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Tulip Cruise: Amsterdam to Amsterdam

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,297

What better way to discover the highlights of both Holland and Belgium than on a leisurely cruise. Stops are made at Volendam, Arnhem, Middelburg, Ghent (side trip to Bruges), Antwerp (side trip to Brussels) and the Keukenhof tulip flower park.


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Your leisurely 7 night cruise through the waterways of Holland and Belgium will introduce you to a variety of interesting and different ports of call. Join the Amadeus river cruise vessel in Amsterdam and after settling in, enjoy a welcome cocktail party. Overnight is in Amsterdam.

The next morning brings a tour of the city which includes a visit to the flower market plus a choice of a canal cruise or the Van Gogh Museum. At midday, your cruising begins. Sail to the picturesque fishing village of Volendam where you will visit a cheese dairy before making a side trip to Edam with its world famous cheese market. Later sail to Arnhem.

Arrive the next morning in Arnhem. In the afternoon, you can choose from a selection of visits - a trip to the local open-air museum with its 85 historic buildings offering an exciting insight into the daily lives of people in the past; the “Bridge of Arnheim” tour which takes visitors to this former Second World War battlefield and includes a trip to the Airborne Museum Hartenstein. Art enthusiasts are recommended to visit the Kröller Müller Museum in nearby Otterlo. This is home to the world's second largest Van Gogh collection and its special highlight is undoubtedly the extensive sculpture park. Sail in the evening for Middelburg.

Arrive in Middelburg around noon. Again in the afternoon, there is a choice of sightseeing. During a tour of the town you can visit the smallest university in the country as well as gain an insight into the rich history of the town with its impressive monuments and picturesque facades.

Or you can take a trip to the imposing Deltawerken, a pioneering architectural project established in 1953 following the devastating flood catastrophe. Later, visit the historic trading town of Veere. Return to the ship which then leaves Middelburg in the evening.

During the night, you will sail over the border into Belgium and reach the city of Ghent in the early morning where you will anchor for the rest of the day. Ghent is Belgium’s third largest city.

A tour will introduce you to sights such as St. Bavo Cathedral with its 85 metre/275 feet high clock tower and the city centre which has protected monument status. In the afternoon you can enjoy a tour of the town of Bruges. The centre of this former European Capital of Culture is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its numerous treasures including the impressive Church of Our Lady and the belfry tower, the most important tower in the city offering amazing views of Bruges. After some free time to explore Ghent, return to the ship which then sets sail for Antwerp.

Arrive Antwerp in the morning with a choice of going exploring on your own or taking a city tour. Antwerp is one of the world's most important centres of diamond trading as well as home to the largest Gothic church in the Benelux countries, the 'Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal' containing some valuable paintings by Rubens. Alternately, travel to Brussels in the afternoon to explore this lively city, capital of the European Union.

In the evening, it’s back to Holland arriving the next morning.

Stop the next day at Kinderdijk, a small Dutch town famous for its windmills where you will find a total of 19 dating from the 18th century. At midday, sail to Utrecht where the highlight of your tulip cruise is a visit to the world-famous Keukenhof flower park only open to guests for 8 weeks of the year during which, there are more tulips in flower here than anywhere else in the world. Over 7 million bulbs are planted here each year and each season visitors from all over the world come to the Keukenhof flower park to attend more than 30 flower shows. From here you will return to Amsterdam by bus to rejoin the ship. During your last evening on board, you can enjoy a Dutch folklorique show in line with the theme of the cruise.

The following morning, your tulip cruise comes to an end.

 

 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,297

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Day 1

Amsterdam

Your tulip cruise starts out from the Dutch city of canals, Amsterdam, where your AMADEUS vessel awaits. After boarding there's plenty of time in the afternoon to explore your floating hotel before we invite you to join us for a welcome cocktail in the panorama bar in the evening. Afterwards the crew will get you in the mood for your cruise with an exclusive welcome dinner. The vessel will stay in Amsterdam overnight.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration7 Nights
Accommodation

Amadeus Brilliant

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    Amadeus Brilliant



    Modern luxury combined with a hearty and intimate atmosphere. Excellent service combined with culinary pleasures. Modern high-grade staterooms combined with timeless elegance in the public areas. This and much more is offered by Amadeus Cruises a family owned company with 30 years of experience. The ...

    Modern luxury combined with a hearty and intimate atmosphere. Excellent service combined with culinary pleasures. Modern high-grade staterooms combined with timeless elegance in the public areas. This and much more is offered by Amadeus Cruises a family owned company with 30 years of experience. The Amadeus Brilliant offers a very high standard in every aspect: food, service, ambience... She combines all amenities of a first-class hotel with the astounding feeling of waking up in a different town every day.

