Bruges, Medieval Flanders, Amsterdam & Dutch Bulbfields River Cruise 13 Apr 2020

Cruise Line
Riviera Travel
Ship
George Eliot
Package Departs
13 Apr 2020
Package Duration
7 Nights
Embark Ship
Amsterdam, Rivers
Disembark Ship
Amsterdam, Rivers
E-6348 - Oceanview R-6351 - Balcony D-6355 - Balcony
AU $2,859
per person
AU $3,549
per person
AU $3,779
per person

Duration: 7 nights Cruise-Only
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BRUGES, MEDIEVAL FLANDERS, AMSTERDAM & THE DUTCH BULBFIELDS RIVER CRUISE Cruise-Only price includes:
– 7 night river cruise aboard ms George Eliot round trip from Amsterdam
– All meals from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your day of departure
– Welcome cocktails & dinner plus Captain`s dinner
– Complimentary onboard tea & coffee
– Five star service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
– Complimentary onboard Wi-Fi
– The services of a Riviera Travel River Cruises cruise director and tour manager
– Included visits and shore tours:
Tour of Amsterdam, one of the world`s most unique cities
Walking tour of Bruges, one of Europe`s most perfectly preserved medieval towns
Visit to Arnhem, famous for the 1944 battle vividly depicted in the film `A Bridge Too Far`
Tour of Antwerp, the city of Rubens and the Flemish Masters
Walking tour of Ghent, the 14th century`s largest city in Western Europe
Visit to Ypres and the First World War Battlefields
Visit to the stunning Keukenhof Gardens – the heart of the Dutch Bulbfields
– Port taxes

Special Conditions

*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (05Aug19). All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. The following are NOT included in this package - 1. Ships gratuities 2. Drinks aboard river cruise other than those as listed as included in a Drinks Package (if you choose to pay the additional fee) 3. Any meals other than those as stated 4. Transfer to port to join cruise 5. Transfer from port to depart cruise 6. Travel insurance - proof of which is mandatory prior to documentation release 7. International or domestic airfares. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Offer valid until sold out/withdrawn from sale and is subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty.

Special Validity Dates

Special is valid from 05 Aug 2019 to 13 Apr 2020 or until sold out/withdrawn.

Cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
13 Apr 2020
Amsterdam, Rivers
14 Apr 2020
Amsterdam, Rivers
14 Apr 2020
Hoorn, Netherlands
15 Apr 2020
Arnhem, Holland
16 Apr 2020
Antwerp, Belgium
17 Apr 2020
Ghent, Belgium
18 Apr 2020
Ghent, Belgium
19 Apr 2020
Amsterdam, Rivers
20 Apr 2020
Amsterdam, Rivers

All itineraries and ports of call at the discretion of the cruise line subject to local weather conditions and may change without notice.

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7 Night River Cruise sailing from Amsterdam roundtrip aboard MS George Eliot.

DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN AMSTERDAM
Moored in Amsterdam, the dedicated crew will welcome you aboard your first-class floating hotel, ensuring you settle into your comfortable and extremely well equipped cabin and familiarise yourself with the ship.

DAY 2 – AMSTERDAM & HOORN
Breakfast is an on-board institution and you’re always assured of an enticing range of choices. We’re moored in the heart of delightful Amsterdam, and there’s no better way to explore than taking a classic glass-topped boat tour through the network of canals that infuse every aspect of life here. The tour brings a real insight into the history and everyday life of Amsterdam, a maritime, financial and cultural powerhouse uniquely located facing both the sea and the heartlands of Europe. As we glide over the calm canal waters, you’ll see a fascinating variety of typically Dutch narrow gabled buildings, bustling streets and historic bridges immortalised by the great artists, and learn about its famous canalside residents, from the tragic Anne Frank, who wrote her diaries hidden in a merchant’s house, to Rembrandt, the Dutch Old Master.

A splendid buffet lunch awaits our return as we slip away from the quayside towards the IJsselmeer, the enormous inland lake created when the Zuiderzee was cut off from the North Sea by a series of dykes and dams. Our port of call is Hoorn, once a prosperous port of the Dutch East India Company. Reminiscent of another age, it’s a charming mix of imposing buildings dating from the 15th century onwards, brick-built warehouses, cobbled squares and twisting alleys. Hoorn’s ships traded the world over, with one sailor even naming the southern tip of South America after his home town – Cape Horn. There’s time to explore this intriguing spot before returning to our cruise ship to enjoy dinner and maybe a nightcap in the lounge.

