Eight things to do in Antwerp in a day

Diamonds. Rubens. Cathedrals. A medieval castle. Museums. Markets. And of course some of the best beer and chocolate you will ever taste. There is one place and only one place in the world that can deliver all of these experiences in a single day and that’s the magnificent, effortlessly cool city of Antwerp – one of the stops on our Wealth of Culture European river cruise. The best European river cruises allow time for passengers to explore the sights, sounds and tastes of the places they visit, which is why…


Escape the bustle of Amsterdam by visiting this hidden gem

The best European river cruises strike the perfect balance between visiting all the big name tourist attractions a region has to offer whilst also making time to stop off at a few lesser-known places to unwind and soak up the local culture. Our Holland Culture Tour was created with this in mind. It visits all the big tourist attractions such as Amsterdam, Haarlem, Kinderdijk and Rotterdam, whilst also spending time in the 14th century town of Vianen, the canal-ringed city of Delft and the one of our personal favourites, the…


Not your normal cruise: Why our tours are perfect for the new travel era

Bigger is not always better these days, especially when it comes to travel. The ongoing impact of the coronavirus means that large-scale travel such as big cruise ships and mass tourism are out, while small-scale travel is increasingly in. Due to the virus, entire industries need to change and adopt new habits and values. It’s forcing us all to reassess how and why we travel. Here at Cultural Cruises Europe we feel lucky to be already embracing a different approach. For us, this means seeing the world at a slower…


Six fascinating facts about Dutch flower fields

You might have seen postcards of Dutch tulip fields: rainbows of flowers under a Vermeer-worthy sky. This annual treat is a highlight of life – and travel – in the Netherlands. Whether you visit Keukenhof’s splendid gardens, or enjoy the dazzling ribbons of color as you drive past enormous bulb farms, the flower fields are sure to impress. Here, we take a look at six fascinating aspects of flower fields in the Netherlands. 1. Flower showtime The floral extravaganza usually starts mid-March, weather permitting of course. First crocuses take the…


Five Dutch House Museums You Shouldn’t Miss!

While the Netherlands is best known for its large, grand museums, it also boasts an extraordinary collection of house museums. Smaller, and more intimate, house museums allow you to visit the homes where people actually lived and worked. They reveal intimate histories, and are full or architectural wonders, historical insights and great stories. At Cultural Cruises Europe, we love visiting these kinds of places, and soaking up culture off the beaten track. Have a look at some of our favorite museums, and start dreaming of your next tour. Many of…


Cultural Cruises Europe Sets Sail Again!

It’s been an exciting week for us. After months of careful preparations, our ships are sailing again. Under a bright sunny sky the 2020 season finally launched! Of course, we’re all curious to hear what it’s like on the first tours of the season. So we got in touch with two of our tour leaders who have led one of the first tours to take place aboard premium ship the Magnifique. Here’s what they told us about their experiences so far: Hello you two, how are you? Ilse: Good! We’re…


Our sustainability journey: How we’re going green

In 2019, Cultural Cruises Europe launched a plan to become carbon-neutral by 2021. Here’s the story of our journey told by Margriet Lakeman, our sustainability coordinator. It all started at a company meeting in October 2019. At a workshop with skippers, tour leaders and the office team we were brainstorming how to make our tours more sustainable. People suggested things like avoiding food waste, eliminating disposable plastic and sailing more slowly to reduce fuel use. Then a skipper grumbled, “Why bother? We did this last year and nothing changed”. With…


6 things to know about post-corona travel

Are you wondering what travel will be like after the coronavirus has settled down? We all are! The constantly changing situation means it’s hard to know what the future holds. For those of us who love soaking up cultural experiences while we travel, this time feels especially challenging. Will we ever be able to attend a local carnival or visit art museums again? How can we experience other cultures and meet new people amidst social distancing measures? The good news is, social distancing doesn’t have to mean cultural distancing. We…


The New Normal: What will cultural cruises look like after Corona?

It’s the question that’s been occupying us all: What will life be like after Corona? Will we ever be able to go to a movie again? Or visit an art gallery? The cultural industries are scrambling to find new, safer ways to allow people to enjoy art and mantain social distancing, which will become our new normal. Here at Cultural Cruises Europe we’ve also been hard at work envisioning how our tours will work once travel restrictions are lifted. While we don’t know exactly what the future will bring, we…


The best art and culture you can experience from your sofa

Spring is in full swing, but instead of being able to sit in parks and soak up the sun, we’re facing a new, unprecedented crisis. The new coronavirus has caused aircrafts to stay on the ground, borders to be closed and entire countries to go under curfew. Many spring trips have been cancelled and no one knows what the summer holidays will bring. All over the world restaurants, tour operators, hotels and shops are facing incredible challenges, and the cultural industries have been hard hit. What’s become clear while we’ve…