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Best of Holland & Belgium

From £2,698 pp

Sail through Holland and Belgium visiting some of the most exciting cities in Western Europe and delighting in the sights and sounds of this dynamic region. This diverse itinerary provides a link to the region’s rich historical past as well as a vantage point from which to witness its present-day vitality.

Experience cosmopolitan Amsterdam; eclectic Rotterdam; Brussels, the “Capital of Europe and Belgium”; and sparkling Antwerp, center of the worldwide diamond trade. Dutch treasures are plentiful with visits to UNESCO-designated historic windmills of Kinderdijk; the immense De Haar Castle, one of the most luxurious in Europe; Dordrecht, “Holland’s Oldest City”; and one of the Netherlands most fun museums, Museum Speelklok, with its wonderful world of self-playing musical instruments.

While in Belgium, visit two of the country’s special gems, Ghent and Bruges. Discover the Castle of the Counts, a majestic fortress; and step back in time to World War II’s Battle of the Bulge, the last major German offensive campaign on the Western Front during World War II, which is most significant in that it ruined the German army, and in essence, brought about the end of the war.

Throughout your journey, be treated to the culinary delights these countries have to offer, including delicious chocolate, warm waffles, Zeeland oysters and hearty beer.

What’s Included:

  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with outside balconies)
  • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
  • Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Award-winning onboard dining in a variety of venues
  • Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
  • Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Dinner
  • Sip & Sail Daily Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
  • Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
  • Sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
  • Daily entertainment including cultural performances
  • Immersive tours in every destination
  • Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
  • Guided hikes, Special Interest Tours
  • Personal headset for easy exploration
medieval landmark in the city of Bruges Belgium
2 nights Pre-Cruise in Amsterdam

Get to know this wonderful city a little better as you enjoy an extra two nights in Amsterdam before embarking your cruise.

Extension includes 2 night’s in a centrally located hotel with daily breakfasts, walking tour and canal cruise through the Harleem district and all transfers

From £577 pp

 

2 nights Pre-Cruise in Amsterdam

Breakfast

Day 1 - Embarkation Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Arrive in Amsterdam and board your luxurious river cruise ship.

Dinner

Day 2 - Amsterdam & Utrecht

There are 165 canals in Amsterdam, and you’ll get enjoy some of them on your canal cruise.

Later in the day, enjoy a scenic cruise through the IJsselmeer to Utrecht, the religious center of the Netherlands since the 8th century and a far-reaching city boasting a medieval old town, canals and a beautiful Gothic cathedral.  Some of which you may see on your walking tour, which includes a visit to the whimsical collection of automatically playing musical instruments at Museum Speelklok.

Alternatively, marvel at the largest castle in Holland, De Haar. Straight out of your fairytale dreams, this castle inspires awe with its turrets, moats and suspension bridges as well as its luxurious interior.

Featured Excursions

Day 2 - Amsterdam & Utrecht

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 - Veere

Enjoy a scenic morning cruise through the delta before arriving in Veere, the Netherlands’ medieval harbor town. This former fishing village turned yachting town is known for its town square, where some houses boast gorgeous gardens – although the highlight is the town hall, with its 48-bell carillon!

Enjoy learning more about it on your walking tour, or journey instead to the Flood Museum, where you’ll learn about the devastating floods of 1953, followed by a visit to a landmark recognizing the Roosevelt family’s relationship with the Dutch royal family. For those who prefer an active adventure, pedal from Veere, with its cobblestone streets and charming harbor, to the historic town of Middelberg and back.

Featured Excursions

Day 3 - Veere

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Ghent

There are several choices of excursions in Ghent, depending on your interests. Stroll through the Capital of East Flanders, learning about its unique history on your walking tour, or pedal through the spellbinding town on a guided bike tour.

Alternatively, visit Bruges, one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe, on a full-day excursion that includes the renowned Church of Our Lady, home to the beautiful Carrara marble Madonna and Child sculpture by Michelangelo.

If you prefer a shorter excursion in Bruges, visit the town later in the day or spend your afternoon at Ghent’s moated Castle of the Counts, which boasts an eye-catching design as well as a ghoulishly interesting collection of medieval torture devices.

