Enjoy two cruises on Fred. Olsen Cruise Line’s mid-size ships, the 856-passenger Boudicca and the 1,360-passenger Balmoral, with this 23-night ‘Waterways of France, Belgium & Holland’ package. The package also includes return flights from Australia, flight from London to Edinburgh, four-star accommodation in both cities, a free drinks package on both cruises and a sightseeing tour.
The flight to London departs from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne on 1 June 2019, starting with one night in a hotel before guests make their own way to Dover to board Boudicca. The seven-night roundtrip cruise features overnight stays in both Amsterdam and Antwerp, plus stops in Rotterdam and Ghent.
In Amsterdam, the Dutch capital, wander along the canals or take a boat tour, visit Anne Frank House, the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum, and take advantage of the overnight stay to experience the famous nightlife. In Rotterdam, the major port city in South Holland, explore futuristic architecture, the Maritime Museum and the Pilgrim Fathers Church where pilgrims worshipped before embarking for America.
In Ghent, discover the Belgian delights of this medieval city including the UNESCO-listed Belfry, St Bavo’s Cathedral and the Castle of the Counts, not to mention the chance to sample authentic Belgian chocolate.
After an evening of scenic cruising along the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal, the cruise concludes with an overnight call at Antwerp, Belgium’s biggest port and home of the Grote Markt, more than 20 museums and the Cathedral of our Lady, which took several centuries to complete.
Between the two cruises, spend three more nights in a London hotel, allowing plenty of time for independent sightseeing as well as a free Royal London & Changing of the Guard Tour to see Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Kensington Palace, Royal Albert Hall and Albert Memorial.
Next, fly to Edinburgh for three nights at leisure before boarding Balmoral in the nearby port of Rosyth on 15 June. This second eight-night roundtrip cruise begins with two days at sea, arriving in France for several hours of scenic cruising along the Seine River as the ship heads for Rouen.
During an overnight stay at Rouen, explore narrow streets lined with half-timbered houses, Place du Vieux Marché, where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake in 1431, and the spectacular Cathédrale de Notre Dame. In Honfleur, visit France’s largest timber church, St Catherine’s, and the historic Vieux Bassin maritime district. Stopping here until late also affords time to tour to Claude Monet House and Gardens. Last port of call is Antwerp for an overnight stay before returning to Rosyth.
The last night is spent in an Edinburgh hotel before the flight home on 24 June. The full package is priced from $7,749pp departing Perth, from $7,974pp departing Adelaide or $7,999pp based on an inside cabin departing Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne. As a special bonus, valid for bookings before 31 October 2018, a free drinks package covers a selection of wines by the glass, beer, cider, house spirits, soft drinks, juices, bottled water, tea and coffee.
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