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 welcome dinner.
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 cheeses.
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.