17 Day Springtime on the Western Front Cruise with Captains Choice

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  • 2911
  • Ocean
  • 16 Apr 16
  • Europe
  • 17 Apr 16
  • 04May16
  • 17 nights
  • Cruise Only

 

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Discover Springtime on the Western Front

Day 1 : Depart Australia – Sunday 17Apr16

Departing Australia this evening with Emirates, you may dream of tulips when you doze off to sleep.

Day 2: Arrive Amsterdam – Monday 18Apr16

Ushered past the early afternoon bustle of Amsterdam, you are whisked to the MS AmaPrima where you are welcomed into the elegant staterooms for the first time. What a pleasure knowing you won’t have to unpack for over two weeks. On board, you’ll be treated to some genuinely memorable meals. The piece de resistance, however, comes courtesy of Australian Chef Frank Camorra, who will be joining the group between Amsterdam and Ghent.

Born in Barcelona, Frank is the founder of MoVida, a renowned range of Spanish tapas bars in Sydney and Melbourne. He’ll also be joined by food critic Richard Cornish, co-author of Frank’s five MoVida books. During his time on board, Frank will be transforming the ship’s boutique restaurant into ‘MoVida Afloat’ to create an exclusive dining event designed specifically for the Captain’s Choice  charter. With just 27 seats, everyone will have a chance to enjoy this culinary experience. And when you’re not dining with Frank? Choose from superb menus prepared by the MS AmaPrima’s very own Chaine des Rotisseurs chefs. You settle into the manner to which you will become accustomed, with the first exquisite dinner onboard. Why not leave your inhibitions at the door walking off your meal with an eye opening tour of Amsterdam’s infamous Red Light district?

The Waterways of Amsterdam

Day 3: Amsterdam to Volendam and Edam – Tuesday 19Apr16

Now is the time to visit The Netherlands, when the springtime tulips are in full bloom. Gliding through the tranquil waters, there’s a vibrant paintbox of buds in every colour of the rainbow. Red symbolises love; purple is the emblem of royalty. Yellow tulips stand for the sun in a smile and cream tulips are a sign of dedication. Admire every colour as you explore the endless fields of tulips that bedeck the waterways of the Lowlands at their most verdant time of year. But before you get under way, it’s your choice how you would like to explore the city that holds canals and clogs in equal esteem. Get a head start on canal navigation with a serene cruise around the city’s waterways. Got a head for history? Discover the chilling story of the German occupation of Amsterdam in WWII and visit Anne Frank’s House. It’s time to say goodbye to city life as you cast out to sea – well onto a lake for now at least. Perhaps you’ll be arranging the sunshine coloured tulip bouquet you bought in the market as you set sail over the wide Ijsselmeer towards the port of Volendam. Here a harbour tour awakens an interest in everything maritime, before you drive on into the heart of Edam. You probably recognize the name from the rolling balls of butter yellow cheese bound in gleaming red wax that have made this part of The Netherlands famous the world over. You’re sure to see them in every window of the Old Quarter on the tour – perhaps you will even try a slice. Back on board the ship, you feast on the culinary creations of the world class onboard chefs as evening falls and drift further into the outer reaches of The Netherlands.

Day 4: Schoonhoven to Dordrecht – Wednesday 20Apr16

Opening the curtains this morning the western Netherlands await your discovery. The first port of call is Schoonhoven; here you go in search of buried treasure in the Silver Museum and perhaps treat ourselves to some charming souvenirs at the Clocks museum. Over lunch you will cruise to Dordrecht, one of the oldest cities in The Netherlands to embark on a city tour. But the chariot awaits and sailing away as dinner is served.

