These journey highlights have been handpicked by our overseas Travel Planners, based on their intimate knowledge of the destination and their conversations with our travelers.
This world-famous garden comes alive every spring with over 7 million tulip blooms bursting in a kaleidoscope of colors
Step inside the famous kitchens of De Kookfabriek and learn how to prepare lunch
Experience enchanting Bruges by foot and by canal cruise, along with free time to explore and sample Belgian delicacies on your own
Visit the 19 UNESCO-designated original windmills of Kinderdijk, all of them still in working order
Embark on a lovely cruise along Amsterdam's 17th-century Canal Ring, which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Explore the gems of Antwerp on a walking tour, including a visit to the cathedral, where you can admire paintings by Peter Paul Rubens
Witness the innovative minds of the Dutch at work during a visit to Delta Works, designed to protect low-lying Holland from flooding
Set out on a walking tour of Rotterdam and visit bustling Market Hall where you’ll savor a sampling of local specialties
Visit an authentic farm and listen to a real bulb grower discuss the flower trade business
Enjoy your choice of tours in Arnhem: the Kröeller Müeller Museum OR the Freedom Museum
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In addition, you’ll have other opportunities to experience the art and culture of the Netherlands, ancient and modern:
Enkhuizen: Get an insider’s look at local Dutch customs when you're invited for a refreshing aperitif in a local home. Served before a meal to stimulate appetite, this dry, still beverage is only part of the experience. It is also an opportunity to engage in conversation with your local hosts. The casual atmosphere allows travelers to learn more about Dutch customs while also sharing their own traditions and experiences from back home — a true cultural exchange.
Please note: Cooking lessons are limited to 30 participants per session, and signup is required. Lessons take place in the ship’s Captain’s Club, and that’s where participants will be served the prepared meal afterward. Once you've attended a session, preference will be given to those who have not yet attended a lesson. These dishes are subject to change, based on seasonality and other factors.
Make the most of your free time by taking advantage of complimentary bicycles aboard ship. Simply reserve a bike with your Concierge for up to four hours. We also provide a lock and helmet, so all you need is firm-soled shoes, lightweight layers like moisture-wicking fabrics, a windbreaker, and tight cycling-type pants of breathable fabric (or padded cycling pants if you're an enthusiast!). If you're traveling in spring or fall, you may also want to bring gloves and a hat.
Daily onboard lectures reveal the history, culture, and local life of this splendid region. Enjoy lectures on the following topics:
In addition, you’ll have other opportunities to experience the art and culture of the Netherlands:
Antwerp: Wander among the impressive architecture and lively squares of the city of diamonds and chocolate. A centerpiece is the stunning Cathedral of Our Lady, survivor of fires, plundering, and rioting throughout history. Of the multiple planned towers, only one was completed; today, it is the tallest church spire in the city. Numerous and notable works of art are here, including a beautiful collection of stained-glass windows, a bronze tomb from the Middle Ages, and several altarpieces and works by native painter Peter Paul Rubens.
Arnhem: Delve into the rich past of Arnhem, site of a key Allied paratrooper landing during the famed Operation Market Garden of World War II. Choose from two museum tours here. Visit the Freedom Museum, an interactive experience that re-creates life from the prewar days through the postwar rebuilding of the Netherlands and Europe. Or explore the Kröller-Müller Museum, which boasts an impressive collection of Van Gogh's work and a vast sculpture garden.
Enkhuizen: Get an insider’s look at local life when you’re invited for a refreshing aperitif in a local home. Served before a meal to stimulate appetite, this dry, still beverage is only part of the experience. It is also opportunity to engage in conversation with your hosts. The casual atmosphere allows travelers to learn more about Dutch customs while also sharing their own traditions and experiences back home — a true cultural exchange.
Keukenhof Gardens: Prepare to be amazed by the grandest of Dutch gardens as you spend the day at Keukenhof Gardens — one of the world’s largest flower gardens. More than seven million tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and more fill these magnificent grounds with color and fragrance.
Bruges: Explore one of Europe's best-preserved medieval cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, both on foot and during a canal cruise.
Discover some of the most significant cultural and historic treasures in the world throughout your cruise.
You’ll want to have your camera ready at all times to capture the highlights of the Netherlands. Here are a few tips to help you along the way:
The world’s religious sites often add a powerful spiritual and deeply personal meaning to any journey. Here are some soul-stirring places you’ll visit during your trip:
Cruise into a breathtaking canvas of winding waterways and open fields blanketed with flowers. This relaxing river cruise reveals the tranquil beauty of Holland and Belgium.
Your solo-friendly river cruise has been enhanced with special features catering to independent travelers, including:
The Worldwide Concierge service will be available throughout your entire river cruise to help you customize your journey. Here are just a few services your Concierge can provide:
Take advantage of this free, start-to-finish service by making your requests prior to your journey or during your journey. We are one of the only companies to offer this level of service! Call 1-888-982-6824 or email Concierge@vantagetravel.com to speak to a Concierge today, or simply log into My Portfolio up to two weeks prior to departure.