- Count the mills at Kinderdijk
Pay a visit to this UNESCO World Heritage Site where 19 extraordinary windmills helped to drain the reclaimed land.
Holland’s second city has a proud maritime history and a skyline of modern and historical architecture.
- The legend of Antwerp
Visit the Grote Markt to see the ‘Brabo’ fountain that tells the story of the founding of the town.
- The three towers of Ghent
This beautiful, quirky city is best known for its three medieval towers and the famous Ghent Altarpiece painting.
Cities of the Low Countries
Dutch & Belgian Waterwaysfrom £1,129 per person 7 2 Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required
- No fly
- All Inclusive
Delight in cruising the charming canals of Holland and Belgium
Glide in comfort along tranquil waters, cruising to destinations of charm and culture – the canals and capital cities of the low countries will delight you.
20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
- Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK Branch and additional cancellation rights on overseas holidays for over 50s, or a price reduction if not required (cover is subject to medical questions)
- UK travel service
- Free bar open 12 hours a day†
- Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- Cocktail party and Saga dinner
- Saga Cruise Host
- Saga Cruise Assistant on board
- Entertainment and activities on the ship
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
- Walking tour of Antwerp
- Walking tour of Brussels
- Walking tour of Ghent
- Canal cruise and city tour of Amsterdam
- City tour of The Hague
- See the windmills of Kinderdijk
Day 1 UK to Amsterdam
Travel by coach from Folkestone to Amsterdam, via Eurotunnel or ferry, and embark Rex Rheni this afternoon. Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board as you cruise towards Schoonhoven, where you will moor overnight.
Day 2 Schoonhoven to Dordrecht to Rotterdam
Spend the morning exploring Schoonhoven, famous for its silver since the 17th century and known as Silver City. You might wish to visit the Dutch Silver Museum or International Silver School. 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. Later, a brief mooring in Dordrecht will offer the chance to see the 19 windmills in the village of Kinderdijk, all still in working order, which were built in the 18th century to pump water from reclaimed land. The windmills are now listed by UNESCO and while ashore an included excursion allows you to inspect the different models and even go inside one to see how the residents lived and worked in the restricted space. This evening cruise on to Rotterdam, the world’s largest port and the Netherlands’ second city, where you will find modern architecture, street sculptures and a plethora of museums, shops and cafes.
Day 3 Rotterdam to Ghent
Awake in Rotterdam but this morning travel to The Hague for an included tour. It's the seat of government, home to the Royal Family, and host city to the United Nations. Discover beautiful squares, a huge market and historic buildings here.
After returning to Rotterdam late morning, spend the afternoon sailing down the Ghent–Terneuzen Canal into Belgium, arriving in Ghent late tonight for an overnight mooring.
Day 4 Ghent to Brussels
Wake up 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. Depart early afternoon and cruise to Brussels, one of the most cosmopolitan European cities, where Rex Rheni moors overnight.
Day 5 Brussels to Antwerp
This morning's included walking tour takes in Brussels' many highlights. The wide cosmopolitan avenues 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. Perhaps enjoy some window-shopping or seek out the chocolate shops before you set sail for Antwerp, arriving this evening.
Day 6 Antwerp to Dordrecht
Antwerp, Belgium's second largest city, has many treasures to explore, including the 16th-century Grote Markt, with its famous Brabo fountain, and the largest Gothic cathedral in the country. The city was a great centre for the arts in the Renaissance period, with Rubens and Van Dyck both living and working here. It is also one of the leading centres in the world diamond industry. Enjoy an included guided city walk after breakfast to find out more. Early this afternoon continue your cruise on towards pretty Dordrecht, which stands at the confluence of four rivers and has an enormous harbour to explore. Moor here tonight.
Day 7 Dordrecht to Amsterdam
Rex Rheni has an early departure but if you get the chance, be sure to see some of the quaint old districts by the waterfront before departing for Amsterdam. Arrive in the capital early this afternoon and join a city tour, featuring a canal cruise. Spend the rest of the day and evening at leisure – perhaps seek out the newly-refurbished Rijksmuseum or Anne Frank House.
Day 8 Amsterdam to UK
Disembark Rex Rheni after breakfast for your return trip to the UK.
Giving you the chance to get under the skin of a destination by enjoying the local food and culture.
Amsterdam Culinary Walking Tour
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. Walking Grade 4
Please be advised that this excursion is PRE BOOKABLE ONLY up to 7 days before departure and has a minimum number of 7, if this is not reached then the excursion may be cancelled.
Optional on 7 nights itinerary
†The free bar, open from 12pm to 12am, serves non-branded alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
Some of the highlights may only be seen by exploring independently.