The colorful flower displays at Keukenhof Gardens, a steam train adventure and delightful sightseeing in storybook towns are just some of the highlights of this refreshing river cruise along Belgian and Dutch waterways.
About the Tour
This Spring discover the beautiful and historic cities of Amsterdam, Ghent and Bruges on an 8-day river cruise adventure along scenic Belgian and Dutch waterways. Step back into the pages of history with an excursion to the Battlefields of Ypres and discover the Netherlands’ beautiful countryside on a ride aboard the Medemblik Steam Train. A true highlight is a visit to Keukenhof Gardens to see the spectacular tulips and seasonal flowers firsthand.
Customize the start or end of this river cruise with rail & hotel or hotel-only packages.
- 7-night river cruise onboard a 5-star Amadeus cruise ship
- 20 meals
- Immerse yourself in the impressive display of colorful tulips and spring flowers on a visit to Keukenhof Gardens, one of the largest gardens in the world
- Onboard lecture from the BBC’s Charlie Dimmock about her work in horticulture
- Tour the World War I battlefields in Ypres
- Onboard lecture from army veteran and battlefield expert Colonel Piers Storie-Pugh MBE
- Bruges and Ghent city tours
- Flexible excursions in Amsterdam and Arnhem, allowing you to choose how you spend your day with a choice of activities
- Excellent shipboard amenities including a panorama restaurant, bar and lounge, river terrace, fitness room, massage room, sun deck, elevator, complimentary bicycles and more
- Two exclusive shipboard events
- Onboard live music every night
- Complimentary WiFi onboard
- Services of a professional cruise director
Day 1 – Amsterdam/Embarkation
Arrive in Amsterdam and transfer to your Amadeus river cruise vessel. Settle into your cabin and get acquainted with your new surroundings. Later, enjoy a welcome drink in the lounge before a sumptuous 5-course dinner in the restaurant. Overnight ship. (D)
Day 2 – Amsterdam
After breakfast on board the ship, enjoy your choice of excursions. Your first option is a guided sightseeing tour of Amsterdam featuring all the best-loved sites in this port city, including the Royal Palace, Dam Square and the city’s pretty canals. Your second option is a visit to the town of Hoorn, where you embark on a nostalgic steam train trip aboard the Medemblik Steam Railroad. Colorful tulips fields and traditional windmills comprise the backdrop of this heritage train excursion aboard rail cars that date back to the train’s golden era in the 1920’s. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 3 – The Battlefields of Ypres
We arrive in Flemish Belgium and the historic city of Ghent. This morning, Colonel Piers Storie-Pugh MBE steps aboard to deliver a lecture about the battlefields in the region. This afternoon, our excursion takes us to the Ypres Battlefields, a key battlefront in World War I. We also see the Tyne Cot cemetery, where many of the soldiers were buried. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 4 – Ghent Sightseeing
Venture out into Ghent’s narrow streets and pretty boulevards for a guided tour. Note the architecture throughout the town, which lends a touch of splendor to the buildings; we discover some of the finest examples on our tour, which includes the impressive St Bavo's Cathedral and the Belfry. After lunch, you’re free to explore more of Ghent at leisure. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 5 – Bruges
Today we pay a visit to the fairytale city of Bruges, an exceptional example of a medieval town. Here we discover the canals, churches and noble old townhouses famous across Europe. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 6 – Arnhem
We arrive in Arnhem this morning with another choice of excursions. You may wish to take a guided tour of the Hartenstein Airbourne Museum in nearby Oosterbeek. The museum features a collection which includes various artifacts from WWII’s Battle of Arnhem. Alternatively, you may wish to visit the Netherlands Open Air Museum, which recalls the storied history of flight in this country. Tonight, enjoy a Gala dinner with our captain and crew. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 7 – The Keukenhof Gardens
This morning we arrive back in Amsterdam and are joined on board by Charlie Dimmock, star of the BBC's Ground Force. Enjoy her tips on horticulture and garden care as well as a question and answer session with her. Later, we experience a true highlight of the cruise: a visit to the world-famous Keukenhof Gardens. Featuring 7 million flowering bulbs of all sizes and variety, this is one of the best floral displays in the world. This evening, a Dutch sea shanty choir serenades us onboard the ship. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 8 – Amsterdam/Disembarkation
Your river cruise concludes after breakfast this morning as you disembark your ship in Amsterdam. (B)
The Amadeus Star, a masterpiece of engineering and ship design offers a total of 70 spacious deluxe cabins and 12 Amadeus Suites. Similar to our other ships, the Amadeus Star cabins on the Mozart and Strauss Deck also feature lowerable panoramic windows which extend across the entire cabin front and have been specially designed for the Amadeus ships. All deluxe cabins and suites offer comfortable, spacious bathrooms, infotainment systems, flat screen television, telephone, cabin safe, minibar and air conditioning which can be individually regulated. Furthermore, the suites feature a comfortable corner sofa, luxurious bathroom and walk-out external balcony.
Extend your stay with these city packages, which can be added at the beginning or end of your cruise.
London City Package .................. $750
Includes hotel accommodations for two nights in London and rail travel onboard the premier Eurostar train to Amsterdam.
Amsterdam City Package .................... $495
Includes hotel accommodations for two nights in Amsterdam and hotel-to-ship transfer.
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