Featured Excursions

Day 4 - Ghent

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Brussels

Explore Belgium’s captivating capital on your guided walking tour or pedal through Brussels on a guided bike ride.

If you are a history enthusiast, spend your day traveling back in time to sites related to World War II’s historic Battle of the Bulge, which was the last major German offensive on the Western Front and toast fallen soldiers with a tasting of Trappist beer brewed by monks.

For those not joining this full-day tour, choose from afternoon excursions that include a visit to Gaasbeek Castle, the most romantic castle of Flanders, which today serves as a national museum, or delight your palate with a Belgian chocolate tasting.

Featured Excursions

Day 5 - Brussels

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Antwerp

Explore Belgium’s trendy “City of Diamonds” on a walking tour where you’ll see Antwerp’s Steen Castle, Grote Market and Brabo Fountain, along with the UNESCO-designated Cathedral of Our Lady. Active travelers may prefer instead to bike through Antwerp.

Later in the day, beer enthusiasts will appreciate a tasting of the local brew while foodies may prefer our excursion to sample some of Belgium’s famous chocolates and waffles.

An afternoon bike tour is also available for those who prefer to get their heart beating later in the day, and it includes an opportunity to visit the Red Star Line Museum, highlighting the historic shipping line responsible for transporting three million immigrants to America.

Featured Excursions

Day 6 - Antwerp

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Dordrecht & Kinderdijk

Established in 1220, Holland’s oldest city was virtually destroyed by a devastating flood in the 15th century that essentially created the city’s wetlands.

Learn more about Dordrecht’s fascinating history on your walking tour, or visit Rotterdam, the “Gateway to Europe,” as well as Delfshaven, where, on August 1, 1620, the Pilgrim fathers departed on their epic journey aboard the Speedwell. Stopping in Southampton, many then boarded the Mayflower and concluded their journey at Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts.

If you prefer to venture off the beaten path, head to the smaller town of Gorinchem with its picturesque Old Town or go on an architectural bike tour through Rotterdam.

Later, board a boat in the town of Alblasserdam and let the wind tousle your hair as you sail to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kinderdijk, a lovely village renowned for having the country’s greatest concentration of windmills, all dating from the 18th century. You may also pedal past the windmills from the seat of a bike.

Featured Excursions

Day 7 - Dordrecht & Kinderdijk

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Disembarkation - Amsterdam

Disembark the ship after breakfast and prepare for your homeward journey.

Breakfast

With design inspired by classic ocean yachts, AMA Waterways’ revolutionary Concerto Class vessels provide the most delightful river cruise experience. Accommodating 162 passengers in spacious staterooms, many incorporating the exclusive Twin Balcony concept. Relax in comfortable and inviting public areas or take a dip in the heated Sun Deck swimming pool with a swim-up bar; enjoy Chaîne des Rôtisseurs culinary creations in five dining venues. The ships also features a Fitness Center, Massage, Hair and Beauty salon; complimentary Internet access and first-run Hollywood movies; plus a fleet of bicycles to enhance your river cruise experience.

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • Multiple outdoor decks offering unimpeded panoramic views
  • Sundecks with lounge chairs and retractable roof
  • Varied fine dining venues
  • Main Lounge with bar, piano and dance floor
  • Wine Bar
  • Heated pool with swim up bar and whirlpool
  • 24-hour speciality coffee and tea station
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the vessel
  • Fitness Room
  • Massage and Hair Salon*
  • Gift Shop and Fireside Library
  • Glass Elevator
  • Walking track
  • Laundry service*

*Payable Locally

Accommodation & Amenities

81 Spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms and Suites range in size from 160-300 sq. ft. or indulge even more in one of the 4 suites at 350 sq. ft. Most accommodations have twin balconies, both a French and outside balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish. Suites feature added enhancements, including a larger sitting area with sofa and two chairs, and an stateroom amenities include Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring free high-speed Internet access, unlimited Wi-Fi, movies, music and English language TV stations; climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe. In the bathroom, enjoy multi-jet showerheads.

