Netherlands & Belgium 2019 Emerald Waterways River Cruise
A river cruise to the Netherlands and Belgium promises a picturesque journey to lands filled with history and traditions that are still alive today. You’ll experience Amsterdam’s eternal spring as you explore the acres of dancing tulips supported by a chorus of colourful flowers in the enchanting Keukenhof Gardens and cruise the intricate maze of the city’s canals. Time rewinds in quaint Dutch towns where authentic architecture still resides and traditional dress is still adorned. And your taste buds are in for a treat as you venture to the homeland of Belgian chocolates and Edam cheese, where you can taste the very original recipes at their finest. If you’d prefer not to fly, you can travel back to the UK on the Eurostar (via Paris) from only £99 per person return.
Welcome to Amsterdam, a fascinating 700 year old city of picturesque canals, world class museums, theatres and cafés. You will be met and transferred from the airport to your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship. After boarding, enjoy some time at your leisure to explore Amsterdam. This evening join your fellow travellers for dinner on board.
This morning we venture to Zaanse Schans, which is one of the highlights of the Netherlands, just outside Amsterdam. This vibrant and stunning living and working community that dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries, with many farms and windmills. Tonight the Captain will be delighted to welcome you to a gala dinner.
Emerald Plus: An excursion to Zaanse Schans
Today you will have an awe day starting with an included visit to Netherland’s second largest metropolis – Rotterdam. Its futuristic architecture, give the city the title of Netherland’s architectural capital, and during your city tour you will experience main highlights like the Erasmus bridge and the Beeldenroute Westersingel.
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Today you will arrive in Veere, an area that was heavily flooded in 1953, and led the Dutch government to commission the Delta Works to protect the province from the open sea. We will visit the Delta Works project, known as the Storm Surge Barrier, due its series of dikes, sea walls and locks all the way up to Rotterdam in South Holland. We start the tour by visiting the outer wall, and then you will watch an educational and interesting film on its construction and the floods that preceded it.
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This morning we arrive in Antwerp - Belgium’s biggest port, positioned on the River Scheldt with a large harbour linking to the sea. As Belgium’s second largest city, it has been pivotal in the country’s history of occupations and conquests. Home to the famous Baroque artist Pieter Paul Rubens, it attracts art lovers and diamond dealers from all over the world. Having been decimated during WWII, today the city is modern and organised, yet still retains an intriguing medieval heart. Enjoy the guided walking tour of the city centre, passing by its café-filled cobbled lanes, admiring the Renaissance Town Hall and the unique Gothic Cathedral of Our Lady, the symbol of Antwerp before passing through the charming 16th century inner yard, the ‘Vlaeykensgang’.
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After a relaxing morning spent sailing through the Dutch waterways, passing its wonderful windmills and quaint traditional villages, you will arrive in Arnhem. Most famous for its great battle during World War II, its iconic bridge - the sight where the British forces were captured. You will tour the Airborne Museum Hartenstein which is dedicated to the Battle of Arnhem In 1944. The main building was the headquarters of the British command during the battle, and now houses exhibits of military uniforms and weapons.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour in Arnhem
This morning you have a choice to visit the Keukenhof Gardens - the most beautiful spring garden in the world and Europe’s largest. Situated in the heart of the tulip farm area of Holland, it boasts incredible displays of different flowers and plants, with more than seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths filling over 79 acres with colour and fragrance. Alternatively, you can enjoy a guided bike tour in Amsterdam area. After lunch, you will have free time to explore Amsterdam on your own.
EmeraldPLUS: to Keukenhof Gardens
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour
Today you’ll wake up back in Amsterdam. After breakfast you’ll say your goodbyes and disembark your ship for your included transfer to the airport.
|Date||Fares from (pp)|
|17 April 2019||£2,195|
|24 April 2019||£2,595|
- Save up to £1,000pp plus an extra £200pp when you book a balcony suite*
- Return economy flights from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow or Edinburgh. Call for details on regional departures. If you’d prefer not to fly, return travel on the Eurostar (via Brussels) is also available from only an additional £99 per person.
- 7 nights in a Stateroom or Suite of your choice
- 8 shore excursions, including visits to 1 UNESCO World-Heritage Sites
- 2 Emerald PLUS, experiences including a visit to Keukenhof Gardens
- 20 on-board meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners including a Welcome Buffet Breakfast
- Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks to accompany lunch and dinner
- Complimentary tea and coffee on-board
- Complimentary bottled water in your Suite or Stateroom re-stocked daily
- A variety of on-board evening entertainment
- First-class service from English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on-board (restrictions may apply)
- All port charges, airport taxes & transfers within Europe
- All tips included, saving you up to £235 per couple