The beautiful waterways of the Netherlands and Belgium make the Low Countries ideal destinations for river cruising. On this delightful cruise, you’ll experience the real highlights of these two countries, spending time exploring Amsterdam, Antwerp and the charming Belgian city of Bruges. An excursion to Kinderdijk, famous for its many windmills, and a visit to the colourful Keukenhof Gardens complete this memorable springtime voyage.
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Titan Travel VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your journey to Dover, where we take a break before boarding our coaches, for the Channel crossing to Calais and onward journey to Amsterdam. Or journey to your chosen airport for your flight to Amsterdam. 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 - Kinderdijk & Dordrecht
This morning we arrive in the pretty village of Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its 18th century windmills, which we visit on our included excursion. These picturesque landmarks have played a crucial role in keeping the area from flooding, as well as more traditional roles for the local trades. This afternoon we sail the short distance to Dordrecht and visit 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. Later this evening we depart for Antwerp.
Day 3 - Antwerp
You have a full day to explore Antwerp, famous for its Diamond Quarter and tempting chocolate shops. Take a break in one of the many fine cafés and enjoy sights such as the Grote Markt (Great Market Square) and Rubens’ House, where the old master painter once lived and worked, now a museum with period 17th century furnishings and a great collection of his masterpieces, such as ‘Adam and Eve’, on display.
Day 4 - Ghent
Enjoy 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 the highlights of this 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 5 - Ghent (Bruges)
Explore the beautiful city of Bruges, which still displays its heritage from the Middle Ages and the legacies of the centuries that followed, through an abundance of charming canals, stone bridges, and medieval Flemish architecture along cobbled streets. Our included walking tour touches on the highlights and includes a chocolate tasting, before free time allows you to make your own explorations.
Day 6 - Rotterdam (Keukenhof Gardens)
Today we’ll head for the Keukenhof Gardens. Planted with millions of tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and more, the gardens burst into colour each spring. Be sure to bring your camera as we walk past rows of rainbow-bright blooms and follow flower-lined paths through woodland and along winding streams.
Day 7 - Amsterdam
Returning to the characterful Dutch capital this morning, we enjoy an included tour through the city, taking in highlights such as the distinctive tall and narrow merchants’ houses that line the canals, the Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge), central Dam Square and the Royal Palace. A trip along the canals is also included for a different view and further insight into this delightful city. Tonight, enjoy the captain’s farewell gala dinner on board.
Day 8 - Amsterdam - UK
After breakfast we board our waiting coaches for the return journey to Calais and Channel crossing. Upon arrival in Dover, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home. Or return to the Airport for your flight home, Upon arrival, 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.
VIP door-to-door travel service Travel with us and your holiday starts the moment you step out your front door. There’s no worry about taxi fares, train timetables or having to lug your bags on public transport – we take care of the whole journey for you. Hassle-free transfers* 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. Everyone’s a VIP – no matter how far you are from the airport 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.
Titan Travel is the only escorted river cruise operator to offer free home transfers on every itinerary and every departure date with no mileage supplement to pay. Titan Travel are also our number one choice for low or no single supplements. As Titan travel now charter their own river cruise ship, the MS Serenade 1, not only as a solo traveller do you get picked up from home, but you can look forward to knowing that there will be a group of single travellers on board 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 Travel have brought their friendly expertise to their comfortable, 4-star river cruising. Your fellow travelers onboard will be from the UK and Ireland. We have worked with Titan Travel 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.
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