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.
- Executive return coach travel from a departure point near you
- Return overnight ferry from Newcastle to Amsterdam, in an en suite cabin
- Welcome drink, captain’s get-together & party night
- En suite cabin accommodation aboard the ms Serenity
- Full board during your cruise
- Entertainment every night of your cruise
- Visits to Amsterdam, Kinderdijk, Dordrecht, Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent & Rotterdam
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.