TULIP TIME CRUISE

8 DAYS (AMSTERDAM TO AMSTERDAM)

Day 1: ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION).
Welcome to Amsterdam! Holland’s sophisticated, modern capital has a rich and fascinating history. This delightful 700-year-old city with its elegant and classic architecture, cafes, and restaurants has a distinct ambiance. The streets, squares, and canals-not to mention the bike paths throughout the city-make for a vibrant atmosphere, and with over 60 museums, Amsterdam has the highest museum density in the world. This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception. Before dinner, your ship glides out of Amsterdam harbour and heads for Rotterdam. (NOTE: Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.) (D)

Day 2: ROTTERDAM. EXCURSION TO GOUDA OR KEUKENHOF GARDENS.
This morning, cruise through Rotterdam harbour and enjoy a leisurely morning on board before you have the choice this afternoon: take a guided excursion to GOUDA, famous for its gouda cheese, syrup waffles, clay pipes, and elaborate city hall. Alternatively, you may opt to visit the gardens of KEUKENHOF near Lisse, which encompass over 70 acres of parkland with lakes, sculpture gardens, greenhouses, and a windmill to explore. Every year, 7 million flower bulbs are planted, and you have the chance to see the spectacular display of colours not only from the tulips, but also from hyacinths, daffodils, and more. If you’re a garden enthusiast, you may opt for an extended visit to Keukenhof, with lunch on your own in the gardens. (B,L,D)

Day 3: ANTWERP, BELGIUM.
Antwerp is Belgium’s secondlargest city and one of the world’s most important ancient seaports. It merges the new with the old and offers the attractions and atmosphere you’d expect from a European city- friendly people, fabulous architecture, chic shops, interesting museums, vibrant cafes, charming galleries, and historic monuments. INCLUDED SIGHTSEEING with a Local Guide shows you its superb architecture; the central GROTE MARKT, lined with 16th-century houses; the beautiful city hall, completed in 1566; and the Church of Our Lady, started in 1352 and featuring paintings by Rubens. An optional excursion is available to nearby Brussels, Belgium’s capital and home of the European Union. (B,L,D)

LIMITED DURATION BONUS OFFER

  • FREE pre-or post-night*
  • FREE Chauffeur drive to and from Sydney airport#
  • From $3,766.00 per person twin share

    Full Itinerary

    Day 1: ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION).
    Welcome to Amsterdam! Holland’s sophisticated, modern capital has a rich and fascinating history. This delightful 700-year-old city with its elegant and classic architecture, cafes, and restaurants has a distinct ambiance. The streets, squares, and canals-not to mention the bike paths throughout the city-make for a vibrant atmosphere, and with over 60 museums, Amsterdam has the highest museum density in the world. This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception. Before dinner, your ship glides out of Amsterdam harbour and heads for Rotterdam. (NOTE: Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.) (D)

    Day 2: ROTTERDAM. EXCURSION TO GOUDA OR KEUKENHOF GARDENS.
    This morning, cruise through Rotterdam harbour and enjoy a leisurely morning on board before you have the choice this afternoon: take a guided excursion to GOUDA, famous for its gouda cheese, syrup waffles, clay pipes, and elaborate city hall. Alternatively, you may opt to visit the gardens of KEUKENHOF near Lisse, which encompass over 70 acres of parkland with lakes, sculpture gardens, greenhouses, and a windmill to explore. Every year, 7 million flower bulbs are planted, and you have the chance to see the spectacular display of colours not only from the tulips, but also from hyacinths, daffodils, and more. If you’re a garden enthusiast, you may opt for an extended visit to Keukenhof, with lunch on your own in the gardens. (B,L,D)

    Day 3: ANTWERP, BELGIUM.
    Antwerp is Belgium’s secondlargest city and one of the world’s most important ancient seaports. It merges the new with the old and offers the attractions and atmosphere you’d expect from a European city- friendly people, fabulous architecture, chic shops, interesting museums, vibrant cafes, charming galleries, and historic monuments. INCLUDED SIGHTSEEING with a Local Guide shows you its superb architecture; the central GROTE MARKT, lined with 16th-century houses; the beautiful city hall, completed in 1566; and the Church of Our Lady, started in 1352 and featuring paintings by Rubens. An optional excursion is available to nearby Brussels, Belgium’s capital and home of the European Union. (B,L,D)

