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Tulip Time Cruise in Holland and Belgium

Tour Highlights

This delightful riverboat cruise program begins and ends in Amsterdam and takes us leisurely through the fairytale beauty of the Dutch and Belgian waterways.
We see fields of vibrant flowers, picture-postcard harbours and quaint historic towns with the local folk dressed in traditional costume. April is "Tulip Time" in Holland when the tulips, in a blaze of colour, carpet the countryside. The famous Kuekenhof Bulb Gardens has spectacular displays of tulips and other bulb plants. 

An added-value feature of this cruise is that all excursions are included and expertly guided in English. Exclusive old world highlights on board include folklore entertainment, lectures, theme dinners, welcome and farewell cocktail receptions and a Captain’s Gala dinner.

A big advantage to riverboat cruising is in the central docking facilities at each port of call that makes the disembarkation and exploration of each destination quite effortless. Our riverboat is the MS Amadeus Brilliant, a deluxe floating hotel that was completely refurbished in 2019. Aboard you may relax in the lounge, Lido Bar or outside on the deck. The ship has a shop, hair salon and offers exercise classes. All meals are included and graciously presented in a smoke-free dining room.  Unlimited quality wines from Europe’s most famous wine regions are included with every dinner.

Cabins have twin beds, private bathroom (shower only), hairdryer, phone, safe, TV with satellite, in-house video channels and climate control. There is a choice of cabins and all have a large panoramic window or floor-to-ceiling glass doors leading out to a French balcony. 

Tentative Itinerary

We depart for Amsterdam with Air Canada.
We arrive in Amsterdam and transfer to our deluxe floating hotel, the MS Amadeus Brilliant. After some time to relax, enjoy a welcome cocktail party reception and our first dinner aboard. The ship is moored near many of Amsterdam's attractions and you may enjoy a stroll around this friendly city.
Amsterdam is renowned for its museums, flowers and countless bicycles. The city is comprised of 90 islands, which are separated by nearly 50 miles of canals and connected by more than 1000 bridges. On our morning city tour through the Dutch metropolis we will see the Royal Palace, numerous canals and the Museum Quarter. We will also stop and stroll through the flower market and cruise the water on a canal cruise boat trip. In the afternoon we visit Volendam, one of Holland’s most charming places – it looks like a picture postcard of a traditional Dutch town, with people dressed in traditional costumes. Then we drive into the countryside to visit a local cheese farm and learn how Dutch cheese is made. On our way back to the ship we will enjoy a short walk through the quaint village of Hoorn.
This town was the setting for the WW2 book and film “A Bridge Too Far”. Although it was almost destroyed during the war, it is now a large modern city. We will drive past various spots associated with the events as described in the book and film. Then we will visit the Airborne Museum, which was a hotel in 1944 and later became the headquarters of the British 1st Airborne Division. In the afternoon we will join the excursion to “Arnhem and the Open Air Museum” which is located in a beautiful wooded park on the outskirts of Arnhem. It contains more than 80 historic houses, farmhouses and windmills from all over the country.
We dock in Middleburg, capital of the Dutch province of Zeeland. Seriously damaged during the Second World War, this old town has since been beautifully restored, with its centre dominated by the 55-metre-high belfry of the medieval town hall. We will take a walk and pass stately warehouses and impressive monuments such as the town hall, the abbey and many more.

This evening, the cruise continues and the ship takes us into Belgium
Our included city tour of Ghent includes fine sights such as St. Bavo Cathedral with its world famous painting by Jan van Eyck, and the “Belfried” with it’s bell tower. In the afternoon we proceed to Bruges. Visiting here is like taking a journey back in time, and we will enjoy a city tour.
Antwerp is one of the world’s most important ancient seaports, and is best know for its diamonds and as the home of the renowned painter, Peter Paul Rubens. Our included city tour will enable you to get to know this beautiful city in some detail. In the afternoon we will enjoy an excursion to Brussels, the Belgian capital, where you can photograph the famous “Mannekin Pis” for yourself.

Tonight is the Captain’s Gala Dinner, complete with orchestral music and dancing
This morning we discover Holland’s largest concentration of working windmills. Then after lunch we will visit the famous and awesome Keukenhof Gardens, with their tulip and daffodil displays, lakes, sculpture gardens, greenhouses and terraces affording views over the 10 acres of gardens and multitude of tulips. Keukenhof offers you the opportunity to see millions of bulbs in flower, fantastic flower shows and the largest sculpture park in the Netherlands.
We transfer to the Amsterdam airport and fly home with Air Canada.

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