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Het Loo Palace
  • Overview

    highlights

    • Uncover Holland’s beautiful scenery, sailing along stunning Dutch waterways
    • Explore vibrant Amsterdam, the Dutch capital
    • Enjoy a thrilling steam train journey, taking in amazing views from Hoorn to Medemblik
    • Discover Arnhem, famous for its bridge
    • Spend time in picturesque Nijmegen, one of the Netherlands' oldest cities
    • Take a trip to spectacular Het Loo Palace and Gardens

    Sail away on a wonderful river cruise, travelling along Holland’s famous waterways. This excellent holiday will allow us to discover Holland’s mesmerising springtime scenery, as we admire beautiful views on a relaxing steam train journey, and visit Het Loo Palace and Gardens. Read More

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    • Great for - City
    • Great for - Culture
    • Great for - Gardens
    • Great for - History
    • Great for - Railway
    • Great for - Scenery


    Arnhem Bridge - Bridge too Far
      
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    Embarking the MPS Rotterdam in vibrant Amsterdam, we will enjoy a welcome drink and our first evening meal and night on-board. In the morning, explore at leisure to discover Amsterdam’s famous sights, before we sail onwards to charming Hoorn; take in this riverside town’s historical atmosphere and architecture.

    The next day, join us on our first included excursion, enjoying a scenic steam train journey from Hoorn to Medemblik. This exciting journey will showcase the best of Holland’s enchanting scenery, as we travel through stunning countryside from village to village. Upon arrival in Medemblik, we’ll transfer to the ship and will then set sail across the Ijsselmeer for Kampen over dinner this evening.

    Spend the morning exploring Kampen’s beautifully-persevered city centre - this city is well-known for having one of the most beautiful Old Towns in all of the Netherlands. We will then continue our river cruise as we sail to Deventer, arriving by late afternoon, with time to explore this ancient town located on the banks of the river Ijssel.

    Departing early next morning, we will make our way to Arnhem, the city famous for World War II’s Operation Market Garden. Visit the city’s infamous bridge, and take in the town’s sights before returning to the ship for dinner.

    It will then be time to enjoy a day of relaxing sailing, as we depart Arnhem over breakfast and make our way to historical Nijmegen, arriving by mid-morning. Explore one of the Netherlands’ oldest cities at leisure, and then return to the MPS Rotterdam for our afternoon sailing to picturesque Wijk bij Duurstede.

    Our second included excursion will take us to impressive Het Loo Palace, constructed between 1684 and 1686 for King William III and Mary II of England. This breath-taking palace features Dutch Baroque architecture and is known for its excellent gardens, which we will also be able to explore during our time here.

    After this, we will sail back to Amsterdam, mooring here overnight and disembarking the MPS Rotterdam after a wonderful river cruise experience.
  • Itinerary

    ITINERARY

    LOCATIONS


  • The Ship

    YOUR SHIP



    MPS Rotterdam

    • Rotterdam cruise ship
    • MPS Rotterdam, lounge
    • MPS Rotterdam, reception
    • Rotterdam cruise ship, bar
    Our flagship vessel, the elegant MPS Rotterdam is exclusively chartered by Shearings and enjoys a stunning design. With its traditional style, this fantastic four-deck ship has been designed to ensure passengers get to make the most of modern comforts.

    Relax and enjoy this comfortable ship, with its decor in soft tones and its grand restaurant and living areas, all crafted from high-quality materials to add an air of elegance. Travel in comfort in these stylish surroundings, seeing some of the most amazing sights during superb Europe River Cruises.

    Explore with our Rhine River Cruises, and you can also discover the Moselle rivers and the waterways of Holland and Belgium, on-board the MPS Rotterdam. You’ll also get to enjoy sumptuous meals during your River Cruise, with buffet breakfasts, three-course lunches, four-course evening meals and gala dinners to look forward to.

    Our experienced and professional staff will be on-hand to provide any assistance you may require, from meeting you on the ship following your exciting excursions, to providing waiter service at dinner time. You’ll also benefit from a knowledgeable Tour Manager, who is sure to keep you entertained as we travel in the daytime.

