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See the tulips in bloom! All-inclusive luxury river cruise of the Netherlands & Belgium

Book now for 2023 tulip season!

Enjoy nine nights of comfort and variety along Holland's waterways as the tulips bloom.

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$7,999PP
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DURATION
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9 nights
WHAT'S INCLUDED
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About this holiday

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Your cruise at a glance

See everything from tulips to windmills on this journey during the season of rebirth.

From the canals of Amsterdam to the belfry of Bruges, you’ll discover the best of the Netherlands and Belgium. Stroll through colourful acres of tulips at Keukenhof Gardens to get a sense of the Netherlands’ extraordinary connection to these blooms. Then visit the 19 UNESCO-designated windmills of Kinderdijk to better understand how these mighty structures have been used to protect the Low Country from ever-rising water levels for hundreds of years.

Enjoy an exclusive “Morning with the Masters” visit to the Hermitage Amsterdam, the museum that is home to the fascinating “Panorama Amsterdam: Living Histories of the City” exhibition.

Wander through the picture-perfect villages of Veere, Hoorn and Enkhuizen, and the enchanting outdoor Zuiderzee Museum. Take in the dazzling skyline of Rotterdam as you cruise through the bustling harbor and drift along the canals of Bruges. All along the way, you’ll savour Dutch delights and Belgian treats as you sail the aquatic highways and byways of two amazing countries shaped by water.

Inclusions

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DINING

  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water

EXCURSIONS

  • 8 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided “Do as the Locals Do” and "Let's Go" programs
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks

ACCOMMODATIONS

  • 9-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the imperial River Duchess or stunning River Empress
  • Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, high thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access

EXPERIENCES

  • 2 countries: Belgium, the Netherlands
  • 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • Group Transfers are included on arrival and departure days (please see terms and conditions for transfer guidelines)
  • Gratuities for onboard personnel (ship staff, crew, Cruise/Tour Manager) are included during the cruise/tour
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture

Accommodation

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Suite, River Empress

T​wo beautiful ships operate this cruise both equally impressive.

The 130-passenger River Duchess is decorated in soft hues of blue and green complemented by soothing earth tones, providing a tranquil and elegant onboard ambiance. Enjoy spectacular and ever-changing views of Europe’s most enchanting waterways in the ship’s stylish Blue Danube Lounge, Palace Restaurant, or the La Motte Sky Lounge.

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The cosmopolitan style of River Empress, with its rich jewel tones and vibrant atmosphere, is certain to captivate you. Whether you’re dining in the ship’s sleek restaurant—reminiscent of a New York jazz and supper club—or relaxing over a cup of tea on the Sun Deck as you gaze out at the 360-degree view, there is no better or more relaxing way to travel through the scenic heartland of Europe.

Travel dates

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T​he Tulip season is a must see- the season is short so book today!

The Tulip cruise season commences with the first cruise departing on 29 March 2023 and the last cruise departing 25 April 2023

P​rices for travel on the 29 March 2023 cruise are as follows:

  • from $7,999 per person twin share in a Classic Cabin
  • f​rom $8,899 per person twin share in a Deluxe Cabin
  • f​rom $9,999 per person twin share in a French Balcony Cabin
  • f​rom $14,299 per person twin share in a Suite

Solo traveller rates available on request. Please call 1300 414 198 for details. Why not extend your stay in Europe - we can also book your flights, accommodation and assist with travel insurance.

Itinerary

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DAY 1: Amsterdam (Embark)

Arrive at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. If your cruise package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship.

DAY 2: Amsterdam

The Netherlands’ largest city, Amsterdam, has been an international port and financial center for 400 years. Your day begins with a morning visit to the Rijksmuseum. Later, see the sites by canal boat or stroll through the city’s history by walking in the footsteps of Rembrandt.

Featured Excursions:

  • A Morning at the Rijksmuseum
  • Night Out: Lookout Tower Amsterdam
  • Choice of Amsterdam Canal Cruise or Walk in the Footsteps of Rembrandt

A special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

DAY 3: Haarlem

Spend all day or half a day among millions of brilliantly colored flowers in Keukenhof, then mix it up a bit with a visit to and exploration of Haarlem’s art, history and Dutch lifestyle.

