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Bruges, Medieval Flanders, Amsterdam & the Dutch Bulbfields River Cruise - MS Emily Bronte

Amsterdam, Netherlands Round-trip
Length: 8 Days - Departs: Mon, Apr 14, 2025
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Departure
Apr 14, 2025
Arrival
Apr 21, 2025

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River Cruise Itinerary

Then it’s off to Arnhem scene of the famous battle in 1944 before visiting Antwerp, the city of Diamonds and Rubens with its main square lined by the tall step-gabled, merchant’s houses so typical of the ‘low’ countries. Then we explore the very best of Flanders in delightfully medieval Ghent.We see Ypres and one of Europe’s finest ‘old world’ cities, delightful Bruges. Listen to the sound of the carillon emanating wonderfully from the instantly recognisable Bell Tower, sip a coffee in the old market square and reflect on how wonderful life can be. Finally, we discover one of nature’s most spectacular of floral displays, the kaleidoscope of colour that is the Dutch Bulbfields on a visit to Keukenhof Gardens.

  1. Day 1
    EMBARK IN AMSTERDAM
    Mon, Apr 14, 2025
    Embark the ship in Amsterdam and familiarise yourself with your first-class floating hotel. The dedicated crew welcomes you aboard, ensuring you settle in to your extremely comfortable and well-appointed cabin. There’s time to familiarise yourself with your first-class floating hotel before experiencing the chef’s specially chosen menu for your first dinner on board.
  2. Day 2
    AMSTERDAM & HOORN
    Tue, Apr 15, 2025
    Breakfast is an on-board institution and you’re always assured of an enticing range of choices. We’re moored in the heart of delightful Amsterdam, and there’s no better way to explore than taking a classic glass-topped boat tour through the network of canals that infuse every aspect of life here. The tour brings a real insight into the history and everyday life of Amsterdam, a maritime, financial and cultural powerhouse uniquely located facing both the sea and the heartlands of Europe. As we glide over the calm canal waters, you’ll see a fascinating variety of typically Dutch narrow gabled buildings, bustling streets and historic bridges immortalised by the great artists, and learn about its famous canalside residents, from the tragic Anne Frank, who wrote her diaries hidden in a merchant’s house, to Rembrandt, the Dutch Old Master.A splendid buffet lunch awaits our return as we slip away from the quayside towards the IJsselmeer, the enormous inland lake created when the Zuiderzee was cut off from the North Sea by a series of dykes and dams. Our port of call is Hoorn, once a prosperous port of the Dutch East India Company. Reminiscent of another age, it’s a charming mix of imposing buildings dating from the 15th century onwards, brick-built warehouses, cobbled squares, and twisting alleys. Hoorn’s ships traded the world over, with one sailor even naming the southern tip of South America after his home town – Cape Horn. There’s time to explore this intriguing spot and its boat-filled harbor, dominated by the distinctive 16th-century Head Tower, before returning to our cruise ship to enjoy dinner and maybe a nightcap in the lounge.
  3. Day 3
    ARNHEM
    Wed, Apr 16, 2025
    One of the delights of river cruising is the enchanting experience of waking somewhere new, the water gently lapping as the ship glides almost imperceptibly along. We’re now deep in the heart of Holland, passing flower-bedecked houseboats, flocks of wildfowl and, of course, windmills! We soon arrive in Arnhem, synonymous with the ill-fated 1944 aerial assault depicted in the film A Bridge Too Far. We visit the battle HQ of the British 1st Airborne Division at Oosterbeek, now an excellent museum, and the Commonwealth War Cemetery, the final resting place of so many. Back on board, we continue our passage along the mighty River Rhine, one of Europe’s most important arterial waterways, before enjoying another sumptuous dinner on board, as distant lights glint on the waterfront as we silently slip by.
  4. Day 4
    ANTWERP
    Thu, Apr 17, 2025
    This morning there’s a chance to marvel at the Captain’s skill as he calmly navigates the busy River Scheldt and moors in Antwerp, birthplace of the Baroque master Peter Paul Rubens. This morning we enjoy a tour led by a local guide taking in its numerous highlights and lesser-known features. Once part of the Spanish Empire, Antwerp grew wealthy during its 16th-century Golden Age, when it was Europe’s largest port north of the Alps, with profits invested in the city’s Flemish art and architectural heritage, and later it became the world’s diamond trading center. At its heart is the captivating main square – the Grote Markt – dominated by ornately gabled guildhouses, the Renaissance town hall, and opulent Brabo Fountain.This afternoon is free to explore as you wish, perhaps visiting Rubens’ extravagant former home and studio, the magnificent Gothic cathedral or even the painstakingly restored train station, of such architectural splendor it is often called the ‘Railway Cathedral’.
  5. Day 5
    BRUGES
    Fri, Apr 18, 2025
    After breakfast we drive to Bruges for a guided walking tour. The historic centre is made up of serene canals, narrow cobbled streets, romantic gabled houses and exquisite churches. The main square is dominated by the soaring Belfry, whose 47 bells chime to create an idyllic atmosphere. After lunch at your leisure, the afternoon is free for you to explore. Tonight, the chef prepares superb dishes for you to enjoy at the Captain’s Dinner.
  6. Day 6
    GHENT & YPRES
    Sat, Apr 19, 2025
    Today we awake in picturesque Ghent and we explore this medieval gem in the company of local guide. Highlights include the gorgeous waterfront and van Eyck brothers' Adoration of the Mystic Lamb in Saint Bavo Cathedral.After lunch you are free to spend your afternoon in Ghent. Alternatively, you can join our tour to Ypres, synonymous with the horrors of the Great War and now a place of reflection
  7. Day 7
    KEUKENHOF & AMSTERDAM
    Sun, Apr 20, 2025
    Early risers discover the ship making effortless progress along the delightful waterways and you experience the somewhat surreal effect of cruising above the surrounding reclaimed polders – it’s almost like flying! Today we visit Keukenhof, the heart of the glorious Dutch bulbfields. On arrival, nothing prepares you for the dazzling spectrum of colors stretched out before you in the world’s largest flower garden, covering nearly 80 acres. The art of flower planting reaches breathtaking heights at Keukenhof, a gardener’s heaven created by more than seven million tulips, daffodils and other blooms set among a beautiful landscape of shimmering lakes, ancient trees, flowering shrubs, and water gardens.We re-join our ship in Amsterdam and after lunch you’re free to explore as you wish. Amsterdam is an art-lover’s dream. The Rijksmuseum is an architectural marvel itself, but it holds a magnificent collection of works by Dutch masters such as Rembrandt and Vermeer, while admirers of Post-Impressionism might prefer the Van Gogh Museum, housing the world’s greatest collection of works by this genius of a man. Or relax in a pavement café, absorbing Amsterdam’s special atmosphere over a rich Dutch coffee, browse the many shops or perhaps just stay on board to catch up on some reading. Tonight there’s another culinary highlight – the Captain’s Dinner, when the chef prepares his superb ‘signature’ dishes for you to enjoy in the splendid surroundings of the ship’s restaurant, with a chance to reflect on the fascinating places you have discovered, poignant stories you have heard and the new friends you have made.
  8. Day 8
    DISEMBARK IN AMSTERDAM
    Mon, Apr 21, 2025
    After breakfast this morning your friendly crew bid you farewell before you disembark.

