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9 Day Holland & Belgium Springtime River Cruise Monarch Princess

Amsterdam, Netherlands Round-trip
Length: 9 Days - Departs: Sat, May 27, 2023

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River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for the Netherlands
    Sat, May 27, 2023
    Depart for the Netherlands
  2. Day 2
    DAY 2, Sunday - Cruise Embarkation in Amsterdam
    Sun, May 28, 2023
    Arrive in Amsterdam and transfer to the port. Embarkation begins at 2 PM. After arrival formalities, time to relax on board. Tonight, meet your Cruise Director and enjoy a welcome dinner as it sets the mood for your delightful river cruise. We suggest selecting flights that arrive in Amsterdam no later than 2 PM
    Overnight: River Cruise
    Meals: Dinner
  3. Day 3
    DAY 3, Monday - Amsterdam City Tour, Utrecht
    Mon, May 29, 2023
    This morning's panoramic tour of 700-year-old Amsterdam introduces you to both the old and the new sections of the city. View the Royal Palace on Amsterdam's Dam Square. On to the Dutch National Monument dedicated by Queen Juliana as a memorial to the victims of WWII and to the unusual Skinny Bridge. Then, board a glass-top boat and cruise the winding canals for an up-close view of the stately historic homes, 16th-century warehouses and charming churches. Return to the ship for lunch and set sail. Arrive in the city of Utrecht, dating back to the Middle Ages and explore the historic center with its centuries-old buildings and imposing Dom Tower. Afterward, embark on a canal tour and enjoy the medieval town of Utrecht from the water. Return to the ship and set sail for Schoonhoven
    Overnight: River Cruise
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day 4
    DAY 4, Tuesday - Schoonhoven Walking Tour, Woerden Cheese Warehouse, Delft
    Tue, May 30, 2023
    This morning, take a walking tour of Schoonhoven, located on the banks of River Lek. The medieval city is known for its silver, hence its nickname "Silver City." View well preserved medieval buildings, the Dutch Silver Museum and many silversmiths. Spend time at leisure and perhaps shop for authentic Dutch silver jewelry. In the afternoon, while the ship sails to Dordrecht, drive to Woerden and visit the historical Cheese Warehouse, where some of the finest cheeses are made. Get a glimpse into the world of cheese making, including the aging process and storage. Afterward, continue to Delft, world-famous for its exquisite blue and white pottery. On arrival, take a walking tour of the historic Old Town, encircled by canals. Wander the streets lined with old churches and beautiful brick buildings. Return to the ship in Dordrecht
    Overnight: River Cruise
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day 5
    DAY 5, Wednesday - Morning Windmill Tour in Kinderdijk, Afternoon in Willemstad
    Wed, May 31, 2023
    Begin your day with a visit to the well-known windmill park in the village of Kinderdijk. The windmills, built in the 1700s, played a vital role in the development of the country and are still in use today. During this excursion, visit a windmill and learn more about the modern technology that is now replacing their existence. Afterward, rejoin the ship and continue cruising to Willemstad, located on Holland's Diep River. The city, named after King Willem of Orange, is best-known for its well-preserved fortifications. View the Mauritshuis, De Koepelkerk Church, d'Orangemolen, a stately white windmill, and Old Town Hall. Alternatively, join the optional excursion to the Delta Works* this afternoon. After the 1953 flood in the Netherlands, the Delta Plan was created to prevent a disaster from ever happening again. Taking 30 years to complete, the storm flood barrier is considered a technical miracle. In the evening set sail to Ghent, Belgium
    *Passengers who choose this optional, will not be able to participate in the included tour of Willemstad.
    Optional: Delta Works Tour (PM)
    Overnight: River Cruise
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day 6
    DAY 6, Thursday - Tour Ghent, the Historic Flanders Port
    Thu, Jun 01, 2023
    Discover the historic Flanders port of Ghent today, a showcase of Flemish wealth. Your tour of this medieval city includes views of the 7th century St. Bavo's Cathedral and the imposing Gravensteen Castle. At the town center, view the gigantic Belfry, a symbol of the city's independence and the Gothic-style Cloth Hall, glorifying the city's major industry. Alternatively, take the optional full day tour to Bruges*, also known as the "Venice of the North" and home to some of Europe's best preserved medieval buildings. Here, view the Lake of Love (Minnewater), the Beguinage Convent and walk along the picturesque winding cobbled alleys and romantic canals
    *Passengers who choose this optional, will not be able to participate in the included tour of Ghent.

