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Hidden Waterways of Flanders and Holland - Southbound 2024

From Brussels, Belgium to Montreux, Switzerland
Length: 8 Days - Departs: Sun, Oct 06, 2024
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Departure
Oct 06, 2024
Arrival
Oct 13, 2024

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River Cruise Itinerary

Be as active as you like as you venture off-the-beaten rivers to charming inland waterways in Belgium and the Netherlands.Here daily life unfolds in leisurely bicycle rides along country lanes, guided walking tours in quintessential Dutch villages steeped in history and cultural riches, a beer tasting at a Belgian brewery, a visit to the newly opened Royal Museum of Fine Art in Antwerp, a canal boat cruise in Amsterdam and an unforgettable dinner at a 14th-century castle on a private island open just for Tauck guests.

  1. Day 1
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Sun, Oct 06, 2024

    Tour begins: 4:00 PM. A transfer is included from Amsterdam's Schipohl Airport or Centraal Train Station to your riverboat; check-in time is 4:00 PM. Join us for an onboard briefing, followed by a welcome reception and dinner tonight.


    Meals: Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Mon, Oct 07, 2024

    Spend the day in the world-famous 17th century capital of Holland, known for its artistic heritage, historic canals, and narrow houses with gabled facades, living legacies of the city's Golden Age. Art masterpieces hang in its acclaimed museums, including the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum, where the Old Masters hold court. Bicycles and canal boats are key to the city's character; gardens bloom with Dutch bulbs; and its cultural treasures are among the most significant Europe. View the sights aboard a canal boat cruise this morning, followed by a guided tour of the Rijksmuseum, seeing such works as The Milkmaid by Vermeer, Self-portrait by Van Gogh, The Merry Family by Jan Steen and Rembrandt's Night Watch, before time to explore on your own. Return to your riverboat for a musical performance and dinner. 


    Meals: Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    Rotterdam Netherlands
    Tue, Oct 08, 2024

    Enjoy a choice of guided shore excursions as your riverboat is docked in Rotterdam, founded as a fishing village in the 13th century. A living monument to Holland's Golden Age until it was bombed to rubble during World War II, the city today welcomes with world-class architecture and urban design, along with surviving traces of Old Rotterdam in Delfshaven (Delft Harbor) and Oude Haven (Old Harbor). You may choose to stay in town to explore the sights with a local guide, with time at leisure to explore as you wish. Or you may embark on a guided excursion to Leiden, the birthplace of Rembrandt, and home to charming architecture, canals and historic sights, including the country's oldest university. joining us for a Tauck Exclusive dinner at Slot Loevestein. Set in a nature reserve on a private island, the 14th-century castle has served as a prison, residence and toll taker; tonight it will be yours to enjoy as the island and castle are open for Tauck guests only.


    Meals: Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    Gorinchem Netherlands
    Wed, Oct 09, 2024

    Voted "the most beautiful fortified town in the Netherlands," Gorinchem was founded in 1000 AD, fortified in the 13th and 14th centuries, and today boasts the largest fully intact fort in the Netherlands. A quintessentially Dutch town with flowers and windmills, it is surrounded by green polders with grazing cows. The city was originally part of the Dutch Waterline of defense and the historic city center is still a well-preserved walled fortress. Join our local guide for a walking tour of its historic heart, viewing its charming canals, the well-preserved Renaissance-style and medieval architecture, and pretty parks and gardens.


    Meals: Breakfast
  5. Day 5
    Bruges, Belgium
    Thu, Oct 10, 2024

    Arrive this morning in Ghent, Belgium, and drive to Bruges for a day of Belgian delights. Join our local guide for a walking tour of this fairy tale town, renowned as one of Europe's best-preserved cities. Stroll picturesque cobblestone lanes to market squares where medieval towers, churches and whitewashed alm houses reflect its storied past. Visit Old Market Square in the ancient heart of town and see the 13th-century belfry that soars over the rooftops. Enjoy lunch as you wish before time at leisure this afternoon. If you wish, join our local guide for a bicycle ride into the Belgian countryside. Have cocktails and dinner onboard as your riverboat charts a course towards Antwerp.


    Meals: Breakfast
  6. Day 6
    Bruges, Belgium
    Fri, Oct 11, 2024

    Belgium's largest port city, Antwerp has long been a magnet for art lovers and diamond traders. It was of Europe's most important – and one of its richest – cities in the mid-16th century when merchants traded sugar and diamonds here. Golden Age artists Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony Van Dyck and Frans Snyders called Antwerp home in the 17th century and Renaissance monuments and a still unfinished 13th-century cathedral enrich the variety of architectural styles that grace its medieval heart. Join a local guide on a sightseeing drive and walking tour that explores the historic gems of this lively town, from bustling Grote Market to medieval guild houses, baroque churches, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and atmospheric squares, or visit the newly renovated and recently reopened Royal Museum of Fine Arts to see its impressive collection of art from the 14th through the 20th century, with an impressive hall dedicated to the art of its native son, Pieter Paul Rubens Or, experience a brewery tour and tasting of the city's famous Belgian beers. Spend the afternoon exploring as you wish; a shuttle will be available to bring you back to the riverboat. Cocktails and dinner are at leisure tonight onboard ship; set sail for Bruges this evening. 


    Meals: Breakfast
  7. Day 7
    Brussels, Belgium
    Sat, Oct 12, 2024

    Enjoy a day in Brussels, exploring the sights with local guides who share insider anecdotes about life here past and present on a choice of excursions. See landmark sights that speak volumes about history, from its Art Nouveau and Art Deco architecture to the Guild Houses lining Grand-Place, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or experience culinary discoveries that tempt with a taste of chocolate, waffles and beer, perfected through the ages. After free time to enjoy as you wish, join us tonight for our farewell reception and dinner aboard ship.


    Meals: Breakfast
  8. Day 8
    Brussels, Belgium
    Sun, Oct 13, 2024

    Tour ends: Brussels. Disembark your riverboat this morning by 9:00 AM. A transfer is included from Tauck's riverboat to Brussels Airport or train station. Fly home anytime. Allow a minimum of three hours for flight check-in at the airport.


    Meals: Breakfast

Countries Visited

Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland

Rivers Visited

Rhine

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Inclusions

Be as active as you like as you venture off-the-beaten rivers to charming inland waterways in Belgium and the Netherlands.Here daily life unfolds in leisurely bicycle rides along country lanes, guided walking tours in quintessential Dutch villages steeped in history and cultural riches, a beer tasting at a Belgian brewery, a visit to the newly opened Royal Museum of Fine Art in Antwerp, a canal boat cruise in Amsterdam and an unforgettable dinner at a 14th-century castle on a private island open just for Tauck guests.

  • Experience the storied 650-year history of Slot Loevestein, set on an island reserve that's yours to explore during an exclusive Tauck dinnerVisit the quintessentially Dutch town of Gorinchem, alive with flowers and windmills and surrounded by polders where doe-eyed cows graze, on a locally guided tour
  • All private Tauck shore excursions - $2,069 Value!
  • Enjoy a choice of guided excursions in Bruges, including a walking tour of its historic heart with a local expert or an active bicycle excursion out into the countryside led by an expert guide

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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
4.3
Accommodations
4.2
Itinerary
3.8
Professional Staff
4.6
Repeat with Operator
4.6
Value for Money
4.2

Ratings based off 5 reviews - currently showing 2 reviews with comments only

This trip was wonderful. Tauck experience is over the top and enjoyed every minute.

Tauck is everything they promise and more. The room was wonderful, the food was outstanding, the guides were knowledgeable and fun to be with.

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