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Tulips of Northern Holland

8 days with Avalon Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)
Welcome to Amsterdam. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.

Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm.

Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

You may join a Guided Optional Excursion to beautiful Zaanse Schans, where you’ll see a wonderful collection of well-preserved historic windmills and Dutch houses.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO HOORN (D)

Day 2 HOORN
The Trading Port‘s Heyday Still Lives in Hoorn’s History

CLASSIC
Take a guided tour of Hoorn, a prosperous and powerful trading town in the Golden Age.

Take advantage of the free time left to take a bike ride, or a walk through the historic North Sea trading port of Hoorn.

AFTERNOON CRUISE TO ENKHUIZEN

ENKHUIZEN

A Harbor Town’s History of Tulips, Trading, and the Zuiderzee

CLASSIC Take a guided tour of Zuiderzee Museum to discover cultural traditions and maritime history, OR:

DISCOVERY Join a Guided Tour of local tulip fields and Dutch flower farms.

Spend the rest of the afternoon walking or biking through Enkhuizen. Later, enjoy onboard live entertainment.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ENKHUIZEN (B,L,D)

Day 3 ENKHUIZEN
Dutch Delicacies with New Friends—in an Old Harbor Town

CLASSIC Take a Guided Walking Tour of Enkhuizen to get better acquainted with the charm and beauty of this historic harbor village, OR:

DISCOVERY Join us at the home of a Dutch family for authentic samples of local specialties and conversation, for a true Dutch experience.

Enjoy a brief afternoon cruise to Friesland.

SNEEK, FRIESLAND

Planets and Stars, Famous Cows, and Black Horses of Friesland

CLASSIC Take a Guided Excursion to visit the Royal Eise Eisinga Planetarium—the oldest planetarium still working in the world. Watch for the world-famous black-and-white cattle and black Friesian horses.

Re-join your ship in Sneek. There is time for a stroll before dinner. This evening enjoy live entertainment on board.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN SNEEK (B,L,D)

Day 4 KAMPEN
The Golden Age of Ship-Building, the National Liquor, and Cheese

CLASSIC Take a Guided Walking Tour of Kampen, the most powerful and prosperous town of the Netherlands before the rise of Amsterdam, OR:

DISCOVERY Take a Guided Tour of Lelystad’s Batavia Shipyard and board the hand-built replica of the historic Batavia.

DISCOVERY Enjoy an onboard Cheese Tasting with Genever—the national and traditional liquor of the Netherlands.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN KAMPEN (B,L,D)

Day 5 GELDERSE IJSSEL–ARNHEM
Spiced Honey Cake, WWII Valor, and Van Gogh

DISCOVERY This morning, attend an Onboard Lecture about Holland and a tasting of the authentic Dutch Deventer Koek Cake.

CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour of the Airborne Museum of Hartenstein commemorating the 1944 WWII Battle of Arnhem, OR:

CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of Arnhem’s Kröller-Müller Museum with the world’s second largest Van Gogh collection.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTTERDAM (B,L,D)

Day 6 ROTTERDAM
Windmills and Skyscrapers in Holland’s Modern Maritime Marvel

CLASSIC Join a full- or half-day Guided Tour of breathtaking Keukenhof—the world’s largest flower gardens—with more than seven million tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths as well as other bulbs each year.

CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided Tour of Gouda-famous for its Dutch yellow cheese, stroopwafels (syrup waffles), and Gouda candles.

Sample artisan beer, a slice of appeltart (Dutch apple pie), or a koffie verkeerd. Take a bike from your ship to explore Rotterdam and the surrounding area. Before dinner, enjoy a cruise through Rotterdam harbor. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

EVENING CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM (B,L,D)

Day 7 AMSTERDAM
Colorful Amsterdam—with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Dutch Specialties

CLASSIC Take a Guided Canal Cruise to explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam. Float along the Grachten past Amsterdam’s stately homes of the Golden Age.

Join an Optional City Biking Tour to discover the countryside. Alternatively take an Optional Excursion to Holland’s beautiful medieval Muiderslot Castle.

