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Dutch Delights & Charms of Flanders

 

Amsterdam
  • Overview

    highlights

    • Stroll around historic Nijmegen
    • Spend time in vibrant Amsterdam
    • Explore stylish Ghent
    • Discover dazzling Antwerp

    Before reaching the North Sea the mighty Rhine splits and branches out into gentle waterways, passing traditional Dutch fishing villages and colourful sailboats. The bustling Dutch capital of Amsterdam is an unmissable contrast as is Flanders, known as a region of rich architectural heritage with a wealth of historic cities.

    Great for:

    • Great for - City
    • Great for - Culture
    • Great for - Food & Drink
    • Great for - History
    • Great for - Nature
    • Great for - Scenery
    • Great for - Shopping
    • Great for - Walking


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  • Itinerary

    ITINERARY

    LOCATIONS


  • The Ship

    YOUR SHIP



    MS A-ROSA Aqua

    • MS A-ROSA
    Launched in 2009, the A-Rosa Aqua provides a welcome escape from everyday life. She currently sails on the scenic waterways of the Rhine. On board, you’ll find it so easy to relax, whether you’re simply lounging on the spacious sun deck, taking a dip in the whirlpool, challenging your fellow cruisers to a game of shuffleboard, a game of giant chess, or a round on the putting green. And with the casual dress code, there’s no pressure to get dressed up to the nines, creating a truly relaxed atmosphere in which you’re sure to feel right at home!
    • Length: 135m
    • Width: 11.4m
    • Passenger Capacity: 204
    • Passenger decks: 4

    Cabins

    • A-Rosa Aqua Category A Cabins

      These cabins are located on deck one, the lowest down passenger deck onboard. The spacious cabins feature two beds, flat screen TV, telephone, hairdryer, safe and air conditioning. All category A cabins have a window so you can enjoy great views as you travel along some of Europe’s greatest rivers.

    • A-Rosa Aqua Category C Cabin

      A-ROSA

      Category C cabins are located on deck two. The spacious cabins feature two beds, a flat screen TV, telephone, hairdryer, safe and air conditioning. All category C cabins feature a Juliette balcony so you can enjoy great views and enjoy a cooling breeze as you travel along some of Europe’s greatest rivers.

    • A-Rosa Aqua Category D Cabins

      A-ROSA
      Category D cabins are located on deck three, the highest passenger deck on the ship, affording the best views of some of Europe’s greatest rivers from the Juliette balcony which is a feature of all category D cabins. The spacious cabins also feature two beds, a flat screen TV, telephone, hairdryer, safe and air conditioning.
     
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  • Excursions & Extras

    INCLUDED EXCURSIONS


    Peaceful canal scene in Bruges
    Bruges

    Enjoy charming Bruges, which is an exquisitely preserved medieval city with winding cobbled streets, pretty gabled houses and charming tree-lined canals crossed by humpback bridges.

    Steam Railway
    Medemblick to Hoorn Steam Train
    Step back in time as we take to the tracks with a thrilling steam train journey through picturesque countryside from Medemblik to Hoorn. We explore charming Hoorn, located on the Northern bank of Ijsselmeer. 
    Delft City Hall
    Royal Delft and William of Orange

    Join us as we explore one of the prettiest cities in Holland. Delft is probably best known for the blue and white porcelain and pottery that originates from the area, known as Delftware.

    Delft is one of Holland’s historical centres and is home to the Dutch royal family. The centre of Delft has a number of very interesting historical buildings and churches, such as the City Hall, the Oude Kerk (Old Church) and the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church).

    Zaanse Schans
    Zaanse Schans

    We visit Zaanse Schans, an open air museum. Admire its many wooden windmills, brans and houses, and visit the impressive clog museum. Boasting one of the Netherlands’ largest and most attractive collections, we’ll find painted and carved clogs here, along with decorative clogs, ice clogs with iron trimmings, and horse clogs.

    OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS


    Canal Houses in Amsterdam
    Amsterdam Guided Walking Tour & 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.

    Nijmegen
    Historic Nijmegen

    The Netherlands’ oldest city, Nijmegen is over 2,000 years old and is a delight to explore. Despite being almost completely destroyed during World War II, the city has been lovingly restored over the years, and today there are still many sights to be discovered during our guided walking tour.

    Our tour begins in Valkhof Park, where we’ll find a Carolingian chapel dating from 1030, and the remains of Nijmegen’s imperial castle, which was demolished in 1798. After this, we walk west along Burchtstraat Street, passing the 15th-century town hall and continuing to the Grote Markt (Great Market). On the north side of the market is a 16th-century weighing hall that now serves as a restaurant, as well as St Stevenskerk (the Church of St Stephen).

    Mechelen & St Rumbold’s Tower

    We explore Mechelen, a small and picturesque city that is big on charm and history, thriving with quaint shops, car-free areas and pleasant little squares. The grace of centuries-old palaces and majestic churches appeals to everyone. There are no less than 336 listed buildings and monuments, including eight gothic and baroque churches from the 14th-17th century. The Begijnhofkerk is especially unique, with its feminine art schemes and pastel colours.

    The 97-metre St Rumbold’s  Tower is a key landmark and UNESCO world heritage site. The city's most important documents used to be kept in this fortified tower, which was also the belfry. Unique in Europe, the Skywalk affords a panoramic view of the Grote Markt, the city and surrounding area. The Carillon Legend has it that the people of Mechelen were always late, arriving at what was called "Mechelen time". Consequently in the eighteenth century they hung the largest timepiece in the world on the four sides of St Rumbold's Tower. The gigantic clock-faces were larger than those of Big Ben in London. The timepiece is no longer there but the carillon plays tunes every quarter of an hour. Unique to Mechelen is the strike between each quarter, every seven-and-a-half-minutes. That is the 'Mechels halfke' – the 'Mechelen half'. The oldest extant bells date from the seventeenth century. In 1981 the tower was restored and a new carillon fitted.

    Peaceful canal scene in Bruges
    Medieval Bruges Guided Walking Tour

    Join us on our excursion to Bruges, one of the best-preserved medieval cities in all of Europe. Bruges' historical city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its grand old buildings, meandering narrow cobbled streets and beautiful canals lined with cafes and bars. During our guided walking tour of this fascinating city we see the 'Minnewater', local legend tells the story of the tragic romance of Minna and her warrior love Stromberg saying that you will experience eternal love if you walk over the lake bridge with your partner. We continue to the impressive Beguinage, with its whitewashed house fronts and tranquil convent garden, the Church of our Lady; the 122 metres high brick tower is a perfect illustration of the craftsmanship of Bruges’ artisans. The church displays a valuable art collection: Michelangelo’s world-famous Madonna and Child (entrance fee not included). We also visit Market Square with its frietkoten's and the statues of Jan Breydel and Pieter de Coninck. The square is overlooked by the famous Belfry, the towers stands at 83 metres tall and offers breathtaking panoramic views.

What's included

  • Return travel from the UK by Air to Amsterdam returning from Cologne/Dusseldorf
  • Seven nights full board cruise
  • Services of a Shearings Cruise Manager
  • Two included excursions – Medemblick to Hoorn Steam Train and Bruges
  • Five optional excursions
  • FREE Home Connect Service
MS A-ROSA

MS A-ROSA Aqua

Launched in 2009, the A-Rosa Aqua provides a welcome escape from everyday life. She currently sails on the scenic waterways of the Rhine.

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