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8 Day River Cruise – From Amsterdam to Brussels
 

This itinerary adds a contemporary flair to the classic tulip time experience, where you’ll find an ideal mix of old and new, historic and modern, in some of Europe’s liveliest cities. You’ll stay overnight in Amsterdam and Maastricht, allowing you more time to discover great shopping, countless active options and mouthwatering foodie destinations. 
 

Explore Belgium’s historical and contemporary capital city of Brussels, home of a rich and vibrant culinary tradition. Discover Antwerp’s penchant for tasty treats, including Belgian waffles, beer, pralines and chocolate on a walking discovery tour of the diamond capital of the world. In splendid Maastricht, a city with hundreds of national heritage sites, you’ll uncover why it’s known as one of the most beautiful cities in all of Holland. Follow in Van Gogh’s footsteps with a stroll through Nuenen, where you’ll wander through the sites that inspired much of his art. Or venture into the town of Heusden and marvel at a historic working mill, learn to make bread at a local bakery, or wander through the remnants of a 13th-century fortress. Delight in a visit to Kinderdijk to see its 19 well-preserved windmills that have stood the test of time. In colorful Amsterdam, you’ll be treated to an exclusive “Morning with the Masters” visit without crowds to the Amsterdam Hermitage Museum–the perfect ending to an unforgettable journey. 

 

All-Inclusive Luxury 

  • Impeccable Service
  • Intimate and Beautifully Design Ships
  • All Gratuities, onboard and onshore
  • All-scheduled Airport Transfers
  • In-suite Butler Service
  • Elegant River view Staterooms and Suites
  • Delicious Onboard Dining and Unlimited Beverages
  • Personalized Excursions
  • Onboard exercise & wellness classes
  • Bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
  • Shipwide Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Onboard Entertainment and Signature Lectures
 

Pricing starts at $3,199 per person based on double occupancy. Air and recommended travel insurance are additional. Passports are required and must be valid for six months after return date.
 

Prices are river cruise only. All river cruise specials are subject to availability and rates are subject to change. Travel insurance is highly recommended. Not responsible for publishing/printing errors. Additional taxes, surcharges, and luggage fees may apply.
 

Available Departures 2019: March 24 and March 31

Itinerary

Day 1: Amsterdam, the Netherlands 
Arrive at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. If your cruise package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship. 
 

Day 2: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
The Netherlands’ largest city, Amsterdam has been an international port and financial center for 400 years, endowing it with a lively cosmopolitan feeling to match its historic architecture. The famous Keukenhof Gardens is a 70-acre park planted with millions of tulips and other flowers—an extraordinary sight in the spring. Spend the day here or enjoy an exclusive “Morning with the Masters” at the Amsterdam Hermitage Museum before it opens to the public for the day. 
 

Day 3: Amsterdam – Schoonhoven – Heusden, the Netherlands 
Bike around the town of Schoonhoven, best known for its silversmiths, abundant clock makers and quaint shop-lined avenues. Or venture forth to Kinderdijk to see its 19 well-preserved, UNESCO-designated windmills that were originally erected in the 1700s. Learn about the historical significance of these engineering marvels in the Netherlands’ long quest to hold back the sea. If you wish, you’ll have an opportunity to venture inside one of these iconic structures and marvel at Holland’s largest concentration of old windmills.
 

Day 4: Heusden – Cuijk, the Netherlands 
Follow in Van Gogh’s footsteps today as you stroll through Nuenen, where the artist once lived and painted “The Potato Eaters.” After lunch in an old water mill, which was even painted by Van Gogh, view the Hieronymus Bosch exhibit at the Noordbrabants Museum, or choose to walk or cycle through Heusden, where you can observe a working mill, learn to make bread at a local bakery, explore the remnants of a 13th-century fortress, and marvel at the memorial in front of town hall dedicated to the Huesden Town Hall Massacre. 
 

Day 5: Maastricht, the Netherlands
Your next stop in the Netherlands— Maastricht—is a city with more than 1,670 national heritage sites, some of which can be seen on your Old Town walking discovery tour. And not only that, but it’s known as one of the most beautiful and romantic cities of Holland and loved for its convivial lifestyle and historic center, which has long played a strategic role in European politics. Or you can choose to make a pilgrimage to the 65-acre Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial, the final resting place of 8,301 U.S. soldiers who perished during the Second World War. The cemetery is the only American military center in the Netherlands and sits near the famous Cologne-Boulogne highway that was constructed by the Romans for Caesar to use for his conquests. Choose to explore the beguiling banks of the Muese River, the second oldest river in the world.
 

Day 6: Antwerp, Belgium
It may be the diamond capital of the world, but Antwerp is also known for a number of other sought-after cultural gems, including Golden Age art, Belgian beer, waffles, pralines, fries, chocolate and more. Your walking discovery tour of Antwerp features the City Hall, Market Square and the UNESCO-designated Cathedral of Our Lady, which houses four extraordinary works by one of the city’s most beloved sons—Peter Paul Rubens. At the old riverside dock area, there is a 19th-century warehouse that has been transformed into a restaurant and brewery where you can enjoy a beer tasting, specifically, Pakhuis’ unfiltered blonde beer. 
 

Day 7: Brussels, Belgium
Brussels, the capital of Belgium, offers a treasure trove of historic architecture, along with a rich culinary tradition, chocolate, and a vibrant culinary capital. Food lovers will be lured by the divine aromas drifting from delightful cafés and chocolate shops. After a panoramic tour of Belgium’s historical and contemporary capital city, get an up-close view of the city center with a guided tour on foot. Then, treat yourself to something delicious at Planet Chocolate, or visit Castle Groot-Bijgaarden, a magnificent Renaissance castle just outside of Brussels, where beautiful gardens open to the public for a few months each year–attracting some 50,000 plant lovers annually. 
 

Day 8: Brussels, Belgium
Disembark the ship in Brussels. If your cruise package includes a group departure transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Brussels International Airport for your flight home.
 

Ship Information

Ship: MULTIPLE

Ship Design Uniworld puts a unique spin on river cruising, with floating boutique hotels that are meticulously designed with the signature touches for which our company is known. Each and every ship in our European fleet is rich in character and truly one-of-a-kind, with its own distinctive theme and color palette, original art and sumptuous furnishings and antiques. Uniworld’s iconic ships exemplify true artistry, the very essence of our boutique philosophy. In partnership with the design visionaries at our award-winning sister company—the Red Carnation Hotel Collection—our ships have a stylish flair inspired by the rivers upon which they cruise, a blend of old-world elegance, the latest technological innovations, and ultra-luxurious amenities. We take great care to ensure that every element onboard—down to the smallest detail—has been thoughtfully considered and flawlessly rendered. Our mission: to provide our discerning guests with a truly unsurpassed and unforgettable river cruise experience. Decor Every Uniworld ship is a work of art designed to be as unique and inspiring as the destinations it visits. Step aboard and you’ll immediately notice the masterful touches, refined artistry, and sumptuous amenities that set Uniworld apart. Accommodations Our suites and staterooms provide an elegant and serene onboard sanctuary throughout your journey. From beds hand-crafted by Savoir® of England—purveyor to Europe’s finest hotels—to the highest quality linens and Italian marble-lined bathrooms, every element is designed with your ultimate comfort in mind. Shared Spaces Uniworld ships feature stylish restaurants where guests can linger over a fine multi-course meal, an expansive Sun Deck, and plush lounges with full-service bars—the ideal spot for drinks with friends, after-dinner entertainment, or dancing the night away. We also offer a well-equipped fitness center and Serenity River Spa™ on every ship in Europe, perfect for an invigorating workout or a relaxing massage.