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Cruising Holland & Belgium in Bloom (2017)
Limited to 24 guests
Days: 9 | From: $4,445 (was $4,695)
Day 1: ARRIVE AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
Arrive in Amsterdam, where you are met and transferred to your boutique hotel. Later, join your Resident Tour Director for a welcome dinner.
Park Hotel | Meals: D
Day 2: AMSTERDAM / Visiting a Tulip Grower
Join Connections guests as you travel past tulip fields en route to a private flower grower. Return to Amsterdam for some time at leisure. Later, board your river ship, with priority embarkation and time to unwind in your premium cabin or suite. Enjoy a welcome cocktail prior to dinner on board.
Day 3: AMSTERDAM / Atmospheric Canals
Tour Amsterdam in your small Connections group, viewing the Royal Palace and Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), followed by a scenic cruise through the city’s canal district. Then, take an excursion to Volendam, Marken and Edam, visiting a dairy specializing in Dutch cheeses.
Day 4: ARNHEM / Market Garden Battle Site
Cruise to Arnhem, where you visit the Hartenstein Airborne Museum and war cemetery. Continue on a Connections-only excursion to the Kröller-Müller Museum, home to the world's second-largest Van Gogh collection.
Day 5: MIDDELBURG / Zeeland & the Sea
Dock in Middelburg. Embark on today's Connections small-group excursion, seeing the Watersnood Museum. In lovely Veere, get an authentic taste of local fare when you sample stroopwafels. Later, enjoy a private, pre-dinner cocktail party in the ship’s Amadeus Club, hosted by your Resident Tour Director, followed by an exclusive Chef's Highlights dinner.
Day 6: GHENT, BELGIUM / Historic City Centers
Cross into Ghent, Belgium. Take an excursion to medieval Bruges. Tour a brewery, savor a Connections-exclusive lunch of moules-frites (mussels and fries). Return to bustling Ghent with time to explore before boarding your ship.
Day 7: BRUSSELS & ANTWERP / Home of Rubens
From Antwerp, journey to Brussels for a walking tour of Belgium’s capital; then, experience one of its most famous flower shows. Back in Antwerp, visit the Rubenshuis with its beautiful gardens and a workshop that demonstrates the art of diamond cutting. Tonight, enjoy a gala dinner aboard the ship.
Day 8: DELFT & KEUKENHOF / Floral Glories
Disembark on a full-day tour with your intimate group, beginning in Delft, where you pay a Connections-exclusive visit to the Royal Delft porcelain factory. Enjoy lunch and a full afternoon at Keukenhof Gardens. Open only in spring, its breathtaking floral displays offer a dazzling glimpse at Holland's beauty.
Day 9: DEPART AMSTERDAM
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart.
NOTE: High or low water levels may impact sailing and require changes to the itinerary.