Holland & Belgium

£1000pp Early Booking Discount

Holiday Details

Antwerp to Amsterdam 30th Mar 2021
Various regional airports 9 nights
*Viking River Cruises £2,695.00

Holland & Belgium

Explore the Low Countries

Sail through the inland waterways of the Low Countries—Belgium and Holland. Begin with an overnight stay in Antwerp, Europe’s diamond capital. Cruise through a vast network of canals and rivers, stopping in key cities to soak up Flemish, German and Dutch culture. See the windmills of Kinderdijk and modern Rotterdam. Witness feats of Dutch engineering before ending in vibrant Amsterdam. In the spring, visit Keukenhof Gardens in bright bloom.

 

Day 1 — Antwerp, Belgium

Arrive in Antwerp, then transfer to your ship.* After boarding, the afternoon is yours to relax or explore the city on your own. If your arrival schedule permits, you may wish to visit the Museum aan de Stroom, Antwerp’s oldest museum. (D)

* Ground transfers are included with Viking Air purchase.

Day 2 — Antwerp, Belgium

This morning, enjoy a walking tour of the historic quarter. See the Cathedral of Our Lady with its three monumental altarpieces painted by Peter Paul Rubens and the Grote Markt (Grand Square) surrounded by the Renaissance Town Hall and its majestic guild halls. This afternoon, spend time at your leisure exploring more of charming Antwerp. Alternatively, you may enjoy an optional excursion to sample Belgium’s delightful cuisine. Enjoy dinner on board as we sail to Maastricht. (B, L, D)

Day 3 — Maastricht, The Netherlands

Arrive in Maastricht this morning and disembark your ship for a walking tour around this historic city. Stroll the narrow cobblestone streets of the Old Town, and see the Gothic-style Sint Janskerk church and the Romanesque Basilica of St. Servatius. This afternoon, enjoy free time at your leisure to explore or join an optional excursion to Aachen to see Charlemagne’s chapel, a UNESCO Site. Or pay your respects at the American Military Cemetery of Margraten, the final resting place of 8,000 American soldiers who gave their lives to liberate Europe from the Nazis. (B, L, D)

Day 4 — Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Enjoy scenic cruising this morning along the meandering Meuse River, or take an optional excursion to walk in the footsteps of van Gogh. After lunch, your ship arrives in Nijmegen. Enjoy an included walking tour of this historic city, or join an optional tour to witness one of The Netherlands’ most dramatic chapters come to life. Learn how Operation Market Garden—the planned attack by the Allied forces in late summer 1944 portrayed in the epic war movie A Bridge Too Far—unfolded, and pay homage to the many soldiers who lost their lives during a visit to the touching National Liberation Museum in nearby Groesbeek. (B, L, D)

Day 5 — Wesel, Germany

Arrive in Wesel this morning and disembark for a walking tour of the city. Completely destroyed during World War II, Wesel fell under a barrage of heavy bombing by the Allied forces in 1945; during your tour, you will learn about the city’s rise from the ashes. This afternoon, you may choose to visit Xanten Archaeological Park—one of the largest open air museums in the world—or head to Essen and the UNESCO-listed Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex, recognized as one of Europe’s most important industrial heritage sites. This evening, set sail for Dordrecht. (B, L, D)

Day 6 — Rotterdam, The Netherlands

This morning, enjoy a scenic cruise along the Lek River as you sail into Dordrecht. An important merchant city during the late Middle Ages, Dordrecht is brimming with historic sights. During a walking tour, see the inner city harbors, the Grote Kerk (Great Church) and the 13th-century Augustine monastery known as “Het Hof.” This afternoon, your ship departs for Rotterdam. Here, you will enjoy time to explore the modern face of Holland. The city has been extensively rebuilt after the destruction suffered during World War II, and some of its architecture is quite innovative. Alternatively, you may choose to join a full-day excursion that combines Dordrecht and Delft, rejoining your ship later this afternoon. This evening, your ship will set sail for a scenic dinner cruise around the harbor. Admire the twinkling lights of the cosmopolitan skyline of Europe’s largest port. (B, L, D)

Day 7 — Kinderdijk, The Netherlands

Arrive this morning in Kinderdijk and disembark for a tour of this ingenious 18th-century community. Learn why the windmills were built and see how they work to help control flooding, then tour a working windmill to see its pumping mechanism and living quarters at this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy scenic afternoon cruising along the Lek and Waal Rivers and dinner on board your ship. (B, L, D)

Day 8 — Hoorn, The Netherlands

After breakfast, depart your ship and enjoy a guided walk through Hoorn’s cobblestone streets; see age-old cheese warehouses and the town’s main square, which dates back to Hoorn’s heyday. Enjoy a warm welcome during a home visit with a local family and get acquainted with daily life. Alternatively, you may choose to join a cycling excursion through the Dutch countryside to see the country’s famed windmills. Dine this evening as you cruise to Amsterdam. (B, L, D)

Day 9 — Amsterdam, The Netherlands

After breakfast, disembark your ship and enjoy a full day in Amsterdam. Cruise charming canals, passing under pretty bridges and enjoying streets lined with gabled houses of centuries past. This afternoon, join an optional excursion—perhaps a visit to one of Amsterdam’s world-class museums to explore the Dutch Golden Age, or uncover the city’s fascinating Jewish history. Your Viking Program Director can help you plan your afternoon. (B, L, D)

Day 10 — Amsterdam, The Netherlands

After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* Or you can choose to see more of Amsterdam on a 2-night city stay. (B)

 

Enjoy it all, it’s all included:

– Return scheduled flights from London

– PLUS, free regional flights from up to 14 UK airports

– Deluxe river-view stateroom

– All delicious on board meals

– Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board

– Complimentary guided tours almost every day

– Free Wi-Fi on board (restrictions apply).

– Free coffee and tea anytime on board

– On board talks and entertainment

– All port charges, airport taxes and overseas transfers

– PLUS Free On Board Gratuities

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