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Highlights of the Netherlands & the Beauty of Belgium

Let the Dutch charm sweep you up on an itinerary full of vibrancy and tradition. From 79 multicoloured acres of tulips at Keukenhof Gardens, to Zaanse Schans, artistic Antwerp and quirky Amsterdam.
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Between Amsterdam and Amsterdam

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Day 1 | Highlights:

Welcome to Amsterdam, a fascinating 700 year old city of picturesque canals, world class museums, theatres and cafés. You will be met and transferred from the airport to your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship. After boarding, enjoy some time at your leisure to explore Amsterdam. This evening join your fellow travellers for dinner on board.


Day 2 | Amsterdam – Zaanse Schans Highlights:

This morning we venture to Zaanse Schans, which is one of the highlights of the Netherlands, just outside Amsterdam. This vibrant and stunning living and working community that dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries, with many farms and windmills. Tonight the Captain will be delighted to welcome you to a gala dinner. 
EmeraldPLUS: Tour to Zaanse Schans Windmills


Day 3 | Veere – Delta Works Highlights:

Today you will arrive in Veere, an area that was heavily flooded in 1953, and led the Dutch government to commission the Delta Works to protect the province from the open sea. We will visit the Delta Works project, known as the Storm Surge Barrier, due its series of dikes, sea walls and locks all the way up to Rotterdam in South Holland. We start the tour by visiting the outer wall, and then you will watch an educational and interesting film on its construction and the floods that preceded it. Afterwards, you will return to the ship for lunch and enjoy an afternoon of sailing as you journey towards Arnhem.
EmeraldPLUS: Tour to Delta Works
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour in Veere


Day 4 | Antwerp Highlights:

This morning we arrive in Antwerp - Belgium’s biggest port, positioned on the River Sheltz with a large harbour linking to the sea. As Belgium’s second largest city, it has been pivotal in the country’s history of occupations and conquests. Home to the famous Baroque artist Pieter Paul Rubens, it attracts art lovers and diamond dealers from all over the world. Having been decimated during WWII, today the city is modern and organised, yet still retains an intriguing medieval heart. Enjoy the guided walking tour of the city centre, passing by  its café-filled cobbled lanes, admiring the Renaissance Town Hall and the unique Gothic Cathedral of Our Lady, the symbol of Antwerp before passing through the charming 16th century inner yard, the ‘Vlaeykensgang’.
Discover More: Excursion to the medieval town of Bruges (extra expense)


Day 5 | Arnhem Highlights:

After a relaxing morning spent sailing through the Dutch waterways, passing its wonderful windmills and quaint traditional villages, you will arrive in Arnhem. Most famous for its great battle during World War II, its iconic bridge - the sight where the British forces were captured. You will tour the Airborne Museum Hartenstein which is dedicated to the Battle of Arnhem In 1944. The main building was the headquarters of the British command during the battle, and now houses exhibits of military uniforms and weapons.


Day 6 | Hoorn Highlights:

This morning you will arrive in Hoorn, which was once a base for the Dutch East India Company, making it a prosperous and powerful trading town. Today, this 13th century town is home to many listed buildings and the former Oostereiland prison. Once in Hoorn, you will be transferred by coach to Edam - a town known all over the world for its cheese, where you will enjoy an orientation walking tour.  Afterwards, you will be taken on an orientation tour of the fishing village of Volendam, followed by free time for exploring the small fishing port and the old centre.
EmeraldPLUS: Clog Painting on board
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour in Hoorn


Day 7 | Amsterdam Highlights:

This morning you have a choice to visit the Keukenhof Gardens - the most beautiful spring garden in the world and Europe’s largest. Situated in the heart of the tulip farm area of Holland, it boasts incredible displays of different flowers and plants, with more than seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths filling over 79 acres with colour and fragrance. Alternatively, you can enjoy a guided bike tour in Amsterdam area. After lunch, you will have free time to explore Amsterdam on your own.
EmeraldPLUS: Visit to Keukenhof Gardens OR
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour in Amsterdam


Day 8 | Amsterdam Highlights:

After breakfast, it is time to farewell your fellow passengers and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport for your onward or homebound flight.

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Hotel – Included:  Two nights hotel accommodation at Radisson Blu (or similar), breakfast each morning.  

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EXTEND YOUR STAY IN AMSTERDAM
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EXTEND YOUR STAY IN AMSTERDAM
Highlights: 2 nights

Amsterdam has been revitalized in the last few years, with many world class museums opening or re-opening after extensive renovations. Choose from among the Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk museum of modern art and the Van Gogh Museum or if you’d prefer, stroll the streets and enjoy the sights and other attractions for which Amsterdam is famous.

