River Life® Along the Dutch Waterways

Program Overview

Program Details

April 17 to 25, 2022 (Amadeus Star) April 25 to May 3, 2022 (Amadeus Queen) May 2 to 10, 2022 (Amadeus Queen)
From approximately $2995 plus air View Terms & Conditions
  • An acclaimed program operating for more than 30 years with high praise.
  • Comprehensive and multifaceted seven-night cruise aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe small river ship Amadeus Star.
  • Excursion to the Floriade World Horticultural Expo, held in the Netherlands once every 10 years, to enjoy the remarkable sustainable architecture and exquisite floral and plant displays.
  • 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 prestigious Kröller-Müller Museum.
  • 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.
  • Walking tour of Bruges, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Exclusive River Life® Forum featuring local residents.
  • Complimentary wine and beer served with lunch and dinner aboard ship.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi aboard ship (conditions permitting).
  • An exceptional value for an all-inclusive, deluxe program.
  • Amsterdam Pre-Program and The Hague and Gouda Post-Program Options.

Day 1 - Depart the U.S. or Canada

Day 2 - Amsterdam, the Netherlands/Embark Amadeus Star [Queen]

Day 3 - Nijmegen for Kröller-Müller Museum

Day 4 - Kinderdijk/Willemstad/Delta Works/Bruinisse

Day 5 - Ghent, Belgium/Bruges/Ghent

Day 6 - Antwerp

Day 7 - Rotterdam, the Netherlands, for Delft/Keukenhof Gardens

Day 8 - Lelystad for Almere and Floriade World Horticulture Expo

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

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Amadeus Fleet

Deluxe European River Ships

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

Each exclusively chartered ship offers up to 84 riverview, airconditioned, stylishly appointed Suites (up to 284 square feet) and Staterooms (from 161 square feet), among the most spacious of any European river ship.

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The Golden Age of Amsterdam Pre-Program Option

In historical Amsterdam, enjoy a guided walking tour of the tree-shaded canals and gabled 17th‑century merchant houses of Jordaan—a vibrant center for artists, musicians and antique collectors. View the Rijksmuseum’s Dutch Master collection, including works by Rembrandt van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer and Vincent van Gogh. Visit the Our Lord in the Attic, a museum and exquisite 17th‑century house with an entire clandestine church in the attic. Accommodations are for two nights in the Five-Star Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel.

The Hague and Gouda Post-Program Option

Conclude your Dutch Waterways experience in a center of resistance to the Spanish Habsburgs, headquarters of the International Court of Justice and seat of the Dutch government. The Hague showcases stately municipal buildings, elegant residences and picturesque cobblestone courtyards. Walk through Mauritshuis, a 17th‑century Neoclassical mansion featuring a world-renowned collection of Dutch and Flemish art, including Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring and a late‑period Rembrandt self-portrait. Tour the Frans Hals Museum, exhibiting an eclectic mix of art from the 16th century to modern day. On a walking tour of Gouda, a city famous for its eponymous cheese, see medieval streets and canals, the 17th-century cheese weighing house and St. John’s Church, known for its magnificent stained-glass windows. Accommodations are for two nights in the deluxe, historical 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

Day 1 Departure

Your trip will begin by departing the U.S. or Canada.

Day 2 Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Arrive in Amsterdam the next day. Amsterdam’s canal district—a UNESCO World Heritage site where a network of canals weaves between handsome 17th‑century merchant row houses, charming houseboats and world‑renowned museums. In the afternoon, enjoy a private canal cruise that offers a unique look at the integral role waterways have played in the life of this city, which began as a simple fishing village and flourished into the 17th century’s foremost economic center.

Embark on a deluxe Amadeus Ship and enjoy the Captain’s Welcome Reception this evening.

Day 3 Nijmegen

Visit the world‑class Kröller‑Müller Museum among the heathlands and dunes of the Netherlands’ largest national park, De Hoge Veluwe. The museum is lauded for its chronological 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, as well as captivating late 19th- to 21st‑century pieces by Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore and Jean Dubuffet—all wreathed in the idyllic woodland scenery of the 60‑acre sculpture garden.

