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Holland & Belgium in Bloom

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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 yourself in their 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.

About This Cruise

Itinerary Highlights

Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Haarlem, The Netherlands; Hooorn, The Netherlands; Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Kinderdijk, The Netherlands; Nijmegen, The Netherlands; Maastricht, The Netherlands, Antwerp, Belgium

Included:

  • 10-day cruise with river-view stateroom
  • One complimentary shore excursion in every port of call
  • Unlimited free Wi-Fi
  • Visits to UNESCO Sites
  • Enrichment lectures & Destination Performances
  • Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • 24-hour specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
  • All port taxes & fees

Air Options

Special airfares may be available. Please inquire for details.

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Itinerary

This itinerary is reversed on certain dates.

Day 1: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Arrive in Amsterdam, 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 Rijksmuseum, or the van Gogh Museum next door. (D)
Day 2: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Cruise Amsterdam’s charming canals this morning, passing under pretty bridges, 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 3: Haarlem, The Netherlands
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, croci 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 4: Hoorn, The Netherlands
Early this morning, sail across the IJsselmeer (once known as the Zuiderzee) to the ancient shipping village of Hoorn. After breakfast, 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. Depart after dinner and cruise through the night. (B, L, D)
Day 5: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Arrive in Rotterdam today and enjoy 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 7: Nijmegen, The Netherlands
After breakfast, step back in time as you witness one of the Netherlands’ most dramatic chapters come to life. Learn how “Operation Market Garden” unfolded—the planned attack by the Allied forces in late summer 1944 portrayed by the epic war movie “A Bridge Too Far,” and pay homage to the many soldiers who lost their lives. This afternoon, choose to stay on board and enjoy scenic cruising along the meandering Meuse River or take an optional excursion to explore more of Nijmegen, before rejoining your ship. (B, L, D)
Day 8: Maastricht, The Netherlands
Disembark your ship and enjoy a walking tour around historic Maastricht. Stroll the narrow cobblestone streets of the Old Town, 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 9: Antwerp, Belgium
Arrive in Antwerp this morning, and enjoy a walking tour of the historic quarter. See the Cathedral of Our Lady with its three 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 as we remain docked overnight. (B, L, D)
Day 10: Antwerp, Belgium
After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight. Perhaps see more of Belgium on a two-night city stay to the capital, Brussels. Or enjoy a three-night extension in the fairy-tale medieval city of Bruges with visits to Ghent, Bruges and Flanders Fields.
Included. Please see itinerary.
Cruise Details | Itinerary | Excursions | Pre-Post-Trip Options

Pre/Post-Cruise Options

More days means more to discover, with extension packages you can add before or after your Viking cruise or cruisetour. Maximize the value of your overseas flight and enjoy additional days to explore your embarkation or disembarkation city, or see a new destination altogether with a choice of exciting cities.

Pre-Extension: 2 nights in Amsterdam
ALL THIS IS INCLUDED:
  • 2 nights in Amsterdam: Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre (or similar)
  • 2 breakfasts
  • Guided Walking Tour
  • Services of a Viking host
  • Hotel & ship transfers
2019 SEASONAL PRICING: $899

Post-Extension: 3 nights in Bruges
ALL THIS IS INCLUDED IN YOUR FULLY ESCORTED PROGRAM:
  • 3 nights in Bruges: Hotel Dukes’ Palace (or similar)
  • 5 meals: 3 breakfasts & 2 lunches
  • 3 guided tours: Walking Tour & Canal Cruise Around Bruges, Walking Tour of Ghent and Full-Day Excursion to Flanders Fields
  • Fully escorted by your Viking Tour Director
  • All transfers
2019 SEASONAL PRICING: $999

Post-Extension: 2 nights in Brussels
ALL THIS IS INCLUDED:
  • 2 nights in Brussels; Sofitel Brussels Le Louise
  • 2 breakfasts
  • Services of a Viking host
  • Hotel & ship transfers
2019 SEASONAL PRICING: $549

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