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Tauck River Cruises 2019 – Holland & Belgium in Spring (Southbound)

2019 prices from AUD $4,990 for 8 Days
OVERVIEW
Tauck treats you to a ringside seat for nature’s spectacular annual springtime show on a memorable 8-day trip including a 7-night cruise through the inland waterways of the Netherlands and Belgium aboard a riverboat of our Destination Fleet.  Everywhere, a spot of local color, from tulips, daffodils and hyacinths abloom in flower boxes or in grand gardens… in historic windmills preserving a vanished way of life… in gabled houses dressed in maritime lore along Amsterdam’s tree-lined canals… in centuries-old Dutch and Flemish masterpieces. Check out Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands’ bulb country. Take a scenic boat cruise through Amsterdam’s canals. Discover the medieval treasures of Ghent and Bruges in Flanders. Visit a World Heritage Site showcasing 19 windmills from the 18th century – viewing them by boat or by bicycle. Tour renowned art museums and more. Explore Amsterdam, Antwerp, Dordrecht, Kinderdijk, The Hague and more on one of our most popular European river cruises… and enjoy Tauck Exclusives such as a memorable evening featuring dinner, live music and a tour at the famed Mauritshuis museum in The Hague.
ITINERARY
Day 1 Welcome to Amsterdam & embark riverboat
Your Holland and Belgium river cruise begins at 5:30 PM in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Upon arrival, a transfer is included from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport or Centraal Train Station directly to your Tauck riverboat. After settling into your cabin, attend a discovery briefing, then enjoy a welcome reception followed by dinner this evening aboard the riverboat.
MEALS : D
LODGING : ABOARD THE RIVERBOAT
Day 2 Amazing Amsterdam
Awaken on your riverboat today in Amsterdam – a vibrant blend of the historic and the contemporary, from its medieval core to the bustling shops, cafés and rich cosmopolitan life of a 21st-century European metropolis. After breakfast aboard ship, begin your exploration of this nearly car-free city of flower-rimmed canals, gracious gabled mansions, and people on bikes with a boat cruise through the network of 17th-century canals at the core of the old city, that offers a refreshing perspective of the Netherlands’ capital city. As you’ll discover, Amsterdam boasts more canals than Venice… and, as it happens, more museums per kilometer than any other European capital. One of the most famous is the matchless Rijksmuseum – filled with myriad works by the Dutch Masters, including Rembrandt’s The Night Watch and Vermeer’s The Milkmaid – which, after lunch aboard ship, you’ll visit this afternoon with a local guide. Spend the rest of the afternoon as you please, then join us onboard this evening for a shanty choir performance, some Dutch treats and the chef’s signature dinner, as the riverboat cruises to Haarlem. You’ll have an opportunity to walk ashore in Haarlem with your Tauck Director tonight.
MEALS : B, L, D
LODGING : ABOARD THE RIVERBOAT
Day 3 Magical Keukenhof Gardens & the Hague
Disembark the riverboat for an excursion to Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse, the home of famous show gardens and millions of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths, in various stages of bloom and particularly beautiful at this time of the year. A rolling carpet of color, Keukenhof is one of Europe’s most iconic – and fragrant – places to witness springtime in all its glory. After lunch ashore, return to the riverboat for an afternoon of cruising. This evening, meet your local guides in Rotterdam and travel to The Hague (the royal city of Den Haag to the Dutch), for a sparkling Tauck Exclusive evening featuring dinner, live music and a tour featuring Dutch Golden Age paintings at the Mauritshuis, a renowned art museum housed in a historic 17th-century building.
MEALS : B, L, D
LODGING : ABOARD THE RIVERBOAT
Day 4 Kinderdijk’s windmills & Dordrecht
Arrive this morning in the Dutch village of Kinderdijk, where 19 original 18th-century windmills – preserved today as a UNESCO World Heritage Site – create an iconic polderscape that’s better than any picture-postcard, which you’ll enjoy on a boat cruise. There’s no other place in the world besides Kinderdijk where can you see so many historic windmills together in an authentic setting. During your visit, discover how a windmill works both inside and out, and explore the quintessentially Dutch history of windmills. Alternatively, you can choose a bicycling excursion amidst the Kinderdijk windmills. Cruise on to nearby Dordrecht, a historic island city bordering no less than five rivers in the South Holland province of The Netherlands. Reflecting the definition of the Dutch word for harbor – “haven” – the city’s charming harbor district preserves many historic warehouses, merchants’ mansions and quays, and its role as a major port city from the 15th to 18th centuries. A walking tour reveals Dordrecht’s notable architecture and monuments in its medieval inner city, as well as the surrounding ring of 19th-century buildings. Return to the ship for dinner and evening activities as you sail on to Belgium tonight.
MEALS : B, L, D
LODGING : ABOARD THE RIVERBOAT
Day 5 Flemish treasures in Ghent & Bruges
This morning, your riverboat arrives in the historic port city of Ghent in Flanders, arguably Belgium’s most beautiful city. Take a walking tour of Ghent’s Old Town; the pedestrian-friendly cobblestoned town center feels like an outdoor museum of early Flemish architecture. Think about climbing to the top of the 14th-century belfry, crowned with a dragon, for the view – Ghent laid out before you is a visual feast of castles, churches, and historic merchants’ houses. Be sure to try the local speciality, Ghent noses, a traditional raspberry candy sold at stands on the street – or a warm waffle with sugar or honey. Continue on to Bruges, known to many as “the Venice of the North,” for its canals and tiny medieval streets. On your walking tour along Bruges’ cobblestoned lanes, you’ll feel like you’ve walked into a painting by Jan Van Eyck, who captured life in the city during its heyday in the 15th century. The hike up the stairs of the medieval belltower is well worth the effort; you’ll be rewarded with wonderful panoramic views. Enjoy dinner onboard tonight as you sail on to Antwerp.