DAY 3 – ARNHEM
One of the delights of river cruising is the enchanting experience of waking somewhere new, the water gently lapping as the ship glides almost imperceptibly along. We’re now deep in the heart of Holland, passing flower-bedecked houseboats, flocks of wildfowl and, of course, windmills! We soon arrive in Arnhem, synonymous with the ill-fated 1944 aerial assault depicted in the film A Bridge Too Far. We visit the battle HQ of the British 1st Airborne Division at Oosterbeek, now an excellent museum, and the Commonwealth War Cemetery, the final resting place of so many. Back on board, we continue our passage along the mighty River Rhine, one of Europe’s most important arterial waterways, before enjoying another sumptuous dinner on board, as distant lights glint on the waterfront as we silently slip by.

DAY 4 – ANTWERP
This morning there’s a chance to marvel at the Captain’s skill as he calmly navigates the busy River Scheldt and moors in Antwerp, birthplace of the Baroque master Peter Paul Rubens. This morning we enjoy a tour led by a local guide taking in its numerous highlights and lesser-known features. At its heart is the captivating main square – the Grote Markt – dominated by ornately gabled guildhouses, the Renaissance town hall and opulent Brabo Fountain. This afternoon is free to explore as you wish, perhaps visiting Rubens’ extravagant former home and studio, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts with over 7,000 paintings, including works by Rubens, Jordaens and Van Dyck, the magnificent Gothic cathedral or even the painstakingly restored train station, of such architectural splendour it is often called the ‘Railway Cathedral’.

DAY 5 – GHENT & YPRES
Today we awake in picturesque Ghent, once Western Europe’s second largest city after Paris. Fortunate to escape the ravages of the 20th century and often overlooked by tourists, Ghent is a medieval gem we explore in the company of an experienced guide. Highlights include a gorgeously unspoilt waterfront, the 13th-century skyline punctured by soaring belfries, the 12th-century Gravenstein fortress towering above the river, and one of the world’s foremost art treasures – the van Eyck brothers’ Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, the altarpiece adorning Saint Bavo’s Cathedral.

After lunch on board, there’s the option to spend the afternoon in Ghent, maybe taking a horse-drawn carriage ride or finding a cosy spot in a quintessential Flemish café.

Alternatively, you can join our tour to Ypres, a name synonymous with the horrors of the Great War. Almost totally destroyed during a series of battles, Ypres is now a place of peace, reverence and reflection. You may wish to visit the award-winning In Flanders Fields Museum that tells the haunting story of the conflict, providing a thought-provoking insight into the extraordinary lives of the soldiers and civilians; it’s located in the Cloth Hall in the heart of Ypres’ beautifully restored town centre. Nearby are many battlefields synonymous with the horrors of trench warfare, including Passchendaele, where around 600,000 perished. In addition we visit Tyne Cot, the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in the world. Ypres is also the home of the Menin Gate, the deeply moving memorial to the missing where the ‘Last Post’ is played every evening.

DAY 6 – BRUGES
After breakfast we take the short drive to Bruges and have a guided walk of this beautiful town, which really does carry its remarkable medieval legacy with charm and to perfection. The atmosphere here is pure romance and its streets are crammed with fascination. Exquisitely compact, its entire historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site made up of serene canals, narrow cobbled streets, romantic gabled houses, exquisite churches and myriad shops selling artisan goods – including its legendary chocolate! Its main square is dominated by the soaring Belfry, whose 47 bells chime to create an idyllic atmosphere. It’s a 366-step climb to the top, but the breathtaking views are well worth it. You’ll also see the City Hall and the Basilica of the Holy Blood, home to a venerated relic – a phial of Jesus’s blood reputedly brought back from the Crusades. Another must is the Church of Our Lady, where you can see Michelangelo’s Madonna and Child, a work of incomparable beauty carved in white Carrara marble. You’ll be reluctant to leave this enchanting place, although the promise of more first-class dining in the ship’s restaurant will lure you back.

