Highlights of the Netherlands & the Beauty of Belgium

Overview

Highlights of the Netherlands & the Beauty of Belgium

Discover the scenic charm of Belgium and the Netherlands with this 8-day roundtrip from Amsterdam. Visiting Veere, Antwerp, Arnhem and Hoorn, this is the ideal way to explore this serene corner of Europe.

What's Included

  • Return economy flights from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Other regional departures available from only £49 per person return
  • All internal airport transfers to and from your ship
  • Spacious accommodation
  • Spectacular innovations like an indoor pool which transforms into a cinema at night
  • All on-board meals
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on-board
  • State-of-the-art coffee machines
  • Bottled water restocked daily in your cabin
  • Enjoy an included shore excursion almost every day of your cruise
  • Visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Extra-special excursions and experiences courtesy of EmeraldPLUS
  • Our EmeraldACTIVE programme features guided bicycles and walking tours through some of Europe’s most sought-after regions
  • English-speaking crew
  • Knowledgeable local guides at every destination
  • Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary on-board bicycles
  • All port charges, airport taxes and transfer costs
  • ABTA & ATOL protected
  • All tips are taken care of, saving you up to £440 per couple on a 15-day cruise

Hand Picked By

Simon De Burgh

An Emerald Waterways river cruise introduces the highlights of ocean cruising to the intimacy of Europe's waterways. Comfort and innovation combine on board their state-of-the-art Star-Ships, boasting an exciting variety of luxurious on-board amenities and inclusions. Their award-winning promise of Exceptional Emerald Value ensures your peace-of-mind, with everything you could need included in the price of your trip. From return flights, all transfers and on-board tips, to every thoughtful, chef-prepared meal and complimentary drinks served with lunch and dinner.

Simon De Burgh

Additional Information

  • Departure Date: Various departure dates
  • Duration: 7 nights
  • Highlights: Discover the scenic charm of Belgium and the Netherlands with this 8-day roundtrip from Amsterdam. Visiting Veere, Antwerp, Arnhem and Hoorn, this is the ideal way to explore this serene corner of Europe.

Ship Overview

Emerald Star

Navigating the river Rhine; the Emerald Star can guide you through some of Europe’s most magical stretches of water and help you explore many of the continent’s most arresting and enchanting cities.

At the very heart of every Star-Ship in the Emerald Waterways fleet is the Horizon Bar & Lounge. A contemporary, chic social space; the lounge is equipped with a comprehensively-stocked bar, skilled bartenders, help-yourself hot drinks facilities and a generous offering of plush seating and sofas. The Horizon Bar & Lounge is an ever-popular after-dinner retreat for guests looking to make new friends and share the day’s events with friends of old.

The Sun Deck of the ships also boasts the wonderful retractable glass roof which provides seasonal protection for the pool, cinema and Riverview Lounge below. Whether you wish to undertake a few lengths before breakfast in the heated pool or enjoy a Hollywood classic in the cinema, this area of the ship is primed for relaxation when you’ve got a few upcoming hours of river navigation.

Emerald Star Profile

  • Built: 2014
  • Staterooms & Suites: 92
  • Length: 135m
  • Max. guests: 182
  • Crew: 47

Emerald Star Deck Plan

Full Itinerary

Day 1: Amsterdam

On arrival at the airport in Amsterdam, you’ll be met by a friendly Emerald Waterways representative and transferred by coach to your award winning ship. Here, you’ll have the chance to unpack, relax in your room and explore all of the ship’s fantastic facilities, like the on-board heated swimming pool and bar, and the spacious Sun Deck which offers brilliant panoramic views of your surroundings.

Day 2: Amsterdam – Zaanse Schans

This morning you venture to Zaanse Schans, which is one of the highlights of the Netherlands, just outside Amsterdam. This vibrant and stunning living and working community that dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries, with many farms and windmills. Tonight the Captain will be delighted to welcome you to a gala dinner.

Day 3: Veere - Delta Works

Today you will arrive in Veere, an area that was heavily flooded in 1953, and led the Dutch government to commission the Delta Works to protect the province from the open sea. We will visit the Delta Works project, known as the Storm Surge Barrier, due its series of dikes, sea walls and locks all the way up to Rotterdam in South Holland. We start the tour by visiting the outer wall, and then you will watch an educational and interesting film on its construction and the floods that preceded it. Afterwards, you will return to the ship for lunch and enjoy an afternoon of sailing as you journey towards Antwerp.

Day 4: Antwerp

This morning we arrive in Antwerp - Belgium’s biggest port, positioned on the River Sheltz with a large harbour linking to the sea. As Belgium’s second largest city, it has been pivotal in the country’s history of occupations and conquests. Home to the famous Baroque artist Pieter Paul Rubens, it attracts art lovers and diamond dealers from all over the world. Having been decimated during WWII, today the city is modern and organised, yet still retains an intriguing medieval heart. Enjoy the guided walking tour of the city centre, passing by its café-filled cobbled lanes, admiring the Renaissance Town Hall and the unique Gothic Cathedral of Our Lady, the symbol of Antwerp before passing through the charming 16th century inner yard, the ‘Vlaeykensgang’.

Day 5: Arnhem

After a relaxing morning spent sailing through the Dutch waterways, passing its wonderful windmills and quaint traditional villages, you will arrive in Arnhem. Most famous for its great battle during World War II, its iconic bridge - the sight where the British forces were captured. You will tour the Airborne Museum Hartenstein which is dedicated to the Battle of Arnhem In 1944. The main building was the headquarters of the British command during the battle, and now houses exhibits of military uniforms and weapons.

Day 6: Hoorn

This morning you will arrive in Hoorn, which was once a base for the Dutch East India Company, making it a prosperous and powerful trading town. Today, this 13th century town is home to many listed buildings and the former Oostereiland prison. Once in Hoorn, you will be transferred by coach to Edam - a town known all over the world for its cheese, where you will enjoy an orientation walking tour. Afterwards, you will be taken on an orientation tour of the fishing village of Volendam, followed by free time for exploring the small fishing port and the old centre.

Day 7: Amsterdam

This morning you have a choice to visit the Keukenhof Gardens - the most beautiful spring garden in the world and Europe’s largest. Situated in the heart of the tulip farm area of Holland, it boasts incredible displays of different flowers and plants, with more than seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths filling over 79 acres with colour and fragrance. Alternatively, you can enjoy a guided bike tour in Amsterdam area. After lunch, you will have free time to explore Amsterdam on your own.

Day 8: Amsterdam - UK

After a delicious buffet breakfast to prepare you for the day ahead, it’s time to say your goodbyes to your fellow guests, crew and your Captain before you’re transferred to the airport and your journey home begins.

Additional Information

  • Departure Date: Various departure dates
  • Duration: 7 nights
  • Highlights: Discover the scenic charm of Belgium and the Netherlands with this 8-day roundtrip from Amsterdam. Visiting Veere, Antwerp, Arnhem and Hoorn, this is the ideal way to explore this serene corner of Europe.

Cabin and Fares

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StateroomView Cabin

Stateroom

162 square feet

All cabins include a flat-screen TV, a table with two chairs, a bedside light and picture windows.

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View Cabin

Stateroom

162 square feet

All cabins include a flat-screen TV, a table with two chairs, a bedside light and picture windows.

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