DAY 1: Antwerp (Embark)
Arrive at Brussels International Airport. If your cruise package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship.
DAY 2: Antwerp
It may be the diamond capital of the world, but Antwerp is also known for a number of other sought-after cultural gems, including Golden Age art and Belgian beer, waffles and fries. Diamond capital of the world, Belgium’s largest port, home to trendsetting fashion designers and a mecca for chocolate lovers, Antwerp is lively and historic, lovely and legend-filled. Visit Antwerp’s striking Cathedral of Our Lady, with its UNESCO-designated belfry and its historic surroundings, or, if you’re feeling adventurous, hop on the metro and experience the city like a local.
Choice of Antwerp walking discovery tour with Cathedral of Our Lady or Exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Antwerp walking tour
A special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.
DAY 3: Ghent (Bruges or Ghent)
Bruges or Ghent? Choosing just one may be a challenge today on your first foray in Belgium. Bruges is a place that seems frozen in time, where boats and swans float down canals and under stone bridges that gave the city its name. Ghent is home to the Ghent Altarpiece, a stunning 15th-century masterpiece said to be the world’s most stolen work of art. Your first day in Belgium offers you the chance to visit one of two national gems: beautiful Bruges, the capital of West Flanders and one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe; or fascinating Ghent, the capital city of East Flanders, whose long history does not weigh upon its vibrant present. Belgium’s second-largest city, Ghent abounds in beautifully restored medieval architecture, but there’s nothing museum-like about the city: It’s lively and brims with cutting-edge boutiques and galleries.
Choice of Full-day Bruges with canal cruise and walking discovery tour or Ghent walking discovery tour
DAY 4: Veere
Delta Works museum
Stroll into the artists’ village of Veere
DAY 5: Rotterdam, Kinderdijk
Windmills are such an iconic symbol of Holland that it’s easy to overlook their marvelous engineering and their role in changing the course of Dutch history. You may never look at a windmill in quite the same way after today’s outing to historic Kinderdijk. The second-largest city in the Netherlands and the largest port in Europe, Rotterdam is thoroughly modern—much of its historic fabric was destroyed during WWII. As your ship cruises through the port, you’ll soon understand why it’s sometimes called “Manhattan on the Meuse”: The Maas Tower, the Montevideo, the Millennium Tower and the spectacular Erasmus Bridge make for a dazzling skyline. You’ll have some free time to explore this exciting modern city on your own. Take a look at the amazing cube houses, stop by Groos for unique pieces by Rotterdam designers, check out the new market hall or visit one of Rotterdam’s many museums.
DAY 6: Nijmegen
For your choice of excursions today, we searched for two museums as unlike each other as possible (and we think we succeeded). The National Liberation Museum offers a memorable taste of what life was like in The Netherlands before, during and after WWII. The Kröller-Müller Museum is home to 97 works by native son Vincent Van Gogh, as well as other notable artists and sculptors. Nijmegen, the oldest town in the Netherlands (founded more than 2,000 years ago), is your gateway to one of two intriguing discoveries today. You can either learn more about the Netherlands’ WWII history during a guided tour of the National Liberation Museum in Groesbeek or discover one of the world’s great Van Gogh collections at the Kröller-Müller Museum.
Choice of National Liberation Museum or Kröller-Müller Museum
DAY 7: Hoorn, Enkhuizen
The tip of South America—Cape Horn—is actually a misspelling of “Hoorn,” which tells you a lot about the town of Hoorn and its seafaring past. The swash-buckling derring-do of Dutch explorers comes to life today on a guided walking tour of this historic locale. Later, leave the modern world far behind during a visit to a re-created 19th-century Dutch village. Today offers you a chance to discover the Netherlands’ maritime history, with visits to two historic towns linked to the Dutch East India Company (which dominated Europe’s trade with Asia for centuries), and to learn a little about the daily lives of the seafaring Dutch in the 19th century.
Hoorn walking discovery tour
“Life on the Zuiderzee” outdoor museum visit
DAY 8: Haarlem
Keukenhof is said to be the world’s largest and most famous flower garden, a bold declaration that actually lives up to the hype. Spend all day amongst millions of brilliantly colored flowers, or mix it up a bit with a shorter garden visit plus Haarlem and the oldest museum in The Netherlands. Spend the entire day roaming through acres of blooming tulips at the famed Keukenhof Gardens or split your time between the iconic garden and exploring historic Haarlem and the Netherlands’ first museum.
Choice of Full-day at Keukenhof Gardens* or Keukenhof Gardens with Haarlem stroll and Teylers Museum visit
*Note: Lunch is not included with the full-day at Keukenhof Gardens.
DAY 9: Amsterdam
The laid-back, forward-thinking Dutch capital is as celebrated for its artistic masterpieces as it is for its canals, narrow houses, bicycles and vibrant nightlife. Discover the “Venice of the North” in two iconic ways today—a private visit to the Amsterdam Hermitage, plus a canal cruise or walking tour with a native of the city. The Netherlands’ largest city, Amsterdam has been an international port and financial center for 400 years, endowing it with a lively cosmopolitan feeling to match its historic architecture. Here, even the simplest shop has a distinctive charm, and every street has a story to tell. Your day begins with a morning tour of a rare collection of art—an extra special perk reserved solely for Uniworld guests. Later, see the sites by canal boat or stroll through the city’s streets like a local on a special guided tour.
Exclusive “Morning with the Masters” at the Amsterdam Hermitage
Choice of Amsterdam canal cruise or Exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Amsterdam walking tour
A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.
DAY 10: Amsterdam (Disembark)
Disembark the ship. If your cruise package includes a group departure transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport for your flight home.
See everything from tulips to windmills on this journey during the season of rebirth
From the canals of Amsterdam to the belfry of Bruges, you’ll discover the best of the Netherlands and Belgium. Stroll through colorful acres of tulips at Keukenhof Gardens to get a sense of the Netherlands’ extraordinary connection to these blooms. Then visit the 19 UNESCO-designated windmills of Kinderdijk to better understand how these mighty structures have been used to protect the Low Country from ever-rising water levels for hundreds of years.
Wander through the picture-perfect villages of Veere, Hoorn and Enkhuizen, and the enchanting outdoor Zuiderzee Museum. Uncover the rich treasures at Amsterdam’s world-class museums, including the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum. Take in the dazzling skyline of Rotterdam as you cruise through the bustling harbor and drift along the canals of Bruges. All along the way, you’ll savor Dutch delights and Belgian treats as you sail the aquatic highways and byways of two amazing countries shaped by water.
Who will enjoy this cruise: Those who wish to step back in time may visit historic villages, medieval city centers and 20th-century battlefields. Art lovers will enjoy guided museum visits, while garden lovers will find a host of wonders with springtime blossoms.
All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
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" 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, imperial River Duchess or stunning River Princess
Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options
Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
2 countries: Belgium, The Netherlands
4 UNESCO World Heritage sites
All transfers on arrival and departure days
All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
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”
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