Cruising Holland & Belgium in Bloom - A Connections River Cruise Journey (2021)

​Discover Holland and Belgium in flower-filled springtime, exploring amid vibrant blossoms and iconic windmills. Meet fascinating local people along the way, who share the history, cuisine and crafts that make these countries truly unique.

Journey Overview

Discover Holland and Belgium in flower-filled springtime, exploring amid vibrant blossoms and iconic windmills. Meet fascinating local people along the way, who share the history, cuisine and crafts that make these countries truly unique.

Journey Highlights

  • Cruise through Holland and Belgium’s finest cities and towns, experiencing nine days of exclusive Connections sightseeing led by your Resident Tour Director
  • Indulge in a full afternoon at stunning Keukenhof Gardens, where you enjoy lunch surrounded by flowering bulbs
  • Sample local cuisine during culinary experiences ashore, from a lunch of moules-frites to a tasting of Edam cheese
  • Marvel at a family tulip farm on a private visit
  • Visit the Watersnoodmuseum, which vividly recounts stories of the people who lived through a terrible flood
  • Enter an esteemed diamond-cutting workshop, and learn more about this fascinating practice
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Amsterdam, Holland

Arrive in Amsterdam, where you are met and transferred to your boutique hotel. Later, join your Resident Tour Director for a welcome dinner.
Pulitzer Amsterdam | Meals: D

Day 2: Amsterdam | Atmospheric Canals

This morning, set out on a private canal cruise and guided walking tour that reveals the history and architecture of this fascinating city. Later, board your river ship with priority embarkation and time to unwind in your premium cabin or suite. Enjoy a welcome cocktail before dinner on board.

'Amadeus Brilliant' or 'Amadeus Silver III' | Meals: BD

Accommodations vary by departure date.  See Dates & Prices for details.

Day 3: Amsterdam | Visiting A Tulip Grower

Travel past tulip fields en route to a private flower grower. Meet the family who runs this farm, and enjoy a lunch ashore. Then, pay a visit to the Museum Mill, which can pump up to 16,000 gallons of water every minute. Climb to the ridge for a peek inside, admiring the gears and other fascinating mechanisms at work. Afterward, savour a cheese tasting near Edam.
'Amadeus Brilliant' or 'Amadeus Silver III' | Meals: BLD

Day 4: Arnhem | Market Garden Battle Site

Cruise to Arnhem, where you set off on an excursion to the Kröller-Müller Museum, home to the world’s second-largest Van Gogh collection. Then, visit the Hartenstein Airborne Museum and nearby war cemetery.
'Amadeus Brilliant' or 'Amadeus Silver III' | Meals: BLD

Day 5: Zeeland | Holding Back The Sea

Embark on today’s remarkable excursion, seeing the Watersnoodmuseum and stopping in the charming village of Veere. Later, enjoy a private, pre-dinner cocktail party in the ship’s Amadeus Club, followed by an exclusive Chef ’s Highlights dinner.
'Amadeus Brilliant' or 'Amadeus Silver III' | Meals: BLD

Day 6: Bruges & Ghent, Belgium | Historic City Centres

Dock in Ghent, Belgium, and take an excursion to medieval Bruges, where you savor a delicious lunch of moules-frites (mussels and fries). Return to bustling Ghent for a walking tour and view Van Eyck's Adoration of the Mystic Lamb.
'Amadeus Brilliant' or 'Amadeus Silver III' | Meals: BLD

Day 7: Antwerp | Home Of Rubens

Explore the lively city of Antwerp, the most populous in Belgium. Visit the Rubenshuis, former residence of Peter Paul Rubens, with its beautiful gardens, and then stop at a private workshop that demonstrates the art of diamond cutting. Tonight, enjoy a gala dinner aboard the ship.
'Amadeus Brilliant' or 'Amadeus Silver III' | Meals: BLD

