8 days Cologne-Antwerp-Amsterdam-Cologne

Historic Holland and Belgium

Fares From £1,685 pp

CRUISE SUMMARY

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 you. In neighbouring Belgium, the northern province of Flanders will welcome you with numerous examples of Flemish architecture. In Antwerp, the city of the international diamond trade, you can breathe in the air of the big, wide world. The Belgian capital Brussels, the power hub of in Europe, awaits you, with its famous Atomium and Manneken Pis.

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Cologne

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 5:00 p.m.

Day 2: Nijmegen

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 the historical Antwerp with the Church of Our Lady, Steen Castle, Vleeshuis and Grote Markt.

Antwerp is the most important harbour city in Belgium. It is situated on the river Scheldt, 88km away from the estuary into the North Sea and is the capital of the province of the same name. In the 16th century, the city was one of the richest trading towns in Europe. The conflicts between Habsburg and the Dutch, however, is what brought about its downfall. From 1863, Antwerp experienced a renewed heyday as a Belgian port. The city’s container harbour is one of the largest in the world and – after Rotterdam – is the second largest in Europe. As a result of its historical harbour location, the city developed a remarkably diverse and cosmopolitan restaurant scene with international influences. Antwerp offers a multiplicity of architectural highlights, of which most come from the 16th and 17th centuries. In the 20th century, after the world exposition of 1930, an architecture emerged that is certainly worth seeing. Discover the different sides to Antwerp on a sightseeing tour and an extended walk. You’ll see the late Gothic Church of Our Lady, the largest church in Belgium, among other things. Steen Castle, the dock warehouses and the Vleeshuis (meat factory) as well as the Grote market are also on the agenda. Wander through the medieval streets, past modern buildings or take a break in one of the many cafés and be inspired by the flair of this city. The crowning glory at the end of this excursion is a visit to a local beer brewery.

Living history and a sheer idyll on an excursion to Bruges with its delightful medieval city centre or a bus tour through the busy port of Antwerp, the second largest port in Europe, ´with its ocean liners and drawbridges.

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

Amsterdam: Casting off 2:00 p.m.

Zaandam: Mooring 3:30 p.m. – Casting off 7:30 p.m.
“Highlights of Amsterdam” excursion with canal cruise past the typical merchant houses and a stroll through the city.

With Amsterdam, you’ll find a city that is just as vibrant as it is multi-faceted. A modern attitude towards life and the flair of the golden age combine to make this an incomparable symbiosis. This is a place where you’ll find ultra-modern architecture and hip restaurants alongside idyllic cafés, flea markets and traditional canal houses. Nowhere in the world are there so many listed old buildings from past centuries as there are in the Dutch metropolis. The houses are so tightly packed together, it’s as if they are giving each other mutual support in order to stop themselves falling over. The canals give the city a special charm and wherever you go, they are a reminder of the fact that you are in the heart of a seafaring and trading nation. They form a canal system, which runs through the whole city area and gives the city its character. The multiplicity of the canals now runs along a total stretch of 80 kilometres, something that has earned the city its nickname of the “Venice of the North”: The 165 canals, 1281 bridges, 70 tour boats, 8 wooden drawbridges, 2,500 house boats and 120 pedal boats will make a lasting impression on you. After a round trip by bus and a short sightseeing tour in the city centre, you can look forward to a canal trip past the magnificent merchant houses from the golden age, which will be a highlight of your visit to Amsterdam.

Excursion to Northern Holland with a visit to Volendam and a trip over Lake Ijssel to Marken (from Amsterdam / to Zaandam).

Day 7: Arnhem

Arnhem: Mooring 8:30 a.m. – Casting off 2:30 p.m.
Guided tour of Arnhem including Eusebiuskerk and Duivelhuis. Time for a stroll.

Day 8: Cologne

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

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.

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • You’ll visit all the highlights in Holland and Belgium
  • The European power hub of Brussels with the Grand Place, one of the most beautiful squares in the world
  • Travel back in time to the Middle Ages in historical Bruges
  • The world-famous harbour city of Rotterdam
  • Roundtrip through the port of Antwerp – the largest in Belgium and the second largest in Europe

SPECIAL OFFER

£250 per person off  plus low deposit on all the Rhine, Main & Moselle cruises (8 days) in 2021.  Book by 30 November 2021

MS RHEIN SYMPHONIE

2022 Guide prices per person in £

Cabin category Season C Prices From Season D Prices From Cabin Code
2 Bed Main Deck Rear £1,795 £1,845
2 Bed Main Deck £1,945 £1,995
2 Bed Middle Deck Rear with Panoramic Window £2,145 £2,195
2 Bed Middle Deck with Panoramic Window £2,245 £2,295
2 Bed Upper Deck Rear with French Balcony £2,345 £2,495
2 Bed Upper Deck Front with French Balcony £2,445 £2,545
2 Bed Upper Deck with French Balcony £2,495 £2,645

 

2022 Travel dates / Season
  • 19.05. – 26.05.2022 C
  • 16.07. – 23.07.2022 C
  • 18.08. – 25.08.2022 D

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.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Economy flight 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
  • Free Wifi
  • Gratuities
  • Port fees and taxes
No-fly rail options from UK available on this river cruise.

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