City Break in the Netherlands & Belgium
A highly rewarding short break, this five-night late-summer escape to Belgium and the Netherlands features extended calls at two beautiful, attraction-packed cities where a wealth of rewards, including gratifying museums, architectural treasures and legendary districts, are yours to uncover at your leisure. [ReadMoreMob]
Following an overnight sail from Southampton, you’ll enjoy a scenic cruise of the Western Scheldt River, passing countryside scenes of lush-green fields, marshlands and nature reserves en route to Antwerp. Smaller-sized Braemar will sail the Western Scheldt all the way into Antwerp, and then dock within a short distance to the centre of Belgium’s pretty second city to bring the likes of Grote Markt and the mighty Cathedral of Our Lady closer to you. Make the most of your overnight stay here to explore the city [ReadMoreDesk]in depth and you’ll be rewarded with plenty of highlights; the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, the sparkling Diamond District and the neo-Gothic Central Station are all easily discovered on foot. And, of course, you can sample delicious Belgian chocolates along the way. Alternatively, medieval Ghent, with its historical monuments, impressive museums and artisan chocolatiers, is within reach on tour.
Then it’s on to the Netherlands, where you’ll wake up in vibrant Amsterdam with a full day ahead to explore one of Europe’s most captivating capitals. Again, Braemar will dock closer to the centre of this culture-rich city, so an abundance of attractions, from the haunting tales of Anne Frank House to the comprehensive collection of masterpieces on display at Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum, await just a short distance from the gangway. Don’t miss the chance to explore Amsterdam’s network of iconic canals and waterways, to marvel at the magnificent historical structures and multi-million-Euro mansions of the UNESCO-listed Canal Ring and visit the wonderful floating flower market. Perhaps see the sights by bicycle, or opt for a romantic canal boat tour in the evening before embarking Braemar for a relaxing journey home.