The Netherlands – Holland & Belgium

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All Kosher Luxury Cruise Through Holland & Belgium Waterways

“The Only All Kosher Cruise – Entire Ship Kosher”

All Inclusive: Cruise, Delicious Kosher Cuisine, Tours, Open Bar & So Much More!

Featuring Special Guest Lecturer Dr. Henry M. Abramson 
Dean, Touro College

The Journey: A complete network of canals spreads across the Netherlands and Belgium, lending this part of Europe its distinctive charm – and by luxury Riverboat, is the most glorious way of discovering this region where a true wonderland of water, tulips and windmills unfolds before you. From enchanting sleepy historical towns like Ghent, Bruges and Middleburg, to thriving modern centers like Rotterdam, Antwerp and Amsterdam; from famous windmills and canals to timeless bridges and unique architectural styles, are all just waiting for you to discover them on this luxurious Kosher River Cruise!​

Jewish Netherlands:The Jewish presence in the Netherlands (Holland & Belgium) began, and nearly ended, in tragedy: The first Jews came with the Roman conquest then again after being expelled from Spain, and the huge community was decimated 350 years later by the Holocaust. In between, Dutch Jews contributed to one of the most prosperous and enlightened eras in the history of the Netherlands. The history of Jews in the Netherlands was different than their experience in any other country, while in general, European Jews isolated themselves economically and socially as well as politically, the Jews of the Netherlands enjoyed, as early as the seventeenth century, economic and social integration that the rest of European Jewry would not know for hundreds of years. During the Holocaust there was a concerted effort by Jewish leaders to preserve Dutch Judaism, which was still decimated by deportations. Today, the Jewish community of the Netherlands numbers at approximately 30,000.

Join Kosher River Cruises as we explore the regions unique Jewish history and heritage as we immerse ourselves in the wonders of the Netherlands as we travel in luxury through its stunning, off-the-beaten-path, picturesque waterways

Itinerary

Day 1: August 3 (Tu) Amsterdam

Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner aboard the luxurious Amadeus Imperial. During dinner we enjoy a scenic cruise around the beautiful city of Amsterdam as a backdrop. What a magical start to your cruise! After dinner we gather together for an after-dinner toast and orientation preparing us for the coming weeks adventure. Then to cap it all off a Traditional Shanty Choir performance onboard makes a perfect beginning to your journey.

Day 2 August 4 (We) Amsterdam

After a restful night on board, set off to see the sights of one of the most unique cities in Europe. Beautiful bridges connect numerous parts of the city, which is divided by hundreds of canals and waterways, lined with 17th century architecture. Our morning will be spent exploring the wonders of Amsterdam both old and new.

After lunch onboard we begin our Jewish tour of Amsterdam. The area between Nieuwmarkt and Plantage was historically known as Jodenbuurt (the Jewish Quarter). This neighborhood contains many historically important buildings that are currently preserved and managed by The Jewish Cultural Quarter, an organization that is dedicated to the conservation of Jewish culture within Amsterdam. Our stops include The Portuguese Synagogue; built in the late 17th century by Amsterdam’s Sephardic Jewish population. During this period, many Jewish people fled from the Iberian Peninsula to escape persecution and settled in the Dutch Republic, partly due to the country’s liberal religious laws. The Portuguese Synagogue is still an important place of worship and contains one of the oldest Jewish libraries in the world, The Ets Haim Library. Our tour ends at the Jordaan District with a tour to the Anne Frank House.

Return back to our ship for our famous talk & tea lecture program with our scholars in residence or take time to explore Amsterdam at leisure on your own. During dinner our vessel departs Amsterdam to our next port of call. After dinner is our daily port talk and orientation to prepare us for our next day’s adventure followed by our KRC entertainers.

  • Afternoon Talk & Tea Lecture Series
  • Evening Port Talk
  • Evening Entertainment
Day 3 August 5 (Th) Middleburg & Veere

After an evening spent cruising the waterways, we arrive in the picturesque town of Middelburg. In the Golden Age (17th c), the Dutch East India Company flourished, evidenced by the merchant houses and storefronts that line the canals. For a feat of modern technology, visit the impressive Delta Works. This expansive series of dams was built to protect the area against flooding and high tides. Several original windmills still stand on the outskirts of town, representing another innovative technology of a bygone era.

Our morning tour of Middleburg includes a guided tour exploring the town and visit with the local Jewish community including The Middelburg synagogue, a red brick building with arched windows originally built in 1705; is the oldest synagogue in the Netherlands outside of Amsterdam. During World War II the German occupiers used it as a warehouse for confiscated radio equipment. It was badly damaged by a British shell during the liberation and fell into ruin after the war. A foundation was set up for its reconstruction, and the building was restored in 1994. It is currently used again as a synagogue. The Portuguese-Jewish Cemetery, located on

Jodengang (Jews’ Walk), was established in 1655 and used until 1721. Declared a national monument, it was restored in 1997-1998.

