Rhine River Cruise: Netherland to Belgium - Firebird Tours ®
Amsterdam canals
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Overview

Discover the enchanting land of Belgium and Netherlands with a river cruise on the Rhine. Start your Rhine adventure in Amsterdam with a guided tour of the capital and a visit to the country life of Medieval Holland, then board the newly renovated cruise ship and make your way towards Brussels, stopping at the most breathtaking places of the region, including Rotterdam, Hague Bruges, and Antwerp. The cruise is the perfect blend of guided land tours and beautiful observation of sights from the water side.

Tour type:
Cruise
Tour rating:
4.8 / 5, Based on
  • PERSONALIZED SERVICE
  • Your dedicated travel specialist
    Private guides and drivers before and after the cruise
    Exceptional local guides
    Emergency support

  • BEST SHIPS
  • Modern ship:
    MS Bellejour
    Only outside cabins with river views
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 1 private guided walking city tour
    2 private guided day-tours outside the city
    6 group tours
  • MEALS
  • 11 breakfasts
    6 lunches
    7 dinners

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival to Amsterdam

Welcome to the incredible capital of the Kingdom of Netherlands - Amsterdam! Upon arrival, a driver meets you at the arrival hall and takes you to the centrally located hotel.

Start exploration of Amsterdam on your own or have rest at your remarkable hotel.

Meals are not included.

Day 2
Anne Frank Museum and Canal Cruise

Following breakfast and check-out from your hotel meet your private guide at the hotel lobby.

The tour starts with a walk along the canals in order to reach the Anne Frank House, where the girl and her family lived in hiding for more than two years during World War II. Now converted into a museum it contains a sobering exhibition about the persecution of the Jews during the war, about Anne Frank, her diary, and death in a concentration camp after the secret annex was discovered.

The highlight of your day is a fantastic canal cruise on a public boat to enjoy Amsterdam from the water side.

After the tour, you have a transfer to the MS Bellejour to start your cruise program. 

In the evening enjoy an information briefing followed by a musical evening in the lounge.

Breakfast, dinner and a welcome drink​ are included.

Day 3
Amsterdam City Tour

Following breakfast, you have a 3-hour walking group tour around the most famous Amsterdam attractions.

Today you get to see the picturesque 17th-century buildings stretching along the Amsterdam canals that were built during the Dutch Golden Age.

After the tour in Amsterdam, you join a trip to The Zaanse Schans, which is a unique part of the Netherlands full of wooden houses, mills, barns and workshops. Here you taste a country life of the Medieval Holland. Then you continue to fisherman village Volendam and explore this unique place with its own culture, language, and delicious meals.

After the day-tour, you return to the ship to begin your cruise. You have a welcome cocktail and welcome dinner this evening.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks are included.

Day 4
Exploring Hague and Delft

Today your vessel arrives in Rotterdam, from where you go on a group tour to the Delft and Hauge.

The first stop on your route is Delft - a city proud for its blue and white pottery. World-famous ceramics are still made in Delft in the same authentic way since the 16th century. Walk down the streets with your guide in the town where the artist Johannes Vermeer was born and created masterpieces such as Girl with a Pearl Earring.

Discover the story of Prince of Orange who was closely connected with Delft and Hauge, the next city on your route today. Enjoy your tour in Hague, also known as 'the Royal City by the Sea’ as this city boasts many monuments, historic districts and a great location near the beautiful North Sea coastline.

After the tour, you return to the ship and continue cruising.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks are included.

Day 5
Touring Bruges

Following breakfast, you reach Ghent, where you have free time and after lunch, you depart for the guided group tour to Bruges.

Bruges is the capital of West Flanders in northwest Belgium. The city boasts breathtaking canals, cobbled streets, and medieval buildings. During the tour, you admire the sights including the town square, the Beguinage and the oldest Hospital in Europe built in the 12th century. You also see The Church of Our Lady, where the Emperor Maximillian of Austria Married. 

After the tour, you are taken back to the ship to continue cruising.

Breakfast, lunch, dinners, and drinks are included.

Day 6
Brussels City Tour

Today your ship arrives in Brussels, the beautiful Belgian capital.

During your 3.5-hour bus and walking group tour, you get to discover the legendary landmarks and impressive monuments of Brussels.  Among the sight you marvel at are the medieval majesty of the Market Square and the remarkable facade of the City Hall. The world-famous Manneken Pis is naturally on the program too! In Brussels, you taste the relaxed and comfortable atmosphere which is not typical in cities with such a vivid life.

After the tour, you are taken back to the ship to continue your cruise. This evening you have a pirates dinner onboard.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks are included.

Day 7
Touring Antwerp

Following breakfast, your ship arrives in Antwerp, which is not only the #1 diamond exporter in the world but is also considered one of the top fashion cities in Europe.

Together with your group guide, you see the Brabo's Monument which is located next to the amazing Antwerp City Hall. After you pass by the famous Belgian painter's House called Ruben's House. Then you stroll along with your guide through the shopping street called "Meir". This city is definitely has a lot to offer!

