PBS GardenSMART Holland and Belgium Rhine River Cruise

Trips & Tours // Europe // 10 Days

Culture/History, Eco/Nature/Garden, Special Event


Magnificent European springtime gardens

Sail right into the pages of a storybook on our European garden tour through Holland and Belgium. Our journey begins in historic Amsterdam. Join fellow garden lovers and nationally known ERIC JOHNSON, host of the nationwide PBS series GardenSMART, as we explore beautiful gardens while filming a new GardenSMART program.

Enjoy learning and exchanging your knowledge, gardening tricks, and maybe even some of you funnier moments in the dirt at our daily lectures. You will also visit the picturesque towns of Ghent, Kinderdijk and Bruges where windmills dot the countryside. If you are an art or WWl enthusiast, you won't feel left out. See amazing works by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Van Eyck and others; as well as the trenches from A Bridge to Far. Whether you are a garden lover, history buff or art enthusiast you can be part of this once-in-a-lifetime experience-and help support PBS programming at the same time!

TAP Rating: TAP Deluxe


Highlights include:

  • 10 day, 9 night 5-Star Cruise & Garden Tour Vacation
  • 2 Nights in Amsterdam
  • 7 Nights aboard the new flagship Amadeus Silver III river cruise ship
  • Excursions in Arnhem, Kinderdijk, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Ghent, Bruges, and Utrecht
  • All meals aboard ship - including wine!
  • Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
  • Transfers and luggage handling in Amsterdam
  • Hosted by Eric Johnson & Professional Tour Guides
  • Pricing starts at $3799/person double and $5249/person single. Upgrades available, see first image in gallery for options.
  • Airfare available from gateway cities


DAY 1 - Amsterdam
Our European garden journey through Holland and Belgium begins in historic Amsterdam. Over the next few days you'll enjoy an in-depth look into Holland's rich history. Tonight enjoy a wonderful welcome dinner with our hosts and fellow travelers. DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station, Amsterdam, Holland (D)

DAY 2 - Discover Amsterdam
We'll start the day with a thrill: getting up-close and personal with Rembrandt and Vermeer on a private tour of Amsterdam's remarkable Rijksmuseum. You can continue your encounter with artistic genius at the nearby Van Gogh Museum, home to 200 of Vincent's works or enjoy the nearby charm of Vondelpark.ÿ In the afternoon, you may wish to visit the Hortus Botanicus, one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world. Founded in 1638, it contains some 6,000 plants of over 4,000 different species. DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station, Amsterdam, Holland (B)

DAY 3 - Aalsmeer Flower Auction & Keukenhof Gardens
We'll begin our day in Europe's biggest building - filled with acres of flowers - learning about the worldwide distribution of beauty that begins each day at the Aalsmeer Flower Auction. The Aalsmeer Flower Auction is the largest in the world. Twenty million flowers from all over the world are sold daily here. This morning you'll tour the facilities and see where the auction takes place. Also known as the Garden of Europe, Keukenhof Gardens is the world's second largest flower garden after the Dubai Miracle Garden. After a full day outing, return to Amsterdam just in time to board the MS Amadeus Silver III. Welcome drinks and dinner will be served on board. MS Amadeus Silver III (B,D)

DAY 4 - Arrive in Arnhem/Paleis Het Loo & Gardens
Travel back in time to the days of the royal House of Oranje-Nassau as we tour the 300 year old palace of Het Loo that was built for William III as a gentleman's summer retreat. After, wander the garden punctuated with magnificent fountains often compared to the gardens of Versailles. Lunch will be served on board. For those interested, a battlefield tour that features the Airborne Museum of Arnhem will also be included. This evening, set sail for Kinderdijk. MS Amadeus Silver III (B,L,D)

DAY 5 - The Windmills of Kinderdijk 
A visit to Kinderdijk gives you the extraordinary opportunity to visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Holland. UNESCO considers the polder area with its dykes, boezems, mills and pumping stations to be proof of human inventiveness in reclaiming and protecting the land. A network of 19 windmills was built around 1740, to drain the polder of Kinderdijk and other surrounding low-lying lands. After an in-depth tour, lunch will be served on board. Enjoy an afternoon in historic Rotterdam and in the evening we set sail for Antwerp. MS Amadeus Silver III (B,L,D)

DAY 6 - Arrive in Historic Antwerp 
Much like the diamonds, Antwerp sparkles with an impressive range of architecture from medieval buildings to the Art Nouveau styles. Antwerp is a splendid city with most buildings dating from the 16th and 17th centuries. The past is also represented by the numerous paintings of Peter Paul Rubens who lived in Antwerp in the early 17th century. Three major paintings of his may be seen in the Cathedral of our Lady, a masterpiece of lace work in stone. Begun in 1352, it is one of the finest gothic buildings in Europe. We also visit the Grote Market (Grand Square) surrounded by the Golden Age town hall and guild halls; and het Steen (Steen Castle), Antwerp's oldest building. This evening we set sail for Ghent. MS Amadeus Silver III (B,L,D)

