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Beautiful cities in Holland and Belgium.

Kingdoms of the north.

8 Days Cologne-Antwerp-Amsterdam-Cologne

Come with us on a cruise to the Benelux countries of Holland and Belgium. In addition to great artists, windmills and the finest cheese, the cosmopolitan capital of Holland, Amsterdam, awaits. In neighbouring Belgium is the welcoming, northern province of Flanders with its numerous examples of Flemish architecture. In Antwerp, the city of the international diamond trade, you can breathe in the air of the big, wide world. The Belgian capital Brussels, the centre of power in Europe, welcomes you with its famous Atomium and Manneken Pis.

Why this river cruise?

  • Travel to the numerous highlights in the Netherlands and Belgium
  • The European centre of power Brussels with the Grand Place, one of the most beautiful squares in the world
  • Journey through time to the Middle Ages in historical Bruges
  • Two world-famous harbour cities –Rotterdam and Antwerp
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The first impressions of your trip.

Experience the most beautiful countryside on this river cruise!

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The services provided during your trip

  • 8 day cruise in an outside cabin of the category booked
  • nicko cruises full board:
    • Generous breakfast buffet with coffee/tea and juices
    • Lunch and dinner with multi-course menus served at the table
    • Optional light lunch buffet
    • Coffee/tea after lunch and dinner
    • Coffee/cake or late night snack according to daily schedule
    • Festive Gala Dinner
    • Welcome and farewell reception by the captain
    • Table reservation on board
  • nicko cruise director and local tour guides
  • Comfortable Sennheiser audio system on all excursions
  • Entertainment programme on board
  • Luggage service between landing stage and cabin on embarkation & disembarkation
  • All port and passenger fees

Important travel information

Important travel information: Please note that daily on-board information and excursions will be provided in German language only for individual travellers. Except for the marked dates, that indicate our guaranteed English departures. Differentlanguages are available on request for groups and charterers. Minimum number of participants for this cruise up to 30 days before departure: 180 people (see section 8.1. of our travel terms).

Your itinerary

Day

1

Cologne
Casting off 5:00 pm Embarkation from 3.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.

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Day

2

Njimegen
Mooring 4:00 am Casting off 12:00 pm Guided tour through the welcoming Hanseatic town of Nijmegen. Excursion Package

The Hanseatic city of Nijmegen, which has 160,000 inhabitants, is the oldest city in Holland. Its history dates back to the Roman Empire. In 2005, it celebrated its 2,000th anniversary. Arriving into the city centre over the Waal Bridge is particularly impressive and welcoming: the Waalkade (waterfront) and the city centre’s silhouette form an impressive unit. Past and present go hand in hand; historical parts intermingle with modern architecture. Situated on a ridge on the banks of the Waal, the city has been a big draw for people for centuries. The city tour guides you away from the main tourist routes through the narrow winding streets that still have a medieval feel about them. You’ll go past the Valkhofpark with its castle ruins, the town hall, St. Steven Church, the Latin School and the customs house with its mosaic wall.

Walking duration :

approx. 1.5 hours

Stairs :

Yes

Slope :

Little

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Day

3

Antwerp
Mooring 2:00 am City tour through historic Antwerp with the Church of Our Lady, Steen Castle, Vleeshuis and Grote Markt. Excursion Package

Antwerp is the most important harbour city in Belgium. It is situated on the river Scheldt, 88km away from the estuary into the North Sea and is the capital of the province of the same name. In the 16th century, the city was one of the richest trading towns in Europe. The conflicts between Habsburg and the Dutch, however, is what brought about its downfall. From 1863, Antwerp experienced a renewed heyday as a Belgian port. The city’s container harbour is one of the largest in the world and – after Rotterdam – is the second largest in Europe. As a result of its historical harbour location, the city developed a remarkably diverse and cosmopolitan restaurant scene with international influences. Antwerp offers a multiplicity of architectural highlights, of which most come from the 16th and 17th centuries. In the 20th century, after the world exposition of 1930, an architecture emerged that is certainly worth seeing. Discover the different sides to Antwerp on a sightseeing tour and an extended walk. You’ll see the late Gothic Church of Our Lady, the largest church in Belgium, among other things. Steen Castle, the dock warehouses and the Vleeshuis (meat factory) as well as the Grote market are also on the agenda. Wander through the medieval streets, past modern buildings or take a break in one of the many cafés and be inspired by the flair of this city. The crowning glory at the end of this excursion is a visit to a local beer brewery.

