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Netherlands & the Beauty of Belgium

8 days with Emerald Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Amsterdam
Welcome to Amsterdam, a fascinating 700 year old city lined with picturesque canals and filled with world-class museums, theatres and cafés. On arrival, you’ll be met at the airport by an Emerald Waterways representative and transferred to your award-winning river cruise ship where a warm welcome awaits from your Captain and crew. Tonight you are invited to join your fellow travellers for a Welcome Dinner. Your Cruise Director will also conduct a port talk to review the activities and itinerary for the days ahead. (D)
 
Day 2 Amsterdam - Zaanse Schans
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. In the afternoon, you will head back to Amsterdam for a guided walking tour of the downtown area. Tonight the Captain will be delighted to welcome you to a gala dinner. Emerald Plus: Tour to Zaanse Schans Windmills. (B,L,D)
 
Day 3 Veere - Delta Works
Today you will arrive in Veere where you will enjoy a guided tour. In 1953, the province of Zeeland was heavily flooded during a storm which led the Dutch government to commission the Delta Works to protect the province from the open sea by a series of dikes, sea walls and locks all the way up to Rotterdam in South Holland. We continue with a tour of the outer wall of the Delta Works project, known as the Storm Surge Barrier, before watching an educational and interesting film on its construction and the floods that preceded it. Afterwards, you will return to the ship for lunch and enjoy an afternoon of sailing as you journey towards Arnhem. Emerald Active: Biking Tour in Veere (unguided). (B,L,D)
 
Day 4 Antwerp
This morning we arrive in Antwerp - Belgium’s biggest port, positioned on the River Sheltz 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 a guided walking tour of the city centre through 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’. (B,L,D) 
 
Day 5 Arnhem
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. Your tour with a local guide includes the main sights of the city such as the Town Hall, as well as 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. Back on-board your ship you will enjoy the Capitan’s Farewell Gala Dinner. (B,L,D)
 
Day 6 Hoorn - Amsterdam
This morning you will arrive in Hoorn, which was once a base for the Dutch East India Company, making it a prosperous and powerful trading town. Today, this 13th century town is home to many listed buildings and the former Oostereiland prison. Once in Hoorn, you will be transferred by coach to Edam - a town known all over the world for its cheese, where you will enjoy an orientation walking tour. As well as cheese, Edam was made famous for its ship building, where it was once home to a total of 33 shipyards. On your walking tour, you will get to browse the city’s many cheese shops, authentic 17th century architecture, monuments and quiet canals - and discover the Great Church, one of the largest churches in the Netherlands. Afterwards, you’ll be taken on a guided tour of the fishing village of Volendam, where you’ll also enjoy free time exploring the small fishing port and the old centre where some residents still wear traditional Dutch costume. Emerald Plus: Clog Painting on board. Emerald Active: Biking Tour in Hoorn (unguided). (B,L,D)
 
Day 7 Amsterdam
This morning we journey to 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. After lunch, you will have free time to explore on your own. Emerald Plus: Visit to Keukenhof Gardens. (B,L,D)
 
Day 8 Amsterdam
After breakfast, it is time to farewell your fellow passengers and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport for your onward or homebound flight. (B)
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All This Included
SUPERB SERVICES
  • Emerald Star Ships EXCLUSIVE to Emerald Waterways
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges included
  • All tipping and gratuities included
  • Free airport transfers
  • 7 nights on a luxury European river ship
PREMIUM INCLUSIONS
  • Explore 8 different cities, towns and villages with a guide during our included tours and shore excursions
  • Visit the Keukenhof Gardens, the largest and most beautiful in Europe
  • Take an orientation walk through Amsterdam
  • Tour Antwerp, Belgium’s second largest city
  • Walk the cobbled streets of Bruges and tour the fairy-tale town with a local guide
  • Take a guided tour of Veere and visit the Delta Works project
  • Visit Arnhem, famous for its great battle during WWII
  • Immerse yourself in Edam – home to cheese makers and ship builders
  • Walking tour of Volendam
 DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 20 superb meals including 7 Full Breakfasts (FB), 6 Lunches (L), 5 Dinners (D), 2 Highlight Dinners (HD)
  • Captain’s Welcome Dinner
  • Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner whilst cruising
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Emerald Sky or Emerald Sun
 
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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