30 January 2018, 08:56
Flavours of Amsterdam autumn mini-cruise aboard Saga Sapphire
All-inclusive, four-night, November mini-cruise cruise to Amsterdam from Southampton on Saga Sapphire, including a visit to Bruges, from £499 per person
- Enjoy a twilight canal cruise in Amsterdam
- Stroll around Bruges’ famous Grand Place and intriguing cobbled streets
- Visit the 18th century ‘windmill village’ of Zaanse Schans
- The majestic Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum for art lovers
This all-inclusive four-day mini-cruise aboard Saga’s boutique style cruise ship Saga Sapphire to the glorious canal cities of Amsterdam and Bruges is the perfect way to make the most of the autumnal splendour, after the hordes of high summer visitors have gone home.
Furthermore, the compact nature of Amsterdam and Bruges ensures that many of their delights can be easily sampled in a short stay.
Late autumn sun bathes Amsterdam’s canals and narrow lanes in a wondrous seasonal light worthy of the timeless collections of the Dutch masters, which art lovers can enjoy at the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk in the city’s must-visit Museum Square.
For retail therapy with a difference in Amsterdam, be sure to explore and browse the quirky boutiques, antique shops and cafes scattered throughout the warren of cobbled lanes which make up the city’s evocative ‘Nine Streets’ district. In the evening, Saga guests can also join a twilight canal cruise to see the city lit up at night, and even join a guided tour of the pubs to sample some of the best beers Amsterdam has to offer.
How traditional everyday life would have been for the 18th century inhabitants of ‘windmill village’ Zaanse Schans is another fascinating optional excursion on this mini-cruise, as is an ever-poignant visit to Amsterdam’s Anne Frank House.
Bruges is, of course, revered as a paradise for chocolate lovers. And visitors in November will find it impossible to resist supping a warming mug of Bruges’ famous chocolat chaud: a rich, thick, hot chocolate drink taken to another level with a generous extra topping of whipped cream and a splosh of spirits – just to be on the safe side!
Beyond the delights of its world-class chocolate and beer, Unesco-listed Bruges is a stunning medieval city which Saga guests love to explore, whether on a return visit or taking in its sights for the first time. This autumn mini-cruise provides the perfect opportunity to savour in full the glorious Gothic architecture of Bruges’ Grand Place, and its picturesque network of intriguing cobbled streets and canals.
A canal boat ride is also a lovely way for first-time visitors to enjoy a relaxed view of the sights of Bruges, or perhaps take a horse-drawn carriage to see the city from a different perspective.
The beauty of all-inclusive boutique cruising aboard Saga Sapphire to Amsterdam includes additional food (including afternoon tea) and room service, plus free on-board Wi-Fi - all at no extra cost.
Furthermore, additional single cabins are available on all 2018 cruises. Plus, there’s the convenience of a return chauffeur service to the UK departure point.
Four nights from £499 per person, departing from Southampton on Friday, November 9, 2018. Price based on two people sharing an Inside Guarantee where travellers receive their cabin number shortly before sailing (or at embarkation) and not at the time of booking. Your cabin may be located anywhere on the ship and twin cabins may have two single beds or one double bed. Further terms and conditions apply. Fare was correct at the time of going to print and is subject to availability and change.
Price includes UK travel package to and from Southampton, all meals and entertainment, all-inclusive drinks – selected wines at lunch and dinner, Saga house-branded spirits, cocktails containing house-branded spirits, draught beer and lager, non-alcoholic cocktails, all mixers and soft drinks, afternoon tea etc, 24-hour room service, welcome cocktail party, unlimited tea and coffee in selected venues, free Wi-Fi, all on-board gratuities, porterage, free shuttle bus to nearest town centre (whenever possible and when the ship is berthed more than 500 yards away), optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a reduction if passenger has own insurance.
For details visit saga.co.uk/ocean-cruises or call 0800 50 50 30
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