Cruising Holland & Belgium in Bloom - A Connections Boutique Group Journey (2022)

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 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. 
Aboard Ship | 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 in Edam.
Aboard Ship | 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.
Aboard Ship | Meals: BLD

Day 5: Zeeland | Holding Back the Sea

Embark on today’s remarkable excursion, seeing the Watersnood Museum and stopping in the charming village of Veere. Later, enjoy a private, pre-dinner cocktail party in the ship’s Amadeus Club hosted by your Resident Tour Director, followed by an exclusive Chef’s Highlights dinner.
Aboard Ship | Meals: BLD

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

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 Adoration of the Mystic Lamb.
Aboard Ship | 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 workshop that demonstrates the art of diamond cutting. Tonight, enjoy a gala dinner aboard the ship.
Aboard Ship | 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 daffodils ablaze with rainbow colours — a spectacular and unforgettable end to your journey.
Aboard Ship | 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.

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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

This journey features the following Preferred Accommodations:

Amadeus Brilliant & Amadeus Elegant

Cruising Holland & Belgium in Bloom - A Connections Boutique Group Journey (2022)

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

Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Apr 10, 2022 - Apr 18, 2022
Cabin Class Amadeus Star: B-4 Strauss- Deck Price AU$8,640pp Single Supplement AU$2,020 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Amadeus Star: B-1 Strauss-Deck Price AU$9,180pp Single Supplement AU$2,965 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Amadeus Star: A-1 Mozart- Deck Price AU$9,455pp Single Supplement AU$3,640 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Amadeus Star: Amadeus Suite Mozart-Deck Price AU$10,130pp Single Supplement AU$5,805 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Apr 14, 2022 - Apr 22, 2022
Cabin Class Amadeus Imperial - B-4 Strauss Deck - Category 1 Price AU$8,640pp Single Supplement AU$2,020 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Amadeus Imperial - B-1 Strauss Deck - Category 2 Price AU$9,180pp Single Supplement AU$2,965 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Amadeus Imperial A-1 Mozart Deck - Category 3 Price AU$9,455pp Single Supplement AU$3,640 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Amadeus Imperial: Amadeus Suite Mozart-Deck - Category 4 Price AU$10,130pp Single Supplement AU$5,805 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
May 2, 2022 - May 10, 2022
Cabin Class Amadeus Brilliant: B-4 Strauss-Deck - Category 1 Price AU$8,640pp Single Supplement AU$2,020 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Amadeus Brilliant: B-1 Strauss-Deck - Category 2 Price AU$9,180pp Single Supplement AU$2,965 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Amadeus Brilliant: A-1 Mozart-Deck - Category 3 Price AU$9,455pp Single Supplement AU$3,640 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Amadeus Brilliant: Amadeus Suite Mozart-Deck - Category 4 Price AU$10,130pp Single Supplement AU$5,805 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire