During our exploration of Holland, our first-class vessel, the MS Amadeus Cara, takes us past vibrant tulip fields and quaint picturesque locations. Through its vast network of waterways and canals, we’ll uncover hidden gems highlighting both Holland and Belgium. Marvel at the architecture, charming villages, and scenic countryside as we cruise this unforgettable region!
Note from CTD President, Steve Uelner
I can promise you - this tour will be a true celebration! From our very first day aboard the stunningly modern MS Amadeus Cara, our team has pulled out all the stops including personal gifts for travelers each evening and unique “staff favorite” excursions. I personally handcrafted every detail of this trip just for you on my all-time favorite cruising route. From the charming garden of Keukenhof (deemed the best place to see tulips in the Netherlands) to the historic city of Den Bosch (come see an 11th century fortress!), we’ll experience the most beautiful place in the world for spring... Holland and Belgium. Tulip fields all across the region will burst colorfully into full bloom while we cruise the magical waterways and regional canals. Whether this is your 1st or 50th tour with CTD, I’d like to say “thank you” in the biggest way possible during this celebration cruise. I hope that you will join my wife Lori and I!
- Visit to Keukenhof, considered the most beautiful garden in the world
- Cruise aboard the MS Amadeus Cara
- Experience a guided tour of Operation Market Garden
- Exclusive on-board concert by a "shanty choir" of Dutch sailors
DAYS 1/2—WELCOME TO AMSTERDAM
Following our included overnight flight, we arrive in Amsterdam to meet our Tour Director. Our time in the Netherlands kicks off with a visit to the Clara Maria Cheese Farm and Clog Factory in Amstelveen before heading to the charming town of ’s-Hertogenbosch (also known as Den Bosch) for a guided walking tour. Next, we will settle into the Golden Tulip Hotel Central to enjoy a group welcome dinner. D
DAY 3—CASTLE HEESWIJK/DEN BOSCH
After a delicious breakfast, we will take a guided tour of Castle Heeswijk, a beautifully restored 11th century fortress. We’ll also visit the Gardens in Demen with 20 different layouts carefully devised according to color and floral variety. Following a stop at the vibrant market of De Noordkade, you’ll have free time to explore Den Bosch before tonight’s dinner at local favorite, Pilkington’s. B, D
Our delightful day begins as we visit Keukenhof, considered by many the most beautiful garden in the world. More than seven million tulips, and other regional flowers fill 80 acres with color and fragrance. Later, we board our modern and comfortable home for the next seven nights: the MS Amadeus Cara. Just like that, your week on the waterways of Holland is underway! The excitement is palpable during a festive welcome dinner hosted by CTD’s Steve Uelner. Following dinner, sit back for an on-board concert by a “shanty choir”
of real Dutch sailors. B, D
DAY 5—SITES OF AMSTERDAM/HORTUS BULBORUM
This morning in Amsterdam, we’ll see the Royal Palace, Museum Quarter, and extensive canals. Since there is no better way to experience the city than cruising on the water, our group will enjoy a traditional canal cruise to see a portion of the village’s 90 islands and 400 bridges. This afternoon, enjoy our optional tour of Limmen or enjoy free time on your own to experience the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, or Anne Frank House! Just before dinner, we set sail for Arnhem. B, L, D
Travel to the 13th century village of Limmen to see its Hortus Bulborum, which ensures that over 2,000 varieties of rare tulips do not become extinct. The landscape here is a springtime masterpiece of vibrant colors, shapes, and sizes. Price: $54 per person.
DAY 6—BRIDGE OF ARNHEM/AIRBORNE MUSEUM
Today we drive through Arnhem, known for World War II’s “Operation Market Garden”. In September 1944, the British 1st Airborne Division and the Polish 1st Independent Parachute Brigade secured the bridge at Arnhem. These actions became the basis of the historical movie, A Bridge Too Far. We’ll then visit the Airborne Museum in Oosterbeek which became a headquarters for the British Commander-in-Chief. This afternoon, we cruise to the charming city of Middleburg. B, L, D
DAY 7—DELTA WORKS/MIDDLEBURG
We rise this morning for a visit the Delta Works project, an amazing example of how the Dutch have truly tamed the environment in which they live. We’ll learn about the storm surge barrier, a project that started after a devastating flood in 1953 that inundated the countryside. This surge barrier is now considered one of the world’s most impressive engineering marvels. We’ll also stop in the lovely town of Veere, a Middle Ages trading port used for trading wool from Scotland. B, L, D
DAY 8—BELGIUM'S MEDIEVAL CITIES
After another delicious breakfast aboard our ship, we’ll visit the Belgium city of Ghent - full of rich heritage and impressive medieval buildings. We will explore the fortress “Gravensteen”, which was built in the 12th century by the Count of Flanders after he returned from his crusades. We’ll walk through Ghent’s charming city center and behold its belfry, a medieval bell tower, and much more. This afternoon, you may enjoy time in Ghent on your own or join us for an optional tour to the Flemish jewel of Bruges. B, L, D
Enjoy a tour to the Flemish jewel of Bruges. The historic marketplace is cradled by the river Reie and has been recognized as a cultural world heritage site by UNESCO. We’ll also saunter along the maze of winding, cobbled alleys and cruise its romantic canals. Price: $59 per person.
