The Beautiful Dutch Waterways, Ghent And Antwerp
- Duration: 8 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW20892
- Travel Type: Coach
7 nights. June 2020 - October 2020. From £1699.00.
BUY ONE GET ONE HALF-PRICE ON 2019 CRUISES - BOOK BY 31ST OCTOBER TO SAVE USE CODE: RCBHP
Spend a wonderful week enjoying river cruising 'your way' as you cruise through Holland and Belgium, and visit some of the region's most historic cities on your casual-but-stylish A-ROSA river cruise ship.
Your A-ROSA holiday leaves you free to do as much or as little as you like. Soak up the sun as you watch the world slip buy on the top deck, head to the gym for a workout or take advantage of your all-Inclusive discounts on treatments in the on-board SPA-ROSA. Later, why not organise an early evening meal with friends, make new ones at the bar or book a special meal in the ship's reserved dining area? The choices are always up to you.
As each day brings a new port, you'll have opportunities to explore. See Amsterdam's museums and galleries, flower markets, cafes and bars. Head into Rotterdam in search of the city's eccentric modern architecture, and immerse yourself in the long, varied histories of Hoorn, Ghent and Nijmegen. Head out into the countryside, perhaps on one of the ship's bikes, join a guided tour or simply make yourself at home and enjoy life on board.
What's IncludedSeven nights' all-inclusive cruise accommodation
Buffet breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board
A large selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks all day long
On-board activities and entertainment
Return travel from the UK to Cologne
Included coach transfers to the ship (unless you select our Tour Only option)
Holiday HighlightsCruise across the Markermeer to Hoorn
Time to explore Amsterdam
Visits to the Belgian cities of Ghent and Antwerp
A morning in Rotterdam
Guided city tours in Amsterdam and Ghent
A visit to Nijmegen on the river Waal
Embark your A-ROSA vessel in Cologne
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 1Travel into Cologne and join your A-ROSA river cruiser. This afternoon your adventure begins as your vessel slips away from Cologne and heads down the Rhine towards the Dutch border.
Day 2This morning you'll emerge from Holland's pretty tangle of rivers and canals and cruise across the Markermeer to Hoorn. This charming town was once the headquarters of the Dutch East India Company, and flourished during the Golden Age of Dutch commerce in the 17th Century. Why not pay a visit to the Westfries Museum to see what daily life was like at different points in the town's history? Alternatively, stroll the picturesque streets, look around the shops or stop in a cafe to enjoy a canal-side coffee.
Day 3This morning you'll wake in Amsterdam. Discover some of the city's most famous sights - the Royal Palace, the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum to name a few - then spend the day exploring the city's cobbled streets. Join an excursion, perhaps on one of the ship's bikes, or catch a tram to hop around the city with ease. Return to the ship in your own time, this evening, or stay in the city to enjoy the nightlife and the friendly, cosmopolitan atmosphere until the time comes to depart (at around 11pm). On 2020 departures you'll spend the morning in Zaanstad and arrive in Amsterdam at lunchtime.
Day 4You'll arrive in Rotterdam at around breakfast-time, today. As well as being a historic city of world-class museums and classically Dutch canals and cobbled squares, Rotterdam is a treasure trove of outlandish modern architecture - from the vast modern 'harp' of the Erasmus Bridge to the Cube houses of Overblaak Street. Within the remarkable upturned U of the Markethal you'll find delicious food to try and buy, and a lively crowd of locals doing exactly that.
Shortly after lunch, your A-ROSA vessel will leave Rotterdam behind and head to the Belgian border on its way to Ghent.
Day 5The stunning architecture, cobbled streets and beautiful canals of Ghent are some of Europe's best-kept secrets. An included guided tour will bring the city to life, and you'll then be free to explore.
In the mid-afternoon, your A-ROSA vessel will leave Ghent behind, and cruise back into the Dutch waters of the Western Scheldt before turning east towards Antwerp.
Day 6Shortly after midnight your vessel will arrive in Antwerp, leaving you free to spend a full day exploring. Why not visit one of the city's many museums or explore the Grote Markt, the city's medieval central square lined with pretty guild houses? The Cathedral of Our Lady - the city's most visible landmark - took nearly 170 years to build and is well worth a visit, as are the jewellers, grinding shops and showrooms of the city's Diamond Square Mile.
Day 7Your last port of call will be lively Nijmegen, Holland's oldest city. The quaint cobbled quarter is home to elegant Dutch architecture, pretty courtyards and quaint shops. Spend a relaxing morning here, before returning to the ship to make the most of your Premium All-Inclusive package on your final afternoon and evening on board.
Day 8Your A-ROSA experience ends this morning, as you disembark in Cologne and begin your journey home. Back to top
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Optional shore excursionsOptional excursions are available on all cruises. If the number of bookings needed to operate any excursion is not reached, the excursion may be cancelled.
TippingTipping is not compulsory, but from experience we know that many passengers like to leave gratuities for the crew. At the end of the cruise you will find a tip box for the entire crew at the reception and the suggested amount is five Euros per guest per day. Of course, you are free to tip individual crew members at any time, should you wish.
Disabled guests and guests in need of assistanceAll ships have stairs, are not equipped with lifts, and may not be suitable for passengers with restricted mobility. Wheelchairs cannot be used on board.
Dress codeThe dress code on board and ashore is comfortable and casual; we recommend that you bring sturdy footwear for excursions. For the restaurant we recommend smart casual dress. Please remember to bring warmer clothes for evenings out on deck.
Wi-FiWi-Fi is provided free of charge in accordance with A-ROSA's conditions of use. You can request a login and password from reception. Internet reception is limited and will vary from location to location.
LuggageWhere possible, we recommend non-rigid suitcases as these are easier to store within your cabin.
PoolA heated pool can be found on the sun deck of the following ships: A-ROSA DONNA, FLORA, SILVA and STELLA.
WhirlpoolA heated Whirlpool can be found on the following ships: A-ROSA AQUA, and VIVA.
Cabin facilitiesIn your cabin you will find a safe installed in the wardrobe, a hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers, insect screens and pool towels. The power supply in your cabin is 220 V/50 Hz. All sockets are European two-pin, meaning you will need to bring an adapter.
Air-conditioningAll A-ROSA vessels are air-conditioned throughout, with individual climate control in each cabin.
Drinking waterThe water on board is potable and bottled water is provided in your cabin.
Itinerary changesOn rare occasions, the Captain may need to alter the Cruise Itinerary. If this happens, the Cruise Manager will keep passengers informed.
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.
Terms and conditionsOFFER TERMS: This offer applies to new bookings on 2019 A-ROSA river cruise departures made between 1st and 31st October 2019 (inclusive) only. It is not valid on cruises departing in 2020. Prices shown when booking do not include the discount. The discount will be applied to your booking once the promo code (RCBHP) has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. The offer may not be used in conjunction with any other offer, is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. Back to top