Holland & Belgium in Springtime River Cruise

Take in the very best The Netherlands has to offer. From sleepy towns like Edam and Volendam, to thriving modern centers like Rotterdam; enjoy famous windmills, bridges & canals & unique architecture.

8 Days
Amsterdam to Amsterdam
From (USD)
$ 3,995
Dates & Pricing

2020 Amsterdam > Amsterdam

Tour Map
Tour Code:
TUAA
Duration:
8 days
Departure City:
Amsterdam
Return City:
Amsterdam

Selected Itinerary

National Geographic Photographer (April 13, 2020 departure)

Meet Sisse Brimberg
Born in Denmark, award-winning photographer Sisse Brimberg has produced and photographed more than 30 stories for National Geographic magazine over the past 40 years, covering a wide range of subjects, from the Hanseatic League and the Vikings to the global flower trade and the prehistoric cave art of southwestern France. She also has shot nearly 20 articles as a contributing photographer for National Geographic Traveler, which involved exploring Belgium and Austria's Wachau Valley and sailing down the Rhine River for a story about chocolate. Brimberg established and managed her own photo studio in Copenhagen after attending photography school, and since then, has traveled to all seven continents. Sisse won first prize for “Picture Story of the Year” from the National Press Photographers Association for herpieceon migrant workers. Her photographs have been exhibited around the world in Germany, Greece, Brazil, Mexico, New York City (International Center for Photography), and Washington, D.C. (The Newseum).

National Geographic Photographer (April 15, 2020 departure)

Meet Jasper Doest
Dutch photographer Jasper Doest specializes in conservation issues, travel, and wildlife photography. As a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers, his photographs have received multiple awards and appeared in numerous publications, including National Geographic magazine, GEO, and Smithsonian magazine. He is also a regular contributor to the Dutch editions of National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler magazines. Through his photographic work, Jasper seeks to give a voice to environmental issues as well as those who can’t speak our language or are often misunderstood, emphasizing the beauty and fragility of our planet.

8 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.

    Set out on a walk through the city, viewing the striking contemporary architecture which stands in contrast to older neighborhoods, including the historic harbor of Delfshaven. Or choose to explore beautiful Delft, where world-renowned blue-and-white pottery has been produced since the 17th century. Here, we’ll visit a pottery factory and a museum to learn more 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 polders—the Netherlands' marshy lowlands that were reclaimed through the use of dikes.

    Later, continue sailing toward Veere.

    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, or explore the charming village of Veere, once an important seaport. Stroll along the bustling harbor, and admire the elegant, gabled architecture dating back to the 15th century. Alternatively, embark on a guided cycling tour of Veere and its surroundings.

    This evening, unwind with a sundowner drink on the deck of our ship, taking in splendid views of the Dutch countryside.

    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. The entire historic center of Brugge has been declared a World Heritage site.

    Set out on a tour of the main squares, the Markt and Burg. See one of Europe’s largest surviving medieval town halls, and the 12th-century Basilica of the Holy Blood. Alternatively, stay in Antwerp and discover this stylish city, located on the banks of the Schelde River and known as the diamond capital of the world. Venture on your own into the Cathedral of Our Lady, a Gothic gem that harbors four masterpieces by artist Peter Paul Rubens. 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

    Cruise through the countryside 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, which encompasses many beautiful acres of historic houses, farms, and windmills where travelers can witness authentic Dutch customs and traditions. Or go biking in nearby Hoge Veluwe National Park, one of the largest nature reserves in Holland, and hear about the local ecology from a park ranger.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Hoorn/Volendam/Edam

    Explore the fishing village of Volendam. Next, on a tour of Edam, visit a cheese warehouse and sample some of the round cheese for which the city is known. Alternatively, 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 paprika farm.

    This evening, join local residents for a special dinner, enjoying traditional food, friendly conversation, and insights into life in the Netherlands.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Amsterdam

    With its gabled roofs, lively squares, and canal-lined streets, Amsterdam is bursting with character. Immerse yourself in a riot of colors and fragrances at the legendary Keukenhof Gardens, where more than seven million blossoms display their bright hues. National Geographic Travel has rated Keukenhof one of the world’s Top Ten Magnificent Gardens.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Amsterdam

    After breakfast, disembark our ship and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

    Please note: Itinerary is subject to change.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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