EVENTS & TRAVEL

Out of this WORLD

DAY 9  - ANTWERP - ROTTERDAM

This morning, Enjoy a guided visit to Antwerp, Belgium's second-largest city. It is also the center of international diamond trade, which is run from the unassuming buildings that line the streets near Centraal Station. Today the city's industries lie away from its medieval core whose narrow streets and fine buildings cluster around the cathedral and the Grote Markt where Antwerp's golden age of trade in the 16th century is reflected in the square's cosmopolitan 1565 town hall. You will then visit a Beer House and will learn all about the making of the local beeer followed by a tasting.

Afternoon cruising onboard

Overnight : M/S Gerard Schmitter

Meals B,L,D

DAY 12  - AMSTERDAM / USA

After breakfast you will be transferred to the Schiphol airport for your flight  back to the USA.

Meals B


April 2020 (exact dates to be determined)
3,885 per person (based on double occupancy)
Includes all breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
Accomodations in 4* hotels and 4* River Boat
All guided excursions, entrance fees, all ground transport and transfers, Meet and greet at the airport in Amsterdam and porterage in and out of the hotels & River Boat. All Gratuities to cruise staff included 

Wine included at dinners onboard !!

Flight not included - Please contact us for flights and single accommodation

DAY 1 -  Depart Home for Amsterdam, Holland

DAY 8  - GHENT - BRUGES

This morning excursion will take you to Ghent  where you will enjoy a cruise on the canals of Ghent. You will discover the Cathedral, The Belfry and the  the Castle of the Count of Flanders. You will then walk around the town and will taste the local specialities of Ghent like the local beer, the" Cuberdons" and the Pralines... 



This afternoon, you will be taken to the beautiful town of Bruges, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Belgium. An unspoiled  medieval town, Bruges' winding streets pass by picturesque canals lined with fine buildings. The center of Bruges is amazingly well preserved. The town's trade was badly affected when the river Zwin silted up at the end of the 15th century. As a further bonus, Bruges also escaped major damage in both world wars.  

Overnight : M/S Gerard Schmitter

Meals B,L,D

DAY 5 -  AMSTERDAM - VOLENDAM - ZAANSE SCHANS

This morning you will have the option to visit more of Amsterdam with your local guide or go on a guided bike tour of the heart of Amsterdam, where you will explore and learn all the must-see and out of the way sites.

This afternoon, an excursion to Volendam and Zaanse Schans has been organized for you. Although Volendam is busy with tourists at times, the village is still worth visiting for the narrow canals and streets behindthe main dykes, an area known as the Doolhof. The residents wear traditional costume. Artists floked to Volendam in the late 19th century to paint views of this pretty town. Many of them stayed at the Spaander Hotel, and the walls of the Café are covered with paintings accepted by the owners in lieu of payment.

Zaanse Schans was created in 1960 as a monument to village life in the 17th century. Shops, cottages, windmills, houses and historic buildings from all over the region have been relocated here to create a museum village in which people can live and work. The local cummunity is dedicated to preserving the traditional Dutch way of life, and Zaanse Schans is run as a piece of living history.

Overnight : M/S Gerard Schmitter

Meals B,L,D.

Springtime in Belgium & Holland

DAY 2 -  AMSTERDAM

Arrive Amsterdam in the Morning. Your Tour Manager, Timothée, will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in the center of Amsterdam.

This afternoon, enjoy some free time. You may opt to visit the incredibly"  architectural" Van Gogh Museum. Timothée will be available to help with the planning of your afternoon. Dinner at leisure.

Overnight : Amsterdam

Meals : B (on plane)

DAY 4 -  AMSTERDAM - EMBARK RIVER BOAT

Following breakfast you meet your guide who takes you on an exciting walking tour of the center of Amsterdam which will include an interesting visit to the house of Anne Frank , where for 2 years, the Frank family and four others lived in a small upstairs apartment that was hidden behind a revolving bookcase. You will then walk along the canals and reach the "Amstelkring" Museum, a restored 17th century canal house which concealed a secret Catholic church, known as " Ons Lieve Heer op Solder"(our Dear Lord in the Attic), originaly built in 1663, when Amsterdam officially became Protestant, many such clandestine churches were built throughout the city.
Lunch will be at leisure in town.

