Day 1: Embarkation in Amsterdam (UNESCO World Heritage)
Individual arrival in Amsterdam and embarkation from 03.00 pm. “Cast off!” at 05.00 pm. Before dinner you will be welcomed by the cruise director and introduced to the details of your holiday.
Day 2: Enkhuizen – Volendam and Edam – Ijsselmeer – Giethoorn
This morning your cruiser will moor at Enkhuizen and you will have the possibility to visit the Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen. This museum that brings the story of the local people back to live again, is the treasury of the Zuiderzee region. By changing exhibition themes, the museum’s abundant collection is displayed in the respective context. The museum’s open-air section covers an area of six hectares and displays re-erected authentic buildings of the former Zuiderzee region, such as a church, a smokehouse, a mill, a dairy with its warehouse, shops and homes. Alternatively, you will have the possibility to participate in a land excursion to the fishing village Volendam and to Edam, Holland´s cheese city. Volendam is not only famous for its typical traditional dress but above all for its smoked eel and its characteristic houses. Its folklore features a long touristic tradition going back to approximately 1875. Whoever says ‘Edam’ talks about “cheese”. This village is famous for the “Edamer”, the round cheese ball which is exported from Edam to all over the world. Edam’s attractions, such as its cheese markets, its “Waterdag”, its cosy inns as well as the little antiquities, art and souvenir shops, create a cosy atmosphere. In the afternoon your cruiser will cross the Lake Ijsselmeer and reach Lelystad. From here you will have the possibility to undertake an excursion to the fabulous Giethoorn. The unmistakable character of Giethoorn is determined by its many town canals, the typical small and high wooden bridges and the thatched little farm houses. This idyllic atmosphere and the enchantment of the picturesque landscape that surrounds it have yielded the village the byname “The Green Venice”.
Day 3: Amsterdam and Keukenhof
The metropolis Amsterdam will be reached over night. In the morning there will be the possibility to join a sightseeing tour including a cruiser trip through the city´s town canals. Amsterdam is unique among the European metropolises. As opposed to other cosmopolitan cities, it is relatively small but still offers all advantages of a metropolis – a multitude of historic sites, world-famous museums and a pronounced night life. During the afternoon you will have the possibility to visit the Keukenhof. In the most beautiful spring garden of the world, you will be able to see spectacular flower shows, inspiring gardens and unique pieces of art besides the 32 hectares of flower beds.
Day 4: Nijmegen
Your cruiser will be docking at Nijmegen this morning while you will be having your breakfast. Do not miss a sightseeing tour of Nijmegen. If you walk to the city centre across the Waal Bridge you will understand why its inhabitants are so proud of their city: the Waalkade and the silhouette of the city centre constitute an impressive unit. In Nijmegen, yesterday and today go hand in hand; historic parts alternate with modern architecture. You will leave Nijmegen again around lunchtime and your cruiser will embark on its last leg and head for Cologne.
Day 5: Disembarkation in Cologne (UNESCO World Heritage)
You will have reached the final destination of your cruise in the early morning and your cruiser will be moored in Cologne. Disembarkation after breakfast.
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