Day 5: Rotterdam – Thursday 21Apr16

The freedom to design your own day is a beautiful thing – today enjoy The Netherlands on  the own terms. Choose up to two of the Select Options – or just relax and enjoy the view. Calling all green fingered friends! Follow your nose to Keukenhof to lose yourself in spring blooms and fragrant petals in the ‘Garden of Europe.’ Got a taste for Dutch cheese? That’s not the only thing the town of Gouda is famous for as you will find out on the market day visit. Are you one of those people who simply has to visit the capital city of a country when you are there? Take a trip to The Hague, The Netherlands’ political powerhouse, on an informative city tour. Do you go potty over fine china? The Netherlands’ premium export pottery needs no introduction. Take your time to appreciate Delft pottery in all its blue and white glory in its proud place of origin. But sail on the tour must. The group is on the merry way again this afternoon with plenty of opportunity to make the most of the ship’s abundant facilities. Take a dip in the heated pool, book in for a makeover at the beauty salon (at additional cost) or enjoy a movie in your stateroom. Look forward to hearing what you’ve been up to when you reconvene for dinner. This may be the night when you are privy to the culinary expertise of Frank Camorra in the exclusive MoVida Afloat experience – but you will have to wait and see!

Day 6 : Hellevoetsluis to Willemstad – Friday 22Apr16

The Netherlands will continue to fascinate you as you drift deeper into the exploration today. How you choose to discover it is up to you: Intrigued by man made mechanics? The Dutch Delta Works were declared one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Marvel at this ingenious series of constructions on a guided tour. Become acquainted with the naval history of the town of Hellevoetsluis on an insightful walking tour. As lunch is being served you sail on to the historic town of Willemstad. Stop in the charming 400 year old town of Willemstad for a walking tour and private organ recital. Feeling active? Do as the locals do and embark on a bicycle tour – the favourably flat terrain of the Lowland countries means it’s easy as… yes you guessed it – riding a bike!

The Cemeteries of Belguim and the Famous Medieval Cities of Bruges and Ghent

Day 7: Ghent to Bruges – Saturday 23Apr16

Fine chocolate, frothy beer and crunchy French fries with mayonnaise – as you cross the border into Belgium this morning with bellies rumbling at the prospect. The elegant city of Ghent is a fitting introduction as you come face to face with medieval architecture along the canals. But wait until tomorrow to navigate the path. Leave the ship here and embark on a full day of exploration further afield. Today you can choose from the following Select Options: You may be familiar with the writing of food journalist Richard Cornish from The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and Gourmet Traveller magazine. Who better to escort your palette on a culinary journey through the delicious city of Bruges? Treading in the footsteps of valiant soldiers, pay the tributes to the fallen on a full day battlefields tour from Fromelles to Ypres, with time for reflection at Essex Farm and the Langemark German Cemetery, putting everything into context at the Passchendaele Museum. This evening bid a fond farewell to the new friends Frank Camorra and Richard Cornish and take away a wealth of new foodie knowledge, look forward to putting into practice at home.

Day 8: Ghent – Saturday 24Apr16

ANZAC day awaits on tomorrow’s horizon, when you will bring the spirit of the heroes to life. And what better place to commemorate? Here the battlefields of Belgium stretch far and long. You may wish to join the group and experience more of them with the expert War Historian guides, or perhaps you would rather explore today with a different theme. It’s only a few months until July 1 marks 100 years since the fateful Battle of the Somme. Over 60,000 young British men lost their lives in these ravaged fields whose tranquil pastoral fails to blanket the spectres of the past. Take a full day tour to Villers-Bretonneux, the Heath cemetery and Amiens before experiencing Le Hamel with your own eyes. Did the silhouette of that medieval castle and those gabled buildings spark your interest yesterday? Well today is your chance to get up close and personal on a morning walking tour of

Ghent – ideal if you’re looking for a break from the battlefields. Find out what’s chic and timeless about the Belgian capital on an excursion to beautiful Brussels

Day 9: ANZAC Day Dawn Service Villiers to Bretonneux – Monday 25Apr16

It’s exactly 101 years to the day since the ANZAC battles raged off the shores of Gallipoli. At dawn, tip the caps to the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives for the freedom. Join the group salutes with the Captain’s Choice twist on a gunfire breakfast – a shot of rum and a sausage wrapped in bread. A free afternoon in Ghent could then lead you wherever you please – find a cosy enclave to take a break in a canalside cafe, or lose yourself in the maze of galleries and museums.

