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11 Day Tulip Time River Cruise with Amsterdam Monarch Princess

11 Day Tulip Time River Cruise with Amsterdam Monarch Princess

Operator: Gate1
Ship: Monarch Princess
Starts: Amsterdam, Netherlands on Sat, Apr 03, 2021
Ends: Amsterdam, Netherlands on Tue, Apr 13, 2021

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Belgium, Netherlands

Rivers Visited

Rhine

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 (Sat, Apr 03, 2021): DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for the Netherlands

Depart for the Netherlands

Day 2 (Sun, Apr 04, 2021): DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Amsterdam

Welcome to Amsterdam, Holland's sophisticated and modern capital; transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to discover the many cultural sites this delightful city has to offer. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting with your local host at the hotel at approximately 6 PM, about the journey. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 2 PM on Day 2 or earlier, if possible
Overnight: Amsterdam

Day 3 (Mon, Apr 05, 2021): DAY 3, Monday - Amsterdam City Tour

Awake this morning in Amsterdam, one of the greatest small cities in the world, with its world-famous museums and historical sites. Today's panoramic tour of 700-year-old Amsterdam introduces you to both the old and the new sections of this city. View the Royal Palace on Amsterdam's Dam Square, the King's official home-away-from-home. On to the Dutch National Monument dedicated by Queen Juliana as a memorial to the victims of WWII and to the unusual Skinny Bridge, once so narrow that pedestrians could not pass each other. Then, board a glass-top boat and cruise the winding canals for an up-close view of the stately historic homes, 16th-century warehouses and charming churches with striking bell towers. The rest of the day is on your own. Perhaps, visit the world-renowned Van Gogh Museum and explore the largest collection of his works in the world
Overnight: Amsterdam
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 (Tue, Apr 06, 2021): DAY 4, Tuesday - Rijksmuseum Tour & Cruise Embarkation

This morning visit the world famous Rijksmuseum. On your guided tour you will explore the vast collection of works from some of the world's greatest artists including the Dutch masters Vermeer and Rembrandt. This afternoon transfer to the port for embarkation. After arrival formalities, rest and relax on board. This evening, meet your Cruise Director and enjoy a gala Welcome Dinner as it sets the mood for your delightful river cruise
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 (Wed, Apr 07, 2021): DAY 5, Wednesday - Full Day in Amsterdam

Awake this morning in Amsterdam for a day at leisure to further discover Amsterdam on your own. Perhaps experience a taste of real Dutch life by renting a bike to discover the little alleyways, hidden courtyards and canal-side treasures
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 (Thu, Apr 08, 2021): DAY 6, Thursday - Antwerp City Tour

Today you arrive in Antwerp, one of Europe's largest and most historic port cities, where more than half of the world's diamonds are traded. Evidence of the wealth produced from trade during the 16th century can be seen in the opulent homes that line the city streets. The tour of the city begins at the Cathedral of our Lady, the highest Gothic building in the Low Countries and continues to the unique market place, surrounded by the mighty Renaissance Town hall and numerous guild halls. Rest of the day is at leisure in Antwerp, or return to the ship for a relaxing afternoon on board
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 (Fri, Apr 09, 2021): DAY 7, Friday - Tour Ghent, the Historic Flanders Port

Discover the historic Flanders port of Ghent today, a showcase of Flemish wealth. Your tour of this medieval city includes views of the 7th century St. Bavo's Cathedral and the imposing Gravensteen Castle. At the town center, view the gigantic Belfry, a symbol of the city's independence and the Gothic-style Cloth Hall, glorifying the city's major industry. Alternativley, take the optional full day tour to Bruges, also known as the "Venice of the North" and home to some of Europe's best preserved medieval buildings. Here, view the Lake of Love (Minnewater), the Beguinage Convent and walk along the picturesque winding cobbled alleys and romantic canals
Optional: Full Day Bruges City Tour with Lunch (AM)
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 (Sat, Apr 10, 2021): DAY 8, Saturday - Willemstad, Afternoon Windmill Tour in Kinderdijk

Begin your exploration of charming Willemstad, located on Holland's Diep River. The town, named after King Willem of Orange, is best-known for its well-preserved fortifications. View some of the town's architectural landmarks; the Mauritshuis, De Koepelkerk Church, the first church built in the Netherlands specifically for Protestant worship, d'Orangemolen, a stately white windmill, and Old Town Hall. Alternatively, join the fascinating optional excursion to the Delta Works this morning. After the 1953 flood in the Netherlands, the Delta Plan was created to prevent a disaster from ever happening again. Taking 30 years to complete, the storm flood barrier, almost six miles long, stands as the final defense in the battle against the water and is considered a technical miracle. Afterward, rejoin the ship and continue cruising to Dordrecht. This afternoon, visit a windmill park in the small village of Kinderdijk on the north bank of the River Noord. The windmills, built in the 1700s, are still in use today and played a vital role in the development of the country. During this excursion, visit a windmill and learn more about the modern technology that is now replacing their existence
Optional: Delta Works Tour (AM)
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 (Sun, Apr 11, 2021): DAY 9, Sunday - Morning Tour of Enkhuizen

