April 28, 2017
|Duration:||11 Days / 10 Nights|
|Single Room Supplement:||$595|
In order to bring you the greatest selection of destinations and itineraries, Gutsy Women Travel has worked with our partner GCCL to reserve space on this 2017 guided vacation. This trip is open to men and women, and will operate with a larger group size than our traditional Gutsy Women departures.
DAY 1 Depart U.S.Depart the U.S. today on your flight to Brussels, Belgium. Please refer to your personal air itinerary for exact departure and arrival times.
DAY 2 Brussels, Belgium • Antwerp • Embark shipArrive in Brussels, where you'll be meet you at the airport and assisted with the transfer to your ship in Antwerp to join passengers who took the Bruges, Belgium pre-trip extension. After an included light lunch, relax aboard your ship or take a stroll around the neighborhood where it’s docked. Back on board, gather for a briefing. During your Holland & Belgium river cruise, whenever you have leisure time at a port along your journey, you’ll receive a briefing about the port area and town prior to arrival so you can make the best use of your free time there. Join your new travel companions for dinner onboard this evening.
DAY 3 AntwerpAfter breakfast, set off on a walking tour of Antwerp. Located on the banks of the Schelde River, Antwerp is Belgium’s major port and has been commercially important in European trade since the eleventh century. Like Amsterdam, it is one of the world centers for diamond trading. In spite of damage suffered during both World Wars, Antwerp remains a city full of beautiful historic architecture dating to the 16th century. You’ll explore Antwerp’s well-preserved Old Town, built around the Grote Markt (Town Square), and graced by the lovely old Town Hall and guild houses. Marvel at the elegant spires of the Cathedral of Our Lady, graced with masterpieces by the great painter Peter Paul Rubens who lived here in the 17th century. Stroll along the Meir (Antwerp's main shopping street), lined with wonderfully elaborate historic buildings. Return to the ship for lunch, after which you have the afternoon free to rest or explore on your own. On board this evening, meet the crew over a Welcome Drink and sit down together for a Welcome Dinner. Cruise toward your next port, Ghent, this evening.
DAY 4 Ghent • Optional Belgian Beer & Flowers tourThis morning, visit one of Belgium’s oldest cities and its fourth-largest, Ghent, known as "the jewel of Flanders." Enjoy an included walking tour here that will immerse you in the city’s rich history. Medieval and Renaissance buildings tell the story of Ghent’s past reign as a textile capital from the eleventh century onward, both more populous and wealthier than London for several centuries. When the people of Ghent were under Spanish rule and rose up against Charles V to protest taxes, he punished the city by making its nobles parade before him wearing nooses around their necks. This led to the term stroppendragers (noose-wearers) becoming the nickname for Ghent-dwellers ever since. Enjoy free time in this Flemish treasure before returning to the ship for lunch. This afternoon, make discoveries at your own pace, or join your Program Director on an optional Belgian Beer & Flowers tour. Tulips aren’t the only popular blooms in this region, and you'll learn about Ghent’s role as the world’s largest exporter of azaleas at a farm visit. Then discover one local family-owned brewery’s methods of producing beer called gruut (made with spices)—and enjoy samples. This evening, enjoy dinner onboard the ship.
DAY 5 Veere, the Netherlands • Optional Delta Works tourAfter breakfast onboard, disembark in Veere. You’ll get to know this picturesque village during a stroll this morning. Your Program Director will share information about this artist-friendly town of 1,500 and its past as a walled trading city in the Middle Ages. Enjoy free time here before returning to the ship for lunch onboard. Then, spend the afternoon relaxing aboard the ship or exploring Veere at your own pace. Or, join an optional excursion to the Delta Works, an engineering marvel designed to protect Holland from floods.
DAY 6 Kinderdijk • RotterdamSpend the morning Kinderdijk, discovering its famed 19 windmills. These well-preserved, historic structure, supported in part by Grand Circle Foundation, became protected by UNESCO in 1997. Stroll around the site, with plenty of time to take some photos of these nostalgic, yet pragmatic creations. Kinderdijk takes its name from a 16th-century legend involving a baby (or kinder), a cradle, and a cat that all survived being tossed into raging waters. For centuries, the Dutch were at the mercy of frequent floods. Around 1740, 19 windmills were built in the village of Kinderdijk, innovative structures that drain the excess water from polders—the reclaimed land that is situated below sea level—and pump it into nearby rivers and canals. This helps to evenly distribute water levels and lessen the threat of devastating floods. Nowadays, modern engines do the job of turning the paddle wheels, forcing them to scoop up the water, yet the country still has a unique bond with, and affection for, its many windmills. Embark the ship for a short cruise to Rotterdam—setting off after lunch for a walking tour of the city, which was almost completely destroyed during World World II. The reconstructed city is now known for its crisp, modern architecture. Following your walking tour, enjoy the rest of the afternoon to pursue your own interests in Rotterdam.
DAY 7 ArnhemExplore Arnhem today, set across the banks of both the Nederrijn and Sint-Jansbeek rivers, starting with a morning walking tour. One of the largest cities in the Netherlands, Arnhem's center was nearly leveled during World War II—and the rebuilt city has since established itself a lively cultural center with an eye for fashion and design. Continue your discoveries this afternoon on your own. This evening, begin cruising to Enkhuizen.
