Day 1 - London Tilbury
At London Tilbury Port, embark Magellan (3T) in preparation for a late afternoon sailing.
Day 2 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands
We arrive in the characterful Dutch capital this morning, famous for its extensive canals and many fine museums. View the vast collection of works on show at the Van Gogh Museum and the priceless treasures of the Rijksmuseum, take in sights such as the Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge), the Ann Frank House and the Royal Palace on Dam Square or enjoy a stroll through the Vondelpark, Amsterdam’s largest park. We sail early evening.
Day 3 - Antwerp, Belgium
As well as being the centre of the world’s cut diamond trade, the Belgian city of Antwerp is renowned for wonderful medieval and Renaissance architecture. At the heart the city is the Grote Markt (Great Market Square) surrounded by historic guild halls and the nearby Gothic Cathedral of our Lady, while also well worth visiting are the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, which displays paintings by Rubens, van Dyck, Magritte and others, and the Rubenshuis, once the home and studio of the 17th century painter Peter Paul Rubens.
Day 4 - Cruising the Seine - Rouen, France (overnight)
Relax on board Magellan today as we cruise the River Seine through Normandy to the city of Rouen, where we arrive this evening. We dock in Rouen overnight.
Day 5 - Rouen
The capital of Upper Normandy, Rouen is a city with a rich and fascinating history. In the Old Town you’ll find the Place du Vieux-Marche, where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in 1431, and the stunning Gothic cathedral - a favourite subject for the impressionist Claude Monet - which features the tallest church spire in France (151m) and a number of royal tombs. Also worth visiting is the Musée des Beaux-Arts, which holds a vast collection of paintings including works by Rubens, Caravaggio, Renoir, Degas and Monet. You could also travel further upriver to Monet’s lovely gardens at Giverny, which inspired many of his paintings. We leave Rouen this evening.
Day 6 - Honfleur
Overnight, we arrive in Honfleur, a charming port town set in a sheltered cove off the Seine’s tidal estuary. Artists such as Monet, Millet and Courbet found inspiration here and its picturesque harbour and narrow, half-timbered houses are simply enchanting. Take time to visit the wooden 15th century St Catherine’s Church and the Maisons Satie, dedicated to the 19th century composer, or relax in one of the inviting waterfront cafes. We set sail late this afternoon.
Day 7 London Tilbury
Arrive at London Tilbury Port.