Countries Visited

Belgium, Netherlands

Rivers Visited

Rhine

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Inclusions

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a twin cabin with a limited number of sole occupancy cabins available, at the relevant supplement. The price includes: Full board during your cruise from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your final day (except lunch on day 5) Free Superior drinks package Complimentary on-board tea and coffee Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi (connection speeds may vary) All visits and excursions as mentioned  Coach travel as mentioned English-speaking expert guides  The services of a Riviera Travel Cruise Director and Concierge

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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.

Riviera Tours Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.3
Accommodations
5
Itinerary
4.5
Professional Staff
4
Repeat with Operator
4
Value for Money
4

Ratings based off 4 reviews about Riviera Tours - currently showing 2 reviews with comments only

Riviera Cruises went above and beyond during our Rhine cruise that faced major disruptions due to low water levels in the Rhine this summer. Meals and cabin service on board were A+++, on shore tours were first class, on board entertainment excellent, and nothing seemed a problem to all staff, when in fact, they must have been under extreme pressure. I will certainly not hesitate to book a trip with Riviera again!

Our cruise director, Carmen, was very personable and put herself into everything we did. She loves her job and it showed. This was first river cruise and there will be many more with Rivera Cruise. Affordable Tours was great, all questions were answered in a timely manner and no problems with delivery as promised.

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