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Rhine River Cruise including Brussels & Amsterdam (Cologne - Cologne)
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Rhine River Cruise including Brussels & Amsterdam (Cologne - Cologne)

  • 7 Night Holiday
  • Full Board Cruise
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Discover the highlights of the Rhine, dotted along the river from Cologne to Cologne.

Travelling on board the MS Symphonie vessel, you will experience the elegance of a boutique hotel as you are transported to some of Europe’s most picturesque towns and cities. Highlights of your holiday will include visits to Cologne, Amsterdam, Brussels and Antwerp. These visits are led by expert local guides who will share their wealth of knowledge and take you to the highlights of each destination. A programme of further optional excursions will be offered on board at each port of call, subject to availability.

Much smaller than an ocean liner, the ship will take you into the heart of most cities you visit, giving you more time to visit the attractions and enjoy your time ashore.

Please note that this holiday may not be suitable for those with reduced mobility. For more details, please contact us.

 

Practical Information for this holiday

River Cruise Information

Food & Drink

The 7-night cruise during this holiday is full board; meals are served in the indoor Panorama restaurant on board the ship.

In the middle of the day you can enjoy a generous lunch buffet in the Panorama restaurant.

Evening meals are composed of multiple course menus featuring regional specialities as well as vegetarian dishes.

Coffee/tea is included after lunch and dinner.

Please note that alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are not included during meals, a beverage package can be booked optionally.

 

Embarkation and Disembarkation

You will have a guided transfer to the exact mooring at the port of embarkation, and will also be met at the disembarkation point at the end of your cruise. While the ship is moored at each port of call, you are free to disembark as you wish. Before leaving the ship independently, please note the mooring point and the onward sailing time. Embarkation or disembarkation times may vary on particular cruise schedules (as described in the itinerary).

 

Dress Code

There is no specific dress code on board, but it is recommended that you dress smartly for dinner. By day and for shore excursions it is recommended you wear layered clothing and comfortable shoes. It is advisable to take a pullover or jacket for cooler evenings.

 

Tipping

In common with international customs, it is normal but not obligatory to tip staff. The amount of your tip is left to your discretion and should be seen as a reward for good service. If you would like a recommendation we suggest, as a guideline, € 5-7 per guest per day.

Currencies

Germany: Euro(€)

Netherlands: Euro(€)

Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not require a visa for the countries visited, however non-EU citizens should check with their embassy.
Packing List
 We advise you to bring:
  • Dress code as above
  • Your valid passport
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera

Holiday highlights

Cologne
Germany’s fourth largest city spans the river Rhine and was founded almost 2000 years ago by the Romans. The city was utterly devastated during the Second World War and is now characterised by the contrast between modern post-war architecture and the carefully and painstakingly re-built Old Town. 
Amsterdam
The Dutch capital is renowned for its rich artistic history and winding canals dotted with narrow house and pretty bridges. The city’s museums are a must see for art lovers, with the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum boasting impressive collections of Dutch renaissance art.  
Royal Palace of Laeken (Brussels)

The Royal Palace of Laeken is the official residence of the King of Belgium and the royal family. It lies in the Brussels region, 5 km outside of the city centre in the Laeken district. It is situated in a large park called the Royal Domain of Laeken.  

MS Symphonie

A modern and elegant ship, with numerous amenities and entertainment on board but with a more relaxed and intimate atmosphere compared to an ocean liner, with a maximum of 150 guests on board. You can enjoy incredible views on one of the sun decks, lounge or bar areas as you cruise past some of the best scenery in Europe.

Practical Information for this holiday

River Cruise Information

Food & Drink

The 7-night cruise during this holiday is full board; meals are served in the indoor Panorama restaurant on board the ship.

In the middle of the day you can enjoy a generous lunch buffet in the Panorama restaurant.

Evening meals are composed of multiple course menus featuring regional specialities as well as vegetarian dishes.

Coffee/tea is included after lunch and dinner.

Please note that alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are not included during meals, a beverage package can be booked optionally.

 

Embarkation and Disembarkation

You will have a guided transfer to the exact mooring at the port of embarkation, and will also be met at the disembarkation point at the end of your cruise. While the ship is moored at each port of call, you are free to disembark as you wish. Before leaving the ship independently, please note the mooring point and the onward sailing time. Embarkation or disembarkation times may vary on particular cruise schedules (as described in the itinerary).

 

Dress Code

There is no specific dress code on board, but it is recommended that you dress smartly for dinner. By day and for shore excursions it is recommended you wear layered clothing and comfortable shoes. It is advisable to take a pullover or jacket for cooler evenings.

