Experience Holland and a flavor of Belgium in the most beautiful way, by cruising at a relaxing pace along its extensive waterways. Flowing like an intricate
net, our First Class vessel will take you past endless tulip fields and quaint, picturesque places. While here, take the opportunity to partake in
many unforgettable excursions. Along the way, you’ll also stroll through Brussels, Amsterdam (the “Venice of the North”), Rotterdam, Ghent, Bruges,
Antwerp, and more.
Join CTD President Steve Uelner and expert Discovery Director Sue Froidl for what promises to be a trip of a lifetime!
- Join CTD President Steve Uelner on the luxurious Amadeus Silver II, chartered exclusively for CTD travelers
- Included Round Trip air from the United States, plus numerous other inclusions such as gratuities, most meals, and several sightseeing excursions.
- Spring Tulip Time River and Canal Cruise through The Netherlands and Belgium in an outward-facing river-view stateroom, most with floor-to-ceiling Panoramic windows or walk-out balconies
- Included sightseeing tours of Brussels, Valkenburg, Monschau, Keukenhof, Amsterdam, Arnhem, Ghent, Antwerp, and Rotterdam
- Visits to charming villages of Monschau, Limburg and Limmen
- Stops at the Amsterdam Flower Market and a private Azalea grower
- Historically-significant World War II sites such as Bastogne (Battle of the Bulge) and the American Military Cemetery
- Three nights in the idyllic town of Valkenburg aan de Geul
- Seven nights aboard the luxury ship MS Amadeus SILVER II, including three meals per day while on the ship
- Oversized staterooms larger than most European River Vessels, including Viking's standard rooms.
- Cocktail reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
- Quality wines from the best-known regions of Europe (as well as beer and soda) with dinner while on board
- Onboard folklore, culinary demonstrations, and cultural entertainment including a Shanty Choir performance featuring real Dutch Sailors
DAYS 1-2 – UNITED STATES/WELCOME TO BELGIUM
Upon arriving in Belgium, we’ll be greeted by our professional, English speaking Tour Director, then Enjoy the “Capital of Europe”, Brussels. In the heart of the city is the Grand Palace, the most beautiful square in the world. We’ll view St. Michael’s Cathedral, famous for its 16th-century stained-glass windows, as well as the Palace of Justice and Mannekin Pis, the oldest and most honored statue of Brussels. We’ll then transfer to the fairy-tale town of Valkenburg aan de Geul for our 3-night stay. You’ll enjoy the opportunity to walk along its charming pedestrian streets and below the town’s castle. D
DAY 3 – BASTOGNE/BATTLE OF THE BULGE
Rolling green hills fill the countryside as we travel past quaint villages. We’ll stop at Bastogne, site of the famous “Battle of the Bulge” during WWII. Here a small force of Americans held out against huge odds. We’ll also visit the museum that’s dedicated to Hitler’s last attempt to win the area. In addition, we’ll experience the Mardasson Liberty Memorial dedicated to 77,000 Americans who lost their lives here. B, D
DAY 4 – CHARMING VILLAGES/COUNTRYSIDE
We pass though the Dukes’ forest to Germany and the lovely little village of Monschau, a picture-perfect, medieval town. Here half-timbered houses are decorated with blooming flower boxes and border narrow, cobblestone streets. After some free time for exploring and lunch, we continue though Limburg, known as “Little Switzerland” and then stop at the Netherlands American War Cemetery, the only American Military Cemetery in Holland. B
DAY 5 – KEUKENHOF
A delight welcomes us today as we visit Keukenhof, considered by many the most beautiful spring garden in the world. More than seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths fill 80 acres with color and fragrance for eight weeks each year. Later, a real “WOW” moment strikes as we board our home for the next 7 nights: the MS AMADEUS SILVER II. Your week on the waterways of Holland is underway! The excitement is palpable during a festive welcome dinner hosted by CTD president Steve Uelner. Following dinner, sit back for an on-board concert by a “shanty choir” of real Dutch sailors. B, D
DAY 6 – SITES OF AMSTERDAM/FLOWER MARKET
Founded as a small fishing village in the late 12th century, Amsterdam’s street pattern is largely unchanged since the 19th century—its center consists of 90 islands linked by 400 bridges. We’ll see its Royal Palace, Museum Quarter, and extensive canals—plus stop and stroll along the flower market. This colorfully blooming market, dating back to 1862, still has its stalls standing on houseboats and evoke the old days when the market was supplied daily by boat. And, as there is no better way to see the city than cruising on the water, the tour will end with a canal cruise. This afternoon, join us for an optional excursion ($47) to the 13th Century village of Limmen to see its Hortus Bulborum, which ensures that over 2000 varieties of rare tulips do not become extinct. The landscape here is a springtime blooming masterpiece of vibrant colors, shapes and sizes. Others may wish to take a short taxi ride to the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, or Anne Frank House. Tonight we set sail for Arnhem. B, L, D
