Belgian Chocolates & Floral Holland
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.