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    Netherlands & Belgium River Cruise

    From $4299 $330 taxes

    Discover the scenic charm of Belgium and the Netherlands with this 8-day roundtrip from Amsterdam. Visiting Veere, Antwerp, Arnhem and Hoorn, this is the ideal way to explore this serene corner of Europe.

    The Netherlands and Belgium boast some of the most picturesque landscapes in northern Europe, where medieval windmills dot the countryside and patchwork flower-fields stretch to the horizon.

    It is here, among the canals, waterworks and rivers, where you will enjoy this picturesque journey, which takes you from the elegance of Amsterdam to the delightful Flemish countryside via charming destinations like Arnhem, Antwerp, Veere and Hoorn.

    Departing from Amsterdam, you will pay a visit to Zaanse Schans, a vibrant community founded in the 18th century, before travelling to the coastal town of Veere. Here, you will be introduced to the fascinating Delta Works, which were built in the 1950s to prevent the area being ravaged by the North Sea.

    From there, you will travel into Belgium via the River Sheltz to explore the medieval streets of Antwerp, Belgium’s illustrious second city. Before returning to the Dutch capital, you will visit Arnhem, a village that was the scene of one of the most significant battles of WWII.

    After calling at Hoorn, once one of the most prosperous trading towns in the Netherlands, you will head back to Amsterdam, where you will be given the chance to visit the enchanting Keukenhof Gardens.

    Travel Best Bets Package Includes

    • Return airfare from Vancouver to  Amsterdam
    • Deluxe 7 night all-inclusive river cruise aboard Emerald Sky
    • 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 February 28 and Fly for Free!

     Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna, Calgary and Edmonton Balcony Suite Taxes and fees
    April 4-12, 2018  $4299 $330
    April 18-26, 2018  $4899 $330
     Pre and post cruise hotel nights available to extend your stay – ask for pricing.

     

    Day 1 Thu, 19 Apr Arrival Amsterdam (D)
    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. After boarding, enjoy some time at your leisure to explore Amsterdam. This evening join your fellow travellers for dinner on board.
    Day 2 Fri, 20 Apr Amsterdam – Zaanse Schans (B,L,D)
    This morning we venture to Zaanse Schans, which is one of the highlights of the Netherlands, just outside Amsterdam. This vibrant and stunning living and working community that dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries, with many farms and windmills. Alternatively, you can enjoy a guided bike tour in Amsterdam area. Tonight the Captain will be delighted to welcome you to a gala dinner.
    EmeraldPLUS: Tour to Zaanse Schans Windmills
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour in Amsterdam
    Day 3 Sat, 21 Apr Veere – Delta Works (B,L,D)
    Today you will arrive in Veere, an area that was heavily flooded in 1953, and led the Dutch government to commission the Delta Works to protect the province from the open sea. We will visit the Delta Works project, known as the Storm Surge Barrier, due its series of dikes, sea walls and locks all the way up to Rotterdam in South Holland. We start the tour by visiting the outer wall, and then you will watch an educational and interesting film on its construction and the floods that preceded it. Afterwards, you will return to the ship for lunch and enjoy an afternoon of sailing as you journey towards Antwerp.
    EmeraldPLUS: Tour to Delta Works
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour in Veere
    Day 4 Sun, 22 Apr Antwerp (B,L,D)
    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). Please note, guests taking part in the excursion to Bruges will not be able to take part in the guided tour of Antwerp as they occur at the same time.
    Day 5 Mon, 23 Apr Arnhem (B,L,D)
    After a relaxing morning spent sailing through the Dutch waterways, passing its wonderful windmills and quaint traditional villages, you will arrive in Arnhem. Most famous for its great battle during World War II, its iconic bridge – the sight where the British forces were captured. 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.
    Day 6 Tue, 24 Apr Hoorn (B,L,D)
    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.
    EmeraldPLUS: Clog Painting on board
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour in Hoorn
    Day 7 Wed, 25 Apr Amsterdam (B,L,D)
    This morning you have a choice to visit the 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 colour and fragrance. After lunch, you will have free time to explore Amsterdam on your own.
    EmeraldPLUS: Visit to Keukenhof Gardens
    Day 8 Thu, 26 Apr Amsterdam (B)
    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.


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