Waterways of the Netherlands & Belgium

From Amsterdam to Rotterdam on board the MS Crucevita

Base Fare:
$8,995 CAD
per guest, double occupancy

Your Journey includes

Guided city tours including Amsterdam & Brussels
Admire beautiful scenery, savour authentic cuisine, explore rich history, discover quaint towns
All meals included
14 breakfasts, 14 lunches & 14 dinners
14 nights aboard the privately chartered MS Crucevita (formerly Da Vinci)

Round-trip airfare from Toronto with Air Canada (Air gateways available across Canada)
Private car home pick-up & return service

Waterways of the Netherlands & Belgium

Although intimate in size, Belgium and the Netherlands offer no shortage of beautiful waterways and serene experiences. During your journey, explore areas seldom visited by locals. Amble through the historic city of Bruges, where the canals lap gently against medieval buildings. Contemplate the work of Dutch painters Rembrandt and Van Gogh in the city of Amsterdam. Stretch your legs after cruising leisurely down the IJssel river by exploring Zutphen and Doesburg, cities liberated by Canadian forces in 1945—an incredible connection that remains today. Canals and rivers are a quintessential feature of the Netherlands and Belgium, and there is no better way to explore these beautiful countries than aboard our privately chartered MS Crucevita river boat.

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Base Fare:
$9,195 CAD
per guest, double occupancy

Signature inclusions

Before you travel

  • All taxes, port and service charges
  • Complete information and assistance before your journey
  • Branded overnight carry-on bag or backpack
  • Private car pick-up service or overnight at the Toronto Airport Hilton (or a credit instead of those services)

During your Journey

  • 24/7 professional Journey Manager services
  • Services of local guides
  • All gratuities
  • Porterage for one piece of baggage
  • Most meals as listed
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees as listed

Memorable activities

  • City tours: Amsterdam, Hoorn, Maastricht, Brussels, Antwerp, Bruges, Middelburg & the Hague
  • Explore the magnificent culture & heritage of two beautiful European countries
  • Visit the stunning Keukengof Gardens & discover the impressive Delta Park
  • Ample free time in all the towns & cities visited

Outstanding accommodation

  • 14 nights aboard the privately chartered MS Crucevita

Comfortable transportation

  • Round-trip airfare from Toronto with Air Canada
  • Air gateways available across Canada



  • TWIN: $9,195
  • SINGLE: $15,195


  • TWIN: $9,995
  • SINGLE: $16,795


Reserve your journey before May 31, 2019



Reserve one of our journeys prior to the early reservation date and pay 95% of the published fare at the time of your reservation by cheque or electronic bank transfer and we will deduct the remaining 5% off your journey’s fare.

ERB flex: SAVE 2%

Reserve one of our journeys prior to the early reservation date and pay 98% of the published fare at the time of your reservation by Visa, Mastercard or American Express and we will deduct the remaining 2% off your journey’s fare.

Should you not take advantage of the Early Reservation Bonus and decide to pay by cheque or electronic bank transfer at time of final payment, we will deduct $200 off your journey’s fare.

Please note: A deposit cheque and a post-dated final payment cheque are not considered payment in full. Final payment date is 120 days (or more, depending on the journey) prior to departure. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer, unless noted otherwise.

All fares are for departure from Toronto. Other gateways available. These journey fares include the current known fuel surcharges. Additional charges may apply at final payment date.




Travel Insurance 
Peace of Mind travel always involves the proper insurance coverage. We strongly recommend you have insurance coverage in place to protect you in the event of an unexpected incident. Here is a list of the plans we offer:

  • Cancellation / Interruption
  • Emergency Medical
  • Seniors Emergency Medical
  • Annual Medical Plan
  • All Inclusive Annual Plan
  • Baggage and Personal effects

Contact our office and speak with our friendly insurance experts.

Custom flight itineraries 
Do you want something different than our included air program? We are happy to help design a custom itinerary, just for you.

Pre Post overnights in Toronto 
We have a special agreement with our Toronto Airport hotel that includes 2 weeks of parking.

