29th April - 3rd May 2020 (5 Days)
Step aboard the MS Arena and enjoy a cruise which immerses you in Dutch culture and the beauty of its unique landscape.
You will set sail from Amsterdam after your short flight from Manchester and spend 5 days aboard this superb ship.
Day 1: Flight from Manchester – Amsterdam
Coach transfer from Amsterdam Airport to meet the ship. You can then relax on-board as we set sail and cruise towards Hoorn & Den Helder.
Day 2: Amsterdam - Hoorn - Den Helder
This morning, we sail to the atmospheric city of Hoorn, arriving around lunchtime. Here we have free time to explore this wonderful little city full of history and interesting architecture. Alternatively, you can join our optional excursion to the Medemblik Bakery, a quaint two-story museum where you’ll see how traditional Dutch specialities are made, including ‘gevulde koek’, which is an almond paste cookie and ‘speculaas’ which are delicious gingerbread cookies. We return to the ship for a relaxing dinner on-board and sail overnight to Den Helder.
Day 3: Den Helder - Harlingen - Lelystad
We arrive in the unique town of Den Helder this morning which is situated at the northernmost tip of the province of North Holland. The town has a lot to offer, with beautiful nature reserves and is home to the country’s naval base and museum. There’s free time this morning to explore this historic town, which was bombed during World War II. We return to the ship for lunch before we continue on to the city of Harlingen, where you can explore at leisure and discover this beautiful city on the water. There are over 600 monuments which outline this harbour city and part of the original defences can still be seen in the original canals and old warehouses. Relax on-board this evening as we sail overnight to Lelystad
Day 4: Lelystad - Amsterdam
We arrive this morning into the lively little port of Lelystad for our included excursion to Keukenhof Gardens. Here you have plenty of time to explore the 32-hectare site and enjoy the swathes of flowers, themed pavilions and wonderful atmosphere that surrounds this world-class event. We rejoin our ship in Amsterdam where you can experience the true beauty of this capital city on our optional canal cruise, which takes you around the 17th century buildings and picturesque little bridges while you enjoy cheese and wine – it’s a must for all visitors.
Day 5: Amsterdam and return
Disembark this morning and travel by coach back to Amsterdam airport for your return flight home to Manchester
Choose your cabin
Main Deck Standard Cabin £755 per person
Main Deck Superior Cabin £809 per person
Upper Deck cabin £889 per person
Single Main Deck Standard Cabins available - from £1130 per person (Superior & Upper Deck single cabins available – please ask for details)
Pay your deposit
We require a deposit of £250 per person (non-refundable) and your full details including date of birth and any dietary or mobility requirements, at time of booking.
Book your Excursion Package (optional)
You can pre-book your excursion package with us. Alternatively, you can decide later and book whilst on-board.
These can be booked on-board and start from just €14 per person per night.
River Cruise Package includes:
- Four nights’ cruise on a full board basis
- Visits to Hoorn, Den Helder, Harlingen, Lelystad & Amsterdam
- Welcome drink
- Afternoon tea/coffee and cake & late evening snack
- Complimentary tea, coffee and Wi-Fi
- Full board on-board ship
- Services of a Cruise Manager
- Home pick-up (within 15 miles of St Helens - other locations will carry a supplement of £20 pp)
- Return flights from Manchester to Amsterdam
- All coach transfers between airports and the ship