Enjoy a river cruise along the canals and waterways of Holland and Belgium as you take in their magnificent art collections, spellbinding gardens (including more than seven million tulips at Keukenhof Gardens), and enchanting medieval villages.

Starting at: $3,490 * Price includes special offer Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Some of the seven million tulips at Keukenhof  Keukenhof Gardens.  Credit: Steve Greye  Traditional Dutch landscape of countryside, windmills, and bicycles  Dutch landscape of tulip fields   Typical canal in Amsterdam  Rembrandt's <i>The Night Watch</i> at the Rijksmuseum. Credit: Netherlands Tourism Bureau  Vermeer's <i>The Milkmaid</i> in Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum. Credit: Frans Lemmens/Alamy  Self-portrait of Vincent Van Gogh. Credit: Netherlands Tourism Bureau  Typical scene in Amsterdam  Windmills along the river in Kinderdijk  Evocative canal in Bruges  Charming canal in Bruges  Evening scene along a canal in Bruges

Waterways of Holland and Belgium

A River Cruise from Amsterdam to Antwerp

9 days from $3,490

Enjoy a river cruise along the canals and waterways of Holland and Belgium as you take in their magnificent art collections, spellbinding gardens (including more than seven million tulips at Keukenhof Gardens), and enchanting medieval villages.

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

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.

Would highly recommend this trip. Couldn't do enough to keep us happy, checked with us constantly to make sure that all was well, and could anything else be done, to make the trip more memorable.

- Patricia H.

JOURNEYS DISPATCHES

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Activity Level

Activity Level 2: Moderate

Expectations: River and canal cruise that pulls into a pier or dock for disembarkation. Morning, afternoon, and full-day excursions will be taken at a moderate pace. There will be standing and walking for long periods of time during city tours, museum visits, and outdoor activities such as garden visits. Walking will at times be over difficult terrain (e.g. cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, absence of elevators); some longer walks to get to city centers where motor coaches are prohibited. The weather can be unpredictable with rain, wind and colder weather always possible. Choice of excursions with varying activity expectations offered on several of the days. Participants must navigate a gangway with a somewhat steep pitch (depending on water levels) to embark and disembark the ship at each stop.

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit and comfortable with longer days of touring (both walking tours and motor coach time).

Tour Extensions: Antwerp to Amsterdam Itineraries

Antwerp Pre-Tour Extension — 3 Days, 2 Nights 

Day 1 - Depart the U.S. for Brussels

Depart gateway cities for overnight trans-Atlantic flights to Brussels.

Day 2 - Antwerp 

Upon arrival at Brussels International Airport, clear brief Immigration and Customs formalities and transfer to the Antwerp Hilton Old Town located in the center of the city. Early arrivals should be prepared for a short excursion this morning as hotel rooms may not be available until the afternoon. The remainder of the day is at leisure. A Smithsonian Journeys Travel Director will be available for sightseeing suggestions, museums, shopping, and restaurant information.

Antwerp Hilton Old City Center

Day 3 - Ghent

An American buffet-style breakfast will be served in the hotel. Travel by coach to Ghent for a guided walking tour. Explore this fascinating historic city of medieval towers, well-preserved guild houses, and Gothic churches. See the Friday Market, Patershol Quarter, Castle of the Counts, Town Hall and the Cathedral of St. Bevon, that houses Jan van Eyck’s The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Your Travel Director will be available at the Hospitality Desk for suggestions on sightseeing, shopping, and meal reservations.

Antwerp Hilton Old City Center  (B)

Day 4 - Antwerp

Breakfast will be served in the hotel and the morning is free of planned activities. This afternoon, transfer to the ship to begin your Belgium and Holland cruise program. (B)

Post-Program Extension Amsterdam:

Day 1 - Amsterdam

Disembark the ship and transfer to the Doubletree Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station. Join a walk along the Old Harbor and visit the National Maritime Museum, recently renovated and re-opened in 2011, it serves to pass on the national history and tradition of Amsterdam with many interactive exhibits including the replica of the three-mast ship “Amsterdam,” a large vessel which sits high above the waters of Ij Bay. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Your Smithsonian Travel Director will be available at the Hospitality Desk for suggestions on sightseeing, shopping, and meal reservations.

Doubletree Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station

Day 2 - Amsterdam

Breakfast will be served in the hotel and the day is free of planned activities so you can explore on your own. The Smithsonian Journeys Travel Director will be available at the Hospitality Desk for suggestions on sightseeing, shopping, restaurant information, and reservations.

Doubletree Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station  (B)

Day 3 – Return to the U.S.

