Holland | April 19 - April 28, 2023

Holland Windmills, Waterways, and Tulips River Cruise

Delight in the dazzling display of colorful tulips in Keukenhof, the world’s second-largest flower garden, during our Holland Windmills, Waterways, and Tulips River Cruise.

Join Our State and delight in the dazzling display of colorful tulips in Keukenhof, the world’s second-largest flower garden, during our Holland Windmills, Waterways, and Tulips River Cruise, featuring Amsterdam and seven nights aboard the Amadeus Queen. Trip dates are April 19 – 28, 2023.

 

Package Includes:

  • Round-trip airfare — Raleigh/Durham International Airport or Charlotte Douglas International Airport
  • One night at an Amsterdam hotel
  • Seven-night cruise — outside cabin
  • 22 meals: eight breakfasts, six lunches, eight dinners
  • Wine and beer with dinners
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Our State host and a tour/cruise manager
  • Hotel and ship transfers, baggage handling

 

Itinerary Highlights:

  • Amsterdam canal cruise tour
  • Zaanse Schans visit
  • Arnhem city tour and WWII History Museum
  • Kinderdijk and windmills visit
  • Bruges city tour
  • Antwerp city tour
  • Keukenhof flower gardens
  • North Holland (Edam and Volendam)

 

Detailed Itinerary*:

Day 1 – DEPART U.S. – OVERNIGHT FLIGHT

 

Day 2 – ARRIVE AMSTERDAM – HOTEL

Meet your Premier World Discovery Tour Manager/Representative. Transfer to your hotel in Amsterdam for a one-night stay. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner at the hotel.

Meals: D
Overnight: Amsterdam hotel

 

Day 3 – AMSTERDAM – ZAANSE SCHANS – BOARD SHIP

Amsterdam was founded as a small fishing village in the late 12th century and is one of the most important ports in the world. Today, the city has one of the largest historic centers in Europe with about 7,500 registered historic buildings and 90 islands linked by 400 bridges. In the morning, enjoy an Amsterdam canal cruise tour, featuring a cruise by beautiful homes through the intricate canal system. Then, visit the iconic Dam Square and Flower Market. In the afternoon, visit the famous Dutch village of Zaanse Schans, featuring windmills, wooden shoes, and historic buildings. Board the MS Amadeus Queen for your seven-night river cruise and enjoy a Welcome Dinner on board.

Meals: B, D
Overnight: Amadeus Queen

 

Day 4 – ARNHEM

Arrive in Arnhem to enjoy an Arnhem city tour and WWII history. Drive through Arnhem past many spots associated with WWII, including the famous Bridge of Arnhem. Visit the Airborne Museum in Oosterbeek, a historic hotel turned British Headquarters during Operation Market Garden. This afternoon, you can either enjoy at your leisure or take an optional visit to the Kröller-Müller Museum, which features works of Van Gogh and Picasso.

Meals: B, L, S, D
Overnight: Amadeus Queen

 

Day 5 – CRUISING – MIDDELBURG

After a morning cruising the waterways, arrive in Middelburg, the capital of the province of Zeeland. Enjoy time at your leisure in Middleburg or join the optional tour of Delta Works, a storm surge barrier project that was started after the 1953 flood, which also includes a walking tour of the lovely, picturesque town of Veere.

Meals: B, L, S, D
Overnight: Amadeus Queen

 

Day 6 – GHENT – BRUGES

This morning, arrive in Ghent, Belgium. Enjoy the morning at your leisure or take the optional Ghent city tour to see Saint Bavo’s Cathedral and the fortress Gravensteen, one of Europe’s largest moated castles. From Ghent, travel west to enjoy a Bruges city tour, one of Europe’s great cities and, like Amsterdam, is referred to as the “Venice of the North” due to its canal system. Bruges is a Gothic fairy tale-like city with cobbled streets, canals, and medieval churches that are remarkably well-preserved after having been spared the devastation that saw much of Belgium leveled during both World Wars. The historic marketplace and center of old Bruges is a UNESCO site.

