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    The Charms of Holland & Belgium River Cruise

    From $2999 $730 taxes

    Cut a weaving passage across the picturesque lands of Belgium and the Netherlands, enjoying the unique history and infectious cultures of these proud European neighbours.

    This 7 night cruise begins and ends in Amsterdam, the cosmopolitan capital of the Netherlands. Enjoy a glass top canal boat tour of the city, or travel like a local as part of an EmeraldACTIVE cycling tour of the famous sights and attractions – from Anne Frank House to the Rijksmuseum.

    Entering the mouth of the great Rhine River, you will pass into the charming Dutch countryside, with its ancient villages and horizon-sweeping tulip fields. Day 3 encompasses a visit to the oldest city in Holland, Dordrecht, as well as an EmeraldPLUS excursion to the Kinderdijk Windmills, a unique collection of 18th-century windmills granted World Heritage Site status on account of their indelible local significance and heritage.

    Crossing the Belgian border, we visit Antwerp, a captivating city world-renowned for its exquisitely preserved medieval architecture and roster of tempting Flemish ales. Visit the Renaissance Town Hall and the Gothic Cathedral of Our Lady, before boarding your ship to continue on to Arnhem, site of one of the bloodiest and most significant conflicts of the WWII.

    Travel Best Bets Package Includes:

    • Return airfare from Vancouver to  Amsterdam
    • Deluxe 7 night all-inclusive river cruise aboard Emerald Sun
    • Airport transfers to and from the ship
    • Prepaid gratuities

    It’s Amazing What’s also Included:

    • Boutique contemporary hotel feel, with spectacular on board heated pool, cinema, spa and lounge
    • Spacious, comfortable accommodations with panoramic suites and staterooms
    • Gourmet all-included on board meals and highlight dinner events, al-fresco on The Terrace or in the well-appointed Reflections Restaurant
    • Enjoy in depth cultural experiences with EmeraldPlus and EmeraldActive, like a guided hike through a  Black Forest village
    • Emerald’s Concierge Service* – served right to your suite, enjoy continental breakfast, predinner canapés and after dinner treats
    • A refined selection of wine, beer and soft drinks to accompany lunch and dinner
    • Tea and coffee available at all times
    • Bottled water restocked daily in your cabin
    • Built-in adventure, with an included on shore excursion at every port
    • Visits to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites
    • Emerald Active guided biking and hiking tours
    • Excellent service from an English speaking crew
    • Knowledgeable, personable local destination guides
    • Complimentary bicycles on board
    • Complimentary on board Wi-Fi

    Travel Best Bets Exclusive:  Book by March 31 and save $1000 per person (reflected in price) Pay in full and save an additional $200.

    September 21

    Outside Stateroom Balcony Suite Taxes and fees
    Vancouver $2999  $3749 $730
    Victoria or Kelowa $3299 $4049 $730
     Pre and post cruise hotel nights available to extend your stay – ask for pricing.

    Day 1- Amsterdam

    Welcome to Amsterdam, a fascinating 700 year old city of picturesque canals, world class museums, theatres and cafés. You will be met and transferred from the airport to your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship. This evening join your fellow travellers for dinner on board.
    Meals included: Dinner

    Day 2 -Amsterdam

    This morning you can decide to either enjoy a glass top canal boat tour through Amsterdam’s canals or join the EmeraldACTIVE guided bike tour. Return to the ship for your first day sailing through the Dutch countryside passing windmills and sailing through locks towards the Rhine River. Tonight the Captain will be delighted to host a gala dinner.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour
    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 3 -Dordrecht

    This morning enjoy a guided tour of Dordrecht; the oldest city in Holland, before travelling to the Kinderdijk Windmills, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This unique collection of nineteen authentic 18th-century windmills is considered a Dutch icon throughout the world. Your afternoon is at leisure to relax on board or explore the city of Dordrecht further.
    EmeraldPLUS: Visit to Kinderdijk Windmills
    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 4 -Antwerp

    This morning we arrive in Antwerp – Belgium’s biggest port, positioned on the River Sheltz with a large harbour 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 organised, yet still retains an intriguing medieval heart. Enjoy the guided walking tour of the city centre, passing by  its café-filled cobbled lanes, admiring the Renaissance Town Hall and the unique Gothic Cathedral of Our Lady, the symbol of Antwerp before passing through the charming 16th century inner yard, the ‘Vlaeykensgang’.

    Discover More: Excursion to the medieval town of Bruges (extra expense)
    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 5 -Maastricht

    After a relaxing morning spent sailing through the Dutch waterways, arrive in Maastricht, Holland’s oldest fortified city. Your city tour will provide you the opportunity to pass by many museums, churches, historical buildings, hidden alleys and squares. You will be amazed by all the different architecture found in the city, ranging from Roman excavations to the modern design of the Bonnefantenmuseum.
    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 6 – Arnhem

    Arnhem is most famous for its great battle during World War II, its iconic bridge – the sight where the British forces were captured. Today you will tour the Airborne Museum Hartenstein which is dedicated to the Battle of Arnhem In 1944. The main building was the headquarters of the British command during the battle, and now houses exhibits of military uniforms and weapons.
    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 7 -Hoorn

    This morning you will arrive in Hoorn, which was once a base for the Dutch East India Company, making it a prosperous and powerful trading town. Today, this 13th century town is home to many listed buildings and the former Oostereiland prison. Once in Hoorn, you will be transferred by coach to Edam – a town known all over the world for its cheese, where you will enjoy an orientation walking tour.  Afterwards, you will be taken on an orientation tour of the fishing village of Volendam, followed by free time for exploring the small fishing port and the old centre where some residents still wear traditional Dutch costume.
    EmeraldPLUS: Clog Painting on board
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour in Hoorn
    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 8 – Amsterdam

    After breakfast, it is time to farewell your fellow passengers and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport for your onward or homebound flight.

    Please note: Pre-release itinerary subject to change.
    Meals included: Breakfast

     


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