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Springtime in Holland & Belgium 2021

15 days with Avalon Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)
Welcome to Holland. 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.

Your day in Amsterdam is free to explore at your leisure.

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

Enjoy dinner and explore the ship on your first night on board.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTTERDAM

(B)

Day 2 ROTTERDAM
Dutch Treats and Flowers Sweet.

Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.

CLASSIC Join a full- or half-day Guided Tour of breathtaking Keukenhof—known as the “Garden of Europe”—for its 70 acres of lush parkland, lakes, and the world’s largest flower gardens—with more than seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths as well as other bulbs, planted each year.

Take some free time to relax on the harbor-side in Rotterdam with an artisan beer, a slice of appeltaart (Dutch apple pie), and a koffie verkeerd, a typical Dutch drink with equal parts coffee and milk. 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/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ANTWERP

(B,L,D)

Day 3 ANTWERP, BELGIUM
Cathedrals, Carats and Crêpes

CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of this sophisticated city to visit the central Grote Markt, lined with 16th-century guildhall houses. You’ll also see the beautiful city hall, the Cathedral of Our Lady with its stunning altar piece paintings by Rubens.

You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the nearby capital, Brussels- considered home to the European Union and admire its magnificent palaces and cathedrals.

You might prefer to take time on your own to indulge in Antwerp’s signature Belgian waffles and crêpes-or explore this bike-friendly city from its old wharfs to its legendary diamond district.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO GHENT

(B,L,D)

Day 4 GHENT
Medieval Masterpieces and Flemish Finery

CLASSIC Explore Ghent-“The Diamond of Flanders”-with a Guided Sightseeing Tour of this showcase of medieval Flemish wealth. You’ll visit St. Bavo’s Cathedral-with its remarkable Flemish artwork.

You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion of Bruges to explore its canals, cobbled streets and medieval buildings. You’ll see its crisscrossed canals, the 13th-century belfry of Market Square, and charming patrician houses.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MIDDELBURG

(B,L,D)

Day 5 MIDDLEBURG, HOLLAND
A Spicy History in Middleburg’s Dutch Harbor Town

Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

CLASSIC Join a Guided Walking Tour through the winding cobblestones and canals of Middelburg. See the 15th-century gothic Town Hall and learn about its important role in the spice trade and Dutch East India trading. 

Spend some free time biking or walking through Middelburg to sample Babbelaar cookies, fries, or beer before cruising to Veere.

VEERE

The Delta Works Stand Strong as a Technical Marvel

DISCOVERY Join a Guided Tour of the Delta Works, the largest flood-protection system in the world, and a miracle of modern technology.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WILLEMSTAD

(B,L,D)

Day 6 WILLEMSTAD
Willemstad’s Windmills and Historic Harbor

ACTIVE Grab a Nordic walking stick for a hike with your Adventure Host in Willemstad.

CLASSIC Join a Guided Walking Tour of Willemstad and discover its many beautifully restored buildings from the 17th and 18th Century.

DISCOVERY Later, enjoy a Cheese Tasting on board as you prepare to sail to Amsterdam

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM

(B,L,D)

Day 7 AMSTERDAM
Canals of Colorful Amsterdam

DISCOVERY Discover Aalsmeer Flower Auction-the largest in the world, where around 20 million flowers are sold every day. Later enjoy a typical Dutch breakfast, OR:

CLASSIC Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age”.

This afternoon choose among the many Guided Optional Excursions available. Take some free time to explore Amsterdam’s colorful streets and canal houses, galleries, and shops.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM

(B,L,D)

Day 8 AMSTERDAM
Holland’s Lively Capital

Your day in Amsterdam is free to explore at your leisure.

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.

OVERNIGHT SAILING TO ENKHUIZEN

(B,L,D)

Day 9 ENKHUIZEN
Tulips Fields, Flower Farms and the Zuiderzee

Enjoy a leisurely morning cruise

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 10 ENKHUIZEN
Home and Hearth in a Dutch Harbor Town

Visit the Adventure Center for Today’s activities with your Adventure Host.

CLASSIC Take a Guided Walking Tour of Enkhuizen to experience the charm and beauty of this historic harbor village.

Enjoy a brief afternoon cruise to Friesland.

SNEEK, FRIESLAND

The Heaven, Holsteins, and 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.

Take time for a stroll before dinner.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN SNEEK

(B,L,D)

Day 11 KAMPEN
Maritime Marvels of 17th-Century Shipbuilding

Enjoy a leisurely morning cruise.

CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of Giethoorn, often referred to the "Venice of the Netherlands," OR:

DISCOVERY Learn all about the Netherlands’ shipbuilding and seafaring past on this exciting step into the Golden Age at the Batavia visitor’s center and museum.

