8 Nights | Holland & Belgium at Tulip Time
Discover the springtime splendor and stunning beauty of Holland and BelgiumAcres of tulips stretching as far as the eye can see, windmills silhouetted against the sky, the very fields Vincent van Gogh himself once painted—these are just a few of the sights that await you in Holland and Belgium during tulip season. On this unforgettable cruise through one of the most breathtaking regions of Western Europe, you’ll explore bustling towns that were once ancient Roman settlements, hunt for unique treasures in medieval villages and marvel at the works of Dutch and Flemish masters, including Peter Paul Rubens and Vincent van Gogh.Discover the sophisticated charms of Brussels— and a celebration of the nation’s springtime flower culture at the enchanting Spring Show in Castle Groot-Bijgaarden—as well as the artistic treasures of Antwerp. Then it’s on to the Netherlands, where you’ll explore the dynamic city of Maastricht. Walk in Van Gogh’s footsteps in Nuenen and visit the old silversmith town of Schoonhoven. Stroll through the legendary Keukenhof Gardens, which boasts over seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths. Enriched by the sights and sounds of the verdant Dutch countryside, you’ll conclude your cruise in Amsterdam, one of the great capital cities of the world.From magnificent displays of natural beauty to wondrous works by artists and artisans, the splendors of this region will take your breath away.Who will enjoy this cruiseArt aficionados, history buffs and nature lovers alike will find much to delight them on this springtime journey.
You will visit the following 6 places:
Belgium’s second largest and international port city with history dating to the Middle Ages, Antwerp is a major destination in Belgium in the region of Flanders. It has a beautiful historic city center, and is world-renowned for its fashion industry. Renowned for being the "world's leading diamond city", more than 70% of all diamonds are traded in Antwerp. Due to its long and culturally rich history, the city of Antwerp houses many interesting historical buildings from different historical periods, as well as a lot of interesting museums. Recently it has become a trendy city, attracting a lot of Flemish and foreign artists, writers, intellectuals, and actors.
Maastricht is the southernmost city in the Netherlands, and is the capital of the province of Limburg. Situated on the Maas river, within walking distance of Belgium and cycling distance of Germany, it claims to be the oldest city in the Netherlands (a claim it shares with Nijmegen). A great place to spend some time, it contains some magnificent buildings and culture, taking the form of plenty of old houses and buildings, lovely cathedrals and a spectacularly cobblestoned town centre. The city is also well known for its fine cuisine, excellent shops and multicultural atmosphere.
Amsterdam is the capital of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It is the country's largest city and its financial, cultural, and creative centre. Many large Dutch institutions have their headquarters there, and seven of the world's 500 largest companies, including Philips and ING, are based in the city. In 2012, Amsterdam was ranked the second best city in which to live by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and 12th globally on quality of living for environment and infrastructure by Mercer. Amsterdam derives its name from the city’s origin as “Dam” of river “Amstel”. In the past, the name was "Amstelredamme" which later changed as “Amsterdam”. The city is one of the most popular destinations in Europe, attracting over 7 million international travellers annually. The city is colloquially known as ''Venice of the North'' because of its lovely canals that criss-cross the city, its impressive architecture and more than 1,500 bridges. There is something for every traveller's taste here; whether you prefer culture and history, serious partying, or just the relaxing charm of an old European city!
Brussels, is the de facto capital of Belgium and of the European Union. It is also the largest urban area in Belgium, comprising 19 municipalities, including the municipality of the City of Brussels, which is the de jure capital of Belgium, in addition to the seat of the French Community of Belgium and of the Flemish Community.