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VIKING – Tulips & Windmills, Dutch Waterways – 10 days

 

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Introduction

Holland’s floral splendor only occurs in the springtime! Come see the wonderful rainbow of colors, and visit some of Belgium’s most beautifully preserved medieval cities for the ultimate 10-day spring vacation! Explore Amsterdam’s cosmopolitan culture and world-famous museums. Experience Belgium’s Golden Age in historic Antwerp and the exquisite patrician cities of Ghent and Brugge. Learn more about Holland’s age-old battle against the sea with tours of ingenious windmills and the massive Delta Works project. Plus, enjoy savory Dutch cheeses and  Belgian’s delectable chocolates and intricate lace on this delightful sojourn.

DAY 1 Amsterdam

Arrive in Amsterdam and transfer to your ship. After boarding, you have free time to get acquainted with this canal-laced city—or join our “welcome walk” to stretch your legs and start getting oriented. (D)

DAY 2 Amsterdam

UNESCO World Heritage SiteAfter breakfast, embark on a canal tour by glass-topped boat to see architecture from the city’s Golden Age. Return aboard your ship for lunch, then take free time to visit the  the Van Gogh Museum , Anne Frank House or just explore the city’s charming neighborhoods. As always, your Program Director can help you plan your free time. Dinner is served aboard your ship; evening departure. (B, L, D)

DAY 3 Hoorn

Early this morning, sail across the Ijsselmeer (once known as the Zuiderzee) to the ancient shipping village of Hoorn. After breakfast, enjoy a guided walk through Hoorn’s cobbled streets and see age-old cheese warehouses on the town’s main square, which dates back to Holland’s Golden Age. Lunch is served aboard your ship and then you have a free afternoon to explore Hoorn,  shop for souvenirs or visit a local bakery. Or, take an optional excursion showcasing the small towns and bucolic landscapes of the northern Holland area. Depart during dinner aboard and cruise through the night. (B, L, D)

DAY 4 Arnhem & Nijmegen

After early arrival in Arnhem, take a journey to 17th-century Paleis Het Loo,† for 300 years the Dutch royal family’s summer residence. Take a guided tour through its wonderfully, sumptuous furnished rooms and beautifully landscaped gardens. After lunch aboard, enjoy some free time, or join the optional battlefield tour that also visits the Airborne Museum. Dine aboard and set sail to Kinderdijk this evening. (B, L, D)

†Closed Mondays; battlefield visit or museum tour will be substituted.

DAY 5 Kinderdijk & Antwerp

UNESCO World Heritage SiteArrive this morning in Kinderdijk and enjoy a tour of this ingenious 18th-century community. Visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site and learn why the windmills were built and see how they work to help control flooding, then tour an actual working windmill to see its pumping mechanism and living quarters. Lunch aboard as we sail toward Antwerp. After dinner aboard, relax on your ship or spend some free time exploring the cafés and brew pubs of this extraordinary Flemish capital. (B, L, D)

DAY 6 Antwerp

This morning, enjoy a half-day tour of Antwerp featuring the Grote Markt (Grand Square) surrounded by the Golden Age Town Hall and guild halls, the Cathedral of Our Lady with its three monumental altarpieces painted by Peter Paul Rubens and Het Steen (Steen Castle), Antwerp’s oldest building. You have free time this afternoon before dining aboard and sailing for Ghent tonight. (B, L, D)

DAY 7 Ghent & Brugge

UNESCO World Heritage SiteFrom Ghent, we travel to Brugge, one of the oldest towns in Flanders. Your city walk visits the Church of Our Lady, with its famous Madonna and Child sculpted by Michelangelo. Also see the Beguinage, a hidden courtyard inhabited by nuns, and the town’s scenic network of canals. Stay in Brugge and enjoy lunch on your own, or return to Ghent for lunch aboard. Carry on this afternoon exploring this extraordinarily charming, canal-filled capital of East Flanders and enjoy a beautifully lit evening departure from Ghent and cruise through the night. (B, L, D)

