Cities & Canals with Dutch Bulb Fields

14th Apr 2020 10 nights Sails from Newcastle Balmoral L2004
FROM ONLY £1,149 per person
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FROM ONLY £1,149 per person

Join Balmoral for this rewarding, 10-night springtime escape and you’ll get to revel in the scenery of six different countries in Western Europe and Scandinavia. Throughout this absorbing itinerary, you can enjoy canal cruising on board your smaller sized ship and during time ashore, while there are iconic museums, famous landmarks and seasonal delights to discover too.

Visiting Antwerp for an overnight stay will provide the perfect start to your getaway, with plenty of time to explore the cobbled streets of Belgium’s beautiful second city and see the sights at your own pace. [ReadMoreMob]The mighty Cathedral of Our Lady and the Royal Museum of Fine Arts are among many gems to discover in Antwerp, a city famed for its legendary diamond district. No visit is complete without stopping by one of the friendly cafés and chocolate shops to sample authentic Belgian chocolate. It’s then on to the Netherlands and Amsterdam, the culture-rich Dutch capital. Highly recommended here is a boat tour of the city’s iconic canals, an enchanting way to see the grand structures of the UNESCO-listed Canal Ring. Amsterdam’s abundant attractions also include world-famous galleries and museums, such as the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum, while the Keukenhof Gardens – where millions of tulips burst into their fragrant, colourful full bloom in the spring – is within reach too. [ReadMoreDesk]

Departing Amsterdam via the Nordzeekanaal will whet your appetite for a memorable day of scenic cruising the following day, which will see Braemar navigate the size-restricted Kiel Canal and present views of gorgeous Germany countryside en route to Denmark. A call at Copenhagen kicks-off the Scandinavian leg of your spring getaway. An array of attractions await in the Danish capital, from the iconic Little Mermaid statue to the colourful buildings of the Nyhavn district and the impressive Amalienborg and Christiansborg palaces, and a canal tour is a great way to see them from a different perspective. Sailing on to Sweden, tranquil 17th century canals are yours to explore – perhaps aboard a traditional ‘paddan’ boat – in Gothenburg, where you could also visit Maritiman – the world’s largest floating ship museum, Alvsborg Fortress, the historic Haga District and much more during your day in port. Finally, there’s a visit to Brevik for a chance to take a boat tour of the unique, ‘staircase-style’ Telemark Canal nearby, with its famous stepped locks and picturesque scenery. Alternatively, opt to stay in Brevik – one of Norway’s best-preserved towns – for one last day of rewarding exploration ashore, taking in the traditional terracotta-topped houses and maritime-inspired architecture.

Real ships
We don’t have boastful megaships. We take immense pride in our fleet of smaller-scaled vessels that retain the style, ambience and understated quality of a country house hotel.  We ensure they remain contemporary too: from winter 2016 to spring 2018 the whole fleet underwent dry dock refits to further enhance the facilities for guests. With the fifth generation Fred. Olsen as Chairman and 170 years of seafaring heritage behind us, we believe we’ve found the perfect formula for you to get the best out of your holiday with us.

Smaller but spacious
A smaller ship doesn’t mean less space; far from it. Each room is comfortably sized, with all that you’ll need to enjoy your holiday. In fact, our rooms are comparable to those on some of the mammoth cruise ships. While our vessels are on a more accessible scale, you can have just as much private space.  With fewer people on board it’s easy to find a quiet spot to relax in peace with a drink or a good book. There’s room to stretch out by the pool and you can get ashore more quickly too. And when you’re ashore, you’re seeing the best of each port of call with hundreds – not thousands – of others, giving you a much more authentic experience.

Service with a smile
Each member of the Fred. Olsen team has been carefully selected for their warm and welcoming personalities. The quality of our people, supported by training and development, ensures they will give you a great holiday: in guest feedback our staff are always the most highly-rated aspect of the whole experience.

Refurbished in 2017, Balmoral is the largest of Fred. Olsen's smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships – with capacity for up to 1,350 guests – yet is still small enough to navigate narrow waterways such as Kiel Canal and bring inspirational sights and experiences closer to you. Like the rest of the fleet, Balmoral retains a warm, welcoming atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation and lounges, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.