    There are also lots of on-board games to enjoy, and you’ll be able to make firm friends with your fellow passengers during our journey. When the sun is shining, you can always visit the sun deck to relax on one of our comfortable sun loungers, or make the most of the shaded areas while admiring the wonderful views on our fantastic scenic River Cruises.

    In the evenings, why not take in the wonderful sounds of our resident musician? Or, if you’re feeling energetic, you could always enjoy a dance or two!

    Shearings welcomes you to step aboard the elegant MPS Rotterdam.
    • Length: 75.76 metres
    • Width: 11.22 metres
    • Accommodation areas refurbished: 2013
    • Passenger Capacity: 107
    • Passenger decks: 4
    • Star rating: 4*

    Cabins

    • MPS Rotterdam Grade A

      Rotterdam Twin Cabin
      • A more spacious cabin to allow you to relax even further
      • Private bathroom facilities including shower cubicle and toilet
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Table and chairs
      • Large picture window
      • Superior twin beds
      Our Grade A cabins on-board the MPS Rotterdam are our most luxurious cabins on this magnificent vessel. Relax in comfort and style during your journey, admire the views from the large picture window in your cabin and make the most of this more spacious cabin during your journey.

      These cabins include a table and chairs, so you and your companion can relax in your cabin during our scenic River Cruises, as well as enjoying the great facilities throughout the rest of the ship. 
    • MPS Rotterdam Grade B

      MPS Rotterdam cabin
      • Private bathroom facilities with toilet and either a shower cubicle or bath
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Large picture window
      • Windows can be opened
      • Folding twin beds or fixed double beds
      Enjoy a comfortable journey during your River Cruise and stay in one of our fantastic Grade B cabins. Equipped with a safe to store your important belongings in, as well as a flat screen TV for entertainment, you’ll be able to relax and make the most of your time on-board the MPS Rotterdam. Make use of the air conditioning, and be sure to admire the picturesque views from the large picture window.

      Some of our Grade B cabins are also equipped with sofas, so you can relax even further during your waterways of Holland and Belgium, Moselle and Rhine River Cruises with us!
    • MPS Rotterdam Grade B+

      MPS Rotterdam cabin
      • Private bathroom facilities including shower cubicle and toilet
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Large picture window
      • Folding twin beds
      • Sofa
      Make the most of a relaxing journey on-board the MPS Rotterdam and enjoy comfortable accommodation with our Grade B+ cabins. Equipped with all the facilities you could possibly need during our Europe River Cruises, you’re sure to enjoy your time on-board.

      With private bathroom facilities, as well as air conditioning to ensure you stay nice and comfortable, these cabins come with folding twin beds. You’ll also find a sofa in your Grade B+ cabin, so you can relax while watching the flat screen TV, or while admiring the beautiful views.
    • MPS Rotterdam Grade C

      MPS Rotterdam, cabin
      • Private bathroom facilities including shower cubicle and toilet
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Large picture window
      • Windows can be opened in cabins on Promenade deck
      • Small fixed twin beds 

      Admire the stunning views as we travel on our relaxing Rhine River Cruises and make the most of great accommodation in our Grade C cabins. Situated on the Main and Promenade decks, these cabins provide a comfortable place to retire to after an exciting day of activities and excursions.

      Enjoy refreshing air conditioning, while watching the changing landscape from the large picture window - cabins on the Promenade deck have openable windows. You’ll also find private bathroom facilities with a shower cubicle and toilet in your cabin.
    • MPS Rotterdam Grade C+

      MPS Rotterdam C+ Cabin
      • Private bathroom facilities including shower cubicle and toilet]
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Large picture window
      • Fixed twin beds
      • Seating area
      We’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay in our Grade C+ cabins, which come equipped with all of the facilities you’ll require during your excellent River Cruise with Shearings. Admire the picturesque views from the large picture window, or why not watch TV while in your cabin?

      You’ll also find a seating area in our Grade C+ cabins, and there’s also a safe, hairdryer and private bathroom facilities that you’ll be able to make use of to ensure you have a comfortable stay on-board the MPS Rotterdam during fantastic Rhine River Cruises and our many other cruises.
     
