AMSTERDAM, GHENT, BRUSSELS, AND ANTWERP
Join us on this extra special cruise to see sprawling tulip fields, magnificent windmills, and beautiful Dutch architecture as we sail through the Netherlands to Belgium. You’ll be in total awe of the colorful tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths, as we walk among millions of them at Keukenhof Gardens. We’ll also bring you to Zaanse Schans, the open-air museum/village featuring six picturesque windmills and traditional wooden houses. With vibrant flowers budding all around you, take a walking tour around Amsterdam to visit Dam Square, see Anne Frank’s House, and shop at the Flower Market. In Rotterdam, discover and admire modern buildings, including the Cube Houses. Plus, spend time in Belgium exploring the old-world architecture and charming culture of Ghent, Brussels, and Antwerp. End your journey with a stop at the quaint city of Dordrecht before departing from Amsterdam.
Did you know you can make this tour private? Find out about pricing and options for groups of 10 or more travelers.
- 1 night at Amsterdam hotel
- 7-night cruise through the Netherlands & Belgium:
- Amsterdam (Netherlands)
- Rotterdam (Netherlands)
- Ghent (Belgium)
- Brussels (Belgium)
- Antwerp (Belgium)
- Dordrecht (Netherlands)
Your Tour Includes
- Optional round-trip airfare from the New York area (varies by departure) including taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
- Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
- 7-night cruise aboard the MS Crucevita
- Ground transportation in air-conditioned motor coach
- 21 meals: 8 buffet breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 7 dinners
- 2 glasses of wine, beer, or soda with dinner
- Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees as indicated in the itinerary
- Professional English-speaking Cruise Manager and local English-speaking guides throughout
Day 1: Arrive in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Welcome to the Netherlands! Upon arrival continue to our hotel for check-in and the balance of the day is yours to explore and dine on your own.Accommodations: Movenpick Amsterdam City Centre or similar
Day 2: Amsterdam
After breakfast, check-out of your hotel and depart on your half-day tour of the magnificent Keukenhof Gardens, home to more than seven million tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths spread out over 79 acres. After enjoying lunch on your own, transfer back to the port to board your superior river cruise ship. Check into your cabin and explore your floating hotel prior to an information briefing followed by dinner.Accommodations: MS Charles Dickens
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3: Zaanse Schans Excursion
After breakfast, depart on your included excursion to the village of Zaanse Schans, a famous open-air museum featuring six windmills and more than thirty houses built in the 16th and 17th centuries, all of which invite you to discover the countryside life of medieval Holland. The village has preserved old Dutch traditions including house building, clog making, and old-fashioned cheese production which you will have the opportunity to sample. Later, return to your ship for lunch. This afternoon, your sightseeing of the city begins with a one-hour canal cruise followed by a walking tour introducing you to all the major highlights of Amsterdam including a visit to Dam Square, a stroll past Anne Frank's House, and a stop at the Flower Market along with other major attractions! Tonight, enjoy a welcome cocktail and crew introduction before dinner.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Rotterdam (Netherlands)
This morning explore one of the largest harbors and commercial ports in the world! Your walking tour will include the harbor front, the whimsical architecture including the hanging Cube Houses, and the steamship “Rotterdam” once the flagship of Holland America Line. The afternoon is free for optional pursuits.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Ghent (Belgium)
Today, delight in exploring Ghent, Belgium's hidden treasure! With its unique mix of ancient cultures combined with a lively modern student scene, bustling shops and gastronomic restaurants, Ghent will impress you with its winding canals, the famous three tower row featuring the Belfry, St. Bavo's Cathedral, and St. Nicholas' Church; its art, and architecture! The balance of the day is free to explore on your own, or consider an optional excursion that may be offered by the ship.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Brussels (Belgium)
Your guided city bus and walking tour of Belgium’s capital will highlight all the major attractions including St. Michael’s Cathedral, the Chinese Pavilion, Japanese Tower, King’s Square, Royal Palace and of course, the imposing offices of the European Parliament building. You will end the tour with a walk through the beautiful Grote Markt. The balance of the day is free.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: Antwerp (Belgium)
This morning enjoy a tour of Belgium’s second largest city, home to famous painter Pieter Paul Rubens. The tour will include the city's medieval heart with café-filled cobblestone lanes, a riverside fortress, and the impressive Cathedral of our Lady featuring original paintings of Antwerp’s famous “son”.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: Dordrecht (Netherlands)
Located on an island surrounded by wide rivers, Dordrecht is the oldest city in Holland. Your guided walking tour will include views of beautiful inner city harbors, quaint canals, wooden bridges and typical Dutch houses. Back on board enjoy a farewell cocktail followed by the Captain's Farewell dinner.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9: Depart Amsterdam
As all good things must come to an end, after breakfast, bid your crew goodbye and disembark by 9:00 am. Travelers who purchased our air-inclusive program will transfer to the airport for our return flight to the US with a suitcase full of memories!Meals: Breakfast
We are working diligently to secure future tour dates and pricing for this itinerary. Please fill out the "Request a Future Date" form linked below and we will notify you once dates are available.
Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.
Enhance your trip with our recommended optional tours. Indicated optional tours are available to pre-book when you reserve your trip and can be added to your reservation up to final payment. This is the best option to guarantee your spot on your preferred optional tour! Optional tours require a minimum number of participants. Optional tours are non-refundable unless they do not operate.
