Dutch Waterways – Antwerp to Amsterdam

Dutch Waterways – Antwerp to Amsterdam



Embark on a seven-night cruise brimming with centuries of history and Old-World splendor along the intimate waterways of the Netherlands and Belgium! Delight in Amsterdam’s lively canals and stroll amid the glorious tulips at Keukenhof Gardens. Revel in the wonderfully preserved Gothic gems of Bruges and the impressive medieval old town in Antwerp. Other ports of call introduce you to Kampen, a historic Hanseatic city, and Veere, a laid-back harbor town. Plus, enjoy a choice of included cultural and culinary experiences in several ports. Savor the ever-changing panoramas and relaxing comforts that make river cruising so enticing!

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Trip Type
Group Travel Tour, International River Voyages
Departure Dates
Apr 29, 2024 - May 7, 2024


Aboard the stylish, 82-cabin MS Amadeus Imperial, which debuted in 2020 as part of the innovative Lueftner Cruises fleet, savor attentive, friendly service from a professional crew ready to pamper you throughout your journey. Travelers can relax on the River Terrace, or gather in the Amadeus Club or Panorama Bar for entertainment. Savor delectable breakfast buffets and regional and international specialties for lunch and dinner served with wine, beer and soft drinks. Shipboard amenities include a sun deck, fitness center and massage room. Wi-Fi is complimentary.


Antwerp 2 Nights
Settle into pretty, vibrant Antwerp in a first-class hotel in the heart of the city center for extra days of fun and exploration! This inviting, walkable city offers plenty of wonderful diversions, from intriguing museums to the simple pleasures of scrumptious treats like Belgian waffles and crispy frites! Plus, marvel at the medieval splendor of Ghent on an engaging, guided excursion. Also includes deluxe motor coach to and from Ghent; the services of an AHI Travel Director and AHI Hospitality desk; baggage handling between the ship and hotel; and all taxes and service charges.

$995 per person , double occupancy $1,395 single occupancy 

Amsterdam 2 Nights
Delve into picturesque Amsterdam in greater depth during this two-night stay! From your centrally located, first-class hotel, explore the city’s lively neighborhood streets, scenic canals and world-class museums and attractions. Plus, stroll through the Old Harbor and learn about Dutch nautical heritage at the National Maritime Museum, featuring a replica of a 17th-century, three-masted ship. Also includes museum admission and a guide; guide gratuities; the services of an AHI Travel Director and AHI Hospitality desk; baggage handling between the ship and hotel; and all taxes and service charges.

$995 per person , double occupancy $1,470 single occupancy 



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  • day 1

    Depart the U.S.

    AHI FlexAir passengers depart for Brussels, Belgium. Please check your luggage from your gateway city to your arrival city. Your claim checks should have the following airport code: BRU.

  • day 2

    Brussels, Belgium | Antwerp

    Arrive at Brussels Airport. Proceed through immigration to the baggage claim area and retrieve your luggage. After completing customs, AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for the group arrival transfer and Cruise Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer should exit the baggage claim area and proceed to the Arrivals Hall, where an AHI Travel representative will meet you.

    Transfer to Antwerp and embark the MS Amadeus Imperial. Please note, if you arrive before check-in time, your cabin may not be immediately available.

    Antwerp Walking TourLocated on the Scheldt River just 55 miles from the North Sea, Antwerp boasts a rich legacy as a prominent seaport and center of trade. On a guided walk, view its wealth of medieval architecture. Among its notable landmarks, see the Gothic Cathedral of Our Lady, which was under construction for 169 years and completed in 1521; the elegant 16th-century town hall festooned with colorful flags; and the Grote Markt, or Great Market Square, with its row of narrow guild halls. (Moderate)

    Enrichment: Contemporary BelgiumBelgium is a bilingual country with deep cultural, geographic and linguistic divisions between the Dutch speakers of Flanders and the French speakers of Wallonia. Gain interesting insights during a presentation by a local expert.

    Enjoy your first delicious dinner on board.

    The ship remains docked in Antwerp overnight.

  • day 3

    Bruges | Middelburg, Netherlands | Veere

    This morning, disembark for a scenic drive to Bruges, Belgium.

    Medieval Bruges exudes a magical ambience that has earned it the nickname, “Venice of the North.” Tranquil canals, serving as the city’s arteries, are connected by winding, cobblestone lanes and sturdy stone bridges. The historic center with its splendidly preserved Gothic architecture has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site.