Meals: B, L, S, D
Overnight: Amadeus Queen

 

Day 7 – ANTWERP

Awake in and discover the beautiful port city of Antwerp. Enjoy an Antwerp city tour, featuring a walk through the attractive old city center and a visit to the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal, the largest Gothic church in Belgium. The city is also well known for its diamond trade and lively shopping scene. You can enjoy an afternoon at your leisure or an optional visit to Brussels, famous for its central square, the Grote Markt, will be available.

Meals: B, L, S, D
Overnight: Amadeus Queen

 

Day 8 – KINDERDIJK – ROTTERDAM – KEUKENHOF GARDENS

The ship stops near Kinderdijk, which houses the most unique windmill complex in the world. Built to drain water from the soil, these windmills are now protected by UNESCO and are one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Netherlands. Arrive in Rotterdam, the second-largest city in the Netherlands and one of the largest ports in the world, often called the “Gateway to Europe.” In the afternoon, visit Keukenhof, also known as the Garden of Europe, which is the world’s second-largest flower garden with seven million bulbs planted annually. A showplace for the tulip growers of the Netherlands, the gardens feature numerous sculptures between the flower beds to create harmony between art and nature. The ship departs after dinner.

Meals: B, L, S, D
Overnight: Amadeus Queen

 

Day 9 – VOLENDAM, EDAM, AMSTERDAM

Today, enjoy a North Holland tour of Volendam and Edam followed by leisure time in Amsterdam.

Take a drive through the Dutch Polder landscape to the old fishing village of Volendam, built on the shore of the former Zuiderzee. The Volendam houses are built very close together, forming the typical neighborhoods of Volendam. Take a stroll through the old village and see people still dressed in traditional costumes.

Board your coach and drive out of Volendam and into the countryside to visit a local cheese farm. Here, you will learn how Dutch cheese is made and sample the local product. On your way back to your ship, you will enjoy a short walk through the quaint village of Edam, famous for its cheese. Given its narrow streets, continue through the village on foot and see the Carillon tower, once part of a church that was destroyed in the 19th century. Walk to the cheese weighing house and the Dam with its 18th century town hall.

End the day with a Gala Farewell Dinner on board.

Meals: B, D
Overnight: Amadeus Queen

*Please note: While we try to produce each tour exactly as outlined here, tour details are subject to change.

 

Day 10 – AMSTERDAM – FLIGHT HOME OR VALKENBURG TWO-NIGHT EXTENSION**

Transfer to the Amsterdam Airport for your flight home or join the Valkenburg Post-Cruise Extension**.

Meals: B

 

More Information about the Amadeus Queen:

The innovative 162 passenger Amadeus Queen, launched in 2018, offers all the amenities of a floating five-star hotel, including an indoor pool. This Premium cruise ship features the most modern furnishings that blend masterfully with the architecture of the ship and a luxurious design that is the hallmark of the Amadeus fleet. The extensive Restaurant and the Panorama Bar offer divine views of the passing riverscapes, and the glass-shielded River Terrace allows you to relax in the open air. The attentive English-speaking onboard service staff will see to your comfort with typical European hospitality. The cabin design plans are forward-thinking, bright, and modern, all part of a premium focus with 69 large staterooms and 12 suites. The beauty of river cruising is that the most interesting destinations come to you. This Queen charter features English-only onboard commentary with inclusive shore excursions balanced with the choice to simply relax on board, get a spa treatment, or add sightseeing with optional excursions.

 

All Meals Included On Board

Three meals daily are served graciously in the exquisite restaurant and feature local and international specialties. All dinners are four courses and are served with included regional wines, beer, and soft drinks. While dining, you have splendid views of the passing scenic landscapes through the large picture windows. Enjoy afternoon and/or late evening snacks in the lounge based on the daily schedule.

 

Comfortable and Innovative Staterooms

After boarding, unpack once. All staterooms are larger than traditional river cruise cabins and offer excellent river views. The Mozart Deck features 12 suites with walk-out balconies. The other 18 staterooms on the Mozart Deck and 33 staterooms on the Strauss Deck feature an innovative drop-down panoramic window. The 18 staterooms on the Haydn Deck have a fixed window. All staterooms are fully equipped with comfortable and modern furnishings, including a flat screen TV and large private bathrooms with shower.

