City Break in the Netherlands & Belgium
An indulgent escape to Belgium and the Netherlands, this magical cruise on board Black Watch offers you chances to go in search of fragrant flowers, delicious chocolates, sparkling diamonds and much more in Amsterdam and Antwerp at the most romantic time of the year.[ReadMoreMob]
For a memorable start to your five-night break, you’ll spend Valentine’s evening on board your smaller, more intimate cruise ship, enjoying delicious food, a few glasses of your favourite tipple and fantastic entertainment in the company of loved-ones, friends and fellow guests as you sail to the Netherlands. Then, after negotiating the locks and narrow waters of the Nordzeekanaal, Black Watch will dock in Amsterdam – the Dutch capital. [ReadMoreDesk]Here you can uncover an abundance of attractions, from the unique urban landscape of the UNESCO-listed Canal Ring to fascinating museums such as Anne Frank House and the Tulip Museum, where you can learn about the history of the tulip and how it became a Dutch icon. Your ship’s favourable docking location close to the centre of Amsterdam is the perfect place to begin your exploration. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a romantic boat tour of the iconic canals and visit the floating flower market too.
The sense of romance will continue to linger as you sail into the beautiful Belgian city of Antwerp via the Western Scheldt River, admiring picturesque countryside scenes en route. Once docked in Antwerp, where Black Watch will again bring you closer to the city’s highlights, you’ll have an overnight stay to explore at your own pace. You could visit a traditional chocolate shop to pick up a box of authentic Belgian chocolates for a loved-one perhaps; enjoy some retail therapy, with plenty of designer stores to choose from; or, if you’re feeling really indulgent, treat yourself to something extra special from Antwerp’s world-famous Diamond District. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy a romantic stroll around the city in the evening, taking in highlights such as the Grote Markt, neo-Gothic Central Station and the iconic Cathedral of Our Lady under moonlight. Away from Antwerp, nearby Ghent is within reach on tour. This medieval town is well worth a visit, with its array of impressive Gothic monuments, fantastic museums and artisan chocolatiers.