Set sail on an 8-day river cruise through the inland waters of Holland and Belgium for a remarkable springtime cruise. Journey through many serene canals and rivers as you pass key towns and cities including Rotterdam, Antwerp, Brugges and Edam to name a few. From exploring the picturesque Keukenhof gardens to enjoying a festive dinner with the locals and discovering the many cathedrals, this springtime river cruise is filled with culture and exploration. Special offer: Price includes a discount of £750pp. Offer ends 31/12/2018

Trip highlights

Discover more about the landmarks and cities you visit during your river cruise as you are accompanied by a National Geographic Expert.

Enjoy a private tour of a portion of the “Delta Works” a striking series of ambitious damn and barrier projects which help to protect a large area around the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt.

Learn or build upon photography skills as you are joined onboard by a National Geographic photographer for the duration of your river cruise.

Itinerary - 8 Days

1 Amsterdam, Netherlands

Upon arrival in Amsterdam, you will board the luxury Scenic Space Ship where you can indulge in all-inclusive meals & drinks and enjoy the services of a private butler and laundry service. On the evening of your first night onboard, enjoy a special welcome reception and dinner.

2 Rotterdam/Delft

Rotterdam is a bustling city port in the province of South Holland. The Netherlands second city is famed for its innovative architecture and urban design as well as its rich history. Explore the rich heritage that is in abundance in the many museums and landmarks around the city.

Enjoy a walk through the city of Rotterdam and marvel at the striking architecture that contrasts with the more traditional neighbourhoods. Alternatively, head to Delft where world-renowned blue-and-white pottery has been produced since the 17th century. Visit the famous pottery factory and museum or explore Kinderdijk-Elshout, a World Heritage site.

3 Veere

As you sail into Holland’s Zeeland province, you’ll head to Veere, a delightful historical village built on the shore of the Western Schedlt. The village boasts intriguing architecture including the striking town hall which was erected in 1474.
Today set out on a private tour of a portion of the “Delta Works”, dams and barriers which were built as part of an elaborate engineering project in the in the mid-20th century or explore the intriguing village of Veere, where you can stroll along the bustling harbour and admire the striking architecture.
After a busy day exploring, spend the evening on the upper deck with a sundowner drink whilst you take in the picture-perfect views of the Dutch countryside.

4 Antwerp, Belgium/Brugge

Dock at the medieval port city of Antwerp and head into Brugge, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is bursting with cultural and historical significance. Flanked by beautiful buildings, Brugge has kept its medieval heritage alive with historic buildings and significant landmarks. Explore the famous market squares that are linked via authentic cobbled streets and serene canals.
Enjoy a main tour of the squares; Markt and Burg and see some of Europe’s largest surviving medieval town halls as well as the 12th-century Basilica of the Holy Blood. There is furthermore the option to stay in Antwerp and explore the city in more detail, visiting the Cathedral of Our Lady and the city hall.

5 Arnhem

Cruise through the countryside to Arnhem, a serene city in eastern Netherlands that is bursting historical significance. The Battle of Arnhem was a major battle during the Second World War and is, therefore, a fascinating city filled with landmarks and museums that commemorate the past. Arnhem is contained by Veluwe on one side and the forelands on the other which makes for a city surrounded by greenery.
Spend the day visiting the Airborne Museum ‘Hartenstein’, that is dedicated to the Battle of Arnhem where you can view weapons, videos and photographs that bring this iconic battle to life. You can alternatively visit the Netherlands Open Air Museum where you can discover authentic Dutch culture and traditions across the acres of historic houses, farms and windmills. Or you can head out on a bike ride to the Hoge Veluwe National Park, one of the largest nature reserves in Holland.

6 Hoorn/Volendam/Edam

Located on the Markermeer, Hoorn is a quaint municipality in the Netherlands. Formerly a VOC city in the 17th century, Hoorn’s past is recognisable through the numerous monuments and churches which are reminiscent of a bygone era. Volendam is Holland’s best-known fishing village that boasts a romantic old harbour filled with old Dutch ships. Edam is a town of cheese and much more; explore the narrow canals and old forts that line the streets, dating back to the 17th and 18th century. During the evening join local residents for a special dinner.
During a tour or Edam, visit the cheese warehouse and sample some delicious cheese or explore Hoorn a guided tour who will introduce you to some Dutch delicacies. Alternatively, why not go for a bike ride to a nearby tulip farm and learn about the flower production process.

7-8 Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a lively city with a wealth of history. The laid-back culture is accompanied by rich heritage which can be appreciated in many of the museums and monuments. From golden age canals which map out the city to the crooked houses, Amsterdam is a city of great interest. During the last day of your river cruise, enjoy a delicious breakfast onboard before disembarking the Scenic Space Ship and transferring to the airport for your flight home.

Please note: Itinerary is subject to change.

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