Gorgeous views and scenery will ensconce you on a luxurious Tulip River Cruise. Witness the kaleidoscopic colors of spring bursting forth as you traverse historic waterways in Holland and Belgium. Glide past rainbow-hued fields of flowers in this magical land while being immersed in the region’s incredible history, culture, culinary delights and vistas.
Sail past vivid, gem colored gardens as you discover quaint villages and tiny river towns on a Tulip River Cruise. These voyages are offered between late March and early May. Typically sailing roundtrip from Amsterdam, you’re escorted in luxurious comfort to such fabulous and monumental Dutch destinations as Arnhem, Kinderdijk, Middelburg, Rotterdam and Veere. Explore celebrated, beautifully preserved, medieval cities in Belgium, such as Antwerp, Bruges and Ghent.
Enhance your experience along the way savoring scrumptious Dutch cheeses, decadent Belgian chocolates, shopping for Belgium’s world-famous lace and viewing works of art by the Dutch masters. Enticing shore excursions – many complimentary – include visits to historic towns and charming villages where time seems to have stood still. Whether relaxing in your luxurious stateroom, taking a sauna, savoring fine cuisine or relaxing with a book, a Tulip River Cruise provides a glorious way to unwind. Discerning travelers will delight in the onboard spas and fitness centers, gala dinners and lectures by experts. Entertainment may include performers and artisans from the destinations visited. You’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to another world as you are pampered on this delightful journey.
Highlighting these voyages is a visit to the legendary Keukenhof Gardens — the “Garden of Europe” — in Lisse, Holland. Garden enthusiasts are thrilled every spring when over seven million flowers and over 800 varieties of tulips cover more than 70 acres. Each bulb is carefully planted by hand with stunning results.
See the magnificent windmills that are synonymous with Holland. The most famous are the windmills of Kinderdijk now classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Approximately 19 of these Dutch icons still exist, dating back to the 17th century.
Holland’s diverse museums showcase everything from early works of the grand masters to the Dutch Resistance Movement. Known as “Venice of the North” due to its many canals, the capital city of Amsterdam is linked by thousands of lovely curved bridges. Romantic glass-topped boat tours are offered along Prince’s Canal, the city’s longest. Art-lovers will want to visit the many museums, including the Van Gogh Museum, world-renowned Rijksmuseum, Anne Frank House and the Jewish Historical Museum. The Dutch Resistance Museum houses unique artifacts from the 1940s when the Dutch fought back against the Nazi occupation. Amsterdam is also home to the beautiful 350-year-old Portuguese Synagogue and the fairy tale-like Gravensteen Castle.
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend and Antwerp, Belgium was the capital of the gem’s industry for hundreds of years. Head to the world-famous Diamond Quarter for the sparkler of your heart’s desire. Step back in time as you stroll through the centuries-old cobbled streets of the Medieval Old Town and visit The Royal Museum of Fine Arts. Animal-lovers will be delighted at The Antwerp Zoo, one of the oldest in the world.
Saunter through the medieval village of Gent, (Ghent) and see magnificent gothic buildings and a fascinating historic center. While here, view the famous painting “Adoration of the Mystic Lamb” at St. Bavo Cathedral.
Romantic Bruges (Brugge) is considered to be one of Europe’s most beautiful towns and still maintains its medieval appearance. Here you’ll find its famous 13th-century belfry, with a carillon of 48 bells. Chocoholics will want to visit Bruges’ Choco-Story Museum, where you can sample this decadent treat. Also, featured on many Tulip River Cruises is the lovely medieval town of Edam, world renowned for its namesake cheese.
Illustrious Arnhem is known for one of World War II’s most famous battles and is home to the Airborne Museum and the National Liberation Museum. Visit the charming town of Delft, famous for its blue and white ceramic pottery. See the legendary Cube Houses in Rotterdam, designed to represent a tree and forest as a group.
Fabulous luxury items can be found along your voyage. Browse The Palace Shops in the center of Ghent, near downtown Norfolk for upscale goods. Stroll along its tree-lined setting and plush gardens as you discover some of the world’s finest handmade lace. Amsterdam is a shopper’s paradise with lots of chic boutiques boasting high-end merchandise. The Nine Streets (Negen Straatjes) district boasts many restaurants and cafés, jewelry stores and art galleries.
Select from a variety of modern and luxurious ships for your Tulip River Cruise. Experience this magnificent part of Europe awash with beautiful flowers and enchanting canals, prolific history and culture all coming together creating a truly unforgettable vacation.