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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!
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Depart home for Brussels, Belgium
Board an overnight flight for Brussels, Belgium.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Join your base tour in Amsterdam
After an included breakfast at the hotel, we’ll transfer to Amsterdam, Netherlands. Upon arrival, you’ll board your river ship and join Day 2 of the base tour.
You'll already be in Europe for your river cruise, so why not add two more nights in Amsterdam? Your extension to this culturally rich hub features a guided walking tour, as well as free time to explore the historic streets and canals of Amsterdam at your own pace. Don’t miss this true Dutch treat!
Disembark ship and transfer to Amsterdam
Transfer by coach to Amsterdam, where you’ll embark on a walking tour of the city. Tonight, step out with your Cruise Director for a fun pub crawl and get to know this lively city after dark.
Spend a day at leisure, or head to Zaanse Schans & Edam on an optional tour
You’ll have today at leisure, which gives you ample opportunity to shop, eat, pop into museums, or pursue your own interests. Or, take an optional half-day trip to Zaanse Schans & Edam, a charming 17th-century living history village. Tonight, link up with your Cruise Director and fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner.
The Dutch say, “if you only have one day to see Holland, then go to Zaanse Schans,” so we take you there on our “quintessential Holland” excursion. You’ll take a short scenic ride through the countryside to this “living museum” to admire the houses, humpbacked bridges, charming gardens, tradesmen’s workshops, and authentic, working windmills dating to the 17th century. You’ll get a lesson in cheese making, step inside a windmill, and see how a clog maker crafts those unique shoes. Next you’ll go on a guided tour of picturesque Edam, famous for its eponymous cheese. Before heading back to Amsterdam, you’ll try a typical Dutch treat, coffee and cake, at a local café.
Today you’ll transfer to Amsterdam’s airport for your return flight home.