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12 Day Tulip Time River Cruise with Paris 2018
(Monarch Empress)

12 days with Gate 1  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary

DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for France
Depart for Paris, France.

DAY 2, Thursday - Arrive in Paris, the "City of Lights"
Arrive in Paris, the "City of Lights". The rest of the day is at leisure to begin your discovery of one of the world's greatest cities with its endless treasures. Tonight, a Welcome Drink with your Tour Manager, followed by a briefing about the journey that awaits you.

DAY 3, Friday - 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 magnificent Versailles to witness the grandeur of French classical architecture on the visit to the Palace and the extravagant State Apartments. (Breakfast)

Optional: Versailles Apartments (PM).

DAY 4, Saturday - Full Day in Paris
The day is yours to explore this exciting city independently. Don't miss 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. 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. Perhaps stop at a bistro for dinner coupled with great wine. (Breakfast)

Optional: Louvre Museum (AM).

DAY 5, Sunday - Tour Brussels, River Cruise Embarkation in Amsterdam
Travel through French 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 re-created 15th century town square with decorated guild houses. Stroll the city center with the well-known Manneken Pis bronze sculpture before continuing to the Amsterdam port to embark the MS Monarch Empress. 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 6, Monday - Panoramic Tour of Amsterdam
Awake this morning in Amsterdam, one of the greatest small cities in the world, with its world-famous museums and historical sites. A panoramic tour introduces you to both the old and new sections of this city. View the Royal Palace on Amsterdam's Dam Square, the Dutch National Monument dedicated as a memorial to victims of WWII and the unusual Skinny Bridge. 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. Rejoin the ship for lunch on board, and spend a leisurely afternoon in Amsterdam. This evening set sail as you dine on board. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 7, 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 (PM).

DAY 8, Wednesday - Antwerp City Tour
Today 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 9, 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, 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 (PM).

DAY 10, 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 11, Saturday - Windmill Tour in Kinderdijk. Afternoon in Keukenhof Gardens
Today, 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, rejoin 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 12, Sunday - Depart the Netherlands
Your vacation ends today after breakfast. Disembarkation will end at 9:30 am. (Breakfast)

Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Discover Paris, the "City of Lights", with its endless treasures
  • Tour Brussels' re-created 15th century town square with decorated guild houses
  • 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

 

All This Included
  • 10 nights accommodations
  • River port charges of $190 per person
  • Cruise & hotel porterage
  • 23 meals: 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Shore excursions per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring during excursions

River Cruise Features & Amenities

  • 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 basic 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
Cruising: MS Monarch Empress
Paris: Paris Marriott Opera Ambassador
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available. 
  • Land/Cruise only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.
  • Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs and walkers are not allowed on motor coaches and/or river cruises. The Monarch Empress is equipped with elevator access between the Empress and Countess decks, however passengers will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes while touring.
  • While most of the time river cruises operate exactly as planned, weather conditions may result in high or low water levels which impact a ship's itinerary and, on occasion, render a ship unable to sail at all. On very rare occasions, other events such as heavy fog, a damaged lock, or an incapacitated vessel blocking the river, may impact a sailing. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is partially or completely impacted, the itinerary will be operated by deluxe motor coach, accompanied by a Tour Manager, with overnights in hotels. The itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required, as well as meals. While it is not possible to recreate the more leisurely comforts of sailings, we will endeavor to provide a comparable itinerary. These alternative services will be provided at no additional charge.
  • 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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