary tours usually overlook. How do families in this town get by? What is the legend about this cathedral? What do the decorations on a particular house mean? Your Regional Expert is eager to bring it all alive for you. All are fluent English speakers, and you won’t miss a word of their commentary as we provide complimentary audio headsets.

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Vantage Tauck Viking River Cruises Vantage Advantage
Journey Essential Holland: Tulips in Spring Holland & Belgium in Spring Tulips & Windmills ENHANCED SMARTPAY VALUE Save a FULL 10% on Jan-Apr 2018 departures—hurry, must reserve by 6/15/17!
Cruise-Only Price* $3,099 $3,290 $2,799 Greatest value compared to our competitors! Save up to $1182 per couple!
Trip Length 10 days 8 days 10 days The most convenient trip length and comprehensive features
Per diem $309 per day $411 $279 Save up to $142 per person per day!
Cabin Upgrades $100 increments for Categories A-C $170-$800 increments $50-$200 increments Lowest cabin upgrades in the market!
Included Tours and Special Features 10 Included Tours - a value of up to $1,160 per couple - plus 3 UNESCO sites 3 Informative lectures and presentations on board; Chocolate-making demonstration; apertifs in Enkhuizen; Complimentary bicycles; and Pub Crawl. 9 Included Tours, plus 4 UNESCO sites: Onboard Local Entertainment;  One Lecture Complimentary use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks. 8 Included Tours 2 Lectures: Wooden shoe carving demonstration; Folkloric performances. The Most Included Tours!
Meals 26 meals 20 meals 26 meals Competitive meal inclusions, plus grand Captain's Dinner, Captain's Welcome & Farewell receptions
Single Travelers The most number of single cabins in the deluxe travel industry, with last-minute single offers based upon availability. A limited number of singles are available for an additional supplement.  100% Single Supplement The most single-friendly prices and best selection of single occupancy cabins
Extend Your Trip 3-days Amsterdam, The Netherlands, $549 $183 per day 3-days Brussels, $499 $166 per day No extension choices Amsterdam 3 days from $549 per person, $183 a day Paris 4 days from $749 per person, $187 a day The best choices at the best price
10 Ways to Save New for 2018! Tips for local guides & drivers now included, plus ALL port charges—a value of up to $219 person! Referral Rewards - $200 per traveler referred after 2 referrals. Buy direct & save - no travel agents, savings passed on to you. SmartPay - pay in full, 12-months in advance and save 10%. Earn 5% of purchase price towards future trips. None Past travelers rewards – reserve trip within one year — $200 per person; within two years $100 per person. The Best Travel Rewards Program in the Market

*Prices are subject to change & based on comparable March or November departure dates