Imagine it, color for as far as the eye can see…the sound and water gently lapping as you glide down some of the most iconic rivers in Europe….sound irresistible?  Still not convinced?  There’s more:

Day 1 (April 3): ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS – EMBARKATION Travelers arrive in Amsterdam, a modern city with a rich and fascinating 700-year old history. Explore its unique and elegant architecture, lively cafés and markets, and vibrant nightlife. This evening, meet your fellow travelers on board at the Welcome Dinner. (D)

Day 2 (April 4): AMSTERDAM – HOORN After breakfast enjoy a panoramic city tour of Amsterdam, that includes a windmill and other iconic landmarks like the Royal Palace and historic Begijnhof. Return to the ship for lunch while you cruise the Ijsselmeer towards Hoorn, where you have will have a choice of either visiting a tulip farm and driving through fields of bulbs, or seeing “De Halve Maen,” a Dutch East India Company replica ship, followed by a walking tour of this town. (B,L,D)

Day 3 (April 5): ARNHEM – NIJMEGEN Arrive in beautiful Arnhem early this morning and choose from three tours today. Your first option is to see the monument commemorating the battle made famous by the classic film “A Bridge Too Far.” You’ll also visit the Airborne Museum and learn more about Operation Market Garden, one of the major campaigns of World War II. Alternatively, you can visit the Kröller Müller Museum, which houses the second largest Van Gogh collection in the world, or join a guided bike ride through Arnhem. Return to the ship for lunch and cruise to Nijmegen for some free time. Enjoy scenic cruising this evening as you sail through the Netherlands en route to Belgium. (B,L,D)

Day 4 (April 6): ANTWERP, BELGIUM This morning, you will have your choice of one of two different excursions. Your first option is a walking tour of Antwerp on which you will see Antwerp Castle, Grote Market, Brabo Fountain and the city’s superb architecture. Your second option is a visit to Rubens House, the former home of the famous Flemish Baroque painter. This afternoon, choose between a Belgian chocolates and waffles tasting or a guided bike ride. After dinner, your ship departs for Ghent. (B,L,D)

Day 5 (April 7): GHENT Today, you can either choose a full day excursion to Bruges, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or stay to explore Ghent. Bruges features many marvelous things to see, including Grote Market and the city’s historic center. Those that prefer Ghent will have a choice between a walking tour and chocolate tasting, with highlights like Belfry Hall, the Koornlei, the Graslei and the Castle of the Counts, or a guided bike ride. (B,L,D)

Day 6 (April 8): ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS – KINDERDIJK – SCHOONHOVEN This morning there are three ways you can discover Rotterdam. The first takes you to see The Hague and then visit Delft, known for its canals, historic town center and being the manufacturing base for Delftware, hand-painted blue pottery. Alternatively, you may explore the Delta Works, which showcase an impressive series of dams and Dutch hydraulic engineering, or join a guided bike tour. In the afternoon, you will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kinderdijk, a lovely village renowned for having the country’s greatest concentration of windmills, all dating from the 18th century. Tonight the ship cruises to Schoonhoven, where you will have some free time as we moor overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 7 (April 9): AMSTERDAM – KEUKENHOF – AMSTERDAM We arrive in Amsterdam today. Admire the spectacular display of millions of flowering tulips during your morning excursion to the world famous 70-acre Keukenhof Gardens. In the afternoon enjoy a scenic morning cruise through the historic harbor and canals of Amsterdam. See the beautiful homes that line the water, the fabled Skinny Bridge, and the famous house where Anne Frank spent years in hiding during World War II. You can opt instead for an excursion to delightful Zaanse Schans, a small historic village just outside of Amsterdam, or stay in Amsterdam for a walking tour of the upscale Jordaan district. The ship moors overnight in Amsterdam. (B,L,D)

Day 8 (April 10): DISEMBARKATION – DEPART AMSTERDAM Disembark the ship and prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

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Feature Image: de Bello tulp op zijn naam genoot te hoorn by Daniël de Vries