    Day 4: ‘GHENT.
    In a unique way, Ghent, the “diamond” of Flanders, has managed to preserve its medieval charm and power while keeping up with the times. A LOCAL GUIDE will proudly point out that the city centre alone is a showcase of medieval Flemish wealth and commercial success. Visit ST. BAAF’S CATHEDRAL, which houses remarkable art treasures, including the most important work in Flemish art, The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, created by the Van Eyck brothers around 1432. On your own, explore the traffic-free streets in the city centre; see Gravensteen, the “Castle of the Counts,” an imposing castle in the city that was built in 1180; or join an optional excursion to fascinating Bruges with its criss-crossed canals and charming old patrician houses. (B,L,D)

    Day 5: MIDDELBURG, HOLLAND-VEERE. EXCURSION TO THE DELTA WORKS.
    This morning, a WALKING TOUR of Middelburg will acquaint you with this Dutch East India Company trading city, which was originally built as a Zeeland stronghold against the water and from enemies. Later, it became a prosperous merchant city that spent great wealth on the construction of important buildings, such as the 15thcentury gothic Town Hall. Rejoin your ship for lunch and the short cruise to Veere, where you will visit the nearby DELTA WORKS. After the flood of 1953, during which more than 1,800 people drowned in one night, the Delta Plan was born to prevent a disaster of this magnitude from ever happening again. Taking 30 years to complete, the storm flood barrier stands as the final defense in the battle against the water- almost 9.6 kilometres (6 miles) long and considered a technical miracle. (B,L,D)

    Day 6: ‘WILLEMSTAD.
    This morning, dock in Willemstad and explore this small historical town with well-preserved fortifications at your own pace. One of the oldest buildings in town is the old gatehouse at the entrance of Willemstad, and as you walk around you will notice a wide variety of building styles. The town even has its own windmill towering high above the marina and in the very centre of the seven pointed, star-shaped town, stands the Koepelkerk (Rounded Church). Depart Willemstad at lunchtime and enjoy a leisurely afternoon cruising. (B,L,D)

    Day 7: AMSTERDAM.
    After breakfast, set out to discover the treasures of this city by CANAL BOAT, cruising through the elegant grachten lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” This afternoon is free for your personal exploration or you may choose from a number of optional excursions. (B,L,D)

    Day 8: AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION).
    Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

     

    Call us on (02) 9949 8366 to book this incredible adventure

    *When booked in conjunction with airfare from Australia. !Price per person twin share, subject to availability at time of booking. Offer subject to changes without notice. Valid for sale until 11 November 2017. Book and deposit by 11 November 2017. Full Payment by 10 December 2017. A non-refundable/non-transferable deposit of $3000.00 per person is required at time booking. Travel insurance is highly recommended and should be purchased at time of booking. #Available from selected suburbs on the north shore. Other location may be available at a surcharge. Customers spending $25000.00 or above receive complimentary chauffeur drive regardless of pick-up location

     

     

    I have organised my travel with World Travel Connections for over 10 years now. It has always been very easy. Staff are pleasant and prompt in responding to any queries. My wife and I organised recently an anniversary trip. Nicolas and Janet at World Travel Connections made it so easy. There knowledges thoroughly helped us. We wish to thank them once again for putting together such wonderful trip together. I recommend this agency to anyone wanting personalised service. We even had a free taxi to take us to the airport and take us back home.

    John & Debora

    Nicolas and the team at World Travel Connections offer a prestige travel agency service.
    Their meticulous attention to detail, extensive industry knowledge and connections, excellent customer service and pleasant manner in all their dealings makes it always a pleasure to deal with.