Suite

300 ft² – Violin (Upper) Deck

  • Exclusive Twin Balcony comprising French Balcony & Outside Balcony
  • Expansive bathroom with a bathtub and separate shower with multi-jet showerheads
  • Enhanced sitting area features a sofa and two chairs
  • Mini-bar fridge
  • Hotel-style white on white, plush bedding and terry bathrobes
  • In room safe, hair dryer, full-length mirror, ample closet space and direct dial telephone
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Flat-screen televisions with local and satellite channels
  • AmaWaterways’ exclusive Infotainment system, including complimentary Internet access, first run Hollywood movies & classics as a large selection of music
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

Cat. AA + Cat. AB  Staterooms

235 ft² -Violin & Cello (Upper & Middle) Deck

  • Exclusive Twin Balcony comprising French Balcony & Outside Balcony
  • Expansive bathroom with shower with multi-jet shower head
  • Mini-bar
  • Hotel-style white on white, plush bedding and terry bathrobes
  • In room safe, hair dryer, full-length mirror, ample closet space and direct dial telephone
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Flat-screen televisions with local and satellite channels
  • AmaWaterways’ exclusive Infotainment system, including complimentary Internet access, first run Hollywood movies & classics as a large selection of music
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

Cat. BA & Cat. BB Staterooms

210 ft² – Violin & Cello (Upper & Middle) Deck

  • Exclusive Twin Balcony comprising French Balcony & Outside Balcony
  • Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads
  • Hotel-style white on white, plush bedding and terry bathrobes
  • In room safe, hair dryer, full-length mirror, ample closet space and direct dial telephone
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Flat-screen televisions with local and satellite channels
  • AmaWaterways’ exclusive Infotainment system, including complimentary Internet access, first run Hollywood movies & classics as a large selection of music
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

Cat. C  Staterooms

170 ft² – Violin & Cello (Upper & Middle) Deck

  • Floor to Ceiling French Balcony
  • Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads
  • Hotel-style white on white, plush bedding and terry bathrobes
  • In room safe, hair dryer, full-length mirror, ample closet space and direct dial telephone
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Flat-screen Televisions with local and satellite channels
  • AmaWaterways’ exclusive Infotainment system, including complimentary Internet access, first run Hollywood movies & classics as a large selection of music
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

 

Cat. D & Cat. E Staterooms

160 ft² – Piano (Lower) Deck

  • Fixed window with river views
  • Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads
  • Hotel-style white on white, plush bedding and terry bathrobes
  • In room safe, hair dryer, full-length mirror, ample closet space and direct dial telephone
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Flat-screen Televisions with local and satellite channels
  • AmaWaterways’ exclusive Infotainment system, including complimentary Internet access, first run Hollywood movies & classics as a large selection of music
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
AmaWaterways AmaSerena Deck Plan 2019

