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Amsterdam, Brussels, Antwerp & Ghent 2017
Dutch Waterways | Netherlands, Europe
7 days from £ 729 per person
Note that there may be small differences between our general Itinerary for this cruise and a specific departure.
Join us on this relaxing break as we follow gentle waterways and enjoy an assortment of Dutch and Belgian highlights. We spend our 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 leads us to Belgium and a trio of beautifully preserved medieval cities, where you can discover a world of master chocolatiers and precious diamonds before we turn our course back towards Amsterdam.
Day 1: Amsterdam
We travel to Amsterdam, the vibrant capital of the Netherlands, and enjoy a relaxing evening aboard our ship.
Day 2: Kinderdijk & Dordrecht
This morning we reach the village of Kinderdijk, which is renowned for its 19 beautifully preserved windmills – the largest concentration in the Netherlands. Our optional excursion takes you ashore to visit two of the mills. Afterwards, we continue cruising to Dordrecht and enjoy an afternoon at leisure or you can visit the nearby city of Delft on our optional excursion to the Royal Delft Pottery. Later in the day we cruise towards Brussels.
Day 3: Brussels
The Belgian city of Brussels is filled with international flair, from its beautiful medieval core filled with ancient buildings to its legendary chocolatiers and reputation as the capital of Europe. Explore at leisure or join our optional guided tour to see the highlights including the Atomium, a huge replica of an iron atom. In the afternoon you can join our optional excursion for the opportunity to visit Waterloo Battlefield. Later today we begin cruising towards Antwerp.
Day 4: Antwerp
Antwerp boasts many attractions, including the second biggest port in Europe and an array of 16th century architecture. It is also renowned for its skilled diamond cutters and cherished artist Peter Paul Rubens. Join our guided tour around the diamond district to learn more about the city’s fascinating diamond industry. Another optional excursion in the afternoon takes you to Rubens House, where you can discover the life and work of this master painter.
Day 5: Ghent
We wake up in the small city of Ghent, which is filled with winding canals and hundreds of beautiful buildings including the Castle of the Counts. You can join our optional excursion to the nearby city of Bruges, before enjoying the afternoon in Ghent. Later this evening we cruise back towards the Netherlands.
Day 6: Rotterdam
Rotterdam is known as the Manhattan on the Meuse because of its impressive skyline, which showcases cutting edge architecture. Join our optional excursion to enjoy some of the highlights: take a trip up the Euromast observation tower, followed by a visit to the curious cube houses. Later this evening we cruise back towards Amsterdam.
Day 7: Amsterdam – UK We bid farewell to our Captain and crew after breakfast and set off on the return journey.
- Cruise along Dutch and Belgian waterways aboard our premier 4 star ship
- See the beautiful village of Kinderdijk which is celebrated for its ancient windmills
- Enjoy free time in the capital of the Netherlands and the capital of Belgium
- Take some time out to browse the chocolate shops and purchase world-class confectionary in our
- Belgian ports of call
- Stroll around the winding canals and beautiful buildings of Ghent
- Marvel at the unique architecture in the city of Rotterdam
At a Glance
Length: 7 days
Travel options available
Included in the Price
- Return travel from the UK
- Welcome drink, Captain’s get-together and party night
- En suite cabin accommodation aboard the ms Serenity
- Full board during the cruise
- Early risers and mid morning tea/coffee
- Entertainment on every night of your cruise
- Visits to Amsterdam, Kinderdijk, Dordrecht, Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent and Rotterdam
- Services of our experienced and friendly Cruise Director and Cruise Manager
This stylish 4-star vessel allows passengers to explore the great waterways of Europe in style while being under the care of a friendly and attentive crew.
We offer a number of flexible travel options for you to join your cruise, whether you want to travel to the port of departure or directly to the ship. Please see below:
Coach via Dover, Hull or Newcastle
On many of our cruises you can take advantage of our convenient and FREE regional coach departures aboard our modern executive coaches from a town or city near you to the port of departure and onwards to meet the ship.
Eurostar from London St Pancras
Enjoy the benefits of rail travel – boarding at London St Pancras International, you will be whisked effortlessly along by Eurostar whilst relaxing in your reserved seat. You have the freedom to stretch your legs whenever the mood takes you and purchase drinks and snacks from the buffet carriage.
On selected cruises there are rail options included in the price, whereas on other cruises it is offered alongside our coach travel option – please note a supplement will apply and transfers to the ship are not included except for cruises certain cruises.
Ferry crossing at Dover, Hull or Newcastle
When you travel by coach or car, you will join a ferry at Dover, Hull or Newcastle, depending on your chosen cruise, and cross over to Europe. Our coach will then take you to meet our ship at the embarkation point as shown in the cruise itinerary. Hull and Newcastle crossings take place overnight, adding 2 days to the cruise duration.
Overnight hotel in Dover or Ashford
Travel at your own pace, in the comfort of your own vehicle and stay overnight at Dover or Ashford, in accommodation close to the port of departure and be collected/returned by our coach. Prices start from £49.50 per person per night on a bed and breakfast basis and includes parking for one vehicle for the duration of your cruise.
Join at the Ship
You are of course free to make your own way to and from the ship by booking your flight/ferry or train tickets independently – a small reduction applies. With your joining instructions we will send you a map of where the ship is berthed and also a boarding time.
Enhance your holiday experience with a range of optional and included excursions that allow you to discover the history of our ports of call, experience the tradition of local regions and explore further afield. They’re the perfect complement to your cruise itinerary, but they are subject to availability so we recommend you book early!
Windmills of Kinderdijk
Delft & the Royal Delft Pottery£24
Brussels & the Atomium
See the best of Brussels on our guided tour which also takes you to see the Atomium – the unmistakable symbol of the city and a unique feat in the history of architecture.
Over 200 years after the battle of waterloo, we visit the very battlefield where history took place. Our ticket gives you access to Lion Mound, Panorama, the Wellington Museum and Napoleon’s last headquarters.
Antwerp diamond district guided tour
The age-old affair between man and diamond is nowhere more evident than in the city of Antwerp. Our guide shows us around the fascinating diamond district where workers, jewellers and merchants go about their daily lives.
Visit the former home and studio of Peter Paul Rubens, one of the most prolific and celebrated European artists of the 17th century. It’s a fascinating insight into his life, work, the age he lived in and his sources of inspiration. Highlights include the art room and his self-portrait.
Bruges is a beautiful example of medieval Belgium, filled with gabled houses, majestic churches, cobbled streets and charming canals. Highlights include Market Square, Castle Square and Rozenhoedkaai – one of the most photographic locations in all of Bruges.
Rotterdam Skyline More Information
The Euromast is Rotterdam’s answer to Paris’ Eiffel tower! Take the superfast lift up to the viewing platform and enjoy the view. We also visit the curious cube houses, an architectural wonder in the heart of the city.
Excursion Package Price
From £729.00 per person
Ferry / Join at Port
From £729.00 per person
From £849.00 per person
Join at Ship *
7 Days *
From £729.00 per person *
Air - Fly from UK*
7 Days *
Price on Request *
We also can offer additional nights pre/ or post cruise and also transfers between Ship and Hotel , ship and airport or coach/ rail station.
Rail, Coach, Cruise only option supplied by the river cruise line
Air and Cruise & Stay options offered by C2C Cruises using ATOL 5279
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