What better way to explore lovely Belgium or cool Holland than a Bruges or Amsterdam mini-cruise, giving you two nights of accommodation, your transport there and a full day of discovery all in the same package. You can also opt to explore the Dutch city of Rotterdam with this deal.
2 Night Bruges Or Amsterdam Mini-Cruise Including P&O Ferry And Transfers
With this Bruges or Amsterdam mini-cruise from Groupon you will be spending 2 nights on board a P&O ferry to either Belgium or the Netherlands, and have a full day to explore your destination of choice, all for just £49 per person – the deal on Groupon is for 2 people, so it’s £99 altogether.
The boat departs from Hull to Bruges or Rotterdam, and including coach transfers to your destination of choice your travel is all sorted. You’ll be staying in a 2-berth cabin for the two nights on the water, and have a full day in either Bruges, Rotterdam or Amsterdam.
Amsterdam is well known to be one of the coolest cities around, as well as one of the most historic and best preserved in Northern Europe. Far more than it’s party reputation would have you believe, Amsterdam is a city full of stories to explore, from the tragically short life of Anne Frank at the Anne Frank House Museum to the occupants of renaissance masterpieces at the world-class and vast Rijksmuseum. To stroll through Amsterdam then is to stroll through the stories of the many people who have passed through this iconic city, gazing upon buildings and beautiful canals that countless others have looked at over the centuries. Modern Amsterdam is now a hub of Dutch cool, with interesting boutiques and cool cafes and eateries lining the historic grachten (the Dutch word for canals – Amsterdam boasts more than a hundred kilometres of canal so this word will soon become familiar to your on your Amsterdam adventure.) The touristy flower market is also worth a look, but try and get off the beaten track too with a wander in the massive Vondelpark, just a stone’s throw away from the Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum on Museumplein, home of the iAmsterdam sign. Amsterdam’s oldest quarter is the infamous red light district, build around the Oude Kerk.
Far more than just a titillating stroll past sex shops and naughtiness, this area is one of Amsterdam’s most fascinating – try coffee and cake at the hipstery haven of a cafe attached to the Oude Kerk, Amsterdam’s oldest religious building, before heading down the canal to the interesting Our Lord In The Attic church, hidden in the loft of a renaissance town-house by a Catholic merchant during Holland’s religious persecutions. If you get a chance you should also try a Dutch pancake – sweet or savoury, these delicacies are a tasty treat to help fuel your explorations. For a great Amsterdam tour, the Guru recommends Hungry Birds Amsterdam, which lets you explore the city via it’s food, guided by the ever-enthusiastic Esther-Hanna and Zosia. Find out more in my article here. With so much to see and do, the Amsterdam mini cruise gives you a great opportunity to really make the most of this unique and amazing city.
Bruges is a very walkable city, however I would suggest that investing in a map would be a good idea- the many little old streets can get a bit confusing, so it’s definitely worth your while so you don’t get lost! Belgium is well known for two things: chocolate and beer. It would be a travesty if you were to go to Bruges and not try either. I’d definitely recommend heading to Sukerbuyc, it’s a small family-run chocolate shop that sells only handmade chocolates, some of the best I’ve had. There is also De Halve Maan brewery which is well worth a visit. Another typisch vlaams (typically Flemish) experience is some fast food, particularly chips, from a Flemish style chip shop – just look for signs with the word “vrietjes.” Bruges is much smaller than its Dutch neighbour, but that’s almost to your advantage – a daytrip in Bruges is the perfect way to explore.
- Bruges or Amsterdam Mini-Cruise: 2 Nights incl. Cruise and Transfers only £49
- Travel dates: Valid on fixed departures dates in July, August and September 2015
- Length of stay: 2 nights
- Transfers in Holland/Belgium: coach transfers included
- Port of departure: Hull
- Port of destination: Rotterdam or Zeebrugge
- Ship: P&O Ferry
- Board basis: Cabin only
- Price: only £49 per person based on 2 adults sharing