Embarkation on MS Johann Strauss in Amsterdam. In the evening, the ship sets sail.
Via the river Waal, the ship reaches Nijmegen in the morning. A *walking tour familiarises you with the fascinating relics in the oldest town in the Netherlands, whose past stretches back to the Romans. In the small town of Cuijk, situated slightly to the south and which lies on the Meuse, you board MS Johann Strauss again, which continues its journey southwards in the afternoon.
In the morning, the ship arrives in Maastricht, where it makes a stop until the evening. This provides time for a morning coach excursion to *Liège, which is considered to be the cultural centre of the Belgian region Wallonia. Over several centuries, Liège was able to assert itself as an independent prince-bishopric – the imposing Prince-Bishops’ Palace still testifies to this today. Back in Maastricht, lunch on board is followed by *sightseeing in the oldest fortress city in the country, which awaits you with an abundance of listed buildings. In addition, the founding treaty of the EU was signed in Maastricht in 1992. In the evening, the river cruise is continued.
Today MS Johann Strauss spends in Namur, the “gate to the Belgian Ardennes”. So use the morning for a coach excursion to the magical little town of *Dinant, which nestles scenically along the Meuse, against the hills of the Ardennes and from whose centre the Collegiate Church of Our Lady, dating from the 13th/14th century, rises up into the sky. In the afternoon, you will explore the capital of Wallonia, *Namur. The cityscape is shaped by the huge citadel, which extends at the confluence of the Meuse and the Sambre. In the evening, the ship leaves Namur.
Through the dense Belgian network of waterways, MS Johann Strauss has reached the diamond city of Antwerp in the morning. On a *sightseeing tour, you will get to know the historical centre of the cosmopolitan art city, where numerous gabled houses line the quaint old town streets. The afternoon is dedicated to an interesting *harbour tour of Antwerp. On the Scheldt, the journey by ship continues.
Today, the ship is moored in Ghent for the whole day. In the morning, a coach excursion will lead to the romantic gem *Bruges, one of the most beautiful cities in Belgium, with its canals and historic buildings. The afternoon is dedicated to Ghent itself – including *sightseeing in the second-largest seaport in the country. The impressive St. Bavo Cathedral is the religious heart of the town, but also many Gothic secular buildings such as the Belfry of Ghent or the historic town hall enrich the cityscape. The ship casts off again from Ghent in the evening.
Overnight, MS Johann Strauss will have travelled to the Netherlands, where it reaches the harbour of Kinderdijk in the morning. A *visit to the windmill park of Kinderdijk is planned today. The 19 wonderfully preserved windmills of Kinderdijk were originally built for land drainage and are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will spend the afternoon on board the ship.
Disembarkation in Amsterdam after breakfast.
16 - 23 JUL 2019 - LIMITED CABINS