TUI From Amsterdam to Antwerp 2021 River Cruise

Witness the best of the Netherlands from stunning architecture to windmills to bikes galore! As well as stopping off in beautiful Belgium, discovering its oldest and most popular sights.

TUI 2021 River Cruises
Antwerp

Itinerary

Criss-crossed by bridges and canals, Amsterdam is known as the Venice of the north. But its waterways are not all it’s famous for. In fact, mention the name of The Netherlands' capital city and you’ll get a whole list of associations. Clogs, cheese and windmills top the list, followed closely by World War history, cutting-edge art and coffee shops.

One thing’s for sure, when you join the millions of tourists that flock to the city every year, you won’t have to look hard to find something that interests you. Sit back and relax onboard Amsterdam’s most traditional mode of transport – a canal boat. Pleasure cruises have been running up and down the city’s waterways since 1621. Discover the secret hideout where Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis during the Second World War. The tiny annex is now part of a museum, where you can follow the Franks’ story from the beginning to the tragic end. Cast an eye over the paintings of one of the 20th century’s most influential artists. The Vincent Van Gogh museum showcases a selection of the painter’s work, including the famous Sunflowers still life.

Holland’s oldest city is home to monuments, museums, ancient warehouses and busy merchant streets. Its sheltered river harbour is a picturesque spot, lined with lots of coffee shops where you can grab a fluffy pastry and a coffee. If you head further into the city, you can visit the Dordrecht Museum. It’s one of Holland’s most important fine art museums, and houses a collection of Dutch paintings dating back to the 17th century. There are also over 1,000 monuments hidden throughout the streets. You can tick some of them off on a self-led walking route – just follow the trail signs around the city.
You might hear Rotterdam referred to by a different name – the Gateway to the World, thanks to all the roads, rivers and railways that pass through it. And as Europe’s biggest port, it’s packed with lots of things to do, too. Start off by getting a bird’s eye view of the city from the top of the Euromast Tower – the tallest building in Rotterdam. Snap some photos from the viewing platform, then head to the restaurant for a sweet stroopwafel pastry. Over in the old quarter, you can learn about the bombing of Rotterdam during a tour of the 600-year-old St Lawrence Church – the only building in the area left standing after World War 2. Then, go for a wander around the city’s collection of art galleries, where you’ll see pieces by Picasso, Rembrandt and Van Gogh.

The city of Veere sits next to a lagoon on Walcheren Island in the Netherlands. It’s popular for its beaches, marinas and watersports, and has a colossal storm surge barrier called the ‘oosterscheldekering’. This barrier was designed to protect the Netherlands from flooding from the North Sea, and is the most popular tourist attraction in the area. Also popular with visitors is ‘Oma’s Snoepwinkel’, which translates to ‘Grandma’s Candy Shop’. It’s got a fuchsia-pink façade, and inside you can choose from more than 100 kinds of old Dutch candy, such as the sugary sweet ‘ulevellen’ and traditional ‘duimdrop’ liquorice. The Grote Kerk Veere church is also worth visiting – it dates back to 1521.

Canal-side architecture and a booming Flemish food offering are two of Ghent’s calling cards. Its student population outnumbers the tourists who visit each year, giving this Belgian city a cosier feel than Antwerp or Bruges. Foodies give Ghent a massive thumbs up thanks to its flourishing culinary scene. The Holy Food Market, for example, is a quirky food hall built into a 16th-century chapel where Mozart played some of his first concerts as a boy. Food kiosks serve everything from oysters to customised ice-creams. Head out into the city streets and you’ll have your pick of Medieval buildings to photograph – like the 12th-century Gravensteen castle and the Graslei, a row of pointed guildhalls beside the harbour.

Perched on Belgium’s Scheldt River and dating back to the Middle Ages, Antwerp’s a city of contrasts. It’s famous for its flashy diamond district, as well as its Renaissance architecture. It’s popular with fashionistas and art lovers, yet retains its Medieval heart. Be sure to walk the ‘Diamond Square Mile’ – it’s lined with grinding shops, exhibitions and diamond showrooms. Then head to the Grote Market, a central square in the old town. It’s fringed with typical examples of Antwerp’s Flemish Renaissance architecture, and provides a great photo opportunity. And art enthusiasts should carve out some time to visit the house of the Baroque painter, Peter Paul Rubens. This 17th-century building is full of period rooms showing some his finest artworks.

Utrecht is the fourth largest city in the Netherlands, so it’s no surprise that it has all areas covered when it comes to sightseeing. The city’s long history, which dates back to the 7th century, means that the entire place has a Medieval-meets-modern style. Age-old stables and warehouses have been colourfully converted into pubs, bars and restaurants. And you’ll find them sitting in the shadow of the 370-foot tall Dom Tower, and the university – both of which are open for you to explore. It’s the café culture, though, that really makes this place shine. Every canal in the city is lined by family-run coffee shops, making it a doddle to get a caffeine fix and sample traditional cakes and pastries during a walk along the waterfront.
Criss-crossed by bridges and canals, Amsterdam is known as the Venice of the north. But its waterways are not all it’s famous for. In fact, mention the name of The Netherlands' capital city and you’ll get a whole list of associations. Clogs, cheese and windmills top the list, followed closely by World War history, cutting-edge art and coffee shops.

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Price Guide

Date Price (pp)
1 August 2021 £1,219
22 August 2021 £1,229

What's Included

  • All Inclusive Upgrade from £210pp
  • Direct flights from a range of UK airports with 20kg luggage allowance
  • 7 nights on board TUI Maya or Isla
  • Airport transfers - to and from your ship
  • Full board plus - breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Tea, coffee and juices with breakfast
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks at lunch and dinner
  • Barbecues on deck (weather permitting)
  • 1GB of Wi-Fi per cabin, per week
  • £120 excursion credit, per person, per 7 days
  • All tips and port charges

Excursion Guide

  • Amsterdam canal cruise & city tour
  • Edam and Zaanse Schans windmills & cheese
  • UNESCO-rated windmills of Kinderdijk
  • Rotterdam city tour & harbour cruise
  • Walking tour of Dordrecht
  • Walking tour of Rotterdam
  • The historic towns of the Hague and Delft
  • Deltapark & Dam tour
  • Walking tour of Veere
  • Bruges city tour
  • Walking tour of Ghent
  • Antwerp city tour
  • Bruges city tour
  • Brussels city tour
  • Walking tour of Utrecht
  • Utrecht city tour & brewery visit
  • Canal cruise of Utrecht