Dutch Waterways: Amsterdam to Antwerp - Waitlist Status

Enjoy a seven-night cruise along the intimate waterways of the Netherlands and Belgium. See Amsterdam’s iconic canals, stroll amid the brilliant tulips at Keukenhof Gardens and relish an extraordinary and rare exhibition of Vermeer’s paintings gathered from around the world at the Rijksmuseum. Take in Bruges’ wonderfully preserved Gothic gems and Antwerp’s impressive medieval old town. Other ports of call introduce you to the inviting Dutch city of Kampen, rich in Hanseatic history, and the laid-back seaside harbor town of Veere. Optional trip extensions in Amsterdam and Antwerp.

Dates
Apr 21 - Apr 29, 2023  (9 Days)
Cost

from $3,545 per person, double occupancy

For more Information
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(415) 597-6720

    Friday, April 21
    Depart US for Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Depart your home for Amsterdam, Netherlands.   

    Saturday, April 22
    Amsterdam

    Upon arrival, transfer to the pier in Amsterdam and embark the MS Amadeus Star.  After settling in, join a lecture about The Dutch Masters. Before dinner, we depart to board a cruiser for a delightful perspective of this romantic city, known the world over for its more than 60 miles of tree-lined canals and waterways. Amsterdam’s 17th-century canal ring area has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. During your guided cruise, take in the charming, gabled canal houses, locals of all ages pedaling by, and the architectural gems of the bustling city harbor. MS Amadeus Star (D)

    Sunday, April 23
    Amsterdam

    Journey to Keukenhof Gardens you walk amid this 80-acre paradise of brilliant tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and other gorgeous blooms with a guide. After lunch on board visit the Rijksmuseum to view fabulous art and artifacts representing 800 years of Dutch history, including national treasures by Rembrandt and Vermeer. Later, as the ship cruises to Kampen this evening, gather for the Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner.MS Amadeus Star (B,L,D)

    Monday, April 24
    Kampen

    Learn about The Hanseatic League, the powerful medieval mercantile federation made up of German towns and their northern European trading centers, which promoted and protected commercial interests abroad, reaching its peak from the 13th to 15th centuries. Learn about the League’s influence and historical significance from a local expert. Take a historic walking tour of Kampen. Set on the banks of the Ijssel, Kampen is filled with impressive architecture that reflects its heyday as an important member of the Hanseatic League. With your guide, see stately medieval merchants’ houses, the Church of St. Nicholas, the 15th-century Gothic House, the grand old town gates and more. Aftern lunch on board eenjoy some time at leisure to explore more of lovely Kampen on your own. MS Amadeus Star (B,L,D)

    Tuesday, April 25
    Ultrecht / The Hague / Delft / Gouda

    This morning can choose from one of three included excursions.  On the Hague and the Mauritshuis tour, you visit the center of Dutch politics, see notable landmarks including the Peace Palace and the Binnenhof, the parliamentary complex, then pass through the chic Waasenaar neighborhood that the Dutch royal family calls home. At the renowned Mauritshuis, study a superb art collection by Dutch and Flemish masters that features Vermeer’s beloved “Girl with a Pearl Earring.”  On the Delft tour, enjoy a pleasant, guided walk through Old Delft that takes you into the grand Market Square and past its historic highlights. Afterward, tour the Royal Delft porcelain factory, founded in 1653. Watch this iconic blue-and-white pottery in production, observe a master artisan painting by hand, and marvel at the factory’s splendid porcelain collection. On the Gouda - City of Cheese Tour, you travel to Gouda, famous for its namesake cheese. See the bustling market square dominated by the splendid, 15th-century town hall. Visit Sint Janskerk, the country’s longest church. Inside, you’ll be awed by more than 70 of Europe’s finest, 16th-century painted-glass windows. Afterward, nibble on varieties of fresh Gouda cheese and learn how they are created.  Return to the ship for lunch and an afternoon of sailing. The ship moors in Willemstad late this evening. MS Amadeus Star (B,L,D)

    Wednesday, April 26
    Veere

    Join the half-day Elective Activity this morning or explore on your own for the day in Veere, a wonderful seaside town. Yachts have replaced the fishing boats and trading boats that once filled the harbor. From the 16th to 18th centuries, this tiny port town was the staple port for Scotland, meaning it was the entry port into Europe for Scottish wool and other items being brought to the European mainland. De Schotse aan de Kaai is a museum devoted to the town’s unique relationship with Scotland. Take a leisurely walk by the 15th-century town hall and browse through the quaint shops.