DAY 7 – BRIDGE OF ARNHEM/AIRBORNE MUSEUM
We’ll 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 “A Bridge Too Far”. We then visit the Airborne Museum in Oosterbeek, which was a hotel, but became headquarters of the British Commander-in-Chief. Operation Market Garden was commanded here, known as a dramatic battle in which over 4,000 soldiers and civilians lost their lives. You can feel the tension, fear and hardships at the museum. This afternoon, we cruise to Middleburg. B, L, D
DAY 8 – DELTA WORKS/MIDDLEBURG
Today we’ll visit the Delta Works project, and 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...and is considered one of the world’s 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 9 – BELGIUM’S MEDIEVAL CITIES
This morning, we’ll visit one of Belgium’s most attractive cities in 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 ($47). The historic marketplace, the center of old Bruges, is cradled by the river Reie and has been recognized as a cultural world heritage site by UNESCO. We’ll also saunter alongthe maze of winding, cobbled alleys and romantic canals. B, L, D
DAY 10 – ANTWERP/COUNTRYSIDE
This morning, we’ll discover Antwerp, and with it, one of Europe’s largest ports. We’ll stroll through the attractive old center of the city 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. Later, you’ll enjoy free time in Antwerp to explore its lively shopping scene. After lunch, we’ll take a ride out to the countryside to one of the premier growers of Aazalea’s in Belgium for an exclusive behind the scenes visit. B, L, D
DAY 11 – ROTTERDAM/DUTCH MILLS
Often called the “Gateway to Europe”, Rotterdam is one of the world’s largest ports. During the World War II, the heart of the city was almost completely destroyed. Luckily, the city was gradually rebuilt – today its eye popping features include the Erasmus Bridge across the river Maas. During your city tour, we’ll also visit the market hall, full of stands of fresh fish, meat, fruit, vegetables and other delicacies. After lunch, join us for an optional tour ($47) to see why The Netherlands are 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. We’ll walk along a private miller’s path and hear about how these fascinating structures have functioned since approximately 1740. B, L, D
DAY 12 – VAARWEL!
After breakfast, we head to the airport for your included flight back home from Amsterdam. We are sure you will return home with long-lasting memories of our travels through the Dutch and Belgian countryside, canals, rivers and towns! B
Apr 29-May 10, 2019
Price Per Person from:
Double $4,997**; Single $6,297
**Prices vary based on stateroom category. See detailed pricing info and clickable ship map below. Land-Only pricing also available -- PLEASE CALL TO RESERVE. This tour is NOT eligible for Travel More, Save More discount pricing. Mandatory port taxes (per person): $175
C Window, Haydn Deck - $4,997
B Drop-Down Panoramic Windows*, Stern, Strauss Deck - $5,797
B Drop-Down Panoramic Windows*, Mid, Strauss Deck - $5,897
B Drop-Down Panoramic Windows*, Forward, Strauss Deck - $5,997
A Drop-Down Panoramic Windows*, Stern, Mozart Deck - $6,197
A Drop-Down Panoramic Windows*, Mid, Mozart Deck - $6,297
Suite, Mid, Mozart Deck - $6,997
Suite, Forward, Mozart Deck - $7,097
Singles, Haydn Deck - $6,297
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DAY 6 Option—Limmen, Hortus Bulborum
Visit the charming 13th Century village of Limmen and the Hortus Bulborum, which ensures that over 2,000 varieties of rare tulips do not become extinct. The landscape here is a masterpiece of springtime blooms, vibrant colors, shapes and sizes. Price: $47 per person.
DAY 6 Option—Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, or Anne Frank House
During your free time, enjoy the option of exploring the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, or the Anne Frank House. Price: Cost varies.
DAY 9 Option— Bruges UNESCO World Heritage Site Tour
The historic marketplace, the center of old Bruges, is cradled by the river Reie and has been recognized as a cultural world heritage site by UNESCO. We’ll tour and make our way along the maze of winding, cobbled alleys and romantic canals. Price: $47 per person.
DAY 11 Option—Kinkderjijk UNESCO World Hertiage Site Windmill Tour