Willett Travel

28-night British Isles and Baltic Explorer Cruise

Cruise Line:
Holland America Line
Ship:
Veendam
Destination:
Roundtrip Amsterdam
Departure Date:
7/26/2021
Length:
28
Offer ID:
1373241
from
$5839


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Itinerary

Destination
Arrival
Departure
Amsterdam
Suggested Private Excursion
7/26/2021
7/26/2021

Cosmopolitan Amsterdam is most famous for its narrow, gabled houses lining the canals. Interesting attractions include the medieval weighhouse, Royal Palace on Dam Square, and New Church. Its most glamorous industry is the diamond trade. Not too far from Amsterdam are the flower centers of Aalsmeer, the picturesque fishing villages of Volendam and Marken, cheese markets at Edam and Gouda, and historic Haarlem, the main center of the bulb-growing industry. Enjoy the city’s sights from a glass-topped sightseeing boat which passes characteristic gabled houses and negotiates picturesque arched bridges. Facing Dam Square, the Royal Palace was built in 1648 and is still officially the royal residence, although the royal family resides in The Hague. The marbled Citizens Hall with inlaid maps of the world is worth seeing. One of Amsterdam’s most visited sites is historic Anne Frank House. Rijksmuseum, the city’s most prestigious museum, houses the largest collection of Dutch paintings in the world. Van Gogh Museum houses a striking collection.

Suggested Private Excursions

Amsterdam: An Introduction to Amsterdam – 4 hours

Amsterdam: Highlights of Amsterdam - 8 Hours

Amsterdam: Aalsmeer, Delft & Den Haag - 8 Hours

At Sea
7/27/2021
7/27/2021

No information currently available.

Portland Harbour
7/28/2021
7/28/2021

No information currently available.

St. Mary's
7/29/2021
7/29/2021

St. Mary’s is a beautiful island belonging to the Islas of Scilly archipelago. This island is home to roughly 1,800 friendly locals. It is hosts some of the most beautiful pristine blue beaches in Europe, which for this reason makes it a popular destination for tourist. There is so much to do in St. Mary’s, enjoy a day partaking in one of many water activities, go horseback riding near the ocean with a loved one or simply have an evening dinner enjoying the one of a kind sunsets Scilly has to offer.

Dublin (Dun Laoghaire)
7/30/2021
7/30/2021

Dún Laoghaire is a suburban seaside town and seaport nestled at the foothills of the Dublin Mountains in Ireland. The port offers opportunities for biking, canoeing, hiking, clay pigeon shooting, sailing and rock climbing. There are also several music and cultural festivals during the Autumn.

Cobh
Suggested Private Excursion
7/31/2021
7/31/2021

Cobh’s landmark Cathedral clings miraculously to the town’s steep slopes as they sweep down to the sea of Cork Harbour. That was also the last bit of Irish soil millions of Irish had under their feet before emigrating from here across the oceans in the last century. This tragic part of the nation’s history as well as Cobh’s historic and maritime story is brought alive in the splendid Interpretative Centre.


Suggested Private Excursions

Cobh - Cork/Blarney Shore Excursion - Full Day Tour

Cobh's Highlight's Shore Excursion - Cobh/Midleton - Full Day Tour

Galway
Suggested Private Excursion
8/1/2021
8/1/2021

Galway is a city, a county, and an experience to be savoured and remembered. The historic city of the tribes dances to a beat uniquely it's own. There is a certain chemistry and vibrancy to this friendly university city, which many delight in, and few forget. Music, festivals, horse racing, pubs, restaurants, shops, theatres and most of all -Galway people, combine to create this atmospheric medieval city of culture. From this pulsating heart the rest of the county flows.

Galway Bay, immortalised in song, its beauty unchanging. Scenic Gaeltacht areas including the Aran Islands. Connemara, with the picturesque town of Clifden as its capital. Mountains, castles and stone walls, banks of turf, long sandy beaches, clear lakes, joyful leaping streams and flowing rivers. The mighty Shannon, delightful countryside punctuated by pretty villages, traditional pubs.



