Electric Sunsets - The 80s Cruise Weekender
If Amsterdam’s the main course, Ijmuiden’s like a scaled-down starter. Its beaches are a major draw for kitesurfers and saltwater fishermen, and away from the port, the…Time in port: 09:00 - 19:00
This tour gives you a great taste of Amsterdam, a city famous for its shimmering canals and gabled houses. First up, you’ll be taken on a panoramic tour of the place, ticking off a bunch of top sights. You’ll drive past the eagle-adorned gates of the Royal Zoo – home to orangutans, crocodiles and giraffes. You’ll also tick off Museum Square, where the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum are located. Loads of the city’s sights are only accessible from the water and a tour of Amsterdam just wouldn’t be complete without a cruise along the city's canals. Glide through the historic channels, passing elegant mansions, churches and warehouses dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries. You’ll also pass one of the most famous sites in Amsterdam - the house where Anne Frank famously penned her poignant diary.
Get ready to discover the heart-stealing city of Amsterdam, otherwise known as the Venice of the North. You’ll leave the port by coach and start a dot-to-dot of its best bits. You’ll arrive at the Van Gogh Museum, home to the world’s richest collection of works by Vincent Van Gogh, including 200 paintings and 600 drawings. The Potato-Eater, Self Portrait as a Painter, Still Life with Sun Flowers and Cornfield with Crows are just a few of the paintings in the museum's famous collection. Your guide will be on hand to give you a great insight into the artist’s life. Afterwards, it’s time to carry on with your city tour. Admire the well-kept warehouses and homes that date from the 15th through to the 18th centuries. See the centuries-old Maritime Museum, and check out the bundled-together buildings on Java Island. The Tropen Museum, the Central Station and the Weeping Tower – where sailors’ wives once bid bon voyage to their husbands – are on the to-do list, as well. It’s a great, stress-free way to discover the city.
It doesn’t get any more Dutch than this. Leaving Amsterdam behind, your first stop is the windmill village of Zaanse Schans. The name Schans means ‘defending wall’ and refers to one that was built at the end of the 16th century in the war against the Spaniards. Although you can’t actually see the wall today, it’s now home to houses and businesses close to the working windmills that you’ll be visiting. Within the village, you’ll find loads of typical Dutch crafts. Stop for a while at the wooden shoe factory and see traditional clogs being made. After that, travel through the countryside for your last visit of the day - a typical cheese farm. Here, you’ll get to learn all about the age-old process of cheese-making before sampling some yourself.
Zeebrugge is the gateway to the charming Belgian city of Bruges – a perfectly-preserved open-air museum, filled with cobbled streets, canals and Medieval monuments. And…Time in port: 08:00 - 18:00
Get ready to be mesmerised by Bruges, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities and world famous for its naughty-but-nice chocolate. It’s a treasure trove of narrow streets and cobblestone squares, pretty canals and ornate Guild Houses. Your tour kicks off with a walking tour, taking in the Market Place, the City Hall and the chapel of the Holy Blood. You’ll see, too, the Beguine, a 13th-century convent still occupied by nuns, and the Church of Our Lady with the statue of Our Lady and Child by Michelangelo. Then it’s time for what you’ve all been waiting for - the Chocolate Museum, 'Choco-Story'. If you’re curious about Bruges of the past and present and you’re crazy about chocolate, this place was made for you. Learn all about the transformation process of cocoa into chocolate, as well as the health and quality aspects of Belgian chocolate. It’s a great chance to discover Bruges and some seriously tasty chocolate.
Prepare to be moved by a deeply poignant visit to ‘In Flanders Field Museum’. It’s here that you’ll find yourself in the midst of WWI. Since the opening in 1988, more than a million visitors have flocked to Ypres and its award-winning museum - and it’s easy to see why. Set inside the impressive cloth hall, it brings you lots of different war-time accounts through original film of Ypres and the battlefields around it. The place adds a human dimension, too, with extracts of songs sung by boys in the fields, poems, stories and a collection of private letters and telegrams donated by families who lost loved ones in the Fields of Flanders. Each visitor is given the character of a real-life soldier and, through interactive displays around the museum, encouraged to follow his life story at different stages of the war. Learn of the Christmas truces of 1914, the first gas attacks and the experiences of the soldiers stranded in no-man’s land. It’s an experience you’ll never forget.
Discover the best of Bruges on this half-day tour, as you take in the traditional way of life, the historic sights, and the city’s charming network of waterways. You’ll begin with a scenic drive through the Flemish countryside, before reaching the main event. Starting with a walking tour, you’ll be guided through the pretty cobbled streets and around the historic marketplace, which is home to the Guild Halls and many other centuries-old buildings. You’ll also stroll past one of the town's major landmarks, the Belfry – a huge tower that houses 48 bells – plus the impressive Town Hall and the 12th-century Basilica of the Holy Blood. Afterwards, it’s time to hop aboard a small boat for an open-air cruise around the canals, passing the chocolate-box houses which sit directly on the water’s edge. You’ll then disembark and head to Walplein, the town square. During some free time here, browse the shops for fine Belgian chocolate and Flemish lace, or stop at a nearby café for a coffee or a locally brewed beer.
Car: Southampton Port has two major motorways at its fingertips- the M3 and M27 are both half an hour’s drive away. Head to the City Cruise Terminal,…Arrives: 08:00
You’ll have the chance to snap photos of some of London’s most iconic sights today, as well as visiting the history-and-mystery-steeped Tower of London. After a two-hour drive to the capital, you’ll be driven past world-famous buildings like Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament and the postcard-perfect Buckingham Palace. After some free time for lunch and exploring, you’ll then make tracks to the Tower of London – it’s a designated Historic Royal Palace, and one of the most famous fortified buildings in the world. In the past, it’s served as a prison, a treasury, an arsenal and even a zoo, but today is home to the glittering Crown Jewels.
Get your taste of traditional England in Winchester – a city overflowing with pretty cobbled streets, time-stamped buildings and quaint tea rooms. A 25-minute scenic drive will land you in this ancient capital, where you’ll find a charming mix of old and new. You can’t miss the cathedral – it’s one of the largest in Europe, and dates back to the 7th century. Plenty of famous names – like Jane Austen – are buried here. Plus, keep your eyes peeled for the statue of King Alfred the Great at the top of the town. Winchester’s a first-rate destination for shoppers, too – one-off vintage shops rub shoulders with loads of big-name stores.
This whistle-stop tour takes in some of the best sights in London. Following a two-hour drive up to the capital, you’ll be whisked past historical hotspots like Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London, before making a beeline for the visually stunning St Paul’s Cathedral. You’ll also make the drive to Buckingham Palace, so have your cameras primed and ready. See if you can spot the Royal Standard flag flying on top – this means the Queen’s at home. Then there’ll be an hour of free time to do as you please in the picturesque setting of Covent Garden. Take a turn around the pretty indoor market, pick up some souvenirs and grab lunch from a nearby café.