Essential Holland: Tulips in Spring - 2020

9-day river cruise with Amsterdam, Enkhuizen, Arnhem, Antwerp, Zelzate, Middelburg, Kinderdijk, Rotterdam, Amsterdam
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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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Bicycle Rental

  • Approximate Cost: $150 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: Duration of cruise
  • Location: Each location when docked
  • When: Each day when docked

Our deluxe bikes are easy use and offer the opportunity to discover some of Europe’s most historic and dynamic cities on two wheels. Reserve an adjustable-height, three-geared unisex bike for the duration of your cruise and set out for a spin exploring paved city trails as off-the-beaten-path destinations. Vantage even provides suggested route maps! We’ll also provide you with helmets and locks — all you need to do is pack firm-soled shoes, lightweight layers like moisture-wicking fabrics, a windbreaker, and pants made of breathable fabric (or padded cycling pants if you're an enthusiast!). Don’t forget your sense of adventure and set off on two wheels for innumerable discoveries.

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Waterloo: The Last Battle of Napoleon

  • Approximate Cost: $115 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 5 hrs
  • Location: Brussels, Belgium
  • When: Afternoon Tour

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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Belgian Culinary Delights

  • Approximate Cost: $69 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 1.5 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 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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Jewish Cultural Quarter Tour

  • Approximate Cost: $75 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.

Please note: On Saturdays, the synagogue is not available for visits and will be replaced by the Jewish Historical Museum.

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Red Light District Tour

  • Approximate Cost: $49 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 2 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.

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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

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, and 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 a college are dependent on their opening times, which are not published until a few days before.) Stop for lunch on your own 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 their lakes, lawns, and gardens, which 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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Journey Essential Holland: Tulips in Spring – 2020 Holland & Belgium in Spring– 2019  The BEST Value in River Cruising.
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Included Tours 10 Included Tours, plus 9 Cultural Connections 10 included tours The Most Included Tours!
Special Features Participate and learn in culinary & cocktail demonstrations & tastings, including special themed dinners and regional wines, plus, enjoy FREE bikes and maps! 3 Informative lectures and presentations on board; Chocolate-making demonstration; apertifs in Enkhuizen Antwerp, Ghent, Nijmegen tours and museum visits Kinderdijk Windmills visit The most complimentary bikes, culinary demos, and included features—exclusive to Vantage travelers!
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