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Dutch Highlights & the Beauty of Belgium Cruise



Springtime cruising from Amsterdam to Ghent

Float along lowland waterways, past windmills and fields filled with early-season flowers, and discover the enchanting port of Hoorn and historic Rhine-side Arnhem. Visit three great Belgian cities - Antwerp, Brussels and Ghent - and see the vibrant floral displays of the spring gardens at Keukenhof on this wonderful springtime cruise.

Life on board Sound Of Music

Life on board Sound Of MusicThere's far more to life on board Sound of Music than we could possibly fit on one page. Click here to find out more about her facilities and welcoming atmosphere.

What The Price Includes

  • Return flights from your local airport to Amsterdam
  • Return airport-to-Sound of Music transfers
  • 7 nights' accommodation in a Moselle Deck double cabin (upgrade cabins available)
  • Time to explore Amsterdam, the delightful Dutch capital
  • A half-day excursion to the Keukenhof Gardens
  • Calls in Hoorn, Arnhem, Antwerp and Ghent
  • Brussels, the lovely Belgian capital
  • Full-board arrangements while on board, including afternoon tea and snacks
  • Free on-board Wi-Fi
  • On-board English commentary
  • Luggage porterage
  • On-board entertainment
  • A Welcome Cocktail Party
  • The Captain's Farewell Dinner
  • The services of a friendly, professional crew
  • The services of a Newmarket Cruise Director and Cruise Manager

All prices are per person and based on two sharing

Single cabins are available for a supplement

Ship Information

Sleek, four-star superior Sound of Music offers a contemporary twist on traditional river cruising. Built in 2006, this beautifully maintained ship's bright, airy public spaces, two-tier observation deck and comfortable cabins provide a relaxing, convivial home for 122 passengers.

Deck Plans

Click here to display the deck plans for this cruise.


Day One

Fly to Amsterdam today, board Sound of Music and settle in to your cabin. Enjoy your first dinner on board, and perhaps step ashore to explore the Dutch capital this evening.

Day Two

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.

Day Three

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.

Day Four

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).

Day Five

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.

Day Six

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.

Day Seven

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.

Day Eight

Bid farewell to Sound of Music and her crew, this morning, as you disembark in Amsterdam and transfer to the airport to board your flight home.

Further Information

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Optional shore excursions

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.


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.

Dress code

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.

Drinking water

The tap water on board is safe to drink, but may not be to your taste due to the purification system.

Itinerary changes

On rare occasions, the Captain may need to alter the Cruise Itinerary. If this happens, the Cruise Manager will keep passengers informed.

Cabin sizes

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.

Airport development fees

An Airport Development Fee has been introduced at a few UK Airports. You will be required to pay this charge at the following airports prior to checking in for your flight: Blackpool, Durham Tees Valley, Newquay and Norwich. The amount varies from airport to airport, but it is generally between £5 and £10 per person. Please visit the airport's website for further information.

*This offer applies to new bookings made between 24th February and 17th March 2017 (inclusive) only. Prices shown when booking do not include the discount. The discount amount will be added to your booking once the promo code has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. Single cabin full fares will be discounted by 50 per cent when the promo code is applied. The offer may not be used in conjunction with any other offer, and may be withdrawn at any time.

Dutch Highlights & Belgium AIR reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Dutch Highlights & Belgium AIRScores 7.8 out of 10 based on 13 reviews
(9 out of 10)


Norwich Friends
Overall it was enjoyable, we met nice fellow passengers. Lisa the tour manager was well organised, but was slightly hampered by having a less able colleague. Neville did not appear to be as well organised as Lisa and did not always seem to compensate by communicating effectively to work better as a team. This ultimately lead to a late departure from port on one occasion, but had no lasting effect on the sailing schedule.
Confirmed traveller: 10 April 2017
Published on: 02 May 2017
(8 out of 10)


Barnsley Couple
Overall very good
Confirmed traveller: 10 April 2017
Published on: 29 April 2017
(8 out of 10)


Gateshead Couple
Overall very good
Confirmed traveller: 10 April 2017
Published on: 22 April 2017
(8 out of 10)


Poole Couple
The cabin on the Sound of Music was good and the French balcony enabled a good view to be had on the journey. The en-suite cabin with Wi-Fi, was spacious enough, always well cleaned, and the beds turned down in the evening. The toilet was a little noisy due to the particular flushing mechanism. The food was plentiful and of a very good standard and the service was lovely. The bar staff were very attentive and friendly. The journey to and from the airport to the boat was good although the berth in Amsterdam was in the middle of a construction site and it was not easy to get the cases to the gangway. The Captain made us welcome and answered questions inside his control position on the upper deck. Our tour manager did a good job, kept us in check, dished out the daily visit sheet, maps of each location visited, and also provided some of the nightly entertainment. A bit more information on each visit location would have been nice.

All the people were friendly, but we made friends with a lovely couple that made this trip that more enjoyable.

Travelling from Southampton airport was convenient and the booking and seat reservation was welcomed. A pity that there were no flights from Bournemouth airport.

Our optional excursions that we took were to Arnhem cemetery and museum which was very poignant, and the Chocolate trip in Brussels. Both were very good.
If an optional excursion was taken there was not enough time left to see the town properly that was being visited.

We did not see much of Amsterdam as the plane was late arriving (weather conditions), and there was no time available on returning before flying home.
Confirmed traveller: 10 April 2017
Published on: 19 April 2017
(7 out of 10)


Swindon Couple
The cabin was adequate, but the double bed pushed up against one wall was inconvenient.

Trips suffered from a lack of knowledge, possibly due to being the first voyage of the season.

Consideration of use of coach to centre of Antwerp due to taking 3/4 hour to walk there and 3/4 to walk back left little time to have a look around.

As this was the first voyage of the season for all the crew, a plus was our cabin was available when we arrived at 11.30am, after the first evening the waiting staff were like a well oiled machine and very helpful.

The Captain, whose command of English was excellent proved to be welcoming, informative and approachable, his crew was friendly.
Confirmed traveller: 10 April 2017
Published on: 19 April 2017
(5 out of 10)


Newcastle upon Tyne. Couple
All of the ships crew were very good. Food mediocre. Some of the trips we were expected to walk long distances and generally left to find your own way back. Trip to brewery at Antwerp waste of money.
Confirmed traveller: 10 April 2017
Published on: 19 April 2017
(9 out of 10)


Sandown Couple
The holiday was very good and the boat plus crew very good. The couriers were not very good and did not seem to know what they were doing on occasions
Confirmed traveller: 10 April 2017
Published on: 19 April 2017