Cruise past springtime blossoms and windmills, pausing for Connections-exclusive excursions to a local tulip grower; a meal of moules-frites in Bruges; and the breathtaking Keukenhof Gardens, where you sit down to lunch amid fragrant spectacular gardens.
Day 1 - ARRIVE AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
Arrive in Amsterdam, where you are met and transferred to your
boutique hotel. Later, join your Resident Tour Director for a
Day 2 - AMSTERDAM
Join Connections guests as you travel past tulip fields en route to
a private flower grower. Return to Amsterdam for some time at
leisure. Later, board your river ship, with priority embarkation and
time to unwind in your premium cabin or suite. Enjoy a welcome
cocktail before dinner on board.
Day 3 - AMSTERDAM
Tour Amsterdam in your small Connections group, viewing the
Royal Palace and Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), followed by a scenic
cruise through the city’s canal district. Then, take an excursion
to Volendam and Edam, visiting a dairy specializing in Dutch
Day 4 - ARNHEM
Cruise to Arnhem, where you set off on a Connections-only
excursion to the Kröller-Müller Museum, home to the world’s
second-largest Van Gogh collection. Then, visit the Hartenstein
Airborne Museum and war cemetery.
Day 5 - MIDDELBURG
Dock in Middelburg. Embark on today’s Connections small-group
excursion, seeing the Watersnood Museum. In lovely Veere, get an
authentic taste of local fare when you sample stroopwafels. Later,
enjoy a private, pre-dinner cocktail party in the ship’s Amadeus
Club, hosted by your Resident Tour Director, followed by an
exclusive Chef ’s Highlights dinner.
Day 6 - GHENT & BRUGES, BELGIUM
Cross into Belgium for a walking tour of Ghent. Continue to
medieval Bruges, where you savor a Connections-exclusive lunch
of moules-frites (mussels and fries), followed by a walking tour and
visit to a local brewery for a tasting.
Day 7 - ANTWERP
Explore the lively city of Antwerp, the most populous in Belgium.
Visit the Rubenshuis, former residence of Peter Paul Rubens,
with its beautiful gardens, and then stop at a workshop that
demonstrates the art of diamond cutting. Tonight, enjoy a gala
dinner aboard the ship.
Day 8 - DELFT & KEUKENHOF
Disembark on a full-day tour with your intimate group, beginning
in Delft, where you pay a Connections-exclusive visit to the
Royal Delft porcelain factory. Enjoy lunch and a full afternoon at
Keukenhof Gardens. Open only in spring, its breathtaking floral
displays epitomize the striking beauty of Holland.
Day 9 - DEPART AMSTERDAM
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart.