Blue Water Holidays
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01756 706500 +44 1756 706500
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

The Charms of Holland and Belgium

Explore Antwerp's cobbled streets, the WWII sites of Arnhem and the World Heritage-listed Kinderdijk Windmills on this superb river cruise through Holland and Belgium. Includes return flights from the UK, shore excursions and complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner

Fly Cruise
7 nights

River Cruise Holiday
  • Kinderdijk
  • Antwerp
  • Dutch windmills
  • Arnhem

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Discover Holland and Belgium's history on this 7-night cruise visiting lively cities, UNESCO World Heritage listed windmills, famous battle grounds and impressive architecture.

Begin your river cruise in Amsterdam where you can explore the quaint maze of canals lined with elaborate buildings. Explore the unique Kinderdijk Windmills en route to historic Antwerp, now a compact seaport city buzzing with world class shopping, fashion houses and galleries.

Visit Maastricht, Holland's oldest fortified city where a guided tour takes in the magnificent architecture before heading to Arnhem, where you can visit the Airbourne Museum or enjoy a guided bike tour. Continue to Utrecht for a tour which showcases the medieval Old Town.

EM138 Operated by Emerald Waterways


The Charms of Holland and Belgium Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Amsterdam (Holland)

Fly from a choice of UK regional airports to Amsterdam. On arrival, you’ll be met and transferred to your ship. Enjoy time at leisure to explore the city's picturesque canals and cobbled streets before enjoying dinner on board. (D) Please note: Return travel on the Eurostar is available - please contact us for pricing.

Day 2 - Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a fascinating city which is home to over 50 world-class museums including the Van Gogh Museum. Head to Haarlem or join a guided bike tour. Tonight, enjoy a Gala Dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Dordrecht

From Dordrecht travel by coach to the Kinderdijk, renowned for its traditional 19th-century windmills. Enjoy a guided tour of the windmills including the two museum windmills, the Wisboomgemaal Visitor's Centre and the windmill workshop. You can join a guided bike tour of Dordrecht instead. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Antwerp (Belgium)

In Antwerp, known as the diamond capital of the world, join the guided walking tour and discover the city's medieval heart, the Renaissance Town Hall, the unique Gothic cathedral and the 16th-century Vlaeykensgang. In 2019, you can opt for a guided bike tour or join the optional excursion to Bruges. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Maastricht (Holland)

Spend the morning enjoying a relaxing cruise through the Dutch waterways to the fortified city of Maastricht. Here, a guided tour passes the city's museums, churches and impressive medieval architecture. There is the option to join a guided bike tour of Maastricht. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Arnhem

Arnhem is famous for the its battle of World War II. Learn more about this battle on a visit to the Arnhem Airborne Museum, or the more active may wish to join the guided bike tour of Arnhem. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Hoorn or Utrecht

Enjoy a tour of Utrecht which showcases the medieval Old Town and the majestic Domtoren, a 14th-century bell tower. Onboard, there will be a special EmeraldPlus activity, clog painting. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Amsterdam - UK

After breakfast disembark and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. (B)

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 7-night full board cruise
  • Return flights from up to 15 UK regional airports. Eurostar is available, please contact us for pricing
  • Overseas transfers
  • Guided excursions with English-speaking guide
  • 2 EmeraldPLUS activities
  • Up to 3 EmeraldACTIVE activities
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
  • Complimentary tea and coffee available at all times and complimentary bottled water in your cabin, restocked daily
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Highlight Dinners including a Welcome Dinner
  • Evening entertainment on board
  • English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Port charges and airport taxes

Price Does Not Include

  • Optional shore excursions
  • Travel insurance
Map for The Charms of Holland and Belgium