Make your own way to Dover (or Ashford - see below) and join our coach before it boards the ferry to cross the Channel and heads to join Sound of Music in Amsterdam. Enjoy your first dinner on board, and perhaps step ashore to explore the Dutch capital as the ship stays overnight.
This morning's unforgettable excursion takes us to Keukenhof. Wander through the gardens of this lovely park where the flower-filled beds create an ever-changing tapestry of colour, or perhaps take a boat ride (payable locally) along the parks landscaped waterways before we return to Amsterdam.
Spend a few hours exploring in the city or relax before dinner. You'll also have the chance to see the city from another angle on an optional cheese and wine canal cruise, before Sound of Music leaves Amsterdam behind her and makes her way into the Markermeer.
Hoorn was one of the most prosperous Dutch ports of the nations Golden Age in the 17th Century. Wander the harbour, browse the shops and visit the city's seven museums before Sound of Music begins her journey into the upper reaches of the Rhine this afternoon.
The Rhineland town of Arnhem welcomes Sound of Music today. Here memories of World War Two and Operation Market Garden are everywhere - the "bridge too far" (now renamed the John Frostbrug after John Dutton Frost who commanded the Allied forces there), the largely reconstructed town itself and the Airborne Museum and cemetery at Oosterbeek (which you'll have the chance to visit on an optional excursion).
Today Sound of Music arrives in Antwerp - Diamond Capital of the world and once home to Rubens. See the artist's studio at the Rubenshuis, and see the Gothic churches that line the great square of the Grote Markt, or join our optional excursion to the De Koninck brewery, where you'll learn the secrets of the Belgian brewing processes and enjoy a taste of their famous beer.
The Belgian capital, Brussels, is one of Europe's finest medieval cities. Explore the maze of cobbled streets that radiate out from the Grand Place on a walking tour, see the city's mascot - the Mannekin Pis - and perhaps give in to the temptation of our optional chocolate-making demonstration.
Sound of Music's final port is Ghent. Once Europe's second-largest city (after Paris) Ghent is a wonderful maze of cobbled streets and ancient canals, which you'll have time explore this morning before Sound of Music begins her gentle cruise back to Amsterdam.
Bid farewell to Sound of Music and her crew, this morning, and begin your journey back to the UK.
Our flexible joining options allow you to travel on any date, and as an added convenience we've arranged two possible pre-departure options for you. Make your own way to the Holiday Inn Ashford North and stay the night (car parking is included), and our coach will call for you at the hotel on the way to the Channel.
Flexible joining options
Alternatively, make your own way to the Stop 24 Services in Kent (M20, Junction 11), and board the coach there. Parking is available (payable locally), and we'll confirm the exact meeting point and time in your Joining Instructions.
Optional excursions are available on all cruises, and we recommend that you book now to secure your place. If the number of bookings needed to operate any excursion is not reached, the excursion may be cancelled. In this case your payment will be refunded in full.
Optional shore excursions
Tipping is not compulsory, but from experience we know that many passengers like to leave gratuities for the crew. An envelope will be left in your cabin for this purpose.
The dress code on board and ashore is casual. After 7pm, in the lounge and restaurant, shorts are not permitted, and footwear and a shirt or T-shirt must be worn.
Where possible, non-rigid suitcases are easier to store within your cabin.
The tap water on board is safe to drink, but may not be to your taste due to the purification system.
The majority of cabins on board are 15.3m square. Single cabins are approximately 11.9m square. (These measurements include the bathroom.) Rhine Deck Suites are 18.11m square.
On rare occasions, the Captain may need to alter the Cruise Itinerary. If this happens, the Cruise Manager will keep passengers informed.