Cologne - Antwerp - Amsterdam - Cologne (8 days)

Day 1 – Arrive Cologne

Fly or rail from London to Cologne and transfer to vessel. Embarkation from 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Day 2 – Nijmegen

Arrive 4:00am - Depart 12:00pm

Guided tour through the friendly Hanseatic city of Nijmegen: The city with 180,000 inhabitants is the oldest city in the Netherlands, whose history goes back to the time of the Roman Empire. The 2,000th anniversary took place in 2005. The city, located on a ridge on the banks of the Waal, has been attracting people for centuries. The tour of the city leads away from the tourist paths through small winding streets in which you can still feel the breath of the Middle Ages. It goes past the Falkhofpark with castle ruins, the town hall, the St. Steven church, the Latin school and the customs house with a mosaic wall.

Day 3 – Antwerp

Arrive 2:00am

City tour/walk through the historical Antwerp with the Church of Our Lady, Steen Castle, Vleeshuis and Grote Markt: Antwerp is the most important port city in Belgium, lies on the Scheldt River, 88 km before meeting with the North Sea. In the 16th century, the city was one of the richest trading cities in Europe. Since 1863 Antwerp has experienced a new heyday as a Belgian port. The city's container port is one of the largest in the world and - after Rotterdam - the second largest in Europe. Due to its historical port location, a remarkable metropolitan diversity of gastronomy with international influences developed. Antwerp has a variety of architectural highlights, most of which date from the 16th and 17th centuries. Discover the different sides of Antwerp on a city tour and a long walk. You will see the late Gothic Church of Our Lady, the largest church in Belgium. Also on the tour are Steen Castle, the dock halls and the Vleeshuis (meat house) as well as the Grote Markt. Stroll through the medieval alleys, past modern buildings or let the flair of this city take effect during a leisurely break in one of the many cafés.

Living history and a sheer idyll on an excursion to Bruges with its delightful medieval city centre or a bus tour through the busy port of Antwerp, the second largest port in Europe, with its ocean liners and drawbridges.

Day 4 – Exploring Belgium

Depart 3:00pm

Excursion in Belgium’s capital city Brussels with the famous Atomium, Manneken Pis and the incredibly beautiful Grand Place. Time to make your own discoveries.

Day 5 – Rotterdam

Arrive 3:00am - Depart 12:15pm

On this guided tour of Rotterdam you will receive a unique experience, combining futuristic architecture with explosive history. Founded as a small fisherman’s village 800 years ago, Rotterdam soon exploited its ideal location alongside the big European rivers. The city grew into a powerful industrial and trading force, until the city center was destroyed by German bombs during World War II. The city arose from its ashes and became to boast one of Europe’s most impressive skylines.

Day 6 - Amsterdam

Arrive 8:15pm - Depart 7:30pm

Guided tour “Highlights of Amsterdam” takes you to the district for which Amsterdam is famous for, the red light district De Wallen. Stroll through narrow old streets such as the well-known Zeedijk Street, past the oldest house in the city, over bridges from the Golden Age and see the locks over the cannals. The Zeedijk was once one of the most dangerous streets in Amsterdam where seafarers were looking for entertainment. Nowadays you will find lively and inviting Dutch pubs and restaurants instead of the dark bars from back then. Amsterdam is traditional and cosmopolitan at the same time - a mixture that will inspire you to come back for more.

Excursion to Northern Holland with a visit to Volendam and a trip over Lake Ijssel to Marken (from Amsterdam / to Zaandam).

Day 7 – Arnhem

Arrive 8:30am - Depart 2:30pm

Guided tour of Arnhem including Eusebiuskerk and Duivelhuis. Time afterwards to make your own discoveries.

Day 8 – Cologne

Disembarkation until 9:00am. Transfer to Cologne Airport/Station or add a city stay (prices on request).

The excursions marked in bold are optional and can be booked individually on board at extra cost or can be pre-paid as an inclusive package (prices available on request). All other guided tours as described in the itinerary are included in the price. Arrival and departure times are guidance times. We reserve the right to change itineraries and excursion programmes. If a route cannot be travelled due to low/high water or a ship defect, the shipping company reserves the right to take passengers on this route by bus, to accommodate them in hotels and/or change the route. In certain circumstances it may be necessary to change to another ship.

Prices

MS Rhein Symphonie

Travel Date
SeasonPrice Per Person
13 May
20 May
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C
From £1685
From £1780


Cruise Prices

Guide Prices are per person based on 2 persons sharing a cabin include:

  • Economy flight from London and overseas transfers to and from vessel
  • Seven nights cruise including all meals
  • Unlimited drinks inc wine, beer, cocktails and all non alcoholic drinks
  • Nightly onboard entertainment
  • Four Guided Excursions
  • Onboard WiFi
  • Gratuities
  • All Port Charges
  • Full ATOL financial protection

Additional Charges

  • Additional Premium shore excursions
  • Club/Premium Class Flight Upgrades (prices on request)

For more information call: 01223 568904 or email: sales@lightbluetravel.co.uk

 

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