Amsterdam to Amsterdam

Celebrate springtime in Holland and Belgium, visit Keukenhof in bloom, and discover the riches of Ghent, Antwerp, and Bruges

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Tulip Serenade: Dutch & Belgium Waterways

Amsterdam to Amsterdam | 8 Days
COUNTRIES VISITED: The Netherlands - Belgium
RIVERS SAILED: Waterways & Canals of Holland & Begium
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Boasting a total of 78 enlarged staterooms and oversized Balcony Suites, The Amadeus Silver offers larger than life experiences and the tranquility of your own personal outdoor space.

SHIP AMENITIES

Sun deck with chairs, Lido Bar, Chess Board, Walking Track, Panorama Bar & Restaurant, Lounge, River Terrace, Café Vienna, Amadeus Club, Golf putting green, Fitness Room, Massage Room & Hairdresser

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“River Cruise Ship of The Year”
…It’s grandeur inspired
by the majestic waters it sails
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DESCRIPTION

Since its debut in 2009, the MSAMADEUS Diamond has set new standards in European river cruising. This river cruiser is a floating luxury hotel, impressing its passengers from the moment they step on board.

SHIP AMENITIES

Sun deck with deck chairs, Lido Bar, Chess Board, Walking Track, Panorama Bar & Restaurant, Lounge, River Terrace, Café Vienna, Amadeus Club, Golf putting green, Health & Wellness, Hairdresser

MS Amadeus Diamond: A Destination unto itself…..
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Cruise Itinerary Starting from $3,145

Overview

The waterways of Holland and Belgium overflow with beauty all year long, but there is one season when the region transforms into a landscape out of a fairy tale: in the spring, when acres of flowers explode in a riot of color and scent. This — on top of medieval churches, windmills, Dutch and Flemish masterpieces, Renaissance palaces, diamonds, porcelain, lace, world-famous chocolates and cheeses, and centuries of history and culture — is what makes our Tulip Serenade such a rare and wonderful treat.

There’s simply no better way to experience Holland and Belgium than by river cruiser, gliding past fields of tulips and windmills to visit quaint villages and Renaissance cities seemingly frozen in time: Ghent, Antwerp, and Bruges. And, of course, we’ll visit Keukenhof Gardens, 79 acres of breathtaking beauty, open only in the springtime. Don’t miss your chance to visit one of Europe’s most magical corners, at the most enchanting time of year!


And for 2016, our Tulip Serenade cruise will be on-board the brand new Amadeus Silver III.  Join us for all the inaugural festivities and surprises awaiting our guests on these special cruises.

Enriching Amras Moments:

  • Lunch and Canal boat tour in Bruges
  • Visit to the famed Kröller-Müller Museum
  • Exclusive Highlight: Taste of Holland

Inclusions:

  • 8-day river cruise with large, outside river-view staterooms, most with French balconies or walk-out balconies, plus
  • Airport Meet & Greet and Transfers to/from Ship
  • Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions, beer & soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on-board
  • Gourmet dining on-board with all meals
  • 24 hour coffee station
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • 10 culturally enriched shore excursions with expert local guides
  • Amras Enriching Moments
  • Services of an experienced Group Leader and on-board Cruise Director
  • All on-board entertainment including lectures, cooking demonstrations and nightly musical performances.
  • Bottled water in every stateroom and provided with each shore excursion
  • In-stateroom infotainment center
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on-board
  • Complimentary use of on-board bicycles
  • Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets
  • All port charges included
  • All local taxes and entrance fees
  • All on-board gratuities included


 

Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

After your included transfer from the airport or your Prelude hotel in Amsterdam, embark this afternoon, settle in and enjoy a welcome reception followed by dinner on-board. We’ll remain docked in Amsterdam overnight, so if you feel like going ashore and getting to know one of Europe’s friendliest capitals, this is your chance.

