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Charms of Holland & Belgium

From £1,495pp

Cut a weaving passage across the picturesque lands of Belgium and the Netherlands, enjoying the unique history and infectious cultures of these proud European neighbours.

This 8-day roundtrip begins and ends in Amsterdam, the cosmopolitan capital of the Netherlands. Enjoy a glass top canal boat tour of the city, or travel like a local as part of an EmeraldACTIVE cycling tour of the famous sights and attractions – from Anne Frank House to the Rijksmuseum.

Entering the mouth of the great Rhine River, you’ll pass into the charming Dutch countryside, with its ancient villages and horizon-sweeping tulip fields. Day 3 encompasses a visit to the oldest city in Holland, Dordrecht, as well as an EmeraldPLUS excursion to the Kinderdijk Windmills, a unique collection of 18th-century windmills granted World Heritage Site status on account of their indelible local significance and heritage.

Crossing the Belgian border, we visit Antwerp, a captivating city world-renowned for its exquisitely preserved medieval architecture and roster of tempting Flemish ales. Visit the Renaissance Town Hall and the Gothic Cathedral of Our Lady, before boarding your ship to continue on to Arnhem, site of one of the bloodiest and most significant conflicts of the WWII.

What’s included On Board

  • Complimentary Wine, Beer and soft drinks to accompany Lunch & Dinner
  • All on board meals
  • Indoor pool, that transforms into a cinema at night
  • Spacious accommodation
  • Coffee station
  • Bottled water re stocked daily in your suite
  • Included shore excursions
  • Visits to UNESCO World Heritage listed sites
  • Emerald Plus and Emerald Active, extra special excursions
  • First class service form an English speaking crew
  • Knowledgeable local guides
  • Complimentary WIFI
  • On board bicycles
  • All on board Gratuities
  • Return economy flights from a choice of UK airports
  • all internal airport transfers to and from your ship
Canals of Amsterdam
Dutch Waterways - Kinderdijk
Day 1 - Amsterdam

Welcome to Amsterdam, a fascinating 700 year old city of picturesque canals, world class museums, theatres and cafés.

You will be met and transferred from the airport to your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship.

This evening join your fellow travellers for dinner on board.

Dinner

Day 2 - Amsterdam

This morning you can decide to either enjoy a glass top canal boat tour through Amsterdam’s canals or join the EmeraldACTIVE guided bike tour.

Return to the ship for your first day sailing through the Dutch countryside passing windmills and sailing through locks towards the Rhine River.

Tonight the Captain will be delighted to host a gala dinner.

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour

Day 2 - Amsterdam

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 - Dordrecht

This morning enjoy a guided tour of Dordrecht; the oldest city in Holland, before travelling to the Kinderdijk Windmills, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

This unique collection of nineteen authentic 18th-century windmills is considered a Dutch icon throughout the world.

Your afternoon is at leisure to relax on board or explore the city of Dordrecht further.

EmeraldPLUS: Visit to Kinderdijk Windmills

Day 3 - Dordrecht

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Antwerp

This morning we arrive in Antwerp – Belgium’s biggest port, positioned on the River Sheltz with a large harbour linking to the sea.

As Belgium’s second largest city, it has been pivotal in the country’s history of occupations and conquests. Home to the famous Baroque artist Pieter Paul Rubens, it attracts art lovers and diamond dealers from all over the world. Having been decimated during WWII, today the city is modern and organised, yet still retains an intriguing medieval heart.

Enjoy the guided walking tour of the city centre, passing by its café-filled cobbled lanes, admiring the Renaissance Town Hall and the unique Gothic Cathedral of Our Lady, the symbol of Antwerp before passing through the charming 16th century inner yard, the ‘Vlaeykensgang’.

Discover More: Excursion to the medieval town of Bruges (extra expense)

Day 4 - Antwerp

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Maastricht

After a relaxing morning spent sailing through the Dutch waterways, arrive in Maastricht, Holland’s oldest fortified city.

Your city tour will provide you the opportunity to pass by many museums, churches, historical buildings, hidden alleys and squares.

