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Holland and Belgium in Springtime River Cruise

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Discover Holland and Belgium at the height of spring—when fields of tulips blanket the low country and trees burst with blossoms. On an 8-day cruise, glide past scenic villages and historic cities. In Holland, stroll through a patchwork of flowers at the Keukenhof gardens, and meander past the windmills of Kinderdijk. Gain insight into Dutch traditions during a festive dinner with local residents, and meet engineers for an inside look at the Delta Works. Venture into stunning cathedrals and town halls, and trace the colorful histories of Veere and Arnhem in the Netherlands and Brugge, Belgium from the medieval era to World War II.

These departures will be accompanied by a National Geographic expert who will give talks throughout the week and join guests on off-ship excursions. Additionally, on Europe departures, a National Geographic photographer will be on board to share techniques and help guests hone their photography skills. We’ve added extra choice excursions as well, from hikes and bike rides to in-depth learning experiences that focus on the natural world, culture, and history.

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Day 1

Arrive in Amsterdam and board our Scenic Space Ship. Toast the journey ahead at this evening’s welcome reception and dinner.

Meals included: Dinner
Day 2
Rotterdam/Delft

Sail to the busy port of Rotterdam.

Later, continue sailing toward Veere.

Freechoice

Set out on a walk through the city, viewing the striking contemporary architecture which stands in contrast to older neighborhoods, including the historic harbor of Delfshaven. Or choose to explore beautiful Delft, where world-renowned blue-and-white pottery has been produced since the 17th century. Here, we’ll visit a pottery factory and a museum to learn more about the city’s celebrated ceramics. Alternatively, discover the World Heritage site of Kinderdijk-Elshout, where 19 windmills were built around 1740 to drain the polders—the Netherlands' marshy lowlands that were reclaimed through the use of dikes.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
Veere

This morning, cruise into Holland’s Zeeland province.

This evening, unwind with a sundowner drink on the deck of our ship, taking in splendid views of the Dutch countryside.

Freechoice

Set out on a private tour of a portion of the “Delta Works,” dams and barriers built as part of an elaborate engineering project begun in the mid-20th century to prevent flooding in the region, or explore the charming village of Veere, once an important seaport. Stroll along the bustling harbor, and admire the elegant, gabled architecture dating back to the 15th century. Alternatively, embark on a guided cycling tour of Veere and its surroundings.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Antwerp, Belgium/Brugge

Dock at the medieval port city of Antwerp and continue to Brugge, known for its Gothic architecture and picturesque market squares linked by cobbled streets and serene canals. The entire historic center of Brugge has been declared a World Heritage site.

Freechoice

Set out on a tour of the main squares, the Markt and Burg. See one of Europe’s largest surviving medieval town halls, and the 12th-century Basilica of the Holy Blood. Alternatively, stay in Antwerp and discover this stylish city, located on the banks of the Schelde River and known as the diamond capital of the world. Venture on your own into the Cathedral of Our Lady, a Gothic gem that harbors four masterpieces by artist Peter Paul Rubens. Also see the city hall, a fine example of Flemish architecture, and the Grote Markt, Antwerp’s lovely main square.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Arnhem

Cruise through the countryside to Arnhem, once an important trading center in the Hanseatic League—and later the site of a historic Allied assault during World War II.

Freechoice

Visit the Airborne Museum ‘Hartenstein,’ dedicated to the Battle of Arnhem, and view weapons, videos, and photos that bring this famed battle to life. Alternatively, visit the Netherlands Open Air Museum, which encompasses many beautiful acres of historic houses, farms, and windmills where travelers can witness authentic Dutch customs and traditions. Or go biking in nearby Hoge Veluwe National Park, one of the largest nature reserves in Holland, and hear about the local ecology from a park ranger.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Hoorn/Volendam/Edam

Freechoice: Explore the fishing village of Volendam. Next, on a tour of Edam, visit a cheese warehouse and sample some of the round cheese for which the city is known. Alternatively, discover the charming town of Hoorn with a guide, and taste some of the local delicacies. If you wish, bike to a nearby tulip farm, where we’ll learn about the flower production process from bulb to auction market, Or visit a paprika farm.

