Visit two countries: Belgium & the Netherlands! Travel to Amsterdam and explore the magnificent Keukenhof Gardens, Europe’s largest. Enjoy seven-nights in a suite or stateroom of your choice aboard an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship.
1 Depart the USA
Today you will depart the USA on your overnight flight to Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
2 Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Welcome to Amsterdam, a fascinating 700 year old city of picturesque canals, world class museums and cafés. You will be met and transferred from the airport to your luxurious Emerald Cruises Star-Ship. After boarding, enjoy some time at your leisure to explore Amsterdam. This evening join your fellow travelers for a welcome reception onboard. Meal: D
3 Amsterdam – Zaanse Schans
This morning, venture by coach to Zaanse Schans. Your walking tour highlights the historic windmills, distinctive wooden houses and artisan workshops that make up this quintessentially Dutch town. The charming atmosphere along with the aroma of fresh-baked goods and the sight of spinning windmills offers a truly memorable experience.
Alternatively, enjoy a guided bike tour to Waterland, passing picturesque scenery and iconic tulip fields. This afternoon, relax onboard as a local artisan demonstrates the art of painting their iconic wooden shoes. Afterwards, try your hand at this unique craft. Meals: B, L, D
Wooden-shoe painting class onboard
Guided Bike Tour (instead of included tour)
Start today with an included visit to Netherland’s second largest metropolis – Rotterdam. Its futuristic architecture gives the city the title of ‘Netherland’s Architectural Capital’. During the city tour, experience the main highlights including the Erasmus Bridge and Beeldenroute Westersingel. Meals: B, L, D
Visit to Delft Pottery Factory (additional expense)
Upon arrival in Veere, delight in the charms of this historic town where the houses are adorned with miniature classical palace gardens. During the guided walking tour, stroll through the quiet lanes and admire the elegant architecture.
Veere is also well-known for the Delta Works Project - the world’s biggest storm surge barrier. Learn about the enormity of this project and the immense feat of engineering. Alternatively, enjoy a guided bike tour of Veere while cycling through this town with the opulence of a bygone era.
Meals: B, L, D
Visit the Dutch Delta Works
Guided Bike Tour in Veere (instead of the included tour)
This morning, arrive in Antwerp - Belgium’s largest port, positioned on the River Scheldt with a large harbor linking to the sea. As Belgium’s second largest city, it has been pivotal in the country’s history of occupations and conquests. Home to the famous Baroque artist Pieter Paul Rubens, it attracts art lovers and diamond dealers from all over the world. Having been decimated during WWII, today the city is modern and organized, yet still retains an intriguing medieval heart.
Enjoy the guided walking tour of the city center, passing by its café-filled cobbled lanes, admiring the Renaissance Town Hall and Hat Steen - a medieval fortress built during the Middle Ages and one of the oldest buildings in the country.
Meals: B, L, D
Ruben’s Museum and Cathedral Visit
Please note, you can only choose either the included tour of Antwerp or
the DiscoverMORE option, as both tours run at the same time.
After a relaxing morning spent sailing through the Dutch waterways, passing its wonderful windmills and quaint traditional villages, the vessel arrives in Arnhem. Most famous for its great battle during WWII, the included visit to the Airborne Museum provides you the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of British parachutists. Alternatively, embark on a guided bike tour of Arnhem and discover its postcard-perfect streets and scenic parks. Meals: B, L, D
Guided Bike Tour in Arnhem (instead of
This morning depart for Keukenhof Gardens - the most beautiful spring garden in the world and Europe’s largest. Situated in the heart of the tulip farm area of Holland, it boasts incredible displays of different flowers and plants, with more than seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths filling over 79 acres with color and fragrance. The final afternoon of the cruise is left free of planned activities for you to explore Amsterdam independently. Meals: B, L, D
Visit to Keukenhof Gardens
After breakfast, it is time to say farewell to your fellow passengers and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport for your flight home. Meal: B
Itinerary is subject to change.