    Elective Activity: Neeltje Jans & Delta Expo. Travel along the Zeeland coast to the artificial island of Neeltje Jans and its Delta Expo. Learn about the Delta Works, a series of massive dams and storm surge barriers conceived after the devastating 1953 North Sea flood. Built over a period of 30 years, these 65 enormous gates can be slammed shut on the North Sea when powerful storms strike. They are an engineering masterpiece that now protects the third of the landmass of the Netherlands that sits below sea level. A moving panoramic 3-D exhibit allows you to experience how the North Sea waves wiped out part of the country in February 1953.  Available at an additional cost

    MS Amadeus Star (B,L,D)

    Thursday, April 27
    Middelburg / Bruges, Belgium / Antwerp

    This morning, cruise to Middelburg and then disembark for a scenic drive to Bruges, Belgium. Medieval Bruges exudes a magical ambience that has earned it the nickname, “Venice of the North.” Tranquil canals, serving as the city’s arteries, are connected by winding, cobblestone lanes and sturdy stone bridges. The historic center with its splendidly preserved Gothic architecture has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site.  Choose one of three excursions. All excursions include a guided walking tour of Bruges. Stroll through the grand Market Square and see the medieval guild hall buildings, the exquisite 12th-century Basilica of the Holy Blood and the Belfry Tower that looms over the square. After the walk, continue with your selected tour: Cultural Bruges OR Bruges and Beer OR Bruges and Belgian Chocolate. MS Amadeus Star (B,L,D)

    Friday, April 28
    Antwerp

    Located on the Scheldt River and just 55 miles from the North Sea, Antwerp has long been an important seaport and trading center. More recently, it has emerged as a cultural and fashion design hub. With a guide, meander through quaint squares and down cobblestone streets to view its wealth of medieval architecture. See the Cathedral of Our Lady that soars over the skyline; the stately 16thcentury town hall; and the Grote Markt square, a standout with its elegant row of slim guild houses. During a lecture on Contemporary Belgium, learn about this fascinating country that includes Dutch-speaking Flanders and French-speaking Wallonia. The ship remains docked in Antwerp overnight. Tonight, celebrate your special journey together at a Farewell Reception and Dinner on the ship. MS Amadeus Star (B,L,D)

    Saturday, April 29
    Disembark Ship Antwerp

    After breakfast, join the post-trip option in Antwerp or transfer to the airport for the return flight to your gateway city. (B)

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    Amsterdam
    Amsterdam: April 19-22

    Begin your adventures with two nights in captivating Amsterdam before you embark on your river cruise! Your first-class hotel in the heart of the city provides an ideal base for independent exploration of Amsterdam’s iconic canals, lively neighborhoods and world-class museums. Enjoy a guided walking tour along the beautiful, upscale Herengracht canal. 

    Antwerp
    Antwerp: April 29-May 1

    Settle into dynamic Antwerp in a first-class hotel in the heart of the city center for extra days of fun and exploration. This inviting, walkable city offers plenty of wonderful diversions. Marvel at the medieval splendor of Ghent on an engaging, guided excursion.

    All prices quoted based on double occupancy and do not include air transportation costs (unless otherwise stated).  The single supplement is waived for solo travelers (this offer is limited, capacity controlled, and tends to sell out quickly).

    Category-Deck                   Full Price                   Special Savings        
    E-Haydn (Midship, Aft)         $3,545                            $250                      
    D-Haydn (Midship)               $3,645                            $250                      
    C-Strauss (Aft)                      $3,945                            $250                     
    B-Strauss (Midship)             $4,045                            $250                    
    A-Mozart                               $4,445                            $250                      
    Suite-Mozart (Midship)        $4,845                            $250                    

    Special early pricing is valid until 10/24/22.

    VAT and Port Tax supplement is an additional $395 per person.

    Suites feature a balcony. Categories A, B, and C feature a drop-down panoramic window. Categories D and E feature an elevated stationary window.

    Included
    Accommodations (with baggage handling); 7 nights aboard the first-class MS Star; Extensive Meal Program: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 7 dinners, including Welcome and Farewell Dinners; tea or coffee with all meals, plus wine, beer or soft drinks with lunch and dinner; Opportunities to sample authentic cuisine and local flavors; Expert-led Enrichment programs enhance your insight into the region; Welcome and Farewell Receptions to mingle with fellow travelers; A personal VOX headset to hear your English speaking guide clearly; Tipping of guides and drivers.

    Not Included
    Airport transfer costs for those not participating in AHI's FlexAir. Fees for passports and, if applicable, visas, entry/departure fees; personal gratuities; laundry and dry cleaning; excursions, wines, liquors, mineral waters and meals not mentioned in this brochure under included features; travel insurance; all items of a strictly personal nature.

    Pre-Trip Extension in Amsterdam
    $895 per person, double occupancy
    $1,345 single occupancy

    Included
    Two nights at the first-class Amsterdam Marriott; daily breakfast; guided walk; the services of an AHI Travel Director and AHI Hospitality Desk; guide gratuities; baggage handling to the hotel; and all taxes and service charges.

