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Western Front Explorer

From £2,045 pp

Explore the Netherlands from the cosmopolitan city of Amsterdam to the windmills at Kinderdijk.

Delve into World War I history as you explore the battlefields, shrines and memorials found along the Western Front. Lose yourself within Ghent, Antwerp and Bruges, and explore The Netherlands, where cuisine, culture and art take centre stage.  

What’s Included:

  • Return scheduled flights/rail from the UK (fight supplements may apply)
  • Home to airport/station transfers by private car* (mileage limited to 75 miles)
  • Unique cultural experiences in up to 12 towns, villages and cities
  • Enriching Signature Experiences and Freedom of Choice Sightseeing
  • Complimentary beverages served at your discretion on board*
  • Butler service, room service, complimentary laundry service and champagne on arrival in select suites
  • 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches and 14 Dinners
  • APT River Cruise Director and expert local guides

 

medieval landmark in the city of Bruges Belgium
Day 1 - Arrive Amsterdam

Welcome to Amsterdam! We’ll meet you on arrival and transfer you to your ship – your luxurious floating hotel for the next 15 days – where you’ll have time to unpack and get ready for everything that’s about to come.

Dinner

Day 2 - Amsterdam

Choose your sightseeing. We have left the afternoon free so you can get out and explore more on your own.

Tonight, enjoy a gala wel­come dinner.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing Perhaps admire Amsterdam’s canals from a glass-top boat as you glide past 17th-century homes, churches and merchant houses.

Otherwise, gourmet lovers will enjoy a culinary journey through Jordaan and visit a fishmonger, bakery and cheese store.

Day 2 - Amsterdam

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 - Rotterdam

Choose the sightseeing that suits you. Afterwards, explore Rotterdam at your leisure.

Later, enjoy dinner on board.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing Enjoy a guided exploration of The Hague and see the Dutch Parliament building and the Peace Palace.

Alternatively, visit the cheese mecca of Gouda to sample the region’s finest varieties.

Day 3 - Rotterdam

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Kinderdijk, Willemstad

Visit World Heritage-listed Kinderdijk, known for having the country’s greatest concentration of 18th-century windmills.

Then enjoy your Signature Experience.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE Stop in Willemstad, where we have prepared something special for you, an incredible private organ recital at the oldest Protestant church in the Netherlands

Day 4 - Kinderdijk, Willemstad

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Bruinisse, Delta Works

Cruise into the region of Zeeland, home to one of the world’s most complex modern engineering projects, the Delta Works, a series of flood protection systems including storm surge barriers that took more than 30 years to complete.

Day 5 - Bruinisse, Delta Works

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Ghent

Today presents two very different but equally tempting sightseeing choices.

Afterwards, return to your ship for dinner.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE Explore the Somme Battlefields, including Thiepval Memorial and John Monash Centre.

Alternatively, enjoy a guided discovery of Ghent, including a canal cruise.

Day 6 - Ghent

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Ghent

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE Enjoy a full day visiting the Battlefields of Fromelles, including the Flanders Field Museum, Pheasant Wood Cemetery and the VC Corner Australian Cemetery.

You will also have the opportunity to view The Last Post at Menin Gate.

Alternatively, enjoy a full day to soak up the historic wonders of Bruges, including Markt Plaza and Belfry.

Day 7 - Ghent

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Ghent

Today presents a great opportunity to recharge the batteries halfway through your journey, with a full day at leisure. The canal-side architecture offers numerous medieval and classical wonders.

You may wish to take one of the onboard bikes out for a spin and explore the town on your own.

Or you may wish to do nothing at all and relax.

Day 8 -  Ghent

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9 - Antwerp

Arrive in Antwerp where you can join a culinary walk to sample Belgium’s renowned waffles and chocolate, and taste for yourself as to why they’re considered the world’s finest.

( On our 17 April departure, Day 09 offers you the incredible opportunity to attend the very moving Anzac Day Dawn Service at Villers-Bretonneux. This day commemorates the anniversary of the victory at the Second Battle of Villers-Bretonneux.)

Day 9 - Antwerp

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10 - Antwerp

A visit to the Belgium battlefields takes you to Tyne Cot Cemetery, Polygon Wood and the Memorial Museum Passchendaele.

You also have the option to take it easy with a full day at leisure.

Perhaps take your APT River Cruise Concierge app for a spin and explore on your own.

Day 10 - Antwerp

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11 - Maastricht

Enjoy your Signature Experience. Later, tour Maastricht, renowned for its maze of tunnel caves, Roman history and historic architecture.