You will be amazed by all the different architecture found in the city, ranging from Roman excavations to the modern design of the Bonnefantenmuseum.

Day 5 - Maastricht

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Arnhem

Arnhem is most famous for its great battle during World War II, its iconic bridge – the sight where the British forces were captured.

Today you will tour the Airborne Museum Hartenstein which is dedicated to the Battle of Arnhem In 1944.

The main building was the headquarters of the British command during the battle, and now houses exhibits of military uniforms and weapons.

Day 6 - Arnhem

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Hoorn

This morning you will arrive in Hoorn, which was once a base for the Dutch East India Company, making it a prosperous and powerful trading town.

Today, this 13th century town is home to many listed buildings and the former Oostereiland prison. Once in Hoorn, you will be transferred by coach to Edam – a town known all over the world for its cheese, where you will enjoy an orientation walking tour.

Afterwards, you will be taken on an orientation tour of the fishing village of Volendam, followed by free time for exploring the small fishing port and the old centre where some residents still wear traditional Dutch costume.

EmeraldPLUS: Clog Painting on board
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour in Hoorn

Day 7 - Hoorn

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Amsterdam

After breakfast, it is time to farewell your fellow passengers and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport for your onward or homebound flight.

Breakfast

Emerald Waterways Emerald Sky Exterior

Emerald Waterways’ fleet of Star-Ships perfectly marry modern design with deluxe comfort for their guests. The fleet has been responsibly designed to match and complement the eternal flow of the rivers.

The Emerald Sky built in 2014 was one of the first of the Emerald Star Ships to be built and benefits from 72 generously-proportioned suites and 20 staterooms.  The five sister vessels (Sun, Sky, Star, Dawn, Destiny), boast a capacity of 182 guests apiece, 47 crew and all contain a selection of excellent amenities and features.

The Sun Deck of the ships also boasts a retractable glass roof which provides seasonal protection for the pool, cinema and Riverview Lounge below. Whether you wish to undertake a few lengths before breakfast in the heated pool or enjoy a Hollywood classic in the cinema, the choice is yours.

Book one of the Balcony Suites, found on the Vista and Horizon Decks, and you’ll enjoy unparalleled views from the spacious private balconies – a truly invigorating start to another day on Europe’s beautiful waterways.

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • Spacious staterooms and suites
  • Indoor Heated Pool with retractable roof
  • Evening cinema
  • Complimentary speciality tea and coffee
  • Sun Deck with seating area and walking track
  • Putting Green
  • Complimentary Bicycles
  • Fully equipped fitness centre
  • Wellness Area
  • Hairdresser *
  • Dedicated cruise director
  • Al Fresco Dining & BBQ area
  • Lift
  • Games Area
 * payable locally

Accommodation & Amenities

92 elegantly appointed staterooms and Suites range in size from 162-310 ft².  Most accommodations have a open air balcony.  Try one of the 4 One-Bedroom Owner’s Suites at 310 sq ft²  with their very own bedroom which closes off from the rest of the suite.  An outdoor balcony, complete with open-air system, allows you to enjoy the views of your surroundings whatever the weather so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish.

Suites feature added enhancements such as in suite breakfast and canapes, a larger sitting area with two chairs.  All staterooms include amenities such ensuite bathroom with shower, Infotainment, free high-speed Internet access, climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe, fridge and complimentary bottled water replenished daily.

One Bedroom Owner’s Suites

315 ft² – Horizon (Upper) Deck

  • Outdoor private balcony with open-air system and sliding glass door
  • Separate bedroom with walk-in wardrobe and separate lounge area
  • Bathroom with shower, toiletries, hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers
  • Complimentary in-suite Mini-Bar with wine, beer, soft drinks and bottled water, restocked daily
  • Complimentary Nespresso machine
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi and use of an iPad
  • Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds with pillow menu
  • Safe and Telephone
  • Individual climate control
  • Flat screen TV and infotainment system
  • Continental breakfast, pre-dinner canapés and after-dinner sweet treats served in your suite
  • Four items of laundry a day
  • Invite to dinner at the Captain’s Table
Emerald Waterways Space Ship One Bedroom Owners Suite
Emerald Waterways Space Ship Grand Balcony Suite

