Day 1 Amsterdam
Holland in the spring is a truly memorable sight, and the perfect introduction to any river cruising itinerary that touches on the traditional side of Dutch life. You will be met and transferred from the airport to your luxurious Emerald Waterways Star-Ship. (Dinner)
Day 2 Amsterdam – Zaanse Schans
This morning, you will have the opportunity to experience one of Holland’s many highlights as you venture to Zaanse Schans. Relax on board your Star-Ship, as your delightful EmeraldPLUS experience this afternoon involves welcoming a local clog painter for a demonstration and the opportunity to try your hand at this unique craft.
Your tour to the Zaanse Schans historic windmills will highlight the distinctive wooden houses and artisan workshops that make up the quintessentially Dutch town, where the smell of freshly baked goods and the sight of spinning windmills offers a truly memorable experience.
Alternatively, enjoy a guided bike tour to Waterland, passing picturesque scenery and iconic fields of tulips. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
EmeraldPLUS: Clog painting on board
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided bike tour to Waterland
EmeraldEXCURSION: A tour to Zaanse Schans windmills
Day 3 Rotterdam
Rotterdam is a unique example of a Dutch city because it had to be reconstructed following the air raids of WWII, leaving behind a patchwork of different styles.
Today you will have the opportunity to explore this contemporary city, perhaps trying to imagine how the gabled houses of Amsterdam would have once sat here. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
EmeraldEXCURSION: A tour of Rotterdam
DiscoverMORE: A visit to a Delft pottery factory (extra expense)
Day 4 Veere
Today, you will arrive in Veere, a delightful historic town where normal houses are adorned with miniature classical palace gardens and elegant architecture adorns the surprisingly quiet streets that you will stroll down during your guided tour.
Afterwards, visit the Dutch Delta Works. Witness the sheer enormity of the world’s biggest storm surge barrier and be left awe-inspired by the immense feat of engineering. If you are feeling active, then you can also enjoy a guided bike tour of Veere, stopping to learn about how it encapsulates the opulence of a by-gone era. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
EmeraldPLUS: Visit the Dutch Delta Works
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Veere
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided bike tour of Veere
Day 5 Antwerp
This morning you’ll arrive in Antwerp, Belgium’s biggest port, positioned on the River Scheldt with a large harbour linking to the sea. Home to the famous Baroque artist Pieter Paul Reubens, it attracts art-lovers and diamond dealers from all over the world.
Enjoy a guided tour of the city centre, with its café-filled cobbled lanes, admiring the Renaissance City Hall and Hat Steen, a medieval fortress that was built during the early Middle Ages and one of the oldest buildings in the country.
Afterwards, enjoy free time to explore Antwerp at leisure. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
EmeraldEXCURSION: A tour of Antwerp
DiscoverMORE: An excursion to the medieval town of Bruges (extra expense)
Day 6 Arnhem
Relax in the comfortable surrounds of your Star-Ship this morning as you sail down Dutch waterways, passing wonderful windmills and quaint traditional villages.
Arnhem is most famous for its great battle during WWII, best learned about during your EmeraldEXCURSION to the Airborne Museum, where you will have the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of British parachutists and immerse yourself in what the battle would have felt like.
Alternatively, embark on a guided bike tour of Arnhem, famous for its postcard-worthy streets, scenic parks and fine museums. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided bike tour of Arnhem
EmeraldEXCURSION: A visit to the Airborne Museum
Day 7 Amsterdam
Touch on Holland’s traditional heart today with a visit to Keukenhof Gardens, nestled in the middle of Holland’s tulip farm area, where fields full of rows of colourful flowers run as far as the eye can see.
The beloved Keukenhof Gardens feature incredible displays that consist of millions of flowers and tulips, each assembled by an expert landscape architect. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
EmeraldPLUS: A visit to Keukenhof Gardens
Day 8 Depart Amsterdam
After breakfast, it’s time to bid farewell to your fellow guests and quintessential Holland as you disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of wooden windmills and spring-blooming flowers with you. (Breakfast)
Let the Dutch charm sweep you up on an itinerary full of vibrancy and tradition. From 79 multicoloured acres of tulips at Keukenhof Gardens, to Zaanse Schans, artistic Antwerp and quirky Amsterdam.
20 meals including 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 7 Dinners
Boutique contemporary hotel feel, with spectacular on board heated pool, cinema, spa and lounge (Emerald Radiance Star-Ship pool is located on the sun deck and the Cinema is not available.)
Spacious, comfortable accommodations you'll want to spend time in, with panoramic suites and staterooms, and innovative open-air system for cabins on the Vista and Horizon decks
Gourmet all-included on board meals and highlight dinner events, al-fresco on The Terrace or in the well-appointed Reflections Restaurant
Enjoy in depth cultural experiences with EmeraldPLUS excursions; cheese and olive tasting or Provencal dinner on board hosted by a local chef
Emerald's Concierge Service - served right to your suite, enjoy continental breakfast, pre-dinner canapés and after dinner treats (Only applies to Owner’s One-bedroom Suites, Riverview Suites, and Grand Balcony Suites (CAT S, SA, RA))
A refined selection of wine, beer and soft drinks to accompany lunch and dinner
Tea and coffee available at all times
Bottled water restocked daily in your cabin
Built-in adventure, with an included on shore excursion at every port
Visits to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Emerald Active guided biking and hiking tours
Excellent service from an English speaking crew
Knowledgeable, personable local destination guides
Complimentary bicycles on board
Complimentary on board Wi-Fi
All airport transfers to and from your Star Ship, and all gratuities
Port charges now included in your tour price
All gratuities for onboard and shore side staff
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.