- Medieval Bruges
This pocket-sized fairy tale city is laced with canals.
- Glorious Ghent
This Belgian gem is a joy to explore on foot or on the water.
- Architecture of Rotterdam
The city was heavily restored after World War II and is home to a dazzling array of modern architecture.
- The Night Watch
Visit Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum to admire this iconic work by Rembrandt.
Canals and Capitals
Dutch Waterwaysfrom £1,549 per person
2 passengers 7 nights Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required
- No fly
- VIP on selected river cruises
- Full board
From Brussels to Amsterdam
Step aboard our brand-new luxury ship, Spirit of the Rhine, for a seven-night river cruise which will reveal the highlights of the lowlands. Setting sail from the Belgian capital, look forward to included excursions in Antwerp and Ghent. Take a walk around Bruges then cross the border into the Netherlands for an optional excursion visiting The Hague. Contrast mighty Rotterdam and Schoonhoven en route to Amsterdam where you can soak up the food, drink and culture during a two night mooring.
20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
Plus, all this...
- Drinks reception and Captain’s dinner
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
- All gratuities on board
- Return coach travel via Eurotunnel or ferry
- Tour of Antwerp
- Ghent guided walking tour or Unique Experience: Canal Cruise
- Walking tour of Bruges
- Amsterdam city tour and canal cruise or Unique Experience: Amsterdam Culinary Walking Tour
Interactive maps and audio headsets for independent exploration
Day 1 UK to Brussels
Travel to Brussels and embark Spirit of the Rhine. The wide cosmopolitan avenues of Brussels are lined with huge buildings, including the Palais de Justice and the headquarters of the European Parliament, while its historic city centre is compact and perfect for a stroll.
Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board as you depart early this evening for Antwerp where you moor overnight.
Day 2 Antwerp to Ghent
After waking up in Belgium’s second city, enjoy an included tour to explore some of its many highlights, which include the stately 16th-century Grote Markt which is home to the famous Brabo fountain, and the largest Gothic cathedral in Belgium.
The city was a great centre for the arts in the Renaissance period, with Rubens and Van Dyck both living and working here. Antwerp is also one of the leading centres in the world diamond industry as you can discover before your cruise resumes at lunchtime, bound for Ghent, where you will moor at dinner.
Day 3 Ghent
Spend the day in the typically Flemish city of Ghent where quaint timber-framed buildings mixed with stone fortifications jostle for space among a network of canals. After breakfast join an included city tour to discover the best of the city’s Flemish flavour. As you wander through the cobbled streets and attractive squares, keep an eye out for the 91-metre-high bell tower of the medieval Cloth Hall – it's hard to miss. There are also other fine Gothic buildings and canals to explore and you can enjoy stunning views from St Michael's Bridge.
You might prefer to join a Unique Experience of a canal cruise which will allow you to enjoy the sights from an entirely different perspective. Enjoy a glass of bubbly and some local delicacies while your guide gives you commentary on the scenery as you sail by. Enjoy an included excursion to the beautiful city of Bruges this afternoon. The city’s medieval heritage will be evident at every turn of your walking tour, with the Gothic Grand Place sprawling at the foot of the Belfry Tower, nearly 300 feet tall. Explore narrow, cobbled streets lined with lace makers, chocolatiers and cafes before returning to your ship for dinner.
Sail through the evening and overnight bound for Rotterdam.
Day 4 Rotterdam
Today Spirit of the Rhine will make a spectacular entrance into Rotterdam, the world’s largest port and Holland’s second city.
Enjoy an afternoon to explore independently. The city was heavily restored after World War II and is home to a dazzling array of modern architecture including the Markthal, a combined indoor food market and apartment block, Erasmus Bridge – the philosopher Desiderius Erasmus was born here in Rotterdam – and the Cube Houses, built at a jaunty angle across a pedestrian bridge. There are also a number of beautiful sculptures in the city including works by Picasso, De Koning and Gabo.
Alternatively you might like to join an optional excursion to the Hague for a city tour this afternoon.
Day 5 Rotterdam to Schoonhoven
Leave Rotterdam at breakfast and cruise through the morning, arriving in Schoonhoven early this afternoon.
Perhaps stroll around this charming small town, where you will remain moored overnight. Schoonhoven has been famous for its silver since the 17th century and is known as Silver City as it’s home to traditional silversmiths, the International Silver School and Dutch Silver Museum. Historic buildings here include the 15th-century town hall, the old Weigh House and the Veerpoort, an early 17th-century gate that stands by the River Lek. Schoonhoven is also known for is its production of clocks and a beautiful example of clockwork is the Van den Gheyn Beiaard in the tower of the medieval town hall.
Day 6 Schoonhoven to Utrecht to Amsterdam
Spirit of the Rhine departs over breakfast bound for Utrecht, arriving mid-morning giving you the afternoon to explore.
Perhaps wander through the medieval heart of the city with its 112-metre high Domtoren tower or visit one of the city’s museums. The Botanical Gardens are also well renowned. Alternatively you might wish to join an optional trip into the scenic Hoge Veluwe National Park which is home to the acclaimed Kroller-Muller Museum.
Before dinner return to your ship and set sail for the final time, cruising to arrive in Amsterdam where you will moor for the next two nights.
Day 7 Amsterdam 🎧
This morning you might wish to join one of our included Unique Experiences which are designed to give you the chance to get under the skin of a destination by enjoying the local food and culture.
After disembarking your ship and meeting your guide, take a tram to Central Station from where you will begin a walking tour of the Dutch capital. Along the way look forward to tasting local delicacies including herring, cheese and croquettes and rounding it off with a sweet treat from a bakery. Alternatively you could also join an included tour of Amsterdam by coach and see the Royal Palace on Dam Square, the floating flower market, the Central Railway Station, which is built on thousands of wooden piles, and the grand 19th-century Rijksmuseum. Afterwards, enjoy a canal cruise to see the city centre with its pretty bridges and attractive gabled houses up close.
Day 8 Amsterdam to UK
Disembark Spirit of the Rhine after breakfast ahead of your return journey to the UK.
Hoge Veluwe National Park and Kroller-Muller Museum
Look forward to spending time in the Kroller-Muller Museum, set in the beautiful Hoge Veluwe National Park, which boasts scenic heaths, sand dunes and woodland. The museum itself is home to a large collection of Van Gogh pieces while the surrounding grounds also contain the largest sculpture park in Europe.
Walking Grade 3
Optional on 7 nights itinerary
The Hague City Tour
Travel by coach to the Hague, the seat of government and home to the Royal Family of the Netherlands. Also known worldwide as the International City of Peace and Justice, the city is host to the United Nations, and 160 other organisations dedicated to world peace. As you'll discover during your visit, it's also home to beautiful squares, a huge market open every other day and many historic buildings, including the Peace Palace, the royal residence Huis ten Bosch Palace and Biennenhof, housing the Dutch Parliament.
Walking Grade 3
Optional on 7 nights itinerary
Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions at an additional cost, or by exploring independently.
🎧 Interactive maps and audio headset tours available for exploring independently in Amsterdam.