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Cruising Holland & Belgium in Bloom 2018
(Connections Journey)

9 days with Abercrombie & Kent  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive Amsterdam, Holland
Arrive in Amsterdam, where you are met and transferred to your boutique hotel. Later, join your Resident Tour Director for a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 2: Amsterdam / Visiting a Tulip Grower
Join Connections guests as you travel past tulip fields en route to a private flower grower. Return to Amsterdam for some time at leisure. Later, board your river ship, with priority embarkation and time to unwind in your premium cabin or suite. Enjoy a welcome cocktail before dinner on board. (B,D)

Day 3: Amsterdam / Atmospheric Canals
Tour Amsterdam in your small Connections group, viewing the Royal Palace and Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), followed by a scenic cruise through the city’s canal district. Then, take an excursion to Volendam, Marken and Edam, visiting a dairy specializing in Dutch cheeses. (B,L,D)

Day 4: Arnhem / Market Garden Battle Site
Cruise to Arnhem, where you visit the Hartenstein Airborne Museum and war cemetery. Continue on a Connections-only excursion to the Kröller-Müller Museum, home to the world's second-largest Van Gogh collection. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Middleburg / Zeeland & the Sea
Dock in Middelburg. Embark on today's Connections small-group excursion, seeing the Watersnood Museum. In lovely Veere, get an authentic taste of local fare when you sample stroopwafels. Later, enjoy a private, pre-dinner cocktail party in the ship’s Amadeus Club, hosted by your Resident Tour Director, followed by an exclusive Chef's Highlights dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Ghent, Belgium / Historic City Centers
Cross into Ghent, Belgium. Take an excursion to medieval Bruges, where you savor a Connections-exclusive lunch of moules-frites (mussels and fries). Return to bustling Ghent, where you tour the city and visit a local brewery. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Antwerp / Home of Rubens
Explore the lively city of Antwerp, the most populous in Belgium. Visit the Rubenshuis, former residence of Peter Paul Rubens, with its beautiful gardens, and then stop at a workshop that demonstrates the art of diamond cutting. Tonight, enjoy a gala dinner aboard the ship. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Delft & Keukenhof / Floral Glories
Disembark on a full-day tour with your intimate group, beginning in Delft, where you pay a Connections-exclusive visit to the Royal Delft porcelain factory. Enjoy lunch and a full afternoon at Keukenhof Gardens. Open only in spring, its breathtaking floral displays epitomize the striking beauty of Holland. (B,L,D)

Day 9: Depart Amsterdam
Today, transfer to Amsterdam airport for your flight. (B)

Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Cruise through Holland and Belgium's finest cities and towns, experiencing nine days of exclusive Connections sightseeing with your private group, led by your Resident Tour Director
  • Enjoy Connections-exclusive excursions, including a full-day tour to lovely Delft, famous for its porcelain, and the stunning Keukenhof Gardens, where you enjoy lunch amid its flowers
  • Sample local cuisine during culinary experiences ashore with Connections guests, including a lunch of moules-frites (mussels and fries) in Bruges, a tasting of stroopwafels in Veere and a brewery tour in Ghent
  • Visit a private tulip grower during an enriching excursion
All This Included
Cruise past blossoms and windmills, pausing for Connections-exclusive excursions to a local tulip grower, a meal of moules-frites in Bruges and the breathtaking Keukenhof Gardens, where you sit down to lunch amid fragrant bouquets of flowers.
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as specified
  • Arrival and departure transfers (regardless of days of arrival and departure)
  • Fully guided sightseeing as noted in the itinerary (including entrance fees)
  • Local bottled water on vehicles during sightseeing
  • Selected beverages at included dinners
  • Services of an A&K Tour Director throughout
  • Handling of two pieces of baggage per person for international flights 
  • Hotel and port taxes
  • Gratuities for local guides/drivers on any included excursions
Accommodations on this Tour
Amsterdam: Kimpton De Witt Hotel
Cruising: Amadeus Brilliant or Amadeus Queen
Notes
  • Child Policy: Minimum age: 12.
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • First group event: welcome briefing at 6:00 p.m. on Day 1. Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:00 p.m. on Day 8.
  • Timing and sightseeing may vary.
  • Please ask your Vacations to Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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