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Heart of Europe Tulip & Windmill Cruise

April 23-May 4, 2018

Holland Tulips cruise 18

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Germany, Holland, Belgium - Tulip Time Cruise

Day by Day:  April 23 - May 4, 2018

The landscapes which inspired Van Gogh, Picasso and others are rendered even more beautiful when they burst to life with color during tulip season. You will breeze past windmills and fields of blossoming tulips at the best time of year for sailing.

Days 1-2—USA/Valkenburg: Fly to Europe. Enjoy 3 nights here. D

Day 3—Three-country Tour: Travel to the oldest town in the Netherlands, Maastricht, founded 2,000 years ago. Continued to  “Little Switzerland” in Belgium and  to the town of Eupen, which became a Belgian possession though the “Treaty of Versailles.” Pass through the Duke’s forest in Germany to the picture-perfect town of Monschau, a medieval town where half-timbered houses are decorated with flower and cobblestone streets. BD

Day 4—Luxembourg/Bastogne/Battle of the Bulge: You travel to Europe’s smallest nation, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Rolling green hills fill the countryside and little villas filled with parks and recent war history. Stop at Bastogne, the site of the famous “Battle of the Bulge” during WWII, where an outmoded US force held out against huge odds. Visit the museum dedicated to Hitler’s last attempt to win the area. BD

Day 5 - Amsterdam: Take Travel to the 17-century city of Amsterdam. The city is separated by 50 miles of canals and 1,000 bridges. Your city tour will take you around the city highlights and includes a canal boat tour. Afterwards, board the Queen with the ship staying overnight in the center of town tonight. BD 

Day 6—Amsterdam: You are in the perfect location to explore the city, Ann Frank’s house or the Van Gogh Museum or visit N. Holland. BLD

Day 7—Arnhem: Tour Arnhem which shows you the rich heritage including the famous a “bridge too far” in the battle of Arnhem. Later cruise through Zeeland. BLD

Day 8-Middelburg: Enjoy cruising this morning. Later you will tour the picturesque town of Middelburg. In the Golden Age, the Dutch East India Company flourished. See the merchant houses and storefronts that line the canal. Later you can tour the Delta Works expansive dams system.BLD

Day 9—Bruges: Today’s excursion takes you the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bruges. Tour the Venice of the north and it charming streets and Canals. You will also visit the Basilica of Holy Blood. This afternoon you will have the chance to take a tour of Ghent. BLD

Day 10: Brussels: Tour the Capital city of Belgium. See landmarks such as Notre Dame the royal palace and the famed Ma. Also see the Manneken Pis statue. Later you have the option to tour Antwerp. BLD

Day 11-Tulip Garden: End on a highlight of the trip and visit one on the world largest garden displays, the Keukenhof Gardens. It is the showplace of tulip growers of Holland. Stroll the amazing paths filled with creative diversity of the 7 million tulips in bloom, with a total of 800 varieties of Tulips. Plus see narcissi and hyacinths to form a colorful carpet of blooms. Later set sail for Amsterdam. BLD

Day 12 - Amsterdam: This morning you transfer to the airport for your flight back to the USA. 

Questions and reservations contact Mary Swanson at Maine Township at 847-297-2510 or Rick at Dream Makers at 847-550-9191

Journeys Highlights and Details

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Day 1

Enjoy round trip home pickup throughout Maine Township to O'Hare where you will board your flight for Europe.

Day 2

Arrive Europe. Transfer to your first class hotel near the Old Town of Valkenburg. 

Day 3

Three-country tour of Holland, Belgium and Germany.

Overnight Valkenburg, Holland.

Day 4

 

Battle of the Bulge visit in Bastogne. Also visit Luxembourg. 

Visit the Museum at Bastogne.

Overnight Valkenburg.

Day 5

Travel though Holland to Amsterdam.

This afternoon enjoy a tour of the city including a canal boat tour

Board your boat the brand new Queen.. Spend next seven nights on the Queen.  Ship will overnight in the heart of Amsterdam.

Day 6

The ship's location is perfectly located to explore the city on your own. You can visit the Ann Frank home or Van Gogh Museum. 

This afternoon you have an optional excursion to North Holland or enjoy staying on board as the ship departs Amsterdam after lunch. 