SAVE an additional 5% when you book a Balcony Stateroom or above in 2021 or 2022

DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
May 29AmaSerenaAmsterdam£2873SAVE £200Cabin Upgrades
Cat ELower Deck160 ft², Fixed Windows£2873 Was £3073  
Cat DLower Deck160 ft², Fixed Windows£3103 Was £3303  
Cat CMiddle Deck170 ft², French Balcony£3641 Was £3841  
Cat BBMiddle Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£4103 Was £4303  
Cat BAUpper Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£4257 Was £4457  
Cat ABMiddle Deck235 ft², Twin Balcony£4411 Was £4611  
Cat AAUpper Deck235 ft², Twin Balcony£4565 Was £4765  
SuiteUpper Deck300 ft², Twin Balcony£5641 Was £5841  
Jul 2AmaSerenaAmsterdam£2698SAVE £375Cabin Upgrades
Cat ELower Deck160 ft², Fixed Windows£2698 Was £3073  
Cat DLower Deck160 ft², Fixed Windows£2928 Was £3303  
Cat CMiddle Deck170 ft², French Balcony£3466 Was £3841  
Cat BBMiddle Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£3928 Was £4303  
Cat BAUpper Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£4082 Was £4457  
Cat ABMiddle Deck235 ft², Twin Balcony£4236 Was £4611  
Cat AAUpper Deck235 ft², Twin Balcony£4390 Was £4765  
SuiteUpper Deck300 ft², Twin Balcony£5466 Was £5841  
Aug 7AmaSerenaAmsterdam£2698SAVE £375Cabin Upgrades
Cat ELower Deck160 ft², Fixed Windows£2698 Was £3073  
Cat DLower Deck160 ft², Fixed Windows£2928 Was £3303  
Cat CMiddle Deck170 ft², French Balcony£3466 Was £3841  
Cat BBMiddle Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£3928 Was £4303  
Cat BAUpper Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£4082 Was £4457  
Cat ABMiddle Deck235 ft², Twin Balcony£4236 Was £4611  
Cat AAUpper Deck235 ft², Twin Balcony£4390 Was £4765  
SuiteUpper Deck300 ft², Twin Balcony£5466 Was £5841  
Sep 11AmaSerenaAmsterdam£3104SAVE £200Cabin Upgrades
Cat ELower Deck160 ft², Fixed Windows£3104 Was £3304  
Cat DLower Deck160 ft², Fixed Windows£3334 Was £3534  
Cat CMiddle Deck170 ft², French Balcony£3872 Was £4072  
Cat BBMiddle Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£4334 Was £4534  
Cat BAUpper Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£4488 Was £4688  
Cat ABMiddle Deck235 ft², Twin Balcony£4642 Was £4842  
Cat AAUpper Deck235 ft², Twin Balcony£4796 Was £4996  
SuiteUpper Deck300 ft², Twin Balcony£5872 Was £6072  
Oct 16AmaSerenaAmsterdam£2873SAVE £200Cabin Upgrades
Cat ELower Deck160 ft², Fixed Windows£2873 Was £3073  
Cat DLower Deck160 ft², Fixed Windows£3103 Was £3303  
Cat CMiddle Deck170 ft², French Balcony£3641 Was £3841  
Cat BBMiddle Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£4103 Was £4303  
Cat BAUpper Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£4257 Was £4457  
Cat ABMiddle Deck235 ft², Twin Balcony£4411 Was £4611  
Cat AAUpper Deck235 ft², Twin Balcony£4565 Was £4765  
SuiteUpper Deck300 ft², Twin Balcony£5641 Was £5841  
DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
May 20AmaCertoAmsterdam£3084Cabin Upgrades
Cat ELower Deck160 ft², Fixed Windows£3084  
Cat DLower Deck160 ft², Fixed Windows£3314  
Cat CMiddle Deck170 ft², French Balcony£3929  
Cat BBMiddle Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£4391  
Cat BAUpper Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£4545  
Cat ABMiddle Deck235 ft², Twin Balcony£4699  
Cat AAUpper Deck235 ft², Twin Balcony£4852  
SuiteUpper Deck300 ft², Twin Balcony£5852  
May 17AmaCertoAmsterdam£3161Cabin Upgrades
Cat ELower Deck160 ft², Fixed Windows£3161  
Cat DLower Deck160 ft², Fixed Windows£3391  
Cat CMiddle Deck170 ft², French Balcony£4006  
Cat BBMiddle Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£4468  
Cat BAUpper Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£4622  
Cat ABMiddle Deck235 ft², Twin Balcony£4776  
Cat AAUpper Deck235 ft², Twin Balcony£4929  
SuiteUpper Deck300 ft², Twin Balcony£5929  
May 24AmaCertoAmsterdam£3161Cabin Upgrades
Cat ELower Deck160 ft², Fixed Windows£3161  
Cat DLower Deck160 ft², Fixed Windows£3391  
Cat CMiddle Deck170 ft², French Balcony£4006  
Cat BBMiddle Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£4468  
Cat BAUpper Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£4622  
Cat ABMiddle Deck235 ft², Twin Balcony£4776  
Cat AAUpper Deck235 ft², Twin Balcony£4929  
