Europe plays host to a seemingly endless array of river cruise options, but perhaps none are as revered as the Tulip Time voyages. Typically offered between March and May, these springtime river cruise itineraries are designed to showcase the natural beauty of the Netherlands, a country renowned around the world for its friendly people, tolerant attitudes, and beautiful flowers.
Every major river cruise line offers Tulip Time voyages, including California-based AmaWaterways, which will once again offer these popular cruises between March 25 and May 1, 2013.
Next year, join AmaCerto, AmaLyra, AmaVerde, AmaPrimaor AmaDante as they sail roundtrip from Amsterdam on a weeklong voyage that explore the famous windmills of Kinderdijk; tour the Keukenhof Gardens, and so much more.
The full itinerary on these fascinating voyages:
|Day 1||Amsterdam||Embarkation; Welcome Aboard Cocktail & Dinner|
|Day 2||Amsterdam / Volendam / Edam /||Canal Cruise & City Tour / Walking Tour / Walking Tour & Cheese Tasting Tour or guided bicycle tour|
|Day 3||Arnhem / Nijmegen||Airborne Museum or Het Loo Palace / Floriade Expo or Free Time|
|Day 4||Antwerp||Walking Tour or Rubens Tour or optional tour to Brussels|
|Day 5||Ghent||Walking tour / Optional tour to Brugges|
|Day 6||Willemstad / Kinderdijk||Private organ recital or guided bicycle tour / Kinderdijk Windmills|
|Day 7||Utrecht||Keukenhof Gardens Tour|
While Amsterdam’s appeal is universal, AmaWaterways has also included beautiful, off-the-beaten-path calls to places like Volendam and Edam. Guests can even choose to explore the Belgian capital of Antwerp or take an optional tour from Antwerp to nearby Brussels for a reasonable € 45 per person.
Of course, travelling with AmaWaterways is a unique event unto itself. The line’s high standard of service, coupled with popular features like complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner; complimentary bottled water replaced daily in staterooms; complimentary first-run movies and WiFi internet access; and a variety of complimentary tours ashore geared to both active and casual travellers means enjoying yourself won’t be an issue onboard your river cruise ship or ashore.
So don’t discount these Tulip Time cruises, and be sure not to wait to secure your own space onboard. Due to their continued popularity and limited sailing window, these itineraries often fill up fast!
For more information on AmaWaterways and its fleet, be sure to check out our AmaWaterways line and river cruise ship profiles here on River Cruise Advisor.