    Post-Trip Extension in Antwerp
    $895 per person, double occupancy
    $1,245 single occupancy

    Included
    Two nights at the first-class Hilton Old Town Antwerp; daily breakfast; a guided Ghent tour; deluxe motor coach to/from Ghent; the services of an AHI Travel Director and AHI Hospitality Desk; guide and driver gratuities; baggage handling to the hotel; and all taxes and service charges.

     

    What to Expect

    There is moderate walking on most excursions with cobblestones, uneven pavement, some stairs, hills, standing and walking. Walking tours are at least 1.5 hours over uneven pavement. All cities/villages have cobble stones, small sidewalks, uneven paths, some rail tracks to cross. Passengers need to be able to walk up/down narrow and sometimes steep gangplanks. The program is not recommended for those requiring wheelchairs. For all excursions (and transfers) where coaches are involved travelers have to board the coach with 3-6 steep steps.

    There will also be local guest speakers during the cruise. Topics include:

    • Contemporary Belgium
    • Dutch Masters
    • Contemporary Holland

    Program-specific terms and conditions are available here and below. You can also request a copy from our tour operator AHI. Any payment to AHI Travel constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out therein, including but not limited to the cancellation terms.

    NOT INCLUDED - Fees for passports and, if applicable, visas; entry/departure fees; personal gratuities; laundry and dry cleaning; excursions, wines, liquors, mineral waters and meals not mentioned in this brochure under included features; travel insurance; airport transfer costs for those not participating in AHI's FlexAir; all items of a strictly personal nature.

    MOBILITY AND FITNESS TO TRAVEL - The right is retained to decline, to accept or to retain any person as a member of this trip who, in the opinion of AHI Travel is unfit for travel or whose physical or mental condition may constitute a danger to themselves or to others on the trip, subject only to the requirement that the portion of the total amount paid which corresponds to the unused services and accommodations be refunded. Passengers requiring special assistance, including without limitation those who permanently or periodically use a wheelchair, must be accompanied by someone who is fit and able to assist them, and who will be totally responsible for providing all required assistance. AHI Travel regrets that some itineraries cannot accommodate wheelchairs.

    SPECIAL COVID-19 NOTICE - During the period of COVID-19 contagion, you should refrain from joining a trip if you are feeling unwell, exhibit fever or other symptoms of contagious disease, or have been in contact with a person exhibiting symptoms of contagious disease within 14 days of trip departure. Affected passengers will receive a full refund in the form of a credit applicable to a future AHI Travel program. All passengers must complete a health questionnaire and execute an Assumption of Risk and Waiver of Liability Relating to Coronavirus/COVID-19 prior to trip departure. If you cannot or will not complete and execute these documents, AHI reserves the right to consider your booking canceled as of that day and assess applicable cancellation fees.

    AIR TRANSPORTATION-The price of air transportation offered by AHI Travel is based on Advance Purchase Excursion fares. After tickets are issued, penalties up to 100% of the ticket price may be levied. If connecting flights are requested, special promotional fares may be used, in which case penalties of as much as 100% may be assessed by the airlines if reservations are changed or canceled after ticketing. After departure, if the reservations are changed, you will be charged the higher, all year Economy class fare. VARIATIONS TO THE GROUP ITINERARY MUST BE REQUESTED NO LATER THAN 60 DAYS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE. Passengers who choose to make their own airline reservations independently will be wholly responsible for arrival and departure transfers, and any airline fees or penalties incurred as a result of program cancellation and/or change in travel dates, or airline schedule(s).

