Cruising Holland & Belgium in Bloom - A Connections Boutique Group Journey (2023)

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’s 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 to 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 hotel. Later, gather for a welcome dinner.

Anantara Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky 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 and dinner, then cruise out of Amsterdam.

'Amadeus Star', 'Amadeus Imperial' or ‘Amadeus Cara’ | Meals: BD
Accommodations vary by departure date. See Dates & Prices for details.

Day 3: Arnhem | Market Garden Battle Site

Arrive in Arnhem for 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 Star', 'Amadeus Imperial' or ‘Amadeus Cara’ | Meals: BLD
Accommodations vary by departure date. See Dates & Prices for details.

Day 4: 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 Star', 'Amadeus Imperial' or ‘Amadeus Cara’ | Meals: BLD
Accommodations vary by departure date. See Dates & Prices for details.

Day 5: Bruges & Ghent, Belgium | Historic City Centres

Dock in Ghent, Belgium, and take an excursion to medieval Bruges, where you savour a delicious lunch of moules-frites (mussels and fries). Return to bustling Ghent for a walking tour and view Van Eyck’s The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb.

'Amadeus Star', 'Amadeus Imperial' or ‘Amadeus Cara’ | Meals: BLD
Accommodations vary by departure date. See Dates & Prices for details.

Day 6: Antwerp | Home of Rubens

Explore the lively city of Antwerp, the most populous in Belgium. Visit 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 Star', 'Amadeus Imperial' or ‘Amadeus Cara’ | Meals: BLD
Accommodations vary by departure date. See Dates & Prices for details.

Day 7: 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 experience.

'Amadeus Star', 'Amadeus Imperial' or ‘Amadeus Cara’ | Meals: BLD
Accommodations vary by departure date. See Dates & Prices for details.

Day 8: Amsterdam | Visiting a Tulip Grower

Back in Amsterdam, disembark to drive past tulip fields en route to a private flower grower. Meet the family who runs this farm and enjoy 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 Star', 'Amadeus Imperial' or ‘Amadeus Cara’ | Meals: BLD
Accommodations vary by departure date. See Dates & Prices for details.

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: dinner aboard ship on Day 8.

Please note: Proof of COVID-19 full vaccination is required for this program.

Included with every Connections Boutique Group Journey

  • The Finest Small-Group River Cruise Experience in Europe
  • English-Speaking Resident Tour Director and Local Guides
  • Hand-Selected Boutique Accommodations with City Stays Included Before and After Your Cruise
  • Exclusive Shore Excursions with Dedicated Vehicles
  • Airport Meet and Greet with Private Transfers
  • Full Breakfast Daily; Select Lunches and Dinners
  • Private Shipboard and Onshore Dining
  • House Wine, Beer and Soft Drinks with Meals
  • Internet Access
  • Entrance Fees, Taxes and All Gratuities Except Resident Tour Director
  • 24/7 A&K On-Call Support
  • Guaranteed Departures with Just Two Guests

Customise this Journey

Talk to one of our expert Journey Designers or your travel agent about booking this tour as a private journey for your own small group with family or friends. Or, if you would prefer to travel privately, find out more about creating the perfect bespoke tailor-made journey based on this itinerary.

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Apr 7, 2023 - Apr 15, 2023
Cabin Class Amadeus Star: B-4 Strauss- Deck Price AU$9,150pp Single Supplement AU$2,385 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Amadeus Star: B-1 Strauss-Deck Price AU$9,710pp Single Supplement AU$3,375 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Amadeus Star: A-1 Mozart- Deck Price AU$9,995pp Single Supplement AU$4,075 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Amadeus Star: Amadeus Suite Mozart-Deck Price AU$10,695pp Single Supplement AU$7,035 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Apr 14, 2023 - Apr 22, 2023
Cabin Class Amadeus Star: B-4 Strauss- Deck Price AU$9,710pp Single Supplement AU$2,670 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Amadeus Star: B-1 Strauss-Deck Price AU$10,275pp Single Supplement AU$3,655 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Amadeus Star: A-1 Mozart- Deck Price AU$10,555pp Single Supplement AU$4,360 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Amadeus Star: Amadeus Suite Mozart-Deck Price AU$11,260pp Single Supplement AU$8,020 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Apr 19, 2023 - Apr 27, 2023
Cabin Class Amadeus Imperial - B-4 Strauss Deck - Category 1 Price AU$9,710pp Single Supplement AU$2,670 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Amadeus Imperial - B-1 Strauss Deck - Category 2 Price AU$10,275pp Single Supplement AU$3,655 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Amadeus Imperial A-1 Mozart Deck - Category 3 Price AU$10,555pp Single Supplement AU$4,360 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Amadeus Imperial: Amadeus Suite Mozart-Deck - Category 4 Price AU$11,260pp Single Supplement AU$8,020 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Apr 30, 2023 - May 8, 2023
Cabin Class Amadeus Cara - B-4 - Strauss Deck Price AU$9,710pp Single Supplement AU$2,670 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Amadeus Cara - B-1 - Strauss Deck Price AU$10,275pp Single Supplement AU$3,655 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Amadeus Cara - A-1 - Mozart Deck Price AU$10,555pp Single Supplement AU$4,360 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Amadeus Cara - Suite Mozart Deck Price AU$11,260pp Single Supplement AU$8,020 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire

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