A European experience of subtle and seductive charm: survey Cologne’s skyline from the top of its immense cathedral; cycle Amsterdam’s famous canals; and see priceless works of art by Van Gogh at the Kröller-Müller art museum.
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Travel to Cologne and transfer to your A-ROSA ship for embarkation. There are many things to see in Cologne, and they are all overshadowed by the cathedral. Measuring 144.5 m long and 157.38 m high, this is the third-highest church building in the world. The view over Cologne, the Rhine and the surrounding areas makes climbing the south tower's 533 steps well worth the effort! The basilica of Great St Martin Church is another fantastic sight. The brightly coloured houses of Cologne's fish market seem to glow in front of it. Located a little bit away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, you can soak up the atmosphere of the old town here. During carnival season, locals sing "Das Herz der Welt, das schlägt am Rhein" ("the pulse of the world beats at the Rhine") - and when you get to know the people of Cologne, you'll have to agree with this sentiment. It's easy to get talking to people, and you'll soon find yourself drinking a Kölsch (the local beer) with the friendly, down-to-earth locals.
The picturesque town of Hoorn lies on the banks of Lake Ijsselmeer and is bustling town close to Amsterdam. Admire the sweeping scenery and traditional harbour.
The signature sound of Amsterdam is the cheery ringing of bicycle bells. This popular means of transport is the most flexible way of exploring all the exciting nooks of this city. Cycling alongside the historical canals enables you both to see the wonderful old merchants’ houses and to reach attractions such as the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum in a jiffy. Or indeed any other museum; Amsterdam has the highest density of museums in Europe. It also has many small boutiques where you can find unusual things that you won’t find anywhere else. And how about a stroll through the Nine Streets district? The Anne Frank House is one of Amsterdam’s most important historical sights. The Vondelpark is an oasis for relaxation. If you’re looking for something a little more lively, visit the exceptionally multicultural Jordaan quarter, which is packed with coffee shops, little boutiques and house boats.
Rotterdam is many things: a colourful international port city with Europe’s biggest sea harbour; a city for shopping and going out in; and a creative, artistic city. And, as you’ll notice as soon as you arrive, it is a Dutch pioneer of contemporary architecture. The skyline is always changing, with futuristic new buildings constantly emerging and proudly growing skywards.
Anyone who likes going out at night will have a lot of fun in Ghent’s quirky little bars. Belgium’s biggest student city is also known as the “Medieval Manhattan”. Back in the Middle Ages, Ghent was the second-biggest city north of the Alps (after Paris). So it’s not surprising that the city has more than 10,000 culturally and historically significant buildings. Incidentally, St. Michael’s Bridge is the city’s selfie hotspot. It’s the perfect location to make sure that your picture has beautiful historical gabled houses in the background.
This port city in Flanders is a modern metropolis with both historical and futuristic buildings. Antwerp’s fashion designers have long been a fixture on the international fashion scene, and designer shops, museums and galleries line the streets in the south side of the city (Het Zuid). A diamond museum reveals where the city’s wealth come from. With four diamond bourses and around 1,800 diamond companies, Antwerp continues to be the largest trading place for diamonds in the world.
With a past stretching back to Roman times, Nijmegen is the Netherlands' oldest town and offers narrow streets and gabled mansions set around a charming main square. Today, explore at leisure or perhaps visit the Kröller-Müller art museum. Set in the beautiful Hoge Veluwe National Park, this superb gallery hosts a stellar collection of 19th and 20th century works by Van Gogh, Seurat and Picasso.
After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your return to the UK, or extend your stay in Cologne.
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