Enjoy a late summer cruise, exploring the pretty Dutch Waterways and the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bruges, the capital of West Flanders. You’ll visit the largest, most luxurious castle in the Netherlands, De Haar Castle.
A full day in Antwerp allows plenty of time to explore the sights of this fine city, including the former home of the Flemish baroque painter Rubens. And a visit to Arnhem recalls the 1944 Battle of Arnhem, visiting the ‘bridge too far’.
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Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for either your journey to Dover, where we take a break before boarding our coaches, for the Channel crossing to Calais and onward journey to Cologne, or you take you to the airport for your flight to Cologne.
Upon arrival, embark MS Serenade 1 (4T), where light refreshments are available.
A welcome cocktail and Captain’s gala dinner are served this evening.
Day 2 - Cologne - Arnhem
This morning we take an included walking tour of Cologne’s must see sights including the Old Town with its narrow cobble-stoned alleys and busy squares, and the magnificent UNESCO-listed medieval cathedral, with great Gothic spires that can be seen from all over the city.
We have a little free time before we return to the ship for lunch, as we depart for Arnhem and dock overnight.
Day 3 - Arnhem
The city of Arnhem is most famous as the site of a major battle of the Second World War, which focussed on the bridge over the Rhine that is now named John Frost Bridge in honour of the British commander of the operation.
We explore the city on a guided tour today and visit the Airborne Museum, dedicated to that campaign. We leave early this evening.
Day 4 - Dordrecht
Our included visit today is to the Royal Delft earthenware factory where the intricate Delft Blue patterns have been hand painted onto top quality porcelain since the 17th century.
Meet the passionate craftspeople during a demonstration and learn about the history of this world-famous brand.
There is even the opportunity to purchase examples of their collectable wares.
Day 5 - Antwerp
You have a full day to explore Antwerp, Belgium’s second city. Take a break in one of the many fine cafés and enjoy a stroll in Grote Markt (Great Market Square) or the famous Diamond Quarter, and be tempted by the chocolate shops.
Or maybe visit Rubens’ House, the magnificent home and studios of the versatile master. It is now a museum with a large number of his artworks on display, as well as pieces by his peers and contemporaries.
Day 6 - Ghent
A full day at leisure in Ghent, which has a number of interesting museums and galleries worth visiting, as well as some attractive parks and gardens.
You may wish to join an optional guided tour to introduce you to the highlights of the engaging medieval city, including the 12th century Gravensteen (Castle of the Counts) and St Bavo’s Cathedral, home to the Ghent Altarpiece, painted by Jan van Eyck in the 1430s and regarded as one of the great masterpieces of the Northern Renaissance.
Day 7 - Ghent (Bruges)
Today we make our way to Bruges for a walking tour of this pretty little city.
As we explore the cobbled alleys, we discover the medieval elements that have given the town its identity, now protected by UNESCO for its historical significance.
The 1st century city boundaries have crumbled, but the early Town Hall, the medieval Basilica of the Holy Blood and the brick Gothic architecture that line the picturesque canals combine to create an incredibly photogenic place.
Day 8 - Utrecht
This morning we visit De Haar Castle. There has been a castle on this site since the 14th century, but it was when the Rothschild family married into the van Zuylen van Nijevelt family in the 1887 did the money become available to restore this luxurious medieval fortress.
Over a 20-year period it was completely transformed into the largest castle in Holland, a fairytale masterpiece in the neo-gothic style. It contains over 200 rooms, plus substantial grounds containing both finely manicured formal gardens and open landscape gardens.
Day 9 - Hoorn - Amsterdam
This morning, embark on independent exploration or join an optional walking tour of the compact city of Hoorn, where modern life blends with the historical townscape.
Later this morning we make our final journey to Amsterdam. After lunch, you are free to make your own explorations of this fascinating city, or take an optional guided tour.
This cosmopolitan capital delights visitors with its world-class art galleries and the homes of great artists, turned into museums in their honour.
There are many different museums to choose from, whether you are interested in the story of Anne Frank or tobacco pipes, science or maritime history, you’re sure to find something! Tonight, enjoy the Captain’s farewell gala dinner on board.
Day 10 - Amsterdam - UK
After breakfast we board our waiting coaches for the return journey to Calais and Channel crossing. Or back to the airport for your return flight.
Upon arrival in Dover, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
The four-star plus MS Serenade 1 was built in 2005 and refurbished in 2015. This comfortable vessel creates a synergy between the luxury of an ocean liner and the intimacy and coziness of a river cruise ship. All bathrooms are equipped with both a shower and a bath tub, a unique feature in the river cruise industry.
The MS Serenade 1 is 110 m and offers 68 cabins across three decks with a maximum of 136 guests. Passengers can relax in the lounge, dine in the panoramic restaurant, make use of the library and the Captain’s Club, or simply enjoy the passing scenery on the sun deck while playing giant chess. A cruise on the MS Serenade 1 ensures an unforgettable holiday on the European waterways.
The ship offers three cabin types – all of which include a shower and bath tub. All cabins have outside views, climate control and an en-suite bathroom. In addition, cabins include a phone, TV, safe, hair dryer, mini bar, plus tea and coffee facilities.
This lovely 4 star river cruise vessel, features comfortably furnished cabins and suites, the majority featuring floor to ceiling sliding glass doors opening to a French Balcony.
68 spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms and including 2 suites range in size from 172 – 215 ft². Most accommodations featuring floor to ceiling glass sliding doors opening to a French Balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish.
Titan is the only escorted tour operator to offer free home transfers on every itinerary and every departure date with no mileage supplement to pay.
Titan are also our number one choice for low or no single supplements. As Titan now charter their own ship, the MS Serenade 1, not only as a solo traveler do you get picked up from home, but you can look forward to knowing that there will be a group of single travelers onboard with you. Or you can cruise with a companion, but you both have a cabin for only a small supplement, subject to availability.
As a long established, multi-award winning touring company, Titan have brought their friendly expertise to their comfortable, 4 star river cruising. Your fellow travelers on board will be from the UK and Ireland.
We have worked with Titan and their friendly staff for a number of years and are very happy to recommend their overall experience from start to finish. Celebrating 40 years in business, they are definitely doing something right.
|Aug 29||Serenade 1||Cologne||Saving upto £200 pp||Cabin Upgrades|
|Lower Deck||D||172 ft², Fixed Windows||£1699|
|Middle Deck||C||161 ft², French Balcony||£1999|
|Middle Deck||B||161 ft², French Balcony||£2099|
|Upper Deck||A||161 ft², French Balcony||£2249|
|Upper Deck||Suite||237 ft², Outside Balcony||£2349|
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As the pioneers of door-to-door transfers, our service is industry-leading. No matter where you’re flying from, our drivers will pick you up from home (or another address if that’s easier) and take you to your departure airport. When you return, they’ll be waiting at the terminal to bring you back home again. If you’ve chosen to stay in a hotel the night before your flight, that’s not a problem – we’ll collect you the day before and take you to the hotel.
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We won’t ask you to pay extra just because you live further away. There are no mileage limits or supplements to pay for our airport transfers – we cover every UK address (with the exception of the Scottish Islands and Sark, where we’ll pick you up from a mainland address of your choice).
*The majority of our VIP door-to-door service transfers are not exclusive to one holiday booking and journeys to and from the airport may be undertaken via additional addresses and may involve a change of vehicle.
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