Afterwards, take some free time to either do a little more exploring, or maybe relax on board with a drink at the bar.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE Savour a Michelin-starred lunch at Château Neercanne, which commands impressive vistas across the Jeker Valley from its terraces.

Day 11 - Maastricht

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12- Nijmegen

Visit the Kroller-Muller Museum and discover its sculptural art collection, including masterpieces by Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso.

Or maybe visit the residence of the last German Emperor Wilheim II, Huis Doorn.

After the German defeat in World War I, Wilheim II fled to the neutral Netherlands, where he lived on this estate in the Utrecht province from 1920 to 1941.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 13- Arnhem

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing In Arnhem, history buffs will love the Airborne Museum, which depicts the Battle of Arnhem in which the Allied Forces attempted to form a bridgehead on the northern banks of the Rhine river in September 1944.

Or discover The Netherlands Open Air Museum where a number of Dutch houses, farms and windmills have been expertly recreated to appear as they were centuries ago.

Day 13- Arnhem

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 14 - Amsterdam, Keukenhof

Visit the Keukenhof Gardens, encompassing more than 70 acres of renowned gardens and parklands.

#Relish the chance to admire the spectacular display of bulb flowers in bloom, including colourful tulips.

Tonight, sit down to the captain’s farewell dinner.

Day 14 - Amsterdam, Keukenhof

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 15 - Disembark Amsterdam

Sadly today, your journey draws to a conclusion. Say your farewells, disembark your ship and be transferred to the airport.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

APT in partnership with AmaWaterways,  offer their own unique cruises on had picked 5* ships like the  AmaBella where APT deliver on exceptional service and offer that added extra associated with the APT brand. From Home to airport transfers by private car *, fully inclusive of trips and enriching Signature experiences and freedom of choice sightseeing, Butler service, room service, complimentary laundry and champagne on arrival in select suites . Savour the flavour’s of Europe with the finest dining daily, your day will begin with a delicious buffet breakfast, lunch offers a wide selection of hot and cold dishes, your evening starts with an exquisite five course a la Carte dinner, if you need it a sumptious afternoon tea is also served daily along with complimentary beverages served at your discretion whilst on board. *mileage restrictions apply

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • Multiple outdoor decks offering unimpeded panoramic views
  • Sundecks with lounge chairs and retractable roof
  • Varied fine dining venues
  • Gold or Silver Butler service
  • Main Lounge with bar, piano and dance floor
  • Engaging Entertainment, including lectures, music recitals, singers
  • Wine Bar
  • Chef’s table, Al Fresco Dining, Room Service
  • APT Cruise Director and expert local guides
  • 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*

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. Private Butler Service, your on board butler offers included pressing of two garments per day, shoe shining, tea and coffee service, booking of on shore activities and excursions all part of the Silver butler service, added extras on Gold Butler service included pre dinning canapes, packing and un-packing service, bath drawing and valet service.

Owners Suite

350 ft² – Violin (Upper) Deck

  • Gold Butler service
  • 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 P+ & P Staterooms

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

  • Gold Butler service in Cat.P+ staterooms, Silver Butler service in  Cat.P Staterooms
  • Exclusive Twin Balcony comprising French Balcony & Outside Balcony
  • Expansive bathroom with a separate shower 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. T+ & T Staterooms

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

  • Silver Butler Service in Cat. T+ Staterooms
  • 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. B+ & 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
  • 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

Single stateroom 140 sq.ft – Piano Deck

  • Fixed window with river views
  • 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
Ama Bella Deck Plan
AmaWaterways AmaVenita ship

APT in partnership with AmaWaterways,  offer their own unique cruises on had picked 5* ships like the  AmaVenita where APT deliver on exceptional service and offer that added extra associated with the APT brand. From Home to airport transfers by private car *, fully inclusive of trips and enriching Signature experiences and freedom of choice sightseeing, Butler service, room service, complimentary laundry and champagne on arrival in select suites . Savour the flavour’s of Europe with the finest dining daily, your day will begin with a delicious buffet breakfast, lunch offers a wide selection of hot and cold dishes, your evening starts with an exquisite five course a la Carte dinner, if you need it a sumptious afternoon tea is also served daily along with complimentary beverages served at your discretion whilst on board. *mileage restrictions apply

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • Multiple outdoor decks offering unimpeded panoramic views
  • Sundecks with lounge chairs and retractable roof
  • Varied fine dining venues
  • Gold or Silver Butler service
  • Main Lounge with bar, piano and dance floor
  • Engaging Entertainment, including lectures, music recitals, singers
  • Wine Bar
  • Chef’s table, Al Fresco Dining, Room Service
  • APT Cruise Director and expert local guides
  • 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*

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. Private Butler Service, your on board butler offers included pressing of two garments per day, shoe shining, tea and coffee service, booking of on shore activities and excursions all part of the Silver butler service, added extras on Gold Butler service included pre dinning canapes, packing and un-packing service, bath drawing and valet service.

