Holland Windmills, Waterways & Tulip River Cruise
featuring Amsterdam, 2 Nights in a Dutch Village & 7 Nights aboard the Amadeus Star
3 Country Tour - Germany, Belgium & the Netherlands • Amsterdam City Tour & Canal Cruise • Amsterdam - Full Day of Leisure • Zaanse Schans Visit • Middelburg Walking Tour • Ghent City Tour • Bruges City Tour • Antwerp City Tour • Rotterdam City Tour • Keukenhof Gardens
7 Night Cruise - Outside Cabin, Port Charges, 2 Nights Hotel - Dutch Village (Valkenburg), 23 Meals (Regional wine, beer & soft drinks w/onboard dinners), PWD Tour/Cruise Manager, Welcome & Farewell dinners, Ship Staff, Baggage Handling & Hotel & Ship Transfers
TOUR ACTIVITY LEVEL EASY 1 2 3 4 ACTIVE
Day 1 - Depart US - Overnight Flight
Board your overnight flight to Europe.
Day 2 - Arrive Amsterdam†
Transfer to Valkenburg, the Netherlands for a 2-Night Dutch Village stay. Welcome Dinner at the hotel. (D)
Day 3 - Three Country Tour - Germany, Belgium & the Netherlands
Three Country Tour - Visit Monschau, Germany, the Henri Chapelle Cemetery in Belgium & Maastricht, the Netherlands Evening at leisure in Valkenburg. (B)
Day 4 - Valkenburg - Amsterdam Touring - Board MS Amadeus Star
Morning visit the windmill filled Dutch Village of Zaanse Schans Afternoon Amsterdam City Tour & Canal Cruise Board the MS Amadeus Star for 7 nights - Welcome Dinner Onboard. (B,D)
Day 5 - Amsterdam
Day at leisure in Amsterdam - Optional to North Holland (Volendam & Edam). (B,L,S, &D)
Day 6 - Arnhem
Morning Arnhem City Tour & the Open Air Museum Afternoon at Leisure - Optional to ‘The Bridge of Arnhem’ & Airborne Museum. (B,L,S, &D)
Day 7 - Cruising - Middelburg
Morning Cruising the Waterways Afternoon Middelburg Walking Tour. (B,L,S, &D)
Day 8 - Ghent - Bruges
Morning Ghent City Tour. Afternoon Bruges City Tour. (B,L,S, &D)
Day 9 - Antwerp
Morning Antwerp City Tour. Afternoon at Leisure - Optional Brussels City Tour. Gala Farewell Dinner Onboard. (B,L,S, &D)
Day 10 - Rotterdam
Morning Rotterdam City Tour. Afternoon Keukenhof Flower Gardens. Evening Departure & Cruising from Rotterdam - Dinner Onboard. (B,L,S, &D)
Day 11 - Amsterdam - Flights Home†
Disembark Amsterdam & Transfer to the Amsterdam Airport or Paris Extension. (B)
†Land only rates do not include hotel transfers. Roundtrip air package includes hotel transfers.
Day 11/April 12 - Amsterdam - Paris†
Travel to Paris for a 2-Night stay in “the City of Lights” Afternoon arrival at hotel - Evening Dinner. (B,D)
Day 12/April 13 - Paris
Morning Paris City Tour - see Notre Dame Cathedral, Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees & the Eiffel Tower - Afternoon at Leisure. (B)
Day 13/April 14 - Paris - Flight Home†
Transfer to Paris Airport - Flights Home. (B)
Optional 2-Night Paris Post Cruise Extension
$895 pp dbl +$400 single supplement
CITIES & PORTS
Enjoy 2-nights in Valkenburg, a traditional Dutch village along the banks of the Geul River, just 8 miles east of Maastricht. The village was so famous for its beauty and wealth that it had been fought over for hundreds of years. From here enjoy a Three Country Tour featuring Monschau, Germany, the Henri Chapelle Cemetery in Belgium & the oldest town in the Netherlands, Maastricht.
Board your cruise ship in Amsterdam, the “Venice of the North.” Founded as a small fishing village in the late 12th century, Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age. Today, the city has one of the largest historic centers in Europe with about 7,500 registered historic buildings & 90 islands, linked by 400 bridges. Enjoy a Amsterdam City Tour & Canal Cruise featuring visits to iconic Dam Square, the Flower Market & a cruise by beautiful homes through the intricate canal system. Just outside of Amsterdam visit the famous village of Zaanse Schans featuring windmills, wooden shoes & historical buildings.
Arrive in Arnhem, known for the World War II battle operation ‘Market Garden’. Enjoy an Arnhem City Tour & the Open Air Museum. Drive through Arnhem and past many spots associated with the WW II battle. Later visit to the Open Air Museum, located in a wooded setting featuring 80 historic houses, farmhouses and mills portraying how the Dutch people lived from 1700-1970. Maybe join an afternoon optional to ‘The Bridge of Arnhem’ & Airborne Museum where over 4,000 British, German and Polish soldiers, as well as Dutch civilians lost their lives during the WWII battle.
After a morning spent cruising the waterways, arrive in Middelburg, the capital of the province of Zeeland. Enjoy a Middelburg Walking Tour to see the abbey, the town hall, splendid old warehouses & some of the 1,100 monuments that dot the city marking its rich past. Several original windmills still stand on the outskirts of town.
Cross the border into Belgium to arrive in Ghent, home to the beautiful St. Bavo Cathedral and the famous Ghent Altarpiece. During your Ghent City Tour walk through the beautiful city center and see the belfry, a medieval bell tower with 54 bells. Also see the fortress Gravensteen, built in the 12th century and one of Europe’s largest moated castles.
Enjoy a Bruges City Tour, one of Europe’s great cities and like Amsterdam also referred to as the ‘Venice of the North’ due to its canal system. Bruges could have sprung from the pages of a Gothic fairy-tale with cobbled streets, spidery canals and medieval churches remarkably well-preserved, having been spared the devastation that saw much of Belgium leveled during both World Wars. The historic marketplace and center of old Bruges is cradled by the Reie River and was recognized as cultural world heritage site by UNESCO.
Awake in and discover the beautiful port city of Antwerp. Enjoy an Antwerp City Tour featuring a walk through the attractive old city center and visit to the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe Cathedral, the largest Gothic church in Belgium. The church contains valuable treasures such as works by the famous Baroque artist Rubens and wall paintings dating to the 15th century. The city is also well known for its diamond trade and lively shopping scene. An Optional to Brussels, famous for its central square, the Grote Markt, will be available.
Arrive in Rotterdam, the second-largest city in the Netherlands and one of the largest ports in the world, often called the ‘Gateway to Europe’. During WWII the city was almost completely destroyed. Today Rotterdam is famous for its eye-catching skyline with the Erasmus Bridge across the Maas River and modern architecture with cutting-edge buildings. A highlight of your Rotterdam City Tour is a visit to the market hall which is a large covered market filled with stands for fresh fish, fruit and other delicacies.
Visit the famous Keukenhof Gardens, known as the Garden of Europe and the world’s 2nd largest flower garden with 7 million bulbs planted annually. This is the showplace for the tulip growers of the Netherlands where numerous sculptures also lurk between the flower beds to create a harmony between art and nature.