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Cities & Canals With Dutch Bulbfields Cruise

Europe
  • Duration: 11 days
  • Board Basis: Full Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUS8963

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Make your own way to port

11 days

Cruise 2020

PRICE FROM ? £1199 per person
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Itinerary

Description

Join Balmoral for this rewarding, 10-night springtime escape and you’ll get to revel in the scenery of six different countries in Western Europe and Scandinavia, including Belgium, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Gothenburg. Throughout this absorbing itinerary, you can enjoy canal cruising on board your smaller sized ship and during time ashore, while there are iconic museums, famous landmarks and seasonal delights to discover too.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Home pickup & embarkation in Newcastle / Day 2 – At Sea
A uniformed chauffeur will collect you from home for your comfortable journey in a top specification car so you can begin your holiday in style. On arrival at Newcastle Cruise Terminal, we board the Balmoral and begin our journey, taking time to relax in our cabins or on deck and enjoying the use of the ship’s range of leisure facilities.

Days 3 & 4 – Antwerp, Belgium
Our first port of call is Belgium’s charming, medieval city of Antwerp. Renowned as the centre of the diamond trade, Antwerp was one of Europe’s principle cities in the mid-16th century and has maintained the essence of its medieval past, despite severe bombing during World War II. Over 80% of the world’s rough diamonds pass through the city’s famous diamond district at some point or other. There are more than 20 museums in the city, while the abundant attractions of this cultural gem also include a vibrant fashion and entertainment scene, a robust café culture, excellent shops and delightful parks and gardens. There are also plenty of ancient buildings to see, including a riverside fortress and the imposing Cathedral of Our Lady.

Day 5 – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Today we cruise to Amsterdam, the Netherland’s historic capital. This canal-lined city offers everything from treasure-packed museums and antiquarian bookshops to chic boutiques and convivial cafés. There are many famous museums, including the Rijksmuseum, which houses paintings from Rembrandt, and The Anne Frankhuis, where Anne Frank and her family hid from German troops during World War II. A tour of the Canal Ring district, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is also not to be missed, seemingly unchanged since the 17th century. Later, we continue our cruise via the North Sea Canal.

Day 6 – Kiel Canal Transit, Germany
Connecting the North Sea to the Baltic Sea, the Kiel Canal is one of the world’s busiest and most important shipping routes. Slicing a man-made path through the German countryside, this 61-mile-long marvel of engineering allows vessels to avoid approximately 250 nautical miles of sea sailing. Cruising slowly along the canal presents an opportunity to take in gorgeous scenes of lush-green landscapes, a collection of interesting villages and towns, and marvel at several impressive bridges.


Day 7 – Copenhagen, Denmark
We moor up in Copenhagen, a city of beautiful architecture with a vibrant atmosphere. A stroll through pretty Nyhavn, Copenhagen’s 17th-century waterfront and canal district, is not to be missed. Historic wooden ships are set to a backdrop of brightly coloured 17th and 18th-century townhouses, many of which have been converted into bars and restaurants. The historic centre of Denmark’s capital, an 18th-century rococo district, is home to a wealth of treasures. The Royal Family’s Amalienborg Palace, Christiansborg Palace and Rosenborg Castle, the home of the Danish crown jewels, are all fascinating places to explore. The Little Mermaid sculpture at Langelinje Pier is a must-visit attraction too.

Day 8 – Gothenburg, Denmark
We step ashore in Gothenburg, a picturesque seaport on Sweden’s west coast bursting with Neoclassical architecture and 17th-century Dutch-designed canals. Known as one of the friendliest cities in Europe, it offers an extensive range of galleries, museums, boutiques, and street cafés. The world famous Trädgårdsföreningen – the Garden Society of Gothenburg – is one of the city’s must-visit sites. It features gorgeous lawns, woodlands and stunning flower beds filled with thousands of rose species, and remains one of Europe's best-kept 19th-century parks.

Day 9 – Brevik, Norway
Our final destination is Brevik, one of Norway’s best preserved towns. Its traditional terracotta roofed houses and maritime inspired architecture is a tribute to Norway’s history, an exhibition of the country’s past. The town has a friendly and tranquil atmosphere and the narrow streets are lined with buildings built in the 1700s, 1800s and beyond. The sparkling waterfront district is well worth a visit, with plenty of places to eat and drink, set against the unique landscapes that surround the town. 

Day 10 – At Sea / Day 11 – Disembarkation in Newcastle
After a day at leisure on the ship, we arrive back in Newcastle where we disembark and are met by our chauffeur for the journey home – a luxurious and stress-free way to end the holiday.

Self Drive Bullets

  • Door to Door Club Class Home Collection Service*
  • 10 nights full board accommodation on the Balmoral
  • Self-service tea and coffee at selected venues
  • Morning coffee with biscuits
  • Afternoon sandwiches and cakes
  • In-room sandwiches and snacks
  • Captain’s drinks party and gala buffet
  • All evening entertainment
  • Use of leisure facilities
  • On board activities and guest lectures
  • Porterage between port and cabin
  • Port taxes
Departure date: 14/04/2020
Departure point: Newcastle

Search Bullets

  • 10 nights full board accommodation on the Balmoral
  • Captain’s drinks party and gala buffet
  • All evening entertainment
  • Use of leisure facilities
  • On board activities and guest lectures

Helpful Information

To enhance the enjoyment of your cruise, a programme of optional shore excursions will be available at extra cost in advance of the cruise departure for pre-registration. Please note certain ports may only be accessible by the use of a smaller tender vessel.

The Balmoral operates a cashless system on board and all incidental expenses will be charged to your account. A gratuity of £5 per person, per day will be debited to your account automatically.

Self-drive available. Car parking is available at Newcastle Cruise Terminal. Please contact Fred. Olsen Guest Services on 0800 0355 145. A discount of £100pp on prices shown is applicable if you are making your own way to the port.

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 0333 234 2010

Club Class Home Collection Service

Free* Club Class Home Collection Service

Take advantage of our brand new, stress free departure option of "Club Class Home Collection Service". With this luxury service, a uniformed chauffeur will collect you from home and transfer you to the hotel, airport or cruise port in top specification cars or MPV's then at the end of your holiday they will be waiting to whisk you home again.

Please note: On some journeys we may collect other customers en-route who are travelling on the same holiday as yourself. The maximum number of pickups would be your plus two more with a maximum of six people in the vehicle. Journeys over 2.5 hours will include comfort breaks and complimentary bottles water is provided. All vehicles are fitted with satellite navigation and tracking devices. Service available from addresses in mainland England only, one pickup per booking. Service operating in partnership with Club Class Chauffeurs.
Round Trip MileagePrice (pp)
Up to 150 milesFREE
151+please call
Single Traveller SupplementAdditional 75%
*Up to a maximum of 150 miles from your home postcode to the Cruise Terminal and back. Terms and conditions apply. Please call for additional mileage costs.
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