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Cities of the Low Countries

Dutch & Belgian Waterways

from £899 per person 7 2
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required
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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.

Including...

20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners

Excursions

  • 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


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Day 1 UK to Amsterdam

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.

Amsterdam Holland Netherlands Europe

Day 2 Schoonhoven to Dordrecht to Rotterdam

Rotterdam and the Erasmus Bridge

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.

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Day 3 Rotterdam to Ghent

Rotterdam

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.

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Day 4 Ghent to Brussels

Ghent

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.

Brussels Belgium Europe

Day 5 Brussels to Antwerp

Grand Place, Brussels

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. 

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Day 6 Antwerp to Dordrecht

Antwerp, Belgium

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.

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Day 7 Dordrecht to Amsterdam

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.

Amsterdam Holland Netherlands Europe

Day 8 Amsterdam to UK

Disembark Rex Rheni after breakfast for your return trip to the UK.

Please note

†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.


Cities of the Low Countries

Dutch & Belgian Waterways

from £899 per person 7 2
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required
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Dutch & Belgian Waterways

from £899 per person 7 2
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required