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14 Day Tulip Time River Cruise with Amsterdam & Paris
(MS Monarch Baroness, Amsterdam to Paris)

14 days with Gate 1  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary
DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for the Netherlands
Depart for the Netherlands.
DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Amsterdam
Welcome to Amsterdam, Holland's sophisticated and modern capital. The remainder of the day is free to discover the many cultural sites this delightful city has to offer. Tonight, a Welcome Drink with your Tour Manager, followed by a briefing about the journey.
DAY 3, Saturday - Amsterdam City Tour
Today's panoramic tour of 700-year-old Amsterdam introduces you to both the old and the new sections of this city. View the Royal Palace on Amsterdam's Dam Square, the Queen's official home-away-from-home. On to the Dutch National Monument dedicated by Queen Juliana as a memorial to the victims of WWII and to the unusual Skinny Bridge, once so narrow that pedestrians could not pass each other. Arrive at the bustling Albert Cuyp market -- its stalls sell everything from food to clothes to crafts. Then, board a glass-top boat and cruise the winding canals for an up-close view of the stately historic homes, 16th-century warehouses and charming churches with striking bell towers. The rest of the day is on your own. Perhaps, visit one of the world-renowned museums such as the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh to view the masterpieces of some of the Dutch artists. (Breakfast)
DAY 4, Sunday - Cruise Embarkation in Amsterdam
Time for personal exploration or shopping in Amsterdam this morning before the afternoon transfer to the port for embarkation. After arrival formalities, rest and relax on board. This evening, the Captain's Welcome Cocktail and Dinner sets the mood for your delightful river cruise. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 5, Monday - Full Day in Amsterdam
Morning at leisure to further discover Amsterdam on your own. Perhaps experience a taste of real Dutch life by renting a bike to discover the little alleyways, hidden courtyards and canal-side treasures.This evening set sail as you dine on board. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 6, Tuesday - Tour Nijmegen, the Oldest Town in the Netherlands
The ship docks in Nijmegen, the oldest town in the Netherlands with its beautiful river landscapes and magnificent historic buildings. Uncover traces of the city's past on a walking tour, before roaming the unique shops, outdoor cafes and cozy restaurants on your own. This afternoon, art lovers will not want to miss the optional tour to the Kroller-Muller Museum, home to the second-largest collection of Van Gogh paintings in the world, as well as artwork by Mondrian, Seurat and Picasso. The ship sails this evening to Antwerp, Belgium. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) 

Optional: Kroller-Muller Museum Tour ($59) 
DAY 7, Wednesday - Antwerp City Tour
Today you arrive in Antwerp, one of Europe's largest and most historic port cities, where more than half of the world's diamonds are traded. Evidence of the wealth produced from trade during the 16th century can be seen in the opulent homes that line the city streets. The tour of the city begins at the Cathedral of our Lady, the highest Gothic building in the Low Countries and continues to the unique market place, surrounded by the mighty Renaissance Town hall and numerous guild halls. Rest of the day is at leisure in Antwerp, or return to the ship for a relaxing afternoon on board. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 8, Thursday - Tour Ghent, the Historic Flanders Port
Discover the historic Flanders port of Ghent today, a showcase of Flemish wealth. Your tour of this medieval city includes views of the 7th century St. Bavo's Cathedral and the imposing Gravensteen Castle. At the town center, shop at the Grote Market with its over 50 distinctive stalls selling everything from pancakes to jewelry. View the gigantic Belfry, symbol of the city’s independence and the Gothic- style Cloth Hall, glorifying the city’s major industry. Return to the ship or take the optional afternoon tour to Bruges, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Here, you walk along the picturesque cobbled lanes lined with historic churches and whitewashed almshouses; view the Lake of Love (Minnewater), the Beguinage Convent and Our Lady's Church, housing the astonishing Madonna statue by Michelangelo. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) 