    Facilities

    • Beauty Parlour
    • Bicycles
    • Fitness Rooms
    • Internet Cafe - Charge
    • Spa
    • Sundeck

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Day 2

Amsterdam / Volendam

After breakfast those interested can take a city tour of Amsterdam. This is a chance to discover the main sights of this metropolis and pay a visit to the world-famous flower market -- and of course a trip on a canal is a must! Alternatively you can visit the world-famous Van Gogh museum -- nowhere else in the world are so many works by this Post-Impressionist painter housed under one roof.
At midday the AMADEUS vessel sails from Amsterdam heading north. Here we cross the 1,100 km2 Ijsselmeer Lake and in the afternoon reach the picturesque fishing village of Volendam, the starting point for our trip to northern Holland. After a walk through the village, you'll have the chance to visit a regional cheese dairy to watch Holland's most popular export being made before taking a trip to the small town of Edam with its world-famous cheese market. In the evening you return to the vessel and we set off for Arnheim the same night.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Arnheim

Take this opportunity to enjoy the impressive views of the river landscapes from the sun deck in the morning. We arrive in Arnheim just in time for lunch at midday. The varied afternoon programme has something to suit everyone. There's a trip to the local open-air museum with its 85 historic buildings, offering exciting insight into the daily lives of people in the past, whilst the 'Bridge of Arnheim' tour takes visitors to this former Second World War battlefield and includes a trip to the Airborne Museum Hartenstein. Art enthusiasts are recommended to visit the Kröller Müller Museum in nearby Otterlo. This is home to the world's second largest Van Gogh collection and its special highlight is undoubtedly the 25 ha sculpture park. In the evening we leave Arnheim and set off for Middelburg.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Middelburg

We arrive in the small town of Middelburg at midday on the fourth day of your trip. Two different excursions are on offer in the afternoon, both equally appealing. During a tour of the town you can visit the smallest university in the country as well as gain an insight into the rich history of the town with its impressive monuments and picturesque facades. Alternatively you can take a trip to the imposing Deltawerken -- a pioneering architectural project established in 1953 following the devastating flood catastrophe. Today it serves as a protection against flooding and storm surges. Afterwards the trip takes you to the historic trading town of Veere before you return to the vessel and set sail from Middelburg in the early evening

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Gent

Overnight we cross the border into Belgium and reach the city of Gent in the early morning, where the cruise vessel will be docked all day. Those who wish can take a tour of Gent in the morning and visit the sights of Belgium's third largest city, such as St. Bavo Cathedral with its 85 m clock tower and the city centre which has protected monument status. In the afternoon you can enjoy a tour of the town of Bruges complete with another cultural highlight. The centre of this former European Capital of Culture has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000 and has numerous historic treasures to offer including the impressive Church of Our Lady and the belfry tower, the most important tower in the city, which offers unrivalled views of Bruges from a height of 83 metres and with 366 steps to climb. After the trip there's plenty of time for a gentle stroll through Gent before your AMADEUS vessel sets sail for Antwerp in the evening.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Antwerp

Your AMADEUS vessel arrives in Antwerp in Belgium early in the morning. After breakfast you can explore the city yourself or take a city tour. Antwerp is one of the world's most important centres of diamond trading as well as home to the largest Gothic church in the Netherlands, the 'Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal' containing some valuable paintings by Peter Paul Rubens. Those interested can take a trip to the Belgian capital of Brussels in the afternoon. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to explore this lively city, capital of the European Union. You'll have the chance to discover world-famous sights such as the Manneken Pis, Atomium and royal residence. When you're back on board, you'll be greeted by the captain inviting you to enjoy an elegant gala dinner before whiling away the evening in the panorama bar while the vessel sets sail for the Netherlands.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Kinderdijk/Utrecht/Amsterdam

On your penultimate morning we arrive in Kinderdijk, a small Dutch town famous for its windmills were you'll find a total of 19 wind pumps dating from the 18th century. The mills have been replaced by more efficient pumps but many of the old structures still remain and can be visited as part of a tour. Anyone wishing to see these distinctive Dutch landmarks with their own eyes can do so during our morning excursion to Kinderdijk.
At midday the vessel sets sail for Utrecht where the highlight of your tulip cruise awaits: a visit to the world-famous Keukenhof flower park. This beautiful green area is only open to guests for 8 weeks of the year and during this time there are more tulips in flower here than anywhere else in the world. Over 7 million bulbs are planted here each year and each season visitors from all over the world come to the Keukenhof flower park to attend more than 30 flower shows and explore a 15 km long network of footpaths and the largest sculpture park in the Netherlands.
After this trip a coach will take you to Amsterdam where your AMADEUS vessel is ready and waiting. During your last evening on board you can enjoy a Dutch folklore show in line with the theme of the trip and have a chance to reflect on your adventure-packed day.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Departure

After breakfast it's time to say goodbye to the crew on board. The disembarkation in Amsterdam takes place in the course of the morning and the AMADEUS team will be on hand to help you with checking out. They're already looking forward to your next visit!

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

MS Amadeus Brilliant

2018: Apr 5, 12

MS Amadeus Queen

2018: Apr 27

MS Amadeus Royal

2018: Apr 11

 

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 8-day river cruise in an outside river-view stateroom, most with French balconies or walk-out balconies.
  • Round-trip itinerary with embarkation and disembarkation in Amsterdam.
  • Dutch Folklore Show on board.
  • Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for all excursions.
  • Services of an experienced cruise director throughout the cruise.
  • Onboard Concierge Service, dedicated to the independent experience seeker.
  • Gourmet dining with all meals included (buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner and midnight snack) in the elegant Panorama-Restaurant, which accommodates all guests in one seating.
  • Free-flowing quality red and white wines from Europe's famous wine regions with every dinner on board.
  • Coffee and tea after lunch and dinner.
  • 24-hour complimentary coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water.
  • Cocktail reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain's Gala Dinner.
  • Special onboard entertainment including lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and nightly piano music in the Bar.
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles.
  • English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking allowed only on the Sun Deck).
  • All port taxes and local taxes.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel Insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Optional excursions
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Customary gratuities to guide and drivers

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

TB LUEFTNEAMS18CR: TCAB C4H
12 Apr 2018
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