Dutch Sights and Belgian Delights8 days & 7 nights, Private Journey
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Amsterdam, Veere, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Arnhem & Hoorn
There's something irrepressibly joyful about Europe in springtime, and nowhere more so than beautiful Holland, where fields of tulips seem to personify the mood of young and old alike. You'll have ample opportunity to join in the fun, with an itinerary that takes in the very best that the Netherlands has to offer. Breathe in the palpable sense of optimism, and enjoy the camaraderie and hospitality of locals at Hoorn, where you'll be treated to a uniquely Dutch dinner. From sleepy towns like Edam and Volendam, to thriving modern centers like Rotterdam, the home of Delft Blue Pottery, the proud history of this land is evident everywhere. From its famous windmills and canals to its timeless bridges and unique architectural styles - there's no better time to discover it all for yourself.
Day 1Welcome to Amsterdam
Let the wonder commence. Raise your glass to a lovely cruise at this evening's welcome reception.Scenic Space-Ship - 7 Nights (D)
Freechoice: With its 165 canals that stretch over 60 miles, Amsterdam's magnificent waterways have made the city world famous and you'll have ample opportunity to explore them. Listen to expert commentary as you take in the countless sights, and learn about the history that shaped this important European capital. Alternatively, enjoy a visit to Keukenhof Gardens, which have delighted visitors for over 60 years.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Later on, set sail towards the picturesque and historic city of Veere. And in the evening, please join the Captain for the official welcome dinner.
Freechoice: Visit the Delta Works, including the famous Storm Surge Barrier - an incredible feat of modern engineering, purpose-built to protect the flooding Delta plain. Alternatively, you can choose to explore the charming village of Veere, located on a series of regional dykes, with a history that extends all the way back to the 15th century. Or, if you'd like to do something more active, embark on an enjoyable guided cycling tour of Veere and its surroundings. You will discover the town square with its impressive Town Hall dating back to the late 15th century, cycle past the town's beautiful harbor and see the picturesque windmill located on the outskirts.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Raise a toast to the end of a wonderful day. It's a moment to savor, and a chance to reflect on all you've seen and experienced.
Freechoice: Let a local expert guide you through Bruges, the charming World Heritage-listed city with a hive of picturesque canals and cobblestone streets. Alternatively, explore Antwerp, Belgium's second city, renowned as the diamond capital of the world and located on the banks of the River Scheldt. The city offers an abundance of world-class restaurants, striking architecture and is home to some of Belgium's finest fashion designers.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Join a knowledgeable local guide on a tour of Rotterdam - a dynamic, international city with a bold and passionately beating heart. Known as the architectural capital of the Netherlands, you'll see highlights such as the Erasmus Bridge and the Beeldenroute Westersingel - the Westersingel Sculpture Route that runs along the Westersingel Canal and displays various works of art by renowned local artists. Or if you'd prefer, you could choose to explore beautiful Delft, before dropping in at the pottery factory and museum to discover more about world-famous Delft Blue Pottery. Alternatively, discover picturesque Kinderdijk, famous for its beautiful historic windmills.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Explore the Arnhem Airborne Museum and learn about the Battle of Arnhem. The Airborne Experience allows you to follow in the footsteps of the British parachutists who made their way across dangerous terrain to Arnhem in September 1944. Alternatively, visit the Netherlands Open Air Museum and discover historic houses, farms and windmills. The museum portrays, impression of daily life for the average Dutchman over the past few centuries. Or, if you're feeling more active you might wish to journey to the nearby Hoge Veluwe National Park and enjoy cycling on one of their white bicycles. The national park is one of the largest continuous nature reserves in Holland, and the best way to explore it is by bicycle.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Travel from Hoorn to the sleepy fishing village of Volendam, with its unusual raised homes and its quaint wooden church, and then head to Edam, famous for its round cheese. You'll simply love this village and its beautiful squares, old-style bridges and cheese warehouses. Or, discover Hoorn with a local guide and be immersed into the local life with fine cheese and fish tastings. Alternatively, you can choose to take a bike, as it's a great village to cycle through.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
This evening, a special experience awaits you. You'll get the chance to commune with the hospitable locals of this quiet pocket of northeastern Holland. Not only is there much friendly conversation in store, you can anticipate a truly sumptuous dinner, in the local style, with accompanying entertainment. What a fabulous way to celebrate your time in this charming region.
After a good breakfast, you'll be transferred to Amsterdam airport for your onward or homebound flight. You'll be taking a lifetime of wonderful memories back with you.(B)