European Tapestry
- 15 Nights aboard the ms Veendam -
from Venice to Copenhagen

June 7-23, 2007
***No Longer Available***

Day 1: Departure from USA

Day 2:  Venice, Italy
We arrive in this remarkable city today to begin our cruise. If you have time, choose to discover la Serenissima by gondola and ride with someone special under the Bridge of Sighs; wonder at the opulence of Ducal palaces and try on a gaudy, feather-bedecked Carnival mask. Linger over cappuccino on the Ca d'Oro, and be sure to dodge the pigeons in the Piazza before you step into San Marco Cathedral for an eyeful of giltwork and divine frescoes. St. Mark’s Square is Venice’s heart, with palatial arcades and charming cafés. Our journey begins as we depart for Croatia at 5 p.m. this evening.

Day 3:  Dubrovnik, Croatia

We arrive at Noon today to be greeted by the massive city walls of Dubrovnik, which enclose an enchanting World Heritage site: tall, medieval houses and marble-paved squares meticulously repaired since the 1991 shelling. Here you can find a beautiful 14th-century Franciscan monastery, the Sponza Palace with its elegant courtyard and graceful stone palazzi. Depart 6 p.m.

Day 4:  At Sea
Spend the day getting to know your ship. The ms Veendam celebrates the most modern advances in guest amenities and nautical design while preserving more than 130 years of Holland America Line maritime traditions. Grandly proportioned and designed to carry 1,258 guests, the ms Veendam offers an onboard experience defined by spacious comfort. All Signature of Excellence enhancements to her public rooms and staterooms were completed in Spring 2006.

Day 5:  Civitavecchia (Rome)
Arrive 8 a.m. In the footsteps of the Ceasars, you will spend your time in the Eternal City. From the Roman Forum, it's a short walk to the Colosseum, the Arch of Constantine and Palatine Hill. Across the Tiber River, the Sovereign State of the Vatican holds the key to the Sistine Chapel and Bernini's awesome colonnade. Depart 8 p.m.

Day 6:  St. Tropez, France*
Arrive 11 a.m. Remarkably "normal" St Tropez is just an ordinary (albeit exceptionally charming) French town on the Riviera. Its celebrity-magnet reputation is only half of the story, and is mostly evident only in the yacht harbor where top-dollar craft are prominent. Originally founded by the Greeks, St Tropez is really more a favorite for artists who line the waterfont with their masterpieces and other efforts, and along the sidewalks are chic boutiques, sweet coffee houses and upscale bric-a-brac stores. Depart 11 p.m.
Day 7: Marseille, France
Arrive 7 a.m. Explore the Old Port and mingle with the locals, who know where the best cut flowers and bouillabaisse can be found. Tour to Avignon with its grandiose Palace of the Popes; or to spectacular Les Baux village, named for the prolific bauxite in the hills and perched high atop a craggy spire that seems to defy a basic principle—gravity! Depart 7 p.m.

Day 8:  Barcelona, Spain
Arrive 8 a.m. Whatever your opinion about form over function, you'll have to admit that Gaudi made an impression on Barcelona with his modernist architecture. Do you love it or hate it? While you're here, stroll the Ramblas shopping avenue and visit the Gothic Quarter, or stop at a Benedictine monastery, and contemplate the bizarre works of Picasso at a museum dedicated only to him. Depart 6 p.m.

Day 9:  At Sea
The Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine magazine, is the setting for gourmet cooking demonstrations and interactive classes.  Explorations Café, powered by The New York Times, features the largest library at sea, as well as comfortable music listening stations and Internet access.  The Greenhouse Spa & Salon features thermal suites, a hydrotherapy and thalassotherapy pool, heated ceramic lounges and more!  The Rubens Show Lounge features Las Vegas-style productions, talented vocalists, illusionists, comedians and variety acts.  The Crow's Nest, where sweeping views make this observation lounge a top choice for relaxing during the day, and in the evening transforms into a hip, fashionable nightclub features top-notch DJs and live bands.

Day 10:  Gibraltar, Great Britain
Arrive 7 a.m. As long as the Barbary Apes remain, the British will rule Gibraltar—this is the tradition that has held for 350 years. These pesky primates are a favorite with visitors despite their incessant chatter and light-fingered ways. Ride to the top of the Rock for great views over the Strait of Gibraltar—on a clear day you'll see Africa. Depart 2 p.m.
Day 11:  Lisbon, Portugal
Arrive 7 a.m. Find your way in the city that launched the Age of Discovery. Cross the River Tagus on its soaring suspension bridge, watched over by a colossal statue of Christ. Wander the maze of streets in the Alfama, the old Moorish quarter, dominated by the medieval Castle of St George where peacocks strut and shriek. Stroll the Baixa and refuse to leave without a pair of elegant shoes. Depart 5 p.m.

Day 12:  Vigo, Spain
Arrive 8 a.m. At the very corner of the Iberian Peninsula, Santiago de Compostela is a favorite for Catholic pilgrims. As you may elect to do, many pause at the grand Hotel of the Catholic Kings and attend a censer service at the enormous cathedral built over St James' burial spot. Depart 5 p.m.

Day 13: At Sea
The two-tier Rotterdam Dining Room features impeccable service and an extensive wine list, and offers five-course menus, from continental cuisine to vegetarian and low-carb options.  The intimate reservations-only Pinnacle Grill offers an elegant, sophisticated dining experience and features premium hand-selected cuts of Sterling Silver beef, inspired seafood dishes, as well as distinctive Bvlgari® china, Riedel® stemware and Frette® linens.  The Lido Restaurant offers a relaxed ambiance for all three meals and features a variety of fresh, cooked-to-order specialties.
Day 14: Le Havre (Paris) France
Arrive 7 a.m. Tour from the port to the beaches of Normandy, moving reminders of D-Day landings. Or take off for a day in Paris and view the City of Light from the Eiffel Tower or a Seine cruise. Depart 8 p.m.
Day 15: Dover (London) England
Arrive 7 a.m. In Canterbury's medieval cathedral, see where Thomas Becket met his tragic end. Tour on to London, shop in stylish Knightsbridge, hop aboard a double-decker. Depart 4 p.m.

Day 16: At Sea
Spend some time relaxing on the boat…you’ve had a busy week and you deserve it!

Day 17: Copenhagen, Denmark
Arrive 7 a.m. Denmark's capital is sophisticated, saucy and friendly. Stroll the fairytale world of Tivoli Gardens to take in bright lights, castles that out-Disney Disney. See the city's 200- year-old Royal Palace, the lively Old Harbor—Hans Christian Andersen lived here. Salute the Little Mermaid, symbol of this light-hearted city.

* Tender Required

Price Per Person:
Category Price
Inside   K
Oceanview   E
Balcony   B

***No Longer Available***

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Price Includes:
Cruise, Government taxes ($111.72), port fees ($335.00)

Not included:
Airfare, tips, tours, optional travel insurance,  transfers ($90.00), items of a personal nature.  Optional pre- and post- packages available, call for details.

Please Note:
All taxes, fees, port order and arrival/departure times are subject to change. Other room categories and triple/quad rates available upon request. Passports are required for most sailings.

Deposit - $600.00 per person. Final Payment is due 80 days prior to departure.