DAY 8 Enkhuizen • Home-Hosted Op de KoffieBegin your day with a walking tour of Enkhuizen (pronounced "enk-HOW-zen")—a striking, magnificently preserved town established between AD 1000 and 1200. Enkhuizen became a city in 1355, prospering due to its herring fishing industry and trade from the East and West India companies. Enkhuizen reached its peak in the 17th century when it boasted the largest herring fleet in Holland. The thriving port sat on the edge of the Zuider Zee, an inlet of the North Sea, until it was enclosed in 1932. Now, Enkhuizen sits on the Ijsselmeer, the large inland lake created by the damming of the sea outlet. With a population of about 16,000, this historic city retains its old charms, and its harbors attract thousands of pleasure boats. You’ll also see the Drommedaris, an old defense tower at the entrance to the harbor, and the many warehouses originally used by both the East and West India Company. This afternoon, enjoy a visit with a local family, an exclusive Discovery Series event. They’ll be your hosts for coffee, cake, and conversation. Along with a friendly intercultural exchange, you might enjoy tasting a stroopwafel—a thin, waffle-like sandwich cookie with a sweet, chewy center.
DAY 9 AmsterdamGet acquainted with the Netherlands’ capital this morning on an Amsterdam canal cruise. While traversing these 400-year-old canals—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—you’ll view such landmarks as the 17th-century Royal Palace and the Mint Tower, which has retained its name even though gold and silver coins were minted here for only a couple of years. You'll also see the wooden double drawbridge, known as the "Skinny Bridge," that may remind you of Van Gogh's paintings. The rest of the day is yours to continue exploring Amsterdam on your own.
DAY 10 Amsterdam • Keukenhof Flower Park • Tulip Farm visit • ZaandamEnjoy a quintessential Netherlands in springtime experience this morning—the Keukenhof Flower Park. Set in the heart of the western Netherlands’ tulip-growing region, you'll have the opportunity to stroll through the park's 70 acres of lovely, tree-shaded grounds with ponds, winding paths, streams, and fountains, and enjoy lunch on the grounds. Once the kitchen garden of a medieval castle, today it is known as the "greatest flower show on Earth," featuring more than seven million tulips and a variety of other flowers in both indoor and outdoor exhibits. Continue your springtime with a visit a tulip farm, an exclusive Discovery Series event. The Netherlands have more than 23,000 acres set aside for the cultivation of their famous blooms, and during the season, the area's landscape is rich with vibrant colors as the tulips come to life. Witness these brightly colored flowers, and learn how farmers prepare the tulips to be picked and sold. Return to the ship for a late afternoon of scenic sailing to Zaadam, where you'll arrive this evening. Please note: Weather conditions and seasonal fluctuations may affect flower-blooming season. The lush blooming of the park usually peaks in mid-April. Not all blooms will be visible in March.
DAY 11 Zaandam • Optional Aalsmeer Flower Auction • AmsterdamEarly this morning, you can choose to immerse yourself in the spectacle of the Aalsmeer Flower Auction (the world’s largest) during an optional outing. Then embark on a scenic mid-morning cruise back to Amsterdam, reveling in the springtime scenes that line the riverbanks. Arrive early this afternoon, and spend it pursuing your own interests in the city. Tonight, gather with your fellow travelers for your Captain's Farewell Dinner.
DAY 12 Amsterdam • Disembark ship • Return to U.S.Disembark the ship this morning and transfer to the airport for your flight home. Or, experience more of this region on our optional Amsterdam, the Netherlands or Berlin, Germany extensions.
DAY 1 Depart U.S.Leave the U.S. today on your flight to Brussels, Belgium. Please refer to your personal air itinerary for exact departure and arrival times.
DAY 2 Brussels, Belgium • Bruges
DAY 3 Bruges
DAY 4 Bruges • Optional Flanders Fields tour OPTIONAL TOUR
DAY 5 Bruges • Optional Scenic Belgium tour • Antwerp OPTIONAL TOUR
DAY 1 Amsterdam • Zaanse Schans
DAY 2 Amsterdam • Haarlem • Optional Volendam tour OPTIONAL TOUR
DAY 3 Amsterdam
DAY 4 Amsterdam • Return to U.S.
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Pricing is based on lowest priced cabin category, is subject to change as this price is a lead in price that is subject to availability. Upgrade opportunities are available and will be added to inquiry cabin selection request shortly. Please call (866) 464 8879 to discuss single supplement discounts available to GWT customers.
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In order to qualify for the GWT Past Traveler Discount of 5% on the land portion of the trip, you must advise the reservation specialist at time of depositing on your 2017 trip which GWT trip you traveled on (date/name of departure and year) over the past 5 years.
Please note this departure is not exclusive to women but will be comprised of Gutsy Women Travel participants co-sharing the overall trip capacity with members of GCCL resulting in a larger group size compared to the traditional Gutsy Women Travel trips designed exclusively for women.
Single Room - one person, traveling solo in single accommodation
Double Room - two people, traveling together in same accommodation
Air travel arrangements for Gutsy Women's trip participants are made independently as most women are traveling from various gateway cities within or outside North America. Our river cruise specialist can assist you in securing the best airfare routing available as well as travel protection.
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