Your European river cruise through Holland and Belgium begins in the colourful capital of the Nether-lands—Amsterdam. This 700-year-old city offers an abundance of classic architecture, cafés, and restaurants to explore before you embark on your river cruise through Holland and Belgium. For beer enthusiasts, a knowledgeable Beer Expert joins your cruise to host lectures, beer tasting, and food-and-beer-pairings for an authentic Holland and Belgium River cruise experience. Sail through Rotterdam’s harbor, said to be the world’s busiest port. Garden enthusiasts will delight in a visit to see the breathtaking colours of Keukenhof, also known as the “Garden of Europe.” With 70 acres of parkland and lakes, it’s one of the world’s largest flower gardens with nearly 7 million flowering bulbs bursting with colour.
Next, sail to Antwerp, Belgium’s second-largest city, combining ancient buildings and monuments with modern architecture. Guided sightseeing includes a visit to a local brewery. Join a guided tour of Ghent, including a visit to St. Baaf’s Cathedral. A canal boat tour with a brewery visit is also included. Your cruise traverses back into Holland to visit Middelburg, and Willemstad. No trip to Holland is complete without a visit to the technical miracle that is the Delta Works, a storm flood barrier almost six miles long.
Return to Amsterdam to see the most fascinating areas of the city on a canal cruise along the elegant Grachten. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the amazing Aalsmeer Flower Auction. You’ll then continue your European holiday with a high-speed train transfer to spend 3 nights in Paris—“The City of Light.” Enjoy guided sightseeing of this iconic city, and spend another full day at your own pace to experience the wonderful cafés, museums, and legendary cityscape in the most romantic city in the world. Your Local Host® is available with recommendations and assistance in making the most of your free time in Paris—as part of your Monograms Paris holiday package.
Your Tulip Time cruise and visit to Paris will bloom in your memory for many seasons to come. You’ll want to return again or add more beautiful journeys to your future travel wishes.