Gardens and grandeur are the theme of this springtime sojourn through Dutch and Danish history. From the royal palaces and famed cobbled streets of Copenhagen, to the floral fanfare and windmill wonders of the inland waters of the Netherlands and Belgium, this European tulip cruise is for those in search color, comfort, and canal-side charm on their next European vacation.

Suggested journey at a glance: 12 days/11 nights including a weeklong river cruise through the Netherlands and Belgium and pre- and post-cruise extensions in Copenhagen and Amsterdam

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This suggestion is just one of many ways to see these countries on your own customized Ker & Downey river cruise itinerary. Our designers are at their best when crafting a journey unique to you; contact us to get started planning, and learn more about our European Tulip Cruise to see one example of what’s possible.


Your journey begins with three nights in the capital of Denmark: Copenhagen. Between the colorful Nyhavn harbor, the medieval heart of the city, and the iconic Little Mermaid statue from the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, there is plenty to explore. Watch a world-famous ballet performance in the Royal Danish Theatre. Outside the city, you will visit several castles with expansive gardens and grounds that look like they have been plucked straight from a storybook

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Amsterdam is just a short flight away and serves as the embarkation point for your luxury river cruise through the Netherlands and Belgium. You will have two days in Amsterdam to take advantage of all the city has to offer. Enjoy a private canal cruise and a visit to one of the city’s many museums, followed by an exploration of the Aalmeer Flower Auction, the largest trading center for plants in the world. Whether you wish to visit the Anne Frank or Van Gogh Museums, or participate in a private Heineken experience—the choice is yours with your private Ker & Downey driver and guide at your disposal.

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European Tulip Cruise

It is time to set sail on your all-suite luxury river vessel, the Scenic Opal. The epitome of elegance, your vessel will allow you to cruise the inland waters of the Netherlands and Belgium to discover the land of windmills, tulips, and wooden shoes. Stop in Rotterdam to marvel at the modern architecture; get lost in the medieval charms of Ghent and the artistic masterpieces of Antwerp; and go biking through the wonders of Veere. Additional options along the way include a workshop at Delft’s famous porcelain factory, a stop in Edam to sample its famous cheeses, a discovery of Keukenhof Gardens, and a tour and tasting at a local oyster farm.

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Custom Trips to Western Europe

Explore the history and natural beauty of Denmark, Belgium, and the Netherlands on our European Tulip cruise. Contact a Ker & Downey designer to customize your own journey. Read more about the seasonality, pricing, and the Ker & Downey Difference in Western Europe.