SuiteUpper Deck300 ft², Twin Balcony£5929  
May 31AmaPrimaAmsterdam£3161Cabin Upgrades
Cat ELower Deck160 ft², Fixed Windows£3161  
Cat DLower Deck160 ft², Fixed Windows£3391  
Cat CMiddle Deck170 ft², French Balcony£4006  
Cat BBMiddle Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£4468  
Cat BAUpper Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£4622  
Cat ABMiddle Deck235 ft², Twin Balcony£4776  
Cat AAUpper Deck235 ft², Twin Balcony£4929  
SuiteUpper Deck300 ft², Twin Balcony£5929  
Jul 12AmaCertoAmsterdam£3161Cabin Upgrades
Cat ELower Deck160 ft², Fixed Windows£3161  
Cat DLower Deck160 ft², Fixed Windows£3391  
Cat CMiddle Deck170 ft², French Balcony£4006  
Cat BBMiddle Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£4468  
Cat BAUpper Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£4622  
Cat ABMiddle Deck235 ft², Twin Balcony£4776  
Cat AAUpper Deck235 ft², Twin Balcony£4929  
SuiteUpper Deck300 ft², Twin Balcony£5929  
Aug 9AmaPrimaAmsterdam£3161Cabin Upgrades
Cat ELower Deck160 ft², Fixed Windows£3161  
Cat DLower Deck160 ft², Fixed Windows£3391  
Cat CMiddle Deck170 ft², French Balcony£4006  
Cat BBMiddle Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£4468  
Cat BAUpper Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£4622  
Cat ABMiddle Deck235 ft², Twin Balcony£4776  
Cat AAUpper Deck235 ft², Twin Balcony£4929  
SuiteUpper Deck300 ft², Twin Balcony£5929  
Sep 20AmaCertoAmsterdam£3392Cabin Upgrades
Cat ELower Deck160 ft², Fixed Windows£3392  
Cat DLower Deck160 ft², Fixed Windows£3622  
Cat CMiddle Deck170 ft², French Balcony£4237  
Cat BBMiddle Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£4699  
Cat BAUpper Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£4853  
Cat ABMiddle Deck235 ft², Twin Balcony£5007  
Cat AAUpper Deck235 ft², Twin Balcony£5160  
SuiteUpper Deck300 ft², Twin Balcony£6160  
Oct 18AmaPrimaAmsterdam£3161Cabin Upgrades
Cat ELower Deck160 ft², Fixed Windows£3161  
Cat DLower Deck160 ft², Fixed Windows£3391  
Cat CMiddle Deck170 ft², French Balcony£4006  
Cat BBMiddle Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£4468  
Cat BAUpper Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£4622  
Cat ABMiddle Deck235 ft², Twin Balcony£4776  
Cat AAUpper Deck235 ft², Twin Balcony£4929  
SuiteUpper Deck300 ft², Twin Balcony£5929  
Dec 22AmaSienaAmsterdam£2854Cabin Upgrades
Cat ELower Deck160 ft², Fixed Windows£2854  
Cat DLower Deck160 ft², Fixed Windows£3084  
Cat CBMiddle Deck155 ft², French Balcony£3469  
Cat CAMiddle Deck170 ft², French Balcony£3699  
Cat BBMiddle Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£4161  
Cat BAUpper Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£4315  
Cat ABMiddle Deck235 ft², Twin Balcony£4469  
Cat AAUpper Deck235 ft², Twin Balcony£4622  
SuiteUpper Deck350 ft², Twin Balcony£5622  
Dec 26AmaSerenaAmsterdam£2854Cabin Upgrades
Cat ELower Deck160 ft², Fixed Windows£2854  
Cat DLower Deck160 ft², Fixed Windows£3084  
Cat CMiddle Deck170 ft², French Balcony£3699  
Cat BBMiddle Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£4161  
Cat BAUpper Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£4315  
Cat ABMiddle Deck235 ft², Twin Balcony£4469  
Cat AAUpper Deck235 ft², Twin Balcony£4622  
SuiteUpper Deck300 ft², Twin Balcony£5622  
Dec 27AmaCertoAmsterdam£2854Cabin Upgrades
Cat ELower Deck160 ft², Fixed Windows£2854  
Cat DLower Deck160 ft², Fixed Windows£3084  
Cat CMiddle Deck170 ft², French Balcony£3699  
Cat BBMiddle Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£4161  
Cat BAUpper Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£4315  
Cat ABMiddle Deck235 ft², Twin Balcony£4469  
Cat AAUpper Deck235 ft², Twin Balcony£4622  
SuiteUpper Deck300 ft², Twin Balcony£5622  


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Why Choose This Cruise?

AMAWaterways are rated as having the 10 best ships on the rivers by Berlitz river cruise guide. Included excursions go beyond the ordinary with small groups tours exploring the culture and traditions of the places you visit as well as the main sights.  Real destination enrichment and deeper understanding is in the cost of your cruise.

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