Day 1 – Brussels Airport, transfer to Antwerp (embark)
Arrive at Brussels Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship in Antwerp.
Day 2 – Antwerp
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Antwerp walking discovery tour with Cathedral of Our Lady OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Antwerp walking tour
Take a tour of Antwerp's architectural highlights, including the Cathedral of Our Lady and its masterpieces by Rubens. Or experience the city as the locals do, with a metro ride, a stroll through the main shopping district, and samples of iconic Belgian foods. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
Day 3 – Ghent (Bruges or Ghent)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of full-day Bruges with canal cruise and walking discovery tour OR Ghent walking discovery tour with Ghent Floralies flower show
Enjoy a tour of well-preserved Bruges, a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with historic architecture. Or explore Ghent, one of the oldest cities in Belgium, with a guided tour featuring the medieval center and the famous Ghent Altarpiece. During the Ghent Floralies this spring, the streets will be lined with lavish flower displays.
Day 4 – Veere
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Delta Works museum and guided stroll into artists’ village of Veere
The Delta Works Museum presents a wonderful overview of Dutch windmills and other engineering marvels used in the Netherlands’ long battle to hold back the sea. You’ll also have time to explore Veere, with its cozy harbor and 16th-century merchant houses. Relax onboard as the ship cruises through the picturesque Zeeland area.
Day 5 – Rotterdam, Kinderdijk
FEATURED EXCURSION: Kinderdijk windmills
Cruise through the Rotterdam harbor, the world’s third-largest port, and explore the city on your own. Continue onward to Kinderdijk, an area with 19 well-preserved, UNESCO-designated windmills dating back to the 1500s. If you wish, you will have a chance to climb inside one of these historic and iconic structures.
Note: If docking in Kinderdijk is not possible, the excursion will be arranged by motorcoach from Rotterdam.
Day 6 – Nijmegen (Groesbeek or Nuenen)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of National Liberation Museum OR Kröller-Müller Museum visit
From Nijmegen, the oldest city in the Netherlands, join an excursion to the nearby National Liberation Museum for an eye-opening perspective on WWII. Or you can opt to see a fine collection of paintings by Van Gogh and other works by 19th- and 20th-century artists.
Day 7 – Hoorn (Enkhuizen)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Hoorn walking discovery tour and “Life on the Zuiderzee” outdoor museum visit
Discover Hoorn’s seafaring past as you tour the city on foot. At your next port of call, stroll through the fascinating Zuiderzee outdoor museum, a reconstructed village showcasing 19th-century Dutch life and culture. For more active sightseeing, bike around City Ring—an earthen dike—aboard one of the ship’s complimentary bicycles.
Day 8 – Amsterdam (Haarlem)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of full day at Keukenhof Gardens OR Keukenhof Gardens combined with Haarlem walking discovery tour with Teylers Museum visit
Spend the day at Keukenhof Gardens, an extraordinary site boasting seven million flowers. Or enjoy a half day at the gardens and either relax onboard after lunch or visit Haarlem's historic center and the oldest museum in the Netherlands, with free time to explore on your own.
Note: Lunch is not included with the full day at Keukenhof Gardens.
Day 9 – Amsterdam
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Amsterdam by canal with either Van Gogh Museum OR Rijksmuseum visit OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do" Amsterdam walking tour
See Amsterdam from the unique perspective of a canal cruise, followed by a tour of one of two acclaimed museums. Or, opt to take a guided stroll through Amsterdam’s canal district to a restored 17th-century canal house. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
Day 10 – Amsterdam (disemark)
Disembark the ship and transfer to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport for your return flight home.
A beautiful springtime journey that ventures beyond the region’s most iconic symbols.
Discover the best of the Netherlands and Belgium on this resplendent springtime cruise. Stroll through acres of brilliantly colored tulips at Keukenhof Gardens and visit the 19 UNESCO-designated windmills of Kinderdijk, engineering marvels that have protected the Low Countries from flooding for centuries. Wander through the postcard-perfect villages of Veere, Hoorn and Enkhuizen, and the enchanting outdoor Zuiderzee museum. Gaze upon the world’s largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings in Amsterdam, and take in the dazzling skyline of Rotterdam as you cruise through its bustling harbor. Drift along the canals of Bruges, or admire the floral splendor of Ghent’s famous flower show, and “Do as the Locals Do” in vibrant Antwerp. All along the way, you’ll savor Dutch delights and Belgian treats on this luxurious and all-inclusive journey through two beloved countries shaped by water.
9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 9 dinners
Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water
8 days of excursions, including "Choice Is Yours" options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
Guided "Do as the Locals Do," "Village Day" and "Gentle Walking" programs
State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all excursions
Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
9-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the regal River Queen, stately S.S. Maria Theresa or imperial River Duchess
4 UNESCO World Heritage sites
All transfers on arrival and departure days
Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
Captivating onboard local entertainment
Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: “Life and Art in the Golden Age of the Low Lands”
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.