The charming Dutch capital transforms into a mesmerising winter wonderland in the run up to the festive period. Join our exciting short cruise to this magnificent capital where you can take in the magical atmosphere while exploring the streets filled with twinkling lights and elegant decorations. There are plenty of wonderful festivities including a spectacular ice rink dominating the beautiful Museum Square, and the enchanting Christmas market - the perfect way to get you into the festive spirit and get started on some seasonal shopping!
At London Tilbury Port, embark Columbus (3T) in preparation for an afternoon sailing.
Day 2 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands
After breakfast, step ashore to discover the attractive Dutch capital, Amsterdam, in the magical winter months. Awash with grand architecture, beautiful tree-lined canals, art galleries and museums, Amsterdam is always an interesting city, and it becomes even more special during the Christmas season when twinkling lights reflect in the tranquil canal waters, and the aroma of roasted chestnuts and mulled wine mixes with cheese, waffles and pancakes. See the magnificent Christmas tree dominating Dam Square, or explore the market to sample traditional Dutch winter cuisine including oliebollen and poffertjes, and pick up some handmade crafts, gifts and local treats to take home. Amsterdam’s Museumplein becomes the heart of the festivities with a spectacular ice rink, a market of many cosy wooden stalls, and festive music. And it’s ideally located to visit on your way to one of the world-famous art museums in this quarter, including Rijksmuseum. Dutch Christmas traditions actually begin in November, when Sinterklaas visits with his helpers to decide whether each child deserves a gift or to be taken to Spain to learn how to behave. Then, on the eve of December 5th, children place their shoes next to the chimney or back door, to find them the next morning filled with traditional sweets such as gingerbread men, marzipan and chocolate.