National Geographic Expedition — Holland and Belgium in Springtime River Cruise

National Geographic and Scenic Luxury River Cruises have teamed up to launch a new line of National Geographic River Cruises. These itineraries combine Scenic’s all-inclusive luxury river cruise experience with National Geographic's legacy of science, conservation and exploration to create unforgettable experiences along the waterways of Europe and South East Asia.

Aboard each Scenic river cruise expedition a National Geographic Expert will join guests to share their knowledge and insights, and enrich the experience through fascinating presentations and informal discussions. A National Geographic photographer, who will offer photography tips on technique and artistry, will also join European river cruising itineraries.

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Amsterdam > Amsterdam

Discover Holland and Belgium at the height of spring and immerse yourself in a sea of colourful blooms. Cruise the canals of Amsterdam, admire the windmills at Keukenhof Gardens, enjoy a guided tour of Bruges and cycle through the village of Hoorn.

8 Day Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Amsterdam

    Raise your glass at this evening’s welcome reception.

    Meals included: Dinner


  • Day 2 - Hoorn

    Travel to the fishing village of Volendam, then continue to Edam. Alternatively, discover Hoorn, or explore by bike.


    Spend time with locals during a sumptuous dinner.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


  • Day 3 - Rotterdam

    Join a guided tour of Rotterdam, or explore beautiful Delft. Alternatively, discover Kinderdijk.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


  • Day 4 - Veere

    Take a guided tour of Veere or embark on a cycling tour of Veere and its surroundings. Alternatively, visit Holland’s Delta Works.


    Raise a toast to the end of a wonderful day.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


  • Day 5 - Antwerp

    Discover Bruges’ canals and cobblestone streets or explore Antwerp.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


  • Day 6 - Arnhem

    Explore the Arnhem Airborne Museum or visit the Netherlands Open Air Museum. Or, journey to the nearby Hoge Veluwe National Park and enjoy cycling.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


  • Day 7 - Amsterdam

    Discover Keukenhof Gardens complete with over 7 million flowering bulbs.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


  • Day 8 - Amsterdam

    Depart Amsterdam after breakfast.

    Meals included: Breakfast


Departures and Pricing

17 April 2019 — From $5,255 per person

24 April 2019 — From $5,255 per person

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Meet the Experts

Expert — Paula Swart (17 April 2019)

Art historian Paula Swart has been a museum curator for more than 20 years. Born in The Hague in the Netherlands, Paula studied at the University of Leiden and Amsterdam. She holds degrees in Sinology, art history, history, and archaeology, and has published several books and numerous articles on art and architecture. Paula has researched and lectured on Dutch trade and exploration, including artifacts from the wreck of the Dutch East India company ship Witte Leeuw (White Lion), which was found off the island of St. Helena and documented in the October 1978 issue of National Geographic magazine. She speaks five languages, including Dutch and Mandarin, and has a special interest in 17th-century Dutch still life paintings.


Photographer — Gianluca Colla (17 April 2019)

Originally from Italy, Gianluca Colla has traveled and photographed around the world, from the Arctic to the Antarctic Circle, from Africa’s deserts to the Amazon and to the Alps. He has covered a diverse range of topics including the secrets of the longest-living centenarians in the world, a lost Da Vinci painting, and hidden mummies in Sicilian crypts. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including National Geographic magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. Currently based in Switzerland, he has traveled and photographed extensively around Europe.

Expert — Jan Nijman (24 April 2019)

Jan Nijman is Distinguished University Professor in Geosciences and director of the Urban Studies Institute at Georgia State University. Jan has been affiliated with National Geographic for more than 15 years, as a member of the Committee for Research and Exploration and as chair of the Society’s Global Exploration Fund in Europe. He has traveled the globe in support of Society-funded projects, and has received multiple grants from National Geographic. The author of five books and more than a hundred other publications, Jan specializes in urban and regional development and the history of cities around the world. A Dutch native, he speaks five languages and has received numerous awards, including the Nystrom Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Jan lives in Atlanta and Amsterdam. 


Photographer — Sisse Brimberg (24 April 2019) 

Born in Denmark, award-winning photographer Sisse Brimberg has produced and photographed more than 30 stories for National Geographic magazine over the past 40 years, covering a wide range of subjects, from the Hanseatic League and the Vikings to the Dutch flower trade and the prehistoric cave art of southwestern France. As contributing photographer for National Geographic Traveler, she produced stories about Belgium and Austria's Wachau Valley, and sailed down the Rhine for a story about chocolate. Sisse won first prize for “Picture Story of the Year“ from the National Press Photographers Association for her story on migrant workers. Brimberg established and managed her own photo studio in Copenhagen after attending photography school. Her photographs have been exhibited around the world in Germany, Greece, Brazil, Mexico, New York City (International Center for Photography), and Washington, D.C. (The Newseum).


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