Cat. S – Grand Balcony Suites

210 ft² – Horizon (Upper) Deck

  • Outdoor private balcony with open-air system and sliding glass doors
  • Bathroom with shower, toiletries, hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers
  • In-suite mini-bar available at own expense, complimentary bottled water, restocked daily
  • Complimentary Nespresso machine
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds with pillow menu
  • Telephone and Safe for your valuables
  • Individual climate control
  • Flat screen TV and infotainment system
  • Continental breakfast, pre-dinner canapés and after-dinner sweet treats served in your suite
  • Two items of laundry a day

Cat. A, B & C Panorama Balcony Suites

180 ft² – Horizon & Vista (Upper & Middle) Deck

  • Indoor balcony with open-air system and sliding glass door
  • Bathroom with shower, toiletries and hair dryer
  • Complimentary bottled water, restocked daily
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds
  • Telephone and Safe for your valuables
  • Individual climate control
  • Flat screen TV and infotainment system
  • Mini-fridge
Emerald Waterways Space Ship Lower Deck Stateroom

Cat. D & E Staterooms

162 ft² – Riviera (Lower) Deck

  • Picture window (150cm x 34cm) which does not open
  • Bathroom with shower, toiletries and hair dryer
  • Complimentary bottled water, restocked daily
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds
  • Telephone and Safe for your valuables
  • Individual climate control
  • Flat screen TV and infotainment system
  • Mini-fridge

Cat. ES Single Staterooms

117 ft² – Riviera (Lower) Deck

  • Picture window which does not open
  • Bathroom with shower, toiletries and hair dryer
  • Single Bed
  • Complimentary bottled water, restocked daily
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Telephone and Safe for your valuables
  • Individual climate control
  • Flat screen TV and infotainment system
  • Mini-fridge
Emerald Waterways Star Ship Single Cabin
Emerald Sun Space Ship Exterior

Emerald Waterways’ fleet of Star-Ships perfectly marry modern design with deluxe comfort for their guests. The fleet has been responsibly designed to match and complement the eternal flow of the rivers.

The Emerald Sun built in 2015 benefits from 72 generously-proportioned suites and 20 staterooms.  The five sister vessels (Sun, Sky, Star, Dawn, Destiny), boast a capacity of 182 guests apiece, 47 crew and all contain a selection of excellent amenities and features.

The Sun Deck of the ships also boasts a retractable glass roof which provides seasonal protection for the pool, cinema and Riverview Lounge below. Whether you wish to undertake a few lengths before breakfast in the heated pool or enjoy a Hollywood classic in the cinema, the choice is yours.

Book one of the Balcony Suites, found on the Vista and Horizon Decks, and you’ll enjoy unparalleled views from the spacious private balconies – a truly invigorating start to another day on Europe’s beautiful waterways.

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • Spacious staterooms and suites
  • Indoor Heated Pool with retractable roof
  • Evening cinema
  • Complimentary speciality tea and coffee
  • Sun Deck with seating area and walking track
  • Putting Green
  • Complimentary Bicycles
  • Fully equipped fitness centre
  • Wellness Area
  • Hairdresser *
  • Dedicated cruise director
  • Al Fresco Dining & BBQ area
  • Lift
  • Games Area
 * payable locally

Accommodation & Amenities

92 elegantly appointed staterooms and Suites range in size from 162-310 ft².  Most accommodations have a open air balcony.  Try one of the 4 One-Bedroom Owner’s Suites at 310 sq ft²  with their very own bedroom which closes off from the rest of the suite.  An outdoor balcony, complete with open-air system, allows you to enjoy the views of your surroundings whatever the weather so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish.

Suites feature added enhancements such as in suite breakfast and canapes, a larger sitting area with two chairs.  All staterooms include amenities such ensuite bathroom with shower, Infotainment, free high-speed Internet access, climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe, fridge and complimentary bottled water replenished daily.

