LGBT Tulips & Windmills Group River Cruise
April 22 – May 1, 2018
Day 1 – Amsterdam
Arrive at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.
Day 2 – Amsterdam
Choice of Amsterdam by canal with either Van Gogh Museum OR Rijksmuseum visit OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Amsterdam walking tour
Amsterdam is often referred to as the “Venice of the North,” as canals crisscross the heart of the old city and bridges link some 90 islands. A canal cruise brings to life its beauty and history. From famous canals to famous art, visit either the Van Gogh Museum or the Rijksmuseum, home to Rembrandt’s The Night Watch. If you prefer to get an authentic view of local
life, a stroll through the canal district uncovers some of Amsterdam’s most charming and little-known treasures along with the Museum Van Loon, a restored 17th-century canal house. Cap the day off at the Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
Day 3 – Haarlem
Choice of full day at Keukenhof Gardens* OR Keukenhof Gardens combined with Haarlem walking discovery tour with Teylers Museum visit
Spend all day at the Keukenhof Gardens, one of the most impressive public gardens in the world, with more than seven million bulbs planted on a 70-acre site. Or spend a half day at the gardens and either relax onboard after lunch or experience charming and lively Haarlem, where you’ll explore the historic center before visiting Teylers Museum, the oldest museum in the Netherlands and home to a fascinating collection of fossils, historic scientific instruments and paintings, all displayed under skylights. *Note: Lunch is not included with the full day at Keukenhof Gardens.
Day 4 – Hoorn, Enkhuizen
Hoorn walking discovery tour and “Life on the Zuiderzee” outdoor museum visit
Two ports of call offer you insight into the Netherlands’ rich seafaring history. While visiting charming Hoorn’s old harbor, your guide will point out and explain the markings on medieval buildings noting the former inhabitants’ trades. At your next port of call, Enkhuizen, visit the fascinating Zuiderzee outdoor museum, a reconstructed fishing village from before the IJsselmeer Dam was built in 1932.
Day 5 – Nijmegen
Choice of National Liberation Museum OR Kröller-Müller Museum visit
Nijmegen, the oldest town in the Netherlands, is your gateway to one of two intriguing discoveries today. WWII history buffs will want to visit the National Liberation Museum in Groesbeek. Art lovers will wish to go to the Kröller-Müller Museum, home to the second-largest collection of Van Gogh paintings and Europe's largest sculpture park with famous works by Rodin and Moore, among others.
Day 6 – Rotterdam, Kinderdijk, Dordrecht
Cruise through the Rotterdam harbor, where you’ll have leisure time before setting sail to Kinderdijk. Join a local guide as you discover 19 astonishingly well-preserved windmills, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Note: If docking in Kinderdijk is not possible, the excursion will be arranged by motorcoach from Rotterdam.
Day 7 – Veere
Delta Works museum and guided stroll into the artists’ village of Veere
The Delta Works museum presents a wonderful overview of the engineering marvels used in the Netherlands’ long battle to hold back the sea. You’ll have time to explore Veere, a popular artists’ retreat.
Day 8 – Ghent (Bruges or Ghent)
Choice of full day Bruges with canal cruise and walking discovery tour OR Ghent walking discovery tour
Choose between two lovely cities: Bruges or Ghent. Experience Bruges, one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, via foot and on a canal cruise. Ghent is one of the oldest Belgian cities and home to St. Bavo’s Cathedral. Visit the cathedral and its famous Ghent Altarpiece, one of the world’s historical art treasures, painted by the brothers Hubert and Jan van Eyck in the 1400s.
Day 9 – Antwerp
Choice of Antwerp walking discovery tour with Cathedral of Our Lady OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Antwerp walking tour
Spend a full day in Antwerp with a choice of excursions. Be guided to the city’s architectural gems, including the Cathedral of Our Lady, which houses four masterpieces by Peter Paul Rubens. If you wish to do as the locals do, stroll through the main shopping district and sample Belgium's culinary specialties. Bid farewell to your fellow travelers at the Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.
Day 10 – Antwerp (disembark), transfer to Brussels Airport
Disembark the ship in Antwerp and transfer to Brussels Airport for your flight home.