Photo used with permission
from Joe Desbonnet, www.galway.net

Suggested Private Excursions

Inishmore, Aran Islands - 8 hours Full Day

Killybegs
8/2/2021
8/2/2021

Killbegs offers visitors a variety of attractions and activities to enjoy. The majestic mountains surrounding the town offer great hiking, and walking trails. While culture lovers can visit the Maritime and Heritage Center, and Clachan Folk Village Museum. Killbegs is also an excellent area for water sports, including surfing, diving, kite-surfing, and water skiing. Killybegs is famous for its carpets and tapestries, which are hand-knotted in the Turkish style. Carpets from Killbegs adorn the White House, the Vatican, and Buckingham Palace.

At Sea
8/3/2021
8/3/2021

No information currently available.

Stornoway
8/4/2021
8/4/2021

The name Stornoway comes from the Norse for "Steering Bay", an indication of the early origins of the town. As the best natural harbor in the Western Isles it was a focus for development, and Stornoway Castle was built as early as 1100 by the MacNicol family. Today's Stornoway is a busy, attractive town and the largest settlement in the Western Isles. The shape of the town is defined by the harbour, which partially surrounds it. Visit an interesting range of shops pleasantly different from the usual outlets colonising most UK High Streets. Visitors to Stornoway should be aware that Sunday observance is strong here. Most transport links to Lewis and Harris, and within them, do not operate on a Sunday. Most shops, petrol stations, cafes, pubs, visitor attractions are closed on Sundays, as are at least some public toilets.

Lerwick, Shetland Island
8/5/2021
8/5/2021

The Shetland Islands are Great Britain's most northerly islands, situated nearly fifty miles northeast of the Orkneys. Lerwick is the capital of the principal island of Mainland and is Britain's most northerly town. Founded on the fishing industry and with strong Viking connections, little now remains of the old village of Lerwick. Features of interest include the Cromwellian Fort Charlotte and annual Norse fire festival, Up-Helly-Aa, held every January. On the southern tip of the island is Jarlshof, site of ruins of several Stone Age and Bronze Age dwellings as well as wheel-houses from the Iron Age. Elsewhere on the island is Clichimin Broch, another prehistoric site containing a Bronze Age fort.

Invergordon (Inverness/Loch Ness)
8/6/2021
8/6/2021

The northern part of Scotland, known as the Highlands, ranks as one of the world’s most magnificent scenic spots. Among the main attractions is a landscape of dramatic mountains and forested hills. Invergordon is the port for Inverness and capital of the Highlands. The surrounding countryside offers such famous attractions as the Battlefield of Culloden, Loch Ness, the villages of Tain and Cromarty, numerous historic castles and old established whisky distilleries. Enjoy the picture-perfect scenery and an opportunity to chat with a Highlander eager to introduce you to his fabled land and its rich heritage. Inverness Castle is a predominantly 19th-century edifice perched high above the Ness River. Today’s remains house the Sheriff’s Office. The exhibits of Inverness Museum and Art Gallery may be worth viewing as they provide a good overview of the development of the Highlands. Located 14 miles southwest of Inverness the Loch Ness Monster Exhibition tell the legend of the monster from 565 A.D. to the present.

Edinburgh (South Queensferry)
8/7/2021
8/7/2021

South Queensferry still offers an environment that can transport visitors back to an earlier time more readily than most places in Scotland. South Queensferry offers one of the most interesting collections of buildings anywhere. The oldest is St Mary's church, which dates from 1441. "Black Castle", built on the High Street in 1626 is the oldest house in South Queensferry, which was built for a sea captain who was lost with his ship. The nearby Tollbooth was built in the 1600s, though the tower dates back only to 1720. The High Street itself has an unusual stepped cross section designed to cope with the town's steeply sloping site above the shore. This has led to elevated pavements on the inland side of the street, which add to the atmosphere. For very obvious reasons, plus proximity to Edinburgh, South Queensferry is an extremely popular place. It is worth making an effort to try and catch it at a quiet time: that way visitors can still catch glimpses of the South Queensferry of the 1700s Robert Louis Stevenson featured in "Kidnapped".

