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17-Day ~ European Explorer Knitting Cruise (Aug 2020)

Holland America

European River Explorer

Start Date:

August 22, 2020


End Date:

September 8, 2020


European River Explorer ~ Itinerary

Amsterdam, Netherlands
Arrival Date: August 22, 2020
Departure Date: August 22, 2020 Departure Time: 05:00 PM

Amsterdam often referred to as the Venice of the north and has a storybook quality with is lovely canals and quaint architecture. No two houses are alike and it is a fun city to explore. The attractions are really too numerous to list here but guide books of things to do abound.


Amsterdam can easily assessable by foot or by bike or by boat. The city itself can be walked from end to end in about 30 to 40 minutes. Bikes easily outnumber cars in this city and can be rented very easily by tourists. Another charming way to tour the city is by boat. Boats tours offer a picturesque way to tour the city through the city's numerous canals.

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Brussels (Antwerp), Belgium
Arrival Date: August 23, 2020 Arrival Time: 08:00 AM
Departure Date: August 23, 2020 Departure Time: 05:00 PM

Antwerp is a contemporary city with a medieval history and is definitely Belgium's most important trade center. Antwerp is most famous for chocolate and diamonds but is also a very pleasant city worth visiting located on the edge of the North Sea.

 

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Day at Sea
Arrival Date: August 24, 2020
Departure Date: August 24, 2020

Explore the ship and enjoy taking our various classes.


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Brest, France
Arrival Date: August 25, 2020 Arrival Time: 08:00 AM
Departure Date: August 25, 2020 Departure Time: 05:00 PM

Located on the far western coast of France in a sheltered harbor, Brest is a modern university town with a strong maritime heritage, beautiful beaches, and culinary delights.   

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La Rochelle, France
Arrival Date: August 26, 2020 Arrival Time: 09:00 AM
Departure Date: August 26, 2020 Departure Time: 05:00 PM

A picture-postcard city on the southwest French coast, La Rochelle was a key French port in the Middle Ages. Today, it charms visitors with its rich maritime heritage, medieval architecture, and delightful cafes.

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Bordeaux, France
Arrival Date: August 27, 2020 Arrival Time: 03:00 AM
Departure Date: August 27, 2020 Departure Time: 03:00 PM

Bordeaux, one of the most picturesque cities in France, is renowned for its historically significant 18th-century architecture and cultural heritage. It also is the capital of France's wine region.  Bordeaux is a must-see destination.

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At Sea
Arrival Date: August 28, 2020
Departure Date: August 28, 2020

While at sea you can enjoy the vast amenities offered aboard the cruise ship. Craft Cruises holds various classes during times at sea.


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Leixoes (Porto), Portugal
Arrival Date: August 29, 2020 Arrival Time: 08:00 AM
Departure Date: August 29, 2020 Departure Time: 05:00 PM

Porto, Portugal is famous for its port wine, baroque architecture, and quintessential blue tiles called azulejos. Whether strolling along pedestrian streets, touring historic churches, or sipping wine at a riverside cafe, Porto offers options for everyone.

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Lisbon, Portugal
Arrival Date: August 30, 2020 Arrival Time: 08:00 AM
Departure Date: August 30, 2020 Departure Time: 05:00 PM

Lisbon was for many years Europe's main portal of debarkation for the rest of the planet. Ships captained by Portuguese explorers like Bartolomeu Dias, Vasco da Gama, and Ferdinand Magellan skittered across the globe, hauling treasure home and making Lisbon a global capital. So it's appropriate to arrive by ship. Cruise to Lisbon, situated on a wide bay where the Tagus River meets the Atlantic, and the white facades of its ancient neighborhoods lead uphill to the iconic Castelo de Sao Jorge. Other landmarks include the World Heritage Sites of Belem Tower and Jeronimos Monastery, both built in Lisbon's native Manueline architectural style.

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Gibraltar, British Territory
Arrival Date: August 31, 2020 Arrival Time: 01:00 PM
Departure Date: August 31, 2020 Departure Time: 11:00 PM

Gibraltar, a little bit of Britain in the Mediterranean, is a fascinating port for its unique geography and rich history.  Spot the famous Barbary "apes" (a tailless monkey native only to Gibraltar), explore tunnels from WWII and before, beautiful caves, or stop in for fish and chips at an English pub.

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Malaga, Spain
Arrival Date: September 1, 2020 Arrival Time: 08:00 AM
Departure Date: September 1, 2020 Departure Time: 06:00 PM

Every city is a palimpsest, but Malaga takes it to an extreme. The walls of its Phoenician ur-city are visible in the basement of the Picasso Museum. The best-preserved Moorish citadel in Spain is located next to the Roman theater, which was rediscovered in 1951. The nearby caverns of Nerja provided refuge to humans 30,000 years ago and modern tourists alight along the Costa Del Sol during the eight-month-long summer season. Cruise guests can visit the old castles, the museums, and the beaches. Or chew some scenery with a Malaga sweet wine and a plate of tapas.

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Cartagena, Spain
Arrival Date: September 2, 2020 Arrival Time: 08:00 AM
Departure Date: September 2, 2020 Departure Time: 03:00 PM

Cartagena offers a rich cultural legacy from the days of its Roman, Muslim and Arabic rule.

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Day at Sea
Arrival Date: September 3, 2020
Departure Date: September 3, 2020

Explore the ship and enjoy taking our various classes.


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Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Arrival Date: September 4, 2020 Arrival Time: 07:00 AM
Departure Date: September 4, 2020 Departure Time: 05:00 PM

Head straight for the many treasures of Rome and the Vatican: St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum and more.


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At Sea
Arrival Date: September 5, 2020
Departure Date: September 5, 2020

While at sea you can enjoy the vast amenities offered aboard the cruise ship. Craft Cruises holds various classes during times at sea.


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Dubrovnik, Croatia
Arrival Date: September 6, 2020 Arrival Time: 10:00 AM
Departure Date: September 6, 2020 Departure Time: 06:00 PM

Dubrovnik is a walled city, with a Venice feel but without the canals. Dubrovnik is being rebuilt, it was almost destroyed during the Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian War.


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Hvar, Croatia
Arrival Date: September 7, 2020 Arrival Time: 08:00 AM
Departure Date: September 7, 2020 Departure Time: 03:00 PM

Hvar, Croatia offers visitors the best of the Adriatic, with azure water, inviting beaches, and a picture-perfect historical harbor area. Called the "Riviera of the East," Hvar is a delightful port to explore.

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Venice, Italy
Arrival Date: September 8, 2020 Arrival Time: 07:00 AM
Departure Date: September 8, 2020

In Venice the streets are made of water, well at least most of them. The city itself is made of over a 100 island all connected. Venice is living history, the palaces, the museums, the churches and all the architecture in the city make it quite unique a city unlike any other.


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