Tours

Tulip Time Jubilee Cruise 2024

9 days
Belgium & The Netherlands
Starting from $3598*

Join us on a special Jubilee Tulip Time Cruise! Celebrate spring in the Netherlands and Belgium! The Keukenhof Gardens and Floralia come alive. Experience Amsterdam’s colorful canals, the whimsical Kinderdijk windmills and the art of Rubens and Michelangelo. Discover the timeless traditions of Delft porcelain and revel in the medieval architectural treasures of Bruges, Middelburg, and Ghent. Throughout your journey, indulge in Belgian chocolates, warm waffles, and delicious cheeses—all while savoring the storybook atmosphere of the region.

What’s Included

  • Cruise
  • Meals on Ship
  • Select Shore Excursions
  • Wine, Beer & Soft Drinks

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 Tue., Apr. 16 | Departure

Board your overnight flight to Amsterdam. 

Day 2 Wed., Apr. 17 | Arrive in Amsterdam

Welcome to Amsterdam, where you will board your luxurious river cruise ship.  

Day 3 Thu., Apr. 18 | Hoorn

Enjoy a scenic cruise through the Ijsselmeer to Hoorn, where you have a choice of four excursions.  

  1. Tulip & Bulb Fields 
    Visit a family-run tulip farm with over one million tulips in distinct growth phases and many species and colors. 
  2. Hoorn Walking Tour 
    For those seeking to travel back in time, you can go on a walking tour in Hoorn. 
  3. Zuiderzee Museum 
    Visit the Zuiderzee Museum, providing insight into the maritime culture and history of the lively Zuiderzee region. 
  4. Dutch Countryside Bike Tour 
    For more active adventurers, go for a guided bike ride through the Dutch countryside. 

Day 4 Fri., Apr. 19 | Middelburg

After enjoying a scenic cruise through the Delta, explore medieval Middelburg, the second largest trading city of the Dutch East India Company.  

  1. Middleburg Walking Tour 
    Enjoy the charms and traditions of a proud and historic city. Canal-side homes and weaving alleys lead visitors to Gothic structures and exciting views.
  2. Delta Works Tour 
    Discover the intriguing history of Delta Works, a unique storm surge barrier, while visiting the Flood Museum. More than half of the Netherlands lies below sea level, and the Delta Works were built to prevent a recurrence of the 1953 flood disaster.
  3. Middleburg Guided Bike Ride 
    Exploring the city on two wheels during a guided bike ride is the perfect choice for a carefree adventure. 

Day 5 Sat., Apr. 20 | Ghent

Ghent testifies to the brilliance of Flemish designers and architects. Enjoy several choices of excursions throughout its distinguished heritage.  

  1. Highlights of Ghent & Bruges 
    Discover two medieval cities, Ghent and Bruges, on a highlights tour. Admire Ghent’s canal-side architecture and some of its famous sights, including the Castle of the Counts and Ghent Cathedral. Then visit Bruges, one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe.   
  2. Ghent Walking Tour & Free time 
    For those who wish to enjoy more free time, join a walking tour of Ghent, followed by leisure time.  
  3. Belgian Chocolate Workshop 
    Learn about the art of Belgian chocolate making from a master chocolatier as he shares his insights. 
  4. Full-day Bruges and Church of our Lady 
    Enjoy a full-day excursion to Bruges, which includes visiting the Church of Our Lady, home to Michelangelo’s beautiful Carrara marble Madonna and Child sculpture. 

Day 6 Sun., Apr. 21 | Antwerp

Explore hidden Antwerp, a gem of a port-town with a Renaissance flair, a flourishing metropolitan center, and one of the greatest harbors in the world.  

  1. Walking Tour & Cathedral Visit 
    Explore this trendy city on a walking tour where you will see Antwerp’s Steen Castle, Grote Market, and Brabo Fountain, along with the UNESCO-designated Cathedral of Our Lady.  
  2. Rubens House 
    Visit the Rubens House, the former home of the famous 17th-century Flemish Baroque painter. 
  3. Antwerp Bike Tour 
    For an active exploration of the area, join a guided bike tour.  
  4. Belgian Chocolate, Beer, and Waffle Tasting 
    If you’re a foodie, this excursion is for you! Indulge in some of the best chocolate, waffles, and beer in the world!  
  5. Floralia Flower Show (if available)
    Calling all flower lovers and gardeners! Roam through the Floralia, an annual spring flower show featuring approximately one million bulbs, hand-planted each year by the castle staff.  

Day 7 Mon., Apr. 23 | Rotterdam, Kinderdijk, Schoonhoven

Explore innovative Rotterdam, iconic Kinderdijk, and Schoonhoven, the heart of The Netherlands since the Middle Ages. 

In Rotterdam: 

  1. Rotterdam Walking Tour & Tastes of Rotterdam 
    Enjoy a morning walking tour of Rotterdam, nicknamed the “Gateway to Europe,” and taste local specialties.   
  2. Delfshaven Excursion 
    Visit Delfshaven, where, on August 1, 1620, the Pilgrim fathers departed on their epic journey aboard the Speedwell. Stopping in Southampton, many then boarded the Mayflower and concluded their voyage at Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts. 
  3. Rotterdam Architectural Bike Tour 
    If you prefer a more active adventure, go on a bike ride through Rotterdam and past some of its famous landmarks and architecture. 
  4. Best of Delft Excursion 
    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 will visit the Royal Delft Porcelain Factory and Museum. 

In Kinderdijk: 

  1. Kinderdijk UNESCO Windmills 
    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.  
  2. Kinderdijk Bike Tour 
    Pedal past the famous windmills from the seat of a bike.  

Day 8 Mon., Apr. 24 | Amsterdam

Tour the capital of The Netherlands, a 17th-century treasure trove of fairy-tale sights. One of the most impressive public gardens globally, 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 beautiful homes line the waterside and the fabled Skinny Bridge.  

Day 9 Tue., Apr. 25 | Disembarkation & Departure

Return home full of faith-enriching experiences and cherished memories! 

Enhance Your Journey

Pre-Tour: Amsterdam Starting from $750

Opt for the Amsterdam Pre-Tour journey and enjoy more time in this vibrant city! 

 

DAY 1, Sat., Apr. 13 | Departure 

Board your overnight flight to Amsterdam. 

DAY 2, Sun., Apr. 14 | Arrive in Amsterdam 

Arrive in Amsterdam and check into your hotel. 

DAY 3, Mon., Apr. 15 | Amsterdam 

Follow your guide through the charming capital of the Netherlands, with its iconic meandering canals, quintessential bridges, and distinctive architecture. 
DAY 4, Tue., Apr. 16 | Cruise & Join Main Group for Embarkation 

Enjoy an enchanting cruise along the canal in Haarlem outside of Amsterdam, passing historic architecture, bridges, and even a windmill region. Later in the day, transfer to your ship and join the main group. 

Departure Dates

  1. Tuesday, April 16, 2024
    From $3598* Register Now!
*A 3.5% surcharge will be added to all credit card transactions.