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  • Excursions & Extras

    INCLUDED EXCURSIONS


    Hoorn
    Half Day: Hoorn and Steam Train Journey
    We explore charming Hoorn, located on the Northern bank of Ijsselmeer. We then take to the tracks with a thrilling steam train journey through picturesque countryside from Hoorn to Medemblik.
    Het Loo Palace
    Het Loo Palace and Gardens

    Het Loo Palace is the most stunning palace in Holland. The former royal residence of Het Loo was built in the late 17th-century for the Stadtholder William III of Orange and his consort Mary II Stuart, the King and Queen of England.

    The sumptuous interiors feature items of furniture, objects and paintings belonging to the generations of royal family members. The authentic fabrics used for the wall coverings and windows are quite exceptional. The stables at Het Loo Palace house many of the carriages, sleighs and vehicles belonging to the royal family and are still in use today when the Queen is in residence.

    Meanwhile, the layout of the gardens have a characteristically strict symmetry. Many of the rare plant specimens were brought from all over the world. The gardens are designed to be viewed as a seasonally-changing flower and plant exhibition, thus the flowers are planted individually, rather than in groups.

    To each side of the palace are William and Mary’s private gardens, aptly named the King’s garden and the Queen’s garden. The King’s Fountain at the rear of the Upper garden rises up to 13 metres, and it is the highest spouting fountain in Europe. The garden statues, which depict gods and goddesses from Greek myths, all have to do with the growth and flourishing of the garden - Venus, the goddess of love, takes centre stage.

    Hoorn
    Half Day: Hoorn and Steam Train Journey
    We explore charming Hoorn, located on the Northern bank of Ijsselmeer. We then take to the tracks with a thrilling steam train journey through picturesque countryside from Hoorn to Medemblik.
    Het Loo Palace
    Het Loo Palace and Gardens

    Het Loo Palace is the most stunning palace in Holland. The former royal residence of Het Loo was built in the late 17th-century for the Stadtholder William III of Orange and his consort Mary II Stuart, the King and Queen of England.

    The sumptuous interiors feature items of furniture, objects and paintings belonging to the generations of royal family members. The authentic fabrics used for the wall coverings and windows are quite exceptional. The stables at Het Loo Palace house many of the carriages, sleighs and vehicles belonging to the royal family and are still in use today when the Queen is in residence.

    Meanwhile, the layout of the gardens have a characteristically strict symmetry. Many of the rare plant specimens were brought from all over the world. The gardens are designed to be viewed as a seasonally-changing flower and plant exhibition, thus the flowers are planted individually, rather than in groups.

    To each side of the palace are William and Mary’s private gardens, aptly named the King’s garden and the Queen’s garden. The King’s Fountain at the rear of the Upper garden rises up to 13 metres, and it is the highest spouting fountain in Europe. The garden statues, which depict gods and goddesses from Greek myths, all have to do with the growth and flourishing of the garden - Venus, the goddess of love, takes centre stage.

    Hoorn
    Half Day: Hoorn and Steam Train Journey
    We explore charming Hoorn, located on the Northern bank of Ijsselmeer. We then take to the tracks with a thrilling steam train journey through picturesque countryside from Hoorn to Medemblik.
    Het Loo Palace
    Het Loo Palace and Gardens

    Het Loo Palace is the most stunning palace in Holland. The former royal residence of Het Loo was built in the late 17th-century for the Stadtholder William III of Orange and his consort Mary II Stuart, the King and Queen of England.

    The sumptuous interiors feature items of furniture, objects and paintings belonging to the generations of royal family members. The authentic fabrics used for the wall coverings and windows are quite exceptional. The stables at Het Loo Palace house many of the carriages, sleighs and vehicles belonging to the royal family and are still in use today when the Queen is in residence.

    Meanwhile, the layout of the gardens have a characteristically strict symmetry. Many of the rare plant specimens were brought from all over the world. The gardens are designed to be viewed as a seasonally-changing flower and plant exhibition, thus the flowers are planted individually, rather than in groups.

    To each side of the palace are William and Mary’s private gardens, aptly named the King’s garden and the Queen’s garden. The King’s Fountain at the rear of the Upper garden rises up to 13 metres, and it is the highest spouting fountain in Europe. The garden statues, which depict gods and goddesses from Greek myths, all have to do with the growth and flourishing of the garden - Venus, the goddess of love, takes centre stage.

    OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS


    Amsterdam
    Discover Amsterdam & Waterways

    Our guided tour will give you an introduction to the many fabulous sights of this wonderful city. We begin with a guided tour by coach to see Dam Square, the heart of Amsterdam. The square is flanked by the impressive Royal Palace, which for many years was the home of the Dutch Royal Family.

    We also see Museum Square, dominated by the Rijksmuseum, the old harbour, the famous flea market, the infamous red light district, Amstel River, Skinny Bridge and the many museums, including the Van Gogh Museum.

    Our tour concludes with a canal cruise, so sit back, relax and watch this beautiful city gently float by as we glide along canals and under the many bridges.

    Giethoorn - Venice of the North
    Giethoorn - Venice of the North
    Admire Giethoorn, the ‘Venice of the North’. This charming village in Overijssel is known for its peaceful atmosphere and picturesque scenery, from its thatched-roof farmhouses to its serene canals. Spend time taking in its many pretty vistas during our time here, and perhaps take a ride on one of the many canal boats (additional charges apply) in the village to explore further. 
    Nijmegen Markplatz
    Historical Nijmegen & Beer Tasting
    Nijmegen is the oldest city in the Netherlands, being over 2,000 years old. Many of Nijmegen’s buildings were destroyed during World War II - it was first bombed by the Americans in February 1944, then by the Germans in September 1944. However, there are still many sights to be seen on our guided walking tour, including Valkhof Hill downtown which features the Carolingian chapel (8th-century) and a small remainder of an imperial castle that was demolished in 1798. 

    From Valkhof Hill, walk west through the Burchtstraat, where you will see the 15th-century town hall. Once you've finished admiring its exterior, continue to the Grote Markt (Great Market). On the north side is a 16th-century weighing hall that now serves as a restaurant, St. Stevenskerk, whose interior was destroyed during the Dutch revolution of the 16th-century. 

    We continue to the famous De Hemel Brewery. Our expert guide explains the history and process of the brewery and its well-known beers; we see old photographs, documentary films and the different types of machines and tools used. We conclude our visit with a tasting of six beers.
    Netherlands Open Air Museum

    Uncover the Netherlands’ fascinating past at this excellent open air museum, learning all about the country’s many customs and traditions. Here, we’ll discover historical houses, mills and farmhouses, depicting the lives of those who lived through the Netherlands’ times of great change throughout the 19th century, the country’s industrial revolution, the First and Second World Wars, and into modern times. With many interesting exhibits to discover, this is sure to make for an exciting excursion!

    Amsterdam
    Discover Amsterdam & Waterways

    Our guided tour will give you an introduction to the many fabulous sights of this wonderful city. We begin with a guided tour by coach to see Dam Square, the heart of Amsterdam. The square is flanked by the impressive Royal Palace, which for many years was the home of the Dutch Royal Family.

    We also see Museum Square, dominated by the Rijksmuseum, the old harbour, the famous flea market, the infamous red light district, Amstel River, Skinny Bridge and the many museums, including the Van Gogh Museum.

    Our tour concludes with a canal cruise, so sit back, relax and watch this beautiful city gently float by as we glide along canals and under the many bridges.

    Giethoorn - Venice of the North
    Giethoorn - Venice of the North
    Admire Giethoorn, the ‘Venice of the North’. This charming village in Overijssel is known for its peaceful atmosphere and picturesque scenery, from its thatched-roof farmhouses to its serene canals. Spend time taking in its many pretty vistas during our time here, and perhaps take a ride on one of the many canal boats (additional charges apply) in the village to explore further. 
    Nijmegen Markplatz
    Historical Nijmegen & Beer Tasting
    Nijmegen is the oldest city in the Netherlands, being over 2,000 years old. Many of Nijmegen’s buildings were destroyed during World War II - it was first bombed by the Americans in February 1944, then by the Germans in September 1944. However, there are still many sights to be seen on our guided walking tour, including Valkhof Hill downtown which features the Carolingian chapel (8th-century) and a small remainder of an imperial castle that was demolished in 1798. 

    From Valkhof Hill, walk west through the Burchtstraat, where you will see the 15th-century town hall. Once you've finished admiring its exterior, continue to the Grote Markt (Great Market). On the north side is a 16th-century weighing hall that now serves as a restaurant, St. Stevenskerk, whose interior was destroyed during the Dutch revolution of the 16th-century. 

