2023 Tulip Cruisewith Belgium, Netherlands and the Holland Dikes 14 day cruise/tour - April 11, 2023
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AmaWaterways has won almost everyone’s award as the BEST river cruise line in Europe, even beating out Viking! We are able to give you special pricing that other companies do not get because we charter our AmaWaterways ships.
Pictures don’t do justice! Experience it in person, it will blow you away!
Stunning is not a strong enough word to describe fields of Tulips in Bloom. The mixture of almost every color in the color spectrum is on display. It is truly an experience you will never forget! Weather and tulips blooming can never be fully predicted. History has shown the very best time year to see the best of the Tulips is the middle to end of April. AmaWaterways knows that the cruises, that start after 15 April and end by May 1, have the best opportunity to see the Tulips at their best. During that time our charter discount is smaller, but still more than fair. We have contracted for a charter during the prime time. AmaWaterways rarely offers any discounts during this time, but for our groups, with our charter pricing we are still going to be able to save you between $700 to $1,600 per person, depending on the cabin of your choice. This really is a FANTASTIC DEAL. No one else can give you this kind of discount.
The owners of Fun For Less Tours experienced a Tulip Cruise during the last ½ of April in 2019. They couldn’t have hit it any better. They already knew how wonderful Amsterdam is with its canals, windmills and museums and they had already visited Bruges, that is often considered better than Amsterdam, with its old village atmosphere and wonderful canals. The cruise took them to new villages and areas that they had not visited in the past. They loved visiting the dikes that hold back the sea, the village of Hoorn, the Grott Bijgaarden Castles Floral Show outside of Brussels and they loved the village of Ghent. But, what struck them the most was the stunning beauty of the colorful Tulip fields found everywhere they went. Visiting this part of the world any other time of year, pales in comparison to Tulip season.
AmaWaterways offers 7-night cruises starting March 20, with the last one ending May 7. The breeding of Tulips has extended the time Tulips can be seen. There are early blooming, normal blooming, and late blooming tulips. The best of the best can be seen at Keukenhof Gardens, a little less than an hour’s drive out of Amsterdam. Every year more than 7 million flower bulbs are planted in autumn to bloom in spring. There is a variety of 800 different Tulips spread over almost 80 acres. There are 9 miles of footpaths through out the park, you can do as little or as much as you would like walking the park. Beautiful tulips are everywhere. A unique and unforgettable experience for everyone. They are open from March 21 through May 10. The ship stops there for 3 plus hours, enough time to see less than ½ of the enormous Tulip extravaganza. Our special tour/ cruise offers you the very best opportunity to witness this Garden IN FULL BLOOM! We have scheduled two visits for your group. We will visit the Garden on the first part of your land tour and then again, the last day before getting off the ship. The chances to see this fantastic park in full bloom is 90%. With so much area to cover, you really need two 3-hour visits anyway. A favorite place to see tulips in Utah is at Thanksgiving Point. They brag that they have around 300,000 tulips. Compare that to the 7,000,000 in the Keukenhof Gardens, Amsterdam.
Package Price Includes:
This special luxurious Tulip Cruise and Land Tour combine TWO Packages. The 5-Star Luxury Tulip Cruise throughout the Netherlands and Belgium with AmaWaterways and our Land Tour that is also in the Netherlands and Belgium, visiting the wonderful sights the Cruise ship does not include. Important note: AmaWaterways does not like to discount or allow charters during the prime sailing times at the height of the Tulip Season. We were only able to get an exception because of the huge number of charters we do throughout the year. Our special club charter pricing will not be found anywhere else. On average, we are over $1,000 per person less than what the ship charges.
Package #1: AmaWaterways Tulips Cruise Includes:
• 8 days 7-night sailing on a 5-star luxury riverboat through Tulip country – Belgium and the Netherlands.
• Category D Cabin with Two LARGE Port Hole Windows.
• A MINIMUM of $700 off the ship’s pricing PER PERSON. Go ahead and compare! On the rare occasion when the ship offers a discount during the Tulip’s prime time, it is only a fraction of what we save you. There are even more savings when you upgrade to a balcony cabin.
• All ship port taxes and fees.
• All shore excursions.
• Special Guest Educator: Diane Prince
• Fun For Less Tours Staff.
• Three quality meals onboard the ship every day.
• Free internet and free movies.
• Unlimited bottled water.
• All bicycles and helmets on board are free to use.
• Option to upgrade cabin to French Balcony, Double Balcony, or Suite.
• Use of quality headsets.
Ship Package Pricing for Cat D Cabin: $3,698
Plus Ship Port Charges, Taxes & Fees: $200
Total Ship Package Cat D Cabin Pricing: $3,998
Minus Our Savings off ship price: ($700)
Our Special Member Package Price: $3,198
Package #2: Land Tour & Hotel
• 6 days of buses, tours, guides, and entrance fees.
