Join Colleen Alsberg of Fox World Travel on a magical tour of the Netherlands and Belgium. Stroll through colorful acres of tulips at Keukenhof Gardens to get a sense of the Netherlands’ extraordinary connection to these blooms. Then visit the 19 UNESCO-designated windmills of Kinderdijk to better understand how these mighty structures have been used to protect the Low Country from ever-rising water levels for hundreds of years.
Wander through the picture-perfect villages of Veere, Hoorn and Enkhuizen, and the enchanting outdoor Zuiderzee Museum. Uncover the rich treasures at Amsterdam’s world-class museums, including the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum. Take in the dazzling skyline of Rotterdam as you cruise through the bustling harbor and drift along the canals of Bruges. All along the way, you’ll savor Dutch delights and Belgian treats as you sail the aquatic highways and byways of two amazing countries shaped by water.
Step back in time and visit historic villages, medieval city centers and 20th-century battlefields. Art lovers will enjoy guided museum visits, while garden lovers will find a host of wonders with springtime blossoms.
Depart from Chicago O’Hare airport for the overnight flight to Brussels, Belgium.
Arrive at Brussels International Airport, where you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship.
It may be the diamond capital of the world, but Antwerp is also known for a number of other sought-after cultural gems, including Golden Age art and Belgian beer, waffles and fries. Belgium’s largest port, home to trendsetting fashion designers and a mecca for chocolate lovers, Antwerp is lively and historic, lovely and legend-filled. Visit Antwerp’s striking Cathedral of Our Lady, with its UNESCO-designated belfry and its historic surroundings, or, if you’re feeling adventurous, hop on the metro and experience the city like a local.
Featured Excursion: Choice of Antwerp walking discovery tour with Cathedral of Our Lady or Exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Antwerp walking tour
Your first day in Belgium offers you the chance to visit one of two national gems: beautiful Bruges, the capital of West Flanders and one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe; or fascinating Ghent, the capital city of East Flanders, whose long history does not weigh upon its vibrant present. Bruges is a place that seems frozen in time, where boats and swans float down canals and under stone bridges that gave the city its name. Belgium’s second-largest city, Ghent abounds in beautifully restored medieval architecture, but there’s nothing museum-like about the city: It’s lively and brims with cutting-edge boutiques and galleries.
Featured Excursion: Choice of Full-day Bruges with canal cruise and walking discovery tour or Ghent walking discovery tour
Today you will get the chance to explore Veere, a harbor village on the shores of the Western Scheldt. Veere may be a small town now, but its stately 15th-century town hall tells of a grander past. For three centuries, it was the bustling center of the wool trade with Scotland; the wealth from this trade built the splendid church with its tall and ornate steeple that dominates the village, as well as the handsome mansions on its main street. You will also visit the Delta Works museum to learn about the incredible feat of engineering the Dutch have designed to control flooding.
Featured Excursions: Delta Works museum / Stroll into the artists’ village of Veere
The second-largest city in the Netherlands and the largest port in Europe, Rotterdam is thoroughly modern—much of its historic fabric was destroyed during WWII. As your ship cruises through the port, you’ll soon understand why it’s sometimes called “Manhattan on the Meuse”: The Maas Tower, the Montevideo, the Millennium Tower and the spectacular Erasmus Bridge make for a dazzling skyline. You’ll have some free time to explore this exciting modern city on your own. Take a look at the amazing cube houses, stop by Groos for unique pieces by Rotterdam designers, check out the new market hall or visit one of Rotterdam’s many museums. Today also includes a outing to historic Kinderdikj where you'll learn about the marvelous engineering that goes into Holland's famous windmills and their role in changing the course of Dutch history.
Featured Excursion: Kinderdijk windmills
Nijmegen, the oldest town in the Netherlands (founded more than 2,000 years ago), is your gateway to one of two intriguing discoveries today. You can either learn more about the Netherlands’ WWII history during a guided tour of the National Liberation Museum in Groesbeek or discover one of the world’s great Van Gogh collections at the Kröller-Müller Museum.
Featured Excursion: Choice of National Liberation Museum or Kröller-Müller Museum
Today offers you a chance to discover the Netherlands’ maritime history, with visits to two historic towns linked to the Dutch East India Company (which dominated Europe’s trade with Asia for centuries), and to learn a little about the daily lives of the seafaring Dutch in the 19th century. The tip of South America—Cape Horn—is actually a misspelling of “Hoorn,” which tells you a lot about the town of Hoorn and its seafaring past. The swash-buckling derring-do of Dutch explorers comes to life today on a guided walking tour of this historic locale. Later, leave the modern world far behind during a visit to a re-created 19th-century Dutch village.
Featured Excursions: Hoorn walking discovery tour / “Life on the Zuiderzee” outdoor museum visit
Spend the entire day roaming through acres of blooming tulips at the famed Keukenhof Gardens or split your time between the iconic garden and exploring historic Haarlem and the Netherlands’ first museum.
