Essential Holland: Tulips in Spring - 2019

9-night river cruise with Amsterdam, Enkhuizen, Arnhem, Antwerp, Zelzate, Middelburg, Kinderdijk, Rotterdam, Amsterdam
  • EXPERIENCE UNFORGETTABLE CULINARY, HISTORIC, AND NATURAL DELIGHTS IN HOLLAND AND BELGIUM
  • EXPLORE KEUKENHOF GARDENS, HOME TO 7 MILLION SPRING-FLOWERING BULBS
  • VISIT THE 19 UNESCO-DESIGNATED WINDMILLS OF KINDERDIJK
  • GET A NEW VIEW OF AMSTERDAM ON A GUIDED CANAL CRUISE
  • DIVE INTO ANCIENT AND CONTEMPORARY ART AT THE RIJKSMUSEUM
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Brussels, Belgium

4 DAYS FROM $699

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Brussels, Belgium

FROM $699 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $174 PER DAY

Prior to your tulip time cruise, why not visit another exciting destination in Europe? Brussels is a city of contrasts, from stately Art Nouveau to gleaming glass modernity, and you’ll explore its many facets on this exciting extension. You’ll stay at a centrally located hotel, with included breakfast each morning. Discover the city’s pretty squares and elegant architecture on an included half-day panoramic city tour, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site Grand Place. During your free time, consider a fascinating optional excursion to Waterloo. You'll be thoroughly pleased you enhanced your European river cruise with this magnificent extension!

Your Price Includes:

  • 3 nights accommodations at the Superior First-Class Sofitel Brussels Le Louise (or similar)
  • 4 meals: Breakfast daily and a Welcome Dinner
  • Brussels city tour
  • 1 UNESCO Site: Le Grand Place Brussels
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a City Host and experienced local guides
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding City Host)
  • Services of the Vantage Worldwide Concierge, to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com.
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Day 1:

Depart home for Brussels, Belgium

Board an overnight flight for Brussels, Belgium.

Day 2:

Arrive in Brussels

Upon arrival on Day 2, check into your hotel before heading out on a short orientation walk. You’ll have a few hours to explore on your own before rejoining your fellow travelers for dinner in the hotel this evening.

Included Meals:

Dinner

Day 3:

Discover the historic gems of Brussels on a tour, then on your own

Today, enjoy a half-day city tour of Brussels, including both the Lower Town, where you’ll see the UNESCO World Heritage Site Grand Place with its magnificent guild houses, as well as the Upper Town, with its unique spread of regal architecture. The rest of the afternoon and evening is yours to spend as you wish.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Day 4:

A day at leisure in Brussels, or opt for a tour of Waterloo

Enjoy a day at leisure in the remarkable city — or consider joining an optional tour to Waterloo - The Last Battle of Napoleon.

Included Meals:

Breakfast
Optional Tour: Waterloo: The Last Battle of Napoleon

Waterloo: The Last Battle of Napoleon

  • Approximate Cost:
  • Approximate Time: 5 hrs.
  • Location: Brussels, Belgium
  • When: 12:30pm

Step back in time to one of the most pivotal battles in European history, the Battle of Waterloo, on this half-day tour from Brussels. Gain insight into the final defeat of France’s Napoleon Bonaparte against the British and the Prussian armies from your guide as you tour the battlefield, see where the commanders strategized, and visit the monument Lion Hill.

You'll begin this tour with a short drive south to city of Waterloo, where notorious French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte met his final defeat in 1815 in one of the most epic battles in history. Climb up Lion Hill, a man-made monumental hill erected in honor of William II of the Netherlands, who was killed here during the battle. Listen as your guide gives an overview of the Battle of Waterloo, during which the French army fell to the Duke of Wellington’s British and Prussian forces, signaling the end of Bonaparte’s controversial reign and the end of France’s domination in Europe. Waterloo is considered one of the most pivotally important battles of the 19th century, affecting the fortunes of France, Belgium, Great Britain and many other nations.