Explore Amsterdam’s colorful streets and canal houses, galleries, and shops.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM (B,L,D)

Day 8 AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): on board welcome reception
  • Day 2 Hoorn–Enkhuizen: guided tour in Hoorn; choice of visit to the famous tulip fields, or guided visit to the Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen
  • Day 3 Enkhuizen. Excursion to Friesland: choice of guided walk of Enkhuizen, or “Experience the Dutch” outing; excursion to Friesland, visit the planetarium
  • Day 4 Kampen: : choice of guided tour of Kampen, or guided tour of the Batavia shipyard in Lelystad; cheese and genever tasting on board
  • Day 5 Gelderse lIjssel–Arnhem: lecture and local specialties tasting on board; choice of visit Museum Hartenstein, or the Kröller-Müller Museum
  • Day 6 Rotterdam: choice ofchoice of full- or half day excursion to Keukenhof Gardens;, or to the city ofguided tour of Gouda; harbour cruise in Rotterdam
  • Day 7 Amsterdam: canal cruise
  • Day 8 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning

All This Included
Explore the well-known sites of Holland, plus some off the beaten path, for a unique and fascinating river cruise vacation! In Northern Holland, you may opt to see the colorful fields of tulips which make this part of the country so beautiful. Alternatively, in Enkhuizen, you may prefer to visit the Zuiderzee Museum to experience the local culture and history. Also, there’s an opportunity to meet some of the locals before continuing your river cruise through the area of Friesland. Here, you’ll visit the Royal Planetarium, nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You’ll visit Lelystad’s the Batavia shipyard and board an exact replica of the Batavia ship itself. Get a true taste of the culture with an introduction to local cheese and Genever! Cruise through the modern harbor of Rotterdam and go on a guided excursion to Gouda, famous for its cheese of the same name. For garden enthusiasts, you may choose to see the breathtaking colors of Keukenhof, also known as the “Garden of Europe.” With over 70 acres of parkland and lakes, it’s one of the world’s largest flower gardens.

A river cruise through Holland would not be complete without some time in Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam. The city combines its historical 17th-century buildings, sculptures, and museums with a modern feel. See the most fascinating areas of the city on a canal cruise along the elegant Grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.” Sail into new worlds to discover the stunning beauty, ancient history, and welcoming traditions that await you!

Ship Amenities:
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows
  • Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, shade awnings, & outdoor deck game area
  • State-of-the-art fitness center
  • Non-smoking staterooms & ship interior
  • Convenient Elevator Service
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Outside viewing deck
  • Headsets for guided shore excursions in Europe
  • English-speaking friendly crew, staff & professional Cruise Director
  • Sightseeing with Expert Local Guides
  • Onboard lectures, activities & entertainment
  • Room service for Continental breakfast & beverages (service fee applies)
  • Sky Deck whirlpool
  • Complimentary computer use in public areas
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Additional biking excursions available in Amsterdam, Breisach and Bernkastel
  • Onboard Adventure Center with active gear, bikes, Nordic walking sticks, watercraft & maps
  • Sky Deck game area
  • Light lunch & casual dinner in the Panorama Bistro
  • Avalon Choice® cruising experience
  • Choice of Leisurely, Traditional or Independent sightseeing pace options
  • Nordic walking sticks available onboard for complimentary check-out
  • Onshore & Onboard experiences with regional customs, cultures & tastings with local artisans, experts & entertainers
  • Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, including decaf options
  • Well-stocked library with books, cards, and board games
  • Complimentary bottled water, fresh fruit, and cookies available throughout the day
  • Full-size closet mirror
Ship Dining:
  • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, including decaf options
  • Welcome & farewell cocktails with sparkling wine & canapés
  • Welcome dinner
  • Five-course farewell dinner
  • Spacious, open-seating Panorama Dining Room
  • Daily early-riser breakfast
  • Daily late-riser breakfast
  • Full buffet breakfast with sparkling wine and made-to-order egg station
  • Lunch buffet with carving and pasta stations
  • Al fresco lunch in the Sky Grill
  • Cocktails with a view on the Sky Deck
  • Healthy Corner options including low calorie, low fat, high fiber, low cholesterol, and high energy choices
  • Vegetarian options at every meal, as well as vegan and allergy-free selections
  • Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, and sweet treats
  • Happy Hour every evening including featured drink specials
  • Seasonal cuisine featuring the freshest local ingredients
  • Chef-prepared onboard meals with regional cuisine and familiar favorites
  • Four-course dinners with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrées and desserts or cheese
  • Complimentary wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Room service for Continental breakfast & beverages (service fee applies)
  • Panorama Lounge & Bar with premium spirits, cozy seating, panoramic windows & dance floor
  • Night Fare served at 10:30 pm
  • Healthy meal options
  • Linger over several selections from the Panorama Bistro's tasting menu for a less formal "sit-down" atmosphere
  • Tastings - sample the destination's famous delicacies
  • Light lunch & casual dinner in the Panorama Bistro
  • Coffee or tea after dinner
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard Avalon Artistry II, Avalon Tranquility II, Avalon Visionary
Amsterdam: Moevenpick Amsterdam City 
Pre and Post Add-ons
Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:
in single room from $204 to $387, in twin room from $132 to $227
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Port charges: $182.
  • Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.
  • Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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