Holland & Belgium – Amsterdam to Bruges Aboard Magnifique IV

Holland & Belgium – Amsterdam to Bruges Aboard Magnifique IV

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DETAILS

Join us on an enchanting cruise through the Netherlands and Belgium, following meandering rivers and canals aboard a boutique riverboat. Discover storybook villages, idyllic countryside, and outstanding art and architecture. You can also 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 Magnifique IV. 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, and conclude with a delightful day in Bruges before disembarking. We hope you will join us to discover the best of the Netherlands and Belgium—by foot, by boat, and by bike.

Pricing from
$5,999
Trip Type
Group Travel Tour, International River Voyages
Departure Dates
Aug 31, 2022 - Sep 8, 2022
May 10, 2023 - May 18, 2023

SHIP

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.

EXTENSIONS

OPTIONAL FLORIADE EXPO PRELUDE
August 29 – September 1, 2022
Enjoy an exclusive visit to the Floriade International Horticultural Expo, a once-in-adecade, world-renowned event that exhibits an astonishing collection of flowers and plants. Begin in Amsterdam with a special tour of the Van Gogh Museum. Then, travel to Almere for a full day devoted to the Floriade, with an inside look at new horticultural trends and the future of urban centers and sustainable environments. After lunch at leisure, join a delightful scenic cruise along the Vecht River, enjoying high tea onboard. (This prelude is also offered May 30-June 2, 2022, in conjunction with the June 1-9, 2022 program.)

Postlude Rate:
$1,999 per person, double rate
$2,499 single rate
Includes two nights at the Hotel Estheréa in Amsterdam (or similar), with two breakfasts, one dinner, and one tea. Sightseeing as noted.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

To reserve your space on the Program, a $1,000 deposit is required per participant. Final payment by cash, check, wire transfer, ACH, debit card, or American Express credit card, is due no later than 120 days prior to the date of departure. If full payment is not received by Arrangements Abroad Inc. (AA) 120 days prior to the departure date, participant reservations may be canceled without notice. See “Cancellation Policy” for further information.

TOUR MAP

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ITINERARY

  • day August 31

    DEPARTURE

    Depart on an overnight flight to Amsterdam.

  • day September 1

    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

  • day September 2

    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

  • day September 3

    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

  • day September 4

    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

  • day September 5

    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

  • day September 6

    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

  • day September 7

    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

  • day September 8

    BRUGES / RETURN

    Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the Brussels Airport for flights home. B

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