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FRC-161116/155410 Dutch Waterways
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Cruise prices are per person

Port Charges: Additional £112 per person

Single Supplement for Cruise: 50% of twin price; Suites 100% of twin price.

At A Glance

What's Included

  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom
  • Bottled water replenished daily
  • Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Fitness room, massage services and hair salon
  • All onboard dining in a variety of venues
  • Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Dinner
  • La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
  • Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
  • Immersive tours in every destination
  • Complimentary bicycles
  • Knowledgeable guides
  • Personal headset for easy exploration
  • Explore the stunning Tulip bulb fields
  • Full day excursion to Bruges
  • See The Hague

What's Not Included

  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone/fax calls, camera/video fees, medical expenses, airport departure tax, travel insurance, visas, excess baggage fees etc.
  • Beverages and food not on the regular table d’hôte menu
  • Governmental or local taxes/ fees and fuel surcharges
  • Airfare and overseas transfers
Itinerary
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Day 1
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Regarded as the Venice of the north, the Dutch capital of Amsterdam is made up of a series of 90 islands, which are connected by almost 1,200 bridges. Today, Amsterdam is a city of contrasts, with many people being attracted to this vibrant destination for its range of bars and night clubs. On the other hand, Amsterdam is home many renowned architectural structures, insightful museums and beautiful gardens.

The Royal Palace was originally built in the 17th century to serve as a town hall, but is now one of three palaces in the Netherlands to be under disposal of the monarchy. In the springtime, be sure to visit the Keukenhof Gardens, where seven million flower bulbs create a beautiful display of bold and bright colours.

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Day 2
Volendam, Netherlands

The tourist town of Volendam can be found just outside Amsterdam and features a boat-filled harbour, tiny streets and traditional houses. The souvenir shops, boutiques, gift shops and restaurants draw visitors and even the locals create a special atmosphere by dressing in traditional costumes and demonstrate crafts such as diamond cutting and clog making.

This is a great base from which to visit the world-renowned Keukenhof Gardens, ablaze in the spring with flowering bulbs.

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Day 2
Edam, Netherlands

Situated in northwest Netherlands, on Lake Ijssel, is a little town which has become renowned for its excellent cheese. The town of Edam is a labyrinth of canals, drawbridges, canal houses, gardens and cafes; but follow these paths and you are sure to find plenty of opportunities to taste the famous cheese, which formed into spherical shapes and encased in a red layer of wax.  The town is also home to some famous architecture which includes the 18th century Stadhuis (Town Hall); and the Edams Museum, which is based inside a sea captain’s house dating back to 1530.

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Day 2
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Regarded as the Venice of the north, the Dutch capital of Amsterdam is made up of a series of 90 islands, which are connected by almost 1,200 bridges. Today, Amsterdam is a city of contrasts, with many people being attracted to this vibrant destination for its range of bars and night clubs. On the other hand, Amsterdam is home many renowned architectural structures, insightful museums and beautiful gardens.

The Royal Palace was originally built in the 17th century to serve as a town hall, but is now one of three palaces in the Netherlands to be under disposal of the monarchy. In the springtime, be sure to visit the Keukenhof Gardens, where seven million flower bulbs create a beautiful display of bold and bright colours.

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Day 3
Nijmegen, Netherlands

Situated on the Waal River and close to the German border, lies the Dutch city of Nijmegen.  Home to the Netherlands only Catholic University, Nijmegen is brought to life by the 13,000 students at study there.  Nijmegen is also the oldest city in the country and so boasts a range of historic landmarks, remains and museums including the foundations of a Roman amphitheatre. Take a walk over the Waalbrug at sunset and wonder at the awe-inspiring views over the old town and the boats traversing the canal.

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Day 3
Arnhem, Netherlands

Located 50 miles east of Amsterdam, the Dutch city of Arnhem was once the location of a WW2 battlefield site. Within the city, you can visit the Netherlands Open Air Museum and the National Heritage Museum – where it is possible to trace Dutch history in exhibits from all over the country. A short 15-mile journey north of Arnhem will take you to Apeldoorn, which is home to Het Loo Palace. Built in 1685, this landmark was  home to Dutch royalty until 1975 and today it is a museum dedicated to the history of the House of Orange.

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Day 4
Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp is Belgium’s second largest city and its port, which sits on the banks of the river Scheldt, is one of the largest in Europe. There are many significant landmarks and sights to discover in Antwerp including the system of boulevards - which replaced the former city walls – and the 14th/15th century Gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame – the largest church in Belgium. Within this cathedral, you will be able to admire a series of paintings by Peter Paul Rubens, who spent most of his life in Antwerp. Other landmarks include the 16th century town hall and Gothic church of St Paul.

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Day 5
Ghent, Belgium

The Belgian city of Ghent offers a fine blend of charming architecture with cosmopolitan features. It is a city of history and was once one of the most powerful cities in Europe. Much of this history is still visible throughout the city today, with many churches and houses of rich traders still standing. The city’s Belfry was a symbol of the city’s autonomy and this municipal tower contains huge bells that have rung out across Ghent for centuries. Of course, no journey to this Belgian city would be complete without sampling two of the nation’s finest exports. There are plenty of beer and chocolate stores, each offering some of the finest quality products in the world.

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Day 6
Kinderdijk, Netherlands

The Dutch village of Kinderdijk is located in the province of South Holland, 15km east of Rotterdam. Situated at the confluence of the Lek and Noord rivers, it is home to the largest concentration of windmills in the Netherlands, which have helped place the village on the UNESCO World Heritage list. These 19 windmills were built around 1740 for the purpose of draining water from the polders.

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Day 6
Willemstad, Netherlands

The little-fortified town of Willemstad is situated near the point where the Hollands Diep divides into two arms. After William of Orange’s murder in 1584, his son Maurice named the town Willemstad in his honour.

Sights include The Arsenal, with two gates on the harbourside and on the ramparts of the town, the D'Oranje flour mill and the former Town Hall, which now houses the Ceramic Museum with pottery and other wares dating from the 17th to 20th centuries. Willemstad's octagonal Reformed church was the first church in the Netherlands to be built for a Protestant congregation. The original furnishings had to be replaced when the interior of the church was destroyed by fire in 1950.

Situated 2 miles west of Willemstad are the Volkenraksluizen - a train of locks which forms part of the Deltawerken.

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Day 6
Schoonhoven, Netherlands

Along the banks of the River Lek and just south of Amsterdam is the centre of silversmithing in Holland, the small town of Schoonhoven. The only remaining medieval entrance gate of Schoonhoven is the Veerpoort which has protected Schoonhoven from the floods of the river Rhine and is still fully functional as a water barrier today. The long-standing tradition of silversmithing is still present in Schoonhoven and can be demonstrated with a trip to the Dutch Silver Museum.Another tradition in Schoonhoven is that of clock making and a beautiful example of large clockwork can be found on the medieval town hall which features the Van den Gheyn Beiaard.

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Day 7
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Regarded as the Venice of the north, the Dutch capital of Amsterdam is made up of a series of 90 islands, which are connected by almost 1,200 bridges. Today, Amsterdam is a city of contrasts, with many people being attracted to this vibrant destination for its range of bars and night clubs. On the other hand, Amsterdam is home many renowned architectural structures, insightful museums and beautiful gardens.

The Royal Palace was originally built in the 17th century to serve as a town hall, but is now one of three palaces in the Netherlands to be under disposal of the monarchy. In the springtime, be sure to visit the Keukenhof Gardens, where seven million flower bulbs create a beautiful display of bold and bright colours.