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Floriade and Dutch and Belgian Waterways

9 days - from only £1,929pp

ABOUT THE TOUR

Floriade and Dutch and Belgian Waterways

This fascinating itinerary concentrates on the northern stretch of the Rhine and the pretty Dutch and Belgian waterways. Combine visits to Amsterdam, Ghent and Antwerp with the once every decade Floriade Expo. This takes place in Almere in 2022 and is one of the most important horticultural exhibitions in the world.

TOUR INCLUDES

  • 7 nights cruising with full board
  • 1 night hotel with continental breakfast
  • FREE drinks included (tea, coffee, wine, beer, spirits, cocktails) all day and evening
  • SPA-AROSA with sauna, jacuzzi and gym
  • 15% off Spa treatments
  • FREE Wi-Fi
  • Local joining points

9 Day Itinerary

  • Day 1:

    Local departure by coach or Home Connect service, then to Belgium for an overnight stay.

  • Day 2: Cologne

    We head into Germany and to Cologne, where we spend some free time. Later this afternoon, we join our cruise ship, the A-ROSA AQUA for our seven-night cruise.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    City of Cologne, Germany

    Cologne

    Included Highlights

    • Cologne
  • Day 3: Edam and Zaanse Schans

    Morning finds us in Holland, as we cruise to Hoorn. Join our optional excursion to Edam and Zaanse Schans. Edam is famous around the word for its cheese, but there’s more to see and experience here.

    Enjoy a stroll through the town, which is criss-crossed with many little canals, and take in several sights including the Cheese Market. Although there isn’t much cheese sold here nowadays, the old traditions are revived regularly and local cheese is transported to different sellers on sledges, just like in days gone by.

    You’ll have a little free time in the town centre before you continue to Zaanse Schans. At this listed open-air museum, you can go back in time and see what life was like in the Netherlands during the 17th and 18th centuries.

    Whether you take a guided tour or explore on your own, your route will take you past authentic houses, an historical shipyard, a pewter foundry, a dairy, an old-fashioned grocer’s shop and – above all – windmills.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Edam

    Edam

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.

    2022
    • Edam
    TBC

    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.

    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in cash in Euros (for tours to Europe) or Sterling (for UK tours).

  • Day 4: Floriade Expo

    We arrive in Lelystad on the banks of the Markermeer. Today we include an excursion to the Floriade Expo. From April 2022, Almere will be the stage for the Floriade Expo 2022 International Horticultural Expo for six months: the greenest day out.

    Once every 10 years Floriade is the park to enjoy the scent and colour of flowers, plants, vegetables, and fruit.

    The Expo offers 40 inspiring country presentations, a spectacular greenhouse complex, a cable car over the Floriade Park, pavilions with sustainable innovations and a vibrant arts and culture programme.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Floriade

    Floriade Expo

    Included Highlights

    • Floriade Expo
  • Day 5: Gardens of Appeltern

    We cruise along the Dutch waterways to later reach Kinderdijk early afternoon. Join our optional excursion to the Gardens of Appeltern. Enjoy an inspirational tour through the beautiful Gardens of Appeltern – Netherland’s largest garden idea park.

    A walk through the 23-hectare park is an experience for all your senses. Flowering borders, the most recent garden materials, accessories, plants and furniture provide endless inspiration.

    You will return to the ship full of ideas and hopefully able to take even more pleasure from your garden. We cruise overnight into Belgium.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Gardens of Appeltern

    Gardens of Appeltern

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.

    2022
    • Gardens of Appeltern
    TBC

    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.

    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in cash in Euros (for tours to Europe) or Sterling (for UK tours).

  • Day 6: Ghent

    We arrive this morning in Ghent. Spend the day exploring the medieval heart of this architectural gem.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Ghent

    Ghent

    Included Highlights

    • Ghent
  • Day 7: Antwerp

    Enjoy breakfast, whilst we are moored in Antwerp. This vibrant Belgian city is a joy to explore.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Antwerp

    Antwerp

    Included Highlights

    • Antwerp
  • Day 8: Nijmegen

    We head back into the Netherlands to Nijmegen. The Hanseatic city of Nijmegen is the oldest city in the Netherlands. Its history goes back to Roman times. The central old town is especially worth a visit.

    You will explore the old town during this guided city walk, where you will also see the St. Stevenskerk, the Belvedère, the Latijnse School and the Grote Markt. Around lunchtime we begin our cruise back into Germany.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Nijmegen

    Nijmegen

    Included Highlights

    • Nijmegen
  • Day 9:

    We disembark in Cologne and return home.

    Included meals: Breakfast

Hotels

You will cruise for seven nights on board the A-ROSA AQUA. The elegant A-ROSA AQUA has 99 cabins; the perfect base to explore the Dutch and Belgium Waterways. There is a whirlpool, gym and the Spa is a special place to rejuvenate. Shearings guests get 15% off spa treatments. Enjoy on board activities including a vast sun deck with sun loungers, putting green, shuffleboard, and a giant chessboard. Gourmet buffet dining is served in the main restaurant and on the sun deck when the weather is good. The bar and lounge provide the perfect space to relax and enjoy nightly entertainment, with all your drinks included all day and evening.

Joining points

Travel from most joining points is included within your coach holiday price; some carry a supplement of £20pp. To find your nearest joining point, search using your postcode below.

See our full list of our joining points.

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