Explore Amsterdam’s wonky merchants’ houses, art-filled museums and café-lined cobbled streets, before heading onto the medieval and Renaissance city of Antwerp, the ‘Diamond Capital of the World’. Drink up the culture in this duo’s many museums and galleries, or simply watch the world go by in riverside café. A wonderful introduction to cruising, or perhaps a stop-gap before your next big sailing adventure, this mini-break by sea makes for the perfect long weekend - with pretty vistas to boot.
At London Tilbury Port, embark Columbus (3T) in preparation for late afternoon sailing.
Day 2 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Charming and quirky, the aesthetically pleasing Dutch capital offers a thrilling metropolitan buzz dressed in a 17th century Golden Age façade. Gabled houses, quiet canals, and pretty brick bridges run wistfully through the city. Spend the day exploring the cobbled streets by foot or bicycle. Visit the world’s only floating flower market to see the famed Dutch tulips at Bloemenmarkt, visit the 17th century Royal Palace on Dam Square, still used for Royal events to this day; or soak up some culture at the famous Rijksmuseum, house of Anne Frank, or the Van Gogh Museum.
Day 3 - Antwerp, Belgium
In the mid-16th century, Antwerp was one of Europe’s most important cities, centre of the diamond trade and home to baroque painter, Pieter Paul Rubens. There is plenty of opportunity to view his work throughout the city. Despite severe WWII bombing, Antwerp’s medieval heart prevails with the towering Gothic spire of Belgium’s most impressive Gothic cathedral the focal point of the city skyline. Antwerp’s imposing Town Hall, with its rows of European flags bringing colour to the cobbled Grote Markt, the old city’s main square, is also worth noting.