Historic Holland and Belgium

8 days Cologne-Antwerp-Amsterdam-Cologne

Fares From £1,735 pp


Come with us on a cruise to the Benelux States of Holland and Belgium. In addition to great artists, windmills and the finest cheese, the cosmopolitan capital of Holland, Amsterdam, awaits. In neighbouring Belgium, the northern province of Flanders is filled with examples of traditional Flemish architecture. From Antwerp, the international capital of the diamond trade, discover the Belgian capital of Brussels, the power hub of Europe, home of the famous statue of Manneken Pis and the iconic Atomium building, originally constructed for the 1958 World’s Fair.

Day-by-Day Itinerary


Day 1: Cologne river cruises nicko cruises uk

Cologne: Casting off 5:00 p.m.
Fly or rail from London to Cologne and transfer to vessel. Embarkation from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Day 2: Nijmegen river cruises nicko cruises uk

Nijmegen: Mooring 4:00 a.m. – Casting off 12:00 p.m.
Guided tour through the friendly Hanseatic city of Nijmegen.

The Hanseatic city of Nijmegen, which has 160,000 inhabitants, is the oldest city in Holland. Its history dates back to the Roman Empire. In 2005, it celebrated its 2,000th anniversary. Arriving into the city centre over the Waal Bridge is particularly impressive and welcoming: the Waalkade (waterfront) and the city centre’s silhouette form an impressive unit. Past and present go hand in hand; historical parts intermingle with modern architecture. Situated on a ridge on the banks of the Waal, the city has been a big draw for people for centuries. The city tour guides you away from the main tourist routes through the narrow winding streets that still have a medieval feel about them. You’ll go past the Valkhofpark with its castle ruins, the town hall, St. Steven Church, the Latin School and the customs house with its mosaic wall.


Day 3: Antwerp

Antwerp: Mooring 2:00 a.m.

City tour/walk through historic Antwerp to see the Church of Our Lady, Steen Castle, Vleeshuis and Grote Markt (the Grand Place).

Excursion to Bruges for its delightful medieval city centre; or a scenic bus tour through Antwerp, the second largest port in Europe.

Bus excursion through the bustling port of Antwerp with its drawbridges and ocean liners, the second largest port in Europe.


Day 4: Antwerp 

Antwerp: Casting off 3:00 p.m.
Excursion in Belgium’s capital city Brussels with the famous Atomium, Manneken Pis and the incredibly beautiful Grand Place. Time to make your own discoveries.


Day 5: Rotterdam / Amsterdam

Rotterdam: Mooring 3:00 a.m. – Casting off 12:15 p.m.
City tour/walk through modern Rotterdam with its futuristic buildings.

Amsterdam: Mooring 8:15 p.m.


Day 6: Amsterdam / Zaandam river cruises nicko cruises uk

Amsterdam: Casting off 2:00 p.m.

Zaandam: Mooring 3:30 p.m. – Casting off 7:30 p.m.

Highlights of Amsterdam tour, featuring a canal cruise past the impressive merchant homes of the “Golden Age” and a stroll through the city.

Excursion to Northern Holland, with a visit to Volendam and a trip over Lake Ijssel to Marken (excursion will return to the ship docked in Zaandam).


Day 7: Arnhem

Arnhem: Mooring 8:30 a.m. – Casting off 2:30 p.m.
Guided tour of Arnhem, for sights including the Gothic church known as Eusebiuskerk and the historic townhouse of Duivelshuis, with time for a stroll.


Day 8: Cologne river cruises nicko cruises uk

Cologne: Mooring 8:00 a.m.
Disembarkation until 9:00 a.m. Transfer to Cologne Airport/Station or add a Cologne city stay (prices on request).

The excursions marked in blue are included in your cruise package. The excursions marked in red can only be booked on board. Mooring and casting off times are guidance times. We reserve the right to change itineraries and excursion programmes. If a route cannot be travelled due to low/high water or a ship defect, the shipping company reserves the right to take passengers on this route by bus, to accommodate them in hotels and/or change the route. In certain circumstances it may be necessary to change to another ship.
  • The great cities and picturesque landscapes of Holland and Belgium
  • The Grand Place in Brussels, one of the most beautiful squares in the world
  • Travel back in time to the Middle Ages in historic Bruges
  • The world-famous harbour city of Rotterdam
  • Roundtrip through the port of Antwerp – the largest in Belgium and the second largest in Europe

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2022 dates

MS Rhein Symphonie Cabin Categories  
19 May, 16 Jul, £1,735 £1,870 £2,050 £2,140 £2,275 £2,330 £2,380
18 Aug £1,780 £1,900 £2,095 £2,205 £2,390 £2,455 £2,525



2 Bed Main Deck Rear 2 Bed Middle Deck 2 Bed Upper Deck
2 Bed Main Deck 2 Bed Upper Deck Rear
2 Bed Middle Deck Rear 2 Bed Upper Deck Front


Prices are per person based on two people sharing a cabin. Prices may be subject to change due to flight availability/pricing. Please call our Reservations Team on 01223 568907 for up to date pricing and availability. Single supplements vary depending on cabin category and date of travel, please call for details.

Cruises For Other Durations
We also offer a number of cruises on the Rhine and Danube for different durations from 4-13 days

Cruise Only Prices
We appreciate that you may want to make your own travel arrangements and can provide cruise only prices on request

City Hotel Stays
We can tailor-make any cruise itinerary with additional pre or post cruise hotels. Please enquire for our recommended hotels and prices.

MS Rhein Symphonie 360 Tour


  • Economy flight/rail from London and overseas transfers to and from vessel
  • 7 nights cruise including all meals
  • Unlimited drinks inc wine, beer, cocktails and all non alcoholic drinks
  • Nightly onboard entertainment
  • 4 Guided Excursions
  • Wifi
  • Gratuities
  • Port fees and taxes
  • Full ATOL financial protection
  • Baggage handling fee
No-fly rail options from UK available on this river cruise.
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