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.

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 Canal in charming Bruges  Traditional Dutch landscape of countryside, windmills, and bicycles  Keukenhof Gardens.  Credit: Steve Greye  Self-portrait of Vincent Van Gogh. Credit: Netherlands Tourism Bureau  A windmill in the Netherlands  Antwerp Cathedral, Belgium  Dutch landscape of tulip fields   Typical canal in Amsterdam  Tulips in the Keukenhof

Waterways of Holland and Belgium

A River Cruise from Amsterdam to Antwerp Aboard the 160-guest Amadeus Silver

9 days from $2,890

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

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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.

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Overview

Special Air Rates & Services: As part of our special air program, FlexAir, available with this tour, you can choose from a wide variety of flight options. View Special Air Rates/Services to learn more.

Our newly updated cruise of Holland and Belgium showcases magnificent art and architecture, spellbinding gardens, and enchanting medieval villages. Observe windmills, fields of flowers, and other cultural traditions of the Low Countries as you cruise along delightful canals and rivers from Amsterdam to Antwerp and enjoy a choice of included excursions. 

Highlights Include

  • Amsterdam: Take a private cruise along Amsterdam’s historic canals, lined with 16th- and 17th-century gabled row houses, which have been designated a World Heritage site. Then choose from three excursions, including a trip to the world-renowned Keukenhof Gardens, where more than seven million tulips, daffodils, and other spring flowers are expected to be in bloom; an active bicycle trip in rural Waterland, an area of historical villages and wetland north of the city; or a more leisurely day featuring a guided tour of the Old Masters at the Rijksmuseum balanced with time at leisure. 
  • Giethoorn: Take a canal cruise of Giethoorn, regarded as the most picturesque village in Holland with its abundance of interlacing canals, and explore the town of Kampen. 
  • The Hague and Delft: Cruising south, stop to explore many sites associated with the seat of Dutch government and, if you choose, also visit the Mauritshuis Museum with its fine collection of paintings by Vermeer and other Dutch Masters. Continue to the charming town of Delft, where you’ll stroll through the Market Square with its historic and cultural highlights. You may also choose to learn about the history, and production of Delft porcelain at the renowned Royal Delft Porcelain Factory.
  • Zeeland Coast: Come to understand the country’s continuous battle with the sea at the educational Delta Expo and then visit one of the storm surge barriers. 
  • Bruges and Antwerp: The World Heritage site of Bruges features treasured 15th-century architecture, picturesque canals, and arched footbridges. Following a walking tour, choose from three excursions that focus on Flemish art, Belgian chocolate, or Belgian beer. Your cruise concludes in Antwerp with a walking tour of this medieval city. 

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.

Itinerary

Days 1 & 2 — Depart the U.S., Arrive in Amsterdam

Smithsonian travelers depart the U.S. for Amsterdam via overnight transatlantic flights. After a morning arrival at Schiphol International Airport, transfer to Amsterdam and embark the Amadeus Silver. The Smithsonian Journeys Travel Director will be on board to help with suggestions for independent activities. There is time to relax and settle in. In the early evening, gather for a cruise through Amsterdam’s tree-lined canals. See charming bridges, canal houses, and the vibrant harbor. (D)

Day 3 — Amsterdam

After breakfast, let your interests be your guide and choose from a menu of three engaging shore-side excursions.

Choice #1 – Keukenhof Gardens: Explore Dutch the renowned Keukenhof Gardens, an 80-acre paradise of tulips, hyacinths and other beautiful flowers. Enjoy a short walk around the grounds with your expert guide and learn the story of these magnificent gardens. There’s time to follow your own path, and enjoy the flowers on your own. 

Choice #2 – Waterland Bike Hike: Travel to Waterland for a guided bike ride in a rural setting located just north of Amsterdam. Almost half the area consists of fen, a marshy wetland. Waterland is comprised of nine historical villages. You’ll see Zunderdorp, Ransdorp, and Durgerdam. Helmets will be provided.