You'll drive past the Duke of Wellington’s former headquarters and listen as your guide explains the battle strategies planned there. Then, head out onto the battlefield, where you’ll see where the forces entered into combat and view the grand Gordon Monument, in honor of Allied Lieutenant-Colonel Sir William Alexander Gordon of the Scots Guards.


Day 5:

Join your base tour in Amsterdam

After an included breakfast at the hotel, we’ll transfer to Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Upon arrival, you’ll board your river ship and join Day 2 of the base tour.

Included Meals:

Breakfast
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NEW! London, England

FROM $899 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $225 PER DAY

London is one of the world’s most cosmopolitan and historic cities — so why not enrich your European journey with a three-night stay there and discover its charms and iconic locales for yourself? We've reserved your room at a fashionable hotel, mere steps away from world-class museums, shopping, and dining options. While here, you'll explore up to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites — Westminster Abbey, Blenheim Palace, and the Tower of London — as well as enjoy a balance of included leisure time to pursue your own interests. Perhaps you’ll indulge in some of the world’s greatest artworks at superior museums, shop and people-watch in Piccadilly, or raise a pint at a pub.

Your Price Includes:

  • 3 nights accommodations at the First-Class Grange City (or similar)
  • 4 meals: 3 breakfasts and 1 farewell dinner
  • Half-day panoramic tour of London
  • Half-day tour of the Tower of London
  • 3 UNESCO Sites: Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey including Saint Margaret’s Church; Tower of London; and Blenheim Palace (optional tour)
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a City Host
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding City Host)
  • Services of the Vantage Worldwide Concierge, to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com.
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Day 11:

Begin your post trip extension with a highlights tour of London

Disembark the ship this morning and transfer to the airport for your flight to London, England. Upon arrival, discover the great metropolis on a half-day guided city tour that introduces you to London’s landmarks, including Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament (UNESCO), Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, and much more. You’ll also enjoy a fascinating visit to the Imperial War Museum, which explore conflict from WWI to the present day. This afternoon, explore more of the English capital on your own. Your Vantage City Host will be happy to assist with sightseeing tips, directions, and dinner reservations.

Day 12:

A day at leisure in London

Today you’ll have an entire day at leisure — perhaps you’ll do some shopping in the West End, or visit a few of the city’s excellent museums, such as the British Museum or the Tate Modern. You may also join an optional full-day tour to Oxford, home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and stunning Blenheim Palace, ancestral home of the Dukes of Marlborough and birthplace of Winston Churchill. Dinner is on your own this evening.

Included Meals:

Breakfast
Optional Tour: Oxford & Blenheim Palace

Oxford & Blenheim Palace

  • Approximate Cost: $209 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 8 hours
  • Location: Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England
  • When: Full-day tour

AVAILABLE ON LONDON EXTENSION ONLY: A day of visual riches awaits on this all-day combination tour to Oxford, “the city of dreaming spires,” home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world, as well as stunning Blenheim Palace, ancestral home of the Dukes of Marlborough and birthplace of Winston Churchill. Starting in Oxford, take a tour through the medieval center and the university, including the Old Covered Market, the Radcliff Camera, the Bodlean Library, Christchurch Chapel, and the quad and interior of one of the colleges. (Note that interior visits to the college are dependent on their opening times, which are not published until a few days before.) Stop for lunch at a classic English pub. Then, just a short drive away is Blenheim Palace, set among some of the most famous gardens in England. Your visit includes a tour of the palace interior, the Winston Churchill Museum, the palace’s painting and tapestry collection, and more. You’ll also have time to stroll the grounds, with lakes, lawns, and gardens that are considered some of the finest works of Capability Brown, the English landscaping pioneer.


Day 13:

Explore the London Tower, followed by a Beefeater tour

Your exploration of London continues with a guided tour of one of England's most recognizable structures: the London Tower. Perched on the banks of the River Thames, this historic castle is now home to a dazzling collection of the crown jewels. You'll spend the morning exploring this treasured UNESCO site, as well as embark on a Beefeater tour. Following an afternoon at leisure, reunite with your fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 14:

Transfer to the airport for your flight home

After an included breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

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