From the intriguing Dutch capital to the tiny Belgian town of Bruges, follow meandering rivers and canals aboard a boutique riverboat. Discover storybook villages, idyllic countryside, and outstanding art and architecture. You may also wish to take advantage of daily, optional cycling opportunities to experience the Low Countries as the locals do—by bike. Begin in Amsterdam with a walking tour and a visit to the Rjiksmuseum before embarking the new Magnifique IV, built in the traditional style of a Dutch canal boat. Taste Dutch cheeses at the world renowned Gouda Cheese Market. Admire the perfectly aligned windmills of Kinderdijk on an up-close visit, and call at Antwerp to see Rubens’ powerful Descent from the Cross. Explore Ghent’s iconic Gravensteen Castle, with its moat, turrets, and arrow slits (not to mention its torture instruments!). Conclude with a delightful day in Bruges, to discover a prized Michelangelo sculpture and enjoy some leisure time before disembarking.
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- Group Travel Tour, International River Voyages
- Departure Dates
May 26, 2021 - Jun 3, 2021
Launched in Spring 2020 and sailing under the Dutch flag, this new river vessel has 10 generous suites on the upper deck, while the lower deck has eight twin cabins. Magnifique IV’s upper deck features a spacious and tastefully decorated salon with air conditioning, a bar, and lounge area. Wi-Fi is also available. The comfortable and inviting restaurant is separated from the kitchen by a glass wall, so you can watch talented chefs in action. The front deck has space to accommodate bicycles, while the top deck boasts a hot tub and deckchairs, from which you can enjoy the scenery.
May 26 DEPARTURE
Depart on an overnight flight to Amsterdam.
May 27 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
Arrive in Amsterdam for lunch followed by a visit to the Rijksmuseum, the State Treasury of Dutch paintings. Embark Magnifique IV and enjoy a welcome dinner on board as we cruise to Vianen along the winding Vecht River. L,D
May 28 VIANEN / DORDRECHT, HOLLAND
Morning drive to explore picturesque Kinderdijk, a village famous for its impressive row of 19 large windmills, all UNESCO listed and a delight to see up close. Continue to Dordrecht, one of the Netherlands’ oldest cities for an afternoon walking tour. Bikers can ride and explore Dordrecht, where the ship is docked overnight. B,L,D
May 29 DORDRECHT / ANTWERP, BELGIUM
This morning, transfer to Antwerp to view the restored Harbor
House, designed by Zaha Hadid, and the newly restored Central Station. Following lunch, see the cathedral where Rubens’ famous Descent from the Cross is on display. Also visit Maagdenhuis Museum, a former 17th-century almshouse and orphanage featuring a collection of portraits by artists including Jacob Jordaens and Anthony van Dyck; learn about how Antwerp established public social welfare centers and charitable institutions in the early Middle Ages. B,L,D
May 30 ANTWERP / DENDERMONDE, BELGIUM
Return to Antwerp this morning to visit the 17th-century Rubens House and see some of the Flemish painter’s famous works. Continue to Dendermonde, known for its magnificent Flemish buildings. Visit the Church of our Lady, home to two Van Dyck paintings and a 12-century baptismal font of Tounai stone, and visit a charming medieval beguinage. Tonight enjoy a private onboard concert. B,L,D
May 31 DENDERMONDE / GHENT, BELGIUM
Morning sail or cycle to Ghent. After lunch on board, visit the City Hall, followed by a tour through Ghent’s medieval center, including the magnificent Cathedral of St. Bavo. B,L,D
June 1 GHENT / BRUGES, BELGIUM
Visit the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent for a special behind-the-scenes door tour and talk by restoration specialists, then view the medieval Gravensteen Castle. Rejoin the ship in Bruges, where she remains docked overnight. Bikers may opt to cycle around Bruges.
Join an evening stroll to see the illuminated medieval architecture of Bruges. B,L,D
June 2 BRUGES
Today explore Bruges, a medieval gem laced with canals and gardens, with a privileged look at some of its hidden treasures. Admire the belfry overlooking the city’s Market Square, with an option to climb the tower for those who wish. Visit the cathedral with its celebrated Madonna & Child by Michelangelo, and view the collections at the Hans Memling Museum, housed in the Hospice of St. John. An optional afternoon visit to the Groeninge Museum is offered, or enjoy free time in this enchanting town. Gather this evening for a festive farewell dinner. B,L,D
June 3 BRUGES / RETURN
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the Brussels Airport for flights home. B
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