Delights of Holland in Bloom
Embark on a wonderful five-night spring escape and discover a deluge of Dutch delights as you sail through gorgeous countryside to a string of quaint towns and fascinating cities. The time you spend ashore taking in fascinating museums, historic landmarks and more will be complemented by relaxing journeys along beautiful waterways – a memorable introduction to the river cruise experience aboard Brabant.
After meeting your river boat in the German city of Düsseldorf you’ll cross the border overnight before arriving in Arnhem, the first call on your itinerary. Just a short distance from the city and well-worth a visit is the Netherlands Open Air Museum, which exhibits interesting houses, antiques and monuments from various eras. The impressive Fort Pannerden will then be a sight to behold as you sail the Pannerden Canal to your next stop, Nijmegen. With time to explore the historic heart of the Netherlands’ oldest city, you could uncover Nijmegen’s treasured Roman artefacts or simply stroll along the Waalbrug and admire the charming Old Town. Your second day of Dutch exploration begins in Dordrecht, home to the fantastic Het Hof van Nederland Museum. Other highlights here include the glorious Great Church and a Dordtevarr open boat trip along the canals. A scenic jaunt through postcard-perfect countryside follows before stopping at Willemstad, renowned for its beautifully well-preserved centuries-old fortifications. [ReadMore]
In contrast, Rotterdam – the next stop on this incredible cruise – is revered for its magnificent modern marvels. Having been extensively rebuilt after World War Two, the Netherlands’ stunning second city features astounding architectural wonders such as the Cube Houses, the amazing Markthal and the Erasmusbrug Bridge. There are top-drawer museums and galleries here too; while Rotterdam is also the gateway to famous pottery city of Delft. A short stop at Kinderdijk follows, presenting you with the opportunity to see the iconic collection of UNESCO-listed windmills before continuing on to Schoonhoven, the ‘Silver City’. During your final day you’ll have the chance to visit the resplendent, 32-hectare Keukenhof Gardens. Keukenhof is simply unmissable at this time of the year as the vibrant tulips burst into their colourful bloom during the spring. Whether you choose to explore the gardens on foot or via an electrically-propelled boat this is perfect way to conclude your rewarding spring break.