Edinburgh (South Queensferry)
8/8/2021
8/8/2021

South Queensferry still offers an environment that can transport visitors back to an earlier time more readily than most places in Scotland. South Queensferry offers one of the most interesting collections of buildings anywhere. The oldest is St Mary's church, which dates from 1441. "Black Castle", built on the High Street in 1626 is the oldest house in South Queensferry, which was built for a sea captain who was lost with his ship. The nearby Tollbooth was built in the 1600s, though the tower dates back only to 1720. The High Street itself has an unusual stepped cross section designed to cope with the town's steeply sloping site above the shore. This has led to elevated pavements on the inland side of the street, which add to the atmosphere. For very obvious reasons, plus proximity to Edinburgh, South Queensferry is an extremely popular place. It is worth making an effort to try and catch it at a quiet time: that way visitors can still catch glimpses of the South Queensferry of the 1700s Robert Louis Stevenson featured in "Kidnapped".

Amsterdam
Suggested Private Excursion
8/9/2021
8/9/2021

Cosmopolitan Amsterdam is most famous for its narrow, gabled houses lining the canals. Interesting attractions include the medieval weighhouse, Royal Palace on Dam Square, and New Church. Its most glamorous industry is the diamond trade. Not too far from Amsterdam are the flower centers of Aalsmeer, the picturesque fishing villages of Volendam and Marken, cheese markets at Edam and Gouda, and historic Haarlem, the main center of the bulb-growing industry. Enjoy the city’s sights from a glass-topped sightseeing boat which passes characteristic gabled houses and negotiates picturesque arched bridges. Facing Dam Square, the Royal Palace was built in 1648 and is still officially the royal residence, although the royal family resides in The Hague. The marbled Citizens Hall with inlaid maps of the world is worth seeing. One of Amsterdam’s most visited sites is historic Anne Frank House. Rijksmuseum, the city’s most prestigious museum, houses the largest collection of Dutch paintings in the world. Van Gogh Museum houses a striking collection.

Suggested Private Excursions

Amsterdam: An Introduction to Amsterdam – 4 hours

Amsterdam: Highlights of Amsterdam - 8 Hours

Amsterdam: Aalsmeer, Delft & Den Haag - 8 Hours

Elbe River
8/10/2021
8/10/2021

No information currently available.

Hamburg
8/10/2021
8/10/2021

Welcome to Hamburg, formerly Germany's largest city, which has a skyline dominated by historic spires, the largest port, the center of trade, and the most daring nightlife. Obviously, a city of superlatives, there is a reserved, gentlemanly quality about the citizens of Hamburg. Hamburg is a busy city of docks, quays and ships; the St. Pauli quarter where movie houses, restaurants, stage shows, bars and frivolous nightlife vie for patronage of thousands of tourists, sailors and locals. Hamburg is every shoppers dream and through its port, the city offers a wide range of varied and well-priced goods from elegant shopping to young fashion and antique shopping. Music and theater play a prominent role in Hamburg's daily life with the Hamburgische Staatsoper enjoying an international reputation for the staging of ballet repertoires. The revolutionary "communications centres", which combine arts, crafts, experimental theater and communications, in the widest sense represent the city's alternative cultural force.

Hamburg
8/11/2021
8/11/2021

Welcome to Hamburg, formerly Germany's largest city, which has a skyline dominated by historic spires, the largest port, the center of trade, and the most daring nightlife. Obviously, a city of superlatives, there is a reserved, gentlemanly quality about the citizens of Hamburg. Hamburg is a busy city of docks, quays and ships; the St. Pauli quarter where movie houses, restaurants, stage shows, bars and frivolous nightlife vie for patronage of thousands of tourists, sailors and locals. Hamburg is every shoppers dream and through its port, the city offers a wide range of varied and well-priced goods from elegant shopping to young fashion and antique shopping. Music and theater play a prominent role in Hamburg's daily life with the Hamburgische Staatsoper enjoying an international reputation for the staging of ballet repertoires. The revolutionary "communications centres", which combine arts, crafts, experimental theater and communications, in the widest sense represent the city's alternative cultural force.