Breakfast will be served in the hotel. At the appropriate time, transfer to the airport for return trans-Atlantic flights to the U.S. (B)

Tour Extensions: Amsterdam to Antwerp Itineraries

Amsterdam Pre-Tour Extension — 3 Days, 2 Nights 

Day 1 — Depart for Amsterdam, Netherlands

Day 2 — Amsterdam, Netherlands 

Transfer to Amsterdam and check into the DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station. Please note if you arrive at the hotel before check-in time, your room may not be immediately available. Once you’ve settled into your accommodations, head to the hotel’s rooftop lounge for fabulous panoramic views of the city. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. If you’d like help with your day’s agenda, check in with your Travel Director at the hospitality desk for suggestions on sightseeing, shopping, and dining. (In-flight meal service)

Day 3 — Amsterdam

The area surrounding Amsterdam’s four main canals – the Singel, Herengracht, Keizergracht, and Prinsengracht – forms the city’s famous canal district, a World Heritage site. Take a fascinating walking tour of the Herengracht canal, considered the most important canal in Amsterdam. In the 17th century, the richest merchants and government officials lived in the beautiful gabled houses that line this waterway. In fact, an address along the Herengracht is still regarded as prestigious today. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure. (B)

Day 4 — Amsterdam

After breakfast, walk from the hotel to the pier and board the ship for the main program. Luggage will be transferred to the ship separately. (B)

Antwerp Post-Tour Extension – 3 Days, 2 Nights

Day 1 – Antwerp and Ghent

Disembark the ship and travel by motor coach to Ghent for a guided walking tour. Explore this fascinating historic city of medieval towers, well-preserved guild houses, and Gothic churches. See the Friday MarketPatershol QuarterCastle of the CountsTown Hall and the Cathedral of St. Bevon, that houses Jan van Eyck’s The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb. Return to Antwerp and check-in at the upscale Antwerp Hilton Old Town Hotel conveniently located in the center of the city. Your Smithsonian Journeys Travel Director will be available for sightseeing suggestions, museum, shopping, and restaurant information. (B)

Day 2 - Antwerp

An American buffet-style breakfast will be served in the hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Your Travel Director will be available at the Hospitality Desk for suggestions on sightseeing, shopping, and meal reservations. (B)

Day 3 – Antwerp and Brussels

There’s an early morning departure from the hotel for Brussels International Airport and your trans-Atlantic flight to the U.S. (B)

Special Air Rates/Services

FlexAir is designed to provide you with the flexibility and choice you need to personalize your air travel experience. Explore a wide range of flight options in consultation with our experienced travel professionals to select the flights, routing, class of service, and dates of travel that most fit your needs. Our partner tour operator has negotiated contracts with a wide variety of carriers that allow them to hold flight reservations and then issue your ticket close to departure without additional fees. This protects you from the need to purchase published-fare tickets, which must be ticketed within 24 hours of purchase. FlexAir reservations provide the flexibility to adjust reservations without penalty and to accommodate extensions and upgrades right up until ticketing time, usually around 45 days before departure. We look forward to providing you with more choice and the best possible itinerary for your air travel plans.

Program Includes:

  • Guaranteed transfers between the airport and your overseas accommodations on tour arrival and departure days. We will provide you with all of the details you need to guarantee your transfer.
  • Air schedule change and delay assistance. Book FlexAir to ensure assistance should schedule changes or delays impact your air travel plans.
  • Flight insurance worth up to $250,000, subject to policy terms, is automatically included.
  • Confirmed airline seat assignments at the time of booking (in most cases).
Ship

Amadeus Queen

Completed in 2018, this gracious ship with 81 luxury cabins and suites offers the utmost in service, safety, and comfort. Step into the elegant reception area and immerse yourself in an ambiance akin to an elegant European hotel.

Relax in the panoramic lounge, indulge yourself with a soothing massage, browse in the boutique or connect with friends and family back home on the Internet. At the end of each day, return to the comfort of your bright, modern cabin featuring views of the passing scenery, satellite TV and a private bathroom with shower.

On the Amadeus Queen hospitality is a passion. The ship’s crew and staff are trained in the subtle art of attentive and gracious service. The day begins in the bright Panorama Restaurant with a plentiful breakfast. For lunch, one can choose between varied menu. Dinner each evening is a offers a four-course menu featuring regional specialties. As an added value feature all of your meals are included and local beer and table wines are served with each lunch and dinner during the cruise portion of your journey. 

The English-speaking, international crew provides warm hospitality and attentive care. The Amadeus Queen meets the highest maritime and technical safety standards and is the only fleet of European river ships to have been awarded the “Green Certificate” of environmental preservation.