    We continue to the famous De Hemel Brewery. Our expert guide explains the history and process of the brewery and its well-known beers; we see old photographs, documentary films and the different types of machines and tools used. We conclude our visit with a tasting of six beers.
    Netherlands Open Air Museum

    Uncover the Netherlands’ fascinating past at this excellent open air museum, learning all about the country’s many customs and traditions. Here, we’ll discover historical houses, mills and farmhouses, depicting the lives of those who lived through the Netherlands’ times of great change throughout the 19th century, the country’s industrial revolution, the First and Second World Wars, and into modern times. With many interesting exhibits to discover, this is sure to make for an exciting excursion!

    Amsterdam
    Discover Amsterdam & Waterways

    Our guided tour will give you an introduction to the many fabulous sights of this wonderful city. We begin with a guided tour by coach to see Dam Square, the heart of Amsterdam. The square is flanked by the impressive Royal Palace, which for many years was the home of the Dutch Royal Family.

    We also see Museum Square, dominated by the Rijksmuseum, the old harbour, the famous flea market, the infamous red light district, Amstel River, Skinny Bridge and the many museums, including the Van Gogh Museum.

    Our tour concludes with a canal cruise, so sit back, relax and watch this beautiful city gently float by as we glide along canals and under the many bridges.

    Giethoorn - Venice of the North
    Giethoorn - Venice of the North
    Admire Giethoorn, the ‘Venice of the North’. This charming village in Overijssel is known for its peaceful atmosphere and picturesque scenery, from its thatched-roof farmhouses to its serene canals. Spend time taking in its many pretty vistas during our time here, and perhaps take a ride on one of the many canal boats (additional charges apply) in the village to explore further. 
    Nijmegen Markplatz
    Historical Nijmegen & Beer Tasting
    Nijmegen is the oldest city in the Netherlands, being over 2,000 years old. Many of Nijmegen’s buildings were destroyed during World War II - it was first bombed by the Americans in February 1944, then by the Germans in September 1944. However, there are still many sights to be seen on our guided walking tour, including Valkhof Hill downtown which features the Carolingian chapel (8th-century) and a small remainder of an imperial castle that was demolished in 1798. 

    From Valkhof Hill, walk west through the Burchtstraat, where you will see the 15th-century town hall. Once you've finished admiring its exterior, continue to the Grote Markt (Great Market). On the north side is a 16th-century weighing hall that now serves as a restaurant, St. Stevenskerk, whose interior was destroyed during the Dutch revolution of the 16th-century. 

    We continue to the famous De Hemel Brewery. Our expert guide explains the history and process of the brewery and its well-known beers; we see old photographs, documentary films and the different types of machines and tools used. We conclude our visit with a tasting of six beers.
    Netherlands Open Air Museum

    Uncover the Netherlands’ fascinating past at this excellent open air museum, learning all about the country’s many customs and traditions. Here, we’ll discover historical houses, mills and farmhouses, depicting the lives of those who lived through the Netherlands’ times of great change throughout the 19th century, the country’s industrial revolution, the First and Second World Wars, and into modern times. With many interesting exhibits to discover, this is sure to make for an exciting excursion!




    EXTRAS

    Captain's gala dinner
    Enjoy a fantastic Captain's gala dinner while on-board!


    Welcome drink on arrival
    Enjoy a welcome drink on arrival.

 


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What's included

  • Return coach travel, return flights and transfers, or return Eurostar travel and transfers
  • Seven nights full board cruise
  • Services of a Shearings Cruise Manager
  • Welcome drink upon arrival
  • River views from every cabin
  • Captain’s gala dinner
  • On-board evening entertainment programme
  • TV screen allowing you to follow the ship’s journey
  • Chairlift serving the Sun, Lounge and Promenade decks
  • Porterage (available on coach departures only)
  • Two included excursions
  • Four optional excursions
Rotterdam cruise ship

MPS Rotterdam

Our flagship vessel, the elegant MPS Rotterdam is exclusively chartered by Shearings and enjoys a stunning design. With its traditional style, this fantastic four-deck ship has been designed to ensure passengers get to make the most of modern comforts.

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