Waterways of Holland & Belgium
Featuring calls at four compelling cities and scenic cruising of beautiful waterways, this rewarding week away brings you the best of Belgium and the Netherlands. Picturesque countryside, engaging museums, contrasting architecture and much more; there’s a host of highlights to uncover during time spent on board Balmoral and ashore.
Just a short time after departing Southampton you’ll begin three memorable days in the Netherlands, [ReadMoreMob]diverting inland via the Nordzeekanaal en route to your first port of call, Amsterdam. You have the chance to enjoy an authentic exploration of the diverse Dutch capital, with your ship docking overnight close to the city centre. [ReadMoreDesk]By day, you could take in world-renowned galleries and museums such as the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum; unravel the haunting history of Anne Frank House; an even explore the city in-depth via bicycle, the locals’ transport of choice. In the evening, a boat tour of Amsterdam’s iconic canals is highly recommended. Then it’s on to Rotterdam, for a futuristic twist to your itinerary. The Netherlands’ stylish second city boasts a collection of fantastic museums and an array of unique architectural wonders, from the innovative 1970s Cube Houses to the magnificently modern Markthal. Take the day to explore Rotterdam at leisure, before marvelling at the impressive Erasmusbrug Bridge and the city’s striking skyline as you depart via Nieuwe Maas in the evening.
Heading south, the Belgian delights of two enchanting cities await you. Some of Belgium’s most famous landmarks can be seen in all their glory during a call into Ghent; be sure to seek out the gothic-style St Bavo’s Cathedral, the Castle of the Counts and the UNESCO-listed, 91-metre-high Belfry for fantastic photo opportunities. The highlights of this medieval city are easily discovered on foot or via the tram, though you might choose to explore the city on a magical canal boat tour. Another evening of scenic cruising follows, gliding along the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal as Balmoral continues on to Antwerp. Once docked in Belgium’s beautiful second city, an overnight stay affords you time to explore at your own pace. You can wander the legendary diamond district, and unearth a host of other treasures including the intricate guildhouses of Grote Markt, the mighty Cathedral of our Lady and the Royal Museum of Fine Arts. If you’ve a sweet tooth, Antwerp’s authentic Belgian chocolate shops and cafés are certain to tempt.