Some optional tours can be purchased in-destination and may cost extra. The payment methods and currency information to purchase tours in-destination will be provided on final documentation.
Delft & the Hague Tour
- $78 per person
Delft is a city well known for its ties to the royal family and to Dutch master Johannes Vermeer (Girl with the Pearl Earring), and for its blue and white pottery. You'll see the incredible historical monuments the city has to offer including the Hague, the seat of the Dutch government, and home to the royal family. The city center is easily accessible by foot and features architecture from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. You may also see Scheveningen, a fishing village and resort suburb featuring the magnificent building at the Kurhaus and a picturesque strip of sandy beach.
AVAILABLE TO PRE-BOOK!
Bruges Bus & Walking Tour
- $85 per person
The beautiful city of Bruges is one of the best-preserved medieval cities of Europe and its whole city center has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has played an integral role in western trade as well as in Europe's artistic and architectural evolution, and has become one stop in Belgium you simply can't miss! With this excursion, we will discover one of the pearls of the Low Countries. Learn about the city's history and tradition during your bus ride to Bruges. Upon arrival, you will start your walking tour and discover all the highlights of the city including Saint John's Hospital, Our Lady Church, the Market Square with the Belfry, the old City Hall, the Holy Blood Chapel, and much more. After some time to explore independently, return to the ship.
AVAILABLE TO PRE-BOOK!
- $75 per person
Join this sweet tour in Antwerp, Belgium for a taste of Belgium’s world renowned chocolate! You’ll have the opportunity to visit 3 different but equally talented chocolatiers create lifelike forms of the Cathedral, a hand (the logo of the city of Antwerp), and a cookie in the form of a hand. During the guided tour, guests will learn all there is to know about chocolate, the different kinds of chocolate, and what makes chocolate so amazing! And of course – free tasting included!
AVAILABLE TO PRE-BOOK!
Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre
Located in the heart of Amsterdam, the Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre offers lovely views, complimentary WiFi internet, and a health club featuring a gym with cardio fitness equipment. Consider enjoying a meal at the hotel's Silk Road restaurant or explore the nearby historical centre. Rooms feature a laptop safe, mini fridge, and a hairdryer in the bathroom.
MS Charles Dickens
The 5-star MS Charles Dickens (2015) has been specifically designed with luxury and innovation in mind. Expect rich finishes with plenty of wood and chrome giving a feeling of elegance and style throughout. Carrying a max capacity of 140 passengers, there is excellent service throughout the cruise. All cabins are approximately 150-160 sq feet with modern amenities, air-conditioning/heating which can be regulated individually, a mini safety deposit box, a telephone, and a hair dryer. Cabins on the lower deck have panorama windows while cabins on the main and upper deck have French balconies. The superb public areas include a stylish, panoramic restaurant, cozy bar/lounge, and sun deck. The currency on board the ship is the Euro.
Departing the U.S.: For the safety of everyone in the group, smarTours has implemented COVID-19 travel requirements which apply to all tours regardless of destination. To learn more, click here.
Please note destination entry requirements are changing rapidly. smarTours will communicate entry requirements in your Tour Documents 10–14 days prior to departure. For up-to-date information, please click the links below.
- Entry requirements
- State Department Travel Advisory Updates (the Netherlands, Belgium)
- Center for Disease Control Updates & Information (the Netherlands, Belgium)
Your flights from the U.S. and back are on the following airlines with the corresponding schedules. We recommend that you arrive at the airport at least 3 ½ hours before the scheduled departure.
|2023: Apr. 21||United Airlines||Newark (EWR)||6:00 PM||11:15 AM|
Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight. We recommend at least 3 ½ hours. Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change.
ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
The above airlines does not assign seats in advance. Please note that smarTours is not involved with your seat assignment. It is between you and the airline! Seat assignments can only be arranged upon check-in at the airport.
International flights to/from the U.S. are not included. Land-only travelers are responsible for arranging the entry and exit flights, as well as their arrival and departure transfers. smarTours cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by air schedule changes and delays. Unused land services are non-refundable.
Land-Only services end after breakfast on the boat in Amsterdam on the last day of the tour. The ship disembarks at 9:00am. Please be sure to schedule your departure flight accordingly.
Generally, check-in at hotels is not before 4:00 PM and check-out is prior to 12:00 PM. If arriving early or departing late, hotels usually allow travelers to store their luggage in the luggage room.
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. Visa not required for American passport holders. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Final instructions, documents, and travel tips will be emailed to you 10–14 days before the scheduled start of your tour. If you have not received your final documents, please check your spam folder or contact smarTours.
Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions.
In April you can expect daytime highs in the 50’s with nighttime lows in the mid-30’s to low 40’s. In May daytime temperatures typically range in the 60’s to low 70’s and cool to the high 40’s to low 50’s after the sun goes down. It can rain on occasion year-round so consider bringing a waterproof or water-resistant jacket.
CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
On the cruise ship and some stores during your shore excursions will accept major credit cards. However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations. On board the Euro is the accepted currency. Credit cards may be used on board (Visa or Mastercard only), but a service charge may be applied. As of May 2014, European credit card processors require credit cards with chips and a 4-digit PIN code.
On board the ship the electrical current is 220V/50MHZ and you will find a round pin electrical socket. You may need a universal transformer to convert the current and an adapter to fit the outlet/plug. Electrical current requirements range from one electronic device to another; please check your chargers and electronic devices prior to travel.
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage and one carry-on piece. Please check with the airline for the maximum weight and size for luggage. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.