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7-nt European Waterways River Empress

Itinerary

DayPorts of Call
1Amsterdam, Netherlands
2Amsterdam, Netherlands
3Harlingen, Netherlands
4Nijmegen, Netherlands
5Veere, Netherlands
6Rotterdam (Amsterdam), Netherlands
7Schoonhoven, Netherlands
8Amsterdam, Netherlands

Know Before You Go

  • Pricing includes cruise portion only. For pre and post accommodations, please contact your PERX Vacation Consultant.
  • Please be discreet, do not discuss your industry discounts with other guests aboard your sailing.
  • Please ensure that you have your ID available when boarding.
  • We strongly suggest purchasing travel protection to cover medical expenses in the event that medical attention is required.

Dive into Dutch history, culture and cuisine on a river cruise through the Netherlands.

Windmills, delicious cheeses, colorful flowers, a rich art history and more bikes than you can possibly imagine—the Netherlands is like nowhere else on earth. See the full spectrum of Dutch life, landscapes and customs on visits to bustling cities and small rural villages.

With an entire third of the country below sea level, it takes a complicated system of inland waterways and flood barriers to keep the Netherlands afloat, including the Delta Works architectural marvel that was named the 8th wonder of the world. It’s no wonder, then, that Dutch culture is so deeply tied to the water. Experience the many ways this plays out as you sail your own boat in a lakeside resort town, visit charming port towns, taste pickled herring and, of course, stroll through endless canal-lined streets.

On all 2022 sailings, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Netherlands’ World Horticultural Exhibition, Floriade. Happening once every 10 years, Floriade is an opportunity for Dutch cities to share their ideas for greener, healthier ways of life. Floriade 2022 is set to take place in Almere, just outside of Amsterdam, and construction is already underway! They’re building a demo “Green City of the Future” on the grounds that will eventually become a fully functional, entirely “green” new city. Stroll the expansive arboretum, sample healthful foods and learn about developments in sustainable architecture and energy.

Classic luxury exemplifies the cosmopolitan style of the River Empress, with its rich jewel tones and vibrant atmosphere. Her well-rounded personality is certain to captivate you, whether you’re dining in the sleek restaurant reminiscent of a New York jazz and supper club or enjoying afternoon tea, while gazing out of her large panoramic windows in the light and bright Main Lounge. Throughout the ship, savor stylish elegance and inspiring art.

Public Areas

  • Main Lounge with full-service bar
  • Captain's lounge with library
  • Patio lounge
  • Sky lounge
  • Elegant restaurant
  • Sun Deck with life-size chess and shuffleboard
  • Fitness room
  • Sauna
  • Massage room
  • Boutique
  • Guest laundry and ironing facilities
  • Elevator

Additional Ship Amenities

  • 24-hour reception service
  • Complimentary 24-hour specialty coffee and tea bar
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
  • Wireless internet access in public areas


Ship Length: 361 ft
Total Staff: 42
Guest Capacity: 130
Note: The itineraries presented are subject to modification due to water levels, closures because of public holidays or other uncontrollable factors. Every effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but changes may still be necessary throughout the cruise. This day-to-day schedule is subject to change. Your final day-to-day schedule will be provided onboard on the first day of your cruise.

Day 1: Amsterdam (Embark)

Arrive at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. If your cruise package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship.

Day 2: Amsterdam, Lemmer, Harlingen

We'll leave Amsterdam in the morning and head to the Province of Friesland in the northern corner of the Netherlands. Today we visit Lemmer, a resort town popular with Europe's yacht-owners and water sport enthusiasts.

Choice of Giethoorn, the "Little Venice" of the Netherlands or Lemmer walking tour

In the evening, a special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.

Day 3: Harlingen

The only seaport left in Friesland, Harlingen is a bustling fishing center and the launch point for ferries to local islands. A quaint town, its canals are filled with sailboats and lined by traditional Dutch houses and historic buildings. Harlingen’s beaches are an excellent place to relax and breathe in the salted air of the Wadden Sea.

Day 4: Nijmegen

Nijmegen is the oldest city in the Netherlands, having begun as an old Roman military camp over 2,000 years ago. Very close to the German border, its situation between the Meuse and Waal rivers renders its countryside particularly lush. In town, you’ll find hints of its Roman roots and Medieval castles. Notwithstanding its long history, Nijmegen is known for its upbeat and trendy atmosphere.

Featured Excursion:

Nijmegen "Village Day"

Day 5: Veere

Once a wealthy city known for its role in Dutch-Scottish wool trade, the Zeeland town of Veere is full of rich, Gothic-style buildings and is known to be particularly pretty.

Featured Excursion:

Stroll into the artists’ village of Veere

Choice of Delta Works Museum or "Let’s Go" biking the beach

Day 6: Rotterdam, Schoonhoven

Despite having been destroyed during World War II, Rotterdam is now the largest seaport in Europe. When plans began to rebuild the city, Rotterdam decided to look towards the future. Known for its contemporary style, this city is unique in the Netherlands for being full of skyscrapers and whimsical architecture.

Choice of The Hague with Mauritshuis visit or Delft walking tour with factory visit

Day 7: Schoonhoven, Zaandam, Amsterdam

We’ll start our journey for the day in Zaandam, where the Netherlands of yesteryear can be found in authentic wooden houses, windmills and craft shops. Then we return to Amsterdam, whose creative and unique local culture makes it one of the most sought-after destinations in Europe.

Featured Excursion:

Night Out: Amsterdam canal cruise at night

Choice of Zaanse Schans windmills or Floriade visit

In the evening, a special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.

Day 8: Amsterdam (Disembark)

Disembark the ship. If your cruise package includes a group departure transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol for your flight home.