Enjoy a river cruise through Holland and Belgium's canals and waterways as you take in their magnificent art collections, spellbinding gardens, and enchanting medieval villages aboard the Amadeus Silver II

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Waterways of Holland and Belgium

A River Cruise from Amsterdam to Ghent Aboard the 150-guest Amadeus Silver II

9 days from $2,995

Enjoy a river cruise through Holland and Belgium's canals and waterways as you take in their magnificent art collections, spellbinding gardens, and enchanting medieval villages aboard the Amadeus Silver II

or Call 855-330-1542

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

Our Smithsonian tour was amazing. It was educational, scenic and fun. All the guides were exceptional and truly gave us insight into our destination. 

- Gail M.

The tour "Waterways of Holland and Belgium" was a truly wonderful, joyous experience - the places visited were interesting and often awe-inspiring; the ship was a lovely "base" and the leaders all were marvelous - and, I might add, we had a thoroughly delightful group of fellow travelers! 

- Becky R.

JOURNEYS DISPATCHES

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Overview

The Hague Pre- and Post-Cruise Option  3 Days, 2 Nights

A center of resistance to the Spanish Habsburgs, headquarters of the International Court of Justice and seat of the Dutch government, The Hague showcases stately municipal buildings, elegant residential houses and picturesque cobblestone courtyards. In the city’s historic center, walk through 13th-century Binnenhof (Inner Court) alongside Hofvijver Lake, a magnificent complex of medieval buildings and the site of the Dutch parliament since 1446, and admire the soaring twin turrets of the 13th-century Ridderzaal, where the prestigious Knights of the Order of the Golden Fleece once gathered. Visit Holland’s oldest museum, the recently reopened Mauritshuis, housed in a 17th-century neo classical mansion and featuring one of the most renowned collections of Dutch and Flemish art in the world, including Jan Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring and a late-period self portrait by Rembrandt. Accommodations are for two nights in a deluxe hotel.

Amsterdam Pre- and Post-Cruise Option  3 Days, 2 Nights

The historic heart of Amsterdam, laced with tree-shaded canals and stately 16th- and 17th-century merchant houses, is designated a World Heritage site, and is the perfect ending to your cruise. A guided city tour acquaints you with its landmarks and famous monuments. Walk through Jordaan, one of the most picturesque neighborhoods in Amsterdam and a center for art, musicians, and antiques; and visit the historic Anne Frank House museum. Enjoy five-star accommodations for two nights in the Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel, ideally located alongside a quiet canal in the heart of the city

Our April 26 - May 4, 2017 departure runs in reverse, starting in Ghent and concluding in Amsterdam. The Hague extension will be offered as a pre-program option and Amsterdam extension will be offered as a post-program option on this departure. 

Our Smithsonian tour was amazing. It was educational, scenic and fun. All the guides were exceptional and truly gave us insight into our destination. 

- Gail M.

The tour "Waterways of Holland and Belgium" was a truly wonderful, joyous experience - the places visited were interesting and often awe-inspiring; the ship was a lovely "base" and the leaders all were marvelous - and, I might add, we had a thoroughly delightful group of fellow travelers! 

- Becky R.

To see itinerary, please click on an option below.

April 19-27, 2017 Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S.

Day 2 — Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Arrive in picturesque Amsterdam. A private canal cruise offers a unique firsthand look at the integral role waterways have played for centuries in the life of this city. Amsterdam’s canal district, a World Heritage site ringed by concentric canals and lined with 16th- and 17th-century merchant row houses, charming houseboats and world-renowned museums, is brimming with history and artistic wealth. What began as a simple fishing village developed into the thriving economic center of the world in the 17th-century and produced master artists including Rembrandt and Vincent van Gogh. Embark the Amadeus Silver II for the River Life Forum®. This evening, join your travel companions for the captain’s welcome reception. (R,D)

Day 3 — Amsterdam for Keukenhof Gardens / Hoorn

A brilliant and breathtaking tapestry of color and fragrance when in full bloom, the gardens of Keukenhof are affectionately known as the "Garden of Europe". Our program has been planned during the height of Holland’s spectacular spring flower season, when more than seven million flowers are expected to be in bloom across this 79-acre wooded park in a dazzling display of color. “Keukenhof” translates to “kitchen garden” and was inspired by the early 15th-century Countess Jacoba of Bavaria, who resided in a nearby castle and tended an herb garden on this site. Today, Keukenhof Gardens is an international showcase for the Dutch floriculture industry with an emphasis on flower bulbs. Exhibitors feature more than 1000 varieties of their tulips, along with daffodils, hyacinths, orchids, roses, carnations, irises and lilies—and new strains of tulips are cultivated every year. This idyllic setting is meticulously planted and landscaped, complete with tranquil ponds, gentle flowing streams and winding, tree-shaded paths.