If you want to experience what the natives call “gezellig,” a Dutch quality that translates as convivial or cozy, the best place to go is one of the traditional “brown cafes,” named for their wood paneling and walls that have been stained brown by smoke over the centuries. Order one of the outstanding beers on tap and you’ll understand what gezellig is all about. If you’re interested in something more cultural, Amsterdam is home to many of the world’s most famous museums, including the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, and Anne Frank House.

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Day 2 - Amsterdam & Volendam, The Netherlands

Drink in the beauty of the “Venice of the North” on a city tour this morning that includes a boat cruise through Amsterdam’s canals, a World Heritage Site. Lined with charming gabled row houses and bobbing houseboats, the four main city canals are Prinsengracht, Herengracht, Keizersgracht, and Singel, with numerous smaller canals — 165 in all — intersecting the various neighborhoods.

After lunch we’ll cruise north across the Ijsselmeer, a shallow, artificial lake created in 1932 with the damming of the Zuiderzee. Our destination is the picturesque fishing village of Volendam, where you can sample a traditional slice of Dutch life along the village’s primary thoroughfare, lined with colorful cafés and purveyors of fresh fish, handmade cheeses, and colourful, traditional crafts. On a guided excursion we’ll visit a cheese-making facility in Edam, with a guided tour of Volendam before returning to the ship.

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Day 3 - Arnhem

Known today as the site of one of the most infamous battles of World War II, Arnhem has been a center of conflict since its earliest days, thanks to its strategic position on the Rhine River. The valiant but doomed Battle of Arnhem comes to vivid life today in either of two fascinating excursions offered this afternoon. Choose a guided tour visiting sites associated with General Montgomery’s infamous Operation Market Garden before visiting the nearby Kroller-Muller museum of art and sculpture; or you might join our other guided excursion featuring a tour of Arnhem and a visit to the Hartenstein Airborne Museum, dedicated to the battle fought here in September of 1944.

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Day 4 - Middleburg & Veere

After a morning of sailing we arrive at noon in Middelburg, capital of the Dutch province of Zeeland and a treasure trove of lovingly restored medieval masterpieces, including the town hall and the 12th-century abbey. Set off on your independent or guided walking tour of the town or join another excursion to the Deltaworks Project at Neeltje Jans, an incredible collection of dams, sluices, locks, dikes, and storm surge barriers that has been declared one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Following the Deltaworks, the tour will also stop in charming medieval town of Veere before rejoining the ship.

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Day 5 - Ghent & Bruges, Belgium

We’ll arrive in Ghent early this morning. Another important center of trade in the Middle Ages, Ghent is a hidden gem of canal-side cathedrals and museums filled with works by Dutch and Flemish masters. Our guided city tour takes in just a few of the highlights, including Saint Bavo’s Cathedral, a medieval masterpiece that is home to van Eyck’s peerless Adoration of the Mystic Lamb altarpiece. For lunch, we stay in Bruges, and enjoy a meal together in town at a local Belgian restaurant.

In the afternoon, more unforgettable art, architecture, and romance beckons, on our excursion to Bruges. Built around a double ring of picturesque canals and connected by charming arched footbridges, Bruges’ artfully crafted stone guildhalls and opulent churches stand elegant witness to the city’s former wealth and importance as a major lace-making center. We’ll explore this lovely city on a guided tour that includes the best possible way to see it all, on a canal boat tour.

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Day 6 - Antwerp & Brussels

Since the height of the Renaissance, Antwerp has been a city defined by beauty. Rubens lived and worked here (some of his masterpieces can be seen in the massive Gothic cathedral), the city’s main square, the Grote Markt, is surely one of the most picturesque public spaces in the world, and the diamond trade is still at the heart of Antwerp’s ongoing prosperity. We’ll set off on a guided tour to learn more about Antwerp’s treasures — in the afternoon, enjoy a city tour of Brussels.

