Tulips & Windmills – April 2017

From the canals of Amsterdam to the belfry of Bruges, we’ll discover the best of the Netherlands and Belgium.  One of the major highlights of our journey will be strolling through colorful acres of tulips at Keukenhof Gardens.  Keukenhof which means “kitchen garden” is one of the world’s largest and most beautiful flower gardens.  Typically the best time to visit is in mid-April – which is exactly when we will be there!  This park covers over 70 acres and features over 7 million bulbs in bloom every spring, with a total of 800 different varieties of tulips.

We’ll also visit the 19 UNESCO-designated windmills of Kinderdijk to better understand how these mighty structures have been used to protect the Low Country from ever-rising water levels for hundreds of years.  Experience the wonder of the picture-perfect villages of Veere, Hoorn and Enkhuizen, and the enchanting outdoor Zuiderzee Museum. Uncover the rich treasures at Amsterdam’s world-class museums, including the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum. Take in the dazzling skyline of Rotterdam as we cruise through the bustling harbor and drift along the canals of Bruges. All along the way, we’ll savor Dutch delights and Belgian treats as we sail the aquatic highways and byways of two amazing countries shaped by water.  Won’t you join us?

April 8 – 17, 2017

Our luxury river cruise ship company, Uniworld, is the only one to offer a truly all-inclusive experience taking its already impeccable award-winning product to even higher standards.  Here is an overview of what is included on this cruise

  • Impeccable Service – larger onboard staff than any other river cruise line
  • Intimate and beautifully designed ship
  • All Gratuities – onboard and onshore
  • All scheduled airport transfers
  • Elegant staterooms and suites with handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options
  • In-suite butler service
  • All dining onboard and unlimited beverages (includes many premium spirits such as Grey Goose, Crown Royal and Glenfiddich)
  • A wide choice of personalized excursions led by English-speaking local experts
  • Exclusive Excursions offered only by Uniworld
  • Onboard fitness center
  • Onboard exercise and wellness classes
  • Bicycles and Nordic walking sticks for onshore use
  • Ship-Wide Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Onboard entertainment and signature lectures.

Our Itinerary

Day 1: Amsterdam (embark)

Arrive at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.

Day 2: Amsterdam

FEATURED EXCURSION: Choice of Amsterdam by canal with either Van Gogh Museum OR Rijksmuseum visit OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Amsterdam walking tour

amsterdamAmsterdam is often referred to as the “Venice of the North,” as canals crisscross the heart of the old city and bridges link some 90 islands. A canal cruise brings to life its beauty and history. From famous canals to famous art, visit either the Van Gogh Museum or the Rijksmuseum, home to Rembrandt’s The Night Watch. If you prefer to get an authentic view of local life, a stroll through the canal district uncovers some of Amsterdam’s most charming and little-known treasures along with the Museum Van Loon, a restored 17th-century canal house. Cap the day off at the Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 3: Amsterdam (Haarlem)

FEATURED EXCURSION: Choice of full day at Keukenhof Gardens OR Keukenhof Gardens combined with Haarlem walking discovery tour with Teylers Museum visit.

the-netherlands-keukenhof-flowers-1-hiresSpend all day at the Keukenhof Gardens, one of the most impressive public gardens in the world, with more than seven million bulbs planted on a 70-acre site. Or spend a half day at the gardens and either relax onboard after lunch or experience charming and lively Haarlem, where you’ll explore the historic center before visiting Teylers Museum, the oldest museum in the Netherlands and home to a fascinating collection of fossils, historic scientific instruments and paintings, all displayed under skylights. *Note: Lunch is not included with the full day at Keukenhof Gardens.

Day 4: Hoorn (Enkhuizen)

FEATURED EXCURSION: Hoorn walking discovery tour and “Life on the Zuiderzee” outdoor museum visit

hoornTwo ports of call offer you insight into the Netherlands’ rich seafaring history. While visiting charming Hoorn’s old harbor, your guide will point out and explain the markings on medieval buildings noting the former inhabitants’ trades. At your next port of call, Enkhuizen, visit the fascinating Zuiderzee outdoor museum, a reconstructed fishing village from before the IJsselmeer Dam was built in 1932.

Day 5: Nijmegen

FEATURED EXCURSION: Choice of National Liberation Museum OR Kröller-Müller Museum visit

nijmegenNijmegen, the oldest town in the Netherlands, is your gateway to one of two intriguing discoveries today. WWII history buffs will want to visit the National Liberation Museum in Groesbeek. Art lovers will wish to go to the Kröller-Müller Museum, home to the second-largest collection of Van Gogh paintings and Europe’s largest sculpture park with famous works by Rodin and Moore, among others.

Day 6: Rotterdam, Kinderdijk, Dordrecht

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Kinderdijk windmills

kinderdijk-windmillsCruise through the Rotterdam harbor, where you’ll have leisure time before setting sail to Kinderdijk. Join a local guide as you discover 19 astonishingly well-preserved windmills, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Note: If docking in Kinderdijk is not possible, the excursion will be arranged by motorcoach from Rotterdam.

 

Day 7:  Veere

FEATURED EXCURSION: Delta Works museum and guided stroll into the artists’ village of Veere

veereThe Delta Works museum presents a wonderful overview of the engineering marvels used in the Netherlands’ long battle to hold back the sea. You’ll have time to explore Veere, a popular artists’ retreat.

 

 

Day 8: Ghent (Bruges or Ghent)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of full day Bruges with canal cruise and walking discovery tour OR Ghent walking discovery tour

ghentChoose between two lovely cities: Bruges or Ghent. Experience Bruges, one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, via foot and on a canal cruise. Ghent is one of the oldest Belgian cities and home to St. Bavo’s Cathedral. Visit the cathedral and its famous Ghent Altarpiece, one of the world’s historical art treasures, painted by the brothers Hubert and Jan van Eyck in the 1400s.

Day 9 – Antwerp

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Antwerp walking discovery tour with Cathedral of Our Lady OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Antwerp walking tour

antwerpSpend a full day in Antwerp with a choice of excursions. Be guided to the city’s architectural gems, including the Cathedral of Our Lady, which houses four masterpieces by Peter Paul Rubens. If you wish to do as the locals do, stroll through the main shopping district and sample Belgium’s culinary specialties. Bid farewell to your fellow travelers at the Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 10 – Antwerp (disembark), transfer to Brussels Airport

Disembark the ship in Antwerp and transfer to Brussels Airport for your flight home.

About our ship – the River Princess

The stunning foyer of the 130-passenger River Princess sets an indulgent and luxurious tone for your European journey. Throughout the ship, jewel-tone greens, warm browns, and mix of black of white create a sophisticated ambiance, while stylish public areas—including a Main Lounge, a Sky Lounge, and a Captain’s Lounge and Library—provide comfortable places to curl up with a good book, chat with friends, or sip your favorite cocktail.

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Suites are 214 sq. ft with French balconies.  There are only 4 suites which are all located on the Rhine Deck

Category 1 Staterooms are on the same deck as the suites and also have French balconies.  They are 151 sq. ft

Category 2-3 river view Staterooms are all located on the Danube Deck.  They are 151 sq. ft.

Category 4-5 river view Staterooms are located on the Moselle Deck and are also 151 sq. ft. in size.

 

Come join us on this all-inclusive luxury cruise, you will be enriched and delighted.  Please call to check on our very special pricing

Call us at (262) 538-2140 or email sue@getaway.travel to reserve your spot now.

We plan on travelling with, but need to have a minimum of 4 other cabins along to confirm this group.

River Princess Deck Plan

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