Royal Suite

300 ft² – Violin (Upper) Deck

  • Gold Butler service
  • 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 P+ & P Staterooms

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

  • Gold Butler service in Cat.P+ staterooms, Silver Butler service in  Cat.P Staterooms
  • Exclusive Twin Balcony comprising French Balcony & Outside Balcony
  • Expansive bathroom with a separate shower 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. T+ & T Staterooms

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

  • Silver Butler Service in Cat. T+ Staterooms
  • 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. B+ & 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
  • 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
DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
Mar 18AmaVenitaAmsterdam£2045SAVE £1850Cabin Upgrades
Cat ELower Deck160 ft², Fixed WindowsSold Out  
Cat DLower Deck160 ft², Fixed Windows£2045 Was £3895  
Cat CMiddle Deck170 ft², French Balcony£2845 Was £4695  
Cat B+Upper Deck170 ft², French Balcony£3145 Was £4995  
Cat TMiddle Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£3245 Was £5095  
Cat T+Upper Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£3345 Was £5195  
Cat PMiddle Deck235 ft², Twin Balcony£3495 Was £5345  
Cat P+Upper Deck235 ft², Twin Balcony£3745 Was £5595  
Royal SuiteUpper Deck300 ft², Twin Balcony£5195 Was £7045  
Apr 17AmaBellaAmsterdam£2845SAVE £1850Cabin Upgrades
Cat ELower Deck170 ft², Fixed Windows£2845 Was £4695  
Cat DLower Deck170 ft², Fixed Windows£3045 Was £4895  
Cat CMiddle Deck170 ft², French Balcony£3845 Was £5695  
Cat B+Upper Deck170 ft², French Balcony£4145 Was £5995  
Cat TMiddle Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£4245 Was £6095  
Cat T+Upper Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£4345 Was £6195  
Cat PMiddle Deck235 ft², Twin Balcony£4495 Was £6345  
Cat P+Upper Deck235 ft², Twin Balcony£4745 Was £6595  
Owner's SuiteUpper Deck255 ft², Twin Balcony£5645 Was £7495  
Owner's Suite+Upper Deck350 ft², Twin Balcony£6945 Was £8795  
DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
Apr 12AmaStellaAmsterdam£3695SAVE £1000Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCat E160 ft², Fixed Windows£3695  
Lower DeckCat D160 ft², Fixed Windows£3895  
Middle DeckCat CB155 ft², French Balcony  
Middle DeckCat C170 ft², French Balcony£4695  
Upper DeckCat B+170 ft², French Balcony£4995  
Middle DeckCat T210 ft², Twin Balcony£5095  
Upper DeckCat T+210 ft², Twin Balcony£5195  
Middle DeckCat P235 ft², Twin Balcony£5345  
Upper DeckCat P+235 ft², Twin Balcony£5595  
Upper DeckOwner's Suite+350 ft², Twin Balcony£7795  
Sep 29AmaReinaAmsterdam£3995SAVE £1000Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCat E160 ft², Fixed Windows£3995  
Lower DeckCat D160 ft², Fixed Windows£4195  
Middle DeckCat C170 ft², French Balcony£4995  
Upper DeckCat B+170 ft², French Balcony£5295  
Middle DeckCat T210 ft², Twin Balcony£5395  
Upper DeckCat T+210 ft², Twin Balcony£5495  
Middle DeckCat P235 ft², Twin Balcony£5645  
Upper DeckCat P+235 ft², Twin Balcony£5895  
Upper DeckRoyal Suite300 ft², Twin Balcony£8095  


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Why Choose This Cruise?

APT River Cruises included excursions go beyond the ordinary with small group tours exploring the culture and traditions of the places you visit as well as the main sights.  Real destination enrichment and deeper understanding is already included in the cost of your cruise. A high standard of cuisine is guaranteed due to their membership of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs – a prestigious international culinary society.  Relaxed private dining onboard is also available to book during your cruise.

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