Journey Itinerary

Day 1


Enjoy a private car ride to the airport. Guests departing from the Toronto airport are assisted with their check-in. Meet your Journey Manager and fellow travellers and board your flight to Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Overnight flight

Day 2


Known for its artistic heritage, energetic nightlife, and intricate canal network, Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ largest city. On arrival, board the MS Crucevita (formerly the Da Vinci - renovated and rechristened in 2019), chartered exclusively for our guests, and your home for the next fourteen days. Enjoy a light welcome buffet lunch on board followed by an afternoon canal boat cruise that offers a unique perspective of this iconic city. Join us in the evening for a welcome presentation. All meals will be served on board unless otherwise indicated. (L,D)

MS Crucevita, Amsterdam (14 nights)

Day 3


This morning, we make our way to Volendam for some free time to explore the quaint town’s colourful wooden houses and historic harbour before continuing to Hoorn. The seat of the Dutch East India Company, Hoorn is filled with old-world charm. After lunch, enjoy a casual guided stroll through the 17th century town centre, dotted by small shops and cafés, as well as the magnificent horn-shaped harbour. (B,L,D)


Day 4


The sailboat capital of Europe, Enkhuizen also boasts one of the Netherlands’ best open-air museums. The Zuiderzee Museum revives the stories of people who lived on the shores of the Zuiderzee before the IJsselmeer Barrier Dam transformed the sea into a lake. During lunch, we cruise across the impressive IJsselmeer for a leisurely afternoon in Urk, a picturesque fishing village that is yours to explore. (B,L,D)


Day 5


Enjoy a leisurely day cruising on one of the Netherlands’ most scenic rivers, the IJssel. Our first stop is Zutphen, a gorgeous 11th century Hanseatic city. Saunter around the quaint city centre before a late afternoon cruise to Doesburg. In April 1945, Canadian troops liberated several cities here, making a visit to the area even more personal and moving. (B,L,D)


Day 6


Arnhem was made famous during the infamous WWII battle of Market Garden. Discover the rich history, fragrant parks, and picturesque squares of this unique city. Then, savour a delicious lunch on board and delight in a relaxing afternoon of river cruising. Be sure to take in the superb 360° views from the sun deck, where you won’t miss a thing! (B,L,D)


Day 7


Located on the banks of the Maas River, Maastricht is a vibrant city with a deep history. We arrive just after lunch and embark on a guided walking tour of this enchanting city’s cobbled old town and medieval-era architecture, including the Gothic-style church Sint Janskerk and the Romanesque Basilica of St. Servatius. The rest of the afternoon and evening are at your leisure to explore this one-of-a-kind city. (B,L,D)


Day 8


Today, we tour Brussels, a city that is both ancient and modern. Our local guides take us on a walking tour through the quaint avenues of Belgium’s capital to the Grand Place, possibly Europe’s most beautiful Market Square. Surrounded by opulent guild halls and anchored by the magnificent City Hall and the spectacular Maison du Roi (the “King’s House”), this UNESCO World Heritage Site is known for its decorative and aesthetic wealth. Lunch is on us, and you get to choose the location, followed by time on your own to discover this fascinating city. We rejoin the MS Crucevita by mid-afternoon and sail on to Antwerp. (B,L,D)


Day 9


Antwerp is Belgium’s biggest port and second largest city. Here, we embark on a morning walking tour, where our local guides share the works of Peter Paul Rubens and the Cathedral of Our Lady. Free time this afternoon allows you to explore this lively city at your leisure, which may include visiting the Museum Aan de Stroom or simply wandering down the cobbled lanes. Don’t forget to try the local beer! (B,L,D)


Day 10


Bruges is known for winding canals, cobbled streets, and medieval buildings. Its oval-shaped city centre features market squares lined with whitewashed houses and soaring towers, including the iconic Belfry of Bruges. Our all-day excursion includes a guided walking tour and a boat cruise through the city’s beautiful canals. Later in the day, we rejoin the MS Crucevita in Middelburg, Netherlands. (B,L,D)


Day 11


Middelburg was once one of the Netherlands’ most important cities, and its wealth of historic buildings reflects that golden age. Today, a rich blend of shops, cafés, and events make this a lively place that enchants visitors and locals alike. Our local guides will lead us on a walking tour to immerse us in the unique culture of this town. Later, enjoy lunch during a scenic cruise to Veere, a picture-perfect town with a busy yacht harbour, arriving in time to explore this former fishing village. (B,L,D)