One Bedroom Owner’s Suites

315 ft² – Horizon (Upper) Deck

  • Outdoor private balcony with open-air system and sliding glass door
  • Separate bedroom with walk-in wardrobe and separate lounge area
  • Bathroom with shower, toiletries, hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers
  • Complimentary in-suite Mini-Bar with wine, beer, soft drinks and bottled water, restocked daily
  • Complimentary Nespresso machine
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi and use of an iPad
  • Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds with pillow menu
  • Safe and Telephone
  • Individual climate control
  • Flat screen TV and infotainment system
  • Continental breakfast, pre-dinner canapés and after-dinner sweet treats served in your suite
  • Four items of laundry a day
  • Invite to dinner at the Captain’s Table
Emerald Waterways Space Ship One Bedroom Owners Suite
Emerald Waterways Space Ship Grand Balcony Suite

Cat. S – Grand Balcony Suites

210 ft² – Horizon (Upper) Deck

  • Outdoor private balcony with open-air system and sliding glass doors
  • Bathroom with shower, toiletries, hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers
  • In-suite mini-bar available at own expense, complimentary bottled water, restocked daily
  • Complimentary Nespresso machine
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds with pillow menu
  • Telephone and Safe for your valuables
  • Individual climate control
  • Flat screen TV and infotainment system
  • Continental breakfast, pre-dinner canapés and after-dinner sweet treats served in your suite
  • Two items of laundry a day

Cat. A, B & C Panorama Balcony Suites

180 ft² – Horizon & Vista (Upper & Middle) Deck

  • Indoor balcony with open-air system and sliding glass doors
  • Bathroom with shower, toiletries and hair dryer
  • Complimentary bottled water, restocked daily
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds
  • Telephone and Safe for your valuables
  • Individual climate control
  • Flat screen TV and infotainment system
  • Mini-fridge
Emerald Waterways Space Ship Lower Deck Stateroom

Cat. D & E Staterooms

162 ft² – Riviera (Lower) Deck

  • Picture window (150cm x 34cm) which does not open
  • Bathroom with shower, toiletries and hair dryer
  • Complimentary bottled water, restocked daily
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds
  • Telephone and Safe for your valuables
  • Individual climate control
  • Flat screen TV and infotainment system
  • Mini-fridge

Cat. ES Single Staterooms

117 ft² – Riviera (Lower) Deck

  • Picture window which does not open
  • Bathroom with shower, toiletries and hair dryer
  • Single Bed
  • Complimentary bottled water, restocked daily
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Telephone and Safe for your valuables
  • Individual climate control
  • Flat screen TV and infotainment system
  • Mini-fridge
Emerald Waterways Star Ship Single Cabin

Why Choose This Cruise?

Emerald Waterways are a new entrant to the river cruise market and sit as Scenic’s premium river cruise sister company.  Ships are brand new and very contemporary in style and the river cruising is very relaxed.  A very welcome inclusion to the premium, luxury market.  A holiday to enjoy.

DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
May 20Emerald StarAmsterdam£1695SAVE £800Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCat E162 ft², Fixed Windows£1695  
Lower DeckCat D162 ft², Fixed Windows£1895  
Lower DeckCat ES (Single)117 ft², Fixed Windows£2445  
Middle DeckCat C180 ft², French Balcony£2345  
Middle DeckCat B180 ft², French Balcony£2595  
Upper DeckCat A180 ft², French Balcony£2695  
Upper DeckGrand Balcony Suite210 ft², Outside Balcony£3245  
Upper DeckOwner's Suite315 ft², Outside Balcony£3895  
Oct 18Emerald SkyAmsterdam£1495SAVE £800Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCat E162 ft², Fixed Windows£1495  
Lower DeckCat D162 ft², Fixed Windows£1645  
Lower DeckCat ES (Single)117 ft², Fixed Windows£2245  
Middle DeckCat C180 ft², French Balcony£2145  
Middle DeckCat B180 ft², French Balcony£2395  
Upper DeckCat A180 ft², French Balcony£2495  
Upper DeckGrand Balcony Suite210 ft², Outside Balcony£3045  
Upper DeckOwner's Suite315 ft², Outside Balcony£3695  


Enquire now about this cruise & speak to one of our friendly river cruising team on 0800 471 4754.

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