A vibrant university town layered with more than 2,000 years of history, attractive Nijmegen was 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—plucked straight from a child’s picture book—and the 17th‑century, Renaissance‑style De Waagh. Overlooking the River Waal, Valkhof Hill features the impressive Barbarossa Ruins and ninth‑century Carolingian chapel.

After your city tour, meet and engage with local residents during an exclusive River Life® Forum and discuss life in the Low Countries.

Day 4, Morning Kinderdijk

In Kinderdijk, take in the romantic vision of 19 authentic windmills that have been under sail since 1740. Now protected as a collective UNESCO World Heritage site, the water-pumping mills were ingeniously designed by Dutch engineers to drain water from the Alblasserwaard polder enclosed by the Noord, Merwede and Lek Rivers. Tour a working windmill—declared a national monument—and gain deeper insight into how the millers and their families lived in the 18th century.

Day 4, Afternoon Delta Works

Hailed as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Delta Works are an impressive feat of hydraulic engineering built to protect the southern Netherlands from the encroaching sea. Gain insight into the complex workings of the Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier, the largest of the structures.

Day 5, Morning Ghent, Belgium

Authentic Ghent is replete with medieval and classical architecture. The UNESCO‑designated Belfry of Ghent serves as a historical testament to the winning of civil liberties across the region. Admire the elegant windows and fanciful steeples of St. Bavo’s Cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece and an enduring symbol with origins that date from the 10th century. Proceed to the chapel to see Hubert and Jan van Eyck’s magnificent altarpiece Adoration of the Mystic Lamb—this polyptych is the most frequently stolen artwork of all time; in fact, one panel is still missing.

Day 5, Afternoon Bruges

Built around a double ring of charming canals connected by arched footbridges and renowned for its handcrafted chocolates, fairy-tale Bruges is a UNESCO World Heritage site of virtually untouched medieval architecture, including another landmark Belfry of Belgium. Enjoy a walking tour from the Market Square to the magnificent Gothic‑style Chapel of the Holy Blood to see the richly decorated stone guildhalls and opulent churches.

Day 6 Antwerp

The alluring Old Town of Antwerp preserves its distinct Flemish culture in a labyrinth of squares and cobbled streets studded with museums, mansions and churches that lead to the vibrant Grote Markt, where the town hall’s historical belfry, part of the Belfries of Belgium UNESCO World Heritage site, still stands tall. Visit the Cathedral of Our Lady—with its UNESCO-inscribed belfry, the tallest church tower in Belgium—which preserves the 17th‑century Baroque masterpieces of the city’s native son, Peter Paul Rubens, including The Assumption of the Virgin Mary, The Raising of the Cross and The Descent from the Cross.

Day 7, Morning Delft

Walk through historical Delft, a spellbinding city with ancient red-tiled houses nestled among tree‑lined canals crisscrossed by ornate bridges. Johannes Vermeer spent his entire life here and painted his famous View of Delft from 1660 to 1661. Visit the original Delft factory of Royal Porceleyne Fles, which dates from the 17th century, and watch traditional craftspeople create iconic “Delft Blue” porcelain.

Day 7, Afternoon Keukenhof Gardens

In the world-famous Keukenhof Gardens, stroll through a vivid, sprawling tableau of colorful blooming tulips. Meticulously landscaped with tranquil ponds, placid streams and tree-shaded paths, this vibrantly hued oasis was designed in 1857 by Jan David Zocher.

Day 8 Almere and Floriade World Horticulture Expo

Enjoy a specially arranged excursion to the Floriade World Horticultural Expo, held in the Netherlands once every decade, to enjoy the remarkable sustainable architecture and exquisite floral and plant displays. Experience a spectrum of color and aroma showcasing the best of Dutch flora and horticultural talents from around the world and explore the Arboretum, an oasis and one-of-a-kind library of 3,000 species of trees and other flora exhibited by botanical name.

Attend the Captain’s Farewell Reception on board the ship this evening.

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

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