Enjoy a river cruise along the canals and waterways of Holland and Belgium as you take in their magnificent art collections, spellbinding gardens and enchanting medieval villages plus enjoy a special visit to Floriade Expo 2022, Netherland’s famed international horticultural celebration held only once every ten years!

Starting at: $3,590 * Price includes special offer Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Some of the seven million tulips at Keukenhof  Rendering of Floriade Expo 2022.  Credit: Floriade Expo 2022  Schematic-exploring green and sustainable technologies at Floride Expo 2022.   Credit: Floriade Expo 2022  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  Evening scene along a canal in Bruges

Waterways of Holland and Belgium

A River Cruise from Amsterdam to Antwerp Featuring Floriade Expo 2022!

9 days from $3,590

Enjoy a river cruise along the canals and waterways of Holland and Belgium as you take in their magnificent art collections, spellbinding gardens and enchanting medieval villages plus enjoy a special visit to Floriade Expo 2022, Netherland’s famed international horticultural celebration held only once every ten years!

or Call 855-330-1542

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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.

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Overview

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 centrally located Amsterdam Marriott. Please note if you arrive at the hotel before check-in time, your room may not be immediately available. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to relax or begin exploring this fascinating city. If you’d like help with your day’s agenda, check with your Smithsonian Journeys Travel Director at the hospitality desk for suggestions on sightseeing, shopping, and dining.

Amsterdam Marriott 

Day 3 — Amsterdam

The area surrounding Amsterdam's four main canals – the SingelHerengrachtKeizergracht, 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)

Amsterdam Marriott 

Day 4 — Amsterdam

After breakfast, transfer from the hotel to the pier and board the ship for the main program. Luggage will be transferred to the ship.

Antwerp Post-Tour Extension – 3 Days, 2 Nights

Day 1 – Antwerp / 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)

Antwerp Hilton Old City Center

Day 2 - Antwerp

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)

Antwerp Hilton Old City Center

Day 3 – Antwerp and Brussels

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

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.

2022 Itinerary - Amsterdam to Antwerp - April 11-19 & April 29-May 7

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

Smithsonian Journeys 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 Queen (April 11-19) or Amadeus Silver II (April 29-May 7). Your 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 presentation on Contemporary Holland. Afterward, board a canal boat for a unique cruise through Amsterdam’s famous tree-lined canals. See the city's unique bridges, quaint Dutch houses and highlights of the bustling harbor with narration by a local guide. After returning to the ship, dinner will be served on board. (D)

Please note: Floriade Expo 2022-Growing Green Cities happens only once every ten years and is part of our 2022 program only

Day 3 — Amsterdam

After breakfast, choose from three included shore excursions.

Choice #1 – Keukenhof Gardens: Explore 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 ZunderdorpRansdorp, and Durgerdam. Bike 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 evening, gather for a  welcome reception and dinner. (B,L,R,D)

Day 4 — Kampen / Almere / Floriade Expo 2022

After a morning arrival in Kampen, set out on a one hour drive for the city of Almere. Once every ten years, a town in the Netherlands is chosen and transformed into a beautiful garden festival and exhibition. Floriade 2022 Expowith the theme Growing Green Cities encompases over five themed zones across an incredible 160 acres. It is the premier horticultural exhibition in the worldLater in the afternoon enjoy a walking-tour of Kampen along 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 / Delft

Today, join one of two included tours ashore.

Choice #1 – The Hague featuring Mauritshaus: 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 Wassenaar, home to the King of the Netherlands. Visit the Mauritshuis Museum, which showcases a remarkable collection of paintings by the Dutch Masters.

Choice #2 – Royal Delft: Travel 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 and Royal Delft. See a master painter at work and visit the museum that has treasured antique pieces on display.

There’s free time on your own. Spend time enjoying new friends in the Smithsonian Journeys Travelers Corner. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Zeeland Coast / Neeltje Jans Island / Veere

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. Late in the day meet fellow travelers for an informal discussion about the day’s discoveries in the Smithsonian Journeys Travelers Corner. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Bruges / Antwerp

Take your choice of one of the following included 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 independently and exploring Burges on your own before returning to the ship in Antwerp. (B,D)

Day 8 — Antwerp

This morning, attend a talk by a local expert on Contemporary Belgium. Afterward, stroll through the city on a guided walking tour to see medieval architecture, and other historic and cultural treasures of the city. Antwerp dates back to the 13th century and features a wealth of medieval architecture. Their treasures are preserved today in the city's many churches and museums. Antwerp is well-versed in gems of all sorts as more than 80% of the world's rough diamonds pass through the city's Diamantkwartier, making it the largest diamond district in the world. 

The balance of the day is free of planned activities. 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 Airport for your flight to your U.S. gateway city. (B)

Please note that there may be changes to the itinerary necessitated by operational considerations. 

