Holland & Belgium at Tulip Time

Holland Tulip Fields & WIndmills
9 Days from $2,799 per person

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 and Vincent van Gogh.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).

  2. Arrive at Brussels Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.

  3. Brussels, the capital of Belgium, offers a treasure trove of historic architecture, along with a rich culinary tradition—chocolate!—and a vibrant culinary capital. After a panoramic tour of Brussels, you’ll have two choices of excursions. Food lovers will be lured by the divine aromas drifting from delightful cafés and chocolate shops, as your destination is Planet Chocolate. A creative chocolatier will show you how cocoa beans are transformed into decadent chocolates, offering you samples in the process. If you prefer a sweet and aromatic treat of a different kind, visit Castle Groot-Bijgaarden, a magnificent Renaissance castle just outside Brussels. Open only one month in spring, the multicolored festival of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and roses attracts some 50,000 plant lovers annually, and you are among them. End your day with the Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner. Note: The Spring Show at Castle Groot-Bijgaarden is only offered for cruises that depart after March 26.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  4. Experience Belgium’s golden age with a walking tour of Antwerp’s stunning Renaissance-era City Hall, Market Square and UNESCO-designated Cathedral of Our Lady, which houses four extraordinary works by Peter Paul Rubens. At the old riverside dock area, there is a 19th-century warehouse that has been transformed into a restaurant and brewery, where you can taste Pakhuis’s unfiltered blond beer. Art lovers will want to participate in the panoramic city tour with a visit to the palatial home in the heart of the city where the native Rubens once lived and worked. An art expert will guide you through the studio where Rubens and his assistants worked—the master generally painted the figures himself but left the backgrounds to others.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  5. The oldest city in the Netherlands, Maastricht—known as one of the most beautiful and romantic cities of Holland and loved for its convivial lifestyle and historic center, has long played a strategic role in European politics—most recently hosting the 1992 signing of the treaty that gave the European Union the euro. Choose to see the historic core of the city or visit a reminder of more recent history at the Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  6. Vincent van Gogh produced 195 paintings and numerous watercolors and sketches, including The Potato Eaters, in the two years he lived in Nuenen, and you can follow in his footsteps as you stroll through the town that provided inspiration. After lunch in a historic water mill, which was even painted by Van Gogh, visit picture-perfect Heusden, where you’ll explore either by bike or on foot to see a working mill or learn how to make bread at the local bakery.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  7. Known as Silver City, Schoonhoven has been a center of silversmithing since the 17th century, when craftsmen produced beautiful and useful pieces for wealthy merchants in neighboring cities. If you prefer exploring the Netherlands’ engineering marvels in their long quest to hold back the sea, join a local as you discover 19 astonishingly well-preserved windmills, a UNESCO World Heritage-designated site. Should you wish, you’ll even have a chance to climb inside one of these historic structures.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  8. Gardeners will want to spend all day at the Keukenhof Gardens, one of the most impressive public gardens in the world with millions of tulips and other flowers—an extraordinary and limited sight in the spring. For authentic, insider encounters and discoveries, “Do as the Locals Do” while in Amsterdam, with a guided stroll through the historic canal district including a look inside the Museum Van Loon, a restored 17th-century canal house. Spend your last night on the ship enjoying the Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner. *Note: Lunch is not included with the full day at Keukenhof Gardens.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Farewell Gala Dinner
  9. Disembark the ship and transfer to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport for your flight home.


  • All Meals All Meals
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • Professional Cruise Management Professional Cruise Management
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • All Gratuities All Gratuities
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • Six-Star Ships Six-Star Ships


  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water


  • 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the stylish River Ambassador
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days


  • 2 countries
  • 6 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided “Do as the Locals Do,” “Village Day” and “Gentle Walking” programs
  • 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks


  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: “A Unified Modern Europe: From Maastricht to Brussels”
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount AvailabilityPrice
25 Mar 17 2 Apr 17 $2949$2799pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$2,799 pp
asterisk 1 Apr 17 9 Apr 17 $3249$3099pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$3,099 pp
8 Apr 17 16 Apr 17 $3449$3299pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$3,299 pp
asterisk 15 Apr 17 23 Apr 17 $3549$3399pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$3,399 pp
22 Apr 17 30 Apr 17 $3649$3499pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$3,499 pp

*These departures operate in reverse.

NOTE: Flights must arrive between 5am and 5pm and depart between 6am and 6pm. Airport arrival and departure transfers are included on arrival and departure days only.

Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.

