Just a short hop across the Channel, the Low Countries are the ideal destination for scenic river cruising, and on this delightful week-long journey through Belgium and the Netherlands you’ll visit the vibrant capital cities of Amsterdam and Brussels, medieval towns and picturesque villages. You will discover the stately windmills of Kinderdijk and spend time in historic Dordrecht before sailing on to the Belgian capital, taking a stroll through the Grand Place and marvelling at the futuristic Atomium. Sample the exquisite chocolates in Antwerp, immerse yourself in the art of the Renaissance in Ghent, and, returning to the Netherlands, enjoy the sights of Rotterdam and the captivating Dutch capital, Amsterdam.
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your journey to Dover, where we take a break before boarding our coaches, for the Channel crossing to Calais and onward journey to Amsterdam. Upon arrival, embark MS Serenade 1 (4T), where light refreshments are available. A welcome cocktail and Captain’s gala dinner are served this evening.
Day 2 - Amsterdam - Kinderdijk - Dordrecht
This morning we arrive in the pretty village of Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its 18th century windmills, which we will visit on an included excursion. We sail onwards this afternoon, stopping in the historic city of Dordrecht, where you are free to make your own discoveries. Perhaps visit the medieval Grote Kerk (Great Church) and the Het Hof, where the Dutch states declared their independence from Spain in 1572. We depart late tonight.
Day 3 - Brussels
We arrive in the charming Belgian capital, Brussels, this afternoon, where you will have the day at leisure to explore at your own pace. Alternatively, you may choose to join our optional city sightseeing tour, taking in highlights such as the elegant main square, the Grand Place, Gothic Town Hall, Royal Palace and the striking stainless steel globes of the Atomium, built for the 1958 World’s Fair and now a museum and a popular symbol for the city. We leave tonight.
Day 4 - Antwerp
You have a full day to explore Antwerp, famous for its Diamond Quarter and tempting chocolate shops. Take a break in one of the many fine cafés and enjoy sights such as the Grote Markt (Great Market Square), the imposing Het Steen fortress and the Rubens House, where the old master once lived and worked, now a museum with period 17th century furnishings.
Day 5 - Ghent
A guided tour will introduce you to the highlights of the engaging medieval city of Ghent this morning, including the 12th century Gravensteen (Castle of the Counts) and St Bavo’s Cathedral, home to the Ghent Altarpiece, painted by Jan van Eyck in the 1430s and regarded as one of the great masterpieces of the Northern Renaissance. The rest of the day is at leisure; Ghent has a number of interesting museums and galleries worth visiting, as well as some attractive parks and gardens. We sail on this evening.
Day 6 - Rotterdam
Europe’s biggest international cargo port, Rotterdam is also a major cultural centre and today we have an optional guided walking tour of the city, visiting the distinctive modern Market Hall, the innovative Cube Houses and the Erasmus Bridge. If you prefer, you could simply take the time to relax or explore independently.
Day 7 - Amsterdam
Returning to the characterful Dutch capital this morning, we enjoy an included tour through the city, taking in highlights such as the distinctive tall and narrow merchants’ houses that line the canals, the Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge), central Dam Square and Royal Palace. A trip along the canals is also included. Tonight, enjoy the Captain’s farewell gala dinner on board, there will also be entertainment.
Day 8 Amsterdam - UK
After breakfast we board our waiting coaches for the return journey to Calais and Channel crossing. Upon arrival in Dover, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.