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7 Days New Year's Vegan Cruise Yoga Retreat in Europe

  • Amsterdam - Brussels - Maastricht

Overview

Yoga Holidays Europe

Add a sparkle to your vegan New Year celebrations! Join this relaxing cruise and follow the gentle waterways while you enjoy an assortment of Dutch and Belgian medieval cities, where you will discover a world of vegan master chocolatiers and precious diamonds. It will be a festive celebration right from the moment you get on board to the moment you disembark. Enjoy the winter scenery of Belgium and Holland and experience an unforgettable way to end 2016.

Highlights

  • Hatha yoga sessions
  • Visit Dutch medieval cities
  • Visit Belgium's most beautiful cities
  • Gala dinners on special celebrations
  • Delicious, daily vegan meals
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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Emerald Dawn has a great range of cabins for you to choose from. Compared to others on the river, the Emerald staterooms are among the largest of their kind. The intimate fleet of Emerald starships is made up of four stylishly appointed vessels. Showcasing a fusion of onboard innovation, modern design, and deluxe comfort, Emerald Waterways’ chic ships are amongst the newest and most cutting-edge on Europe’s rivers.

If you embark on a journey aboard this vessel, you can look forward to spacious cabins, warm and welcoming public areas, a pool that transforms into an evening cinema and function room, and more. With modern décor throughout and a unique suite of features and benefits available, you will feel as if you were travelling on a vegan boutique hotel.

The pool deck area has a rectangular swimming pool, sunbathing area with luxury loungers, and features a retractable glass roof. In the evenings, this area transforms into an outdoor cinema or function space. After dinner, the pool’s base rises and creates a floor. All sun-loungers are rearranged to face a large screen pulled down aft on the ship. During movie time, popcorn is served.

The pool area also has a pool bar and a complimentary tea and coffee station. The aft pool deck is yet another romantic place to enjoy the passing river scenery along your vegan cruise route.

The sun deck is a vast outdoor seating area with tables and chairs. Mid-ship is located a giant version of the popular tic-tac-toe game. Aft-ship is located the Golf Putting Green, a three-hole mini golf course, directly accessible via the staircase from the pool area on deck three.

The Emerald Dawn also has on its top deck bike station for complimentary bikes used by guests on shore excursions and individual land tours. Another feature is the 410-feet long walking track, which can be used between 08:00 and 22:00.

The Horizon Lounge and Bar is an indoor relaxation lounge with large floor-ceiling windows, grand piano, comfortable seating, and complimentary tea and coffee station with biscuits, pastries, and water. The lounge also functions as a self-service eatery for early breakfast, offering healthy food choices, such as fruits, muesli, and pastries.

The Horizon Lounge’s evening entertainment program offers resident pianist performances, guest acts performed by local musicians and dancers, as well as karaoke shows, night dancing parties, and discos. The lounge also hosts daily lectures related to vegan nutrition and the visited ports. During the lectures, there will be cooking and baking demonstrations. If you want to work out during your holiday, you can visit the small, but lovely gym.

Balcony suite

While other operators offer a French balcony allowing only one guest at a time to enjoy the river views, Emerald brings the outdoors in. With the touch of a button, the innovative open-air system's window drops down to let the fresh air in and unveil full panoramic views of the stunning scenery spanning the width of your cabin.

To further enhance your indoor balcony experience, there is a decked area complete with table and chairs, generating an entirely new space for you and your partner to enjoy together as you cruise along Belgium and the Netherlands.

Grand balcony suite

On other ships, sitting on your balcony can be determined by the elements, but because the people at Emerald know what a difference it makes to your river cruise experience, they have created a revolutionary open-air system designed to ensure you can enjoy your balcony, no matter the weather.

The grand balcony suites boast a spacious outdoor balcony, allowing you to make the most of all the beautiful landscapes. Should the weather take a turn for the worst, there is no need to worry because, with the touch of a button, the open-air system window will rise up from the balcony, enclosing an area so that you can still sit out and admire the views.

Each of the grand balcony suites includes many small details that make a big difference. For example, you will have an in-suite Nespresso machine, so you will not have to leave your room to enjoy a hot beverage.

Owner's one-bedroom suite

The embodiment of luxury and space, the owner's one-bedroom suites are designed to really enhance your vegan river cruise experience. Opt to stay in one of the superior suites and you will enjoy exceptional features like a deluxe walk-in wardrobe and a spacious bathroom. The top suites also boast their own bedroom, which closes off from the rest of the cabin to offer even greater privacy.