    Highly recommend

    Bernadette & Ray

    Yes we are back. Everything went well. The car transports in Brisbane and Phuket were all on time and drivers very courteous. Le Meridien was an excellent resort and we appreciated being out of the maddening crowd (Patong). Although we did go to Patong on several days for cheaper food/meals. Breakfast at Le Meriden was buffet and first class Plenty of security so felt completely at ease at the resort plus the benefits of the pools and exclusive use of beach. Rooms and room service could not be faulted. Singapore Swissotel likewise was excellent. Buffet breakfast first class. Rooms and room service excellent. Plenty to see and do but 3 days not enough time to do Singapore justice.

    Although a little tired the experience was 5 star.

    Joan and Roy

    Thank you for your professional and efficient handling of numerous, difficult and complicated travel arrangements for me (including unusual routes through Europe, Asia and Middle East) – all went extremely well! However, thank you more so, for your exceptional kindness and care when your assistance was needed urgently and ‘out of hours’. This was much appreciated, especially as I was travelling on my own. Looking forward to the next one! Thank you!

    LMO

    To the Customers and New Travellers,

    I have arranged my travel through World Travel Connections for about 10 years now as a frequent traveller.  The firm, run by Nicolas Delacharlerie and…, has always provided me with the best travel options, the best access to deals and promotions and most importantly ready access by email or phone wherever I am in the world.  They certainly have their customer’s interest at heart.  They are a pleasure to sit down and discuss plans in a friendly yet professional capacity. They will continue to have my business because of their professionalism and caring nature.

    Christopher

    On behalf of Natalie Maree Caruana, Emmah Caruana, Sarah Caruana and I we would like to thank Nicolas and Janet of World Travel Connections. Amazing personal service, unique destinations, no place he wasn’t totally accross and his flexibility and compassion given our personal circumstances was and is amazing. He personally drove us to the airport. We could not recommend any other travel agent. A new friend for life. Thanks again Nicolas.

    Natalie & Robert

    Nicolas we loved it! You put together a great package. Savanna Private Game Reserve in Sabi Sands was probably the benchmark in the safari lodge space but Chobe & Xugana Island were also very good. Savanna really succeeds in limiting the number of Jeeps at wildlife sightings so it greatly maximises the experience. They are also more prepared to go off road rather than stick to recognised tracks. Great stuff when chasing a pack of wild dogs after Impala & a Waterbuck. We saw all the Big Five by the end of the first full day but not limited to static viewing—- really active sightings sometimes.  Vic Falls are amazing!! As was Table Mountain.  The Blue Train was also well worth doing. All transfers by the two main businesses were exceptionally professional & informative. Small planes,mud/grass runways, dingy pickup etc in the Delta was all very different!

    Finishing it off at Trou aux Biches in Mauritius was just what we needed after all of the above.

    Highly recommended the whole thing.

    Regards,

    Nick and Janelle 

    “I have had a fantastic holiday both with Scenic tours and my trip around UK visiting friends. The river cruise was excellent but pretty full on…. go… go…. go !! No rest for the wicked !!  Company ,food ,tours, staff,all excellent. No complaints !”.

    Marion Heap

    “I have used World Travel Connections happily for over a decade.  All requests have been met and in many cases exceeded my expectations.  Nicolas has handled all situations both here and when we required his help overseas with precision and professionalism”.

    Luella

    Hi Nicolas

    Thank you so much for arranging our Europe trip this year. Everything ran smoothly and we had an amazing time. We want you to know how much we appreciated your great customer service through the planning and during the trip itself. We look forward to the day we can do another trip like this and you’ll be the first one we call!

    Kind regards, JP and N

    Thank you for taking such fabulous care of my family on our recent overseas trip. You demonstrated considerable ingenuity in sourcing tricky and urgent flight arrangements. You went above and beyond to ensure our family had a positive travel experience and I felt completely supported knowing that you were always just a phone call or email away. We look forward to travelling with you again.

    Warm regards, Gaby

    Hi Nicolas, We are back!

    Thank you for your superb organisation. Everything was terrific.

    Jacqueline & Family

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