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Experience Holland in the most beautiful way, by cruising along its extensive waterways, which flow through the country like an intricate net, past almost endless tulip fields and many small, picturesque places where you have the opportunity for an abundance of unforgettable excursions.
In addition to Amsterdam, the "Venice of the North, other highlights of this trip include Rotterdam, Ghent, Antwerp and Brussels, the capital of the European Union.
Your Dutch adventure begins in Amsterdam, where you will embark in the afternoon. After a Welcome Cocktail and a celebratory Welcome Dinner, you will get to enjoy a performance on board by a traditional shanty choir, setting the mood for the days to come.
Departure at 10:00pm
In the morning, you will arrive in Arnhem, one of Europe’s most unique cities. Voted "greenest city in Europe", Arnhem rebuilt itself after the famed 1944 battle immortalized in the film "A Bridge Too Far", and is now a thriving fashion town with fine museums and beautiful parks. In the morning, you can choose to join the city tour of Arnhem. On this excursion, you will get to appreciate its beautiful sights and delve deeper into the history and atrocities of World War II at the War Museum.
For your afternoon entertainment, choose between a trip to the Open Air Museum and the Kröller-Müller Museum. The Open Air Museum offers visitors a look at charming Dutch buildings, industries and crafts of bygone times, while the Kröller-Müller Museum houses the second-largest collection of Van Gogh paintings in the world. Relax on board in the evening, enjoying a delicious dinner as your vessel cruises onwards to the next destination.
8:00am - 6:30pm
Just before lunchtime, your cruise ship will dock in Middelburg. As one of the centers where the Dutch East India Company flourished in the seventeenth century, this lovely city features historic merchant houses and storefronts lining its canals.
For your afternoon excursion, you can visit the Netherland’s “modern wonder of the world,” the Delta Works, which protect the southwest of the Netherlands from the sea. This excursion also includes a visit to the historic village of Veere. Alternatively, you can take part in a walking tour of Middelburg to see and learn more about its significant history and rich culture.
11:00am - 6:00pm
During the night, your vessel will dock in beautiful Ghent, which you can explore in the morning. Thanks to its importance as a medieval city-state in the late middle ages, Ghent boasts a wealth of well-preserved medieval architecture. Your city tour will include a visit to the Gravensteen, or “Castle of the Counts”, which was the residence of the Counts of Flanders until 1353.
In the afternoon, you can join the Bruges excursion. Bruges, the capital of the province of West Flanders, is home to one of the most charming city centers in Belgium and is also known as the “Venice of the North” thanks to its many canals. If you prefer to remain in Ghent, you can sample some local delicacies as part of an afternoon beer and chocolate tasting.
2:00am - 7:30pm
Antwerp, the second-largest city in Belgium, welcomes you today. After breakfast, you can join the excursion to the politically and culturally significant city of Brussels, which is situated nearby. Amongst other things, you will visit the iconic Atomium, which was created for the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair and, thanks to its popularity, was not torn down as originally planned. You will also pay a visit to the Cinquantenaire Park with its triumphal arch, built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Belgium’s independence.
In the afternoon, explore Antwerp in a comfortable coach. Famous for its diamond trade, the city also boasts many cultural highlights such as the Cathedral of Our Lady with paintings by the famous Baroque artist Peter Paul Rubens. In the evening, enjoy dinner with your fellow guests, while your vessel returns to the Netherlands.
5:00am - 8:00pm
Early morning, your ship will arrive in Rotterdam, the second largest city in the Netherlands. After breakfast, you can pay a visit to Kinderdijk, which houses the most unique windmill complex in the world. Built to drain water from the soil, these windmills are now protected by UNESCO and are one of the Netherlands’ most popular tourist destinations. Alternatively, you can marvel at the Rotterdam port, Europe’s largest seaport, during a harbor cruise, and discover local delicacies in a visit to the iconic Market Hall thereafter.
After lunch, you can explore the world-famous Keukenhof gardens or take a tour to the lovely canal town of Delft, renowned for its Delft Blue ceramics which have been manufactured and hand painted there since the seventeenth century. This evening, the festive Captain’s Gala Dinner will provide a fitting finish to the day.
