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11 Day Tulip Time River Cruise with Amsterdam 2018
(Monarch Empress)

11 days with Gate 1  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary
DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for the Netherlands
Depart for the Netherlands.

DAY 2, Sunday - Cruise Embarkation in Amsterdam
Embarkation begins at 3 pm. After arrival formalities, time to relax on board. Tonight, a gala Welcome Dinner sets the mood for your delightful river cruise. (Dinner)

DAY 3, 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 4, 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 5, 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. Balance of the day is at leisure in Antwerp, or return to the ship for a relaxing afternoon on board. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 6, 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 (PM).

DAY 7, 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 8, 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, 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 9, Sunday - Disembarkation in Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum Tour
After morning disembarkation in Amsterdam, proceed to the world famous Rijksmuseum. On your guided tour you will explore the vast collection of works from some of the world's greatest artists including the Dutch masters Vermeer and Rembrandt. This afternoon is free for personal exploration. As you walk through the city, sample some of the much-loved local dishes like fresh herring, salty fries, local cheeses, or stop at a lively pub for a sampling of some of the renowned Dutch beers. (Breakfast)

DAY 10, Monday - Full Day in Amsterdam
Day at leisure to further explore 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. Tonight, treat yourself to dinner at a fabulous restaurant, or join the effervescent night scene in this city filled with theaters, nightclubs and spirited cafes. (Breakfast)

DAY 11, Tuesday - Depart the Netherlands
Your vacation ends today 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
  • Marvel at the Dutch Master’s collection in the Rijksmuseum
All This Included
  • 9 nights accommodations
  • River port charges of $190 per person
  • Cruise & hotel porterage
  • 22 meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Shore excursions per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring during excursions
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: MS Monarch Empress
Amsterdam: Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available. 
  • Land/Cruise only price does not include arrival/departure transfers. Embarkation will begin at 3:00 pm however early arrivals may rest in the lounge if their assigned cabin is not ready upon check-in. 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. Kindly refer to our Terms for additional information.
  • European river cruising has gained in popularity for very good reason. It's a relaxing and convenient way to experience Europe while enjoying the comfort of a deluxe ship. However, before making the decision to reserve your vacation, please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise. 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.
  • This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. There is a potential for a small number of sailings to be impacted by river water levels, or other factors which may impact safe navigation. This may cause part or all of the cruise itinerary to be operated by motor coach and may also involve hotel accommodations.
  • 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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