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Highlights of the Netherlands & the Beauty of Belgium

8 Day
Between Amsterdam and Amsterdam
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Departing 05 April 2018
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Discover the scenic charm of Belgium and the Netherlands with this 8-day roundtrip from Amsterdam. Visiting Veere, Antwerp, Arnhem and Hoorn, this is the ideal way to explore this serene corner of Europe.

The Netherlands and Belgium boast some of the most picturesque landscapes in northern Europe, where medieval windmills dot the countryside and patchwork flower-fields stretch to the horizon. It’s here, among the canals, waterworks and rivers, where you’ll enjoy this wonderful 8-day itinerary, which takes you from the elegance of Amsterdam to the delightful Flemish countryside via charming destinations like Arnhem, Antwerp, Veere and Hoorn. Departing from Amsterdam, you’ll pay a visit to Zaanse Schans, a vibrant community founded in the 18th century, before travelling to the coastal town of Veere. Here, you’ll be introduced to the fascinating Delta Works, which were built in the 1950s to prevent the area being ravaged by the North Sea. From there, you’ll travel into Belgium via the River Sheltz to explore the charming medieval streets of Antwerp, Belgium’s illustrious second city. Before returning to the Dutch capital, you’ll visit Arnhem, a charming village which was the scene of one of the most significant battles of WWII. After calling at Hoorn, once one of the most prosperous trading towns in the Netherlands, you’ll head back to Amsterdam, where you’ll be given the chance to visit the incredible Keukenhof Gardens.

 

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Day 1
UK > Amsterdam
Return economy flights from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow or Edinburgh are included in the price of your holiday. Please call for details on other regional departures which are available from selected UK airports at a supplement from £49 per person.

On arrival at the airport in Amsterdam, you’ll be met by a friendly Emerald Waterways representative and transferred by coach to your award winning ship. Here, you’ll have the chance to unpack, relax in your room and explore all of the ship’s fantastic facilities, like the on-board heated swimming pool and bar, and the spacious Sun Deck which offers brilliant panoramic views of your surroundings.
Meals included: Dinner
Day 2
Amsterdam – Zaanse Schans

This morning we venture to Zaanse Schans, which is one of the highlights of the Netherlands, just outside Amsterdam. This vibrant and stunning living and working community that dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries, with many farms and windmills. Tonight the Captain will be delighted to welcome you to a gala dinner. 
EmeraldPLUS: Tour to Zaanse Schans Windmills

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
Veere – Delta Works

Today you will arrive in Veere, an area that was heavily flooded in 1953, and led the Dutch government to commission the Delta Works to protect the province from the open sea. We will visit the Delta Works project, known as the Storm Surge Barrier, due its series of dikes, sea walls and locks all the way up to Rotterdam in South Holland. We start the tour by visiting the outer wall, and then you will watch an educational and interesting film on its construction and the floods that preceded it. Afterwards, you will return to the ship for lunch and enjoy an afternoon of sailing as you journey towards Arnhem.
EmeraldPLUS: Tour to Delta Works
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour in Veere

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Antwerp

This morning we arrive in Antwerp - Belgium’s biggest port, positioned on the River Sheltz with a large harbour linking to the sea. As Belgium’s second largest city, it has been pivotal in the country’s history of occupations and conquests. Home to the famous Baroque artist Pieter Paul Rubens, it attracts art lovers and diamond dealers from all over the world. Having been decimated during WWII, today the city is modern and organised, yet still retains an intriguing medieval heart. Enjoy the guided walking tour of the city centre, passing by  its café-filled cobbled lanes, admiring the Renaissance Town Hall and the unique Gothic Cathedral of Our Lady, the symbol of Antwerp before passing through the charming 16th century inner yard, the ‘Vlaeykensgang’.
Discover More: Excursion to the medieval town of Bruges (extra expense)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Arnhem

After a relaxing morning spent sailing through the Dutch waterways, passing its wonderful windmills and quaint traditional villages, you will arrive in Arnhem. Most famous for its great battle during World War II, its iconic bridge - the sight where the British forces were captured. You will tour the Airborne Museum Hartenstein which is dedicated to the Battle of Arnhem In 1944. The main building was the headquarters of the British command during the battle, and now houses exhibits of military uniforms and weapons.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Hoorn

This morning you will arrive in Hoorn, which was once a base for the Dutch East India Company, making it a prosperous and powerful trading town. Today, this 13th century town is home to many listed buildings and the former Oostereiland prison. Once in Hoorn, you will be transferred by coach to Edam - a town known all over the world for its cheese, where you will enjoy an orientation walking tour.  Afterwards, you will be taken on an orientation tour of the fishing village of Volendam, followed by free time for exploring the small fishing port and the old centre.
EmeraldPLUS: Clog Painting on board
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour in Hoorn

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
Amsterdam

This morning you have a choice to visit the Keukenhof Gardens - the most beautiful spring garden in the world and Europe’s largest. Situated in the heart of the tulip farm area of Holland, it boasts incredible displays of different flowers and plants, with more than seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths filling over 79 acres with colour and fragrance. Alternatively, you can enjoy a guided bike tour in Amsterdam area. After lunch, you will have free time to explore Amsterdam on your own.
EmeraldPLUS: Visit to Keukenhof Gardens OR
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour in Amsterdam

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
Amsterdam > UK
After a delicious buffet breakfast to prepare you for the day ahead, it’s time to say your goodbyes to your fellow guests, crew and your Captain before you’re transferred to the airport and your journey home begins.

Meals included: Breakfast
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