Walking duration :

approx. 2 hours

Stairs :

Yes

Slope :

Little

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Day

3

Antwerp
Living history and a sheer idyll on an excursion to Bruges with its delightful medieval city centre.

In no other European city does the Middle Ages appear as current as it does in Bruges. The medieval city centre was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2000 and in 2002, Bruges was selected as the European Capital of Culture. In the 11th century, due to its former location on the bay and direct access to the North Sea, the location became a flourishing international commercial centre and an office location for the Hanseatic city. In the 15th century, Burgundian dukes ruled the city, giving its culture, architecture and economy a big boost. Towards the end of the Middle Ages, Bruges was regarded the richest city in Northern Europe. Gradually, the Zwin silted up and took away Bruges’ direct access to the sea. As a result, the Burgundian court pulled out of the city causing it to sink into poverty. In the 19th century, the emerging industrialisation didn’t reach Bruges, something which Bruges now uses to its advantage: the medieval city centre with its historical old town, archaeological finds and waterways, which meander through the city, create a unique blend that has turned Bruges into a magnet for tourists and visitors from all over the world.

Walking duration :

approx. 2 hours

Stairs :

Yes

Slope :

Little

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Day

3

Antwerp
A bus tour through the busy port of Antwerp, the second largest port in Europe, with its ocean liners and drawbridges.

On a visit to Antwerp, don’t miss a visit to the harbour. Go on a bus tour and catch a glimpse of this impressive logistics centre with its ocean liners, drawbridges and constant hustle and bustle. If you’ve seen the harbour, you’ll understand why Antwerp has for centuries been regarded as a commercial and shipping metropolis. “The gateway to Europe” on the Scheldt estuary is the second largest harbour in Europe after Rotterdam and is one of the ten largest in the world. Today’s harbour in the north of the city extends over an area covering a staggering 14,000 hectares. During a bus tour, you’ll get to find out many useful facts about the harbour area and its history.

Walking duration :

just a few minutes

Stairs :

No

Slope :

No

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Day

4

Antwerp
Casting off 3:00 pm Excursion to the capital of Belgium, Brussels, with its famous Atomium, Manneken Pis and the incredibly beautiful Grand Place. Time to make your own discoveries.

Walking duration :

approx. 30 minutes

Stairs :

Yes

Slope :

Little

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Day

5

Rotterdam
Mooring 3:00 am Casting off 12:15 pm City tour through the modern city of Rotterdam with its futuristic buildings. Excursion Package

Walking duration :

approx. 1.5 hours

Stairs :

Yes

Slope :

No

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Day

5

Amsterdam
Mooring 8:15 pm

This tour will take you to the city district Amsterdam is famous for: the red-light district De Wallen. Stroll through the narrow, old lanes, including the well-known Zeedijk-Straße, where Amsterdam was established, past the oldest house in the city, over bridges from the golden age, and see the sluices that have regulated the exchange of water on the canals for centuries. The Zeedijk was once one of the most dangerous streets in Amsterdam, where sailors sought entertainment. Nowadays, instead of the gloomy bars of the past, you’ll find lively and inviting Dutch pubs and restaurants. Look forward to this special tour, which will show you another side to Amsterdam. Find out how the city’s old history merges with current themes: Amsterdam is both traditional and cosmopolitan all at the same time – a blend that you’ll find inspiring.

