About This Cruise
Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Hoorn, Dordrecht & Rotterdam, Kinderdijk, Wesel, Germany; Nijmegen, The Netherlands; Maastricht, Antwerp, Belgium
- 10-day cruise with river-view stateroom
- Shore excursion in every port of call
- Unlimited free Wi-Fi
- Visits to UNESCO Sites
- Enrichment lectures & Destination Performances
- 8 guided tours
- Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
- 24-hour specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
- All port taxes & fees
Special airfares may be available. Please inquire for details.
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. (Dinner)
Day 2: Amsterdam
Cruise Amsterdam’s charming canals this morning, passing under pretty bridges and enjoying streets lined with gabled houses of centuries past. This afternoon, visit the picturesque Keukenhof Gardens, the world’s largest floral park. Admire the stunning beauty at both indoor and outdoor exhibits containing millions of vibrant blooms including tulips, hyacinths, crocuses and daffodils.* Or 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
*Keukenhof Gardens is available on select departures during Tulip season in March through early May.
Day 3: Hoorn
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. Alternatively, you may choose to join a cycling excursion through the Dutch countryside to see the country’s famed windmills. Depart after dinner and cruise through the night. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4: Dordrecht & Rotterdam
This morning, enjoy a scenic cruise along the Lek River as you sail into Dordrecht. An important merchant city during the late Middle Ages, Dordrecht is brimming with historic sights. During a walking tour, see the inner city harbors, the Grote Kerk (Great Church) and the 13th-century Augustine monastery known as “Het Hof.” This afternoon, your ship departs for Rotterdam. Here, you will enjoy time 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. Alternatively, you may choose to join a full-day excursion that combines Dordrecht and Delft, rejoining your ship later this afternoon. 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5: 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. Enjoy scenic afternoon cruising along the Lek and Waal Rivers and dinner on board your ship. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6: Wesel, Germany
wake in Wesel and disembark for a walking tour of the city. Completely destroyed during World War II, Wesel fell under a barrage of heavy bombing by the Allied forces in 1945; during your tour, you will learn about the city’s rise from the ashes. This afternoon, you may choose to visit Xanten Archaeological Park—one of the largest open air museums in the world—or head to Essen and the UNESCO-listed Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex, recognized as one of Europe’s most important industrial heritage sites. This evening, set sail for Nijmegen. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
After breakfast, take a walk through the cobblestone streets of Nijmegen and see several historic landmarks in The Netherlands’ oldest city. Or, you may choose to step back in time during an optional tour as you discover more about Operation Market Garden: the planned attack by the Allied forces in late summer 1944 portrayed in the epic war movie A Bridge Too Far. The National Liberation Museum brings the events of WWII to life through a series of exhibits, interactive presentations and original films. Alternatively, you can spend a full day exploring the life and works of van Gogh before rejoining your ship in Venlo. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8: Maastricht
Disembark your ship and enjoy a walking tour around historic Maastricht. Stroll the narrow cobblestone streets of the Old Town, and see the Gothic-style Sint Janskerk church 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
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 and the Grote Markt (Grand Square) surrounded by the Renaissance Town Hall and its majestic guild halls. This afternoon, spend time at your leisure exploring more of charming Antwerp. Alternatively, you may enjoy an optional excursion to sample Belgium’s delightful cuisine. This evening, enjoy dinner on board your ship or step ashore and dine at one of Antwerp’s many restaurants on your own as we remain docked overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 10: Antwerp
After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* Perhaps see more of Belgium on a 2-night city stay in the capital, Brussels. Or enjoy a 3-night extension in the fairy-tale medieval city of Bruges, with visits to Ghent, Bruges and Flanders Fields.
Included. Please see itinerary.
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-Extention: 2 Nights in Amsterdam. $599
Navigate Amsterdam’s picturesque canals while discovering its cultural and architectural treasures. Witness the legacy of the Dutch Golden Age that lives on in the city’s gilded manses and stroll through the Jordaan district, passing historic sites such as Wester Church and the Anne Frank House.
Pre-Extention: 2 Nights in Amsterdam Premium. $999
Indulge yourself with a stay at the elegant Pulitzer Amsterdam, set in beautifully restored canal houses. Your included tour—in an intimate group—allows you to discover more, receiving personalized tips to make the most of your stay. Then, explore historic sites on your own such as Wester Church and the Anne Frank House.
Pre-Extention: 2 Nights in The Hague. $599
Explore Holland’s seat of power and admire treasured art from the Dutch Golden Age. Discover the life and works of M. C. Escher during a visit to the former Royal Winter Palace of Queen Mother Emma of The Netherlands, and visit the Peace Palace, the temple of peace and justice.
Post-Extention: 3 Nights in Bruges & Ghent. $1,299
Experience Bruges, one of Europe’s most remarkably preserved medieval cities, and witness the architectural treasures of neighboring Ghent and the hallowed World War I battlefields of Flanders.
Post-Extention: 2 Nights in Brussels. $599
Explore Belgium’s vibrant capital of Brussels, home to NATO headquarters and a number of European Union institutions. Discover the lively café scene, multicultural roots and hidden architectural gems of this important river city.