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Discover the beauty and history of the Dutch and Belgian waterways in the spring. Admire the spectacular tulip carpets in Keukenhof Gardens. Visit the lush green countryside of Kinderdijk, home to the country’s greatest concentration of windmills, and experience Amsterdam’s distinctive architecture and vibrant nightlife. A wonderful opportunity to admire the great medieval cities of Antwerp and Ghent and to delve into the cultural traditions of the friendly Dutch and Flemish people awaits you.
Experience Amsterdam’s colorful canals, the whimsical Kinderdijk windmills and the art of Rubens and Michelangelo. Discover the timeless traditions of Delft porcelain and revel in the medieval architectural treasures of Bruges, Middelburg and Ghent. Throughout your journey indulge in Belgian chocolates, warm waffles and delicious cheeses—all while savoring the storybook atmosphere of the region.
On AMA Wataerways cruises, you will enjoy an extensive lineup of included tours. In many cases, you will have a choice of excursions, such as standard tours, bike tours, hikes and Special Interest Tours. AMA always includes a large variety of activities so that you can choose how you want to explore. No matter your preference, your days will be full of discovery and wonder.
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The AmaPrima debuted in 2013, a spectacular AMAWATERWAYS vessel that carries 164 passengers in unequaled luxury, comfort and style, and is staffed by a highly-trained professional crew, with an ongoing emphasis on personal service.
A magnificent glass elevator is one of the unique design elements found onboard, as well as our exclusive “Twin Balconies”. The beautifully-decorated and spacious accommodations range in size up to 300 sq. ft. Guests enjoy premium, hotel-style bedding with plush, down duvets; luxurious terry bathrobes and slippers, as well as bottled water replenished daily. Marble-appointed baths feature luxurious, spa-quality toiletries and a sleek, multi-jet shower system. Flat panel stateroom TVs offer a unique Infotainment system featuring Internet access, an array of satellite channels and movies. The vessels also feature a fitness center, beauty salon, heated Sun Deck swimming pool with a “swim-up” bar, walking track on the Sun Deck and bicycles for passengers to explore quaint towns and villages on their own.
The “AMAWATERWAYS Difference” extends to a myriad of complimentary amenities that passengers enjoy on a daily basis. All-inclusive features distinguishing the line from its competition include: complimentary Hollywood movies, internet and Wi-Fi in the staterooms; complimentary, free-flowing local wines at dinner, and a specialty coffee and tea station. Entertainment provided every evening. Each cruise is accompanied by a professional cruise director. And, accomplished tour guides lead complimentary shore excursions in every destination.
AMA Waterways Rhine River Cruise is the way to go. We enjoyed outstanding dining at every meal, the international staff couldn’t have been more accommodating and personable. The lounge offered a comfortable place to gather with friends and enjoy a panoramic view as we cruised the Rhine. Already signed up for my next AMA Waterways cruise, on the Danube.
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|Cruise Only From (category E)||$3,199 **|
|Additional 2 nights Amsterdam||$640*|
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|Final balance due||121 days before departure|
|Book before July 31, 2017||Save $2000 per stateroom – or – Single Supplement Waived|
|$100 Privilege Rewards||Past AMA guest discount (if applicable).|
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Day 0: DEPART USA (overnight flight)
Board your overnight flight to Amsterdam (IFM)
Day 1: ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS (optional pre-cruise)
Arrive in Amsterdam and check-in to your hotel. Amsterdam is a modern city with a rich and fascinating 700-year old history. Explore its unique and elegant architecture, lively cafes and markets, and vibrant nightlife. Amstel InterContinental Hotel (or similar)
Day 2: AMSTERDAM (optional pre-cruise)
A city tour of Amsterdam provides the perfect overview before enjoying leisure time on your own. (B)
Day 3: AMSTERDAM – EMBARKATION
Check out of your hotel and before transferring to the ship, visit Zaanses Schans windmills and village (included with optional pre-cruise). This evening, meet your fellow travelers on board. (B,D)
Day 4: 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 5: 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 6: ANTWERP, BELGIUM
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. For a more active exploration of the area, join a guided bike tour. Or you can visit the Rubens House, the former home of the famous 17th-century Flemish Baroque painter. Later in the afternoon, you have a choice of two excursions. Foodies will want to go on a culinary tour to indulge in chocolate, waffles and beer. Flower lovers and gardeners can roam through the Floralia, an annual spring flower show featuring approximately one million bulbs that are hand-planted each year by the castle staff. (B,L,D)
DAY 7: GHENT
Discover medieval Ghent on a walking tour. Admire the canal-side architecture and some of its famous sights, including the Castle of the Counts and Ghent Cathedral. Those more inclined to learn about the art of Belgian chocolate making can join a master chocolatier as he shares his insights. Alternatively, you may also visit one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe, Bruges, on a full-day excursion that includes a visit to the Church of Our Lady, home to the beautiful Carrara marble Madonna and Child sculpture by Michelangelo. And for those who wish to see both Ghent and Bruges, join a highlights tour showcasing them both. (B,L,D)
DAY 8: ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS – KINDERDIJK – SCHOONHOVEN
During the morning, you can visit The Hague, the capital city of the province of South Holland, before going to the charming city of Gouda, known for its delicious cheese. Alternatively, combine Gouda with a visit to the Royal Delft Porcelain Factory and Museum, known for being the manufacturing base for hand-painted blue pottery known as Delftware. Or enjoy a guided bike tour through scenic Rotterdam, nicknamed the “Gateway to Europe.” 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 9: 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 10: DISEMBARKATION / Depart AMSTERDAM
Bid farewell to Amsterdam and transfer to the airport for your homeward flight. Ask about adding additional nights in Amsterdam to your tour. (B)