Netherlands & Belgium

From(£2196)£1595 Per Person
  • Tour to Zaanse Schans Windmills
  • Tour of Rotterdam
  • Visit to Veere
  • Guided Tour of Antwerp
  • Visit to Airborne Museum Hartenstein
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Netherlands & Belgium

The Netherlands and Belgium – A European River Cruise

On this European river cruise of the Netherlands & Belgium, 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.


The Netherlands and Belgium – A European River Cruise:

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.

The Netherlands and Belgium - A European River Cruis         The Netherlands and Belgium - A European River Cruise


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.

Price Includes

  • 7 nights on board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities


The Highlights of the Netherlands & Belgium
Return economy flights from one of up to 15 UK regional airports are included in the price of your holiday. Please call us to check if we can offer your local airport. If you’d prefer not to fly, return travel via Eurostar is available. Welcome to Amsterdam, a fascinating 700-year-old city of picturesque canals, world-class museums, theatres and cafés. Here, you will be met and transferred from the airport to your Emerald Waterways luxury Star-Ship. After boarding, enjoy some time at your leisure to explore Amsterdam. This evening, join your fellow travellers for dinner on-board.
Meals Included: Dinner
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.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour
EmeraldPLUS: Clog Painting on board
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Start today with an included visit to Netherland’s second largest metropolis – Rotterdam. Its futuristic architecture, give the city the title of Netherland’s architectural capital, and during your city tour you will experience main highlights like the Erasmus bridge and the Beeldenroute Westersingel.
DiscoverMORE: Visit to Delft Pottery Factory (extra expense)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour in Veere
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This morning we arrive in Antwerp - Belgium’s biggest port, positioned on the River Scheldt 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’.
DiscoverMORE: Tour to Bruges (extra expense)
*** Please note, you can only choose either included tour of Antwerp or the DiscoverMORE option, as both tours run at the same time.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour in Arnhem
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After breakfast, it is time to say farewell to your fellow passengers and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport. Your flight home is included in the price of your holiday. Please call us to check if we can offer your preferred airport. If you’d prefer not to fly, return travel via Eurostar is available.
Meals Included: Breakfast

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