DAY 8 Middelburg, Delta Works & Rotterdam

Your day begins with a walk through Middelburg. Then travel to Neeltje Jans Expo to learn more about how the Delta Works protect Holland from the sea. Witness the hydraulic lock system and walk along the massive dam. Return to your ship for lunch and afternoon cruising. Arrive this evening in Rotterdam; rebuilt after much World War II destruction and the world’s second largest port. Enjoy your evening at leisure whilst dinner is served aboard. (B, L, D)

DAY 9 Keukenhof Gardens & Amsterdam

After breakfast, take a trip to picturesque Keukenhof Gardens, the world’s largest floral park. Admire the stunning floral beauty at both indoor and outdoor exhibits of millions of vibrant blooms which include tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and croci. Return aboard your ship for lunch.

The rest of the day is yours free to discover Amsterdam’s hidden treasures. You may choose to take a bike ride, explore Museum Square or shop for colorful clogs and tulip bulbs. Dinner is served aboard, followed by free time to enjoy Amsterdam’s nightlife. Your ship remains docked overnight. (B, L, D)

DAY 10 Amsterdam

After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight home. (B)

The following meals are included:
B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner

 

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WHAT’S INCLUDED:
+ Return flights
+ Deluxe accommodation
+ Shore excursions
+ Delicious on board meals with complimentary wine

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2-night pre-extension – From £449 per person

 

2015 CHECK-IN DATES
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DECKPLANS:  VIKING LONGSHIP INGVI | VIKING LONGSHIP BESTLA | VIKING LONGSHIP SKADI | VIKING LONGSHIP MAGNI | VIKING LONGSHIP LIF | VIKING LONGSHIP ALSVIN | VIKING LONGSHIP BRAGI


AVAILABLE SHIPS
AMSTERDAM TO AMSTERDAM
Viking Longship Ingvi Mar 25; Apr 3, 12, 21, 30
Viking Longship Bestla Mar 26; Apr 4, 13, 22; May 1
Viking Longship Skadi Mar 27; Apr 5, 14, 23
Viking Longship Magni Mar 28; Apr 6, 15, 24
Viking Longship Lif Apr 2, 11, 20
Viking Longship Alsvin Apr 3, 12, 21, 30
Viking Longship Bragi Apr 5, 14, 23

PRICE GUARANTEE

Once you have paid in full for your trip, you are safe from any additional charges. Airfare increases, currency fluctuations, increased fuel surcharges, new government taxes—none of these will apply to you.

ALL THIS IS INCLUDED

  • 10-day cruise with river-view stateroom
  • Return travel from the UK
  • 8 guided tours with audio headset
  • All meals: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches & 9 dinners, featuring regional specialties and including Welcome Cocktail Reception & Dinner and Captain’s Farewell Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with onboard dinner and lunch service
  • Visit 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Culture Curriculum: Learn how wooden shoes are made; find out how windmills work; attend lectures on Belgium’s political landscape and Holland’s 17th-century tulip craze; enjoy a folkloric performance; sample Dutch cheese and jenever
  • All port charges
  • Free Wi-Fi, connection speed may vary

2015 EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT: On all sail dates the discount is per stateroom based on double occupancy. Single supplement savings are off applicable rates. Offer expires 31 October 2014.

GENERAL RESTRICTIONS: Cruise fares listed are cruise only in GBP, per person, based on double occupancy. Cruise fares listed are valid for UK residents only. Cruise ship fuel surcharge may apply. All fares and offers are for new bookings only as of 1 October 2014 and are subject to availability. Discounts are based upon published full brochure fares; cruise fares do not include pre-paid charges, optional facilities and service fees, and personal charges, as defined in the terms and conditions of the Passenger Ticket Contract which may be viewed elsewhere on this website. Promotional fares may remain in effect after the expiration date. Viking reserves the right to correct errors or omissions and to change any and all fares, fees and surcharges at any time. For up-to-date prices, please call Viking or your Travel Agent. Additional terms and conditions may apply. Complete terms and conditions may be found in the Passenger Ticket Contract.

ALL PRICES SHOWN ABOVE ARE PER PERSON BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS:
F: 50%. E – ES: 100%.

FLIGHT UPGRADES:
Club Europe / Business Class from £350 per person (subject to availability).

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