Rivers & Waterways | Europe
Escape on this nine-night adventure and you’re sure to be rewarded as
Balmoral sails inland to reach iconic cities in the Netherlands, Belgium and
France. You’ll have the chance to explore culture-rich destinations famous
for their winding streets, fascinating history and unique architecture.
The journey is scattered with other highlights too: diamonds, canals, fine
art and sweet treats, along with two helpings of the gorgeous Seine River.
Balmoral will cruise through the North Sea Canal to
kick off your holiday with the delights of Amsterdam.
Here you’ll benefit from a berth close to the centre,
affording more time to dive into this diverse city.
Arriving in the evening sets the scene for a dazzling
cruise tour along the city’s famed canals.
The following day you can visit the thoughtprovoking
Anne Frank House; immerse yourself in the
Museum Quarter, home to the famous Rijksmuseum
and Van Gogh Museum; or perhaps enjoy a unique
perspective as you take in the sights by bicycle.
Following a morning spent sailing the Western
Scheldt River you’ll arrive in Antwerp, with
Balmoral docking close to the heart of things
making seeing the highlights so much easier.
The Royal Museum of Fine Arts – housing works
by Rubens and other ‘Flemish masters’ – the
legendary diamond district, and heavenly Belgian
chocolates (of course) are all recommended if
you’re looking for an authentic flavour of the city.
Alternatively, you could opt to savour the lovely
countryside en route to the Waterloo Battlefields.
Spending several daylight hours enjoying the
effortless beauty of the Seine River landscapes will
take you to historic Rouen, where there’s plenty of
time for you to uncover the rich heritage of the city.
Among the many exciting options at your disposal
there are chances to: learn the history behind the
legends of Joan of Arc and Richard the Lionheart
while admiring the traditional half-timbered houses
on a walking tour; savour the flavours of the
surrounding Normandy region; or embark on an
unforgettable journey to Paris to see the iconic
landmarks in the romance capital of the world.
As Balmoral guides you onwards from the historic
setting of Rouen, there’ll be another opportunity
to admire the Seine’s stunning backdrop before
charming Honfleur welcomes you. To round off your
journey of discovery there are 16th century streets
and distinctive architectural treasures to enjoy, and
an attractive old harbour (Vieux Bassin) as a reminder
of a rich maritime past. Elsewhere, the many quaint
cafés are perfect for watching the world go by, while
tours further afield bring the Bayeux Tapestry or
Claude Monet House and Gardens within reach.
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