At Sea
8/12/2021
8/12/2021

No information currently available.

Copenhagen
Suggested Private Excursion
8/13/2021
8/13/2021

Wonderful Copenhagen is a city of bridge-spanned canals, copper-roofed buildings and manicured parks. This famous Baltic seaport is one of Europe’s loveliest capitals and the seat of the oldest monarchy in the world. Copenhagen is a focus for commerce, culture, industry and cosmopolitan atmosphere. The locale of Hans Christian Andersen’s enchanting tale of The Little Mermaid, Copenhagen is known as Denmark’s fairy-tale city. Its impressive theaters, museums and churches are of interest to many visitors; the best-loved attractions include the world-famous Tivoli Gardens, the Langelinie Harbor with its Little Mermaid statue and the busy shopping promenade known as Strøget.

Suggested Private Excursions

Copenhagen City tour – 4 Hours

Roskilde tour – 5 Hours

North Zealand Tour – 7 Hours

Malmö and Lund – 7 Hours

Copenhagen Walking tour – 3 Hours

Copenhagen Walking food tour through the meat-packing district – 3 Hours

Copenhagen Bicycle tour – 3 Hours

Copenhagen Walking tour in the pursuit of Hygge – 4 Hours

Copenhagen Jewish tour – 4 Hours

Christianshavn & Dragør tour – 4 Hours

At Sea
8/14/2021
8/14/2021

No information currently available.

Stockholm
Suggested Private Excursion
8/15/2021
8/15/2021

Stockholm is Sweden’s strikingly elegant and beautiful capital. Stockholm, noted for its outstanding architecture, is one of Scandinavia’s most attractive cities. In addition to its many man-made monuments, Stockholm boasts natural beauty - with one-third of the city’s total land area devoted to parks. As the country’s major city, Stockholm offers a wealth of monuments and sites, fine museums, and a rich culture. There are also hundreds of excellent restaurants, as well as a great selection of trendy boutiques and exciting nightclubs. Visitors should start their exploration of Stockholm with the Gamla Stan, the Old Town on Stadsholmen; an island in the center of the city, it has retained its medieval charm. The maze of narrow, cobbled streets, full of art studios, boutiques, antique shops, nightclubs and bars, is best explored on foot.

Suggested Private Excursions

Drottingholm Castle tour - 4 Hours

Stockholm City tour – 5 Hours

Uppsala and Sigtuna tour - 6 Hours

Stockholm Old Town walking tour – 3 Hours

Stockholm Bicycle tour – 3 Hours

Stockholm Jewish tour – 5 Hours

Tallinn
Suggested Private Excursion
8/16/2021
8/16/2021

Tallinn's many occupations over the centuries have resulted in a cultural mix and unique ambiance of this maritime city. Old Town's cobbled streets and 13th-14th century buildings attract thousands of visitors annually who admire the city’s heritage of medieval buildings, the imposing City Hall, the Orthodox Cathedral, Toompea Castle and Oleviste Church. See former guild houses, including the Great Guildhall of the medieval Hanseatic League. Other attractions include impressive Town Hall Square with 15th century Gothic Town Hall, and numerous Gothic churches including Toomekirik. Toompea Castle has fine views over Tallinn. In Hirve Park, Estonians have rallied recently in protest of foreign occupation. "Tall Herman" and "Fat Margaret" are two towers among the remnants of the original defense walls. The "Fat Margaret" tower now houses a Maritime Museum on Tallinn’s history as a busy port. Other museums include: The House of Knights on Toompea Hill which displays Estonian art from the 19th and 20th centuries; the Museum of Decorative and Applied Art.