Continue to Hoorn, once a prominent harbor that became one of Holland’s most important centers of trade during the Golden Age in the 17th-century as the home of the Dutch East India Company, the first multinational corporation in the world. Stroll along the charming, lively harbor and admire the landmark Hoofdtoren tower, one of the city’s last preserved defenses dating to the 16th-century. (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Hoorn / Kampen for Giethoorn

From Kampen, drive to the beautiful town of Giethoorn, known as the “Venice of The Netherlands” with four miles of canals and over 150 bridges. No traditional roads can be found in this village; residents and visitors commute by boat, by bicycle or on foot. Board a small boat for a private tour along the village’s serene waterways.

Return to the old Hanseatic League city of Kampen, located on the left bank of the River Ijssel. This idyllic Dutch town of color and charm is home to one of the best-preserved old town centers in The Netherlands. See the remains of the ancient city walls including three gates that are still standing, along with the Old Town Hall and the 17th-century New Tower. In the Gothic Bovenkerk (church), listen to the intonation of its impressive, 18th-century Hinsz organ with more than 3,000 pipes during a private, specially arranged concert. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Nijmegen for Kröller-Müller Museum

This morning, visit The Netherlands’ largest national park, the picturesque De Hoge Veluwe. The world-class Kröller-Müller Museum, located within the park, is lauded for its chronological collection of Van Gogh masterpieces, and also exhibits works by Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Édouard Manet, as well as captivating late 19th- to 21st-century sculptures by artists such as Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore and Jean Debuffet displayed in its unique 60-acre garden.

Scenic Nijmegen is widely regarded the oldest city in The Netherlands and was settled in the first century B.C. Downtown, the Valkhof Hill features an impressive ninth-century Carolingian chapel overlooking the River Waal. Among the well-preserved historic buildings are the 15th-century town hall and Latin school, the 16th-century, Renaissance-style Waag (weighing hall) and a series of quaint 17th-century homes. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Maastricht

Founded by the Romans, the fabled city of Maastricht is today an epicenter of history, art and culture. Enjoy a walking tour of the historic city center—the oldest in the Netherlands—and admire its outstanding monuments—the towering Basilica of Our Lady, resembling a high-walled castle, was built in one of Maastricht’s picturesque cobblestone town squares in the year 1000—dignified architecture, and stand on the medieval 13th-century city wall looking down across the River Meuse at the scenic city below. Travel outside of Maastricht to Margraten and walk through The Netherlands American Cemetery, one of the largest American military cemeteries in Europe honoring the allied operations during World War II. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Antwerp, Belgium

The Old Town of Antwerp preserves its charming Flemish culture in its labyrinth of squares and narrow passages that lead into the spectacular Grote Markt, where beautifully preserved guildhalls once bustled with Antwerp’s 16th-century merchants and tradesmen. In the Cathedral of Our Lady, the pride of Belgium featuring a remarkable 47-bell carillon and soaring 401-foot, delicately ornamented spire, you will see the 17th-century Baroque masterpieces of the city’s native son, Peter Paul Rubens, including paintings of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, The Raising of the Cross and The Descent from the Cross.

This afternoon, you may join the optional excursion to see one of the most impressive feats of hydraulic engineering in the world, Delta Works*. This complex system was built to protect the southwestern Netherlands from the encroaching North Sea and to reclaim polder lands.

Attend the captain’s farwell reception this evening. (B,L,R,D)

*Delta Works excursion is only available on our April 19-27, 2017 departure. 

Day 8 — Ghent for Bruges

Experience the rich history and commercial heritage of Ghent, reflected in the splendid 12th- to 17th-century guildhalls lining the quay. In St. Bavo’s Cathedral, see the Van Eyck brothers’ magnificent polyptych, the altarpiece of the Adoration of the Mystical Lamb.

This afternoon, visit the timeless, fairytale city of Bruges, a World Heritage site of treasured architecture, virtually untouched since the 15th-century and one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe. It is built around a double ring of picturesque canals connected by charming arched foot bridges and is world-renowned for its delectable, hand-crafted chocolates. Enjoy a walking tour from the Market Square to the extraordinary Gothic Chapel of the Holy Blood, seeing Bruges’ magnificent, deftly crafted stone guildhalls and opulent churches dating back to medieval times. (B,L,D)

Day 9 — Ghent / Brussels / U.S.

Disembark the ship in Ghent this morning and continue on the The Hague post-cruise option or transfer to the airport in Amsterdam to board your flight back home. (B)

April 26 - May 4, 2017 Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S.