 

Tipping

In common with international customs, it is normal but not obligatory to tip staff. The amount of your tip is left to your discretion and should be seen as a reward for good service. If you would like a recommendation we suggest, as a guideline, € 5-7 per guest per day.

Currencies

Germany: Euro(€)

Netherlands: Euro(€)

Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not require a visa for the countries visited, however non-EU citizens should check with their embassy.
Packing List
 We advise you to bring:
  • Dress code as above
  • Your valid passport
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 – Depart to Germany

Morning

Depart to Germany

Upon arrival in Düsseldorf, you will be met by your local guide and transferred to Düsseldorf city centre for a morning at leisure.

Afternoon

Commence River Cruise

After lunch (at your own expense), you will be transferred to Cologne port with a panoramic coach city tour of Cologne en-route. Settle into your cabin and explore the range of facilities the MS Rhein Symphonie has to offer as you set sail along the Rhine River. Sit back with a welcome cocktail in one of the lounge areas, followed by a tasty welcome dinner.

Day 2 – Nijmegen

Morning

Nijmegen

This morning you will wake up in Nijmegen, a city in the Dutch province of Gelderland, close to the German border. Here, you can take an optional excursion of this friendly Hanseatic city (payable locally), or visit Nijmegen at your own pace before sailing again around mid-day towards Antwerp.

Day 3 – Antwerp

Morning

Antwerp City Tour

Today, the ship will arrive into the Belgian port city of Antwerp which has a long-standing history dating back to the Middle Ages. Here, you will take a guided tour of the city by coach and also walk through the historic centre to see highlights of this medieval city include the Church of Our Lady, the Steen Castle, Vleeshuis and Grote Markt.

Afternoon

At Leisure

You will have the afternoon free to spend as you wish. Relax on board your ship, or further explore Antwerp at your own pace. Your ship will remain docked overnight.

Day 4 – Antwerp and Brussels

Morning

Brussels City Tour

Today, you will be taken on an included city tour of Brussels, Belgium’s capital, from Antwerp port by coach. This excursion will give you an overall impression of the most important sights Brussels has to offer such as the famous Atomium, the Manneken Pis and the exquisitely beautiful Grand Place. Before returning to the ship, you will have some free time to stroll around this lively city at your own pace.

Afternoon

River Cruise to Rotterdam

During the early afternoon, you will continue your journey along the scenic Rhine River towards Rotterdam where you will arrive in the early morning the next day.

Day 5 – Rotterdam and Amsterdam

Morning

Rotterdam

This morning, your ship will be docked in Rotterdam where you can take an optional excursion of this modern city with its futuristic buildings (payable locally). Rotterdam is the largest seaport in Europe and due to its ever-growing skyline of high-rise buildings, many refer to this city as the "Dutch Frankfurt”.

Evening

Amsterdam

In the early evening, you will stop overnight in Netherland’s vibrant capital where you can partake in an optional evening tour of Amsterdam’s fascinating and colourful side, including the famous Red Light District and Chinatown (payable locally).

Day 6 – Amsterdam

Morning

Amsterdam City Tour

Today, you will embark on a guided city tour of Amsterdam and discover the famous “Grachten” canal area, passing the magnificent merchants' houses dating from the Golden Age as well as taking a stroll through the historic centre.

Afternoon

Optional North Holland Excursion

In the afternoon, there will be an optional North Holland excursion in which clients may partake if they wish (payable locally). If you remain on board, discover the beauty of the Dutch waterways as you sail towards Zaandam.

Day 7 – Arnhem

Morning

Arnhem

There will be an optional walking tour of Arnhem to see this town’s typical Dutch architecture including the Eusebiuskerk and Duivelhuis this morning (payable locally), or visit the town at your own pace. This charming town has a friendly atmosphere with a variety of pubs, cafés, shops and culture. Its centre was almost completely destroyed in 1944 in the Battle of Arnhem but has since been reconstructed in a modern style.

Afternoon

River Cruise to Cologne

You will depart Arnhem around 14.30 on this day and enjoy a delicious dinner on board while the ship travels to Cologne in the evening.

Day 8 – Disembark and Return Home

Full Day

Disembark and Return Home

It is time to say goodbye after a full week of delights aboard your cruise vessel. After breakfast, you will meet with your local guide and be transferred to Cologne city centre. You will have the morning and early afternoon at leisure before transferring to Cologne airport for your evening return flight home. (Luggage will be stored in coach)

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

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