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April 5 – Depart USA
April 6 – ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS – EMBARKATION - Beginhof, Beginhof Kapel, & Welcome Dinner
April 7 – AMSTERDAM – HOORN
Enjoy a scenic cruise through the Ijsselmeer to Hoorn, where you have a choice of three excursions. Visit a family-run tulip farm with over one million tulips, each in different phases of growth and in many species and colors. For those seeking to travel back in time, you can tour De Halve Maen, a replica of the Dutch East India Company’s most famous ship and then stroll through Hoorn’s beautiful old harbor. And for more active adventurers, go for a guided bike ride through the Dutch countryside.
April 8 – MIDDELBURG -
After enjoying a scenic cruise through the Delta, you can explore medieval Middelburg, which was the second largest trading city of the Dutch East India Company. Or, if you feel like exploring the city on two wheels, a guided bike ride is a perfect choice. Alternatively, you may venture off to the Delta Works storm surge barrier, an impressive series of dams and Dutch hydraulic engineering.
April 9 – GHENT, BELGIUM -
While we are docked in Ghent enjoy a full-day excursion to Bruges and Kortrijk. Next travel to Kortrijk to visit the Beguinage of Saint Elisabeth, which dates back to the 13th century.
April 10 – ANTWERP -
Explore this trendy city 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, where you can marvel at the works of the artist, Peter Paul Rubens. Next visit the Beguinage of Antwerp, built in 1545. The last Antwerp Beguine, Virginia Laeremans lived here until her death in 1986.
April 11 – ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS – KINDERDIJK
During the morning, you can go on a walking tour of Rotterdam, nicknamed the “Gateway to Europe,” followed by a visit to the charming city of Gouda, known for its delicious cheese. Alternatively, go on an excursion to Delft, known as the home of the painter Johannes Vermeer, Delft Blue earthenware and the Royal House. While here, you’ll visit the Royal Delft Porcelain Factory and Museum. Prefer a more active adventure, then go on a bike ride through Rotterdam and past some of its famous landmarks and architecture. In the afternoon, venture to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kinderdijk.
April 12 – AMSTERDAM
One of the most impressive public gardens in the world, Keukenhof, presents a spectacular display of millions of flowering tulips spread out over 70 acres. Later in the day, admire Amsterdam’s historic harbor and canals, where you’ll see beautiful homes lining the water, the fabled Skinny Bridge and the Anne Frank House.
April 13 – DISEMBARKATION – DEPART AMSTERDAM
This tour is held with special guest speaker Edwina Gately: Join Edwina Gateley on this inspiring and life-changing river cruise. We will visit where hundreds of brave and dedicated women (the Beguines) started the first European lay spirituality movement - living out an active and contemplative lifestyle in the Middle Ages for over a hundred years. Edwina will share stories of these impressive women as well as other mystics including Hildegard and Julian of Norwich.
AMA WATERWAYS INCLUDED FEATURES
7 Nights Deluxe Cruise Accommodation
Daily Sightseeing Program as outlined in the Itinerary
Infotainment System in all Staterooms with Free Internet, Hit Movies, Music Library & English TV Stations
Terry Bathrobes and White-on-white plush bedding in all Staterooms
Superb Dining with all Meals included during your Cruise
Free-flowing Red & White Wines from Europe’s great Wine Regions, beer & soft drinks with every Dinner
Bottled Water in every stateroom replenished daily
Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain’s Gala Dinner
Special Highlights including Folklore Dances, Lectures, Theme Dinners, onboard Music Performances and afternoon & evening Piano Music
Use of Bicycles to explore on your own
Fixed Window Stateroom starting at $2,498