Day 10: Antwerp – Tuesday 26Apr16

It’s your choice how you explore today: Stand in the footsteps of true heroes this morning with a full  day tour of the WW1 battlefields. An expert will guide you through the muddied fields from Ypres through Polygon Wood and Tyne Cot cemetery. From the Cathedral of the Lady to the impassive ramparts of the Steen Castle, uncover all that Antwerp has to offer on a city tour. A busy day of history and exploration will be rewarded with another exquisite dinner on board. Brought to life with the melancholic warble of the bugle, it’s a rite of passage to attend the Last Post Ceremony as evening falls over Ypres.

River Cruising with Captains Choice

Day 11: Maastricht – Wednesday 27Apr16

What a great moment to sail back into The Netherlands. It’s King’s Day – a national holiday that pays homage to the monarchy. Cloaked in a haze of orange, the people of Maastricht will take to the streets in celebration. And you’ll be front and centre to absorb the energetic atmosphere and enjoy the festivities. There’s fun to be had at the markets as performers crowd the streets and tempting local goodies fragrance the air. The walking tour of the city may get a little waylaid, but there’s nothing more authentic than meeting the people out in full celebration.

Day 12: Maastricht – Thursday 28Apr16

Perhaps you had a late night with the locals on King’s Day and would rather a day left to your own devices? However if you would like to join the group on a tour, the choice is yours. Join the expert guide on a full day WWII tour to retrace the legacy of darker times. Remember the American soldiers who were killed during the Battle of the Bulge at the Mardasson Memorial and the Bastogne War Museum. Peruse the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial; visit the site of the infamous Malmedy massacre and see German Panzer tanks in an almost undamaged state.

Day 13: Venlo – Friday 29Apr16

Shopping, history or the strikingly modern – it’s your choice how you explore the surrounding area today: Enjoying your time in the old world? You’ll love the charms of Venlo on the half day historic tour. Want to shop up a storm of European brands at discount prices? A half day excursion to Roemond Factory Outlet Centre is just the excuse you need to treat yourself. It’s just a short hop across the border into Germany. Why not see how edgy Dusseldorf matches up to its Dutch counterparts?

Day 14: Nijmegen – Saturday 30Apr16

The cruise will wind its way down the Waal River overnight and are still close to the German border. What you do when you get there is up to you: Want to stay local? Explore the hidden history of Nijmegen, The Netherlands’ earliest settlement. Being in such close proximity to the site of 1944’s Battle of Arnhem is a dream for any historian. A full day tour will take you to the John Frost Bridge, Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery and some of the more significant landing zones.

Day 15: Arnhem – Sunday 01May16

Bearing battle scars from WWII when it was all but levelled, Arnhem makes for an intriguing morning’s walk. But you’re back aboard the ship as you sail out of the last Dutch city over lunch.

Day 16: Depart Amsterdam – Monday 02May16

You’ve come full circle today as you arrive back in Amsterdam, where it’s time to bid a fond farewell to the MS AmaPrima. No doubt you’ve got plenty of things to tick off your list of last places to visit as you remember what else Amsterdam is famous for: Of Sunflowers, Potato Eaters and a Man with a Lark – marvel at the mastery of the man who cut off his own ear on a tour of the Van Gogh Museum. You’ve been spoiled for choice for ale over the last two weeks, so why not see the tour off in style with a tour of the Heineken Brewery? It’s time to say ‘dankjewel’ and ‘varweel’ – that’s ‘thank you’ and ‘goodbye’ – to the Dutch friends as you transfer to the airport to meet the Emirates flight home. Alternatively, connect with the Portrait of Britain tour or experience Mediterranean Empires of Rome to Istanbul aboard Silver Wind.

Day 17: Arrive Australia – Tuesday 03May16

Arriving back into Australia late this evening, you have a lot of tales to tell with the authentic flavour of experience.

 
 

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