Sat, Apr 6: Fly overnight to Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Sun, Apr 7: Arrive in Amsterdam and take the included Uniworld transfer to the River Queen. Decorated in richly textured blue and white fabrics—with marble bathrooms and inspiring artwork—River Queen is a sublime floating hotel designed with your every comfort in mind. Board the ship and enjoy a light lunch buffet. The ship will overnight in port so you will have the next day for included touring. (Meals: Lunch, Dinner)
Mon, Apr 8: 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. Featured Excursion: Amsterdam canal cruise. Choice of a Full day at Keukenhof Gardens or Exclusive “Morning with the Masters” at the Amsterdam Hermitage Museum. (B,L,D)
Tue, Apr 9: This morning, choose to 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, venture inside one of these iconic structures and take in Holland’s largest concentration of old windmills. Choice of the Kinderdijk windmills by bus or bicycle. (B,L,D)
Wed, Apr 10: 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 and explore the remnants of a 13th-century fortress. Featured Excursions: Heusden “Village Day” and Van Gogh “Village Day” in Nuenen with a country lunch at the old mill. (B,L,D)
Thu, Apr 11: Your next stop in the Netherlands is Maastricht, a city with more than 1,670 national heritage sites, some of which can be seen on your Old Town walking discovery tour. It’s also known as one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in Holland and loved for its convivial lifestyle and historic center. 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. The cemetery is the only American military center in the Netherlands. Choose to explore the beguiling banks of the Muese River, the second oldest river in the world. Featured Excursion: “Let’s Go” Maas River biking. Choice of Maastricht’s historic walls, Burgundian culinary hub and chic European lifestyle or Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial visit. (B,L,D)
Fri, Apr 12: It may be the diamond capital of the world, but Antwerp, Belgium 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. Featured Excursion: Antwerp walking discovery tour with Belgian treats. (B,L,D)
Sat, Apr 13: 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. Featured Excursion: Brussels city tour with chocolate demonstration and tasting. (B,L,D)
Sun, Apr 14: Disembark the ship in Brussels. Transfer to Brussels International Airport for your flights home. (B)
Uniworld’s River Queen
Highlights: Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® of England beds draped in high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, along with a menu of pillow options. Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, waffle bathrobes, and slippers. Enticing public areas including a lounge with full-service bar, well-equipped fitness center, restaurant, Serenity River Spa, and a Sun Deck.