Walking duration :

approx. 1.5 hours

Stairs :

No

Slope :

No

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Day

6

Amsterdam
Casting off 2:00 pm “Highlights of Amsterdam” tour with canal cruise past the typical merchant houses and stroll through the city. Excursion Package

With Amsterdam, you’ll find a city that is just as vibrant as it is multi-faceted. A modern attitude towards life and the flair of the golden age combine to make this an incomparable symbiosis. This is a place where you’ll find ultra-modern architecture and hip restaurants alongside idyllic cafés, flea markets and traditional canal houses. Nowhere in the world are there so many listed old buildings from past centuries as there are in the Dutch metropolis. The houses are so tightly packed together, it’s as if they are giving each other mutual support in order to stop themselves falling over. The canals give the city a special charm and wherever you go, they are a reminder of the fact that you are in the heart of a seafaring and trading nation. They form a canal system, which runs through the whole city area and gives the city its character. The multiplicity of the canals now runs along a total stretch of 80 kilometres, something that has earned the city its nickname of the “Venice of the North”: The 165 canals, 1281 bridges, 70 tour boats, 8 wooden drawbridges, 2,500 house boats and 120 pedal boats will make a lasting impression on you. After a round trip by bus and a short sightseeing tour in the city centre, you can look forward to a canal trip past the magnificent merchant houses from the golden age, which will be a highlight of your visit to Amsterdam.

Walking duration :

approx. 30 minutes

Stairs :

Yes

Slope :

No

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Day

6

Zaandam
Mooring 3:30 pm Casting off 7:30 pm Northern Holland excursion with a visit to Volendam and a trip over Markermeer to Marken (dep. Amsterdam / arr. Zaandam).

Look forward to this bus excursion and get to know the Dutch province of North Holland, which is situated on a peninsula between the North Sea and Lake Ijssel. Idyllic little towns such as Edam relate to a time when Lake Ijssel still had open access to the sea and was called Zuiderzee. You’ll travel by bus to Zaanse Schans, where a typical residential area from the 17th and 18th century has been reconstructed in an open-air museum. Situated right on the river Zaan, it exudes the special charm of past centuries with its green wooden houses and windmills. Alongside a typical clog workshop, a cheese dairy and various different gardens, you’ll also find museums to visit. Afterwards, the journey continues on to Edam along the shores of Lake Ijssel. Go on a relaxing stroll and get to know this picturesque place, which is famous for its cheese.

Walking duration :

approx. 1.5 hours

Stairs :

No

Slope :

Little

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Day

6

Zaandam
Mooring 3:30 pm Casting off 7:30 pm

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Day

7

Arnhem
Mooring 8:30 am Casting off 2:30 pm Guided tour of Arnhem including Eusebiuskerk and Duivelhuis. Time to make your own discoveries.

The little town of Arnhem came into being near Ijssel between Utrecht, Nijmegen and Zutphen. Since the course of the Rhine changed around 1500, Arnhem has been situated near the water. The capital of the Dutch province of Gelderland was almost completely destroyed in the Battle of Arnhem in 1944. The reconstruction gave birth to a modern city. The centre of Arnhem was chosen as the “best city centre” in Holland 2007-2009. The charming city with its friendly atmosphere has a range of pubs, cafés, shops and culture, which when combined with its historical surroundings makes its rather special. You can see for yourself on your sightseeing tour and see the reconstructed Eusebius Tower, the landmark of the cross basilica of the same name.

Walking duration :

approx. 1.5 hours

Stairs :

Yes

Slope :

Little

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Day

8

Cologne
Mooring 8:00 am Disembarkation until 9:00 a.m.

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Arrival and departure times are target times. We reserve the right to change itineraries and excursion programmes. If a route cannot be travelled due to low/high tides or a boat defect, the shipping company reserves the right to take passengers on this route by bus, to accommodate them in hotels and/or change the route. In certain circumstances it may be necessary to change to another ship.

The itinerary of your river cruise on the map

Your ship on its journey: MS RHEIN SYMPHONIE

 

Modern and elegant trip on “Father Rhine” - expect bright rooms and plenty of space for your dream river cruise on our MS RHEIN SYMPHONIE. The large panorama windows guarantee the best views of the passing shoreland, and the spacious sun deck invites you to relax. In the spacious cabins, recharge your batteries for new discoveries along the great river. In the panorama restaurant, we serve exquisite specialities, whilst the bar in the panorama saloon invites you to take a drop of the good stuff.

 

Further details about your ship
  • At a glance

    nicko modern 196 passengers 40 132 m 11.40 m 2 m 220 volts
  • Rheinkreuzfahrt Schiff MS RHEIN SYMPHONIE

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