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

2022 Itinerary - Antwerp to Amsterdam - April 18-26 & April 22-30

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

Smithsonian Journeys travelers depart the U.S. for Brussels via overnight transatlantic flights. Upon arrival at Brussels Airport, transfer to Antwerp and embark the Amadeus Queen (April 18-26) or Amadeus Silver II (April 22-30).

Stroll through Antwerp on a guided walking tour. Antwerp dates back to the 13th century and features a wealth of medieval architecture. Their treasures are preserved today in the city's many churches and museums. Antwerp is well-versed regarding gems of all sorts as more than 80% of the world's rough diamonds pass through the city's Diamantkwartier, making it the largest diamond district in the world. This evening a local expert joins for a presentation on Contemporary Belgium with dinner immediately following. (D)

Please note: Floriade Expo 2022-Growing Green Cities happens only once every ten years and is part of our 2022 program only

Day 3 — Bruges / Veere

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

Choice #1 –Cultural Bruges:  During a guided walking tour of Bruges, stroll along winding cobbled lanes and across tiny arched bridges.  View the bustling marketplace, Belfry Tower, the Town Hall and the Chapel of the Holy Blood.  Afterward, visit the Groeninge Museum, which offers a rich array of Belgian artwork. Highlights include collections by Flemish primitives, various Renaissance and Baroque masters, along with pieces from the Neo-classical periods of the 18th and 19th centuries. 

Choice #2 – Bruges and Beer:  There is no doubt that Belgium is the country of beer since it offers more than 450 varieties of brew. You will begin your guided walk in Bruges where you are given the impression that you have stepped back in time. Your guide will lead you through the narrow, twisting cobblestone streets, passing by picturesque scenes of ancient buildings, tree-lined canals, and gabled facades. View the bustling marketplace, Belfry Tower, the Town Hall, and the Chapel of the Holy Blood. The highlight is undoubtedly a visit to a well-known local brewery De Halve Maan. At the end of your brewery tour, you will have a choice to taste one of their delicious Belgian beers. 

Choice #3 – Bruges and Belgian Chocolate: Bruges, the capital city of the province of West Flanders, is where you will learn much about this historic city. Join your guide for an entertaining walk through the quaint, cobbled streets and past centuries-old buildings, including the marketplace with its impressive Guild Halls. View the Belfry Tower that stands in the center of town, the Town Hall, the 12th century Gothic Basilica of the Holy Blood, which used to be the residence of the Count of Flanders, and the Church of Our Lady, a 13th-century cathedral. Then, you will walk to a chocolatier where you will enjoy an informative visit and learn about the history of Belgian chocolate.  

There’s free time for lunch independently and exploring Burges on your own. This evening, get together with fellow travelers for a welcome reception and dinner on board. (B,R,D)

Day 4 — Veere / Zeeland Coast / Neeltje Jans Island

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.

In early evening, spend time with your fellow traveling companions in the Smithsonian Journeys Travelers Corner. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — The Hague / Delft

Today, join one of two included tours ashore.

Choice #1 –The Hague featuring Mauritshaus: 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 Wassenaar, home to the King of the Netherlands. Visit the Mauritshuis Museum, which showcases a remarkable collection of paintings by the Dutch Masters.

Choice #2 – Royal Delft: Travel 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 and Royal Delft. See a master painter at work and visit the museum that has treasured antique pieces on display. There’s free time on your own.

Return to the ship in time for lunch. Spend time enjoying new friends in the Smithsonian Journeys Travelers Corner. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Kampen / Almere / Floriade Expo 2022

After a morning arrival in Kampen, set out on a one hour drive for the city of Almere. Once every ten years, a town in the Netherlands is chosen and transformed into a beautiful garden festival and exhibition. Floriade 2022 Expo with the theme Growing Green Cities encompases over five themed zones across an incredible 160 acres. It is the premier horticultural exhibition in the world. Laterenjoy a walking-tour of Kampenis plannedalong  with time free for exploring on your own. Before dinner, join friends in the Smithsonian Journeys Travelers Corner. (B,L,D) 

Day 7 — Amsterdam

Start exploring this morning on a unique cruise through Amsterdams famous tree-lined canals. See the city's charming bridges, quaint Dutch houses and highlights of the bustling harbor with narration by a local guide. 

Later in the day gather for a presentation by a local speaker on Contemporary Holland. Dinner will be served immediately following the cruise(B,L,D)

Day 8 — Amsterdam

After breakfast, choose from three included excursions.

Choice #1 – Keukenhof Gardens: Explore 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 ZunderdorpRansdorp, and Durgerdam. Bike 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 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 Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport for the flight to your U.S. gateway city. (B)

Please note that there may be changes to the itinerary necessitated by operational considerations. 

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