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Ask someone to name the most exciting cities in the world and one of them, will surely be London. England is a country steeped in history and London is the hub of it all, old and new. Heathrow being one of the busiest international airports in the world with connecting flights to just about everywhere makes London a terrific choice as a stopover city. Due to the high volume of flights and airlines flying into Healthrow, flights to London are often more affordable than direct flights into other European airports. Rather than fly off to other European destinations, there is a slightly slower but far more pleasant way to travel to the continent – by ferry! And that slower paced travel time is invaluable for starting the relaxation process allowing you to make the most of your holiday time.
Being an island nation our seafaring past is still evident in our ferry ports and the numbers of people who choose to travel to the continent by ferry. The ferries are used for day trips to the continent, two night mini cruise getaways, or simply to transport holidaymakers and their cars across the sea ready for the onward journey to their holiday destination. Travelers going to Holland, Belgium, Germany and even further inland into Europe can do so from Hull. Luxury cruise ferries sail overnight between Hull, Rotterdam and Zeebrugge, which allows travellers to sleep through the crossing and arrive refreshed and ready to explore once they disembark.
While the Hull ferry port is a no-frills port it does have toilet facilities and disabled access. The ferry to Rotterdam departs daily at 9pm and arrives at Rotterdam at approximately 8am during the week and 9am on weekends. There are excellent facilities available on board and it is equipped with comfortable ensuite cabins. There is entertainment such as a cinema, casino or shops to browse around as well as a choice of dining experiences.
On arrival at Rotterdam you will find that there are many things to see in the town and its surrounds, the problem will be deciding where to go first. There is Arnhem, the site of much fighting during the Second World War, with monuments to the fallen and the allied forces who helped to liberate the region. Then there is the De Efteling theme park which makes fairy tales come alive for children and offers live music to suite many tastes. Or go even further and see the tulips in May and the iconic Dutch windmills and canals.
Alternatively, take the Belgium ferry to Zeebrugge, the home of delicious chocolate and incredible cakes and pastries. Zeebrugge is not far from the well known Belgium coastal towns of Ostend and Blankenberge and the famous Bruges, a quaint medieval town with its cobbled streets and exquisite lace. Travel further inland to Brussels, the capital and also the head of the European Union, with its medieval character and its cosmopolitan atmosphere. Further in is Luxemburg with its picturesque scenery and many historical buildings. Visit Ardennes a region predominantly in Belgium which also touches Luxemburg and France and the site of the Battle of the Bulge. The region is famous for its game, pate and Trappist beers.
What could be more idyllic than combining a favored holiday in London with a min-cruise to Holland, Belgium and beyond?