Viking – Tour Details 2018-12-11T01:56:19+00:00

Holland & Belgium in Bloom Antwerp to Amsterdam

Starting at $3,399

Destinations & Sightseeing
Itinerary and Meals
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Set sail on our 10-day itinerary through the inland waterways of The Low Countries – Holland and Belgium. Enjoy scenic cruising through the vast network of canals and rivers, with stops in key cities that allow you to soak up Dutch and Flemish culture and immerse in history. Cycle through tulip fields or stroll the renowned Keukenhof Gardens. See the windmills of Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and fascinating Rotterdam—one of Europe’s most dynamic cities. Finish your cruise with an overnight stay in Europe’s diamond capital, Antwerp, and explore more of Belgium with an optional city stay in Brussels or a three-night extension and discover the fairy-tale medieval towns of Bruges and Ghent and the World War I battlefields around Yper.


Destination & Sightseeing

ITINERARY

Day 1 - Antwerp
Arrive in Antwerp, then transfer to your ship.* After boarding, the afternoon is yours to relax or explore the city on your own. If your arrival schedule permits, you may wish to visit the Museum aan de Stroom, Antwerp’s oldest museum. (D) * Ground transfers are included with Viking Air purchase.

Day 2 - Antwerp
This morning, enjoy a walking tour of the historic quarter. See the Cathedral of Our Lady with its 3 monumental altarpieces painted by Peter Paul Rubens; the Grote Markt (Grand Square) surrounded by the Renaissance Town Hall and guild halls; and Het Steen (Steen Castle), Antwerp’s oldest building. This afternoon, you can enjoy an optional excursion to sample the delights of Belgium’s cuisine, or free time at your leisure so you can explore more of charming Antwerp. Enjoy dinner on board as we sail to Maastricht. (B, L, D)

Day 3 - Maastricht
Arrive in Maastrict this morning and disembark your ship for a walking tour around this historic city. Stroll the narrow cobblestone streets of the Old Town, and see the Gothic-style church Sint Janskerk and the Romanesque Basilica of St. Servatius. This afternoon, enjoy free time at your leisure to explore or join an optional excursion to Aachen to see Charlemagne’s chapel, a UNESCO Site. Or pay your respects at the American Military Cemetery of Margraten, the final resting place of 8,000 American soldiers who gave their lives to liberate Europe from the Nazis. (B, L, D)

Day 4 - Nijmegen
Enjoy scenic cruising this morning along the meandering Meuse River, or take an optional excursion. After lunch, your ship arrives in Nijmegen. Step back in time as you witness one of The Netherlands’ most dramatic chapters come to life. Learn how Operation Market Garden—the planned attack by the Allied forces in late summer 1944 portrayed in the epic war movie A Bridge Too Far—unfolded, and pay homage to the many soldiers who lost their lives during a visit to the touching National Liberation Museum in nearby Groesbeek. (B, L, D)

Day 5 - Rotterdam
This morning, enjoy a scenic cruise along the Waal and Lek Rivers and the busy Amsterdam Rijn canal, an ingenious feat of Dutch engineering. Arrive in Rotterdam for lunch, where you can take an afternoon to explore the modern face of Holland. The city has been extensively rebuilt after the destruction suffered during World War II, and some of its architecture is quite innovative. This evening, your ship will set sail for a scenic dinner cruise around the harbor. Admire the twinkling lights of the cosmopolitan skyline of Europe’s largest port. (B, L, D)

Day 6 - Kinderdijk
Arrive this morning in Kinderdijk and disembark for a tour of this ingenious 18th-century community. Learn why the windmills were built and see how they work to help control flooding, then tour a working windmill to see its pumping mechanism and living quarters at this UNESCO World Heritage Site. This afternoon and evening, sail across the IJsselmeer (once known as the Zuiderzee) to the ancient shipping village of Hoorn. (B, L, D)

Day 7 - Hoorn
After breakfast, depart your ship and enjoy a guided walk through Hoorn’s cobbled streets; see age-old cheese warehouses and the town’s main square, which dates back to Hoorn’s heyday. Enjoy a warm welcome during a home visit to a local family and get acquainted with daily life. Perhaps take an excursion through the Dutch countryside to see the country’s famed tulips and windmills, or traverse the West Frisian countryside on a vintage train ride. Dine this evening as you cruise to Haarlem. (B, L, D)

Day 8 - Haarlem
After breakfast, visit the picturesque Keukenhof Gardens, the world’s largest floral park. Admire the stunning beauty at both indoor and outdoor exhibits of millions of vibrant blooms including tulips, hyacinths, crocuses and daffodils. This afternoon, you may explore Haarlem at your leisure or join an optional tour highlighting the best of this historic city. Enjoy dinner on board your ship. (B, L, D)

Day 9 - Amsterdam
After breakfast, disembark your ship and enjoy a full day in Amsterdam. Cruise charming canals, passing under pretty bridges and enjoying streets lined with gabled houses of centuries past. This afternoon, join an optional excursion—perhaps a visit to one of Amsterdam’s world-class museums to explore the Dutch Golden Age, or uncover the city’s fascinating Jewish history. Your Viking Program Director can help you plan your afternoon. (B, L, D)

Day 10 - Amsterdam
After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* Or you can choose to see more of Amsterdam on a 2-night city stay. (B) * Ground transfers are included with Viking Air purchase.

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