Choice #3 – Visit the Old Masters: The Rijksmuseum is home to a remarkable display of Dutch art. Rembrandt’s Night Watch is one of the most famous works in the collection. Discover the works of Johannes Vermeer, Frans Hals, Jan Asselijn and Jan Steen to name a few. Linger longer and enjoy time on your own.

This afternoon, join the Smithsonian Journeys Expert for an engaging presentation. This evening, join the captain of the ship for a welcome reception and dinner. (B,L,R,D)

Day 4 — Giethoorn and Kampen

From Kampen, set out for the quaint, “pedestrians-only” town of Giethoorn. Board a boat and sail through several miles of quaint, picture-perfect canals. Later, explore the Weerribben Wieden nature preserve where you’ll learn about small-town Dutch life. This afternoon a local speaker will offer a talk on the Dutch Masters. Later in the afternoon, a walking-tour of Kampen is planned with time free for exploring on your own. Before dinner, join friends in the Smithsonian Journeys Travelers Corner. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — The Hague and Delft

Today, join one of two compelling tours ashore.

Choice #1 – The Hague featuring Mauritshaus and Delft: Travel to The Hague, seat of the Dutch government. See the Peace Palace and the Binnenhof where the national parliament meets. Visit the residential suburb of Waasenaar, home to the King of the Netherlands. Visit the Mauritshuis Museum that showcases a remarkable collection of paintings by the Dutch Masters. Continue to the charming town of Delft and visit the Royal Delft Porcelain Factory. Spend some time exploring on your own.

Choice #2 – The Hague and Delft: Start the morning with a panoramic tour of The Hague including the parliament buildings at Binnenhof, the Peace Palace and Waasenaar, residential area and home of the Dutch Royal Family. Continue to Delft where a walking tour is planned. Stroll through the Market Square and see the historic and cultural highlights of Old Delft. Continue to the Royal Delft Porcelain Factory, established in the 17th-century, and learn about the history, development, and production of Delft Blue. See a master painter at work and visit the museum that has treasured antique pieces on display. There’s free time on your own.

After a full day, return to the ship and spend time enjoying new friends in the Smithsonian Journeys Travelers Corner. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Zeeland Coast, Neeltje Jans Island and Veere

Begin the day with an engaging talk by the Smithsonian Journeys Expert. The story of the Netherlands and its battle with the sea is an epic one. Travel along the coast of Zeeland to the artificial island of Neeltje Jans and the Delta Expo. During an innovative audio-video presentation, learn about the Delta Works, a series of massive dams and storm surge barriers, conceived after the destructive North Sea flood in February 1953. There is time to visit one of the storm surge barriers. Return to the ship where the remainder of the day is at leisure in Veere. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Bruges

Take you choice of one of the following shore excursions in Bruges.

Choice #1 – Cultural Bruges: Begin with a walking tour of this storybook town, located in West Flanders, with twisting lanes, canals, and arched bridges. See the Marketplace, Belfry Tower, the Town Hall and the Chapel of the Holy Blood. Visit the Groeninge Museum with its remarkable collection of Flemish and other noteworthy master painters.

Choice #2 – Bruges and Beer: See the historic and cultural highlights of Bruges then visit the Brewery de Halve Maan where an expert guide will explain the process of brewing the famous Belgian beer. During the visit, you have the chance to sample the wares.

Choice #3 – Bruges and Belgian Chocolate – Tour the historic and cultural points of interest in Bruges then visit a chocolaterie where you’ll learn about the history of Belgian chocolate and sample some of the treats.

There’s free time for lunch and exploring on your own before returning to the ship in Antwerp. This evening, get together with fellow Smithsonian Journeys travelers for dinner at an authentic Belgian restaurant in the harbor area. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Antwerp

This morning, attend a talk by a local speaker on contemporary Belgium. Afterward, stroll through the city on a walking tour to see medieval architecture, and other historic and cultural treasures of the city. The balance of the day is free of planned activities. In the late afternoon, join your Smithsonian Journeys Expert for an informative presentation. This evening, join fellow travelers for a farewell reception and dinner. (B,L,R,D)

Day 9 — Return to the U.S.

After an early breakfast, disembark the ship and transfer to Brussels, Belgium for your flight to your U.S. gateway city. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)