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River Life® Along the Dutch Waterways

Program Overview

Celebrate the spectacular beauty of Holland and Flanders in springtime on this uniquely exclusive, one-of-a-kind itinerary. Expert-led excursions include visits to the historical canals of Amsterdam; the world-class Kröller-Müller Museum; Kinderdijk and the Delta Works engineering projects; storybook Bruges; the 2,000-year-old city of Nijmegen; the incomparable Keukenhof Gardens; the blue pottery center of Delft; and the Golden Age trading center of Hoorn. Immerse yourself in local culture during our exclusive River Life® forum. Enhance your experience with The Golden Age of Amsterdam Pre-Program and/or The Hague Post-Program Options.

Program Details

April 16 to 24, 2023 (Amadeus Cara) April 26 to May 4, 2023 (Amadeus Imperial)
From $2,995 plus air View Terms & Conditions
  • An acclaimed program operating for more than 30 years with high praise.
  • Comprehensive, multifaceted and luxurious seven-night cruise aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe small river boat, Amadeus Cara or Amadeus Imperial.
  • Visit to world-famous Keukenhof, the “Garden of Europe,” at the peak of tulip season to see the world’s largest and most colorful display of spring flowers.
  • Guided tour of the wonderful Kröller-Müller Museum, with its amazing Van Gogh collection and stunning sculpture garden.
  • Viewing of three of Peter Paul Rubens’ masterpieces in Antwerp’s Cathedral of Our Lady.
  • Tour of Ghent’s St. Bavo’s Cathedral, whose chapel houses the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb. Explore the medieval Flemish jewel of Bruges, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Golden Age trading town of Hoorn.
  • Exclusive River Life® forum with local residents.
  • Complimentary wine and beer served with lunch and dinner aboard the river boat.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi aboard the boat (conditions permitting).
  • An exceptional value for an all-inclusive, deluxe program.
  • Amsterdam Pre-Program and/or The Hague Post-Program Options.

Day 1 - Depart the U.S. or Canada

Day 2 - Amsterdam, the Netherlands / Embark boat

Day 3 - Nijmegen for Kröller-Müller Museum

Day 4 - Kinderdijk / Delta Works

Day 5 - Ghent, Belgium / Bruges

Day 6 - Antwerp

Day 7 - Rotterdam for Keukenhof Gardens and Delft

Day 8 - Hoorn / Amsterdam

Day 9 - Amsterdam / Disembark boat / Return to the U.S. or Canada

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Amadeus Fleet

Deluxe European River Boats

The meticulously crafted, deluxe Amadeus fleet sets new standards in design and technology and features the comforts of a refined and traditional hotel, including complimentary onboard Wi-Fi.

Each exclusively chartered river boat offers up to 90 river-view, air-conditioned, stylishly appointed suites (up to 284 square feet) and staterooms (from 172 square feet), among the most spacious of any European river boat.

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The Golden Age of Amsterdam Pre-Program Option

Immerse yourself in historical Amsterdam
on a two-night itinerary that includes opportunities to view the Rijksmuseum’s Dutch Master collection and a visit to the exquisite 17th century Our Lord in the Attic museum. Enjoy accommodations in the five-star Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel.

The Hague Post-Program Option

Conclude your journey with a two-night
tour of The Hague showcasing stately municipal buildings. Visit the Mauritshuis, a 17th-century Neoclassical mansion featuring a world‑renowned Dutch and Flemish art collection, including Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring. Enjoy accommodations in the deluxe Hotel Des Indes.

The Pre-Program and Post-Program Options are available at additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.

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Program Itinerary

Days 1 and 2 U.S. or Canada / Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Enjoy a private canal cruise through the charming and picturesque canals of Amsterdam—built during the Golden Age of the Middle Ages to show off the wealth of the city. Embark the river boat this evening and attend a Welcome Toast and Dinner.

Day 3 Nijmegen for Kröller-Müller Museum

Visit the world‑class Kröller‑Müller Museum, lauded for its collection of 90 Vincent van Gogh paintings and 180 of his drawings. See works by Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Édouard Manet. Enjoy a walking tour of Nijmegen, a university town layered with more than 2,000 years of history—originally settled by the Romans in the first century B.C. Explore a cornucopia of pristinely preserved buildings, including the turreted 15th-century town hall and the 17th-century, Renaissance-style De Waagh.

Day 4, Morning Kinderdijk / Delta Works

In Kinderdijk, take in the romantic vision of 19 authentic windmills built between 1722 and 1761, the largest assembly of windmills in the Netherlands. Discover the Delta Works, an impressive feat of hydraulic engineering that has been hailed as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.

Day 5, Morning Ghent, Belgium / Bruges

Discover Ghent, replete with medieval and classical architecture. Admire the windows and Gothic steeples of St. Bavo’s Cathedral and see Hubert and Jan van Eyck’s magnificent altarpiece Adoration of the Mystic Lamb—the most frequently stolen artwork of all time. A scenic drive through Flemish countryside takes you to Bruges, where you’ll enjoy a walking tour to the Gothic Town Hall, the famous octagonal belfry and tower and the Church of our Lady, with a visit to see Michelangelo's Virgin and Child housed at the church.

Day 6 Antwerp

Explore the alluring Old Town of Antwerp, which preserves its distinct Flemish culture. Visit the UNESCO-inscribed belfry at Cathedral of Our Lady and see 17th-century Baroque masterpieces by the city’s native son, Peter Paul Rubens.

Day 7, Morning Rotterdam for Delft and Keukenhof Gardens

Walk through historical Delft, where Johannes Vermeer painted his famous View of Delft from 1660 to 1661. Visit the original Delft factory of Royal Porceleyne Fles and watch craftspeople create iconic “Delft Blue” porcelain. Stroll through the world-famous Keukenhof Gardens, a tableau of blooming tulips meticulously landscaped with tranquil ponds, placid streams and tree-shaded paths.

Day 8 Hoorn / Amsterdam

Discover Hoorn, which rapidly grew to become a major harbor town during Holland’s “Golden Age” and was an important home base for the Dutch East India Company. Attend the Captain’s Farewell Reception and dinner on board the ship this evening. 

Day 9 Amsterdam / Return to U.S. or Canada

Continue on to The Hague Post-Program Option or transfer to the airport for your return flight to the U.S. or Canada.