Day 8: Delft & Keukenhof | Floral Glories

Disembark for a full day that begins in Delft, where you pay a visit to the Royal Delft porcelain factory. Enjoy lunch and a full afternoon at Keukenhof Gardens. Open only in spring, its breathtaking floral displays epitomize the striking beauty of Holland. Discover extravagant gardens of tulips and other blooms ablaze with rainbow colours — a spectacular and unforgettable end to your journey.
'Amadeus Brilliant' or 'Amadeus Silver III' | Meals: BLD

Day 9: Depart Amsterdam

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart.
Meals: B

Journey Details

High or low water levels may impact sailing and require changes to the itinerary.
Minimum age is 12 years.
First group event: welcome briefing at 6:00 p.m. on Day 1.
Last group event: ship arrival in Amsterdam at 5:00 a.m. on Day 9.

Note: 25 April departure will operate on ‘Amadeus Silver III' all other dates will operate on 'Amadeus Brilliant'.

The maximum guest capacity for 2021 Connections journeys has been temporarily reduced to 18 and may revert to 24 at A&K’s discretion due to changes in COVID-19-related requirements.

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Accommodation

Accommodation

Hotel Pulitzer Amsterdam

Cruising Holland & Belgium in Bloom - A Connections River Cruise Journey (2021)

Set within 25 connected Golden Age canal houses, The Pulitzer Amsterdam is a luxury hotel located along the famous Prinsengracht and Keiz ... Read more

Amadeus Brilliant & Amadeus Elegant

Cruising Holland & Belgium in Bloom - A Connections River Cruise Journey (2021)

‘Amadeus Brilliant’ and ‘Amadeus elegant’ at a glance Built in 2010-2011 68 cabins and 8 suites All meals inc ... Read more

Amadeus Silver III

Cruising Holland & Belgium in Bloom - A Connections River Cruise Journey (2021)

‘Amadeus Silver III’ at a Glance 72 cabins and 12 suites Launching in 2016 All meals inclu ... Read more

Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Mar 31, 2021 - Apr 8, 2021
Cabin Class Amadeus Brilliant: B-4 Strauss-Deck - Category 1 Price AU$7,935pp Single Supplement AU$1,465 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Amadeus Brilliant: B-1 Strauss-Deck - Category 2 Price AU$8,520pp Single Supplement AU$2,495 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Amadeus Brilliant: A-1 Mozart-Deck - Category 3 Price AU$8,815pp Single Supplement AU$3,230 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Amadeus Brilliant: Amadeus Suite Mozart-Deck - Category 4 Price AU$9,550pp Single Supplement AU$5,580 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Apr 21, 2021 - Apr 29, 2021
Cabin Class Amadeus Brilliant: B-4 Strauss-Deck - Category 1 Price AU$9,255pp Single Supplement AU$2,050 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Amadeus Brilliant: B-1 Strauss-Deck - Category 2 Price AU$9,845pp Single Supplement AU$3,080 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Amadeus Brilliant: A-1 Mozart-Deck - Category 3 Price AU$10,140pp Single Supplement AU$3,815 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Amadeus Brilliant: Amadeus Suite Mozart-Deck - Category 4 Price AU$10,875pp Single Supplement AU$6,755 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Apr 25, 2021 - May 3, 2021
Cabin Class Amadeus Silver III: B-4 Strauss-Deck - Category 1 Price AU$9,255pp Single Supplement AU$2,050 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Amadeus Silver III: B-1 Strauss-Deck - Category 2 Price AU$9,845pp Single Supplement AU$3,080 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Amadeus Silver III: A-1 Mozart-Deck - Category 3 Price AU$10,140pp Single Supplement AU$3,815 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Amadeus Silver III: Suite Mozart- Deck - Category 4 Price AU$10,875pp Single Supplement AU$6,755 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Notes:

25 April departure will operate on ‘Amadeus Silver III' all other dates will operate on 'Amadeus Brilliant'.