Springtime River Cruise

Gutsy women go to Holland and Belgium

By: Marissa Tinloy

This spring, Gutsy Women Travel’s nine-day river cruise is navigating the waterways of Belgium and Holland at the height of tulip season. With a deluxe ship and an itinerary that includes city and countryside alike, the latest trip “designed specifically by women for women” is set to depart April 26 and explore the two countries via waterway.

For $2,649 per person, based on double occupancy, the package includes roundtrip airfare to Amsterdam (from New York City, with other departure cities available) and seven nights aboard the MS Amadeus Royal.

From the ship, the ladies are invited to explore the cities of Amsterdam, Antwerp and Ghent, along with the smaller villages of Edam and Zierikzee. With the benefit of traveling in small groups, Gutsy Women Travel’s shore excursions include cruising Amsterdam’s canals in a glass-bottom boat, looking at the art of the Dutch masters at the Rijksmuseum and visiting the Delta Works, one of the world’s most complex engineering projects. Moreover, Gutsy Women Travel is especially excited about the itinerary’s perfectly timed culmination at the Keukenhof Gardens where floral displays, amidst windmills, lakes and greenhouses, will be in full bloom.

“A river cruise is one of the most comfortable and convenient ways to see the Netherlands and Belgium.,” said president and co-founder of Gutsy Women Travel, April M. Merenda. “Once they board the ship, ladies only need to unpack once and settle in for an enchanting experience. Due to the smaller size of our ship, we’ll be able to dock right in the town center allowing passengers to walk right off the ship into the heart of each port city, saving precious travel time.”

In addition to roundtrip airfare, accommodations and shore excursions, the Gutsy Women Travel package, starting at $2,649, includes 20 meals, unlimited wine and beer with dinners and the ongoing services of a cruise director.

Agents should mention promotional code GWTHB200 when booking.