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River Cruising

Cruising the Dutch Waterways

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8
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$4,190 USD
Journey Type
River Cruising
Time of Year
Apr - Jun, Aug - Oct
Cities & Landmarks
Floriade 2022, Amsterdam, Delft, Rotterdam, Rijksmuseum, Zuiderzee Museum
Netherlands River Cruise
Rotterdam The Netherlands

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EXPERIENCE WITH TAUCK

 

TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Enjoy a Tauck Exclusive early opening visit to the open-air Zuiderzee Museum before it is open to the public; stroll back in time as you discover the cultural heritage and maritime history from the old Zuiderzee region dating back centuries

 

TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – As a special Dutch treat, visit Floriade 2022 – “the World's Fair of horticultural shows”

 

TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Enjoy a private evening at the acclaimed Mauritshuis museum, where you will meet a museum official; view masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer (including his iconic Girl with a Pearl Earring) and others; and have dinner with live music – for Tauck guests only

 

TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Take a cruise on the IJsselmeer aboard a century-old sailboat

 

TAUCK VALUE INCLUDES

 

All gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Directors and Tauck Cruise Director

 

Tauck's private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at $1,450

 

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Guests should be able to easily walk one to two miles, which may include climbing one or two flights of stairs and walking over uneven pavement, groomed hiking trails or cobblestones. Standing up to one hour or more may be required.

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Moderately paced, and may include some early morning hotel departures, one or two on-tour flights, and extended motor coach travel.

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Exclusively inclusive river cruising

Explore The Netherlands’ inland waterways aboard a custom-designed Tauck riverboat for a unique view of the Dutch cultural landscape on this 8-day, 7-night river cruise that begins and ends in historic Amsterdam and includes a once-in-a-decade visit to Floriade, the “world’s fair” of horticultural exhibitions.

In Friesland, tour Lake District villages or a historic pumping station; from Hoorn, cruise the IJsselmeer on a century-old sailboat, or discover the area’s maritime heritage with private early entrance to the Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen. In Arnhem, select a tour of the Kröller-Müller Museum in De Hoge Veluwe Nat’l Park; a bicycle ride through the park; or WWII sites and the Airborne Museum. Explore the city of Rotterdam on a culinary walking or bicycling tour; in Den Haag (The Hague), enjoy a Tauck Exclusive tour and dinner at the Mauritshuis museum, featuring live music and Dutch Golden Age paintings. Choose a visit to Rotterdam or enjoy a tour of the famous Royal Delft factory. Special experiences await in Amsterdam when you spend a day at Floriade to explore the world-acclaimed horticultural exhibition, choose a tour and lunch at the Rijksmuseum or a bicycle tour of Volendam, and visit a private houseboat on Amsterdam’s storied canals. Read Less

Visit once-in-a-decade Floriade!

Explore an international horticultural wonderland abloom with green cities and designed with healthy living in mind!

As a special Dutch treat included on this river cruise, visit Floriade 2022, “the World's Fair of horticultural shows.” Explore an international horticultural wonderland that celebrates Green Cities of the Future on 148 acres of land repurposed and reclaimed from the sea for a future rich in sustainability, greenery, food, energy and healthy living. Featuring four themed districts connected by bridges, walkways, gondolas and trains, this once in a decade exposition will run from April to October as it showcases green-themed, flower-filled exhibitions from more than 40 countries, along with cultural entertainment, art and cuisine that make it fun for everyone. Truly an energizing experience!

Private Opening at Mauritshuis

Exclusive experience at the Mauritshuis Museum in The Hague

You’re the guest of honor for a Tauck Exclusive dinner at the acclaimed Mauritshuis museum in Den Haag (The Hague), housed in a restored 17th-century mansion where a world-class collection of Dutch Golden Age paintings includes masterpieces by Rembrandt and Vermeer, including the iconic Girl with a Pearl Earring. Enjoy a personal welcome from a museum official who shares insights about the art you will see here, and dine to live music performed by students from the Royal Conservatory of the Hague.

Life on the Waterways

Dutch culture along The Netherlands' inland waterways

Much of The Netherlands was under water during medieval times; more than half the country has been reclaimed from the sea since then, and is maintained by a drainage system of windmills, dykes, dams and canals. Amsterdam, founded as a small fishing village on the mouth of the Amstel River, grew to become the trading center of a massive empire in the 17th century, evidence of which is seen today in its gabled mansions and inspired architecture along its canals. And pretty Enkhuizen is laced with canals and vestiges of its maritime roots, proudly recreated in the Zuiderzee Museum, whose historic structures and open-air exhibits showcase life in a Dutch fishing village from the 1880s to the 1930s.

Visit the Royal Delft Factory

Inside Delft Blue at the Royal Delft Experience

Founded in 1653, Royal Delft (Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles, or "The Porcelain Jar") is the only remaining factory of some 32 earthenware factories established in Delft during the 17th century that still produces iconic blue-and-white, hand-painted Delft Blue pottery according to centuries-old tradition. On your visit to the Royal Delft Experience, you'll tour the factory where craftsmen are busy producing the pottery; observe the painters’ skill and passion during a painting demonstration; view the Delftware on display at the Royal Delft museum; and enjoy afternoon tea.

Early opening visit to the Zuiderzee Museum

Stories of a bygone maritime culture at the Zuiderzee Museum

The Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen brings to life stories of the people who once lived and worked on the shores of the Zuiderzee – The Netherlands' former saltwater "Southern Sea," which was turned into the present-day freshwater lake known as the IJsselmeer by the completion of the Afsluitdijk (the great IJsselmeer Barrier Dam) in 1932. Through both the open-air Outdoor Museum – a living history village of its own with costumed interpreters and over 140 authentic historic buildings from the former Zuiderzee region – and the Indoor Museum's treasure-filled exhibits on the art, culture and heritage of the region, you'll step back in time to see, hear, feel, taste and smell everyday life on the Zuiderzee between the 1880s and 1930. With Tauck, you'll enjoy an early-opening visit to this extraordinary institution.

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October 12 departure will not include a visit to Floriade 2022 and will have alternative sightseeing. Ask for details at time of booking.

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