Our afternoon tour is a Guided tour of the Delta Works and Veere: From the ship we drive to the Delta Works Project located at Neeltje Jans. This is an amazing example of how the Dutch have truly tamed the environment in which they live. Here you will see and learn about the storm surge barrier, part of the Delta Works, a project that was started after the 1953 flood which killed many people and inundated much of the province of Zeeland.

The storm surge barrier was the final phase of this project which is considered one of the engineering marvels of the world. Afterwards stop at the lovely town of Veere, once a very prosperous trading port in the Middle Ages due to the wool trade with Scotland. Today Veere is a favorite spot for visitors as it is one of the most picturesque towns in the area.

  • Afternoon Talk & Tea Lecture Series
  • Evening Port Talk
  • Evening Entertainment
Day 4 August 6 (Fr) Bruges & Ghent

Overnight, cross the border into Belgium and reach the city of Ghent, where your vessel will remain anchored for the day and for Shabbat. Ghent is the country’s third largest city and one of Belgium’s best kept secrets.

Today we will explore the famous World UNESCO town of Bruges. Due to the canal system the city is known as the “Venice of the North” and is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. The historic marketplace. In the center of old Bruges, is cradled by the river Reie and was recognized as cultural world heritage site by UNESCO. As you walk along the maze of winding, cobbled alleys and romantic canals, you will be transported to medieval times. Besides various other sights, we explore the market, the ‘Burg’ a highlight of our excursion to Bruges.

Return to our ship for a late lunch then free time in Ghent and prepare for a special Kosher River Cruise Shabbat all together in Ghent.

  • Afternoon Talk & Tea Lecture series
  • KRC Shabbat Program
Day 5 August 7 (Sa - Shabbat) Ghent

Morning of Shabbat programming docked in Ghent with all our old and new friends.

In the afternoon we have developed a Shabbat friendly guided walking tour of Ghent right from our ship. Ghent is one of Belgium’s most attractive cities, with its rich heritage of medieval buildings. You will see the fortress “Gravensteen” which was built in the 12th century by the Count of Flanders after he returned from his crusades. Today, Gravensteen is one of the biggest moated castles within Europe. During the tour you will also walk through the beautiful city center and see the belfry, a medieval bell tower with 54 bells.

After a magical Havdallah we depart and set sail to Antwerp

  • KRC Shabbat Program
  • Guided Afternoon Walking Tour
  • Afternoon Talk & Tea Lecture Series
  • Evening Port Talk
  • Evening Entertainment
Day 6 August 8 (Su) Antwerp

Discover Antwerp and with it, one of Europe’s largest ports. Our tour will take us through the attractive old center of the city and our Jewish Heritage Tour with a visit to the thriving “Jewish Antwerp”.

Today the majority of Belgian Jews are active in the diamond, fur, textile and leather industries. The total Jewish population in Belgium is approximately 42,000. The Jewish Community of Antwerp – numbering some 20,000 – is one of the largest in Europe, and the city is one of the last places in the world where Yiddish is the primary language of a large Jewish community. Belgium has five Jewish newspapers and more than 45 active synagogues – 30 of which are in Antwerp. This neighborhood is also sometimes known as “Jewish Antwerp” (Dutch: Joods Antwerpen). Its main attraction is its close proximity to the diamond bourse, where in earlier days a large part of the community worked. It is also where the Jewish schools, kosher food outlets, and general Jewish amenities are located.

Our tour includes a visit to the Great Synagogue built in 1878, The Sephardic Synagogue built in 1913, the Diamond District and Central Station.

  • Afternoon Talk & Tea Lecture Series
  • Evening Port Talk
  • Evening Entertainment
Day 7 August 9 (Mo) Rotterdam

On today’s return to the Netherlands, we arrive at another major port city – Rotterdam. This vibrant city has a strong maritime history as well as bold, modern, architecture. Nearby, the historic windmills of Kinderdijk are a good example of the rich history of the Netherlands and are in contrast to the modern city.

Our day begins with a city tour of Rotterdam the second-largest city in the Netherlands and one of the largest ports in the world, often called the “Gateway to Europe”. During the Second World War the heart of Rotterdam was almost completely destroyed, and Rotterdam was gradually rebuilt from the 1950s through the 1970s. Nowadays Rotterdam is famous for its eye catching skyline with the Erasmus Bridge across the river Maas and modern architecture with cutting-edge buildings by Renzo Piano, Piet Blom, and Rem Koolhaas.