 

**Optional Two-Night Valkenburg Post-Cruise Extension

Valkenburg Optional Extension Includes: two-nights’ hotel accommodations, Tour Manager, two Breakfasts, three-country tour, Utrecht visit, and airport transfer to AMS

Additional Expenses: $650 per person (double occupancy) + $300 single supplement

Notes: Valkenburg Extension must be booked at time of deposit. Due to group air policies outbound air 4/19 or 4/26 could be a different schedule than the rest of your group for Valkenburg extension passengers. Valkenburg extension is based on 20-passenger minimum.

 

Day 10 – Amsterdam – Utrecht – Valkenburg

Motorcoach south and visit Utrecht, Netherlands, to see its canal system and 14th-century Dom Tower. Then, continue south to Valkenburg for a two-night stay.

Meals: B on board ship
Overnight: Valkenburg

 

Day 11 – Valkenburg – Three-Country Tour

Today, enjoy a three-country tour, featuring Monschau, Germany; the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial in Belgium; and Maastricht, the oldest town in the Netherlands.

Meals: B
Overnight: Valkenburg

 

Day 12 – Transfer to Amsterdam Airport – Flight Home

 

Tour Rates:

Pricing starts at $4,695 per person based on double occupancy.

 

For more information or to make reservations:

Premier World Discovery
Melissa Grant
(877) 953-8687, ext. 238 (Pacific Time)
mgrant@premierworlddiscovery.com
 

 

 

Additional Information:

What to expect on an Our State trip:

Traveling with a group of Our State readers is an enriching, enjoyable, and safe way to experience new cultures, people, and places. In addition to the informative narration from the tour director and local guides, an Our State host will be available to assist in making your trip successful.

We usually fly to our destination, then travel by a comfortable motor coach with anywhere from 35 to 50 people who appreciate learning about new regions. Your entire trip will be guided, planned, and arranged for your upmost enjoyment. Many activities are things you can only do because you are traveling with Our State. There is some free time built in for you to explore on your own.

You can also choose not to attend an activity if you prefer something different. Please let your tour director know if you are not coming on a scheduled day.

Many meals are included. Where you have meals on your own, suggestions will be provided.

Most of the motor coaches have restrooms but every effort will be made to make regular rest stops.

One of the best parts of traveling with Our State is that you will meet new people, many of whom you will already have much in common with since most travelers read the magazine. Many guests often develop friendships that go on long after the tour is finished. Our State trips are generally filled with dynamic and friendly people.
 

Physical requirements:

Our tours are physically active but not meant to be strenuous.

Please be aware you will be on your feet, walking and standing for much of the day, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions and terrains. There will also be extended time on the motor coach when we travel from place to place. If there are any mobility issues you will need to have an able-bodied traveling companion to accompany and assist you.

Most days are moderately paced with approximately two to three total miles of walking, possibly including some hills and stairs.

We regret that we’re unable to provide individual assistance to guests with walking difficulties or other personal needs. The responsibility of the Trip Director who accompanies your trip is to ensure that the larger group enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing individual assistance to any one guest. Guests requiring such individualized assistance must be accompanied by an able-bodied companion who can provide it.

If you have additional questions, please call Our State’s Travel Director Amy Wood Pasquini at 336-286-0600, or email apasquini@ourstate.com.

 

COVID-19 Travel Precautions:

At this time, all trips currently posted on this site will go on as scheduled. Because our primary concern is our travelers’ safety, health, and enjoyment, Our State and our travel partners are constantly monitoring the COVID-19 situation. We will follow all CDC COVID-19 guidelines and requirements on all trips.

Please note, all passengers traveling with Our State must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID‐19 for tours. Passengers will be asked to show the Tour Director the following when joining the tour:

Proof of Vaccination against COVID‐19. Proof must include the passenger’s name and date of the final dose, which must have been given at least 14 days before the tour departure date. Proof can be a photocopy or electronic vaccination record document issued by either: (a) the health authority that administered the vaccination (i.e., U.S. CDC’s Vaccination Record Card); or (b) the participant’s medical provider that administered the vaccination; or (c) approved electronic certification from your county, state, or health provider.

We will keep everyone who has booked a trip updated and will make changes as necessary. We know one of the great joys of life is the anticipation of an upcoming excursion. We invite you to look at our future trips and consider booking.