Meals included: Breakfast each morning

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Emerald Sky

Emerald Sky

Guiding you past some of Europe’s most beautiful stretches of countryside and through some of the continent’s most vibrant and enchanting cities; Emerald Sky ensures every minute of your holiday is exceptionally comfortable and enjoyable. From the spacious suites and staterooms to the contemporary, sophisticated public spaces, every inch of Emerald Sky has been considered.

Features

  • Outdoor private balcony with open-air system
  • Bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries, hair dryer, on-board complimentary bathrobes and slippers
  • In-suite mini-bar available at own expense
  • Complimentary bottled water, restocked daily
  • Complimentary Nespresso machine
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds
  • Pillow menu
  • Telephone
  • Safe for your valuables
  • Individual climate control
  • Flat screen TV and infotainment system
  • Continental breakfast, pre-dinner canapés and after-dinner sweet treats served in your suite
  • Two items of laundry a day
  • Outdoor private balcony with open-air system
  • Seperate bathroom and lounge area
  • Bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries, hair dryer, on-board complimentary bathrobes and slippers
  • Walk-in wardrobe
  • Complimentary in-suite mini-bar, restocked daily with wine, beer ans soft drinks
  • Complimentary bottled water, restocked daily
  • Complimentary Nespresso machine
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Use of an Ipad
  • Queen-size or twin beds
  • Pillow menu
  • Telephone
  • Safe for your valuables
  • Individual climate control
  • Flat screen TV and infotainment system
  • Continental breakfast, pre-dinner canapés and after-dinner sweet treats served in your suite
  • Four items of laundry a day
  • Invite to dinner at Captain's Table
  • Indoor balcony with open-air system
  • Bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries and hair dryer
  • Complimentary bottled water, restocked daily
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds
  • Telephone
  • Safe for your valuables
  • Individual climate control
  • Flat screen TV and infotainment system
  • Mini-fridge
  • Indoor balcony with open-air system
  • Bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries and hair dryer
  • Complimentary bottled water, restocked daily
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds
  • Telephone
  • Safe for your valuables
  • Individual climate control
  • Flat screen TV and infotainment system
  • Mini-fridge
  • Indoor balcony with open-air system
  • Bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries and hair dryer
  • Complimentary bottled water, restocked daily
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds
  • Telephone
  • Safe for your valuables
  • Individual climate control
  • Flat screen TV and infotainment system
  • Mini-fridge
  • Picture Window
  • Bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries and hair dryer
  • Complimentary bottled water, restocked daily
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds
  • Telephone
  • Safe for your valuables
  • Individual climate control
  • Flat-screen TV and infotainment system
  • Mini-fridge
  • Picture window
  • Bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries and hair dryer
  • Complimentary bottled water, restocked daily
  • Complimentary bottled water, restocked daily
  • Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds
  • Telephone
  • Safe for your valuables
  • Individual climate control
  • Flat screen TV and infotainment system
  • Mini-fridge
  • Picture window
  • Bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries and hair dryer
  • Complimentary bottled water, restocked daily
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Telephone
  • Safe for your valuables
  • Individual climate control
  • Flat screen TV and infotainment system
  • Mini-fridge
Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours

Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours

Sightseeing in Europe

It is impossible for large coaches to be used for some city sightseeing. Many towns and cities will be visited by way of walking tours and accordingly, a reasonable level of fitness is required. Europe is based on a myriad of old buildings and there are split-levels, steps and uneven surfaces everywhere so please watch your step! Due to the structure of old buildings, access to some establishments may not be convenient for wheelchair use, and facilities for the disabled in general may be limited. High-heeled shoes are not suitable for cobblestone streets and steep inclines in medieval towns and cities. It is essential to have comfortable, rubber-soled walking shoes.

Travel with an Open Mind

During your travels you will encounter new customs and different ways of life. Appreciate and enjoy these differences as this is one of the highlights of travelling. Be mindful that meals on tour will often reflect the local cuisine and delicacies, which may be different to what you are normally accustomed to. Your dining experiences are certain to enhance your tour and introduce you to the local region and culture.

A Few Words of Dutch

Good morning - Goede morgen

Good afternoon - Goede middag

Good evening - Goede avond

Goodbye - Totziens

Yes - Ja

No - Nee

Please - Alstublieft

Thank you very much - Dank u wel

How much does it cost? - Wat kost dit?

† This price is based on the lowest priced room available across all dates and ships for this tour. All prices are per person, based on twin-share.
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