Holland & Belgium in Springtime River Cruise with Bruges

11 Days
Amsterdam to Brussels
From (USD)
$ 5,445
Dates & Pricing

2021 Amsterdam > Brussels

Tour Map
Tour Code:
TUAB
Duration:
11 days
Departure City:
Amsterdam
Return City:
Brussels

Selected Itinerary

National Geographic Paula Swart

National Geographic Expert, Paula Swart

Departure date: April 26, 2021

Art historian Paula Swart has been a museum curator for more than 20 years. Born in The Hague in the Netherlands, she studied at the Universities of Leiden and Amsterdam and holds degrees in art history, history, archaeology, and Chinese studies. Paula speaks five languages, including Dutch and Mandarin, and has published several books and numerous articles on art and architecture. She has researched Dutch trade and exploration, and has a special interest in 17th-century Dutch still life paintings. Paula studied and helped curate an exhibition of artifacts from the shipwreck of the Dutch East India company ship Witte Leeuw (White Lion), which was found off the island of St. Helena and documented in the October 1978 issue of National Geographic magazine.

Gianluca Colla

National Geographic Photographer, Gianlucca Colla

Departure date: April 26, 2021
Originally from Italy, Gianluca Colla has traveled and photographed around the world, from the Arctic to the Antarctic Circle, from Africa’s deserts to the Amazon and to the Alps. He has covered a diverse range of topics including the secrets of the longest-living centenarians in the world, a lost Da Vinci painting, and hidden mummies in Sicilian crypts. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including National Geographic magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. Currently based in Switzerland, he has traveled and photographed extensively around Europe.

11 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Arrive in Amsterdam and board our Scenic Space-ship. Toast the journey ahead at this evening’s welcome reception and dinner.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Rotterdam/Delft

    Sail to the busy port of Rotterdam and set out on a walk through the city, viewing the striking contemporary architecture that stands in contrast to older neighborhoods. Or choose to explore Delft, where world-famous blue-and-white pottery has been produced since the 17th century. Here, we’ll visit a pottery factory and a museum to learn about the city’s celebrated ceramics. Alternatively, discover the World Heritage site of Kinderdijk-Elshout, where 19 windmills were built around 1740 to drain the Netherlands' marshy lowlands. As we sail out of the city, take in the sights and sounds of the largest port in Europe alongside our National Geographic Photographer and Expert.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Veere

    This morning, cruise into Holland’s Zeeland province. Set out on a private tour of a portion of the Delta Works, dams and barriers built as part of an elaborate engineering project begun in the mid-20th century to prevent flooding in the region. Alternatively, visit the charming village of Veere, once an important seaport. Here you have the option to stroll along the bustling harbor and admire elegant, gabled architecture; or embark on a guided cycling tour of the town and its surroundings.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Antwerp, Belgium/Brugge

    Dock at the medieval port city of Antwerp and continue to Brugge, known for its Gothic architecture and picturesque market squares linked by cobbled streets and serene canals. Set out on a tour of its World Heritage-listed old town, then in your free time, step into one of Europe’s largest surviving medieval town halls and the 12th-century Basilica of the Holy Blood.

    Alternatively, stay in Antwerp, located on the banks of the Schelde River and known as the diamond capital of the world. Venture into the Cathedral of Our Lady, a Gothic gem that harbors four masterpieces by artist Peter Paul Rubens. We'll also see the city hall, a fine example of Flemish architecture; and the Grote Markt, Antwerp’s lovely main square

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Arnhem, Netherlands

    Cruise to Arnhem, once an important trading center in the Hanseatic League—and later the site of a historic Allied assault during World War II. Visit the Airborne Museum ‘Hartenstein,’ dedicated to the Battle of Arnhem, and view weapons, videos, and photos that bring this famed battle to life. Alternatively, visit the Netherlands Open Air Museum, encompassing acres of historic houses, farms, and windmills where travelers can witness authentic Dutch customs and traditions. Or visit nearby De Hoge Veluwe National Park, one of the largest nature reserves in Holland, and view artistic works inspired by the park’s beautiful landscapes at the Kröller-Müller Museum—home to the second largest Van Gogh collection in the world. This evening, unwind with cocktails on deck while taking in splendid views of the Dutch countryside.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Hoorn

    Discover the charming town of Hoorn with a guide, and taste some of the local delicacies. If you wish, bike to a nearby tulip farm, where we’ll learn about the flower production process from bulb to auction market, or visit a sustainable pepper farm working to offset its environmental impact using technological innovations. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a drink before you enjoy a beautiful acapella concert in Hoorn. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Amsterdam/Keukenhof Gardens

    Our trip culminates on the outskirts of Amsterdam at the legendary Keukenhof gardens, named by National Geographic Travel as one of the world’s “top ten magnificent gardens.” During our springtime visit, more than seven million blossoms blanket the landscape in a kaleidoscope of vibrant hues. Immerse yourself in a riot of colors and fragrances, and document the neat rows and mesmerizing swirls of tulips, hyacinths, and daffodils with guidance from our National Geographic photographer.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Amsterdam > Bruges

    Depart Amsterdam after breakfast and travel to Bruges, the historic Flemish city that was founded in the 9th century by the Vikings. Upon arrival, you will check into your wonderfully located hotel for a three night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  9. Day 9 - Bruges

    This morning you will have the pleasure of exploring the beautifully preserved medieval centre with your local guide. Meander through the cobbled laneways that reveal charming town squares, see sights such as the Belfry of Bruges, the medieval bell tower, and enjoy a tasting of local Belgian beer while learning about the fascinating history of this ancient town.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Bruges

    Enjoy this fabulous city at your leisure. Perhaps wander along the romantic canals crossing some of the 80 plus bridges of the city, some dating back to medieval times. If you’re feeling active, climb the 366 steps of the Belfry Tower for sweeping views across the city or indulge in some of the local specialities such as the famed Belgian waffles and chocolates.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  11. Day 11 - Bruges

    After breakfast, farewell beautiful Bruges, taking with you many wonderful memories.

    Please note: Pre–release itinerary, subject to change

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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