Plus, with a separate lounge area you have the perfect place to entertain other guests while taking advantage of your in-suite mini bar, that is not only included but also re-stocked daily with wine, beer, and soft drinks.

The owner's one-bedroom suites also include a number of special facilities, such as a Nespresso machine so that you can enjoy endless cups of your favorite blend. You will even be provided with an iPad to use throughout your cruise.

Join this relaxing New Year's break that will follow the gentle waterways and enjoy a selection of Dutch and Belgian highlights. You will spend the first night in Amsterdam, a laidback city filled with canals and cobbled streets, before cruising through the glorious windmill-studded countryside of the Netherlands.

This will lead you to Belgium and a trio of beautifully preserved medieval cities, where you can discover a world of vegan master chocolatiers and precious diamonds before returning to the beautiful city of Amsterdam.

The pool area can be converted into a bright sunlight-flooded room for multifunctional purposes. This is where your yoga trainer is going to give 60-minute yoga classes every morning before breakfast and every evening before dinner. Yoga forms a vital part of the program, which is focused on health and well-being.

Day 1 - Thursday, December 29, 2016

  • Amsterdam, the cruise will be docked

Day 2 - Friday, December 30, 2016

  • 07:00 Departure from Amsterdam
  • 15:00 Arrival at Rotterdam
  • 23:30 Departure from Rotterdam

Day 3 - Saturday, December 31, 2016

  • 15:00 Arrival at Brussels

Day 4 - Sunday, January 1, 2017

  • 03:00 Departure from Brussels
  • 10:00 Arrival at Antwerp
  • 23:00 Departure from Antwerp

Day 5 - Monday, January 2, 2017

  • 18:00 Arrival at Maastricht

Day 6 - Tuesday, January 3, 2017

  • 13:00 Departure from Maastricht

Day 7 - Wednesday, January 4, 2017

  • 10:00 Disembarkation at Amsterdam
  • Niko Rittenau

    Niko is a bachelor in nutrition science and a yoga trainer. He lectures entertainingly and informatively about a healthier lifestyle on fairs and events in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. As a medically certified nutrition advisor for raw vegan nutrition, a raw vegan food chef, and a yoga trainer, his lectures follow a holistic approach and root in nutrition science, sports science or health psychology, among others. Niko has studied integral yoga at Yoga Vidya, following the tradition of Swami Sivananda. In his yoga classes, he puts a special emphasis on Hatha yoga.

This cruise will take you to Dutch cities like Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Maastricht, as well as Belgium cities like Brussels and Antwerp.

Activities
  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling
  • Gym
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Mini bar
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant
Services
  • Beauty salon nearby
  • Currency exchange
  • Free bicycle
  • Free bottled water
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • In-room dining
  • Laundry nearby
  • Toiletries

Finally, vegan cooking and gastronomic indulgence are no longer a contradiction. As a guest on this cruise, all of your delicious vegan food is included, so you can completely relax and enjoy the trip, while you treat yourself to some gourmet specialties from morning to night. At breakfast, lunch, and dinner, try mouthwatering vegan recipes inspired by the region through which you are traveling. Vegan and Yoga Travel makes every meal part of the journey.

Vegan and Yoga Travel will give many choices during this holiday, such as buffets, four to five-course dinners, breakfasts, al fresco lunches on the sun deck, and midnight snacks in the Panorama Lounge. You will start with fresh, quality ingredients, delectable recipes, and vegan expert chefs, so you will look forward to each meal the same way you look forward to each port.

Start your day with the extensive breakfast buffet. Choose from a made-to-order dish, fresh fruit, or an assortment of freshly-baked breads. If you wake up early, that is not a problem; the early riser breakfast ensures you are off to a great start.

The lunches are a reason to return to the ship; enjoy buffets and served courses, including a huge selection of fresh salads and amazing homemade soups. For dinner, you will be treated to a four to five-course menu. You may also select from the regional, vegan, organic wines to perfectly complement your meal.

During your cruise, you will find specially-designed beverage menus, including vegan alcohol-free drinks, alcoholic drinks, and cocktails. Many additional beverages on the main menu can be prepared vegan. For example, a piña colada can be prepared with plant-based cream. Simply ask the crew, who will be glad to help you in any way they can.

Distinctive vegan wines from the best wine-producing regions of Europe await you on board, sometimes included with dinner for no additional charge, depending on the particular cruise. Although wine is made from grapes, the process is not always 100% vegan. The must, crushed grapes, for example, can be filtered with gelatin or fish-based ingredients. Vegetarian wines can contain milk protein or albumin from eggs or milk, or can be produced using these products.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegan
  • Other dietary requirements on request
(If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)

The ships often dock in cities for many hours, sometimes even overnight. This is to ensure that you have time to yourself on shore, to explore the cities and scenery at your own pace. You can also experience the fascinating sights and wonders of nature even more comfortably and in-depth on organized excursions.