DAY 7 – KEUKENHOF & AMSTERDAM
Early risers discover the ship making effortless progress along the delightful waterways and you experience the somewhat surreal effect of cruising above the surrounding reclaimed polders – it’s almost like flying! Today we visit Keukenhof, the heart of the glorious Dutch bulbfields. On arrival, nothing prepares you for the dazzling spectrum of colours stretched out before you in the world’s largest flower garden, covering nearly 80 acres. The art of flower planting reaches breathtaking heights at Keukenhof, a gardener’s heaven created by more than seven million tulips, daffodils and other blooms set among a beautiful landscape of shimmering lakes, ancient trees, flowering shrubs and water gardens.

We re-join our ship in Amsterdam and after lunch you’re free to explore as you wish. Amsterdam is an art-lover’s dream. The Rijksmuseum is an architectural marvel itself, but it holds a magnificent collection of works by Dutch masters such as Rembrandt and Vermeer, while admirers of Post-Impressionism might prefer the Van Gogh Museum, housing the world’s greatest collection of works by this genius of a man. Tonight there’s another culinary highlight – the Captain’s Dinner, when the chef prepares his superb ‘signature’ dishes for you to enjoy in the splendid surroundings of the ship’s restaurant, with a chance to reflect on the fascinating places you have discovered, poignant stories you have heard and the new friends you have made.

DAY 8 – RETURN HOME
After breakfast this morning your friendly crew bid you farewell before you disembark the ship.

After years of painstaking research to create the most perfect vessels afloat, a new era in river cruising dawns as we introduce our brand new river cruise ship, the Swiss operated and truly world-class five-star MS George Eliot.

All cabins provide some of the most luxurious and spacious accommodation you will find on any European river cruiser, with all the elegant and thoughtfully styled facilities of a boutique hotel so your comfort is assured.

Beautiful hardwood furniture, stylish premium fittings plus carefully considered lighting and quality fabrics in a cool palette of colours work in harmony to provide the perfect ambience in which to relax. Beds are hotel-style and can be configured as double or twin with the finest cotton linen, and an evening turn-down service. Enjoy a generous seating area with two chairs and wardrobes with ample storage space.

Spacious cleverly designed marble bathrooms featuring a shower with fully glazed screen, a WC and washbasin with plenty of space for complimentary cosmetics ensures there’s no compromise to your on-board comfort.

Ship Profile & Stats

  • Maiden Voyage: 2019
  • Passenger Capacity (dbl): 132

Ship Facilities

  • Bistro
  • Shop
  • Panorama Lounge
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Wellness Centre
  • Sun Deck
  • Wi-Fi
  • Laundry Service

There’s so much more to experience on a Riviera Travel River Cruise:

What’s the best way to travel through the heart of Europe and discover its greatest delights? You’ll find it hard to beat a European river cruise along some of our continent’s most timeless, appealing waterways. After all, people have travelled Europe’s mighty rivers for centuries to trade, explore and sometimes conquer. Steeped in history and culture and flowing through stunning scenery, they form natural highways that connect great cities and beautiful towns, each with its own unique and rewarding character.

While you sit back and relax on your river cruise of Europe, the views change constantly as amazing destinations come to you. The pace is slower, with plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere and contemplate the world as it passes serenely by. If you’re feeling energetic, there are new opportunities every day to explore riverside ports with knowledgeable guides or at your own speed. If not – you can just take it easy.

Your European river cruise might take you down the majestic Rhine or Danube, to atmospheric cities like Coblenz and Vienna. You’ll pass astonishing ‘fairytale’ castles and learn their mystical stories. There’s the meandering Moselle with its impossibly steep riverside vineyards, the lesser known River Main twisting through Germany’s rural heart. In France, the Rhone flows majestically almost from the Burgundy vineyards to the heart of sun-kissed Provence, while the iconic Seine will transport you from Paris through the countryside of impressionist painters to medieval Rouen and historic Bayeux. Then there’s the picturesque and largely undiscovered Douro with its dramatic cliffs, lush hillsides, medieval walled villages and terraced vineyards.

You experience all this in the most relaxing manner possible on your river cruise through Europe, on board some of the most spacious ships gracing Europe’s waterways. No sea-sickness or rough water – just comfort and luxury with superb service and dining on an unforgettable journey through time and culture.

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