8 Day U River Cruise from Amsterdam to Brussels 2023

U by Uniworld River Cruise - Amsterdam to Brussels

Amsterdam & Brussels Bound

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U by Uniworld
8 Day U River Cruise from Amsterdam to Brussels 2023

River Cruise Description

We’ve fallen in love with this dynamic cruise through The Netherlands and Belgium, you will too. Get around town like a local with a variety of bike tours. Experience Amsterdam’s famously gezellig cityscape—a Dutch quality that roughly translates as “cozy.” Discover futuristic architecture in Rotterdam, walk along Middelburg’s majestic harbor and sightsee with local students in Ghent. Brussels delivers a historic, yet hip vibe, and of course, the best chocolate. Who will enjoy this cruise? Modern and active, U cruises are designed for those with a passion for exploring, a taste for authentic adventures and a penchant for having fun. Though not as fully inclusive as Uniworld cruises, U cruises come with all you need to enjoy your travels, as well as plenty of options for add-ons should you want them. If you’re looking for a unique and immersive travel experience, enjoy socializing with fellow travelers, would rather walk and bike on excursions than take a coach bus and prefer a casual atmosphere, you’ll love U.

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River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 Amsterdam

Day 2 Amsterdam

Included — Amsterdam CanalsKnown as the Venice of the North, you haven’t done Amsterdam until you’ve truly explored the canals. Mimosa in hand, we’ll take the canals by boat. Sure, we won’t see all 165 of them, but we’ll get close.U+ Excursion — Amsterdam Old and NewThere’s something for everyone in Amsterdam – and this is your chance to find it. We’ll explore the city by bike, see the sights and talk about Amsterdam’s fascinating history.U+ Excursion — Amstagram TourU+ Excursion — MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience: Plastic FishingHelp make Amsterdam’s waterways cleaner on a fun and sustainable outing with PlasticWhale, the first plastic fishing company in the world. Jump onboard, grab a net and get ready to fish for some plastic and learn more about the organization’s mission. The plastic collected is recycled into furniture and more boats—the same kind of boat we’ll use on our outing.

Day 3 Rotterdam

Included — Jogging through RotterdamWith 1,900 running paths in the city, there’s no way we’d skip this. We’ll take a run by the water and see some of the sights.Included — Rotterdam by DesignExperience the best of Rotterdam’s architecture on this tour through the city’s coolest buildings. See the Cube Houses of Piet Blom that were built in the 1930s, the contemporary Market Hall that houses the masterpiece that many call “the Sistine Chapel of Rotterdam,” and of course, the iconic Erasmus Bridge that’s made its appearance in fashion spreads, movies and as a backdrop to musical events.Included Night Out — Rotterdam at NightAs one of the trendiest cities in the Netherlands, Rotterdam at night is full of contrasts. Whether you’re a craft cocktail person or dive bar lover, your U host will give you a recommendation on where to go.U+ Excursion — Best of RotterdamThis is a best of architecture and best of food tour. We’ll see the famous Market Hall, where we’re making you look up because the ceiling is a true work of art. You’ll get a taste of Dutch cheese and stroopwafels. We’ll also pass by the famous Cube Houses.U+ Excursion — The Windmills of KinderdijkKinderdijk is a beautiful landscape of empty marshes, waterways, and 19 historic windmills (some brick, some timber) that ornament the area. The mills are kept in operating condition and some still even function as residences. Explore the scenery of tall reeds, lily pads, and gorgeous birds by bike, and stop at a local farm for a cheese-tasting. It's an amazing – and quintessentially Dutch – landscape to wander through.

Day 4 Middelburg

Included — Intro to MiddelburgOne of the most beautiful towns in the Netherlands, you’ll get a feel for this charming city. From its old winding streets to spacious parks and bunkers leftover from WWII, there’s no shortage of sights.Included — Domburg Beach by bikeWith wide beaches, long boardwalks and sandy dunes, Domburg Beach is a perfect place for a bike ride. We’ll pedal around the coastline and make a few stops.U+ Excursion — Dutch engineeringDid you know that 20% of the Netherlands is below sea level, and only half is 3 feet above sea level? Considered one of the “Seven Wonders of the Modern World,” the storm surge barriers are a true engineering marvel.

Day 5 Ghent

Included — Intro to GhentOnce the second largest city in Europe, a lot has changed in this city since WWII, but it’s still one of our favorites. You’ll get a taste of its history and see plenty of its famed squares and marketplaces.U+ Excursion — Sightsee with Local StudentsWe’d like to introduce you to Ghent’s local students who are privy to all things hip and cool. Join them for brunch onboard and then into town. Tours are completely customizable based on the groups’ interests and will take place either via bike, walking, taxi or all three!U+ Excursion — Bruges in DepthAll aboard! We’re going to Bruges and we’re getting there by train. Take in the sights and scenes with your local guide before going to the Fries Museum. And yes, it is a museum dedicated to all things fried potato. Enjoy a tasting and end the excursion with a complimentary wine tasting.U+ Excursion — Kayaking in GhentEasily the coolest way to see the city. We’ll take you to the canals and get a different view of Ghent.

Day 6 Antwerp

Included — Choice of "Intro to Antwerp" or "Culture & Food Tour by Bike"Today you have your choice of one of these fun excursions in Antwerp: 1) INTRO TO ANTWERP: Get to know Antwerp by foot on this tour through the city famous for vibrant fashion, architecture and cultural contrasts. Stop for a complimentary tasting of native foods and wines as you soak up the local color; OR 2) CULTURE & FOOD TOUR BY BIKE: Come hungry, because you’re in for a real treat. We’ll bike through some of Antwerp’s famous neighborhoods and taste everything from Moroccan mint tea to Turkish delights to Jewish pastries.U+ Excursion — Antwerp Beer TourWith the highest number of pubs per capita, you simply have to join in on this tour. Would you go to Italy and not eat pizza? We didn’t think so. We should also mention there’s no legal closing time in this city.

Day 7 Brussels

Included — Intro to BrusselsThe best way to get a feel for this cosmopolitan city, we’ll wander through a few neighborhoods and see some sights. You might just find something you’d love to see again.Included — Bike Tour around the AtomiumA landmark building built for the 1958 World Expo, the Atomium is a must-see. We’ll also bike though some of Brussels’ best parks and trails.U+ Excursion — Best of BrusselsFor those of you who want to see the famous attractions of Brussels, this is for you. And of course, the city is famous for chocolate...you might just get a taste on the way.

Day 8 Brussels

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