6:00am - 8:00pm
Amsterdam welcomes you back today and you have a wealth of excursion options to choose from! In the morning, cruise through the lovely, verdant canals of Amsterdam while learning more about the city’s history and significance. You will also pay a visit to the flower market.
After lunch, you can visit Waterland in North Holland, where you will stop in the charming fishing village of Volendam and the equally picturesque town of Edam. Renowned for its cheeses, this is the perfect spot for a cheese tasting (included in the excursion). Alternatively, you can visit Haarlem in the afternoon, where you will learn more about its art, history and the Dutch lifestyle. If you’d like to see the amazing Floriade flower and horticultural exhibition, which is held in the Netherlands every 10 years, you can, instead, join the full-day excursion for a visit to this unmissable event.
Arrival at 5:00am
Enjoy one more leisurely breakfast on board before disembarking. The Amadeus team wishes you a safe journey home and looks forward to seeing you again in future.
We reserve the right to make amendments to the timetable and program.
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Suites & Staterooms
- Luxury accommodation in an outside river-view stateroom of your choice: Spacious Mozart Suites with a walk-out balcony, stateroom cabins on Mozart and Strauss Decks with drop-down Panorama Retractable Windows offering a wide-open view (except Amadeus Brilliant)
- Individual climate control and in-room safe
- Choice of bed configuration in all categories (double or twin bedding)
- Bottled water in every stateroom
- Gourmet dining featuring breakfast, multi-course lunches and dinners with menu choices (including vegetarian options), afternoon tea and late-night snack
- Free-flowing hand-selected wines from the best wine regions, draft beer, soda as well as coffee and tea with every lunch and dinner
- Coffee and tea available 24 hours a day in the Amadeus Club
- Welcome and Farewell Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
An Array of Amenities
- Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
- Onboard fitness center open 24 hours a day
- All gratuities on board are included in your cruise fare
Voyage of Discovery
- Personalized service of an experienced, multilingual AMADEUS Cruise Director
- AMADEUS digital audio system for all guided excursions
- Variety of enriching onboard programs, including fascinating lectures, cooking demonstrations, local cultural performances, and music by our onboard musicians
- Complimentary use of onboard bicycles for independent exploration
- All port taxes, embarkation, disembarkation and lock fees included in your cruise fare
Excursions and excursion packages
Cruise your way and choose from a carefully curated selection of immersive and inspiring excursions and adventures! Select one of our packages offered at a discounted rate when purchased in advance or book individual shore excursions at regular rates on board your cruise.
Introductory Excursion Package | for only $ 359 per person
Enjoy a package of these pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance.
Additional shore excursions can be purchased onboard at the below rate.
- Arnhem and World War II History
- Ghent with medieval Fortress Gravensteen
- Belgium Beer and chocolate tasting
- Brussels with Atomium and Cinquantenaire park
- Rotterdam harbor cruise and culinary stroll through the Market hall
- Amsterdam with canal trip
Save up to $ 220 per person
Full Excursion Package | for only $ 670 per person
Pick from our selection of unforgettable shore excursions, plus enjoy a discounted rate when purchased in advance.
Book our full excursion package prior to departure for a great value. Create your personalized shore excursion program by choosing your favorite tours from our list of exciting options in each port. Please note, a discounted excursion may not be exchanged for another while during your cruise.
Amsterdam – Amsterdam
Arnhem and World War II History
Arnhem and Open-air Museum
OR Visit to the Kröller-Müller-Museum
Delta Works experience and Veere walking tour
OR Middelburg walking tour
Ghent with medieval Fortress Gravensteen
Bruges - Venice of the North
OR Belgium Beer and chocolate tasting
Brussels with Atomium and Cinquantenaire park
Antwerp with visit of the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe Cathedral
Kinderdijk and visit to the windmills
OR Rotterdam harbor cruise and culinary stroll through the Market hall
Visit to the Keukenhof Flower Gardens
OR Delft with visit to the Royal porcelain pottery
Amsterdam with canal trip
Holland waterland with Volendam, Edam and cheese tasting
OR Haarlem - art, history and Dutch lifestyle
Prices per person if excursions are purchased on board.
You're in good hands with us from the start: Let us book you a transfer from the airport or train station to the ship port and back. The following prices apply per person per transfer:
Train Station - Port $ 54
Airport - Port $ 64