DAY 7 - Ghent, Belgium
This morning we'll meet with our local expert for a walking tour of the historic center of Ghent. Together we will visit soaring St. Bavo's Cathedral, home to Van Eyck's sublime altarpiece,ÿThe Adoration of the Mystic Lamb,ÿwhich was stolen and hidden by the Nazis during WWII. After a walking tour, take a stroll and savor an independent lunch along the scenic network of canals. MS Amadeus Silver III (B,D)

DAY 8 An Excursion to Bruges: The Venice of The North
From Ghent, we travel to charming Bruges, one of the oldest and most beautiful towns in Flanders. Your guided walk will highlight the Church of our Lady, with its famous Madonna and Child sculpted by Michelangelo. Stay in Bruges for an independent lunch. In the afternoon, we return to Ghent and re-board the MS Amadeus Silver III or join your guide for a moving excursion to the WWI trenches of Flanders Fields.. Half a million soldiers were killed here, making it one of the deadliest-and today the most hallowed-stretches of land along the Western Front. With the aid of a local expert, we'll tour the monuments, visit a thought-provoking museum, and see "the fields where poppies grow." This evening admire the illuminated town of Ghent as we depart for the canal-lined town of Utrecht. MS Amadeus Silver III (B,D)

DAY 9 De Haar Castle, Utrecht
Kasteel de Haar is the largest castle of Holland. De Haar has everything you expect from a castle; towers, turrets, moats, gates and suspension bridges. Surrounding the castle you can find a romantic chapel and 135 acres of beautiful parks and gardens. Without a doubt, Kasteel de Haar is one of the most luxurious castles of Europe. We will be back in Amsterdam for our farewell dinner on the ship. After dinner, enjoy free time to explore Amsterdam's nightlife. MS Amadeus Silver III (B,L,D)

DAY 10 Amsterdam to Home 
Following breakfast, we will transfer you to the airport for your international flight home filled with happy memories from a wonderful trip. (B, International in-flight meals)

Departure Date: Tour Status: Price Per Person (U.S. Dollars):
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May 7, 2018 Available Guaranteed$3,799$5,249Call

Arrival Instructions

Arrive to Amsterdam, Holland by tbd via Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)


Departure Instructions

Depart from Amsterdam, Holland after tbd via Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)


Payment Policy

Deposit: $ 1000.00 per person due at time of booking - final payment due 130 days prior to departure


Cancellation Policy

Port charges, taxes, and fees not included. Cancel before 181 days–$500 refund pp 179-121 Days prior–25% of cruise/tour 120 Days or less–no refund No refundable for unused portions of cruise/tour Airline tickets are non-refundable once purchased Fuel surcharge subject to addition until paid in full

Additional Pricing Info:
Pricing starts at $3799/pp double occupancy (Single supplement $1450/pp)
Upgrades available - see first image in gallery for full list of cabin/deck options.

Tour includes:
2 nights in Amsterdam including gorgeous hotel, wonderful tours and daily breakfast 
7 nights on the new, flagship Amadeus Silver III river cruise ship
All of your meals on board the ship, including wine with dinner
Deluxe motorcoach transportation
Transfers and luggage handling in Amsterdam
Hosted by Eric Johnson and professional tour guides

Itinerary

DAY 1 - Amsterdam
Our European garden journey through Holland and Belgium begins in historic Amsterdam. Over the next few days you'll enjoy an in-depth look into Holland's rich history. Tonight enjoy a wonderful welcome dinner with our hosts and fellow travelers. DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station, Amsterdam, Holland (D)

DAY 2 - Discover Amsterdam
We'll start the day with a thrill: getting up-close and personal with Rembrandt and Vermeer on a private tour of Amsterdam's remarkable Rijksmuseum. You can continue your encounter with artistic genius at the nearby Van Gogh Museum, home to 200 of Vincent's works or enjoy the nearby charm of Vondelpark.ÿ In the afternoon, you may wish to visit the Hortus Botanicus, one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world. Founded in 1638, it contains some 6,000 plants of over 4,000 different species. DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station, Amsterdam, Holland (B)