MEALS : B, L, D
LODGING : ABOARD THE RIVERBOAT
Day 6 Antwerp & the Age of Exploration
Your riverboat arrives this morning in the major port city of Antwerp for a day in the capital of the Belgian province of Flanders. Take an orientation tour of the city and a guided walk through the city’s historic center. As you stroll and hear stories and insights from your local guide, take in Grote Markt, the old market square; City Hall; the Cathedral of Our Lady; and numerous restored merchants’ houses, harkening back to the days of the 16th-century Age of Exploration when Antwerp – at the time a powerful center of international commerce – was the richest city in Europe. You’ll also visit the Red Star Line Museum, where interactive exhibits in the former warehouses of the Red Star Line shipping company tell the story of the more than two million immigrants from all over Europe whose long journey to a new life in North America began right here. After lunch on board, you can visit a local brewery for a tour and a tasting of authentic Belgian “bier.” Return to the ship and enjoy dinner and a musical performance this evening as the riverboat cruises to Brussels.
MEALS : B, L, D
LODGING : ABOARD THE RIVERBOAT
Day 7 Discover Brussels
Morning guided sightseeing today in Brussels, Belgium’s capital and a key center of European trade and culture since the 13th century, begins with a city tour that takes in the Atomium, a 338-foot-tall structure resembling atoms, built for the 1958 World’s Fair and winds up at Grand-Place, one of Europe’s loveliest city squares, boasting a Gothic town hall surrounded by Renaissance-era guildhalls. Return to the riverboat for lunch; this afternoon, you might choose to participate in a demonstration by a local chocolatier. Then join us this evening for a farewell reception and dinner marking the end of this fabulous spring river cruise!
MEALS : B, L, D
LODGING : ABOARD THE RIVERBOAT
Day 8 Disembark for your journey home
Your river cruise ends in Brussels. Fly home anytime; all guests must disembark the riverboat by 9:00 AM.  A transfer is included from the riverboat to Brussels Airport; allow 3 hours for flight check-in.
MEALS : B
PRICE GUIDE
Double: Ms Grace
Date
Cat 1
Cat 2
Cat 3
Cat 4
Cat 5
Cat 6
Cat 7
April 2, 2019
$4,990
$5,340
$5,560
$6,430
$7,180
$7,480
$8,480
Double: Ms Esprit
Date
Cat 1
Cat 2
Cat 3
Cat 4
Cat 5
Cat 6
Cat 7
April 7, 2019
$5,490
$5,840
$6,060
$6,990
$7,800
$7,980
$8,980
April 21, 2019
$6,240
$6,590
$6,810
$7,740
$8,550
$8,730
$9,730
Don’t see the date you’re looking for? Go to Belgium & Holland (Northbound) for additional departure dates!
Special Solo Traveller Savings – No Single Supplement in Category 1: On all departures, the single price in Category 1 is the same as the double price – no single supplement, which means savings of up to 50% for solo travellers!
Solo Travellers also enjoy Savings of AUD $1,250 per cabin in Category 4 and 5 on the April 2, 7 & 28 departures. Certain restrictions apply; ask at time of booking.
Land / cruise price per person, based on double occupancy, includes cruise fare, most meals, port charges, shore ex­cur­sions, applicable fuel surcharges, and gratuities to Tauck Directors, Tauck Cruise Director, ship staff, local guides & drivers, and on all included meals.
Unlimited complimentary beverages aboard ship include regional wine, beer and premium spirits in addition to specialty coffee, water and soft drinks.
Itinerary Changes – Although not expected, Tauck reserves the right to alter the sequence of ports or omit or substitute scheduled ports or attractions at any time without prior notice. North and south itineraries are similar.
Note: Museums and attractions may be subject to closure due to state, local or religious holidays. This river cruise includes a fair amount of walking.
Shore Excursion Selection: Tauck will contact guests 60 days prior to departure to assist with shore excursion selections.
 Travelling Well Includes:
Gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Directors and Tauck Cruise Director
All private Tauck shore excursions – AUD $2,786 Value
7-night riverboat cruise aboard ms Treasures, ms Esprit or ms Grace
Tauck Exclusive: Private gala dinner and tour at the Mauritshuis museum in The Hague
Visits to Keukenhof Gardens, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the Red Star Line Museum in Antwerp
A scenic cruise along the beautiful 17th-century canals of Amsterdam
Visits to Dordrecht and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kinderdijk’s 18th-century windmills
Choice of a bicycling excursion among the windmills of Kinderdijk
Excursions to the well-preserved medieval Flemish cities of Ghent and Bruges
A visit to a local brewery for a “bier” tasting in Antwerp
Unlimited complimentary beverages aboard ship include regional wine, beer and premium spirits in addition to specialty coffee, water and soft drinks
Airport and train transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
20 meals (7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners); service charges, taxes, porterage, and applicable fuel surcharges
For further detail on this or any other packages, please contact us on 1300 968 787
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