Shore excursions are a wonderful addition to your vegan river cruise. With a diverse, balanced land excursion program, you can get acquainted with unfamiliar cities, fascinating cultural centers, and unforgettable scenery.

The most beautiful cities have always been built near bodies of water. Come on land and experience the best view of Europe you can get. Experienced local tour guides will accompany you on an inspiring journey of discovery to the most desirable locations, introducing you to new and wonderful lands and cultures.

A wireless audio system is always included, which will help you with your individual exploration on land, ensuring that you do not miss out on any of the information provided by your tour guide. You can decide for yourself which excursions you would like to participate in; detailed and informative excursion info packets will be provided to you.

Whether it is a city walking tour, a shopping trip, cultural immersion, health and wellness, nightlife, or individual bicycle tours, you will be astonished at how multifaceted and inspiring the world on the rivers of Europe really is.

  • 1 captain’s gala dinner with a 5-course menu
  • 1 captain’s welcome dinner with a 5-course menu
  • 1 New Year's day brunch
  • 2 daily yoga sessions
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 24-hour coffee and tea station
  • Afternoon tea with cake
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages all day at the bars
  • Complimentary wine, beer, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner
  • Cruise director to guide and assist you
  • Daily 4-course vegan dinner
  • Daily buffet vegan breakfast
  • Daily served courses or buffet vegan lunch
  • Entertainment and activities on board
  • Late night snacks
  • Mini bar in applicable accommodations
  • Port taxes and charges
  • Use of e-bikes, electronically assisted bicycles
  • Additional excursions on land
  • Additional meals
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Transfers to and from the airport

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS).

  • Review by Veronica
    10 out of 10

    "Once again, thank you for a fantastic cruise. I think you will be seeing more of us in the future."

    Vegan and Yoga Travel website, edited

  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you for a great trip. It was delicious! I am writing about the trip on my blog: Totally Veg."

    Vegan and Yoga Travel website, edited

  • Review by Susi
    10 out of 10

    "Dear Vegan River Cruise team, you have truly made me happy! Completely! These four days count among the most beautiful vacation memories of my life, and that is really saying something, since I travel a lot. You have put something really awesome together! Respect! A thousand thanks! You can bet that I have blogged about this trip and I hope you offer this and similar trips from now on, both short and longer ones. You all did a great job! Wow! Best wishes."

    Vegan and Yoga Travel website, edited

  • Review by Phil
    10 out of 10

    "My wife and I just got back from an amazing trip and I thought I would share our experience. We joined a vegan river cruise through Holland and Belgium over the Easter holiday. It was fantastic. We were all vegans on this cruise. The best vegan food prepared by an expert chef and staff. The boat was fabulous. We were the only Americans in a group of almost all Germans. There was one lady from China who spoke English and a couple from Ireland. Most of the Germans spoke English, so we did not have any language problem. Germany has become a real vegan stronghold. The company that put it on now has an English website and I know they would love to become more international in their clients."

    Vegan and Yoga Travel website, edited

  • Review by Liz and Christian
    10 out of 10

    "Thanks so much again for having us, we loved the cruise and have been telling everyone about it!"

    Vegan and Yoga Travel website, edited

  • Review by Eric and Julia
    10 out of 10

    "The best thing, and maybe the most important too, on board of a river cruise by Vegan Travel is the food. Not having to worry about your next meal is still uncommon when traveling on a vegan diet. The team of Untervegs took good care of the guests, though. The day started off with a breakfast buffet. For lunch, the crew served three courses. In the afternoon, hot beverages and cake were served in the lounge. The evenings brought fancy five-course dinners with extravagant desserts, a colorful range of vegan cocktails rounded off the evenings in the lounge, and little midnight snack after the night events sent us to bed satisfied every night. We came back with the same feeling we had last time: after being pampered beyond comparison for six days straight, its kind of hard to get adjusted to actually have to do things on your own again and go on with your life."

    Vegan and Yoga Travel website, edited

Muenster, Germany

Vegan and Yoga Travel is the first vegan tour operator in the world, offering 100% vegan cuisine on their luxury European river cruises.

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7 days / 6 nights

Availability

Arrival: Thursday December 29, 2016
Departure: Wednesday January 4, 2017

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