Price shown is per person based on two people sharing a twin bedded Stateroom and cruise in category 3 Cabin. Single rooms are available at a supplement.  Cabin upgrades available at a supplement. Port Charges included.

Early Booking and Pay in Full Discounts vary based on Stateroom category.

AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift!  Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details.

Frequent Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the price of the vacation. 

Special Discounts and Promotions: At times we offer discounted departures. These discounts are valid for new bookings only and are not combinable with any other discounts other than our Frequent Traveler Discount and $100 AARP Member Discount. Other restrictions may apply, please call for details.

Cancellation Penalties: 90-60 days prior to departure: 35%; 59-30 days prior to departure: 50%; 29-1 days prior to departure: 80%; Day of departure: 100%.


Length: 361 ft / Width: 37.5 ft / Voltage: 110/220 volts / Guests: 116 / Staff: 41

Suite: 4 (256 sq ft) / Staterooms: 54 (128 sq ft) / Rivers: Rhine River, Danube River

Understated elegance makes the intimate 116-passenger River Ambassador an ideal place to savor Europe’s renowned scenery and centuries-old cultural heritage. An eclectic art collection adorns the walls, and every stateroom and suite is beautifully and uniquely decorated, making for a truly luxurious and one-of-a-kind ship.

Click HERE to view a PDF of ship facts.



Lavishly appointed riverview suite (256 sq ft - 24 sq m) with a French balcony

Handcrafted Savoir® of England bed, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water

Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, waffle bathrobes, and slippers

Additional special amenities and services

Category 1

Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (128 sq ft - 12 sq m) with a French balcony 

Handcrafted Savoir® of England bed, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water

Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, backlit magnifying mirror, cozy bathrobes, and slippers

Category 2-3

Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (128 sq ft - 12 sq m)

Handcrafted Savoir® of England bed, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water

Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, cozy bathrobes, and slippers

Features & Amenities

Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® of England beds draped in high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, along with a menu of pillow options.

Our meticulously designed ships feature enticing public areas and luxurious amenities, including a lounge with full-service bar, well-equipped fitness center, restaurant, Serenity River Spa, and a Sun Deck where you can relax and take in the ever-changing views.







  • U.S. citizens traveling to the Netherlands and Belgium must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering these countries.

  • The currency in the Netherlands and Belgium is the Euro (€). While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive in Europe, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress, as well as comfortable walking shoes and a waterproof jacket with a hood.  For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.


Sunday, April 24, 2016
Holland & Belgium at Tulip Time Cruise
Service rating : All arrangements worked well, with one hitch in changing flights, where I had to act quickly to ensure getting seats.
Product : Once the trip started the arrangements, accommodations, personnel, were all exception. A superb vacation.
Monday, May 18, 2015
Holland & Belgium at Tulip Time Cruise
Service rating : The trip was outstanding, but I was disappointed that there were not more of the tulip farms. The trip was advertised as "Holland and Belgium at Tulip Time", and essentially the tulips we saw were at Keukenhof Gardens.
Product : The service was truly outstanding, but I rated the cruise down because the bed could not be separated the least little bit. I had even called you company before the trip and was told that was possible. We were two singles traveling together and I did not enjoy the sleeping arrangement.

The service, food, cleanliness, and everything else about the chip was at the highest level possible. The organization etc. was probably the best I have ever had.

I especially appreciated visiting the American Cemetery in Holland

Virginia FaY
Friday, April 10, 2015
Holland and Belgium at Tulip Time Cruise
Service rating : Never fail to have excellent planning and service when travelling with Uniworld river cruises.
Product : Weather awful and no way predictible. Staff on board wonderful....food good but not exceptional as on my French cruise...Guess Dutch food is not exceptional? Loved the all inclusive feature..maybe it needs to be reinforced with no tipping notes in the cabins or on the reception desk.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Sorry to hear that the weather didn't cooperate for you and that some of the meals were not to your liking. It sounds like despite these issues, you were able to enjoy the cruise and the sights. Thank you for taking the time to share your comments

Dee-Grand European Travel
Friday, April 17, 2015
Friday, April 10, 2015
Holland and Belgium at Tulip Time Cruise
Service rating : Wonderful trip, great service, transportation arrangements a little nerve wracking..kept getting pickups wrong!!
Product : Wonderful trip, itinerary a bit off. ..had to choose between kirkenhof gardens and Amsterdam ...not right!
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're sorry to see that there was some confusion regarding your pick up times. I have passed your concerns on to Uniworld for immediate review and improvement. We're glad to see that overall you enjoyed the Holland and Belgium Cruise.

Dee-Grand European Travel
Friday, April 17, 2015

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