Suggested Private Excursions

Tallinn: Panoramic Tallinn - 8 hours

Tallinn city tour - 3 hours

Tallinn Jewish Heritage Tour – 3 Hours

Tallinn Full Day Family Fun - 6,5 hours

Tallinn Food Tour – 3 Hours

St. Petersburg
Suggested Private Excursion
8/17/2021
8/17/2021

Founded by Peter I in 1703, this beautiful city became the designated capital of Imperial Russia from 1712 to 1914. St. Petersburg was a gateway to the West and a distinctly European metropolis with Baroque and neo-classical mansions. The second-largest city in Russia and the country’s principal seaport, St. Petersburg boasts some of the world’s finest art museums, opulent palaces and one of the world’s most talented ballet companies. Many monuments and palaces in and around St. Petersburg are being carefully restored; they represent an important facet of the country’s rich historical and cultural heritage. Some of the world’s most magnificent art treasures are housed in the famous Hermitage; several other museums boast fine collections by Russian and international artists. Strolling down Nevsky Prospect, you will realize the pride of St. Petersburg’s stoic citizens as the former glamour and opulence of its stately buildings begin to emerge once again.

Suggested Private Excursions

St Petersburg: Art Treasures of the Hermitage Museum - 4 hours

St Petersburg: Orientation Tour - 4 hours

St Petersburg: Impressionist Art & the Faberge Museum - 6 hours

St Petersburg: Excursion to Peterhof - 6 hours

St Petersburg: Catherine's Palace in Pushkin - 4 hours

St. Petersburg - 3 day's itinerary for cruise passengers

St. Petersburg - Jewish Heritage Tour

St. Petersburg - Moscow in a Nutshell on a Day's Visit - Full day

St. Petersburg - Romantic Cruise on Rivers and Canals - 1 to 2 hours

St. Petersburg - 2 days' itinerary for cruise passengers

St. Petersburg - City tour + Peter and Paul Fortress + St. Isaac's Cathedral - 8 hours

St. Petersburg - Brief City tour + The Hermitage Museum - 6 hours

St. Petersburg - Peterhof and Pushkin - Summer Royal Residences

St. Petersburg - Brief City Tour and Russian Museum - 6 hours

St. Petersburg City Tour - 7 hours

St. Petersburg - Pushkin - 7 hours

St. Petersburg
Suggested Private Excursion
8/18/2021
8/18/2021

Founded by Peter I in 1703, this beautiful city became the designated capital of Imperial Russia from 1712 to 1914. St. Petersburg was a gateway to the West and a distinctly European metropolis with Baroque and neo-classical mansions. The second-largest city in Russia and the country’s principal seaport, St. Petersburg boasts some of the world’s finest art museums, opulent palaces and one of the world’s most talented ballet companies. Many monuments and palaces in and around St. Petersburg are being carefully restored; they represent an important facet of the country’s rich historical and cultural heritage. Some of the world’s most magnificent art treasures are housed in the famous Hermitage; several other museums boast fine collections by Russian and international artists. Strolling down Nevsky Prospect, you will realize the pride of St. Petersburg’s stoic citizens as the former glamour and opulence of its stately buildings begin to emerge once again.

Suggested Private Excursions

St Petersburg: Art Treasures of the Hermitage Museum - 4 hours

St Petersburg: Orientation Tour - 4 hours

St Petersburg: Impressionist Art & the Faberge Museum - 6 hours

St Petersburg: Excursion to Peterhof - 6 hours

St Petersburg: Catherine's Palace in Pushkin - 4 hours

St. Petersburg - 3 day's itinerary for cruise passengers

St. Petersburg - Jewish Heritage Tour

St. Petersburg - Moscow in a Nutshell on a Day's Visit - Full day

St. Petersburg - Romantic Cruise on Rivers and Canals - 1 to 2 hours

St. Petersburg - 2 days' itinerary for cruise passengers

St. Petersburg - City tour + Peter and Paul Fortress + St. Isaac's Cathedral - 8 hours

