City Break in the Netherlands & Belgium
Stimulate your senses on this relaxing springtime cruise to Belgium and the Netherlands, where calls at two enchanting cities and scenic cruising of beautiful waterways will offer a feast of stunning sights, gorgeous scents and delicious flavours.
The first of five nights you’ll enjoy on board Braemar will be spent sailing overnight from Southampton to the Netherlands, before your smaller-sized ship diverts inland through the complex locks and passageways of the Nordzeekanaal into Amsterdam. You’ll dock closer to the heart of the culture-rich Dutch capital and have time to explore the city at your leisure; you could visit world-famous attractions such as the haunting Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum and marvel at the grand architecture of the UNESCO-listed Canal Ring. A canal boat tour is a wonderful way to see the sights, though you might prefer to explore via bicycle – the transport of choice for many of the locals. Visiting Amsterdam in the spring is the best time to see the city’s tulips in fragrant full-bloom, so be sure to visit the Keukenhof Gardens too to see various species of this iconic flora in all their colourful splendour. [ReadMore]
Continuing on, a relaxing cruise along the winding Western Scheldt River takes you to the heart of Antwerp. Make the most of your overnight stay in Belgium’s pretty second city to wander the cobbled streets in search of highlights such as the intricate guildhouses of Grote Markt, the mighty Cathedral of our Lady and the Royal Museum of Fine Arts. No time here is complete without visiting the city’s legendary diamond and shopping districts, and stopping by one of the many artisan chocolatiers or cafés to try authentic Belgian chocolates too. Antwerp is also your gateway to the enchanting city of Ghent, while Brussels – Belgium’s fascinating capital city – is within reach too.