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You'll already be in Europe for your river cruise, so why not add three more nights in Amsterdam? Your extension to this culturally rich hub features a guided canal cruise, 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!
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Enjoy a Welcome Briefing and drink in Amsterdam
Transfer to Amsterdam and check into your hotel. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Briefing and drink at the hotel.
Dutch canal cruise and a visit to the Rijksmuseum
Embark on a canal cruise through this charming city and stop at the famed Rijksmuseum. You can also choose to join our optional tour to Zaanse Shaanse & Edam.
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, hump-backed 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 apple cake, at a local café.
Depart Amsterdam, The Netherlands for home
Today, transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Even without the lure of vampire legends, Romania’s central region of Transylvania is a superb travel destination, with its rugged mountain scenery, medieval villages, and well-preserved towns. Now you can experience it firsthand — at a great Vantage value! — as an extension of your European river cruise. Most intriguing of all, you’ll uncover the mystery of Dracula himself!
Transylvania Highlights optional tour, or explore Brasov on your own
Enjoy day at leisure in charming, walkable Brasov. Or join an optional full-day Transylvania Highlights tour including walking tour of Sighisoara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and birthplace of Dracula. This optional tour also includes a visit to the fortified church of Biertan, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lunch is included on this optional tour. In the evening, you're invited to join a pub crawl through Brasov.
AVAILABLE ON TRANSYLVANIA EXTENSION ONLY: Discover Transylvania’s fairytale village of Sighisoara, a 12th Century Saxon settlement whose central citadel is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With nine towers, cobbled streets, burgher houses and ornate churches, Sighisoara’s beautifully preserved medieval character rivals that of Old Prague or Vienna. The city’s other claim to fame is the birthplace of Vlad Dracula, also known as Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler), ruler of the province of Walachia from 1456 to 1462. It was he who inspired Bram Stoker’s fictional creation, Count Dracula. You’ll learn the city’s fabled history on a guided walking tour that includes lunch at a local restaurant.
Step inside Dracula's home
Following breakfast, embark on a tour to Bran Castle, the legendary home of Dracula. Return back to the hotel and spend the remainder of the day at leisure.
Explore Bucharest's best
Today you’ll transfer from Brasov to Bucharest, Romania’s largest city and capital, where we’ll have lunch. Afterwards, explore Bucharest’s grand monuments and leafy, old-world boulevards on a city tour that includes a choice of entrances. You can visit the infamous People’s Palace, the grandiose, sprawling, and never-completed administrative building initiated by dictator Nicolae Ceausecu. Alternatively, take a fascinating tour of Manuc’s Inn, Bucharest’s oldest hotel building, which was built as a way station for caravans and surrounds a large open courtyard.
* Please note: The Bucharest portion of today's activities are part of your base tour.
Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.