River Cruising

Yuletide Spirit: Brussels to Amsterdam

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$3,990 AUD
Journey Type
River Cruising
Time of Year
Dec
Cities & Landmarks
Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent, Bruges, Rotterdam, Amsterdam
Christmas Markets River Cruise
Amsterdam

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Tour Overview

EXPERIENCE WITH TAUCK

 

A stroopwafel demonstration and tasting in Gouda

 

An evening canal cruise to view the Amsterdam Light Festival 

 

A walking tour of Rotterdam or a visit to Royal Delft to see pottery making

 

TAUCK VALUE INCLUDES

 

Gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Directors and Tauck Cruise Director 

 

Tauck’s private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at AUD $2,232

 

Holiday market fun in annual markets along the waterways with shopping, music, traditional fare and often ice skating and ferris wheel rides

 

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Activity

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Guests should be able to easily walk one to two miles, which may include climbing one or two flights of stairs and walking over uneven pavement, groomed hiking trails or cobblestones. Standing up to one hour or more may be required.

Pace

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Moderately paced, and may include some early morning hotel departures, one or two on-tour flights, and extended motor coach travel.

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This Christmas markets river cruise from Brussels to Amsterdam is highlighted with stops in Gouda, Antwerp and Rotterdam.

Exclusively inclusive river cruising

Festive fixes… glühwein, waffles, Belgian beers, stroopwafels, chocolate lace and cheese… heartwarming carols and concerts joyfully orchestrated… villages dressed in the season’s best… Dutch canals, cathedrals and candles aglow with yuletide spirit… Belgian squares and medieval markets making merry…  aboard a riverboat cruise all decked out with holiday cheer.

The ribboned waterscapes of Holland and Belgium take on a special glow in December when storybook villages and fairy tale towns celebrate the joys of the season with holiday traditions centuries old. Experience yuletide spirit onboard and ashore on a river cruise that delights day and night… during a private performance inside Amsterdam’s royal concert house, on a visit to a private canal house and and an illuminating canal cruise…  while having cheese and stroopwafels in Gouda… in Delft or Rotterdam, as you choose… on sightseeing excursions in Ghent, Bruges, Antwerp dressed in their holiday best… in market squares where merry making entices with hot mulled wines, waffles hot off the press, beers locally produced and chocolates laced with care… and at special receptions, dinners and cultural presentations aboard a riverboat decked out with cruising delights that make you feel right at home wherever we roam.

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Visit Amsterdam's Concertgebouw

A tour & mini-concert at the Concertgebouw

One of the most famous and revered concert halls on Earth, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw (Dutch for "concert building") opened its doors in 1888 as the new home of the city's Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, which still performs there today. The main hall's acoustics are considered among the finest in the world, ranking up there with those of Vienna's Musikverein and Boston's Symphony Hall. You'll hear them for yourself when you visit the Concertgebouw for a tour and mini-concert.

Amsterdam Light Festival

Private Cruise

A wonderful cruise for Tauck guests only

Every year, Amsterdam Light Festival illuminates the dark winter months by inviting several Contemporary artists, architects and designers from all over the world to shine their light on the city – 30 light sculptures scattered throughout the city center. From the end of November through January ,Amsterdam transforms into the city of lights... and you witness it all aboard our breathtaking private cruise.

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All Inclusive, One Upfront Price

Distinctively "inclusive" means just that – virtually every cruise cost is included in one upfront price, from shore excursions (private to Tauck), all gratuities, premier hotels on land stays, port charges and more. There are no options sold – no extra charges, no hidden costs, no "surprise" expenses.

Airport Transfers Included

Upon arrival and departure, transfers to and from your hotel are included as noted.

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International Air is additional. Contact Tauck for rates on international air for travel originating in Australia (subject to availability).

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No matter where your destination may be, you should bring identification with you; a valid passport is always an appropriate form of identification. Contact your booking agent for information about all necessary documents required for your journey, such as passport and visa information or documentation required for transportation security measures.

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Health and Activity

You'll find Activity and Pace Levels on all of our trips to give you a better idea of physical activity level – higher numbers mean a more active journey. To fully enjoy most journeys, you should be in good health and able to walk reasonable distances; some of the most memorable sightseeing can only be accomplished on foot and may include unpaved and uneven surfaces. Please consult your physician for pre-departure health advice.

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Deposit Protection Plan

Deposit Protection Plan – Tauck provides a “Deposit Protection Plan” at a cost of AUD $75 per person per tour or cruise. The cost is non-refundable and non-transferable and must be paid at the time of booking with your deposit. It only applies when you cancel your tour or cruise prior to final payment date. The deposit held in credit will exclude fees imposed by third parties in relation to air, rail travel, hotels, transfer or applicable cruise cabins. When booking airfares through Tauck (including when taking advantage of a special offer that includes air travel), standard airline cancellation fees will apply. In some cases, airfares will be non-refundable. In the event of cancellation, these fees will be deducted from the deposit paid, and therefore the credit being held. We will only credit the remainder of deposit to a future tour or cruise booking if you book within 24 months of cancellation of the original Tauck tour or cruise. This offer expires after the 24 months. We will only credit the remainder of the deposit to a future tour or cruise booking Balance Due and it can’t be used as a credit for the initial deposit of a future tour or cruise booking. The Tauck “Deposit Protection Plan” only covers a Tauck tour or cruise and it does not replace Travel Insurance, which we recommend at the time of booking.
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