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AmaStella

AmaStella - Tulip Time 8 Day Cruise

Built in 2016, the AmaStella truly shines as a quality luxury cruise ship. The centre-piece glass elevator ringed with dual curved stairways and sleek contemporary reception desk are just the introduction to the ship’s beauty and class. Designed to carry up to 156 passengers, its spacious design provides many public areas in which to relax and socialize including fitness room with wooden floors, heated pool with convenient swim-up bar, a cozy library, a stunning Main Lounge, Sun Deck walking track, massage and hair salon, gift shop and specialty coffee station. The twin staterooms also offer twin balconies, both a French and outside balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery.

 

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Embark

Embark the ship in Amsterdam.

Day 1: Amsterdam

Join the AmaStella in the Dutch capital of Amsterdam, a thoroughly modern city with a fascinating history. There will be a chance to get to know your fellow passengers tonight as you meet for the Welcome Dinner.

Day 2: Amsterdam - Hoorn

Enjoy a scenic cruise through the IJsselmeer to Hoorn, where you have a choice of three excursions. You may a family-run tulip farm with over one million tulips, each in different phases of growth and in many species and colours. You may also visit the Dutch East India Museum, providing insight into the Dutch Golden Age between 1500 and 1800. And for more active adventurers, go for a guided bike ride through the Dutch countryside.

Day 3: Middleburg

Today you will offered a range of excursions and activities. 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.

Day 4: Ghent

After breakfast on the ship, you can again choose from a range of excursions and activities. Discover two medieval cities, Ghent and Bruges on a highlights tour where you can admire Ghent’s canal-side architecture and some of its famous sights and then visit Bruges, one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe. Alternatively, you may go on a full-day excursion to Bruges, which includes a visit to the Church of Our Lady, home to the beautiful Carrara marble Madonna and Child sculpture by Michelangelo. Those more inclined to learn about the art of Belgian chocolate making can join a master chocolatier as he shares his insights. And for those who wish to enjoy more free time, join a walking tour of Ghent, followed by leisure time.

Day 5: Antwerp

Today you can 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: a culinary tour to indulge in chocolate, waffles and beer or for flower lovers and gardeners, you can roam through the Floralia, an annual spring flower show featuring approximately one million bulbs that are handplanted each year by the castle staff.

Day 6: Rotterdam

During the morning, you can go on a walking tour of Rotterdam, nicknamed the "Gateway to Europe,” or visit the charming city of Gouda, known for its delicious cheese. Alternatively, go on an excursion to Delft, known as the home of the painter Johannes Vermeer, Delft Blue earthenware and the Royal House. While here, you’ll visit the Royal Delft Porcelain Factory and Museum. You may also go on a bike ride through Rotterdam and past some of its famous landmarks and architecture. 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.

Day 7: Amsterdam

Today you will visit 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 and the fabled Skinny Bridge.

Day 8: Amsterdam

Your springtime cruise ends in Amsterdam where you will disembark the ship.

Disembark

Disembark the ship in Amsterdam.

Includes

  • 7 Nights' accommodation on board AmaStella
  • Full board during the cruise, including complimentary local Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
  • Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
  • Sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
  • Sip & Sail Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drink
  • Special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, onboard music performances and afternoon/evening piano music
  • Daily sightseeing and excursions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Port Taxes are shown separately on the website and will be charged at the time of booking
  • Bottled water replenished daily in Staterooms

Excludes

  • International flights
  • Transfers to and from the ship
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal insurance
  • Passport and visa costs
  • Beverages, other than those already mentioned
 

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