Enjoy a wonderful waterways cruise
Discover the beauty and history of the Dutch and Belgian waterways from our elegant 4-star Superior cruise ship, visit the spectacular Keukenhof Gardens during their colourful tulip season, and medieval gems like Antwerp and Ghent.
From our St Pancras Departure Office, we take the Eurostar to Brussels, continuing on to Amsterdam, where we board our vessel.
After breakfast you could join an optional city tour, which includes a journey through the historic canals of Amsterdam. Amsterdam is a thriving hub of cultural fusion with people from across the world living and visiting the multitude of art galleries, museums, cafés and parks. This cosmopolitan touch has meant that the entire city has been built on a huge variety of different global touches. Despite this, the capital city remains intrinsically Dutch, evidenced by the laid back lifestyles and Lego brick architecture which makes up the townhouses lining the canals.
We return to the ship for lunch while cruising the IJsselmeer to Volendam. You can join the optional 'Holland Waterland' excursion, which includes a visit to a local dairy specialising in local Dutch cheeses, and a stroll through the village of Edam, world-famous for its cheese. This is one of the best countries in the world for cheese production, and the Edam of the Netherlands is truly superb.
We reach the town of Arnhem. This afternoon you can choose to join one of two optional excursions. One explores the town of Arnhem, whilst the other is a 'World War II history' excursion which tours Arnhem before visiting Arnhem Airborne Museum. Arnhem was the site of pivotal fighting during the second WWII, due mostly to the courage of the British and Polish soldiers who fought to liberate the famous bridge from German soldiers. This battle and the bridge were the inspiration for the 1977 war film 'A Bridge too Far'.
We arrive in Middelburg, home to the magnificent Middelburg Abbey. Perhaps join an optional guided walking tour of the town. Alternatively, you could join an optional excursion to the 'Deltaworks project'. This extraordinary collection of complex dam and hydroelectricity systems is a wonder to behold as they cross over various rivers, protecting the inlets and towns of the Dutch countryside.
This morning we wake up in Ghent. After breakfast you can join an optional guided walking tour of Ghent, which includes the 'Castle of the Counts', a real medieval castle in the centre of town. Much of Ghent's beauty comes from the charming stone architecture which makes up the buildings. Many of these houses can be found on the riverbanks, and they preserve the quaint atmosphere of this wonderful town.
This afternoon you can join the optional excursion to nearby Bruges, one of Europe's most perfectly preserved medieval cities. Made up of labyrinthine cobbled streets and wide-open market squares which link the old buildings, Bruges is the perfect place to get lost in, or to discover the excellent Belgian food in a streetside café.
Today you can explore Antwerp at leisure or join the optional guided walk. Antwerp is Belgium's second largest city, and arguably, its most fashionable. Antwerp oozes elegance and class, from its sociable open areas to its impressive wealth of alleys, grand old buildings and vibrant dining scene. This also happens to be the hometown of Pieter Rubens, the iconic baroque painter, whose works feature across the city.
Your afternoon is free to explore at leisure, or alternatively take an optional excursion to nearby Brussels. As can be expected with the capital of Belgium, Brussels is full of things to see and do. A particular highlight is the ever-impressive Grand Place. Found in the heart of town, this is beautiful Baroque square tinted with a shade of Flemish architecture.
This morning we reach Kinderdijk, and have the choice to take an optional walking tour of the city, a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to the Netherlands' largest collection of windmills. This attractive array of pretty windmills lines the estuaries, conjuring a classic image of Dutch landscapes and gorgeous Windmill arms of various colours.
This afternoon we have an included excursion to the famous Keukenhof Gardens - one of the real highlights of the tour. A veritable paradise of splendid colour and refined landscape, the Keukenhof Gardens are some of the best in the world, showcasing hundreds of varieties of flowers including what could be called the national flower of the Netherlands, the wonderful tulip. Here they come in all shapes, colours and sizes, ordered amongst dense wooded backdrops.
We transfer to the station for the Thalys service to Brussels. Here we travel back to London on the Eurostar.
In each town and city we visit, you have the chance to join an optional guided tour or local excursion. These excursions can be bought on board individually or as a package; please ask for details.
Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.
Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.
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Enjoy a wonderful waterways cruise