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Uniworld - Holland & Belgium at Tulip Time
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Discover the springtime splendor and stunning beauty of Holland and Belgium.
Acres 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, Hieronymus Bosch 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 before traveling to the town of 's-Hertogenbosch. There, you'll join locals in once-in-a-lifetime festivities as they pay tribute to native son Hieronymous Bosch on the 500th anniversary of his death. 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.
Day 1 – Brussels
Arrive at Brussels Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.
Day 2 – BrusselsFEATURED EXCURSIONS: Brussels city tour with choice of Planet Chocolate demonstration and tasting OR Floralia Brussels at Castle Groot-Bijgaarden
After a panoramic tour of Belgium’s capital city, get an up-close view of the city center with a guided tour on foot. Treat yourself to something delicious at Planet Chocolate or visit beautiful gardens open to the public just one month each year. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
Note: The Spring Show at Castle Groot-Bijgaarden is only offered for cruises that depart on or after April 3.
Day 3 – Antwerp
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Antwerp walking discovery tour with Belgian brewery tasting OR Antwerp city tour with Rubens House visit
Your tour of Antwerp features the City Hall, Market Square and the UNESCO-designated Cathedral of Our Lady, which houses four works by Peter Paul Rubens. Later, enjoy a beer tasting at a local brewery. Or, choose a panoramic city tour that visits the palatial home where Rubens once lived and worked.
Day 4 – Maastricht
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Maastricht walking discovery tour OR Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial visit
Your first stop in the Netherlands—Maastricht—is a city with nearly 1,700 national heritage sites, some of which can be seen on your Old Town tour. Or, make a pilgrimage to the Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial, the final resting place of thousands of U.S. soldiers who perished during the second World War.
Day 5 – Cuijk (Nuenen), Heusden
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Van Gogh “Village Day” in Nuenen with countryside lunch, and choice of exclusive Hieronymus Bosch exhibit visit at Noordbrabants Museum OR Heusden “Village Day”
Follow in Van Gogh’s footsteps as you stroll through Nuenen, where the artist once lived. After lunch in an old water mill, view the Hieronymus Bosch exhibit at the Noordbrabants Museum or walk or cycle through Heusden, where you can observe a working mill or learn to make bread at a local bakery.
Day 6 – Schoonhoven (Schoonhoven or Kinderdijk
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Schoonhoven walking discovery tour OR Kinderdijk windmills
Take a tour of a silversmithing town or venture forth to Kinderdijk to see its 19 well-preserved, UNESCO-designated windmills. Learn about the historical significance of these engineering marvels in the Netherlands’ long quest to hold back the sea. If you wish, you’ll have an opportunity to climb inside one of these iconic structures.
Day 7 – Amsterdam
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of full day at Keukenhof Gardens* OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Amsterdam walking tour
Keukenhof Gardens is a 70-acre park planted with millions of tulips and other flowers—an extraordinary sight in the spring. Spend the day here or take a guided stroll through Amsterdam's historic canal district and visit a restored 17th-century canal house. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.
Note: Lunch is not included with the full day at Keukenhof Gardens.
Day 8 – Amsterdam (disembark), transfer to the airportDisembark the ship and transfer to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport for your flight home.