Featured Excursion:

  • Haarlem - Art, History and Dutch lifestyle
  • Choice of Full-Day at Keukenhof Gardens* or Half-Day at Keukenhof Gardens

DAY 4: Enkhuizen, Hoorn

Spend some time exploring the picture-perfect town of Enkhuizen and leave the modern world far behind as you visit a recreated 19th-century Dutch village. Later, you’ll discover the town of Hoorn’s seafaring past, where the swashbuckling derring-do of Dutch explorers will come to life on a guided walking tour of this historic locale.

Featured Excursion:

  • Dutch Maritime Traditions of the Zuiderzee
  • Choice of Hoorn Walking Tour or Dutch Cheese Trail (MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experiences)*

DAY 5: Nijmegen

For your choice of excursions today, visit the Kröller-Müller Museum, which is home to 97 works by native son Vincent van Gogh as well as other notable artists and sculptors. Or opt for a “Let’s Go” biking tour.

  • Choice of Kröller-Müller Museum Visit or “Let’s Go” Nijmegen Riverland Biking

DAY 6: Rotterdam (Kinderdijk), Dordrecht

Rotterdam is thoroughly modern—you’ll soon understand why it’s sometimes called “Manhattan on the Meuse”: The Maas Tower, the Montevideo, the Millennium Tower and the spectacular Erasmus Bridge make for a dazzling skyline. Begin your day by exploring this modern city on a Dutch culinary stroll, with a stop at the architectural milestone, Market Hall. Erected in 2014, it’s known for its futuristic look and unique culinary offerings. Later, head to Kinderdijk to discover why windmills are such an iconic symbol of Holland; marvel at their engineering and learn about their role in changing the course of Dutch history.

Featured Excursion:

  • Dutch Culinary Stroll to Rotterdam’s Market Hall
  • Choice of Kinderdijk Windmills or “Let’s Go” Biking the Dams and Windmills

DAY 7: Veere

Your ship docks today in the quaint Zeeland village of Veere, which will be your base for explorations of this charming town and the mighty Delta Works, the largest flood protection system in the world.

Featured Excursion:

  • Stroll into the Artists’ Village of Veere
  • Choice of Delta Works Experience or Oyster Tasting

DAY 8: Ghent (Bruges)

Your first day in Belgium offers you the chance to visit one of two national gems: beautiful Bruges, the capital of West Flanders and one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe, or fascinating Ghent, the capital city of East Flanders, whose long history does not weigh on its vibrant present. Belgium’s second largest city, Ghent abounds in medieval architecture, but there’s nothing museum-like about the city. It’s lively and brims with cutting-edge boutiques and galleries.

  • Choice of Bruges Walking Tour with Canal Cruise or Ghent Walking Tour

DAY 9: Antwerp

It may be the diamond capital of the world, but Antwerp is also known for a number of other sought-after cultural gems, including Golden Age art and Belgian beer, waffles and fries. Visit Antwerp’s striking Cathedral of Our Lady, with its UNESCO-designated belfry and its historic surroundings, or, if you’re feeling adventurous, hop on the metro and experience the city like a local.

Choice of Antwerp Historic Downtown Highlights or “Do as the Locals Do” Antwerp Walking Tour

A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

DAY 10: Antwerp (Disembark)

Disembark the ship in Antwerp. If your cruise package includes a group departure transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Brussels International Airport for your flight home.

Questions

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Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Tulip viewing depends upon local and ever-changing weather conditions. Your Keukenhoff visit will last approximately two hours, adequate time to enjoy the floral varieties in bloom and spectacular sculptures. There is a potential for a small number of sailings to be impacted by river water levels, or other factors which may impact safe navigation. This may cause part or all of the cruise itinerary to be operated by motor coach and may also involve hotel accommodations.

Know Before You Book - High & Low Water

While most of the time river cruises operate exactly as planned, weather conditions may result in high or low water levels which impact a ship's itinerary and, on occasion, render a ship unable to sail at all. On very rare occasions, other events such as heavy fog, a damaged lock, or an incapacitated vessel blocking the river, may impact a sailing. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is partially or completely impacted, the itinerary will be operated by deluxe motor coach, accompanied by a Tour Manager, with overnights in hotels. The itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required, as well as meals. While it is not possible to recreate the more leisurely comforts of sailings, we will endeavour to provide a comparable itinerary. These alternative services will be provided at no additional charge.

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Fine print

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Travel at 60 and supplier booking conditions apply. Please enquire for more information.

Note: The itineraries presented are subject to modification due to water levels, closures because of public holidays or other uncontrollable factors. Every effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but changes may still be necessary throughout the cruise. This day-to-day schedule is subject to change. Your final day-to-day schedule will be provided onboard on the first day of your cruise.