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Rome - Hotel Stay
Your holiday begins with a flight to Rome, Italy’s proud, patriotic capital city, for an overnight stay. Its lengthy history needs no introduction – known as the Eternal City, ancient sites seem to be located on every corner, from the magnificent Colosseum to the ruins of the Roman Forum.
Civitavecchia (Rome) - Embark ms Nieuw Statendam
Launched in December 2018, ms Nieuw Statendam is a sister ship to Koningsdam and the second of Holland America’s Pinnacle-class ships. With a design inspired by the fluid curves of musical instruments, this ship has grand, light-filled spaces and sumptuous interiors as well as innovative specialty restaurants - from Sel de Mer to the Grand Dutch Café – and Holland America’s signature enrichment activities.
Whether you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy a relaxed drink with friends or somewhere to dance the night away you’ll find it on board. Sip cocktails while enjoying spectacular ocean views in the Crow’s Nest and then head to the Rolling Stone Rock Room where the live band will be playing iconic hits from your favourite stars.
History enthusiasts will love Cartagena and its fascinating past. Thanks to its position on the Murcia coast, it has been inhabited by different civilisations and cultures, including the Romans, Byzantines and Moors. As a result, the city boasts numerous museums and landmarks that reveal secrets about its layered history.
This British-owned territory is full of British quirks - afternoon tea, fish and chips and traditional pubs – and has a long and fascinating history due to its strategic position between Africa and Europe. Explore its iconic rock and watch out for the cheeky Barbary macaques.
The capital of Spain’s Andalusia region will win you over with its incredible gothic architecture, winding medieval lanes and lively tapas bars. As well as its bitter oranges – the essential ingredient in the world’s finest marmalades – Seville is renowned for its passionate flamenco dancing and great festivals. Visit the ornate Alcázar castle complex, built during the Moorish Almohad dynasty and the city’s Gothic Cathedral, where you’ll find Christopher Columbus’s tomb.
When it comes to activities on board ms Nieuw Statendam, much-loved favourites such as the Greenhouse Spa and fitness centre will ensure guests are well looked-after, while newer innovations such as such as the BBC Earth Experiences and America’s Test Kitchen add a new twist to the cruise holiday experience.
Huddled between the mountains and the sea, Barcelona is one of the most attractive cities in Europe. As well as the must-see attractions, like Gaudi’s masterpiece of La Sagrada Familia, the famous boulevard of La Rambla and the stunning Barri Gotic, head off the beaten track to areas like El Poblenou to discover authentic Catalan restaurants and hip cafes.
Infused with maritime spirit, Marseille is the second-largest city in France. Explore the bohemian Cours Julien lined with bars, music venues, galleries and markets; or visit the Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde. Occupying the highest point of Marseille, the basilica is the most visited building in Marseille.
Next you’ll head for glamorous Monte Carlo in sun-drenched Monaco, the world’s second smallest country. Away from the gleaming buildings and super yachts you could head to charming Le Rocher and stroll along the intimate winding lanes of the old town.
Discover Florence, the capital of the Tuscany region, or head to Pisa to see the iconic Leaning Tower from the port of Livorno. Florence is an achingly romantic city of rivers, bridges and Renaissance art and architecture. Or you could explore Pisa’s charming Romanesque buildings, Gothic churches and Renaissance piazzas and its vibrant café and bar scene.
Civitavecchia (Rome) - Disembark ms Nieuw Statendam and Florence Hotel Stay
Today you disembark ms Nieuw Statendam back in Civitavecchia and travel to the Renaissance city of Florence. Bisected by the River Arno, the city’s best sights include the Uffizi gallery, the covered bridge of the Ponte Vecchio where gold merchants sell their glittering wares, and the magnificent Duomo and its bell tower in the heart of the city.
Venice - Hotel Stay
In Venice, glide along the canals in an effortless gondola or a charming water taxi, the only way to travel in the lagoon city. Uncover the secrets of the bridges, palaces and islands and finish your day day with a glass of prosecco in an underground bar – beloved by both residents and visitors.
Venice - Embark Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
Travel to London in the elegant style befitting such a luxurious holiday, on board the iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Enjoy the opulent surroundings of the 1920s carriages as you swish through the European countryside, passing stunning alpine scenery, as you enjoy a three course lunch and later, a four-course dinner, served in the most regal style.
London - Disembark Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
After breakfast, a quick stop in Paris and a delicious brunch, you’ll arrive at the French coast to cross the channel. On the other side, a glass of champagne will welcome you before you take afternoon tea aboard the glamorous British Pullman, gliding towards London where you’ll disembark for an overnight hotel stay in London.
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