Featured Excursion: Choice of Full-day at Keukenhof Gardens or Keukenhof Gardens with Haarlem stroll and Teylers Museum visit
The laid-back, forward-thinking Dutch capital is as celebrated for its artistic masterpieces as it is for its canals, narrow houses, bicycles and vibrant nightlife. Discover the “Venice of the North” in two iconic ways today—a private visit to the Amsterdam Hermitage, plus a canal cruise or walking tour with a native of the city. The Netherlands’ largest city, Amsterdam has been an international port and financial center for 400 years, endowing it with a lively cosmopolitan feeling to match its historic architecture. Here, even the simplest shop has a distinctive charm, and every street has a story to tell. Your day begins with a morning tour of a rare collection of art—an extra special perk reserved solely for Uniworld guests. Later, see the sites by canal boat or stroll through the city’s streets like a local on a special guided tour.
Featured Excursion: Exclusive “Morning with the Masters” at the Amsterdam Hermitage
Choice of Amsterdam canal cruise or Exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Amsterdam walking tour
Disembark the ship in Amsterdam and transfer to the airport for your flight home. Upon arrival in Chicago, your motor coach will be waiting to return you to your original point of pick up.
- Group motorcoach transfer to and from Chicago O’Hare from select pick-up points
- Round trip flights from Chicago O’Hare to Brussels, Belgium and return from Amsterdam
- Motorcoach transfers between the airport and ship
- 10-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the River Princess
- $100.00 per person ship board credit
- All gratuities to onboard staff, and to Uniworld onshore coach drivers and tour guides
- Bathrooms stocked with L’Occitane bath and body products and comfy robes and slippers
- Captivating onboard local entertainment
- Free Internet and Wi-Fi ; Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
Dining & Beverages
- All meals onboard the ship, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
- Captain’s Welcome Gala and Farewell Dinners
- Unlimited beverages including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee, and non-alcoholic beverages onboard the ship
- Bottled water replenished daily in your stateroom; and 24-hour specialty coffee and tea station
Sightseeing and Services Highlights
- Experienced Tour Manager, Colleen Alsberg, from Fox World Travel to accompany the group*
- Remarkable service from your English-speaking crew and on-board tour director
- 10 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts with Guided “Do as the Locals Do,” and “Gentle Walking” programs
- State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
- Customized informative travel documents
Not Included: Meals unless noted; gratuities unless noted; medical services; airline imposed baggage fees; trip cancellation insurance, or any other items of a personal nature. A valid passport is required.
* Minimum group required for the Fox World Travel tour manager to participate. In the unlikely event the minimum number is not reached, the tour will still include a professional local guide in the destination.
Air-Inclusive from Chicago O’Hare
*Above pricing is per person based on double occupancy in your choice of cabin category and subject to availability. All taxes and fees of $392.00 per person are INCLUDED and subject to change. Fox World Travel has no control over flight changes, delays or cancellations. Single pricing available upon request. Triple accommodations not available.
Pay in Full Discount: Pay in full at time of booking prior to June 28, 2018 and receive:
- Classic Cabin : $315.00 off per person
- Deluxe Cabin: $370.00 off per person
- French Balcony Cabin : $425.00 off per person
Past Passenger Discount: Deposit or Pay in Full by June 28, 2018 receive an additional:
- Classic Cabin : $165.00 off per person
- French Balcony Cabin : $195.00 off per person
- Deluxe Balcony Cabin : $225.00 off per person
NOTE: Past Passenger Discounts apply if clients have travel previously – last 5 years – with Brendan Vacations, Contiki, Insight Vacations, Trafalgar, or Red Carnation Hotels. Pay in Full Discount does not exempt participants from increases in air taxes and fuel surcharges at any time. Discounts are subject to change at any time.
Flights from Chicago O’Hare are Pending
The flights included in the air-inclusive package have not yet been announced, the identity of the carrier, which may include the carrier’s code-share partner, will be assigned and disclosed at a later date.
Flight schedules are subject to change and FWT has no control over flight changes, seat assignments, delays or cancellations. Tickets will be non-refundable once issued. Changes will be subject to a fee plus any fare difference. Additional restrictions may apply. Checked baggage fees may apply.
Pricing and flight options from other cities available upon request.
Cancellation and travel protection is strongly recommended. Fox World Travel offers several plans with Travel Guard Insurance. Details and rates can be obtained from your travel consultant.
- Date of Booking to December 11, 2018: Deposit amount $700.00 per person
- December 12, 2018 to February 15, 2019: 50% of trip cost + applicable airline fees
- February 16, 2019 to March 19, 2019: 75% of trip cost + applicable airline fees
- March 20, 2019 to departure: No refund
Airline tickets are non-refundable once ticketed.
A valid passport is required with a validity of at least six months beyond the return date of the trip.
Note: Daily Itinerary is subject to change. Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.
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