I have waited a while to begin this post since I don't know quite how to wrap it up in one story. So, I have decided to start from the very beginning. We were looking for a trip when the weather would be pleasant, the accommodations excellent, the food superb and the sights exquisite. We chose a Tauck Cruising experience from Holland to Belgium in the Spring by small ship. We have traveled with Tauck before and knew that this adventure would be topnotch! Tauck tours are of the highest quality and include the very best of tour directors. There were three tour guides with us on this trip and each was an expert!
Our riverboat was the Swiss Jewel. It was very lavish and the passengers numbered 109. This allowed us to get to know many of them very well and we hope to keep up with them through Facebook and emails. Tauck made sure that our food, drink and activities were the best! This trip was all inclusive for the most part and we were so relieved not to be "tipping" every time we had a guided city tour or an extra cocktail! Another perk of riverboat travel is that you can unpack once and you are set for the remainder of your vacation time. I even had a massage onboard one afternoon after some rigorous walking. What an effortless way to travel! We steadily cruised several waterways and canals including the Maas, Rhine and the Albert Canal.
Maastricht was another city of interest. A walking tour included seeing more ancient buildings and experiencing the casual ambience of this busy place. All over Holland, one must watch out for bicyclists and it was not different in Maastricht. The Swiss Jewel provided bicycles for those who wanted to venture out on two wheels. That evening we dined "off the boat" with some fellow travelers with whom we had a great camaraderie. Turns out that they were both natives of our city! Can you imagine going half-way around the world to meet folks who live in your home town! Indonesian food was on the menu and we thoroughly enjoyed an authentic Rice Table dinner!
Next day was home! I love traveling, but there is no place like the good ole USA! In this post, I pointed out the highlights of the trip. There were many more interesting things that we saw or experienced, but space prohibits them from all being shared. I didn't even mention the beautiful cathedrals and basilicas we entered or the great cuisine we enjoyed. Needless to say, we need to go back. I am now spending my daydreaming time perusing www.Tauck.com to plan for our next adventure!