Top Solo Travel Deal No Single Supplement Dutch Tulip Time Cruise: What better time to head to Europe before ths ummer rush. Air fares will be lower and crowds lighter!
I have sailed with AMA Waterways and am really a fan. Their ships were excellent, and the food delicious and plentiful. As a solo, I had a really welcome feeling. With my own cabin, there was just the right mix of time alone and a ready-made group for meals and tours. Better yet with a river cruise, there was no need to keep packing and unpacking. Give it a try. You will find a top solo travel deal.
This is an example of a tulip time AMA Waterways cruise based on 9 days. For the 7 day itinerary changes and dates, please follow the link.
Day 1 | Depart USA/Canada. Board your international flight to Amsterdam, Holland.
Day 2 | Amsterdam, Holland. Welcome to Amsterdam, a modern city with a rich and fascinating history. Explore the 700-year-old European capital with its elegant and classic architecture, cafés, lively marketplaces and exciting nightlife. This evening meet your fellow passengers on board for the Welcome Reception and Dinner. (D)
Day 3 | Amsterdam. Volendam. Edam. After breakfast, enjoy a comprehensive and scenic morning cruise through the historic harbor and canals of Amsterdam. See the beautiful homes that line the water, the fabled Skinny Bridge, and the famous Anne Frank House. Then, enjoy a panoramic city tour, where you will see the Rembrandt Windmill and other great landmarks of Amsterdam. Return to the ship for a scenic lunch, while you cruise the Ijsselmeer towards Volendam. Enjoy a late afternoon tour of Volendam Harbor to see the fish auction building, Old Quarter and famous churches. Continue by motor coach to the Village of Edam where you will sample some of its famous cheese. Another afternoon option is to enjoy a scenic bicycle ride through North Holland. (B,L,D)
Day 4 | Arnhem. Nijmegen. Arrive in beautiful Arnhem early this morning and see the site of the Battle of Arnhem Bridge featured in the classic film “A Bridge Too Far” during Operation Market Garden in World War II. Then visit the Airborne Museum, which shows the course of events during the Battle of Arnhem. Or, choose to visit the Het Loo Palace and see its amazing gardens, which was once home to the House of Orange-Nassau from the 17th century until the death of Queen Wilhelmina in 1962. In the alternative, enjoy a guided bike tour (capacity controlled). After the tours, return to the ship for lunch and cruise to Nijmegen. From here, take a motor coach to Venlo, where you will have the unique opportunity to visit the Floriade World Horticultural Expo. Bringing together more than 100 exhibitors from dozens of countries, the Floriade Expo grounds will feature five themed zones connected by wooded areas. Each of the zones contains its own horticultural exhibits, cultural attractions, activities, restaurant, music, dance and theatrical performances. Enjoy scenic cruising this evening as you sail through Holland, and on to Belgium. (B,L,D)
Day 5 | Antwerp, Belgium. This morning, enjoy a walking tour of Antwerp. See the Antwerp Castle, Grote Market, Brabo Fountain and city’s superb architecture. In the alternative, visit the Rubens House, former home and studio of Peter Paul Rubens, the famous 17th-century Flemish Baroque Painter. Afterwards, you will visit the Antwerp Cathedral which features two of Rubens’ most important works, the Elevation of the Cross and the Descent from the Cross. The afternoon is free to explore Antwerp on your own or take an optional excursion to nearby Brussels. During dinner, your cruise departs for Ghent. (B,L,D)
Day 6 | Ghent. After breakfast take a guided sightseeing tour of Ghent, the fourth largest city of Belgium. Begin your walking tour from the Belfry Tower and see picturesque highlights such as the Koornlei, the Graslei, and the Castle of the Counts. The afternoon is yours to explore Ghent at leisure or to take an optional excursion to Brugge, which is one of Europe’s most perfectly preserved medieval cities. Brugge’s historical city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B,L,D)
Day 7 | Willemstad. Kinderdijk. Schoonhoven. This morning sail through the Dutch region of Zeeland. This region is home to one of the world’s most complex engineering projects, the Delta Works, which took more than 30 years to complete. Stop in charming Willemstad, a 400-year-old town, for a walking tour. You will visit the first Protestant church in Holland, where you will be treated to a private organ recital that has been planned exclusively for you. In the alternative, take a guided bicycle tour of Willemstad (capacity controlled). In the afternoon, you will visit Kinderdijk which features the greatest concentration of windmills in the country. Tonight, enjoy a special music performance as the ship cruises to Schoonhoven for the evening. (B,L,D)
Day 8 | Utrecht. Keukenhof. Amsterdam. During breakfast, enjoy some scenic cruising along the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal to Utrecht. Admire the spectacular display of bulb flowers in bloom during your morning excursion to the famous Keukenhof Gardens where you will be delighted to find millions of flowering tulips all over the 70-acre park. The rest of the day is for you to enjoy at your leisure. (B,L,D)
Day 9 | Disembark. Depart Amsterdam. Disembark for your transfer to the airport. (B)
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