    Optional: Full Day Bruges City Tour with Lunch (AM)
    Overnight: River Cruise
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day 7
    DAY 7, Friday - Antwerp City Tour
    Fri, Jun 02, 2023
    Today you arrive in Antwerp, one of Europe's largest and most historic port cities, where more than half of the world's diamonds are traded. Evidence of the wealth produced from trade during the 16th century can be seen in the opulent homes that line the city streets. During the walking tour, view the unique market place, surrounded by the mighty Renaissance Town hall and numerous guild halls. Visit the Cathedral of our Lady, the highest Gothic building in the Low Countries. Return on board for lunch and spend a relaxing afternoon, while sailing back to the Netherlands.
    Overnight: River Cruise
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day 8
    DAY 8, Saturday - Tour of Giethoorn, Afternoon at leisure in Lelystad
    Sat, Jun 03, 2023
    Begin the day with a tour of Giethoorn, a charming Dutch village in Overijssel, often referred to as the "Venice of the Netherlands" due to its many canals. Explore this fairy-tale village on foot and by boat. Step back in time as you wander the narrow footpaths. View traditional thatched farms and cottages along with wooden bridges. Enjoy a boat trip through the canals and take in the atmosphere of the village. Spend free time on your own, before returning to the ship for lunch. The afternoon is at leisure in Lelystad, the capital of Flevoland. Perhaps see the replicas of famous VOC vessels. Later in the day, the ship sets sail for Amsterdam
    Overnight: River Cruise
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Day 9
    DAY 9, Sunday - Depart the Netherlands
    Sun, Jun 04, 2023
    This morning, disembark and transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Disembarkation will end at 9:30 AM
    Meals: Breakfast

Countries Visited

Belgium, Netherlands

Rivers Visited

Rhine

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Inclusions

Price does not include airfare, departure or arrival transfers, airline taxes and fuel surcharges.

River Cruise Package Includes

  • Round trip flights New York-Amsterdam, Amsterdam-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 7 nights outside cabin aboard the Deluxe or the First Class
  • River port charges of $190 per person
  • Cruise & hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Cruise director & activities host throughout cruise
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Shore excursions per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring during excursions

  • Special Features

  • In Amsterdam, board a glass-top boat and cruise the winding canals
  • Explore the city of Utrecht, dating back to the Middle Ages
  • Visit the windmill park in Kinderdijk built in the 1700s and still in use today
  • Take a walking tour of the medieval city of Schoonhoven, known for its silver
  • Tour the Woerden Cheese Warehouse to get a glimpse into the world of cheese making
  • Discover Giethoorn, a charming Dutch village, often referred to as the "Venice of the Netherlands" due to its many canals

  • River Cruise Features & Amenities

  • Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner
  • Wine and beer with dinners
  • Locally inspired recipes
  • Early riser breakfast in addition to buffet breakfast
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access in public areas
  • Self-serve coffee and tea station
  • Lounge serving premium spirits
  • Fitness center
  • Non-smoking ship interior
  • Shore excursions conducted exclusively in English
  • Know Before You Book - High & Low Water

    European river cruising has gained in popularity for very good reason. It's a relaxing and convenient way to experience Europe while enjoying the comfort of a deluxe ship. However, before making the decision to reserve your vacation, please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise. While most of the time river cruises operate exactly as planned, weather conditions may result in high or low water levels which impact a ship's itinerary and, on occasion, render a ship unable to sail at all. On very rare occasions, other events such as heavy fog, a damaged lock, or an incapacitated vessel blocking the river, may impact a sailing. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is partially or completely impacted, the itinerary will be operated by deluxe motor coach, accompanied by a Tour Manager, with overnights in hotels. When the option exists, the operator will "swap ships" with another vessel sailing in the opposite direction, retaining the sailing experience. Crew, ship and cabin configuration may differ. The itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required, as well as meals. While it is not possible to recreate the more leisurely comforts of sailings, we will endeavor to provide a comparable itinerary. These alternative services will be provided at no additional charge.