In the afternoon we complete our exploration of the Netherlands with “iconic Holland” with an Excursion to Kinderdijk. The Netherlands are famous for its windmills. Today the country still boasts more than 1,000 mills, and the largest concentration can be found near Kinderdijk. No less than 19 sturdy mills were built here around 1740 and they have been well preserved up to the present day. After a short drive from Rotterdam, during this excursion, you will see how a windmill works, why they were used, and how they have been replaced by modern pump stations. Get a glimpse of the old mills while walking along a private miller’s path and hear the miller explain the workings of the mill to you.

We return to our ship for a delicious farewell gala dinner and evening entertainment. Later this evening, the vessel sets off for its final port of call – Amsterdam.

  • Afternoon Talk & Tea Lecture Series
  • Evening Port Talk
  • Evening Entertainment
Day 8 August 10 (Tu) Amsterdam

After breakfast, we bid you farewell. We hope to welcome you back again soon!

from $4690 pp/dbl 8
days

August 3-10, 2021

ACTIVITIES

Our all-inclusive program provides delicious Glatt Kosher cuisine, on-board synagogue with daily minyanim, engaging lectures and on-board programming, and local tours of the region that allow you to explore the area’s history and Jewish heritage.

CRUISE RATES

ACCOMODATIONS

The Amadeus Imperial: Brand new and state-of-the-art (built in 2020) 5* luxury ship has bright, airy cabins with unrestricted views of the scenery through wide, glass panoramic windows, each with private balconies. Imagine all the thrill of European travel with the sheer ease of river transport!

Intimate and comfortable, with every amenity you could wish for, our luxury vessels were designed with you in mind. From the moment you step on board you’ll be spoilt for choice. From our wide selection of glatt kosher dining choices to our luxuriously appointed private balcony suites, you’ll enjoy the ultimate in all-inclusive river cruising, every moment of the day.

SCHEDULE

Our all-inclusive river cruise vacation includes daily tours at each of our ports of call.

Cruise Tour

  • Day 1 August 3 (Tu) Amsterdam
  • Day 2 August 4 (We) Amsterdam
  • Day 3 August 5 (Th) Middleburg & Veere
  • Day 4 August 6 (Fr) Bruges & Ghent
  • Day 5 August 7 (Sa) Ghent
  • Day 6 August 8 (Su) Antwerp
  • Day 7 August 9 (Mo) Rotterdam
  • Day 8 August 10 (Tu) Amsterdam

* Please note mooring and casting off times are only guidelines. We reserve the right to make changes to the itineraries and excursion programs. If due to low or high water or a defective ship a section of the river is closed to travel, the ship-owner reserves the right to transport guests along this section by bus, accommodate them in hotels and /or change the course of this part of the journey. In certain circumstances it may be necessary to transfer to another ship. These situations are rare but do happen from time to time and are all part of riverboat vacations. There’s nothing anyone can do to control mother nature.

Air Booking

For those who need assistance with booking your air please call us and we can supply you the contact information for an outside air agent. Please note there will be a ticket issue fee of $50 per person for this service.

Embarkation & Disembarkation

Embarkation (August 3 Amsterdam):

Clients will be able to check-in and board in Amsterdam beginning at 16:00. Guest who arrive earlier may leave their luggage at reception beginning at 13:00 but will not be able to check-in or receive their cabin until 16:00. Amsterdam International Airport is approximately 45 minutes from city center and pier. Scheduled group airport transfers are included in the price of your tour on August 3.

Disembarkation (August 10 Amsterdam):

Boat will arrive Amsterdam at approximately 5:30a on August 10. Clients will be required to disembark by 9:30a on August 10. We can assist in pre-arranged transfers from boat to local destinations, scheduled group airports are included in the price of your tour on August 10. We recommend guests schedule departing flight around mid-day to avoid any delays that may occur on day of departure.

Gentle Walkers

We welcome guests with limited mobility but want all guests to understand that challenges will exist both on board and during shore excursions. There are stairs between decks and our ships has an elevator. In addition, there are split-level decks and/or significant thresholds that could make movement difficult. Shore excursions are a mix of walking and bus touring that require movement over cobblestones or up and down stairs. Therefore, a physically challenged guest will require the services of a responsible adult as crew availability is very limited in most circumstances. Motorized scooters are typically not suited and cannot be used on-board. Guests have the option of taking taxis and meeting the group at our designated meeting points to cut down on the amount of walking from site to site. Please note that this is at the expense of the individual guest and must be arranged by guests themselves. The ship’s reception can be of assistance in ordering taxis from the dock.

*The Imperial is equipped with an elevator for easy access between decks

Security: The safety of our passengers is something we take very seriously, and we consider it our most important responsibility. Our policy is to be in constant contact with local municipalities as to our arrival and departure at our various locations.

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Call Us Toll Free USA: 800-923-2645

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United Kingdom: 020 3393 6823

 

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E-mail: info@kosherrivercruise.com

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