Day 7

Today you enjoy an included tour of Arnhem which will sho you the rich heritage of the famous  a "bridge too far" in the battle of Arnhem. Later cruise though Zeeland.

Day 8

This morning cruise through the beautiful Dutch countryside. Later you will take a tour of the picturesque town of Middleburg.  

You will have any option tour to Delta Works which is an expansive dam system.

Day 9

Bruges. Today you take a tour of Bruges. This is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and is consider the Venice of the north by many. 

This afternoon you will have the option to take a tour of Ghent.

Day 10

Tour the Capital city of Belgium, Brussels.  See the landmarks that made this city famous.

This afternoon you have the option to tour Antwerp.

Day 11

Today is a highlight with a visit to the Keukenhof Gardens. It is the showplace of tulip growers with over 7 million tulips and 800 varieties.

Meet the ship in Amsterdam where the ship will spend the night.

Day 12

Disembark after breakfast in Amsterdam and fly home.

Included Excursions

Three Country Tour

Travel to the oldest town in the Netherlands, Maastricht, founded 2,000 years ago. Continued to  “Little Switzerland” in Belgium and  to the town of Eupen, which became a Belgian possession though the “Treaty of Versailles.” Pass through the Duke’s forest in Germany to the picture-perfect town of Monschau, a medieval town where half-timbered houses are decorated with flower and cobblestone streets.

Battle of the Bulge Tour

You travel to Europe’s smallest nation, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Rolling green hills fill the countryside and little villas filled with parks and recent war history. Stop at Bastogne, the site of the famous “Battle of the Bulge” during WWII, where an outmoded US force held out against huge odds. Visit the museum dedicated to Hitler’s last attempt to win the area.

Amsterdam City & Canal Tour

Take Travel to the 17-century city of Amsterdam. The city is separated by 50 miles of canals and 1,000 bridges. Your city tour will take you around the city highlights and includes a canal boat tour.

Arnhem a Bridge to Far Tour

Take a drive through the city of Arnhem, known for the World War II battle operation “Market Garden”. In September 1944, the British 1st Airborne Division and the Polish 1st Independent Parachute Brigade were given the task of securing the bridge at Arnhem, captured in the movie “A Bridge too Far”. You will drive past various spots associated with this event. You will then visit the Airborne Museum in Oosterbeek. The Airborne Museum is a historic building. In mid-1944 it was a hotel, but in September that year, it became the headquarters of the British commander-in-chief, Major General Roy Urquhart of the 1st Airborne Division. From here, Urquhart commanded Operation Market Garden – a dramatic battle in which 92 Polish, 1,482 British and more than 1,800 German troops, along with almost 1,000 civilians, lost their lives. You can still feel the tension, the fear and the hardships in the museum.

Middleburg City Tour

Middelburg, the capital of the province of Zeeland, is full of monuments. There are about 1,100 large and small monuments which testify to its rich past. The powerful abbey, the impressive town hall and the splendid old warehouses let you relive this past. During the walk, you will be taken past the stately warehouses and impressive monuments of Middelburg, such as the town hall, the abbey and many more.

Bruges City Tour

After a coach ride, you will reach Bruges. Due to the canal system the city is also known as the “Venice of the North” and is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. The historic marketplace – the center of old Bruges – is cradled by the river Reie and was recognized as cultural world heritage site by UNESCO.

As you walk along the maze of winding, cobbled alleys and romantic canals, you will be transported to medieval times. Besides various other sights, the market, the ‘Burg’ (the site of the former Bruges castle and the Basilica of the Holy Blood are especially worth seeing.

Brussels City Tour

After a comfortable coach ride you will reach Brussels, the capital of Belgium. Your tour starts in the verdant Laken area, which boasts landmarks such as the Heysel stadium, Notre Dame of Laken, the famous Atomium and the royal residence.

The tour continues through the eastern part of the city, including the Cinquantenaire park with its impressive U-shaped buildings, and the city center with the royal palace, the city park and the palace of justice.

To conclude the tour, walk through Europe’s oldest shopping mall before you head back to the ship.

Keukenhof Gardens

During this excursion you will see one of Europe’s largest garden displays, the Keukenhof Gardens. This park, with its art, royal flair and creative diversity attracts over a million visitors each year. Seven million tulips, narcissi and hyacinths form a colorful carpet of blooms.

