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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Discover the enchanting waterways, historical cities, and cultural wonders of the Low Countries on this enthralling European river cruise. From the comfort of your Vantage river cruise ship, you'll experience Dutch culture when you step inside a working windmill at UNESCO World Heritage Site Kinderdijk, connect with local people (including authentic Dutch bulbgrowers and a family in Enkhuizen), explore World War II landmarks in Arnhem‚ and be dazzled by the Dutch Masters paintings on display at world-class museums. Your Netherlands river cruise also encompasses such highlights of Belgium as historic Antwerp and medieval Bruges. 

Traveling solo? Vantage is the only company in the travel industry whose river ships include cabins built specifically for solo travelers, so you can experience these treasured destinations without paying a Single Supplement. Join us as we explore some of Europe's most picturesque waterways and historic wonders (including three UNESCO World Heritage Sites) aboard a Deluxe Vantage river vessel. Don't miss this extraordinary Netherlands river cruise — a Vantage favorite!  

Amsterdam to Antwerp

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DAYS 1-2:

Depart home / Overnight flight to Amsterdam, the Netherlands /  Embark Ship (or depart 3 days earlier for optional Amsterdam extension)

Welcome to Amsterdam. If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, transfers will be included. A Vantage representative will greet you on arrival and arrange your transfer. Embark your European river cruise ship and gather for a Captain's Welcome Reception. Or, depart 3 days earlier for an optional Amsterdam extension.

Included Meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

Amsterdam

Unforgettable Moment: Today you'll embark on a lovely canal cruise along the city’s 17th-century canal ring, which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will then visit the recently renovated Rijksmuseum, home of Amsterdam’s premier art collection, including works by such Dutch masters as Rembrandt and Vermeer. In the afternoon after lunch on board, explore Amsterdam on your own or consider an optional cultural tour through the historic former Jewish district. This evening after dinner on the ship, you can enjoy onboard entertainment or embark on an optional tour through Amsterdam's Red Light district. 

Biking Opportunity: Cycle past the traditional Dutch homes and romantic windmills of Amsterdam’s outskirts during an easy 20-mile route. Click here for details.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Optional Tour: Jewish Cultural Quarter Tour,

Jewish Cultural Quarter Tour

  • Approximate Cost: $69 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours
  • Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • When: Afternoon Tour

During centuries of persecution in Europe, Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews fled to Amsterdam in order to live and worship in peace.  That changed during World War II, when the Nazis invaded Holland and turned a theater in the Jodenbuurt Quarter into a deportation center and this once-prosperous area into the infamous Jewish Ghetto. On this tour, you’ll visit this theater as well as the rest of the Jewish Cultural Quarter, which includes the Portuguese Synagogue and other monuments in this historic section of the city.  Join us on this tour that highlights the powerful story of this unique part of Amsterdam.


Red Light District Tour

Red Light District Tour

  • Approximate Cost: $55 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 1.5 hours
  • Location: Amsterdam
  • When: Evening
On this optional tour, you’ll be introduced to Amsterdam’s oldest and most iconic neighborhood. Discover the colorful personality of this part of town, learning about its history as you stroll past the windows with red lights that gave the district its name. We’ll learn more about this area and its more famous aspects when we visit a museum dedicated the world’s oldest profession.

DAY 4:

Enkhuizen

Cultural Connection: This morning, you'll learn about modern life in Holland during an insightful lecture. In the 17th century, this get-rich-quick schemes involved frenzied wheeling and dealing of rare tulip bulbs at exorbitant prices — until the bulb market crashed in 1637. You'll get to learn more about this when you visit with some bulbgrowers and learn their trade secrets later in the day (keep in mind that flowers may not be in bloom depending on departure date). Then, get a true feel for the local culture as you practice pronunciation during a Dutch language lesson. Cultural Connection and Unforgettable Moment: This afternoon, you'll be invited into a local home where you will sample an Aperitif, a Dutch drink. 

Biking Opportunity: Cycle past the unique Lock of Houtribdijk during an easy 4-mile route. Click here for details.

Culinary Feature: Enjoy a cooking lesson in the Captains’ Club. Tonight: Pork Parcels


Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 5:

Arnhem, The Netherlands

Begin your day with a lecture on transatlantic connection after breakfast onboard. Today you'll disembark in Arnhem, the site of an Allied Forces paratrooper landing and ensuing battle during World War II. In the morning, you may choose to visit Groesbeek and delve into World War II-era history with a visit to the Liberation Museum 1944-1945, an interactive experience that recreates conditions from the prewar days through the post-war rebuilding of the Netherlands and Europe. Alternatively, you can visit the Kröeller-Müller Museum (closed on Mondays), which boasts an impressive collection of Van Gogh's work as well as a vast sculpture garden. After lunch, you can enjoy a guided stroll through Arnhem before heading back to the ship. Tonight, enjoy "Movie Night" on board!

