Netherlands and Belgium City Break

10th Jul 2020 5 nights Sails from Dover Boudicca D2017
Adult only sailing
FROM ONLY £749 per person
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FROM ONLY £749 per person

This five-night escape to the Netherlands and Belgium delivers all the ingredients of an enriching break, with visits to captivating cities complemented by hours of memorable scenic cruising. Discover attractions aplenty during ample time ashore to explore; admire the scenery of beautiful waterways; and relax and indulge aboard Boudicca, all while spending less than a week away.

Beginning your break in Belgium, up first is the absorbing city of Antwerp. You’ll sail straight into this Flemish gem and dock close to the city centre, bringing a plethora of highlights within easy reach. [ReadMoreMob]Take a short stroll into the main square, Grote Markt, and you’ll find intricate 16th century guild houses and the Brabo Fountain, while a little further afield, Antwerp’s most prized possessions are easily discovered on foot. The Royal Museum of Fine Arts, the legendary diamond district, mighty Cathedral of Our Lady and much more awaits; and you could take the opportunity to indulge with authentic Belgian chocolates crafted by artisan chocolatiers. There’s ample time to experience it all, thanks to an overnight stay here. Even departing Antwerp will be a highlight, setting sail back along the scenic Western Scheldt River through countryside scenes of lush-green fields, marshlands and nature reserves. [ReadMoreDesk]

Waking up in Amsterdam is the perfect way to start the Dutch leg of this immersive itinerary. You’ll have a day ahead of you to explore one of Europe’s most iconic capital cities and take your pick of its world-famous attractions. Highlights include museums and galleries such as Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum, offering a taste of Amsterdam’s renowned arts and culture; and the impressive architecture of the UNESCO-listed Canal Ring, best seen on a boat tour of the city’s canals. After cruising the North Sea Canal, a visit to Rotterdam, with its contemporary cityscape and marvellous Erasmusbrug Bridge brings a futuristic flavour to your cruise. You’re bound to be impressed by the collection of museums, galleries and modernist architecture here: the unusual Markthal and Cube Houses are always sights to behold.

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.

Named after the British warrior Queen, Boudicca has built up a loyal following, combining style and space with the renowned personal Fred. Olsen service. Up to 880 guests can sail in comfort on board Boudicca, enjoying the welcoming, home-from-home ambience, ample space and fantastic restaurants, lounges, bars and facilities of a smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ship.