Travel With Fr. Keleher & The Newman Center On A Tulip Time Cruise Itinerary

April 22- April 30, 2017

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for the Netherlands
Depart for the Netherlands

 

DAY 2, Sunday - Embark in Amsterdam
Arrive in Amsterdam and transfer to the port. Embarkation begins at 3 pm. After arrival formalities, time to relax on board. Tonight, a gala Welcome Dinner sets the mood for your delightful river cruise 
Overnight: River Cruise 
Meals: Dinner

 

DAY 3, Monday - Panoramic Tour of Amsterdam
Awake this morning in Amsterdam, one of the greatest small cities in the world, with its world-famous museums and historical sites. A panoramic tour introduces you to both the old and new sections of this city. View the Royal Palace on Amsterdam's Dam Square, the Dutch National Monument dedicated as a memorial to victims of WWII and the unusual Skinny Bridge. Then, board a glass-top boat and cruise the winding canals for an up-close view of the stately historic homes, 16th-century warehouses and charming churches. At noon, rejoin the ship to enjoy lunch on board. This afternoon, travel to Volendam by coach and join a walking tour of this quaint fishing village where you can view Holland’s iconic windmills and residents still wearing traditional Dutch clogs, aprons and bonnets.

Overnight: River Cruise 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 4, Tuesday - Tour Nijmegen, the Oldest Town in the Netherlands
The ship docks in Nijmegen, the oldest town in the Netherlands with its beautiful river landscapes and magnificent historic buildings. Uncover traces of the city’s past on a walking tour, before roaming the unique shops, outdoor cafes and cozy restaurants on your own. This afternoon, art lovers will not want to miss the optional tour to the Kroller-Muller Museum, home to the second-largest collection of Van Gogh paintings in the world, as well as artwork by Mondrian, Seurat and Picasso. The ship sails this evening to Antwerp, Belgium.
Optional: Kroller-Muller Museum Tour (PM) 
Overnight: River Cruise 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 5, Wednesday - Antwerp City Tour
Today you arrive in Antwerp, one of Europe's largest and most historic port cities, where more than half of the world's diamonds are traded. Evidence of the wealth produced from trade during the 16th century can be seen in the opulent homes that line the city streets. The tour of the city begins at the Cathedral of our Lady, the highest Gothic building in the Low Countries and continues to the unique market place, surrounded by the mighty Renaissance Town hall and numerous guild halls. Rest of the day is at leisure in Antwerp, or return to the ship for a relaxing afternoon on board 
Overnight: River Cruise 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 6, Thursday - Tour Ghent, the Historic Flanders Port
Discover the historic Flanders port of Ghent today, a showcase of Flemish wealth. Your tour of this medieval city includes views of the 7th century St. Bavo's Cathedral and the imposing Gravensteen Castle. At the town center, shop at the Grote Market with its over 50 distinctive stalls selling everything from pancakes to jewelry. View the gigantic Belfry, symbol of the city’s independence and the Gothic- style Cloth Hall, glorifying the city’s major industry. Return to the ship or take the optional afternoon tour to Bruges, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Here, you walk along the picturesque cobbled lanes lined with historic churches and whitewashed almshouses; view the Lake of Love (Minnewater), the Beguinage Convent and Our Lady's Church, housing the astonishing Madonna statue by Michelangelo 
Optional: Bruges City Tour (PM) 
Overnight: River Cruise 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 7, Friday - Excursion to the Delta Works
A fascinating excursion this morning to the Delta Works. After the 1953 flood in the Netherlands, where more than 1800 people drowned in one night, the Delta Plan was created to prevent a disaster of this magnitude from ever happening again. Taking 30 years to complete, the storm flood barrier, almost six miles long, stands as the final defense in the battle against the water and is considered a technical miracle. Rejoin the ship for lunch and continue cruising this afternoon towards Rotterdam where the ship will remain docked overnight 
Overnight: River Cruise 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 8, Saturday - Windmill Tour in Kinderdijk. Afternoon in Keukenhof Gardens
Today, you visit a windmill park in the small village of Kinderdijk on the north bank of the River Noord. The windmills, built in the 1700s, are still in use today and played a vital role in the development of the country. During this excursion, visit a windmill and learn more about the modern technology that is now replacing their existence. Rejoin the ship in the late morning and continue cruising while you enjoy lunch. This afternoon, depart for the beautiful Keukenhof Gardens, the largest and most spectacular flower gardens in the world, where a sea of multicolored tulips stretches out over the flat Dutch landscape as far as the eye can see. Later, re-join the ship in Amsterdam for tonight’s Farewell Dinner. Share wonderful memories of your cruise with your Tour Manager and new-found friends 
Overnight: River Cruise 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 9, Sunday - Depart the Netherlands
This morning, disembark and transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Disembarkation will end at 9:30 am 
Meals: Breakfast

 

  
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