    CANCELLATION-You will receive a full refund for cancellations made up to 90 days prior to trip departure. Cancellations from 89 to 76 days prior to departure will be subject to a $300 per person administrative fee. The withheld administrative fee may be applied to a future AHI Travel program that will operate in the current calendar year or year following cancellation. The credit will be applied to the final billing and may not be used as part of the initial deposit. It is non-transferable and is not valid toward the purchase of an AHI Cruises independent cruise. Cancellations from 75 days to 60 days prior to departure will result in forfeiture of 25% of the entire cost of the trip per person; 59-30 days, 50% of the trip cost per person; cancellations from 29 days up to the time of departure will result in 100% forfeiture of the entire cost of the trip. TRIP CANCELLATION INSURANCE IS AVAILABLE. AN APPLICATION WILL BE SENT AFTER YOU RESERVE. All cancellations must be submitted in writing to AHI Travel. CANCELLATION OF TRIP OPTIONS-Purchases of optional excursions, trip extensions and additional hotel nights become fully non-refundable 45 days prior to departure. Air transportation and private transfer purchases are subject only to penalties assessed by the airlines and transfer suppliers. PLEASE NOTE - Vouchers for future travel, travel credits and transfers are subject to the Terms and Conditions, including without limitation the cancellation fee schedule, agreed upon at the time of the original reservation.
    AS A CONDITION OF ACCEPTANCE OF YOUR RESERVATION, YOU AGREE AS FOLLOWS: You have read, and you understand, these terms and conditions of your participation in an AHI Travel program. You recognize and accept any risk associated with the travel program and the conditions, including the Cancellation policy, set forth herein. You acknowledge that there are many risks and uncertainties inherent in any travel, including, but not limited to weather, flooding, high/low water levels, acts or omissions of foreign governments, terrorism, war or insurrection, theft, illness, widespread communicable disease outbreak (e.g., COVID-19, SARS, etc.) or other public health emergency event declared by local, State or Federal government order to be an epidemic, pandemic, public emergency or similar, quarantines, bites from or attacks by animals, insects, or pests, and damage to person or property due to the negligent acts or omissions of tour staff or others. In consideration of, and as part payment for, the right to participate in the travel program, you hereby agree to release, hold harmless and covenant not to sue AHI International Corporation (d/b/a AHI Travel), its officers, employees, representatives or agents, the sponsoring association and its officers, employees and agents, from liability for personal injury, death, property damage or loss suffered by any person in connection with this travel program, even if caused by the negligence (but not the reckless, willful, or fraudulent conduct) of travel program staff or other related persons or entities.

    BAGGAGE-Baggage restrictions vary according to the airline policy and the class of service flown. Details will be provided with your pre-departure information. Baggage allowances are subject to change by the carrier without notice. Excess baggage charges for additional or oversized/overweight pieces are expensive and not included in your trip price; plan your wardrobe accordingly. Transport of baggage and personal effects is at the owner's risk throughout the travel program.

    PRICING - All prices quoted are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy and do not include air transportation costs (unless otherwise stated) and are subject to change without notice.

    AUTHORITY TO USE IMAGES AND AUDIO RECORDINGS-On occasion, AHI Travel obtains, from its staff, or from trip participants, photographic or video images of passengers and trip activities. By participating in this travel program, you authorize AHI Travel, without providing compensation to you, or obtaining additional approvals from you, to include photographic and video recordings of you, as well as voice recordings included with any videos, in AHI Travel's sales, marketing, advertising, publicity and/or training activities.

    ELIGIBILITY: We require membership to the Commonwealth Club to travel with us. People who live outside of the Bay Area may purchase a national membership. To learn about membership types and to purchase a membership, visit commonwealthclub.org/membership or call 415-597-6720.
    RESPONSIBILITY-AHI Travel and The Commonwealth Club of California do not own or operate any entity which provides goods or services for this program, and act only as agents for the independent suppliers of travel conveyance, transport, accommodations or other services. All such persons or entities are independent contractors. As a result, AHI Travel and the Sponsoring Association are not liable for any negligence or willful act of any such person or entity or any third person. In addition and without limitation, AHI Travel and the Sponsoring Association are not responsible for any delays, delayed departure or arrival, missed carrier connections, loss, death, damage or injury to person or property or accident, mechanical defect, failure or negligence of any nature howsoever caused in connection with any accommodations, transportation or other services or for any substitution of hotels or of common carrier equipment, with or without notice, or for any additional expenses occasioned thereby. Dates, Program Details and Tour costs, although given in good faith and BASED ON TARIFFS, EXCHANGE Rates and other information CURRENT AT THE TIME OF PRINTING, ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT OR BEFORE THE TIME OF DEPARTURE. No revisions of the printed itinerary or its included features are anticipated; however, the right is reserved to make any changes, with or without notice, that might become necessary, with the mutual understanding that any additional expenses will be paid by the individual passenger. In no event shall any party to this contract be liable for incidental or consequential damages. In the event of an act of God, war (whether declared or undeclared), terrorism, accident, natural disaster, outbreak of disease, or other event or circumstance beyond its control that results in the cancellation of all or a portion of a travel program, AHI Travel reserves the right to issue a credit to the passenger in lieu of a money-back refund, applicable to a future AHI Travel program. Baggage and personal effects are the sole responsibility of the owners at all times. If the entire program is cancelled for any reason, participants shall have no claim other than for a full refund. By forwarding the deposit, the passenger certifies that he/she has no physical, mental or other condition of disability that would create a hazard for himself/herself or other passengers and accepts the terms of this contract set out herein and in more specific pre-departure passenger information. The airlines and other transportation companies concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission, or event, during the time passengers are not on board their conveyances. The passage contract in use, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the company(ies) and the passenger and/or purchaser of this trip.
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