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Connections European River Cruise Journeys

Cruising Holland & Belgium in Bloom 2019


9 days from $5,295

Limited to 24 guests

Cruise past springtime blossoms and windmills, pausing for Connections-exclusive excursions to a local tulip grower; a meal of moules-frites in Bruges; and the breathtaking Keukenhof Gardens, where you sit down to lunch amid fragrant spectacular gardens.

A&K Advantages

Cruise through Holland and Belgium’s finest cities and towns, experiencing nine days of exclusive Connections sightseeing with your private group, led by your Resident Tour Director

Enjoy Connections-exclusive excursions, including a full-day tour to lovely Delft, famous for its porcelain, and the stunning Keukenhof Gardens, where you enjoy lunch amid its flowers

Sample local cuisine during culinary experiences ashore with Connections guests, including a lunch of moules-frites (mussels and fries) and brewery tour in Bruges and a tasting of stroopwafels in Veere

Visit a private tulip grower during an enriching excursion

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1
ARRIVE AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
DAY 2
AMSTERDAM | Visiting a Tulip Grower
DAY 3
AMSTERDAM | Atmospheric Canals
DAY 4
ARNHEM | Market Garden Battle Site
DAY 5
MIDDELBURG | Zeeland & the Sea
DAY 6
GHENT & BRUGES, BELGIUM | Historic City Centers
DAY 7
ANTWERP | Home of Rubens
DAY 8
DELFT & KEUKENHOF | Floral Glories
DAY 9
DEPART AMSTERDAM
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.

Kimpton De Witt Hotel
Meals: Dinner
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 before dinner on board.

'Amadeus Star'
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
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 and Edam, visiting a dairy specializing in Dutch cheeses.

'Amadeus Star'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4
ARNHEM | Market Garden Battle Site

Cruise to Arnhem, where you set off on a Connections-only excursion to the Kröller-Müller Museum, home to the world’s second-largest Van Gogh collection. Then, visit the Hartenstein Airborne Museum and war cemetery.

'Amadeus Star'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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.

'Amadeus Star'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 6
GHENT & BRUGES, BELGIUM | Historic City Centers

Cross into Belgium for a walking tour of Ghent. Continue to medieval Bruges, where you savor a Connections-exclusive lunch of moules-frites (mussels and fries), followed by a walking tour and visit to a local brewery for a tasting.

'Amadeus Star'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7
ANTWERP | Home of Rubens

Explore the lively city of Antwerp, the most populous in Belgium. Visit the Rubenshuis, former residence of Peter Paul Rubens, with its beautiful gardens, and then stop at a workshop that demonstrates the art of diamond cutting. Tonight, enjoy a gala dinner aboard the ship.

'Amadeus Star'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 epitomize the striking beauty of Holland.

'Amadeus Star'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 9
DEPART AMSTERDAM

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart.

Meals: Breakfast

NOTE: High or low water levels may impact sailing and require changes to the itinerary.


Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

  • Apr 11 - Apr 19
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Availability
    Cabin Class
    B-4 Strauss-Deck
    Price
    $5,295
    Single Supplement
    $1,195
    Availability
    Limited Availability
    Cabin Class
    B-1 Strauss-Deck
    Price
    $5,695
    Single Supplement
    $1,895
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    A-1 Mozart-Deck
    Price
    $6,295
    Single Supplement
    $2,395
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Amadeus Suite Mozart-Deck
    Price
    $6,995
    Single Supplement
    $3,995
    Availability
    Available

    This departure operates on Amadeus Star

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  • Apr 18 - Apr 26
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Availability
    Cabin Class
    B-4 Strauss-Deck
    Price
    $5,495
    Single Supplement
    $1,395
    Availability
    Call for Availability
    Cabin Class
    B-1 Strauss-Deck
    Price
    $5,895
    Single Supplement
    $1,995
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    A-1 Mozart-Deck
    Price
    $6,495
    Single Supplement
    $2,595
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Amadeus Suite Mozart-Deck
    Price
    $7,195
    Single Supplement
    $4,295
    Availability
    Available

    This departure operates on Amadeus Star

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Journey Details

Minimum age is 12 years.

First group event: welcome briefing at 6:00 p.m. on Day 1.

Last group event: ship arrival in Amsterdam at 5:00 a.m. on Day 9.


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