Tonight, back on board ship, enjoy a special Captain’s Gala Dinner followed by dancing. But don’t stay up too late, because tomorrow holds a busy day, full of windmills and a visit to the world’s largest flower show at Keukenhof.

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Day 7 - Kinderdijk, Utrecht, Keukenhof & Amsterdam, the Netherlands

This morning, set off on a walking tour of the world’s largest collection of working windmills, in Kinderdijk. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the 19 working windmills — of several different varieties — date from the 18th century, when they were built as part of a larger water management system to prevent floods.

From Kinderdijk we cruise to Utrecht, where we’ll disembark for our excursion to yet another Dutch icon: Keukenhof, the most famous flower show on Earth, where literally millions of blooms are on display amongst walkways, parks, and gardens filled with sculptures. Although of humble origins — the “keukenhof,” or “kitchen garden,” was created in the early 15th century by Countess Jacoba of Bavaria as her herb garden — today more than 7 million flower bulbs, such as tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths, are planted each year, drawing nearly a million visitors in the 8 weeks it is open each spring.

Following our visit to Keukenhof, we’ll rejoin the ship in Amsterdam for a final night on board.

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Day 8 - Disembark in Amsterdam

After breakfast this morning, transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

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START WITH A JOURNEY PRELUDE

Independent Prelude
AMSTERDAM | 3 Days | Read more…


Independent Prelude

Amsterdam | 3 Days

$846 per person | Single Supplement $192

Amsterdam is one of the greatest small cities in the world. From its canals to world-famous museums and historical sights, Amsterdam is one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in Europe. Amsterdam is also a city of tolerance and diversity. It has all the advantages of a big city: culture, nightlife & international restaurants - but is quiet, and largely thanks to its extensive canals, has little road traffic. In Amsterdam your destination is never far away, but get a bike for an authentic local experience. Museums are the main tourist attraction in Amsterdam. Everyone knows the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum, but there are many more. Amsterdam has over fifty museums which attract millions of visitors each year.

What's Included
  • 2 nights at a centrally located 4/5 star hotel
  • Breakfast daily in hotel
  • Amras Concierge services daily (minimum 10 participants)
  • Transfers from airport to hotel and from hotel to ship
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Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam | AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS

On the Amsterdam Independent Prelude

Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam offers hotel guests first-rate services and amenities. Corporate travelers appreciate the well-equipped business centre and free Wi-Fi access, while guests on holiday enjoy the Active Club, including a gym, a swimming pool, a Finnish sauna, a solarium and a beauty salon. Outstanding amenities and friendly service set Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam apart from other hotels in central Amsterdam. Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam offers guests three on-site restaurants and bars serving cuisine to tempt any palate. Park Plaza Brasserie serves international cuisine and a wide selection of beverages, while Seasons Garden Restaurant features a daily buffet breakfast and is also used as a conference facility for special lunches and dinners. For a casual get-together, the Lobby Lounge serves snacks and a wide range of cocktails. The Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam is proud to provide each guest with an enjoyable dining experience.
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Tulip Serenade: Dutch & Belgium Waterways Amsterdam to Amsterdam | 8 Days
Select your Preferred Stateroom Category and Deck Location
Departure Dates Deck Plans C4
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 Amsterdam to Amsterdam              
26 Mar 2016 Elegant $3,145 $3,395 $3,595 $3,745 $3,995 $4,545
01 Apr 2016 Silver $3,595 $3,945 $4,145 $4,345 $4,645 $5,295
03 Apr 2016 Silver II $3,595 $3,945 $4,145 $4,345 $4,645 $5,295
30 Apr 2016 Silver III $3,595 $3,945 $4,145 $4,345 $4,645 $5,295
07 May 2016 Silver III $3,995 $4,345 $4,595 $4,795 $5,145 $5,895
Single Supplement Categories C4 and C1: 15% | B4: 30% | B1: 50% | A1: 60% | Suite:100% of the cruise rate
All prices in AUD