Join us on the AmaWaterways Tulip Time Cruise to Amsterdam! April 12th-19th, 2022
You are invited to join along with LaManda Joy of City Grange in Beverly on the Tulip Time AmaWaterways River Cruise next April 12th - 19th, 2022. The cruise will begin in Amsterdam in time for the tulips in bloom and conclude with a visit to the International Floriade Horticulture Exhibition. The Floriade only happens once in every 10 years so this is your chance!
"Experience Amsterdams colorful canals, the whimsical Kinderdijk windmills, and the art of Rubens and Michelangelo. Discover the timeless traditions of Delft porcelain and revel in the medieval architectural treasures of Bruges, Ghent, Middelburg, and Antwerp. Throughout your journey indulge in Belgian chocolates, warm waffles, and delicious cheeses - all while savoring the storybook atmosphere of the region on the 7-night cruise on the Ama Certo."
Here is a detailed description of all you will enjoy. AMSTERDAM & HOORN Enjoy a scenic cruise through the IJsselmeer to Hoorn, where you have a choice of three excursions. Visit the tulip fields in many species and colors. For those seeking to travel back in time, The Zuidermuseum consists of indoor and outdoor museums. There are more than 130 authentic houses, shops, and workshops in the outdoor museum. Watch craftsmen and women at work, experience everyday life as it was, and enjoy the authentic ambiance. For more active adventurers, go for a guided bike ride through the Dutch countryside. MIDDLEBURG After enjoying a scenic cruise through the Delta, you can explore medieval Middelburg, which was the second-largest trading city of the Dutch East India Company. Or, explore the city on a guided bike ride. Alternatively, you may venture off to the Delta Works storm surge barrier, an impressive series of dams, and Dutch hydraulic engineering. More than half of the Netherlands lies below sea level and the Delta Works were built to prevent a recurrence of the 1953 flood disaster.
GHENT For those who wish to discover two medieval cities, Ghent and Bruges, you’ll wish to go on a highlights tour. Admire Ghent’s canal-side architecture and some of its famous sights, including the Castle of the Counts and Ghent Cathedral, and then visit Bruges, one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe. Alternatively, you may go on a full-day excursion to Bruges, which includes a visit to the Church of Our Lady, home to the beautiful Carrara marble Madonna and Child sculpture by Michelangelo. Those who want to savor the art of Belgian chocolate making can join a master chocolatier as he shares his insights. And for those who wish to enjoy more free time, join a walking tour of Ghent.
ANTWERP Explore this trendy city on a walking tour where you’ll see Antwerp’s Steen Castle, Grote Market and Brabo Fountain, along with the UNESCO-designated Cathedral of Our Lady. For a more active exploration of the area, join a guided bike tour. Or you can visit the Rubens House, the former home of the famous 17th-century Flemish Baroque painter. Later, you have a choice of two excursions. Indulge in a culinary tour of chocolate, waffles, and beer. Flower lovers and gardeners can roam through the Floralia, an annual spring flower show featuring approximately one million bulbs that are hand-planted each year by the castle staff.
ROTTERDAM During the morning, you can go on a walking tour of Rotterdam, nicknamed the "Gateway to Europe,” and taste local specialties. Or visit Delfshaven, where, on August 1, 1620, the Pilgrim fathers departed on their epic journey aboard the Speedwell. Alternatively, go on an excursion to Delft, known as the home of the painter Johannes Vermeer, Delft Blue earthenware and the Royal House. While here, you’ll visit the Royal Delft Porcelain Factory and Museum. If you prefer a more active adventure, then go on a bike ride through Rotterdam and past some of its famous landmarks and architecture. In the afternoon, venture to 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. You may also pedal past the windmills from the seat of a bike.
AMSTERDAM This morning is our day to visit the Floriade Exposition! There will be 40 gardens from around the world to explore. Here you can learn more: https://floriade.com/en/
Alternatively, one of the most impressive public gardens in the world, visit the Keukenhof or "Garden of Europe" presents a spectacular display of millions of flowering tulips spread out over 70 acres. Finally, admire Amsterdam’s historic harbor and canals during your canal cruise, where you’ll see beautiful homes lining the water.
Although it is a year away, because of the popularity of the spring tulips and the Floriade, we have cabins available for a limited time.
We look forward to you joining us on our adventure in Amsterdam!
Additional travel arrangements can be made before or after the cruise if you wish to spend more time in Amsterdam or travel elsewhere. Airfare and travel insurance are in addition to your cruise. Please contact me for more details to plan your trip. Come join us and please share with your friends!