European Rivers, Canals & Cities Cruise
- Duration: 10 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW20350
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
9 nights. March 2018. From £1169.00.
SAVER FARES AVAILABLE ON SELECTED CRUISES!*
Historic waterways and European cities
Journey along some of Europe's greatest rivers and canals to some fascinating, historic cities. Explore colourful Amsterdam, and Bremen's delightful old town. Visit Hamburg, "wonderful" Copenhagen, pretty little Aalborg and the little-known resort of Kristiansand on the southern tip of Norway.
Beautiful, 550-passenger Astoria is every inch the perfect cruise vessel. Originally a transatlantic liner, now restored and lovingly maintained as a premium-rated cruise ship, Astoria is both small enough to offer a friendly atmosphere, and large enough to offer a relaxed environment to ensure your holiday enjoyment. She's every inch the perfect home from home for your memorable cruise holiday.
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The greatest pleasure of a cruise holiday is the knowledge that as each day dawns, there'll be a new adventure to enjoy, a new experience to savour.
Ports of call
Day One - Depart London Tilbury, UK 1530 hrs
Day Two - Amsterdam, Netherlands and the Ijmuiden Canal
Day Three - The River Weser and Bremen, Germany
Day Four - The River Elbe and Hamburg, Germany
Day Five - Kiel Canal Transit
Day Six - Copenhagen, Denmark
Day Seven - Aalborg, Denmark
Day Eight - Kristiansand, Norway
Day 10 - Arrive in London Tilbury, UK 0800 hrs
N.B. All days not listed are spent at sea enjoying the excellent facilities aboard Astoria. Please see the Full Itinerary for details. Ports marked with an asterisk will be reached by landing boat and may be inaccessible for customers with mobility difficulties.
What The Price Includes9 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
Full-board arrangements including full breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and midnight snacks
On-board entertainment as arranged
Calls at ports as detailed in the itinerary
The services of a friendly, professional crew and cruise staff
Port charges and taxes Single and upgrade cabins are available for a supplement
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day OneMake your way to London Tilbury to board Astoria. You'll sail early this evening and enjoy your first dinner on board. Get to know the cruise staff and some of your fellow passengers before you retire to your comfortable cabin.
Day TwoThis morning Astoria sails up the Ijmuiden Canal to Amsterdam. Spend the day wandering the cobbled canal-side streets of this city of waterways, flower markets and renowned museums, and perhaps take to the water on a canal cruise or a self-pedalled canal 'bike'. You'll also have the opportunity to join our optional excursion to the gardens at Keukenhof before you return to the ship.
Day ThreeAfter a day spent cruising along the gentle curves of the River Weser, Astoria arrives in the historic city of Bremen, home to magnificent St Peter's Cathedral and exquisite, UNESCO-listed Market Square. Join the shore excursion into the city to spend your day exploring the narrow, cobbled streets of the Schnoor, the oldest in the city.
Day FourToday Astoria cruises into the mouth of the River Elbe and docks in the great German port-city of Hamburg. Head ashore to soak up the atmosphere of this vibrant metropolis, or enjoy an evening on board before Astoria sets sail late tonight.
Day FiveThis morning Astoria will make her transit of the Kiel Canal, which connects the Baltic with the North Sea, saving over 250 miles' sailing around Denmark.
Day SixStylish Copenhagen, home to the famous Tivoli Gardens, and forever associated with Hans Christian Andersen, is our next port of call. Despite its reputation as a young and thriving metropolis, its actually one of Europe's oldest cities, with a rich history reflected in its splendid buildings and ancient streets.
Day SevenAstoria's second Danish port is Aalborg, set next to the Limfjord. Explore the delightful old town's 17th-century castle and painted buildings, or join an optional excursion to the Viking burial site at Lindholm Hoje. Aalborg is also the home of Aquavit, and a visit to the distillery and museum provides another enjoyable diversion.
Day EightToday we'll stop in Kristiansand, Norway's fifth city, on the country's southern coast. One of Norway's most popular tourist destinations, Kristiansand is renowned for its beaches and Palmesus beach festival, its thriving creative arts scene, and as the home of Norway's largest zoo.
Day NineToday is spent at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities as Astoria cruises home.
Day 10This morning Astora arrives in Tilbury, and it'll be time to bid farewell to the ship and her crew as you disembark. Back to top
Beautiful, 550-passenger MV Astoria is every inch the perfect cruise vessel. Originally a Transatlantic liner, now restored and lovingly maintained as a premium-rated cruise ship, Astoria is both small enough to offer a friendly atmosphere, and large enough to offer a relaxed environment to ensure your holiday enjoyment. She's every inch the perfect home from home for your memorable cruise holiday.
The cabins on board Astoria offer accommodation to suit a range of pockets and preferences. Each passenger cabin offers private facilities with shower and bath, a TV, a hairdryer and personal safe. Superior and Deluxe cabins and Suites offer extra touches such as mini-bars fridges, bathrobes and slippers and even champagne to toast your arrival on board. Outside cabins offer picture windows and portholes. Passengers who book a Junior Suite will also enjoy Priority Embarkation, a welcome bottle of champagne and fresh flowers, priority boarding at tender ports, and a special 'At Your Leisure' disembarkation service and complimentary UK daily or Sunday newspaper on the day they disembark. In addition, passengers who choose to book Astoria's Owners Presidential Suite will receive a complimentary laundry service, will be served pre-dinner hors-d'oeuvres each evening, enjoy complimentary DVD hire from the ship's library, a well stocked bookshelf for holiday reading and confirmed ship's restaurant seating requests and shore excursion reservations (on tours with at least 40 participants).Back to top
Passport requirementsBritish Citizens will need a full, 10-year passport to travel on this cruise. Since some countries require visitors to be valid for at least six months after the return date of the cruise we recommend that all customers ensure that this is the case. Holders of non-British passports should check with the relevant embassies to see if any requirements and restrictions exist for any countries visited during the cruise.
Foreign Office travel adviceVisit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas. *This offer applies to new bookings made between 27th December 2017 and 31st March (inclusive) only. The price shown on this page includes any initial Saver Fare discount. The exact value of the discount included will vary depending on offer, cruise, cabin and departure date selected. Further information is available as you book your chosen cruise. Discounts apply to all cabin categories. This offer may be withdrawn at any time. All fares exclude gratuities.
On many of our cruises, a limited number of Voyager Fare Inner and Ocean-view cabins are available. Choose these and you will be accommodated in at least a Standard Twin Inner or Ocean-view cabin, but will pay only the reduced Voyager Fare price. Availability is limited, so book now to secure your discount. Back to top