Biking Opportunity: Grab a bike and head to the Royal Burgers’ Zoo, a great family destination, during an easy 6-mile route. Click here for details.

Culinary Feature: Enjoy a cooking lesson in the Captains’ Club. Tonight: Pea Soup


 


Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 6:

Arnhem / Kinderdijk / Rotterdam

Cultural Connection: This morning, get an overview of the types and functions of Holland's graceful windmills during your visit to Kinderdijk, a wonderful UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nineteen original 18th-century windmills line the canal here, all of them still in working order. You'll even step inside one of the windmills to see how it works! Spend the afternoon cruising and take in another presentation on the beautiful waterways of Holland. Feel like channeling your inner artist? Join an onboard painting lesson during your downtime aboard the ship.

In the evening, join your fellow travelers for a fabulous Captain's gala dinner, which will be followed by evening entertainment featuring the music of Motown.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 7:

Rotterdam / Keukenhof Gardens

We've planned some fun and insightful features today. You'll be amazed by the grandest of Dutch gardens as you travel to Keukenhof Gardens — the world’s largest flower fields and the heart of Dutch flower production. You’ll have leisure time to explore the garden on your own and receive a voucher for lunch. Back on the ship this evening, enjoy a cocktail hour with your fellow passengers before dinner. 


Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 8:

Middelburg, the Netherlands

Our walking tour of Middelburg begins at the former City Hall, an impressive late-gothic structure that has taken centuries to complete. Follow your local guide and discover the city's many historic buildings, markets, and squares. You can then return to the ship for lunch before enjoying the rest of the afternoon at your leisure.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 9:

Zelzaate, Belgium / Bruges

Unforgettable Moment: Today you'll enjoy an included excursion to picturesque Bruges, one of Europe's best-preserved medieval cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. First, experience Bruges on a walking tour with ancient cobbles under your feet and fairy-tale turrets overhead. You'll also have free time to explore at your own leisure, and use the lunch money provided for a local meal. You'll then be enchanted by a new view of the city from a canal cruise as you glide beneath graceful bridges and listen to commentary. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 10:

Antwerp

This morning, you're in for a real treat on board the ship — a delicious Belgian chocolate-making demonstration! Then, discover Antwerp, Belgium’s second-largest city and one of Europe’s “undiscovered” gems, boasting beautiful gothic and baroque architecture and lively cafés. The impressive cathedral houses four paintings by master Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) and offers services every Sunday. Your afternoon is at leisure to relax or explore on your own. Alternatively, join in an optional culinary walking tour in Antwerp or visit the Concentration Camp in Breendonk.

Biking Opportunity: Grab a bike and enjoy panoramic views of Antwerp and the Cathedral of Our Lady during an easy 4-mile route. Click here for details.


Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Optional Tour: Concentration Camp Breendonk,

Concentration Camp Breendonk

  • Approximate Cost: $75 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3.5 hours
  • Location: Antwerp, Belgium
  • When: Afternoon Tour (limited availability)

A moving and striking example of the horrors of Nazism, the fortress of Breendonk has been preserved as a symbol to memorialize the victims who passed through it. Pay your respects to the 3,500 prisoners who passed through this camp between 1940 and 1944 and explore the gruesome history of the site and the Nazi occupation during an emotional guided tour.


Belgian Culinary Delights

Belgian Culinary Delights

  • Approximate Cost: $69 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 2.5 hours
  • Location: Antwerp
  • When: Afternoon Tour (limited availability)

Join us on a culinary walking tour through the streets of Antwerp that will allow you to try the signature foods and drinks that are Belgian culinary specialties. Try Belgian fries along with mayonnaise! Also taste a true “Belgian waffle,” which is much richer and more dense than the version you’ll find in North America. You will also taste Belgium’s exciting beer style before heading back to the ship!


DAY 11:

Brussels / Return home

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home. Or, begin your 3-day post-trip extension to Brussels, Belgium.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Important Notice:The above day-by-day itinerary is preliminary and subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Cruise Director or regional expert. In addition, should there be an extreme change in water levels, Vantage will do everything possible to provide either the included excursion or an alternate excursion at Vantage’s discretion.

Please Note: Port Times & Itineraries are subject to change. Fluctuating water levels may affect itinerary.

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