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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Enrich your vacation with Vantage's collection of deluxe optional tours, designed exclusively for our guests. You’ll discover a world beyond the landmarks and gain immeasurable insight into the culture and people of your destination. So join us … and make the most of your journey!

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Waterloo: The Last Battle of Napoleon

  • Approximate Cost: $115 USD per person
  • 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.


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Culinary Walking tour of Antwerp

  • Approximate Cost: $69 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 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 gastronomic 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!

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Concentration Camp Breendonk

  • Approximate Cost: $75 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours
  • Location: Antwerp
  • When: Morning 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 its victims. 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.


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Jewish Cultural Quarter Tour

  • Approximate Cost: $75 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours
  • Location: Amsterdam
  • 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.


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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.


Please Note: All prices are per person and subject to change. All optional tours are offered by Vantage Deluxe World Travel. Descriptions and scheduling are subject to change. Minimum tour participation is required to operate optional tours. Optional tours cancelled by passengers within 48 hours of the excursion are non-refundable.

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