After the tour, you return to your ship and continue cruising.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks are included.

Day 8
Cruising from Dordecht to Amsterdam

Today your ship makes its way from Dordrecht to Amsterdam.

You have a short walking group tour in the morning in Dordrecht - the city surrounded by wide rivers and located on the island. It was the country's earliest trading port and nowadays, besides seeing inner-city harbors, canals, wooden bridges and typical Dutch houses, you feel a fantastic spirit of this old-age port.

In the afternoon your ship departs to Amsterdam where you arrive late in the evening.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks are included.

Day 9
Leisure Day in Amsterdam

This is the last day of your cruise program and in the morning your private driver takes you to the hotel.*

Today you have time to explore the city on your own or sign up for one of the optional tours.

*Check-out time from the ship at 09.00. Check-in time at the hotel from 14:00

Breakfast is included.

Day 10
Day Trip to Rotterdam and Kinderdijk

Following breakfast, you walk to the train station to catch Amsterdam - Rotterdam train. 

Upon arrival, just in about 1 hour, your private guide meets you at the station which is located right in the center of the city. Walk to the impressive market Hall and see the spectacular cube houses. As a highlight, you visit the Euromast Tower for spectacular panoramic views of the city and the famous harbor. Imagine yourself being the Queen of Kop van Zuid and wave back to all the cheerful people along the road. Your tour ends at Erasmus Bridge, from where you take a waterbus to spend the rest of the day "windmill hunting".

After a short ride, you arrive in Kinderdijk. The remarkable village situated in the southern province of the Netherlands is world-known for its picturesque 18th-century windmills. Thanks to the outstanding contribution of the Dutch to the technology of handling water, Kinderdijk windmills were granted UNESCO World Heritage status.

After the tour, you take a waterbus back to Rotterdam and then by train return to Amsterdam. 

Walk to your hotel and have your evening at leisure.

Breakfast is included.

Day 11
Day Trip to Utrecht

Following breakfast walk to the train station and take the train to Utrecht.

Just in 30 minutes, your private guide meets you at the train station, and you start an exploration of the lovely car-free center of Utrecht, an ancient city which dates back to the Middle Ages. You walk along the beautiful canals with extraordinary wharf cellars and discover numerous historic monuments that each contribute to the magical atmosphere in this centuries-old university town. You can also climb 465 stairs to rise to the Dom tower, which offers an excellent view of Utrecht and the surrounding area. On a clear day, you can even see Amsterdam from the top of the tower!

After the tour, you have some free time to enjoy this city on your own and catch a train back to Amsterdam.

Breakfast is included.

Day 12
Departure from Amsterdam

This is the last day of your amazing trip. Your driver meets you at your hotel lobby and takes you to the airport for the flight back home.

We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future vacations!

Breakfast is included.

 

 


Included

4 nights in centrally located 4-star hotels

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best value rooms
  • Restaurant
Amsterdam hotel

Always included:

  • Best location for sightseeing
  • Breakfasts
  • All taxes and fees

What's included

Firebird signature land program:

  • Accommodation in a centrally located 4-star hotel in Amsterdam (4 nights); 
  • Delicious breakfasts at the hotel;
  • Private professional licensed English-speaking local guides in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht; 
  • Skip-the-line entrance tickets to Anne Frank museum, Dom Tower;
  • Airport, train station and port transfers, and all transportation according to the itinerary with private drivers;
  • 1st class train tickets Amsterdam - Rotterdam - Amsterdam and Amsterdam - Utrecht - Amsterdam;

Cruise program:

  • 7* nights on board the MS Bellejour, accommodation in an outside river-view stateroom;
  • Cocktail reception, welcome dinner and captain’s gala dinner;
  • Full board, three meals per day (from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day) including table water during meals;
  • English-speaking professional guides and rich sightseeing programs;
  • Live music in the bar every night;
  • 24-hour coffee station and bottled water in cabins;
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard;
  • Satellite tv and info-channel;
  • All port and local taxes;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

Not included: flights, visas, optional tours, gratuities and all personal expenses.

Tour highlights
  • A visit to Anne Frank Museum
  • Public boat canal cruise in Amsterdam
  • Visiting the Zaanse Schans - medieval part of Netherlands
  • Touring Hague and Delft
  • City tours of Bruges, Brussels, and Antwerp
  • Day Trip to Rotterdam and Kinderdijk
  • Day Trip to Utrecht
What to Know
  • Be prepared for currency conversion fees when paying with a card issued in USD
  • Tips to guides, drivers and restaurant staff in Europe are accepted but are fully at your discretion
  • Bringing a water-resistant jacket, umbrella, and some warm clothes is a must

Dates & Rates

Package type Price
Deluxe Cabin
$4,735
Deposit $947
Superior Cabin
$4,395
Deposit $879
Standard Cabin
$3,998
Deposit $800
Package type Price
Deluxe Cabin
$4,735
Deposit $947
Superior Cabin
$4,395
Deposit $879
Standard Cabin
$3,998
Deposit $800

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