Braemar, Tulips & Chocolates ex Southampton Return

EU West & Atlantic Islands

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5 Night cruise sailing roundtrip from Southampton onboard Black Watch.

5 Night cruise sailing roundtrip from Southampton onboard Black Watch.

A feast for the senses from start to finish, this enriching five-night triple city break offers a wealth of cultural delights and a taste of the Fred. Olsen cruising experience. A blend of impressive sights, sweet scents and tempting flavours await you, with Braemar taking you closer to the highlights of three attraction-packed destinations.

Navigating the peaceful Nieuwe Maas will ensure a relaxing start to two days of rewarding exploration in the Netherlands. Your smaller ship will sail to Rotterdam, where the sight of the Erasmusbrug Bridge is bound to impress, and a fantastic collection of museums, galleries and futuristic architectural gems are yours to discover ashore: the unusual Markthal and Cube Houses are particular highlights. Then it’s on to the Dutch capital, Amsterdam. Visiting this effervescent city in the spring provides the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the seasonal colours and floral fragrances of the Keukenhof Gardens while its fields of tulips are in full bloom. Alternatively, you could use your time to take in world-famous attractions, such as the haunting Anne Frank House, the Van Gogh Museum and the grand mansions of the UNESCO-listed Canal Ring; or opt to take to Amsterdam’s iconic canals. A boat tour of the city, passing underneath low bridges and through charming districts, is an unforgettable way to see the sights. Show less
Soon after departing Amsterdam via the North Sea Canal, you then reach Antwerp for an overnight stay in Belgium’s sparkling second city. You’ll have ample time to uncover Antwerp’s gems at your own pace, and Braemar will dock in the heart of the destination: The main square, Grote Markt, with its intricate 16th century guildhouses, and the mighty Cathedral of our Lady are just some of the highlights reassuringly close-by. The Royal Museum of Fine Arts and the legendary Diamond District are amongst Antwerp’s most prized possessions; you can seek them out on all-encompassing walking tours that also afford opportunities to sample delicious, traditionally made Belgian chocolates too. Antwerp is also an ideal starting point for captivating tours to the attractions and artisan chocolatiers of nearby Ghent too.

Highlights of this cruise:

Cruising Nieuwe Maas, Netherlands
The Nieuwe Mass is a 24 kilometre-long distributary of the Netherlands’ mighty Rhine River.

On a relaxing cruise along the Nieuwe Maas, you’ll pass lovely waterfront houses, see the iconic Erasmusbrug Bridge and have the opportunity to savour the sight of Rotterdam’s soaring skyline. Be sure to have your camera to hand as you glide west along this wonderful 24 kilometre distributary of the mighty Rhine River.

Rotterdam, Netherlands
Innovative and inspiring nicely sums up Rotterdam, the major port city in the Dutch province of South Holland. The Netherlands' second largest city has a diverse community, a captivating maritime history, and an abundance of excellent museums.

The city is like an exhibition of futuristic architecture, an achievement made even more remarkable given Rotterdam was literally razed to the ground during World War II. The north side of the city is easy to discover on foot. The Maritime Museum has vintage ships and exhibits that trace the city's seafaring history, while the Pilgrim Fathers Church is the site where pilgrims worshipped before embarking for America.

The rapid expansion of Rotterdam’s art scene, and the surge of quality dining and drinking venues make the port one of Europe's most exciting cities. The 17th century Delfshaven neighbourhood is home to canal side boutiques and shopping, and is one area of Rotterdam that still offers an impression of what the city looked like before the bombings.

Split by the imposing Nieuwe Maas shipping channel, the city is crossed by a collection of tunnels and bridges, notably the dramatic Erasmusbrug – nick-named “the swan”. The innovative Cube Houses, tilted at 45 degrees, are a quirky discovery, as is the Schouwburgplein square. The renowned Blijdorp Zoological Garden, is also worth a visit.

Amsterdam, Netherlands
Golden Age canals lined with elegant merchant homes is the familiar backdrop for the Netherlands's historic capital, Amsterdam. Established in the 17th century with the construction of the River Amstel dam, this celebrated port offers everything from treasure-packed museums and antiquarian bookshops to chic boutiques and convivial cafés. Equally, art is never far away in this hub of uber-creative design. One noticeable thing about the city is that, some 150 years after its industrial heyday, Amsterdam is once again awash with producers.

Amsterdam has some 40 museums, and the Museum Quarter boasts three of the most famous: the Rijksmuseum has paintings from Rembrandt, Vermeer and Frans Hals; the Van Gogh Museum; and the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art, displays work from Manet to Picasso. The Anne Frankhuis where Anne Frank and her family hid from German troops during the World War II, is an experience many visitors seek.

Antwerp, Belgium
Belgium’s charming, medieval city of Antwerp is the country’s biggest port and often recognised as its capital of cool. It has proved an alluring city for centuries, attracting lovers of art, fashion and, of course, diamonds – over 80% of the world's rough diamonds pass through the city's famous diamond district at some point or other. Renowned for its charm and sparkle, Antwerp was one of Europe’s principle cities in the mid-16th century and has maintained the essence of its medieval past, despite severe bombing during World War II.

A riverside fortress and numerous intriguing cobbled streets are overshadowed by the 123m high tower of the imposing Cathedral of Our Lady, the biggest church in Benelux. Its construction started in 1352 on the site of a 10th century chapel, but like many medieval religious buildings, it took several centuries to complete. The cathedral interior has four altarpieces by Peter Paul Rubens – a true legend of baroque painting. The Royal Museum of Fine Arts is dedicated to Rubens and houses many of his finest works, along with those of other Flemish masters.

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E - Twin Outside

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M - Single Inside

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K - Single Outside

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