Day 12


The Delta Works is one of the most significant and largest engineering accomplishments in the world. The MS Crucevita arrives at the Delta Expo for a morning tour, followed by lunch and a scenic cruise to the picturesque town of Zierikzee. Be sure to be on the sun deck for the most amazing approach to the city! When we arrive, explore the streets of Zierikzee on a guided walking tour. (B,L,D)


Day 13


Embark on a full-day excursion in The Hague, the seat of the Dutch parliament and residence of the Dutch royal family. This regal city offers outstanding museums, sprawling palaces, and coastal views. Visit the Royal Delft, where we learn about the history and production of the famous Delft Blue ceramics. Savour a delicious lunch at a local restaurant, served in a picturesque setting on the beach of Scheveningen. Discover this diverse city before returning to the MS Crucevita in Gouda this afternoon. (B,L,D)


Day 14


With more than seven million flower bulbs blooming annually, Keukenhof is one of the world’s largest flower gardens and a delight to all who visit. In the afternoon, enjoy some free time in Gouda, most famously known for its cheese. Visit the 15th century Old Town Hall and taste the famous stroopwafels, caramel syrup waffles. A scenic cruise during dinner takes us to Rotterdam. (B,L,D)


Day 15


Europe’s busiest port, Rotterdam has a long maritime tradition. Spend time exploring the city’s lively cultural life, top-class museums, and diverse community. Then, delight in one final afternoon of river cruising as we return to Amsterdam. In the evening, join your fellow guests and toast to your Captain and crew at our farewell dinner. (B,L,D)


Day 16


Today we bid “tot ziens” to our new friends and make our way to the airport for our flight home. Enjoy our private car to your home. (B)

B : Breakfast L : Lunch D : Dinner

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Journey Highlights

Aboard the MS Crucevita

Renovated in 2019 and designed with the old-world charm of a sleek yacht, with sumptuous textile, leather furniture and dark wood, the MS Crucevita is one of the most elegant and impressive riverboats of Western Europe. The interior was specifically designed to offer guests maximum space: the large reception area with a fireplace, the impressive lounge, and the spacious restaurant – all this amounts to an atmosphere of exuberant yet comfortable luxury. Privately chartered by Journeys by Van Dyke to provide an exceptional experience, the MS Crucevita river boat is your home away from home as you explore new cultures and stunning landscapes along the rivers of Europe.


The Belgian capital of Brussels is a city steeped in history and significant on the world stage today as the home of the European Commission. Join local guides Heleen and Jeannine on an unforgettable tour of this thousand-year-old city. Saunter down the quaint avenues to the Grand Place, one of Europe’s most beautiful market squares, which is surrounded by ornate guildhalls, the city’s Town Hall, and the Museum of the City of Brussels. After the walking tour, enjoy a leisurely lunch and explore the city according to your own interests.

Bruges, “Venice of the North”

Often referred to as the “Venice of the North,” the medieval city of Bruges offers endless opportunities for exploring, both on foot and by boat. First, marvel at the Belfry of Bruges, the medieval bell tower that dominates the market square. Continue your walking tour through the city’s cobbled streets and quaint shops lined neatly in a row. Then, board a canal boat to experience the city from a new perspective, floating down serene canals, under stone bridges, and past medieval houses that seem to have sprung directly from a storybook.

Europe’s Loveliest Town Hall, Middelburg

The late-gothic town hall of Middelburg, Zeeland is an imposing and ornate building towering over the town’s market square. Started in 1452 but not completed until 1520, it has come to be known as Europe’s loveliest town hall; although the interior was burned during the Second World War, it has since been restored in its traditional gothic style. On your visit to Middelburg, Heleen and other local guides will immerse you in the town’s unique culture and give you the opportunity to marvel at its incredible town hall to your heart’s content.


Canals are the very soul of Amsterdam; in addition to giving the city its unique atmosphere, they play an integral role in the lives of locals, especially in the areas of leisure, transportation, and even accommodation. Participate in this centuries-old tradition by touring Amsterdam by canal boat, drifting under quaint stone bridges and past tall and narrow canal houses. Then, do some exploring on dry land, visiting such cultural landmarks as the Van Gogh Museum or the Anne Frank House, to become even better acquainted with this charming city.


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