    †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    Not Included:
    Optional shore excursions and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Cruise only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

    Monarch Princess: Passengers arriving to Amsterdam on Day 2 should select flights that arrive no later than 2 PM.

    Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs and walkers are not allowed on motor coaches and/or river cruises. There are no elevators or chair lifts on board. Kindly refer to our Terms for additional information.

    While sailing with Monarch Cruises, passengers are subject to the cruise's Terms & Conditions which can be viewed at: .

    Know Before You Book - High & Low Water

    European river cruising has gained in popularity for very good reason. It's a relaxing and convenient way to experience Europe while enjoying the comfort of a deluxe ship. However, before making the decision to reserve your vacation, please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise. While most of the time river cruises operate exactly as planned, weather conditions may result in high or low water levels which impact a ship's itinerary and, on occasion, render a ship unable to sail at all. On very rare occasions, other events such as heavy fog, a damaged lock, or an incapacitated vessel blocking the river, may impact a sailing. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is partially or completely impacted, the itinerary will be operated by deluxe motor coach, accompanied by a Tour Manager, with overnights in hotels. When the option exists, the operator will "swap ships" with another vessel sailing in the opposite direction, retaining the sailing experience. Crew, ship and cabin configuration may differ. The itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required, as well as meals. While it is not possible to recreate the more leisurely comforts of sailings, we will endeavor to provide a comparable itinerary. These alternative services will be provided at no additional charge.

    Please note that the following inclusions may contain items that are only applicable when you purchase Land & Air. The brochure prices below are for Land Only - call us for our best deal.

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    Questions & Answers

    Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

    Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

    Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

    The river cruise will be conducted in English only.

    Customer Reviews

    Overall Rating
    4.6
    Accommodations
    4.5
    Itinerary
    4.4
    Professional Staff
    4.8
    Repeat with Operator
    4.4
    Value for Money
    4.7

    Ratings based off 29 reviews - currently showing 14 reviews with comments only

    Great trip,all went smoothly,great tour, lovely sites , great food and drinks. Will go again!!!

    David was great. He helped me find a great cruise at a great price, which was a challenge considering that I was booking two single rooms.

    Adam was excellent. Very helpful.

    The Gate 1 River Cruise was absolutely amazing.

    Simple process and nice to have your own rep. Had travelled on viking before, and found our gate one tour very good compatible for better value

    Gate 1 Danube River cruise exceeded our expectations and provided terrific service AND value! Beautiful ship and fabulous staff. Don't let their 'travel for less' slogan mislead you: they deliver FULL VALUE and service. We would travel with them again in a heartbeat.

    We had a wonderful time on this trip (14 day Danube with Budapest and Prague). One thing we noticed in the cabin: 1. Lack of outlets/USB ports at bedside tables 2. WiFi was really too basic. Dining room: While the breakfast and desserts were good, the lunch and dinner items left much to be desired. There was a lack of vegetable variety. The soups were very salty and the fish was fishy.

    Greatly appreciated the sessions that included information on the next days ports. Also found the on site mini tours of each port very enjoyable. Although we elected to go on much of the optional paid tours, it was great to learn some background information of each site.

    I will only book Gare 1 going forward. This was an excellent experience.

    Although we had to cut our trip short due to an illness. Shannon was there to make sure everything was taken care of.

    GateOne did a great job in every detail. We were pleased with the food, events, tours and staff. The complete tour was delightful. Thanks for a great experience!

    The operator's staff was friendly, efficient, and professional. Would definitely travel with them again.

    An amazing trip in every way--staff, crew, and, in fact, all who worked on the boat gave A+++ service--have raved about the trip to all my friends. On-land accommodations were also commensurate with ship accommodations, including guides, bus drivers, and hotels and hotel staff. .

    We loved the casual atmosphere on the river cruise portion of the trip. Our guides throughout were exceptional in their knowledge and personal relations. The entire staff was always friendly and helpful. There were so many good experiences and trips. We were exhausted by the last day. Maybe too many good experiences with too little time to explore on our own. We were able to see so much for a very reasonable cost. Hopefully, another Gate 1 trip is in our future.

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