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SPRING HAS SPRUNG ON THE RIVERS OF EUROPE

Think Tulips, Canals, Chocolate and Van Gogh for a Spring European Getaway

The season is officially upon us when the world seems to bloom with new sights and sounds to discover. One region that truly dazzles this time of year is along the Rhine River through the countryside of the Netherlands and Belgium, where millions of dormant tulip bulbs bloom each spring and cloak the landscapes in color. This spectacular performance by Mother Nature is not to be missed, so we encourage you to forgo the traditional spring cleaning in favor of a spring European getaway – specifically, a Crystal Getaway aboard Crystal Bach, which will sail newly unveiled abbreviated journeys to suit your blossoming calendar.

Night city view of Amsterdam canal and bridge (Photo by ©Olgacov|Dreamstime.com)
Amsterdam’s lovely canals and vibrant nightlife are among the highlights of Crystal Bach’s new Crystal Getaways
(Photo by ©Olgacov|Dreamstime.com)

Four six-day voyages along the Rhine are where flower-filled views meet meandering canals, and medieval architecture presides over bustling town squares that exude modern life. A “Tulip Time” itinerary sails from Amsterdam to Ghent, beginning and ending with overnight stays and including an extended focus in Rotterdam and its famed harbor. Explore Ghent, where stair-stepped gables, an imposing castle and cobbled alleyways take you back a century or two. Then, marvel at the urban sophistication of Rotterdam, sitting in stark contrast to the old-world charms of the rest of the region, with its contemporary architecture and high-energy boulevards. For some springtime sunshine, follow the hillside paths through the endless tulip fields, punctuated by the iconic windmills of Holland.

In a similar distinction between haute and historic, a “Flemish Accents” Crystal Getaway showcases the classic Dutch culture in Holland’s oldest city, Dordrecht, as well as Belgium’s high-fashion and art scene during an overnight stay in Antwerp. Sailing from Ghent and ending with two nights in Amsterdam, the voyage’s six days are filled with opportunities to taste world-class beers and chocolates, see the inspired brushstrokes of Van Gogh, discover the ingenuity of Dutch engineering and embrace the warm welcome of the destinations and your Crystal ship.

This is no time to spend cleaning out closets and daydreaming about adventures yet to come. Now is the time to find what discoveries will bloom when you sail through Europe with Crystal River Cruises.

Crystal Bach’s springtime Crystal Getaways include “Tulip Time” voyages, departing March 26, and April 7; and “Flemish Accents” voyages, departing April 1 and April 13.

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