• 2 nights 4-Star Deluxe Hotel in Ghent.
• 1 night 4-Star Deluxe Hotel in Brussels.
• 2 nights 4-Star Deluxe Hotel in Amsterdam.
• All transfers, if you booked our group airfare or your flight arrives on or before and departs after our Fun For Less group flights.
• Fun For Less Tours Staff.
• Use of uality headset receivers.
• All land & hotel taxes.
Land Package $1,795
Cruise Package #1: $3,198
Land Package #2: $1,795
Total Package #1 & 2 Price: $4,993
Package Price: $4,993 - total for both Packages*
*Does not include International air or tips.
Below are categories of cabins. Category D is included in your cruise package. For cabin upgrades pricing is listed below each category on the next page. Along, with the total savings of what the ship charges for the same cabin category.
Cat C Upgrades: 170 Square Feet with a French Balcony.
Cat C Cabin Upgrade – Additional Cost: $600 per person – Savings off Ship Price $900
Cat BB & BA Upgrades: 210 Square Feet with a French Balcony AND an Outside Balcony.
Cabins are the same size and design, BA’s are in a better location
Cat BB Cabin Upgrade – Additional Cost: $1,100 per person – Savings off Ship Price $1,000
Cat BA Cabin Upgrade – Additional Cost: $1,300 per person – Savings off Ship price $1,000
Cat AB & AA Upgrades: 235 Square Feet with French Balcony AND an Outside Balcony
Cabins are the same size and design, AA’s are in a better location
Cat AB Cabin Upgrade – Additional Cost $1,500 per person – Savings off Ship Price $1,000
Cat AA Cabin Upgrade – Additional Cost $1,700 per person – Savings off Ship Price $1,000
Cat Suite upgrade: 300 Sq. Feet with a French Balcony and an Outside Balcony
Cat Suite Cabin Upgrade – Additional Cost $2,500 per person – Savings off Ship Price $1,500
This is a partial list, and subject to change as needed to accomplish everything we can in each area we visit. We will have local guides who will make sure we see the very best in the time we have.
Day 1 – April 11: Today we will fly to Amsterdam.
Day 2 – April 12: After clearing customs in Amsterdam we will begin touring. We will visit the Zaanse Schans, which are a unique part of the Netherlands, full of windmills, wooden houses, barns, and workshops. Overnight in Amsterdam.
Day 3 – April 13: Today we will do a full-day tour of Amsterdam. We also plan to see Anne Frank’s House and if possible do a tour of the inside of the house to remember a disquieting period of the city’s history. Overnight in Amsterdam.
Day 4 – April 14: This morning we will visit the garden of Keukenhof, which produces 7,000,000 tulips annually. To make sure that we have enough time to visit this garden and see the tulips in bloom we will also visit as one of the shore excursions from the AmaWaterways ship. In the afternoon we will drive to Brussels to overnight.
Day 5 – April 15: We will tour Brussels and visit the beautiful Groot Bijgaarden Castle Floral Show outside of Brussels, where they hand plant over one million tulip bulbs.
Day 6 – April 16: Today we enjoy a tour of the port city of Ghent, which lies where the Leie and Scheldt Rivers join. We plan to visit the old town which dates back to the middle ages as well as seeing the Gravensteen Castle.
Day 7 – April 17: This morning we travel to Amsterdam with several stops on the way. This afternoon we board our luxury AmaWaterways Cruise Ship.
Day 8 – April 18: Scenic cruising to Hoorn plus a visit to a tulip and bulb working farm where they grow one million tulips.
Day 9 – April 19: Today we plan to visit the Delta Works storm surge barrier, an impressive series of dams, and Dutch hydraulic engineering. Later you may have time to walk through the medieval town of Middleburg.
Day 10 – April 20: Today we will have a full day excursion to the fantastic village of Bruges, which will include a visit to the Church of Our Lady, home to the beautiful Carrara marble Madonna and Child sculpture by Michelangelo.
Day 11 – April 21: Two choices in the morning: visit the home of the famous artist Peter Paul Rubens or do a walking tour of Antwerp. In the afternoon we will go to a Belgian Chocolate and Waffle tasting.
Day 12 – April 22: Our excursion today will be to the city of Delft, best known for being the home to the 17th-century painter, Johannes Vermeer, Delft Blue earthenware, and the Royal House. In the afternoon, we will visit 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 13 – April 23: This morning we will enjoy our second visit to the Keukenhof Gardens home to the 7,000,000 tulips. In the afternoon we will take a canal ride through the many canals in Amsterdam. This evening will be our last night on the ship.
Day 14 – April 24: Today we will disembark our cruise ship to fly home.