The Inaugural Cruise | The spirit of the Danube
Day 1 UK to Arnhem
Travel by coach from Folkestone via Eurotunnel or by ferry to Arnhem (journey from Calais approximately four and a half hours). Embark The spirit of the Danube and enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board.
Night cruise to Kinderdijk.
Day 2 Kinderdijk to Willemstad
This morning you will arrive in Kinderdijk on the north bank of the River Noord, where there are 19 windmills dating back to the 15th century.
Go ashore on an included excursion and inspect the different models designed to pump water from the land. The Windmills, built between 1722 and 1761, form the largest park of windmills still in use in the Netherlands. During your excursion you will see how a windmill works, learn why they were used and how they were replaced by more modern pumping stations. Enjoy a 30-minute cruise past the Overwaard Windmills and visit the Nederwaard Museum Mill, a stone mill dating back to 1738.
Continue the cruise until lunch to arrive in Willemstad for an optional walking tour.
Day 3 Willemstad to Ghent
After an early departure from Willemstad, you will spend the morning sailing, crossing the Belgian border to arrive in the quintessentially Flemish city of Ghent this afternoon.
See the half-timbered buildings and stone fortifications on an included walking tour, or perhaps opt to see the sites from a different perspective on an included canal cruise, while your guide provides commentary the passing landscape.
Day 4 Ghent to Antwerp
Enjoy an included excursion to the beautiful city of Bruges this morning.
The town’s medieval heritage will be evident at every turn in your walking tour, with the gothic Grand Place stretching out at the foot of the nearly 300-foot-tall Belfry Tower. Explore the narrow, cobbled streets lined with lace makers, chocolatiers, and cafes before returning to your ship.
Cruise the afternoon along the Scheldt and arrive in Antwerp this evening.
Day 5 Antwerp
Take an included morning tour to see some of the city’s many highlights, including the majestic 16th-century Grote Markt which is home to the famous Brabo Fountain and the largest Gothic cathedral in Belgium. The city was a great center for the arts during the Renaissance, with Rubens and Van Dyck living and working here. Antwerp is also one of the main centers of the world diamond industry.
Spirit of the Danube will set sail after lunch for Dordrecht.
Day 6 Dordrecht
After an early morning arrival in Dordrecht, perhaps join an optional morning visit to the Dordrechts Museum, one of the oldest in the country, established in 1842, with a rich collection spanning six centuries of Dutch art.
This afternoon, begin your journey along the Dutch waterways to Amsterdam.
Day 7 Amsterdam ð§
Arrive in Amsterdam early this morning, and after breakfast you can either take a tram to Central Station for a food-themed walking tour of the Dutch capital, or join an included coach tour to see the Royal Palace in Dam Square, the Floating Flower Market, Central Station and the 19th century Rijksmuseum, followed by a canal cruise to the city center with its historic bridges and gabled houses.
You will also see the famous Skinny Bridge, the Montelbaanstoren Tower and the Jewish Quarter. This afternoon, an optional excursion visits Volendam, Edam and the Katwoude cheese farm.
Moor here for the night.
Day 8 Amsterdam in the UK
Disembark the Spirit of the Danube after breakfast for your return trip to the UK.