Cities & Waterways of Europe

Departs Dover  •  22nd April 2017  •  8 nights
Balmoral  •  L1706  •  Prices from £959.00 (cruise only)
Bicycles on a bridge over the canals of Amsterdam
Bicycles on a bridge over the canals of Amsterdam
3 for 2
Stop overnight in three of Europe’s most picturesque and interesting cities and experience hours of relaxing scenic cruising along winding waterways in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium on this attraction-packed, 8-night cultural cruise aboard Balmoral.

Two days in Hamburg allows plenty of time for exploring the pretty streets of the historic Hanseatic city. Impressive landmarks to tick off your ‘must-see’ list include the neo-Renaissance style City Hall, St. Michael’s Church and the soaring, 482 feet-high steeple of St. Nikolai church; while the unique Miniature Wonderland – home to the world’s biggest model railway – is well worth a visit. In the evening, you could venture into the vibrant Reeperbahn district to try local beers and culinary treats at fine bars and restaurants; or perhaps enjoy an unforgettable boat ride on the Alster Lake. Gliding along the Elbe River past rolling hills, vast plains and beautiful countryside will be a fitting conclusion to your German jaunt.

A cruise along the Nordzeekanaal will then lead you to Amsterdam, where your overnight stay coincides with the annual King’s Day celebrations. Be sure to dress yourself in orange – the Netherlands’ national colour – and then head into the heart of the city to enjoy the fun and festivities with excited locals. See brightly decorated boats packed into the iconic canals; treat yourself to a traditional tompouce pastry from one of the food stalls; and grab a bargain at the bustling flea market. Alternatively you could escape the hustle and bustle and visit world-famous attractions such as the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum and Anne Frankhuis, which will all still be open on the big day. Finally after winding along the Western Scheldt River, Balmoral will dock in delightful Antwerp – a city famed for its fine architecture, delicious chocolate and sparkling diamonds. You could indulge in some sightseeing and shopping to discover highlights such as medieval Cathedral of Our Lady and pick up a few gems to take home; then take the weight off your feet in a charming café with a hot chocolate in hand.

Single supplement offers are available on selected grades on this sailing, please call for details.

Please note, three for two and tips covered offers are not combinable with Anchor fares.

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Itinerary & Port Information

Cities & Waterways of Europe
Date
Arrive
Depart
Destination
April 2017
Sat 22
Late Night
Dover
Dover

Dover

Home of the famous White Cliffs, Dover is one of England's most iconic towns.

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Mon 24
Early AM
Hamburg
Hamburg

Hamburg

There's water everywhere here in Germany's principal port - from the Alster Lake to a web of canals and waterways spanned by 1,000 bridges.

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Tue 25
Early PM
Hamburg
Hamburg

Hamburg

There's water everywhere here in Germany's principal port - from the Alster Lake to a web of canals and waterways spanned by 1,000 bridges.

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Tue 25
Early PM
Late Night
Cruising River Elbe
Cruising River Elbe

Cruising River Elbe

Enjoy a relaxing cruise along Germany's Lower Elbe, a picturesque section of the River Elbe linking the historic port city of Hamburg to the North Sea.

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Wed 26
Early AM
Early PM
Cruising North Sea Canal (Noordzeekanaal)
Cruising North Sea Canal (Noordzeekanaal)

Cruising North Sea Canal (Noordzeekanaal)

The North Sea Canal (or Noordzeekanaal) is Amsterdam’s direct link to the North Sea and is one of the country’s busiest and most important shipping lanes. 

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Wed 26
Early PM
Amsterdam
Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Amsterdam - Netherlands's historic capital - is packed with beautiful sights and unique cultural delights.

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Thu 27
Late PM
Amsterdam
Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Amsterdam - Netherlands's historic capital - is packed with beautiful sights and unique cultural delights.

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Fri 28
Early AM
Early PM
Cruising Western Scheldt River
Cruising Western Scheldt River

Cruising Western Scheldt River

Located in the province of Zeeland in the Netherlands, the Western Scheldt River is an estuary of the Scheldt River, and is the only direct way to the North Sea. 

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Fri 28
Early PM
Antwerp
Antwerp

Antwerp

With over 80% of the world's rough diamonds passing through the city's famous diamond district at some point, Antwerp is renowned for it's charm and sparkle. However, there's a lot more to this fine city than precious stones - it's home to plenty of other gems to discover and enjoy too.

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Sat 29
Late PM
Antwerp
Antwerp

Antwerp

With over 80% of the world's rough diamonds passing through the city's famous diamond district at some point, Antwerp is renowned for it's charm and sparkle. However, there's a lot more to this fine city than precious stones - it's home to plenty of other gems to discover and enjoy too.

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Sun 30
Early AM
Dover
Dover

Dover

Home of the famous White Cliffs, Dover is one of England's most iconic towns.

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Pricing / Rooms

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11 Nov 2016
German Cities and Waterways (W1616)
Service: Poor
Itinerary: Poor
My cabin was under the show lounge stage; I could not only hear the music but also the taps of the tap dancing! Before the cruise I did ask the person I booked with whether the cabin would be noisy - they said they had never had any complaints. I mentioned the problem to reception on the Black...
My cabin was under the show lounge stage; I could not only hear the music but also the taps of the tap dancing! Before the cruise I did ask the person I booked with whether the cabin would be noisy - they said they had never had any complaints. I mentioned the problem to reception on the Black Watch at both the start and end of the cruise.
07 Nov 2016
German Cities and Waterways (W1616)
Service: Excellent
Itinerary: Excellent
Service rating : On every aspect the standard was high, staff helpful, speakers first class, as were food, entertainment, trips well organised in particular the visit to Riba.
Excellent value for money.
Product : Very simply an excellent Cruise, we were able to do the river cruises without having...
Service rating : On every aspect the standard was high, staff helpful, speakers first class, as were food, entertainment, trips well organised in particular the visit to Riba.
Excellent value for money.
Product : Very simply an excellent Cruise, we were able to do the river cruises without having to transfer to another to another ship, which was very important to us.
06 Nov 2016
German Cities and Waterways (W1616)
Service: Good
Itinerary: Good
Service rating : Everything went well staff very helpful ship very clean
Product : Everything was well done really couldn't fault it
03 Nov 2016
German Cities and Waterways (W1616)
Service: Excellent
Itinerary: Excellent
Nice relaxed ship, excellent staff/crew
03 Nov 2016
German Cities and Waterways (W1616)
Service: Poor
Itinerary: Good
Service rating : Disappointed with the Oceans Officer, our silver card had just expired by a couple of months despite me telling him that I had two hip replacements he was completely unsympathetic and abrupt. Will definitely make me think about sailing with Fred again
Product : Nice ports of call with...
Service rating : Disappointed with the Oceans Officer, our silver card had just expired by a couple of months despite me telling him that I had two hip replacements he was completely unsympathetic and abrupt. Will definitely make me think about sailing with Fred again
Product : Nice ports of call with good available time to see the sights
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