Day 1 - London - Amsterdam
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from your home, for your journey to London Gatwick Airport and a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to Amsterdam. On arrival, we transfer to the port and embark A-ROSA FLORA (4T) with time to settle in before dinner.
Day 2 - Amsterdam
Multicultural, relaxed, enthusiastic and historical - Amsterdam is wonderfully versatile. This morning, our included city tour takes you to magnificent monuments and of course the historic canals. With a late-night departure, you have the remainder of the day to explore the city independently. Maybe immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle with a stroll through the famous flower market in search of souvenirs; visit an art museum - The Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, Rembrandt House Museum or the Hermitage are some of the world’s finest; explore Anne Frank’s House; or hop on a canal boat to explore the world-famous waterways further.
Day 3 - Rotterdam
We arrive in Rotterdam over breakfast, with a morning to explore this modern city. Whilst acknowledging its maritime heritage, the gradual rebirth of the city after WWII has welcomed an innovative approach to construction. The city is continuously changing as new, cutting-edge skyscrapers pierce the skyline. The future of architecture is highlighted at the Het Nieuwe Instituut, as is design and fashion, while art exhibitions embrace both modern art and classic styles. We have an afternoon tour of Rotterdam’s harbour, the busiest port in Europe and one of the world’s largest. This evening we sail through the stunning Dutch Delta Passage.
Day 4 - Rotterdam (for The Hague)
The most important events in the nation’s history took place in The Hague, the Netherlands’ third largest city, seat of the Dutch government and parliament, and home to the Dutch royal family. There are many beautiful squares and, this morning, we visit the historic city centre with its impressive main square, home to the Dutch parliament. Northeast of the square is the Royal Palace and official residence of the Queen. Behind that is the impressive façade of Vredespaleis (Palace of Peace), the setting for the UN International Court of Justice which was originally opened as an early international assembly who gathered with the intention to prevent war, one year before WWI broke out. After visiting these sights, you will continue to Delft, the exquisite medieval city of distinctive blue-and-white porcelain and also the home town of the artist Johannes Vermeer, known for his work ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’. You will have time for a leisurely walk through the picturesque old town.
Day 5 - Ghent
Often overshadowed by neighbouring Bruges, every traveller to Belgium should visit Ghent. The cosy student town, also called the ‘Manhattan of the Middle Ages’, is diverse and relaxed at the same time. From the docks, it takes just ten minutes to reach the city centre by bus. Here you can stroll through the medieval town to the imposing Gravensteen Castle, one of the loveliest areas to explore with narrow streets full of antique shops and galleries; see the Belfort, the beautiful 14th century landmark containing 47 melodious bells; and Baroque St Bavo's Cathedral, the manifestation of the wealth amongst the city’s earliest affluent inhabitants. While you explore the city independently today, a stroll along the fabulous canalside is recommended before returning for dinner on board and an evening sailing.
Day 6 - Antwerp
We take a tour of the city of Antwerp this morning - the capital city of Flanders, with its compact medieval heart. The centre of old Antwerp is the Grote Market where you find the Brabobrunnen (fountain) and the vast city hall. The truly impressive Cathedral of Our Lady cannot be missed on the skyline - the largest Gothic cathedral in Belgium and the Netherlands stands 123 metres tall. This towering landmark of Antwerp is a highlight for its exterior alone, however if it is open for visitors, you will find an impressive collection of major artworks.
Day 7 - Antwerp
You will regularly be reminded that this city was the home to the most sought-after painter in northern Europe in the 17th century, Peter Paul Rubens, and you may like to visit his wonderfully restored home during your free time today. Our vessel departs this afternoon for our final journey to Amsterdam.
Day 8 Amsterdam - London
Disembark this morning and transfer to Amsterdam Airport for a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to London Gatwick. On arrival you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.