    Personalize Your Journey | Choose one of the following excursions. 

    All excursions include a guided walking tour of Bruges. Stroll through the grand Market Square and see the medieval guild hall buildings, the exquisite 12th-century Basilica of the Holy Blood and the Belfry Tower that looms over the square. After the walk, continue with your selected tour.

    • Cultural Bruges. Admire the outstanding artwork at the Groeninge Museum, known for its Flemish Primitive paintings and Flemish expressionist masterpieces. After your museum visit, spend time exploring Bruges on your own. (Active)
    • Bruges and Beer. Visit the De Halve Maan Brewery. With a strong tradition of brewing dating to the 12th century, Belgium embraces beer as its beloved national drink, and hundreds of varieties are produced annually. At the brewery, learn about this family business and the history of Belgian brewing. Take in the panoramic view of Bruges from the roof of the building, then enjoy a glass of freshly brewed beer. Please note: The brewery has three floors and many stairs. (Active)
    • Bruges and Belgian Chocolate. Explorers returning from South America introduced cocoa beans to Belgium in the 17th century, and today Belgium is recognized worldwide for its creamy chocolates. Visit one of Belgium’s more than 2,000 chocolatiers and learn about the art and history of Belgian chocolate-making, talk with the chocolate experts, and enjoy a sample. (Active)

    Enjoy time for lunch on your own in Bruges before returning by motor coach to the ship, which will be docked in Middelburg.

    While the ship cruises to Veere this evening, gather for a Welcome Reception and Dinner.

  • day 4

    Veere | Willemstad

    Free Time: Join the half-day Elective Activity this morning or explore on your own for the day in Veere, a wonderful seaside town. Yachts have replaced the fishing boats and trading boats that once filled the harbor. From the 16th to 18th centuries, this tiny port town was the staple port for Scotland, meaning it was the entry port into Europe for Scottish wool and other items being brought to the European mainland. De Schotse aan de Kaai is a museum devoted to the town’s unique relationship with Scotland. Take a leisurely walk by the 15th-century town hall and browse through the quaint shops.

    Elective Activity: Neeltje Jans & Delta Expo. Travel along the Zeeland coast to the artificial island of Neeltje Jans and its Delta Expo. Learn about the Delta Works, a series of massive dams and storm surge barriers conceived after the devastating 1953 North Sea flood. Built over a period of 30 years, these 65 enormous gates can be slammed shut on the North Sea when powerful storms strike. They are an engineering masterpiece that now protects the third of the landmass of the Netherlands that sits below sea level. A moving, panoramic 4-D animation allows you to experience how the North Sea waves wiped out part of the country in February 1953. (Moderate) Available at an additional cost.

    The ship departs Veere this afternoon for Willemstad, where it overnights.

  • day 5

    Schoonhoven | The Hague / Delft / Gouda

    The ship leaves Willemstad early this morning for Schoonhoven.

    Enrichment: The Dutch Masters. In the 17th century, artists such as Rembrandt van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer, Frans Hals and Jans Steen endeavored for detailed realism in their portraits, landscapes and still lifes. A local expert examines the lasting impact of their celebrated masterpieces.

    Disembark in Schoonhoven and travel by motor coach to your selected excursion.

    Personalize Your Journey | Choose one of the following excursions. 

    • The Hague and the Mauritshuis. See The Hague’s landmark buildings, including the Binnenhof, home of the Dutch parliament, and the Peace Palace, seat of the United Nations’ International Court of Justice, on a scenic tour. Then visit the storied Mauritshuis, which houses works by Dutch and Flemish masters, most notably Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring.” (Moderate)
    • Old Delft and the Porcelain Factory. Explore historic Delft and its Market Square on a walking tour before visiting the Royal Delft porcelain factory, founded in 1653. In the early 1600s, Chinese porcelain became a favorite of the Dutch after it was introduced by tradesmen from the Dutch East India Company. Dutch potters responded by developing their own version, the iconic blue and white delftware so associated with the Netherlands. See the fascinating production process firsthand, watch a master artisan painting pieces by hand, and view Royal Delft’s splendid porcelain collection in their showroom. (Moderate)
    • Gouda — City of Cheese. Travel to Gouda, famous for its namesake cheese. See the bustling market square dominated by the splendid, 15th-century town hall. Visit Sint Janskerk, the country’s longest church. Inside, you’ll be awed by more than 70 of Europe’s finest, 16th-century painted-glass windows. Afterward, nibble on varieties of fresh Gouda cheese and learn how they are created. (Moderate)

    Return to the ship for lunch and an afternoon of sailing toward Kampen.

