Tulips & Windmills 2019 Uniworld River Cruise

From the canals of Amsterdam to the belfry of Bruges, you’ll discover the best of the Netherlands and Belgium. Stroll through colorful acres of tulips at Keukenhof Gardens to get a sense of the Netherlands’ extraordinary connection to these blooms. Then visit the 19 UNESCO-designated windmills of Kinderdijk to better understand how these mighty structures have been used to protect the Low Country from ever-rising water levels for hundreds of years.

Wander through the picture-perfect villages of Veere, Hoorn and Enkhuizen, and the enchanting outdoor Zuiderzee Museum. Take in the dazzling skyline of Rotterdam as you cruise through the bustling harbor and drift along the canals of Bruges. All along the way, you’ll savor Dutch delights and Belgian treats as you sail the aquatic highways and byways of two amazing countries shaped by water.

Tulips & Windmills

Itinerary

Upon arrival into Amsterdam, transfer to the ship.

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Exclusive “Morning with the Masters” at the Amsterdam Hermitage
Choice of Amsterdam by canal with either Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum visit OR exclusive "Do as the Locals Do" Amsterdam walking tour.

The laid-back, forward-thinking Dutch capital is as celebrated for its artistic masterpieces as it is for its canals, narrow houses, bicycles and vibrant nightlife. Discover the “Venice of the North” in two iconic ways today—a private visit to the Amsterdam Hermitage, plus a canal cruise or walking tour with a native of the city. The Netherlands’ largest city, Amsterdam has been an international port and financial center for 400 years, endowing it with a lively cosmopolitan feeling to match its historic architecture. Here, even the simplest shop has a distinctive charm, and every street has a story to tell. Your day begins with a morning tour of a rare collection of art—an extra special perk reserved solely for Uniworld guests. Later, see the sites by canal boat or stroll through the city’s streets like a local on a special guided tour.

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of full day at Keukenhof Gardens OR Keukenhof Gardens combined with Haarlem stroll.

Keukenhof is said to be the world’s largest and most famous flower garden, a bold declaration that actually lives up to the hype. Spend all day amongst millions of brilliantly colored flowers, or mix it up a bit with a shorter garden visit plus Haarlem and the oldest museum in The Netherlands. Spend the entire day roaming through acres of blooming tulips at the famed Keukenhof Gardens or split your time between the iconic garden and exploring historic Haarlem and the Netherlands’ first museum.

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Hoorn walking discovery tour and "Life on the Zuiderzee" outdoor museum visit.

Two ports of call offer you insight into the Netherlands' rich seafaring history. While visiting charming Hoorn's old harbor, your guide will point out and explain the markings on medieval buildings noting the former inhabitants' trades. At your next port of call, Enkhuizen, visit the fascinating Zuiderzee outdoor museum, a reconstructed fishing village from before the IJsselmeer Dam was built in 1932.

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of National Liberation Museum OR Kröller-Müller Museum visit.

For your choice of excursions today, we searched for two museums as unlike each other as possible (and we think we succeeded). The National Liberation Museum offers a memorable taste of what life was like in The Netherlands before, during and after WWII. The Kröller-Müller Museum is home to 97 works by native son Vincent Van Gogh, as well as other notable artists and sculptors. Nijmegen, the oldest town in the Netherlands (founded more than 2,000 years ago), is your gateway to one of two intriguing discoveries today. You can either learn more about the Netherlands’ WWII history during a guided tour of the National Liberation Museum in Groesbeek or discover one of the world’s great Van Gogh collections at the Kröller-Müller Museum.

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Kinderdijk windmills.

Windmills are such an iconic symbol of Holland that it’s easy to overlook their marvelous engineering and their role in changing the course of Dutch history. You may never look at a windmill in quite the same way after today’s outing to historic Kinderdijk. The second-largest city in the Netherlands and the largest port in Europe, Rotterdam is thoroughly modern—much of its historic fabric was destroyed during WWII. As your ship cruises through the port, you’ll soon understand why it’s sometimes called “Manhattan on the Meuse”: The Maas Tower, the Montevideo, the Millennium Tower and the spectacular Erasmus Bridge make for a dazzling skyline. You’ll have some free time to explore this exciting modern city on your own. Take a look at the amazing cube houses, stop by Groos for unique pieces by Rotterdam designers, check out the new market hall or visit one of Rotterdam’s many museums.

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Delta Works museum or stroll into the artists’ village of Veere.

Remember the tale of the Dutch boy who saved a town by plugging a dike with his finger? Well, the reality of life in this below-sea-level country is a tad more complicated, as you’ll learn today during your visit to the Delta Works. For something completely different, we’ll also visit a former artists’ colony. Your ship docks today in the harbor village of Veere, which will be your base for explorations of charming Veere and the mighty Delta Works.

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Ghent walking discovery tour or Full-day Bruges with canal cruise and walking discovery tour

Bruges or Ghent? Choosing just one may be a challenge today on your first foray in Belgium. Bruges is a place that seems frozen in time, where boats and swans float down canals and under stone bridges that gave the city its name. Ghent is home to the Ghent Altarpiece, a stunning 15th-century masterpiece said to be the world’s most stolen work of art. Your first day in Belgium offers you the chance to visit one of two national gems: beautiful Bruges, the capital of West Flanders and one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe; or fascinating Ghent, the capital city of East Flanders, whose long history does not weigh upon its vibrant present. Belgium’s second-largest city, Ghent abounds in beautifully restored medieval architecture, but there’s nothing museum-like about the city: It’s lively and brims with cutting-edge boutiques and galleries.

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Antwerp walking discovery tour with Cathedral of Our Lady OR exclusive "Do as the Locals Do" Antwerp walking tour.

It may be the diamond capital of the world, but Antwerp is also known for a number of other sought-after cultural gems, including Golden Age art and Belgian beer, waffles and fries. Diamond capital of the world, Belgium’s largest port, home to trendsetting fashion designers and a mecca for chocolate lovers, Antwerp is lively and historic, lovely and legend-filled. Visit Antwerp’s striking Cathedral of Our Lady, with its UNESCO-designated belfry and its historic surroundings, or, if you’re feeling adventurous, hop on the metro and experience the city like a local.

Disembark the ship in Antwerp and transfer to Brussels Airport for your flight home.

Price Guide

Date Price (pp)
30 March 2019 £3,499
01 April 2019 (in reverse) £3,499
08 April 2019 (in reverse) £3,599
10 April 2019 £3,599
17 April 2019 £3,599
19 April 2019 (in reverse) £3,599

What's Included

  • Return London Flights, other regional airports may be available at a supplement.
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days
  • 9-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the River Queen, River Duchess or River Princess
  • All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell Receptions & Gala Dinner
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water
  • 2 countries: Belgium, The Netherlands
  • 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: "Life and Art in the Golden Age of the Low Lands"