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Belgian Chocolates & Floral Holland

31st Mar 2019 7 nights Sails from Dover Boudicca D1907
FROM ONLY £699 per person
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FROM ONLY £699 per person
No Single Supplement & your Tips Covered *selected grades
OR Three cruises for the price of two (must inc. Oct-Dec'18 cruise)

With Boudicca diverting inland to bring you closer to the highlights of four wonderfully rewarding cities, you’ll experience Belgium and the Netherlands at their very best. Take opportunities to see iconic tulips in full spring bloom, sample authentic Belgian chocolates, visit world-famous museums and much more on this indulgent itinerary.

Soon after leaving Dover, you’ll begin three days in Belgium with an early morning sail along the Western Scheldt River, as your smaller-sized ship heads straight for Antwerp. Once you’ve arrived in Belgium’s beautiful second city, you’ll have time to explore at your own pace during an overnight stay. While the legendary diamond district is the jewel in Antwerp’s crown, there are plenty of other treasures to uncover here too; the intricate guildhouses of Grote Markt, the mighty Cathedral of our Lady and the Royal Museum of Fine Arts are all highly recommended. An all-encompassing city tour combines these fascinating landmarks with the chance to taste traditional Belgian treats at artisan chocolatiers. After Antwerp, another Belgian gem awaits. Medieval Ghent showcases a collection of interesting attractions, including the striking gothic structures of St Bavo’s Cathedral and the Castle of the Counts, and the UNESCO-listed, 91-metre-high Belfry. You can continue to indulge your sweet tooth here too; Ghent is packed with traditional chocolate and pastry shops. [ReadMore]

In contrast to the historical delights of Belgium, Rotterdam – the Netherlands’ stylish second city – brings a futuristic flavour to your cruise. Rotterdam’s modern bridges and towers are a sight to behold as you glide into port, while ashore are plenty of impressive sights to discover once you head ashore too; the innovative 1970’s Cube Houses and magnificent Markthal are well worth taking the time to visit. Ending your holiday with a floral flourish is an overnight stay in Amsterdam. You have the chance to visit the gorgeous Keukenhof Gardens and capture tulips in colourful seasonal bloom. The 32-hectare Keukenhof is home to over six million tulips that burst into life in the spring, creating a sea of colour that must be seen to be believed. With time to explore the Dutch capital at leisure too, you could take in the remarkable Anne Frank House; marvel at the magnificent mansions of the UNESCO-listed Canal Ring; and even enjoy a leisurely canal cruise along the city’s iconic waterways.

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

Named after the British warrior Queen, Boudicca has built up a loyal following, combining style and space with the renowned personal Fred. Olsen service. Up to 880 guests can sail in comfort on board Boudicca, enjoying the welcoming, home-from-home ambience, ample space and fantastic restaurants, lounges, bars and facilities of a smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ship. 

Rest assured, all of the following comes as standard on every Fred. Olsen cruise:

  • Comfortable rooms and suites with TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and individually controlled air conditioning
  • Tempting cuisine every day throughout your cruise - with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets and late-night snacks
  • Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee at selected venues, afternoon tea* with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks
  • All evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, dancing and live music
  • Captain's Drinks Party and Gala Buffet (on cruises of 5 nights or more)
  • On board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym
  • A wide choice of on board activities and lectures throughout the day
  • All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)
  • Luggage porterage between your room and the drop-off/pick-up point
  • Flights, as confirmed as part of a fly-cruise holiday

​Cruise descriptions include optional, chargeable experiences that may be enjoyed independently and/or with optional Fred. Olsen Shore Tours. *Premium Traditional Afternoon Tea not included.

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