Sailing from Belgium
Setting sail from Brussels
As the home of the European Parliament, Brussels may come as something of a surprise to visitors expecting a bland and humourless city. The Grand Place, surrounded by grandiose guildhalls, is one of the finest squares in all of Europe, and the city has a rich cultural heritage; former residents include Magritte, Brueghel and Hergé, creator of Tintin. The city also boasts an excellent selection of restaurants, cafés and bars, where you can sample moules-frites, Belgian waffles or dangerously drinkable Trappist beer.
Belgian food is seriously outstanding, so do your homework (or ask us to do it for you) and get top restaurant reservations in advance.
Antwerp is a city bound up with the arts, once home to the likes of Rubens and Van Dyck, and more recently carving out a reputation as the fashion capital of Belgium. It’s also a magnet for shopaholics, with designer boutiques and jewellers galore.
Ghent is one of Belgium’s most captivating cities, home to pretty canals lined by handsome brick houses and a burgeoning restaurant scene. The architectural highlights of Ghent’s medieval centre include the soaring Gothic tower of St Bavo’s cathedral, and the city also boasts some excellent museums and galleries.
Situated just to the north of Dordrecht, the UNESCO-listed Kinderdijk is one of the most photographed locations in the Netherlands. This is a quintessentially Dutch landscape of canals, marshes and 19 beautiful windmills that were built to protect the land from flooding.
Netherlands: Dordrecht, Keukenhof Garden
Arriving in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is one of our very favourite cities to visit, as well as also being a perfect base to explore the nearby landscape of windmills and dikes. The Amsterdam canal belt is now officially recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and from them there are so many neighbourhoods to explore, such as the Jordaan with its higgledy-piggledy streets and its famed garden courtyards (hofjes). There are also a wealth of famous museums and galleries to choose from, such as the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum and the Anne Frank House, not to mention some more, shall we say, quirky options.
Explore by water, or by bicycle to get a feel for the city – a hop on hop off canal boat, or rented bike or pedalo will do the trick.
Your home from home
Tauck’s Jewel-class vessels offer spacious suites, a choice of restaurants and comfortable public areas including an expansive sundeck.
What we love
Rich woods and plush fabrics give these ships a luxurious feel. The alternative restaurant with outside seating at the back is an idyllic place for a relaxed lunch as you cruise to your next call and the regional cuisine served in the Dining Room is excellent.
|Staff||36 International Staff|
|Style||Active days followed by sophisticated evenings.|
Tailor-make your trip
Our favourite hotel in Brussels
We like the intimate and centrally located Hotel Le Dixseptième.
Day trips from Brussels
Visit Waterloo. The battlefield is located 20km from Brussels and a good guide will bring it alive.
Two nights in Amsterdam
There is a fantastic range of canal front hotels to choose from, but we love the new Waldorf Astoria.
Visit windmills in Zaanse Schans, the flowers at Keukenhof, or the cheese market in Alkmaar.