Four lesser-visited areas of Europe await on our new spring time cruise which includes Holland, Scandinavia and the Baltic.
Begin with five days immersed in the Dutch culture at the height of the tulip season - a traditional, colourful spectacle.
Then board the new bright and light ‘Nieuw Statendam’ for a magical cruise to the Norwegian Fjords and all the vibrant northern capitals of Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki and Tallinn, plus two nights in Russia’s showcase city of St Petersburg.
The end of May is also a perfect time to extend your stay in Europe.
Depart Auckland on Singapore Airlines to Singapore. Change planes.
Arrive in Amsterdam early morning and transfer by coach to the northern harbour town of Enkhuizen for a two night stay in this historic port town. Afternoon at leisure before a Welcome Dinner tonight.
Today explore the tulip fields of northern Holland and Afsluitdijk – the 32km causeway completed in 1932.
Return to Enkhuizen for lunch at a Dutch restaurant. After lunch experience the highlights of this maritime city with your local guide. Rest of day at leisure.
This morning drive south to the town of Alkmaar with its famous cheese market in the town square, along with shops, cafés and restaurants housed in the historic buildings that line the narrow streets.
Continue on to Zaanse Schans for lunch in the historic buildings of this quaint town known for its colourful windmills and distinctive green houses. Immersion in Dutch culture continues with clog makers, cheese making / tasting and traditional chocolate milk processing.
Continue to Amsterdam for a two-night stay.
An evening dinner cruise on-board a canal boat shows the magical lights and buildings of Old Amsterdam.
A morning tour to the colourful Keukenhof Gardens with 32 hectares and seven million blooming tulips, daffodils and hyacinths.
Return to the city with the afternoon free. Enjoy an evening Dinner Cruise along the canals of Amsterdam.
This morning visit Anne Frank’s House where Anne wrote her famous diary while in hiding during occupied Holland before transferring to your home for the next 21 nights – ‘Nieuw Statendam.’ Time to settle into your stateroom before a 5pm sailing.
Group welcome and dinner on board.
A perfect time to explore the ship and participate in the many available activities.
Cruise to arrive at Sognefjord, the largest and deepest fjord in Norway, known as the ‘King of Fjords.’
Time on deck cruising between steep mountains, small picturesque villages and waterfalls along the world’s longest and deepest fiord before docking at Flam. An opportunity to experience one of the world’s most scenic railways from Flam to Myrdal, a spectacular climb from Fiords to Mountains return through mountainous scenery.
Time to explore Norway’s fifth largest city, a former ship building and fish canning town whose new development is based on North Sea oil. The cobbled ‘Old Town’ with its quaint white wooden houses, cafés and shops are walking distance from the ship.
Museums vary in theme from petroleum, canning to maritime – take your pick. In contrast walk the streets of Ovre Holmegate with its many brightly-coloured houses and buildings.
A day to enjoy the southern city on the Norwegian Riviera with white cottages and pattered cobble streets. See the Fiskebrygga (fish quay) the open-air museum and the modern Kilden Performing Arts Centre.
This 100km long fjord leading to Oslo is dotted with many small islands some of which are nature reserves with plenty of birdlife and distinctive wooden cabins.
Time to explore the Norwegian capital with attractions which include the Royal Palace, Parliament Buildings, City hall, a walk in Vigeland Sculpture Park and the Kontiki, Flam and Viking Ship Museums.
Arrive in now-familiar Amsterdam with the opportunity to visit the Van Gogh Museum with its collection of 200 paintings by Vincent Van Gogh or the Rijksmuseum. Perhaps hire a bicycle and explore the districts surrounding the city centre.
The capital of Denmark sits on the coastal islands of Zealand and Amager and is linked to southern Sweden by the impressive Oresund Bridge.
The Amalienborg Palace is in the historic centre along with Tivoli Gardens, the Little Mermaid and Nyhavn, a 17th century waterfront centre.
Copenhagen is extremely user-friendly with great walking and shopping areas.
The port is situated on the Baltic Sea and known for its canal-lined streets, shops and fishing boats. Warnemunde is also known for the art work of Edvard Munch Haus, a Norwegian painter whose famous work ‘The Scream’ was twice stolen from art galleries but later recovered.
This is also the port for visiting Berlin, a three hour train or coach ride away.
Discover Tallinn’s walled, cobblestoned Old Town – two kms from the cruise port in the Gulf of Finland. This is a World Heritage site where cars are not permitted.
Two days to savour the highlights of this stunning city the Peter & Paul Fortress, Winter Palace, the Hermitage (the world’s largest art museum with more than three million exhibits), Peterhof Palace – a World Heritage Site and generally soak up the atmosphere of this grandiose city.
Finland’s capital on the Gulf of Finland is a vibrant, seaside city of beautiful islands and green parks easily explored on foot. Highlights are the quay area, Market Square and the Temppeliaukio – a 1960s church excavated out of rock. Designer stores abound along with contemporary architecture.
The Swedish capital encompasses 14 islands with more than 50 bridges. Gamla Stan (Old Town) features ochre coloured buildings, canals and ancient history.
Relax as you pass tiny islands with houses clinging to the rocks to large green islands with small holiday communities established many years ago.
Kiel is a maritime city on the 17km Kiel Fjord. The natural harbour is home to Germany’s navy and the large student population gives it a vibrant atmosphere. The cosmopolitan city of Hamburg is 100km away.
Denmark’s second largest city on the east coast of the Jutland Peninsula is a myriad of winding canals, cobbled streets and innovative waterside developments.
See Dan Gamle By – its old town open air museum with centuries-old timbered houses; Arhus Botanical Gardens and an underground museum.
Our final day as we disembark ‘Nieuw Statendam’ and transfer to the airport for our flight home. Change planes in Singapore.
Arrive Auckland late evening.
|Cost Per Person * |
Auckland - Auckland
|Twin Share||Single Supplement|
|Business Class Upgrade||+$6,558|
|Premium Economy Class Upgrade||+$3.732|
|Early Booking Discount ( 06 December 2019 )||$150|
|Previous International Pukekohe Travel Tour Discount||$100|
*This is a cash or cheque price. Credit cards will incur a 2% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment
Travel Insurance is essential. Please feel free to contact us for a quote.
Weather in April / May Max Min
Amsterdam 12˚c 04˚c
Stavanger 15˚c 07˚c
Copenhagen 16˚c 08˚c
Helsinki 14˚c 06˚c
St Petersburg 16˚c 06˚c
Amsterdam 17˚c 08˚c
This is Spring in Northern Europe so expect cool, changeable weather with some rain
On board ‘Nieuw Statendam’ by day – comfortable touring clothes and walking shoes; By night – smart casual
On board ‘Nieuw Statendam’ - USD
Estonia / Finland / Germany / Holland – Euro
Denmark – Danish krone
Norway – Norwegian krone
Sweden – Swedish krona
A good standard of health and fitness is required and clients should be independently mobile with the ability to walk unaided on uneven surfaces and negotiate stairs
MS Nieuw Statendam
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* Itinerary subject to change