Our newest itinerary on the Rhine River is a tantalizing mix of art, action and authentic encounters, showcasing The Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland at their postcard-perfect best and deeply delving into local culture and traditions to reveal the rich complexity that lies within. Over the course of this nine-day journey, you’ll have special access to the art collections of revered museums in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Cologne and Basel. At the Amsterdam Hermitage, for one, you’ll see a treasure trove of Dutch artwork in the most exclusive manner imaginable—a private “Morning with the Masters” tour of the Portrait Gallery, an extremely rare opportunity to have these centuries-old masterpieces entirely to yourself. With your art historian guide, you’ll also see part of the museum’s blockbuster exhibition of Dutch Masters collected by Catherine the Great, an extraordinary show available only through May 2018
Was from R41 900 per person sharing in a twin cabin
Now from R29 330 pps
SAVE 30% ON OUR BEST OFFER EVER
|R29,330 p.p. Cruise only|
Package prices unless indicated on the offer are per person sharing, for the full duration of stay ,accommodation & return resort transfers. Package offers exclude meals & drinks not indicated, items of a personal nature, medical & travel insurance. Peak season surcharges & block out dates may apply. Prices are correct at the time of publishing, however are subject to change due to currency fluctuations, rate increases & availability. Supplier terms & conditions may apply. These offers may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Service fees apply. Errors & omissions excepted. Valid for bookings made 7 November – 31 December 2017 .Fares are per person sharing in South African Rands. 10% deposit of the cruise fare per person within 72 hours of booking. Final payment is due 120 days prior to departure. Single rates on request. Port charges are not included in the fare price and are quoted separately. Reservations can be cancelled if final payment is not received in a timely manner. *NB, Lead in price is provided as a guideline only and your promotion of this cruise should not be limited to this one departure date
This country of tulips, windmills and bicycles stretches out over a predominantly flat landscape of land reclaimed from the sea. Sophisticated urban centres and sleepy rural towns are contained within the expansive vistas broken here and there by canals, castle walls and dikes. Europe's most densely populated region is located within an area of the Netherlands called the Randstad. This urban hub radiates in a circle from Amsterdam and includes The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht, as well as the smaller towns of Haarlem, Leiden and Delft. The metropolitan centres of the Netherlands buzz with the activity of seasonal festivals, cultural activities, vibrant art scenes and excellent pubs and restaurants.
The rich cultural heritage that flavours much of Dutch life can be traced back through the centuries. During the 1600s the Netherlands dominated the world both economically and culturally, with the Dutch East India Company establishing trading links with the East and West Indies and bringing back an abundance of merchandise and cultural influences. The Golden Age reached its zenith in the artworks of the Dutch Masters - Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Jan Vermeer. Today, their paintings hang from the walls of the country's numerous world-class museums and galleries.
Most people travelling to the Netherlands head for the unique experience of its capital city, Amsterdam. The other parts are largely unaffected by tourism, particularly the areas outside the Randstad. The southern parts of the country are transformed by undulating landscapes of shifting sands and heath moors, best experienced within the Hoge Veluwe National Park. Further south, tucked between the German and Belgian borders, lies the historical city of Maastricht.
Since the collapse of Napoleon's empire in 1814, the Netherlands has taken a neutral stance throughout most of the world's conflicts, including the First World War in which it took no part. In spite of this independent stance it still suffered severely in World War II during the Nazi invasion of 1940. Its neutral political position, combined with its tradition of liberalism and tolerance, has made the Netherlands the logical choice for the establishment of the International Court of Justice, which is situated in The Hague.