Embark on a morning tour of the charming city of Enkhuizen. Discover the city's historic landmarks and step into the Dutch Golden Age of the 17th century when you stroll through Enkhuizen's historic streets. Learn about the city's local culture and hear facts about the time when the Netherlands was a global trading power with Enkhuizen one of its main port cities. Conclude the tour with a visit to Zuiderzee Museum, that focuses in maritime history and cultural heritage of the Zuiderzee. Visit the exhibits and discover how people once lived in this area. Free time to explore on your own before returning to the ship. Set sail in the late afternoon
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 (Mon, Apr 12, 2021): DAY 10, Monday - Morning in Keukenhof Gardens, Afternoon Tour of Zaandam

Depart this morning for beautiful Keukenhof Gardens, the largest and most spectacular flower gardens in the world, where a sea of multicolored tulips stretches out over the flat Dutch landscape as far as the eye can see. Return to the ship for lunch on board. This afternoon, visit the city of Zaandam that is steeped in history. During the Dutch Golden Age, the city had a large milling center with over 1000 windmills along the Zaan river. The area is considered one of the oldest industrial areas in the world. Explore the typical Dutch landscape with its flat meadows and numerous windmills. Tonight, attend the Farewell Dinner and share wonderful memories of your cruise with your Tour Manager and newfound friends
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 (Tue, Apr 13, 2021): DAY 11, Tuesday - Depart the Netherlands

This morning, disembark and transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Disembarkation will end at 9:30 AM
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

Price does not include airfare, departure or arrival transfers, airline taxes and fuel surcharges.

River Cruise Package Includes

  • Round trip flights New York-Amsterdam, Amsterdam-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 9 nights accommodations
  • 2 nights Amsterdam
  • 7 nights outside cabin aboard the Deluxe , or First Class , or First Class , or First Class
  • River port charges of $190 per person
  • Cruise & hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 22 meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Cruise director & activities host throughout cruise
  • Local host in Amsterdam
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Shore excursions per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring during excursions
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    Special Features

  • In Amsterdam, board a glass-top boat and cruise the winding canals
  • Dock in the historic Flanders port of Ghent, a showcase of Flemish wealth
  • Visit the windmill park in Kinderdijk built in the 1700s and still in use today
  • Explore the magnificent flower displays at Keukenhof Gardens
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    River Cruise Features & Amenities

  • Gala Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner
  • Wine and beer with dinners
  • Locally inspired recipes
  • Early riser breakfast in addition to buffet breakfast
  • Late night snack
  • Complimentary basic Wi-Fi access in public areas
  • Self-serve coffee and tea station
  • Lounge serving premium spirits
  • Fitness center
  • Non-smoking ship interior
  • Shore excursions conducted exclusively in English by licensed guides
  • Know Before You Book - High & Low Water

    European river cruising has gained in popularity for very good reason. It's a relaxing and convenient way to experience Europe while enjoying the comfort of a deluxe ship. However, before making the decision to reserve your vacation, please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise. While most of the time river cruises operate exactly as planned, weather conditions may result in high or low water levels which impact a ship's itinerary and, on occasion, render a ship unable to sail at all. On very rare occasions, other events such as heavy fog, a damaged lock, or an incapacitated vessel blocking the river, may impact a sailing. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is partially or completely impacted, the itinerary will be operated by deluxe motor coach, accompanied by a Tour Manager, with overnights in hotels. When the option exists, the operator will "swap ships" with another vessel sailing in the opposite direction, retaining the sailing experience. Crew, ship and cabin configuration may differ. The itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required, as well as meals. While it is not possible to recreate the more leisurely comforts of sailings, we will endeavor to provide a comparable itinerary. These alternative services will be provided at no additional charge.

    †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    *Not Included:
    Optional shore excursions and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Cruise only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

    Monarch Duchess: Passengers arriving to Amsterdam on Day 2 should select flights that arrive no later than 2 PM. Embarkation will begin at 2 PM, however early arrivals may rest in the lounge if their assigned cabin is not ready upon check-in..

    Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs and walkers are not allowed on motor coaches and/or river cruises. Kindly refer to our Terms for additional information.

    While sailing with Monarch Cruises, passengers are subject to the cruise's Terms & Conditions which can be viewed at: .

    Know Before You Book - High & Low Water

    European river cruising has gained in popularity for very good reason. It's a relaxing and convenient way to experience Europe while enjoying the comfort of a deluxe ship. However, before making the decision to reserve your vacation, please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise. While most of the time river cruises operate exactly as planned, weather conditions may result in high or low water levels which impact a ship's itinerary and, on occasion, render a ship unable to sail at all. On very rare occasions, other events such as heavy fog, a damaged lock, or an incapacitated vessel blocking the river, may impact a sailing. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is partially or completely impacted, the itinerary will be operated by deluxe motor coach, accompanied by a Tour Manager, with overnights in hotels. When the option exists, the operator will "swap ships" with another vessel sailing in the opposite direction, retaining the sailing experience. Crew, ship and cabin configuration may differ. The itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required, as well as meals. While it is not possible to recreate the more leisurely comforts of sailings, we will endeavor to provide a comparable itinerary. These alternative services will be provided at no additional charge.

    Please note that the following inclusions may contain items that are only applicable when you purchase Land & Air. The brochure prices below are for Land Only - call us for our best deal.

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    Ship Information

    Monarch Princess


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    Questions & Answers

    Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

    Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

    Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

    The river cruise will be conducted in English only.

    Customer Reviews

    Overall Rating
    4.6
    Accommodations
    4.5
    Itinerary
    4.4
    Professional Staff
    4.8
    Repeat with Operator
    4.4
    Value for Money
    4.7

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