Tours

Tulip Time Cruise 2019 with the Beguines and guest speaker Edwina Gateley

9 days
Belgium & The Netherlands
Starting from $2498* Taxes & Fees Apply

Departing April 5, 2019 | Join guest speaker Edwina Gateley on this inspiring and life-changing Tulip Time Cruise traveling round trip from Amsterdam on Amawaterways' AmaPrima. You will visit where hundreds of brave and dedicated women (the Beguines) started the first European lay spirituality movement - living out an active and contemplative lifestyle in the Middle Ages for over a hundred years. Enjoy hearing stories of these impressive women as well as other mystics including Hildegard and Julian of Norwich.  Pricing starts at $2,498*.

*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount

*Special airfare pricing from select cities when you register by 10/23/18.  See the brochure for more information

What’s Included

  • Beverages with All Meals
  • Cruise
  • Meals on Ship
  • Select Shore Excursions
  • Wine, Beer & Soft Drinks

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 Depart the USA

Board your overnight flight to Amsterdam.

Day 2 Arrive in Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Embarkation - EO Exclusive Excursion

Welcome to Amsterdam. Visit the Beginhof (Begiunage of Amsterdam) and see Amsterdam’s oldest preserved wooden house built in 1465. Visit the Beginhof Kapel (Beguinage Chapel) built in 1671 as a secret chapel for Catholics to worship in during Calvinist rule. Transfer to the port to board your luxurious river cruise ship. This evening, meet your fellow travelers on board at the Welcome Dinner. (D)

Day 3 Amsterdam - Hoorn

Enjoy a scenic cruise through the Ijsselmeer to Hoorn, where you have a choice of three excursions. Visit a family-run tulip farm with over one million tulips, each in different phases of growth and in many species and colors. For those seeking to travel back in time, you can tour De Halve Maen, a replica of the Dutch East India Company’s most famous ship and then stroll through Hoorn’s beautiful old harbor. And for more active adventurers, go for a guided bike ride through the Dutch countryside. (B,L,D)

Day 4 Middelburg

After enjoying a scenic cruise through the Delta, you can explore medieval Middelburg, which was the second largest trading city of the Dutch East India Company. Or, if you feel like exploring the city on two wheels, a guided bike ride is the perfect choice. Alternatively, you may venture off to the Delta Works storm surge barrier, an impressive series of dams and Dutch hydraulic engineering. More than half of the Netherlands lies below sea level and the Delta Works were built to prevent a recurrence of the 1953 flood disaster. (B,L,D)

Day 5 Ghent, Belgium - EO Exclusive Excursion

While we are docked in Ghent enjoy a full-day excursion to Bruges and Kortrijk. The stop in Bruges will include a visit to the Church of Our Lady, home to the beautiful Carrara marble Madonna and Child sculpture by Michelangelo and De Wijngaard (The Vinyard) beguinage. De Wijngaard is no longer a beguinage and has become a small monastery for Benedictine nuns, the nearby baroque church contains a painting of St. Elizabeth, patroness of the beguinage, by Jacob von Oost the Elder hung over the Altar. Next travel to Kortrijk to visit the Beguinage of Saint Elisabeth, which dates back to the 13th century. Visit its Sint-Annaroom (St. Anna Room) to learn about the beguinage’s unique history through their unique media displays. The very last beguine in the world, Marcella Pattyn, resided in this beguinage from 1960-2005. (B,L,D)

Day 6 Antwerp - EO Exclusive Excursion

Explore this trendy city on a walking tour where you’ll see Antwerp’s Steen Castle, Grote Market and Brabo Fountain, along with the UNESCO-designated Cathedral of Our Lady, where you can marvel at the works of the artist, Peter Paul Rubens. Next visit the Beguinage of Antwerp, built in 1545. The last Antwerp Beguine, Virginia Laeremans lived here until her death in 1986. This is now a modern residential area but they have kept the original character of the 40 remaining houses, the tranquility of its 16th century garden and the name of Saint Helige Martha on its gate preserved. Stop at St. Catherine’s Church and visit the local market nearby to shop for typical Belgian products. (B,L,D)

Day 7 Rotterdam, The Netherlands - Kinderdijk

During the morning, you can go on a walking tour of Rotterdam, nicknamed the “Gateway to Europe,” followed by a visit to the charming city of Gouda, known for its delicious cheese. Alternatively, go on an excursion to Delft, known as the home of the painter Johannes Vermeer, Delft Blue earthenware and the Royal House. While here, you’ll visit the Royal Delft Porcelain Factory and Museum. Prefer a more active adventure, then go on a bike ride through Rotterdam and past some of its famous landmarks and architecture. In the afternoon, venture to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kinderdijk, a lovely village renowned for having the country’s greatest concentration of windmills, all dating from the 18th century. (B,L,D)

Day 8 Amsterdam

One of the most impressive public gardens in the world, Keukenhof, presents a spectacular display of millions of flowering tulips spread out over 70 acres. Spend time ambling through this legendary garden, open only nine weeks a year and sometimes referred to as the “Garden of Europe.” Later in the day, admire Amsterdam’s historic harbor and canals, where you’ll see beautiful homes lining the water, the fabled Skinny Bridge and the Anne Frank House. (B,L,D)

Day 9 Disembarkation - Depart Amsterdam

Disembark the ship and prepare for your flight home. (B)

Enhance Your Journey

Amsterdam Pre-Tour $640

April 3 - DEPART USA

Board your overnight flight to Amsterdam.

April 4 - ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS

Arrive in Amsterdam and check into your hotel.

April 5 - AMSTERDAM

A city tour of Amsterdam provides the perfect overview before enjoying leisure time on your own. (B)

April 6 - AMSTERDAM - EMBARKATION

Check out of your hotel and before transferring to the ship, visit Haarlem, one of the most photogenic cities in the Netherlands with ancient buildings, gabled houses, cobblestone streets and winding waterways. (B,D)

Departure Dates

  1. April 5, 2019
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*Prices reflect a 4% cash discount