This evening board the M/S Gerard Schmitter where you will settle in your cabins before joining us in the lounge for a welcome cocktail and introduction of the crew onboard.
Dinner at leisure.
Overnight : M/S Gerard Schmitter

Meals B,D


DAY 3 -  AMSTERDAM - MUSEUM DAY

Morning visit to Rembrant's House where hundred of etchings, including many self-portraits, are on display in the artist's former home.

This afternoon, you will visit the most famous museum in Amsterdam, the heavily ornamented Neo-Gothic "Rijksmuseum" which holds the magnificent Dutch national art collection of some 5000 paintings, 30,000 pieces of applied art and 17,000 historical artifacts. You will of course see the very famous painting "The kitchen maid" by Jan Vermeer, the "Night Watch" and many more...
This evening join Timothée for a lovely cruise on the canals of Amsterdam followed by a surprise Welcome Dinner". After dinner follow Timothée through the Red Light District, known as "de Walletjes"(the little walls) for a short walk.

Overnight : Amsterdam
Meals : B,D

DAY 6 -  ARNHEM - MIDDLEBURG

Today enjoy a guided morning visit of the "Paleis Het Loo" , the Royal Hunting Lodge of William III built in 1686. Generations of the House of Orange used the lodge as a summer palace. Because of its magnificence, it was regarded as the "Versailles of the Netherlands". The building's Classical facade belies the opulence of its lavish interior. The formal gardens are also very beautiful.

Enjoy an afternoon of relaxation as the boat slowly makes its way to Middleburg.

Overnight : M/S Gerard Schmitter

Meals B,L,D

DAY 10  - ROTTERDAM - UTRECHT - AMSTERDAM

Enjoy a relaxing morning onboard cruising down the river.

This afternoon, you will be surprised at the beauty of the magnificent Keukenhof Garden, where you will have plenty of time to walk around the 28ha of wooded park. Known as the most spectacular flower garden in the world, it was set up in 1949 as a showcase for Dutch bulb growers and is now planted with some 7 million bulbs. It is at its most spectacular from late march to late may when drifts of daffodils, hyacinths or tulips are in bloom. 
Tonight enjoy the Gala dinner onboard.

Meals B,L,D

DAY 11  AMSTERDAM

Enjoy a last breakfast buffet onboard before disembarking at 9:00 am.

Transfer to The Hague for a full day visit of the political capital of the Netherlands. You will see the Parliament buildings as well as The Mauritshuis which has been the home of the Royal Picture Gallery since 1821. The collection is small, but almost every painting is a superb work by one of the Old Masters. This, combined with the exquisite presentation in elegant period rooms, makes the Mauritshuis one of the finest galleries in the Netherlands.

Enjoy a farewell lunch in the Hague before continuing to Delft to visit the famous porcelain factory. On our return to Amsterdam, we will drive through " the route of the bulbfields" - Note : At 9.30am on Saturday April 21 the Flower Parade will depart from the Wilhelmina boulevard in Noordwijk on its way to Haarlem.

At around 21.30 hrs the illuminated parade will arrive at the centre of Haarlem.
Apart from the Flower Parade of the Bollenstreek being the only event of this calibre that occurs in the springtime, it is the only parade that is constructed and composed of bulb flowers such as hyacinths, tulips and daffodils. It is for this reason that this Flower Parade of the Bollenstreek is known as the face of spring, as no other parade can come close to the unique spring colours and perfumes that surround this one.

Overnight near Amsterdam

Meals B,L

DAY 7  - MIDDLEBURG - GHENT 

This morning join us for a very interesting excursion to The Delta Park Neeltje Jans, which tells the story of the Netherlands history with water : from the flood disaster of 1953 (when 2000 people lost their lives) to the construction of the famous Delta Works. The Deltapark offers exhibitions, films and a chance to visit the storm surge barrier itself, to give visitors an impactfull impression of the power of water. The Delta Works are also known as the Eighth wonder of the world.

Afterwards, enjoy some free time in the town of Middleburg.

Overngiht : M/S Gerard Schmitter

Meals B,L,D