These are the big-hitting landmarks that you can’t miss on a cruise along the Dutch & Belgian waterways…
This Dutch capital is a treasure trove of vintage shops, art-packed museums and cutesy cafes, so there’s no shortage of things to see and do. Top spots include Anne Frank’s House and the 400-year-old Westerkerk Church. You can visit them both on foot or via bike – after all, cycling’s synonymous with this city – just like its bridges, its Heineken and its tulips.
Belgium’s biggest port is a city of contrasts. On one hand, you’ve got the flashy diamond district with its swanky jewellery shops, while on the other there’s the historical quarter, which is home to impressive medieval architecture. Art lover? Don’t forget to visit the house of the Baroque painter, Peter Paul Rubens – it’s full of his finest artwork.
Holland’s oldest city flaunts fine-art museums, monuments and busy merchant streets. In-between exploring here, you can grab a coffee and a pastry by the harbour.
You might not have heard of these under-the-radar places, but you won’t want to miss them…
Your taste buds will thank you for a trip here…
Apart from its pretty windmills and neat canals, this town’s famous for – you guessed it – its cheese. Head to the renowned Jacobs Hoeve farm where you can taste six different kinds of Henri Willig cheese – all served with mustard and washed down with a red wine.
Tuck in to traditional Dutch cuisine like bitterballen – deep fried meatballs – or stroopwafel, two waffles stuck together with syrup, in Utrecht’s canal-side cafes and restaurants. Then, head to Stadskasteel Oudaen castle and sample the best beers – it’s got a brewery hidden in its cellar.
Make sure to snap a photo for the album at these scenic spots…
Be transported back in time at this recreation of a traditional 18th-century Dutch village. We’re talking wooden waterfront windmills and charming green houses. There are Artisan workshops, showcasing clog carving and barrel making here, too.
Home to 19 UNESCO-ranked windmills, dotted along the waterways, there’s plenty to get snap happy about here. This time-stamped village gives you a glimpse into 16th-century Dutch landscapes.
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For fantastic views of Brussels, visit the Musical Instrument Museum’s rooftop café. Not only will you see the city from new heights, but you can enjoy homemade treats and a world history music showcase, too.
Join our seven-night Beautiful Benelux itinerary and see a new side to Belgium and the Netherlands. Top trip highlights include a canal cruise in Amsterdam and a Rotterdam city tour. Don’t forget, you’ll get £120 per person to spend on extra shore excursions like wine tastings, too.
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