Amadeus Star

Amadeus Star, along with sister ships in the Amadeus fleet. reflects the elegance and romance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s music. The meticulous crafting of these deluxe ships sets new standards in design and technology and feature the comforts of a floating five-star hotel.

Public faciliteis are spacious and typically include the Panorama Bar, Lido Bar, Amadeus-Club with Internet station, library, beauty salon, boutique, fitness studio with massage services and early morning exercise classes. The Sun Deck features outdoor dipping pool, golf putting green, and walking track. Guests will aslo appreciate the complimentary audio headset available to all passengers for listening enhancement during shore excursions. Laundry service is available.

Staterooms

Each exclusively chartered ship offers up to 84 river-view, air-conditioned, stylishly appointed suites (284 square feet) and staterooms (from 172 square feet), among the most spacious of any European river ship. Most accommodations feature a French balcony with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors with iron railing. Each stateroom has two twin beds (convertible to one queen-size bed), a private bathroom with shower (suites have a bathtub with shower), individual climate control, satellite telephone and television, writing desk, safe, and hair dryer.

Cuisine

Freshly prepared continental meals featuring local ingredients are served in single, unassigned seatings in the delightfully scenic Panorama Restaurant and include early-risers’ coffee, buffet breakfast and lunch, afternoon tea, four‑ course dinner, and late-evening snack. Complimentary wine and beer served with lunch and dinner.

Ship Staff

The English-speaking, international crew provides warm hospitality. The Amadeus Star meets the highest safety standards and is the only fleet of European river ships to have been awarded the “Green Certificate” of environmental preservation.

Amadeus Queen

Completed in 2018, this gracious ship with 81 luxury cabins and suites offers the utmost in service, safety, and comfort. Step into the elegant reception area and immerse yourself in an ambiance akin to an elegant European hotel.

Relax in the panoramic lounge, indulge yourself with a soothing massage, browse in the boutique or connect with friends and family back home on the Internet. At the end of each day, return to the comfort of your bright, modern cabin featuring views of the passing scenery, satellite TV and a private bathroom with shower.

On the Amadeus Queen hospitality is a passion. The ship’s crew and staff are trained in the subtle art of attentive and gracious service. The day begins in the bright Panorama Restaurant with a plentiful breakfast. For lunch, one can choose between varied menu. Dinner each evening is a offers a four-course menu featuring regional specialties. As an added value feature all of your meals are included and local beer and table wines are served with each lunch and dinner during the cruise portion of your journey. 

The English-speaking, international crew provides warm hospitality and attentive care. The Amadeus Queen meets the highest maritime and technical safety standards and is the only fleet of European river ships to have been awarded the “Green Certificate” of environmental preservation.

Amadeus Star

Amadeus Star, along with sister ships in the Amadeus fleet. reflects the elegance and romance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s music. The meticulous crafting of these deluxe ships sets new standards in design and technology and feature the comforts of a floating five-star hotel.

Public faciliteis are spacious and typically include the Panorama Bar, Lido Bar, Amadeus-Club with Internet station, library, beauty salon, boutique, fitness studio with massage services and early morning exercise classes. The Sun Deck features outdoor dipping pool, golf putting green, and walking track. Guests will aslo appreciate the complimentary audio headset available to all passengers for listening enhancement during shore excursions. Laundry service is available.

Staterooms

Each exclusively chartered ship offers up to 84 river-view, air-conditioned, stylishly appointed suites (284 square feet) and staterooms (from 172 square feet), among the most spacious of any European river ship. Most accommodations feature a French balcony with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors with iron railing. Each stateroom has two twin beds (convertible to one queen-size bed), a private bathroom with shower (suites have a bathtub with shower), individual climate control, satellite telephone and television, writing desk, safe, and hair dryer.

Cuisine

Freshly prepared continental meals featuring local ingredients are served in single, unassigned seatings in the delightfully scenic Panorama Restaurant and include early-risers’ coffee, buffet breakfast and lunch, afternoon tea, four‑ course dinner, and late-evening snack. Complimentary wine and beer served with lunch and dinner.

Ship Staff

The English-speaking, international crew provides warm hospitality. The Amadeus Star meets the highest safety standards and is the only fleet of European river ships to have been awarded the “Green Certificate” of environmental preservation.

Testimonials

WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

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.

Would highly recommend this trip. Couldn't do enough to keep us happy, checked with us constantly to make sure that all was well, and could anything else be done, to make the trip more memorable.

- Patricia H.
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