DAY 3 - Aalsmeer Flower Auction & Keukenhof Gardens
We'll begin our day in Europe's biggest building - filled with acres of flowers - learning about the worldwide distribution of beauty that begins each day at the Aalsmeer Flower Auction. The Aalsmeer Flower Auction is the largest in the world. Twenty million flowers from all over the world are sold daily here. This morning you'll tour the facilities and see where the auction takes place. Also known as the Garden of Europe, Keukenhof Gardens is the world's second largest flower garden after the Dubai Miracle Garden. After a full day outing, return to Amsterdam just in time to board the MS Amadeus Silver III. Welcome drinks and dinner will be served on board. MS Amadeus Silver III (B,D)

DAY 4 - Arrive in Arnhem/Paleis Het Loo & Gardens
Travel back in time to the days of the royal House of Oranje-Nassau as we tour the 300 year old palace of Het Loo that was built for William III as a gentleman's summer retreat. After, wander the garden punctuated with magnificent fountains often compared to the gardens of Versailles. Lunch will be served on board. For those interested, a battlefield tour that features the Airborne Museum of Arnhem will also be included. This evening, set sail for Kinderdijk. MS Amadeus Silver III (B,L,D)

DAY 5 - The Windmills of Kinderdijk 
A visit to Kinderdijk gives you the extraordinary opportunity to visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Holland. UNESCO considers the polder area with its dykes, boezems, mills and pumping stations to be proof of human inventiveness in reclaiming and protecting the land. A network of 19 windmills was built around 1740, to drain the polder of Kinderdijk and other surrounding low-lying lands. After an in-depth tour, lunch will be served on board. Enjoy an afternoon in historic Rotterdam and in the evening we set sail for Antwerp. MS Amadeus Silver III (B,L,D)

DAY 6 - Arrive in Historic Antwerp 
Much like the diamonds, Antwerp sparkles with an impressive range of architecture from medieval buildings to the Art Nouveau styles. Antwerp is a splendid city with most buildings dating from the 16th and 17th centuries. The past is also represented by the numerous paintings of Peter Paul Rubens who lived in Antwerp in the early 17th century. Three major paintings of his may be seen in the Cathedral of our Lady, a masterpiece of lace work in stone. Begun in 1352, it is one of the finest gothic buildings in Europe. We also visit the Grote Market (Grand Square) surrounded by the Golden Age town hall and guild halls; and het Steen (Steen Castle), Antwerp's oldest building. This evening we set sail for Ghent. MS Amadeus Silver III (B,L,D)

DAY 7 - Ghent, Belgium
This morning we'll meet with our local expert for a walking tour of the historic center of Ghent. Together we will visit soaring St. Bavo's Cathedral, home to Van Eyck's sublime altarpiece,ÿThe Adoration of the Mystic Lamb,ÿwhich was stolen and hidden by the Nazis during WWII. After a walking tour, take a stroll and savor an independent lunch along the scenic network of canals. MS Amadeus Silver III (B,D)

DAY 8 An Excursion to Bruges: The Venice of The North
From Ghent, we travel to charming Bruges, one of the oldest and most beautiful towns in Flanders. Your guided walk will highlight the Church of our Lady, with its famous Madonna and Child sculpted by Michelangelo. Stay in Bruges for an independent lunch. In the afternoon, we return to Ghent and re-board the MS Amadeus Silver III or join your guide for a moving excursion to the WWI trenches of Flanders Fields.. Half a million soldiers were killed here, making it one of the deadliest-and today the most hallowed-stretches of land along the Western Front. With the aid of a local expert, we'll tour the monuments, visit a thought-provoking museum, and see "the fields where poppies grow." This evening admire the illuminated town of Ghent as we depart for the canal-lined town of Utrecht. MS Amadeus Silver III (B,D)

DAY 9 De Haar Castle, Utrecht
Kasteel de Haar is the largest castle of Holland. De Haar has everything you expect from a castle; towers, turrets, moats, gates and suspension bridges. Surrounding the castle you can find a romantic chapel and 135 acres of beautiful parks and gardens. Without a doubt, Kasteel de Haar is one of the most luxurious castles of Europe. We will be back in Amsterdam for our farewell dinner on the ship. After dinner, enjoy free time to explore Amsterdam's nightlife. MS Amadeus Silver III (B,L,D)

DAY 10 Amsterdam to Home 
Following breakfast, we will transfer you to the airport for your international flight home filled with happy memories from a wonderful trip. (B, International in-flight meals)

Pricing & Availability

Inclusions

Additional Pricing Info:
Pricing starts at $3799/pp double occupancy (Single supplement $1450/pp)
Upgrades available - see first image in gallery for full list of cabin/deck options.

Tour includes:
2 nights in Amsterdam including gorgeous hotel, wonderful tours and daily breakfast 
7 nights on the new, flagship Amadeus Silver III river cruise ship
All of your meals on board the ship, including wine with dinner
Deluxe motorcoach transportation
Transfers and luggage handling in Amsterdam
Hosted by Eric Johnson and professional tour guides



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