Round, oval, triangular and rectangular borders line the park’s driveways, making a cheerful ensemble of colors, shapes and scents. Alternating exhibitions, known as parades, bloom in several pavilions. Numerous sculptures also lurk between the flowerbeds, as harmony between art and nature is a major feature of this park.

Additional Optional Excursions

North Holland Tour

 

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.

Duration: approx. 4,5 hrs   Approx. Price: $49 per person.

Delta Works

Disembark and drive to the Delta Works Project located at Neeltje Jans. This is an amazing example of how the Dutch have truly tamed the environment in which they live. Here you will see and learn about the storm surge barrier, part of the Delta Works, a project that was started after the 1953 flood which killed many people and inundated much of the province of Zeeland. The storm surge barrier was the final phase of this project which is considered one of the engineering marvels of the world. Afterwards stop at the lovely town of Veere, once a very prosperous trading port in the Middle Ages due to the wool trade with Scotland. Today Veere is a favourite spot for visitors as it is one of the most picturesque towns in the area.

Duration: approx. 4 hrs  Approx Cost is $95

Ghent City Tour

Visit Ghent, one of Belgium’s most attractive cities, with its rich heritage of medieval buildings. You will see the fortress “Gravensteen” which was built in the 12th century by the Count of Flanders after he returned from his crusades. Today, Gravensteen is one of the biggest moated castles within Europe. During the tour you will also walk through the beautiful city center and see the belfry, a medieval bell tower with 54 bells. Additionally, the St. Bavo’s Cathedral, which houses an impressive number of art treasures including the baroque high altar in white, black and red flamed marble, a major work by Rubens, the ‘Calvary Triptych’, tombs of the Ghent bishops, and the world-famous Adoration of the Mystic Lamb painted by Hubert and Jan van Eyck.

Duration: approx. 3,5 hrs  Approx. Price: $40 per person.

 

Antwerp City Tour

Discover Antwerp and with it, one of Europe’s largest ports. Walk through the attractive old center of the city and visit the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe Cathedral, the largest Gothic church in Belgium. This church contains valuable treasures, such as works by Rubens, wall paintings dating back to the 15th century and many more. However, the church is more than just a museum, it is still an active place of worship. After your visit to the cathedral, enjoy some free time to explore this wonderful city with its lively shopping scene.

Duration: approx. 3,5 hrs Approx. Price: $44 per person

Your Ship the Amadeus Queen launching 2018:

Queen Indoor Pool

The Queen is being launched in March of 2018. It offer luxury accommodations, large cabins and wonderful service. 

Maine Township Tulip & Windmill Adventure

INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS
  • Round-trip Home Pickup throughout Maine Township
  • Round-trip airfare from O'Hare to Europe
  • Full breakfast daily
  • Six lunches
  • Dinners Daily with free-flowing regional wine included on ship
  • Three nights in Valkenburg at a First class hotel close to the Old Town Area
  • Seven nights on the brand new Five Star Queen River Cruise Liner
  • Seven tours as listed above. Shipboard tours include wireless headsets
  • Transportation between Valkenburg and Amsterdam
  • Round-trip airport transfers
  • Transportation between Valkenburg and Amsterdam
  • Bag handling at hotels and ship

Unbeatable Quality: Book by Oct 6 & SAVE BIG!

Maine Township April 23-May 4, 2018

From $3,999 12 days with air from Chicago in a double
  • Window Haydn C Deck $4,199-Book by Oct 6 Save $200 each & only pay - $3,999
  • French BALC Strauss B Deck $4,8999-Book by Oct 6 Save $600 each & only pay - $4,299
  • French BALC-Mozart A Deck $5,199-Book by Oct 6 Save $800 each & only pay - $4,399
  • Suite Mozart A Deck $5,898-Book by Oct 6 Save $1,000 each & only pay - $4,898
  • Singles Add $650 Deck C, Deck A & B non-suite cabins add $850.

Questions and reservations contact Mary Swanson at 847-297-2510 or Dream Makers at 847-550-9191

*Prices are per person based on double occupancy based on a seven night cruise. Space is limited for Singles. Prices do not include taxes, fees and charges of $160 per person. Prices include touring and free flowing regional wine at dinner as well as all meals on board ship. Prices are subject to change.

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