Optional: Bruges City Tour ($45) 
DAY 9, Friday - Excursion to the Delta Works
A fascinating excursion this morning to the Delta Works. After the 1953 flood in the Netherlands, where more than 1800 people drowned in one night, the Delta Plan was created to prevent a disaster of this magnitude from ever happening again. Taking 30 years to complete, the storm flood barrier, almost six miles long, stands as the final defense in the battle against the water and is considered a technical miracle. Rejoin the ship for lunch and continue cruising this afternoon towards Rotterdam where the ship will remain docked overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 10, Saturday - Windmill Tour in Kinderdijk. Afternoon in Keukenhof Gardens
Today, you visit a windmill park in the small village of Kinderdijk on the north bank of the River Noord. The windmills, built in the 1700s, are still in use today and played a vital role in the development of the country. During this excursion, visit a windmill and learn more about the modern technology that is now replacing their existence. Rejoin the ship in the late morning and continue cruising while you enjoy lunch. This afternoon, depart for the beautiful Keukenhof Gardens, the largest and most spectacular flower gardens in the world, where a sea of multicolored tulips stretches out over the flat Dutch landscape as far as the eye can see. Later, re-join the ship in Amsterdam for tonight’s Farewell Dinner. Share wonderful memories of your cruise with your Tour Manager and new-found friends. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 11, Sunday - Tour Brussels
This morning, disembark your ship and travel through the countryside to reach Brussels. In Belgium's capital city, view the gigantic Atomium, that still remains from the 1958 World Expo, the Palace of Justice and the Grand Place, a recreated 15th century town square with decorated guild houses. Stroll the city center with the well-known Manneken Pis bronze sculpture before continuing to your journey to Paris. Upon arrival this evening, start the discovery of the "City of Lights", one of the world’s greatest cities with its endless treasures. (Breakfast)
DAY 12, Monday - Tour of Paris
Drive along the famous Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe and the iconic Eiffel Tower, symbol of Paris. On to the celebrated "Rive Gauche", the vivacious Left Bank where artists, philosophers and writers in a long-gone era flourished in the artistic community at Montparnasse. View the imposing Cathedral of Notre Dame, and the Latin Quarter, home to many of France's higher education establishments, such as the Sorbonne. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure or join the optional tour to the remarkable Louvre Museum, one of the most famous landmarks in Paris. Of the many exhibitions found therein, you will see the medieval fortress, the modern pyramid, and the museum's most reputed masterpiece, Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. After, remain at the Louvre or visit bustling Montmartre on your own. (Breakfast) 

Optional: Louvre Museum (PM)
DAY 13, Tuesday - Full Day in Paris
The day is yours to explore this exciting city independently. See spectacular views of the city, the Basilica of Sacre Coeur, and walk the winding streets to mingle with the street artists selling their wares at Place du Tertre. Don't miss the optional tour to magnificent Versailles to witness the grandeur of French classical architecture on the visit to the Palace and the extravagant State Apartments. This evening, perhaps stop at a bistro for dinner coupled with great wine. (Breakfast)
Optional: Versailles Apartments (AM).
DAY 14, Wednesday - Depart France
Your vacation ends after breakfast.  (Breakfast)
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • In Amsterdam, board a glass-top boat and cruise the winding canals
  • Visit Nijmegen, the oldest town in the Netherlands with its magnificent historic buildings
  • Dock in the historic Flanders port of Ghent, a showcase of Flemish wealth
  • Excursion to the Delta Works storm barrier, considered a technical miracle
  • Visit the windmill park in Kinderdijk built in the 1700s and still in use today
  • Explore the magnificent flower displays at Keukenhof Gardens
  • Discover Paris, the "City of Lights", with its endless treasures
  • Tour Brussels' re-created 15th century town square with decorated guild houses
All This Included
  • 12 nights accommodations
  • Hotel and cruise porterage
  • All transfers & port fees
  • 25 meals: 12 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Shore excursions per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring during excursions
  • Captain's Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner
  • Unlimited wine and beer with dinners
  • Locally inspired recipes
  • Early riser breakfast in addition to buffet breakfast
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily in your stateroom
  • Late night snack
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Self-serve coffee and tea station
  • Lounge serving premium spirits
  • Daily entertainment including an on-board musician
  • Fitness center
  • Non-smoking ship interior
  • Cruise Director & Tour Managers throughout
  • Shore excursions conducted exclusively in English
Accommodations on this Tour
Amsterdam: Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel
Cruising: Cabin onboard MS Monarch Baroness
Paris: Novotel Paris Centre Tour Eiffel
  • Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs and walkers are not allowed on motor coaches and/or river cruises. There are no elevators or chair lifts on board.
  • Land/Cruise only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.
  • Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* 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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