This morning we’ll discover Antwerp, and with it, one of Europe’s largest ports. We’ll stroll through the attractive historic city center and visit the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe (Tower of Our Lady) Cathedral, the largest Gothic church in Belgium. This church contains valuable treasures such as Peter Paul Rubens’ wall paintings that date back to the 15th century. After lunch, you may choose to join our optional Belgian beer and chocolate tasting excursion or enjoy free time in the city. B, L, D
Option—BELGIAN BEER AND CHOCOLATE TASTING
We’ll visit a chocolatier to learn how local chocolate is made while enjoying some tasty samples. Then it’s off to a local Belgian brewery to sample and learn of its roots dating back to the 12th century. Price: $75 per person
DAY 10—ROTTERDAM/DUTCH MILLS
Often called the “Gateway to Europe”, Rotterdam is one of the world’s largest ports. During our visit, we’ll experience a harbor cruise and visit the market hall with stands of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other delicacies. We’ll also see why The Netherlands is famous for its windmills, still boasting over 1,000 today. Near Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage site, we’ll encounter some of the best-preserved windmills. We’ll walk along a private miller’s path and hear about how these fascinating structures have functioned since approximately 1740. B, L, D
After breakfast, we disembark the MS Amadeus Cara for your included flight back home. We are sure you will return with long-lasting memories of our travels through the Dutch and Belgian countryside! B
Nights 2-3: Golden Tulip Hotel Central, Den Bosch
Nights 4-10: MS Amadeus Cara
Apr 10-20, 2024
Price Per Person:
See table below
Land only pricing available
Pre-/Post Tour Hotel:
Call for pricing
Chicago, IL (call for other cities)
Round-trip airfare from the U.S.
Professional, English speaking Tour Director
Welcome Dinner and meals as indicated (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
Fees and tips for included attractions, meals, crew, and drivers
Luggage handling of one suitcase per person
Free bottled water on coach
24-hour emergency call service
***Enjoy the below Early Booking Discount pricing until August 1, 2023***
C Window, Stern, Haydn - $4,947
C Window, Forward, Haydn - $5,047
B Drop-Down Panoramic Windows*, Stern, Strauss - $5,497
B Drop-Down Panoramic Windows*, Mid, Strauss - $5,697
B Drop-Down Panoramic Windows*, Forward, Strauss - $5,797
A Drop-Down Panoramic Windows*, Stern, Mozart - $5,797
A Drop-Down Panoramic Windows*, Mid, Mozart - $5,997
Suite, Mozart - $6,747
Single supplement +1,000 for Haydn, +$3,000 for Strauss and Mozart, + $4,000 for Suites. Port taxes (per person): $165
Prices vary based on stateroom category. This tour is NOT eligible for Travel More, Save More discount pricing. Mandatory port taxes (per person): $165
Airport Transportation / Vehicle Parking
Our Pre and Post hotels offer complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport. Free parking can be offered during the tour with a pre or post night, please let us know ahead of time if you desire this service.
To fully enjoy your CTD vacation, you should be in good physical health and understand there are times when a good deal of walking is involved in our tours. Those who have difficulty walking may not want to take this trip or should discuss their personal situation with their doctor before deciding. You should be able to walk at a steady pace for a mile at a time for a daily total of three to four miles per day and be able to manage steps to board/de-board the motorcoach several times a day. In addition, many US and European airports require lengthy walks to get from ticketing counters to your departure gate. Due to the lack of proper facilities at some of the farms, ranches, and off-the-beaten-path sites we often visit, we are unable to accommodate walkers and wheelchairs.
We are finding that larger European cities are closing their historic districts to motor traffic. This, of course, adds to the amount of walking involved when visiting a city (sometimes on uneven and/or cobblestone walkways). In addition, you should know that you may be required to exit the motorcoach at each stop because local law often does not allow travelers to remain on the motorcoach while it is parked for a scheduled stop.
The Netherlands – high of 57°, low of 41°
Belgium – high of 57°, low of 42°
Euro (The Netherlands & Belgium)
GMT+1 (5 hours ahead of New York)
All AMADEUS ships have an elevator that operates between the Mozart, Strauss and Haydn decks. The sun deck is not accessible by elevator.
Wi-Fi is available aboard the ship and the price is fully covered by CTD. We will travel in rural river landscapes, meaning the Wi-Fi connection at times can be limited.
All cabins and suites are equipped with high-quality care products, such as soap, shampoo, body lotion, and shower gel. You will also find a hair dryer, sewing set, shower cap, and nail file in your cabin. Laundry is available onboard for a small fee.
Breakfast and lunch are lavish meals, with evenings featuring chef’s specialties and regional dishes. In addition, a light breakfast and lunch is offered in the Panorama-Bar. There is always a vegetarian option for all meals on board.
A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour, including information sent upon receipt of your reservation.
Dress on tour is casual. Evening dinners aboard the ship will be a more elegant occasion, so we welcome you to dress in a business casual manner. Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, visors, and comfortable walking shoes will add to your enjoyment of this tour. Toward the end of the cruise, a Captain’s Dinner will be held. For this dinner, we suggest (for the women) dress pants or skirt along with a blouse or sweater, or possibly a dress, and (for the men) dress pants along with a collared long-sleeved shirt or sweater, and possibly a blazer of some sort (blazer not required).
An outlet converter that adapts to European outlets is needed. You can find these at many stores, including Amazon and Walmart.
Travel Protection Available
Yes, see CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/TravelProtectionPlan.