European Rivers, Canals & Cities Cruise
- Duration: 10 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW20476
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
9 nights. October 2018. From £929.00.
Sail to the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and Norway
Combine beautiful port cities with idyllic landscapes on this delightful cruise aboard Astoria. Travelling north, she'll visit the Netherlands and Germany, then skirt the coast of Denmark to call in stylish Copenhagen and Aalborg, before crossing into Norwegian waters to reach lively Kristiansand.
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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Ports of call
Day One - Depart Portsmouth, UK 1600 hrs
Day Two - Rotterdam, Netherlands
Day Four - Hamburg, Germany
Day Five - Kiel Canal Transit, Germany
Day Six - Copenhagen, Denmark
Day Seven - Aalborg, Denmark
Day Eight - Kristiansand, Norway
Day 10 - Arrive in Portsmouth, 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.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions9 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 OneJoin Astoria in Portsmouth ahead of her sailing this afternoon.
Day TwoAstoria's first call is the Dutch maritime city of Rotterdam. See the progressive architecture of Erasmus Bridge and the dazzling Markthal food market, explore the world-class museums and the lovingly preserved Old Harbour, or visit the borough of Delfshaven to take a stroll past its step-gabled houses and ancient wharves.
Day ThreeToday is spent at sea, as Astoria cruises towards Germany.
Day FourEnjoy a leisurely morning as Astoria cruises into the mouth of the River Elbe to dock in the great German port-city of Hamburg. Choose to step ashore to discover the atmosphere of the city's vibrant neighbourhoods, or simply enjoy an evening on board before Astoria sets sail late tonight.
Day FiveRelax as Astoria spends a day sailing through the Kiel Canal. This quiet waterway serves as a shortcut between the North Sea and the Baltic, saving over 250 miles of extra sailing around the coast of Denmark.
Day SixTrendy Copenhagen, with its bicycle-packed streets and laid-back cafe culture, is today's destination. See famous Tivoli Gardens (entrance payable locally) or join an optional shore excursion to discover the iconic Little Mermaid, the Royal Palace and the plush stores that line the Stroget - the city's elegant shopping street.
Day SevenToday Astoria calls in Aalborg, a Danish port city set next to the narrowest point of the Limfjord. Explore the 17th-century castle and painted buildings in the charming old town, visit the distillery and museum to sample Aquavit, a Scandinavian spirit, or join an optional excursion to the Viking burial site at Lindholm Hoje.
Day EightAstoria crosses into Norwegian waters to call at Kristiansand, on the country's southern coast. Kristiansand is recognised for its glorious white sand beaches and Palmesus beach festival, its flourishing creative arts scene, and as the home of Norway's largest zoo.
Day NineEnjoy a final day at sea as Astoria begins her return journey to the UK.
Day 10Astoria arrives back in Portsmouth in the early afternoon, where you'll disembark at the end of a wonderful cruise. 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