Enrich
This evening, join local residents for a special dinner, enjoying traditional food, friendly conversation, and insights into life in the Netherlands.

Freechoice

Explore the fishing village of Volendam. Next, on a tour of Edam, visit a cheese warehouse and sample some of the round cheese for which the city is known. Alternatively, discover the charming town of Hoorn with a guide, and taste some of the local delicacies. If you wish, bike to a nearby tulip farm, where we’ll learn about the flower production process from bulb to auction market, Or visit a paprika farm.

Enrich

This evening, join local residents for a special dinner, enjoying traditional food, friendly conversation, and insights into life in the Netherlands.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
Amsterdam

With its gabled roofs, lively squares, and canal-lined streets, Amsterdam is bursting with character. Immerse yourself in a riot of colors and fragrances at the legendary Keukenhof Gardens, where more than seven million blossoms display their bright hues. National Geographic Travel has rated Keukenhof one of the world’s Top Ten Magnificent Gardens.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
Amsterdam

After breakfast, disembark our ship and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Please note: Itinerary is subject to change.

Meals included: Breakfast
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Optional pre and post land tours
Discover even more by adding an optional escorted land tour or city extension before or after your departure. We have curated a number of choices for you to choose from to tailor make your itinerary.

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National Geographic Expert (Apr 17-24 departure)
Meet Paula Swart

Art historian Paula Swart has been a museum curator for more than 20 years. Born in The Hague in the Netherlands, Paula studied at the University of Leiden and Amsterdam. She holds degrees in Sinology, art history, history, and archaeology, and has published several books and numerous articles on art and architecture. Paula has researched and lectured on Dutch trade and exploration, including artifacts from the wreck of the Dutch East India company ship Witte Leeuw (White Lion), which was found off the island of St. Helena and documented in the October 1978 issue of National Geographic magazine. She speaks five languages, including Dutch and Mandarin, and has a special interest in 17th-century Dutch still life paintings.

National Geographic Photographer (Apr 17-24 departure)
Meet Gianluca Colla

Originally from Italy, Gianluca Colla has traveled and photographed around the world, from the Arctic to the Antarctic Circle, from Africa’s deserts to the Amazon and to the Alps. He has covered a diverse range of topics including the secrets of the longest-living centenarians in the world, a lost Da Vinci painting, and hidden mummies in Sicilian crypts. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including National Geographic magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. Currently based in Switzerland, he has traveled and photographed extensively around Europe.

National Geographic Expert (Apr 24-May 1 departure)
Meet Jan Nijman

Jan Nijman is Distinguished University Professor in Geosciences and director of the Urban Studies Institute at Georgia State University. Jan has been affiliated with National Geographic for more than 15 years, as a member of the Committee for Research and Exploration and as chair of the Society’s Global Exploration Fund in Europe. He has traveled the globe in support of Society-funded projects, and has received multiple grants from National Geographic. The author of five books and more than a hundred other publications, Jan specializes in urban and regional development and the history of cities around the world. A Dutch native, he speaks five languages and has received numerous awards, including the Nystrom Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Jan lives in Atlanta and Amsterdam.

National Geographic Photographer (Apr 24-May 1departure)
Meet Sisse Brimberg

Born in Denmark, award-winning photographer Sisse Brimberg has produced and photographed more than 30 stories for National Geographic magazine over the past 40 years, covering a wide range of subjects, from the Hanseatic League and the Vikings to the Dutch flower trade and the prehistoric cave art of southwestern France. As contributing photographer for National Geographic Traveler, she produced stories about Belgium and Austria's Wachau Valley, and sailed down the Rhine for a story about chocolate. Sisse won first prize for “Picture Story of the Year“ from the National Press Photographers Association for her story on migrant workers. Brimberg established and managed her own photo studio in Copenhagen after attending photography school. Her photographs have been exhibited around the world in Germany, Greece, Brazil, Mexico, New York City (International Center for Photography), and Washington, D.C. (The Newseum).

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