Holland & Belgium Along the Dutch Waterways

Holland & Belgium Along the Dutch Waterways



Celebrate the spectacular beauty of Holland and Flanders in springtime on this uniquely exclusive, 7-night cruise. Expert-led excursions include visits to the historical canals of Amsterdam; the world-class Kröller-Müller Museum; Kinderdijk and the Delta Works engineering projects; storybook Bruges; the 2,000-year-old city of Nijmegen; the incomparable Keukenhof Gardens; the blue pottery center of Delft; and the Golden Age trading center of Hoorn. Immerse yourself in local culture during our exclusive RIVER LIFE® forum.

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Trip Type
Group Travel Tour, International River Voyages
Departure Dates
Apr 26, 2024 - May 4, 2024


Amadeus Cara April 26, 2024

Luxury Small Vessel, Innovative Design
The elegant and meticulously crafted Amadeus Cara, launched in 2022, and Amadeus Riva feature all the comforts of refined and traditional hotels. The English-speaking, international crews provides warm hospitality. The Amadeus fleet has earned the “Green Globe Certificate” of environmental sustainability.

Elegant Suites and Staterooms, 100% with Ocean Views
The 82 stylish staterooms and suites are among the most spacious of any European river boat (172 to 284 square feet). Suites include a private balcony, and select staterooms feature a unique floor‑to‑ceiling window that lowers to French-balcony height at the touch of a button. Accommodations have two twin beds or one queen bed, individual climate control, sitting area, private bathroom with shower, and a minibar.


Amsterdam Pre-Program Option
Immerse yourself in historical Amsterdam on a 2-night itinerary that includes opportunities to view the Rijksmuseum’s Dutch Master collection and a visit to the exquisite 17th century Our Lord in the Attic museum. Enjoy accommodations in a 5‑star hotel.

The Hague Post-Program Option
Conclude your journey with a 2-night tour of The Hague, showcasing stately municipal buildings. Visit the Mauritshuis, a 17th‑century Neoclassical mansion featuring a world‑renowned Dutch and Flemish art collection, including Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring. Enjoy accommodations in an ideally located luxury hotel.
The Pre- and Post-Program Options are available at an additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.


Airport transfers and luggage handling abroad are only included if air arrangements are booked through Gohagan & Company. If travelers make their own air arrangements, transfers and luggage handling are not included; transfers can be organized through Gohagan & Company and purchased by the traveler.


  • Sara N. James

    Sara N. James

    Sara N. James combines her passion for art, architecture, and gardens with her sense of adventure and love of travel. She is Professor Emerita of Art History at Mary Baldwin University and a specialist in Renaissance and Baroque art. In her 30-year teaching career she taught broad range of courses, including Classical, Medieval, Renaissance (Italian and Northern), and Baroque art and architecture, as well as interdisciplinary honors courses. An avid gardener and garden lover, she is a certified Master Gardener and a member of the Garden Club of Virginia and the Garden Club of America. She has regularly traveled and lectured abroad with adult groups since 2016. Her publications include two books: Signorelli and Fra Angelico at Orvieto: Liturgy, Poetry and a Vision of the End-time (Ashgate, 2003) and Art in England from the Saxons to the Tudors: 600-1600 (Oxbow/Casemate, 2016), as well as numerous chapters, articles, and reviews in scholarly journals. Sara holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Virginia and is a member of the Old Dominion chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Society. She has spent three sabbatical terms at the American Academy in Rome and one at the Paul Mellon Centre in London.


A non-refundable administrative fee of $300 per person will apply for all cancellations received more than 7 days after booking and before other fees take effect at 120 days:
120 days $300 per person admin fee after 7-day grace period from booking
120 – 91 days 25% of full invoice fare
90 – 61 days 50% of full invoice fare
60 – 31 days 75% of full invoice fare
30 – 0 days 100% of full invoice fare
Separate airfare Terms & Conditions apply




  • day 1 & 2

    U.S./Amsterdam, the Netherlands

    Enjoy a private cruise through the charming and picturesque canals of Amsterdam—built during the Golden Age of the Middle Ages to show off the wealth of the city. Embark the river boat this evening and attend a Welcome Toast and Dinner.

  • day 3

    Nijmegen for Kröller-Müller Museum

    Visit the world‑class Kröller‑Müller Museum, lauded for its collection of 90 Vincent van Gogh paintings and 180 of his drawings. See works by Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Édouard Manet. Enjoy a walking tour of Nijmegen, a university town layered with more than 2,000 years of history—originally settled by the Romans in the first century B.C. Explore an array of pristinely preserved buildings, including the turreted 15th‑century town hall and the 17th‑century, Renaissance‑style De Waagh.

  • day 4

    Kinderdijk/Willemstad/Delta Works

    In Kinderdijk, see 19 authentic windmills built between 1722 and 1761, the largest assembly of windmills in the Netherlands. Discover the Delta Works, an impressive feat of hydraulic engineering that has been hailed as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.

  • day 5

    Ghent, Belgium/Bruges

    Discover Ghent, replete with medieval and classical architecture. Admire the windows and Gothic steeples of St. Bavo’s Cathedral and see Hubert and Jan van Eyck’s magnificent altarpiece Adoration of the Mystic Lamb—the most frequently stolen artwork of all time. A scenic drive through Flemish countryside takes you to Bruges, where you’ll enjoy a walking tour to the Gothic Town Hall, the famous octagonal belfry and tower, and the Church of our Lady, with a visit to see Michelangelo’s Virgin and Child housed at the church.

  • day 6


    Explore the enchanting Old Town of Antwerp, which preserves its distinct Flemish culture. Visit the UNESCO‑inscribed belfry at Cathedral of Our Lady and see 17th‑century Baroque masterpieces by the city’s native son, Peter Paul Rubens.

  • day 7

    Rotterdam, the Netherlands, for Delft/ Keukenhof Gardens

    Walk through historical Delft, where Johannes Vermeer painted his famous View of Delft from 1660 to 1661. Visit the original Delft factory of Royal Porceleyne Fles and watch craftspeople create iconic “Delft Blue” porcelain. Stroll through the world famous Keukenhof Gardens, a tableau of blooming tulips meticulously landscaped with tranquil ponds, placid streams, and tree-shaded paths.

  • day 8


    Discover Hoorn, which rapidly grew to become a major harbor town during Holland’s “Golden Age” and was an important home base for the Dutch East India Company. Attend the Captain’s Farewell Reception and dinner on board the ship this evening.

  • day 9

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

    Following breakfast, disembark and continue on the Hague Post‑Program Option or transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

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