  • day 6

    Kampen / Giethoorn

    The ship arrives in Kampen very early this morning. Set on the banks of the IJssel, Kampen is filled with impressive architecture that reflects its heyday as an important member of the Hanseatic League.

    Personalize Your Journey | Choose one of the following excursions. 

    • Historic Kampen & Hanseatic Ship Tour. Kampen received its charter in 1236 and became a thriving trading town during the Hanseatic League’s most prosperous period in the Middle Ages. On a guided walk, appreciate the town’s beautiful landmarks built from this wealth. See stately merchants’ houses; the 14th-century Church of St. Nicholas, or Bovenkerk; the 15th-century old town hall, the grand town gates and more. Then head to the riverfront and climb aboard an authentically reconstructed, 14th-century Hanseatic cog ship or kogge. These cargo ships sailed the North and Baltic Seas, carrying freight such as grain, salt, fur and herring. (Moderate) 
    • Kampen Walking Tour & Brewery VisitKampen received its charter in 1236 and became a thriving trading town during the Hanseatic League’s most prosperous period in the Middle Ages. On a guided walk, appreciate the town’s beautiful landmarks built from this wealth. See stately merchants’ houses; the 14th-century Church of St. Nicholas, or Bovenkerk; the 15th-century old town hall, the grand town gates and more. Then head to a local brewery for a tour and tasting, where you’ll learn about Dutch brewing techniques and delicious styles of beer that have been produced for centuries.  (Moderate)
    • Giethoorn Cruise. Feel as though you’ve stepped into a fairy tale in the charming village of Giethoorn, free of cars and interlaced with footpaths and narrow canals covered by tiny wooden bridges. Experience the pleasures of small-town Dutch life as you meander through its picturesque canals by boat, passing 18th-century, thatched farmhouses set against the Weerribben Wieden nature preserve. Then explore the village on foot at your own pace. Please note: When getting on and off the cruise boat, there are steep steps. (Moderate) 

    Relax afterward over lunch on the ship.

    Enrichment: The Hanseatic LeagueThis powerful, medieval mercantile federation, made up of German towns and their northern European trading centers, promoted and protected commercial interests abroad, reaching its peak from the 13th to 15th centuries. Learn about the League’s influence and historical significance from a local expert.

    Then enjoy some time at leisure to explore more of lovely Kampen on your own.

    The ship departs Kampen and cruises this evening toward Amsterdam.

  • day 7


    Enrichment: Contemporary NetherlandsDelve into current affairs in the Netherlands, a constitutional monarchy and one of the original six countries that founded what is now the 27-member European Union.

    Canals of Amsterdam. Board a cruiser for a delightful perspective of this romantic city, known the world over for its more than 60 miles of tree-lined canals and waterways. Amsterdam’s 17th-century canal ring area has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. During your guided cruise, take in the charming, gabled canal houses, locals of all ages pedaling by, and the architectural gems of the bustling city harbor. (Mild)

    Savor a refreshing lunch.

    Free Time: Explore Amsterdam on your own this afternoon. Art lovers can head to the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh Museum to view their acclaimed collections. For a look at wartime Amsterdam, visit the Anne Frank House or the Dutch Resistance Museum. Stroll through interesting neighborhoods like Jordaan, one of Amsterdam’s trendiest districts, or visit the Royal Palace Amsterdam, which started out as the Amsterdam city hall in the 17th and 18th centuries.

    The ship will be docked overnight in Amsterdam.

  • day 8


    Keukenhof GardensJourney to this 80-acre paradise of brightly colored tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and other gorgeous blooms. More than nine miles of footpaths crisscross the grounds, allowing you to immerse yourself in this enchanting setting. Explore this magnificent garden with your expert guide and learn more about its origins. (Moderate)

    Savor a refreshing lunch on board the ship.

    Free Time: Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure in Amsterdam.

    Tonight, gather for a Farewell Reception and Dinner to commemorate your journey.

  • day 9

    Disembark ship/ Transfer to Amsterdam airport/Return to the U.S.

    AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for a group transfer and Cruise Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer depart for Amsterdam Airport Schiphol for your return flights home. Passengers departing independently to the airport must disembark the ship by 9 a.m. Your Travel Director will provide the details.

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