Day 2 — Amsterdam, The Netherlands / Ghent for Bruges

Arrive in picturesque Amsterdam and transfer to Ghent to embark the Amadeus Silver II. This evening, join your travel companions for the captain’s welcome reception. (R,D)

Day 3 — Ghent for Bruges

Experience Ghent’s rich history and commercial heritage that are reflected in the splendid 12th- to 17th-century guildhalls lining the quay this morning. In St. Bavo’s Cathedral, see the Van Eyck brothers’ magnificent polyptych, the altarpiece of the Adoration of the Mystical Lamb. This afternoon, visit enchanting Bruges, a World Heritage site of treasured architecture, virtually untouched since the 15th-century and one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe. It is built around a double ring of picturesque canals and connected by charming, arched footbridges. From Market Square to the Chapel of the Holy Blood, see Bruges’ magnificent, deftly crafted stone guildhalls and opulent churches from the very best perspective—aboard your private canal cruise. (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Antwerp

Antwerp preserves its Flemish culture and charm in its Old Town. A labyrinth of small squares and narrow passages leads into the spectacular Grote Markt, where beautifully preserved guildhalls once bustled with Antwerp’s 16th-century merchants and tradesmen. In the Cathedral of Our Lady, the pride of Belgium with a remarkable 49-bell carillon and soaring 404-foot, delicately ornamented spire, you will see the 17th-century Baroque masterpieces of the city’s native son, Peter Paul Rubens, including paintings of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, The Raising of the Cross and The Descent from the Cross. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Maastricht, The Netherlands

Founded by Augustus Caesar in 27 B.C., Maastricht suffered through more than 19 sieges, exchanged hands dozens of times, and was ruled by a myriad of European kingdoms and empires from the Romans to the Habsburgs before being permanently ceded to the Kingdom of the Netherlands in 1815. This tumultuous history is revealed in the city’s ancient streets, old city walls, medieval churches and centuries-old fortifications, which span the full spectrum of European architectural styles. Explore this legacy during a guided walking tour highlighted by the 10th-century Church of St. Seraas; the city’s ramparts, which are still supported by the original Roman foundations; and Vrijthof Square, the historic city center. Visit the Bonnefantenmuseum on the banks of the Maas River, an incredibly distinct building designed by Italian architect Aldo Rossi and housing an impressive collection of Old Masters and contemporary art. Enjoy a guided tour of Fort Sint Pieter, the city’s imposing military fortification constructed in 1702. Just outside of Maastricht in Margarten, visit The Netherlands American Cemetery, one of the largest American military cemeteries in Europe, honoring allied operations in World War II. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Nijmegen / Arnhem for Kröller-Müller Museum

This morning, visit the scenic city of Nijmegen, widely considered the oldest city in The Netherlands and settled in the first century B.C. The Valkhof Hill downtown features an impressive ninth-century Carolingian chapel overlooking the River Waal. Among the well-preserved historic buildings are the 15th-century town hall and Latin school, the 16th-century, Renaissance-style Waag (weighing hall) and a series of quaint 17th-century homes. This afternoon, visit The Netherlands’ largest national park, the picturesque De Hoge Veluwe. The world-class Kröller-Müller Museum, located within the park, is lauded for its chronological collection of Van Gogh masterpieces, and also exhibits works by Picasso, Renoir and Manet alongside captivating late 19th- to 21st-century sculptures by artists such as Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore and Jean Debuffet in its unique 60-acre garden. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Kampen / Giethoorn / Hoorn

Located at the mouth of the River IJssel in the Dutch province of Overijssl, the city of Kampen was once one of the most powerful cities in the Hanseatic League. From Kampen, drive to Giethoorn, a charming 18th-century village known as the “Venice of The Netherlands” for its abundance of interlacing canals. Board a small boat for a canal tour through its serene and pastoral waterways, which is the main mode of transportation in this picturesque town. Then enjoy a walking tour through its streets filled with pleasant farmhouses, lovely windmills and over a hundred small footbridges. Visit Hoorn, once the Dutch East India Company’s home base. During the city tour, learn more about this major seaport, a prosperous center of trade during Holland’s Golden Age. Walk along the lively harbor and admire the Hoofdtoren, an early 16th-century tower and one of the last city defenses still standing. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Amsterdam / Keukenhof Gardens

A brilliant and breathtaking tapestry of color and fragrance when in full bloom, the gardens of Keukenhof are deservedly known as the “Greatest Flower Show on Earth.” Our program has been planned during the height of Holland’s spectacular spring flower season, when more than seven million flowers are expected to be in bloom across this 79-acre wooded park in a dazzling display of vibrancy. “Keukenhof” translates to “kitchen courtyard” and was inspired by the early 15th-century Countess Jacoba of Bavaria, who resided in a nearby castle and tended an herb garden on this site. Today a showcase for Dutch bulb growers, Keukenhof Gardens features more than 1,000 varieties of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, orchids, roses, carnations, irises and lilies, and new strains of tulips are cultivated every year. This idyllic setting is meticulously planted and landscaped, complete with tranquil ponds, gently flowing streams and winding, tree-shaded paths. Engage local Dutch plaatselijke (residents) during the River Life Forum® as they share their candid perspectives on daily life in Holland. Attend the captain’s farwell reception this evening. (B,L,R,D)

Day 9 — Amsterdam / U.S.

Disembark the ship and continue on the Amsterdam post-cruise option or transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)