Dutch Waterways

Dutch Waterways

Embark on a seven-night cruise brimming with centuries of history and Old-World splendor along the intimate waterways of the Netherlands and Belgium! Delight in Amsterdam’s lively canals and stroll amid the glorious tulips at Keukenhof Gardens. Revel in the wonderfully preserved Gothic gems of Bruges and the impressive medieval old town in Antwerp. Other ports of call introduce you to Enkhuizen, a beautiful Dutch Golden Age city, and Veere, a laid-back harbor town. Plus, enjoy a choice of included cultural and culinary experiences in several ports. Savor the ever-changing panoramas and relaxing comforts that make river cruising so appealing!

Trip Itinerary:

April 29 In Transit to Brussels, Belgium | Antwerp

In Transit

April 30 Brussels, Belgium | Antwerp

Arrive at Brussels Airport, where an AHI Travel representative will be on hand to take you to the ship in Antwerp. After getting settled, walk through Antwerp’s quaint, cobblestone streets with your guide to view its wealth of medieval architecture, including the cathedral, town hall and narrow guild halls in Grote Markt square. Later, find out more about Belgian culture from a local expert. The ship remains docked in Antwerp.

May 1 Bruges | Personalize Your Journey | Middelburg, Netherlands | Veere

Relish Bruges’ medieval ambience on a guided stroll in the Gothic old town. Afterward, choose from a visit to (1) the Groeninge Museum to take in its outstanding artwork, (2) the De Halve Maan Brewery for a tour and tasting or (3) a chocolatier’s shop to discover the art of Belgian chocolate-making. Enjoy lunch on your own in Bruges, then rejoin the ship in Middelburg and sail to Veere. Gather for tonight’s Welcome Reception and Dinner.

May 2 Veere | Willemstad

Today, spend your free time exploring in Veere, a pretty seaside town with a 15th-century town hall and delightful shops. You can also join an Elective Activity to the artificial island of Neeltje Jans and its Delta Expo on the Zeeland coast. On this optional tour, learn about the Delta Works, a series of massive dams and storm surge barriers that protects the significant portion of the Netherlands that sits below sea level. The ship overnights in Willemstad.

May 3 Personalize Your Journey | The Hague / Delft / Gouda

This morning, join a local expert who’ll share insights on the legendary Dutch Golden Age artists. Next, choose from (1) a trip to see The Hague’s grand landmarks and view Dutch and Flemish masterpieces at the storied Mauritshuis, (2) a guided walk in historic Old Delft and a tour of the Royal Delft porcelain factory or (3) a visit to Gouda to tour Sint Janskerk, featuring lovely, 16th-century windows, and sample fresh Gouda cheeses. Return to the ship for lunch and an afternoon of sailing toward Enkhuizen.

May 4 Personalize Your Journey | Enkhuizen / Hoorn

Arrive in Enkhuizen, which boasts beautiful architecture that reflects its heyday as a prosperous port during the Dutch Golden Age. Choose to (1) admire Enkhuizen’s stately landmarks on a guided walk and visit the immersive Zuiderzee Museum, (2) delight in the picturesque, 17th-century harbor town of Hoorn on a guided walk or (3) pedal through the scenic West Frisian countryside on a bicycle tour. Later, after lunch on the ship, enjoy some free time in Enkhuizen. The ship cruises toward Amsterdam.

May 5 Amsterdam

This morning, learn about contemporary life in the Netherlands from a local expert. Then board a canal cruiser for a tour through the tree-lined canals that make this romantic city truly unforgettable. Admire some of the city’s 1,500 bridges, the elegant, gabled homes and the architectural gems of the bustling city harbor. Savor lunch and then explore Amsterdam’s vibrant neighborhoods and top-notch museums on your own.

May 6 Amsterdam

Journey to Keukenhof Gardens, an 80-acre paradise of tulips, daffodils and other bright blooms, for a guided stroll through this enchanting setting. After lunch, make your own plans during free time this afternoon before gathering for a Farewell Reception and Dinner to commemorate your journey.

May 7 Depart for home city

After breakfast, depart for the airport for your flights home.


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