TUI Dutch Delights 2020 River Cruise
Cube-shaped houses, coffee shops and colossal cathedrals are the headline acts on this eight-day roundtrip river cruise from Amsterdam.
Your river cruise starts with two days in Amsterdam. If you’re a first time visitor, you’ll probably want to see some of the more famous tourist attractions, like the Anne Frank House or the Van Gogh Museum. Returning visitors seeking something different can tick off a few of its lesser-known attractions instead – like the colourful Tulip Museum. Or you could cycle to the Het Twiske beaches for pretty picnic spots and open-water swimming areas.
Make the most of your second day in Amsterdam by heading to a different part of the city. Jump on the free ferry from Central Station and get dropped off in Amsterdam Noord – it takes less than 15 minutes to get to this hub of urban cool. Here, you can take a seat on Europe’s highest swing on top of the A’dam Tower, or simply enjoy the 360° views from the sky deck. Then grab a coffee in Café de Ceuvel. Built in a former shipyard, this bohemian hangouts all about sustainable living.
Today you’ve got the morning to explore the city of Medemblik, where history and the modern age hold hands. There’s a swanky harbour that’s home to sleek yachts and creaking old age ships. Then there’s the Baking Museum, where all sorts of treats – like marzipan, chocolate cake and bread – are freshly baked and available for you to try. If you’ve got time, squeeze in a visit to Radboud Castle. It’s right by the harbour, and has interesting links to pirates and the artist Rembrandt.
Make this full day all about food – because Utrecht’s got all sorts of tasty treats up its sleeve. This city’s got a huge foodie scene, with everything from top-notch, luxury restaurants to cheap-as-chips pizzerias stashed along its streets. Finger foods a big thing here, too. Pull up a seat in bar and order meatballs, plates of cheese and Utrecht vocking worst – a type of sausage. Then wash it all down with a locally brewed beer.
You’ve got the morning here to do what you like, and there’s heaps of stuff to choose from. Arnhem’s home to a wine museum, a national park where you can ride bikes for free, and a zoo that’s over 100 years old. Or there’s the Netherlands Open Air Museum, where 80 historic houses, farms and windmills show how the country’s architecture has changed over time. And if you want a further peek into the past, head to St Eusebius’ Church, AKA the big church. It’s got eye-widening Gothic architecture
Today, you’ll draw the curtains back on Antwerp, having dipped over the border into Belgium overnight. You’ll have the whole day to suss out the city’s best bits. You might know Antwerp for being the home of Flemish artist Pieter Paul Rubens in the 16th and 17th centuries. Art enthusiasts can visit his old house, and see his famous hatted self-portrait. Antwerp scores extra points with history buffs for its giant cathedral and looming riverside fortress.
Wake up to Rotterdam – your second to-last stop. You’ve got all day to visit the Euromast Tower for panoramic city views, the Markthal market for Dutch cheeses and thin stroopwafels, and Witte de Withstraat – a street that’s lined with chic pubs and bars – for a pint. Many people will already recognise Rotterdam for its brightly painted cube houses. You can actually go inside one at the Kijk-Kubus Museum House, to see what it’s like to live inside such angular architecture.
You’ll finish your cruise where you started, in Amsterdam. Depending on when you fly home, this is a great opportunity to head to some of the best shopping spots to pick up last minute gifts and souvenirs. Tick off vintage stores and boutiques selling one-off items in the area known as Nine Streets. Then go upmarket in the museum district – it’s considered Amsterdam’s most exclusive area for shopping, and is dominated by big-name brands like Chanel, Louis Vuitton and DKNY.
|5 April 2020||£999|
|21 June 2020||£1,329|
|16 August 2020||£1,319|
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- Direct flights from a range of UK airports with 20kg luggage allowance
- 7 nights on board TUI 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
- Amsterdam city tour with Canal Cruise
- Edam & Zaanse Schans: Windmills and Cheese
- The Garden of Europe: Keukenhof
- Walking tour of Medemblik
- Vienna city tour
- Windmills of Kinderdijk
- Walking tour of Hoorn & steam train ride
- Walking tour of Utrecht
- Canal Cruise of Utrecht
- Utrecht city tour with Brewery Visit
- Historic Arnhem