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Holland & Belgium at Tulip Time

Holland Tulip Fields & WIndmills

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.

    meal(s):Dinner
  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.

    meal(s):Breakfast
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  • 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

Taste

  • 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

Travel

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

Explore

  • 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

Experience

  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: “A Unified Modern Europe: From Maastricht to Brussels”
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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.

Staterooms

Suite

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.

Lobby

Lounge

Art

Service

Lounge

Restaurant

  • 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.

Reviews

Sunday, April 24, 2016
Holland & Belgium at Tulip Time
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Service rating : All arrangements worked well, with one hitch in changing flights, where I had to act quickly to ensure getting seats.
Vacation : Once the trip started the arrangements, accommodations, personnel, were all exception. A superb vacation.

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