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8 days from £799 per person

On this cruise we’ll visit four fascinating cities, effortlessly sailing between them by way of the picturesque Dutch and Belgian waterways. We’ll call first in the Netherlands’ capital, Amsterdam, with plenty of time to discover an eclectic collection of sights. Rotterdam is next, where maritime heritage mixes with futuristic cube houses. We’ll then head south to Belgium and two enchanting cities. Take in Ghent’s cathedral and medieval castle, before visiting Antwerp - where chocolate and diamonds are the name of the game.

Including...

  • 7 nights cruise on Balmoral
  • 20 meals: 7 breakfasts (days 2-8) 6 lunches (days 2-7) 7 dinners (days 1-7)
  • Varied daytime activities, lectures, talks and evening entertainment
  • Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Services of the Fred. Olsen staff on board
  • Port taxes

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Day 1 - Southampton

Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your journey to Southampton. Embark Balmoral (3T+) in preparation for a late night sailing.

Balmoral (3T+)

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Cruising North Sea Canal, the Netherlands - Amsterdam (overnight)

Day 2 - 3 - Cruising North Sea Canal, the Netherlands - Amsterdam (overnight)

We’ll sail towards the Dutch capital along the North Sea Canal. It’s one of the country’s busiest shipping lanes, yet there’s plenty to see as we glide along. Keep your eyes peeled for pretty beaches and bird-filled nature reserves, or grand fortifications left as a reminder of World War II.
Arriving in Amsterdam late evening, we remain here until tomorrow night and there’s so much to see and do that you’ll easily fill your time. The city’s 17th century layout is a breeze to explore - amble alongside pretty canals, passing merchants’ houses that seem to defy gravity; join a boat cruise along the canal itself; or cycle on one of the routes that criss-cross the canals.
Alternatively, you could visit one of the city’s treasure-packed museums showcasing old and new - favourites include the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art. Or, for a poignant reminder of the past, visit the Anne Frankhuis.

Balmoral (3T+)

Cruising North Sea Canal, the Netherlands - Amsterdam (overnight)
Rotterdam - Cruising Nieuwe Maas

Day 4 - Rotterdam - Cruising Nieuwe Maas

We awake in Rotterdam this morning, a city rich in maritime history and modern innovation. Rebuilding after its World War II destruction, the city has embraced futuristic architecture. As you wander you’ll spot cube houses that tilt at 45 degrees, or the interactive Theatre Square (Schouwburgplein).
If your interest leans towards the less modern, then maybe explore the north side of the city. You’ll find the Maritime Museum with vintage ships, and the Pilgrim Fathers’ Church, where pilgrims worshipped before embarking for America.
Late evening we’ll sail onwards along the Nieuwe Mass, a distributary of the mighty Rhine River. Have your camera ready for the sight of Rotterdam’s soaring skyline, the iconic Erasmus Bridge and lovely waterfront houses.

Balmoral (3T+)

Rotterdam - Cruising Nieuwe Maas
Ghent, Belgium - Cruising Ghent-Terneuzen Canal

Day 5 - Ghent, Belgium - Cruising Ghent-Terneuzen Canal

We’ll spend the day in Ghent, Belgium’s easily explored hidden gem. Make your way on foot or by tram between sites of architectural grandeur, including the medieval turreted Castle of the Counts, St Bavo’s Cathedral, and one of the city’s most prominent landmarks, the Gothic-style St Nicholas’ Church.
If art is more to your liking, there’s a great choice available, such as the Museum of Fine Arts or the Ghent City Museum. Or if you prefer to people watch, the canalside’s welcoming restaurants and bars are a great base.
This evening we’ll traverse the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal, stretching 19 miles between the two cities. As we glide along past the Belgian countryside, we’ll pass under bridges and through fascinating locks en route to the Western Scheldt estuary.

Balmoral (3T+)

Ghent, Belgium - Cruising Ghent-Terneuzen Canal
Ghent, Belgium - Cruising Ghent-Terneuzen Canal

Day 6 - Cruising Western Scheldt River - Antwerp (overnight)

We’ll sail along the Western Scheldt River to Belgium’s charming medieval city of Antwerp. Over the centuries the city has been a draw for art lovers and fashion fans, not least due to its famous diamond district which has handled over 80% of the world’s rough diamonds. Will you purchase something sparkly for yourself - or will you succumb to the city’s chocolate shops instead?
Meander along the cobbled streets that snake around the striking Cathedral of Our Lady - its 123m-high tower is an impressive sight that dominates the city. If you head inside, you’ll find four altarpieces by Peter Paul Rubens. Maybe couple this with a visit to the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, dedicated to Rubens and some of his finest works.

Balmoral (3T+)

Ghent, Belgium - Cruising Ghent-Terneuzen Canal
Antwerp - Cruising Western Scheldt River

Day 7 - Antwerp - Cruising Western Scheldt River

We sail early from Antwerp, back along the Western Scheldt River towards home.

Balmoral (3T+)

Antwerp - Cruising Western Scheldt River

Day 8 Southampton

We disembark after breakfast and your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.

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Waterways of Holland and Belgium

8 days from £799 per person