St. Petersburg - Brief City tour + The Hermitage Museum - 6 hours

St. Petersburg - Peterhof and Pushkin - Summer Royal Residences

St. Petersburg - Brief City Tour and Russian Museum - 6 hours

St. Petersburg City Tour - 7 hours

St. Petersburg - Pushkin - 7 hours

Helsinki
Suggested Private Excursion
8/19/2021
8/19/2021

Often referred to as "Pearl of the Baltic," this neat city is known for impressive architecture, wide boulevards, and beautiful harbor. Grand Senate Square, dominated by exquisite Tuomio Church and onion domes of Russian Orthodox Uspenski Cathedral, is an example of neo-Classical, Empire-style impressive architecture. Visit the lively harborfront market and Temppeliaukioa Church (Rock Church), which was created in the 60's from man-made and natural materials. Finland’s musical heritage comes alive in great Finlandia Hall, designed by renowned architect Alvar Aalto. Finland’s beloved composer, Jean Sibelius, is remembered by a beautiful monument on Helsinki’s outskirts. Helsinki has good museums displaying everything from art to architectural design. Open-air Museum - the small wooded island of Seurasaari - has a collection of vernacular buildings assembled from all over Finland which provide insight into how country folk lived until recently. Suomenlinna Fortress is the largest in the world and often called Gibraltar of the North.

Suggested Private Excursions

Helsinki City tour – 3 Hours

Suomenlinna Fortress tour – 3 Hours

Porvoo Tour – 5 Hours

Helsinki Jewish City tour – 4 Hours

Hesinki City tour with Sauna Experience – 5 Hours

Helsinki Design tour - 6 hours

Visby
8/20/2021
8/20/2021

Today a thriving holiday resort, Visby on the Baltic island of Gotland has become famous as 'the town of roses and ruins' - a living relic of a medieval heyday when this Hanseatic port vied in riches and fame with the great capitals of mainland Europe. Now its narrow cobbled streets and ruined churches reside behind the two-and-a-half mile 13th century city wall, a haunting monument to a lost glory. Gotland and Oland are part of the Baltic islands off the southeast coast of Sweden. Gotland is a blend of old and new with its natural beauty and cultural heritage. Hoards of coins and other treasures found on the island indicate its importance in maritime trade as far back as the Bronze Age. Gotland was nominally Swedish as early as the 9th century but long remained autonomous. In the Middle Ages Visby was a rich and important member of the Hanseatic League and had many splendid churches and elaborate fortified walls. Gotland was conquered by Denmark in 1361 and returned to Swedish rule in 1645.

At Sea
8/21/2021
8/21/2021

No information currently available.

At Sea
8/22/2021
8/22/2021

No information currently available.

Amsterdam
Suggested Private Excursion
8/23/2021
8/23/2021

Cosmopolitan Amsterdam is most famous for its narrow, gabled houses lining the canals. Interesting attractions include the medieval weighhouse, Royal Palace on Dam Square, and New Church. Its most glamorous industry is the diamond trade. Not too far from Amsterdam are the flower centers of Aalsmeer, the picturesque fishing villages of Volendam and Marken, cheese markets at Edam and Gouda, and historic Haarlem, the main center of the bulb-growing industry. Enjoy the city’s sights from a glass-topped sightseeing boat which passes characteristic gabled houses and negotiates picturesque arched bridges. Facing Dam Square, the Royal Palace was built in 1648 and is still officially the royal residence, although the royal family resides in The Hague. The marbled Citizens Hall with inlaid maps of the world is worth seeing. One of Amsterdam’s most visited sites is historic Anne Frank House. Rijksmuseum, the city’s most prestigious museum, houses the largest collection of Dutch paintings in the world. Van Gogh Museum houses a striking collection.

Suggested Private Excursions

Amsterdam: An Introduction to Amsterdam – 4 hours

Amsterdam: Highlights of Amsterdam - 8 Hours

Amsterdam: Aalsmeer, Delft & Den Haag - 8 Hours

Itinerary subject to change without notice. Please confirm itinerary at time of booking.

Rates are cruise only, per person, based on double occupancy. Taxes, Fees and Port Expenses of $620 additional for all guests. Fuel surcharges may apply. Please ask your travel counselor for details. Rates are subject to availability and may change without notice. Restrictions may apply.

Departure Date:
7/26/2021
Number of Nights
28
Cruise Inclusions:
  • 28-night Cruise
  • Meals
  • Entertainment
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Offer ID:
1373241

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