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

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN KAMPEN

(B,L,D)

Day 12 ARNHEM
Spiced Honey Cake, WWII Valor and Van Gogh

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


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 13 ROTTERDAM
Blooming Bulbs and Bold Bridge Design

Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

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, planted each year, OR:

CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Rotterdam featuring innovative architecture, including the marvelous Erasmus Bridge.

Sample artisan beer, a slice of appeltart (Dutch apple pie), or a koffie verkeerd. Take a bike from your ship to explore Rotterdam.

Before dinner, enjoy a cruise through Rotterdam harbor.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

EVENING CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM

(B,L,D)

Day 14 AMSTERDAM
Canals of Colorful Amsterdam

CLASSIC Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age," OR:

ACTIVE See the sights of Amsterdam from a unique perspective by joining our Guided Jogging Tour of the city-all at an easy pace with stops for commentary.

This afternoon choose among the many Guided Optional Excursions available. Take some free time to explore Amsterdam’s colorful street and canal houses, galleries, and shops.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM


(B,L,D)

Day 15 AMSTERDAM
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

(B)
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception
    Day 2 Rotterdam: half- or full-day visit to Keukenhof Gardens; harbor cruise in Rotterdam
  • Day 3 Antwerp: guided sightseeing
  • Day 4 Ghent: guided sightseeing, visit St. Baaf’s Cathedral
  • Day 5 Middelburg–Veere: guided walk in Middelburg; excursion to the Delta Works
  • Day 6 Willemstad: guided walking tour; cheese tasting on board
  • Day 7 Amsterdam: choice of guided visit to Flower Auction or canal cruise
  • Day 8 Amsterdam: free time
  • Day 9 Enkhuizen: choice of visit to the famous tulip fields or guided visit to the Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen
  • Day 10 Enkhuizen. Excursion to Friesland: guided walk of Enkhuizen; excursion to Friesland, visit the planetarium
  • Day 11 Kampen: choice of guided tour of Giethoorn or guided tour of the Batavia shipyard in Lelystad; onboard cheese and Genever tasting
    Day 12 Arnhem: lecture and local specialties tasting on board; choice of visit to the Airborne Museum of Hartenstein or to the Kröller-Müller Museum
  • Day 13 Rotterdam: choice of half or full-day visit to Keukenhof Gardens or Rotterdam walking tour; harbor cruise in Rotterdam
  • Day 14 Amsterdam: canal cruise
  • Day 15 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your cruise ends this morning
All This Included
If you’ve dreamed of seeing the legendary flowers of Holland and Belgium, this is the perfect way to spend springtime among the tulips! This 2-week European river cruise begins and ends in Amsterdam to explore the flowering fields, windmills, and delicious Dutch cuisine, culture, and art. Your first amazing stop is Rotterdam, Holland, where you’ll explore the “Garden of Europe” at Keukenhof. Gaze across a kaleidoscope of flowering bulbs—blooming with 7 million tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths, to name a few. In Antwerp, browse the central Grote Markt amid 16th-century guildhall houses and visit the Cathedral of Our Lady adorned with Rubens stunning altarpiece. Visit Ghent, “The Diamond of Flanders,” and marvel at its medieval Flemish artwork. Walk the winding cobblestones and canals of Middelburg. See the windmills and historic harbor of Willemstad, and return to Amsterdam to browse the largest flower auction in the world or tour the city on a canal cruise. Envision the 17th-century maritime days of the Zuiderzee in Enkhuizen, see the second largest collection of Van Gogh masterpieces in Arnhem, and admire innovative architecture in Rotterdam. Return to Amsterdam to cruise its colorful canals. Windmills, waterways, and wonderful springtime views are all waiting for you on this river cruise through Holland and Belgium in tulip season.

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
  • English-speaking friendly crew, staff & professional Cruise Director
  • Sightseeing with Expert Local Guides
  • Onboard lectures, activities & entertainment
  • Complimentary room service for Continental breakfast
  • Sky Deck whirlpool
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Biking excursions available in Amsterdam and Breisach
  • Onboard Adventure Center with active gear, bikes, Nordic walking sticks, watercraft & maps
  • Casual dinner in the Panorama Bistro
  • Avalon Choice® cruising experience
  • Behind-the-scenes galley tour
  • Choice of Classic, Active or Discovery excursions so that you can experience your cruise your way
  • Nordic walking sticks available onboard for complimentary check-out
  • Onshore & Onboard experiences with regional customs, cultures & tastings with local artisans, experts & entertainers
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with English-speaking channels & over 100 free movie options
  • Onboard assistance is available to recommend, reserve and further personalize your cruise
  • Linger over several selections from the Panorama Bistro's tasting menu for a less formal "sit-down" atmosphere
  • 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
  • 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
  • Complimentary room service for Continental breakfast
  • Panorama Lounge & Bar with premium spirits, cozy seating, panoramic windows & dance floor
  • Healthy meal options
  • Casual dinner in the Panorama Bistro
  • 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
  • Coffee or tea after dinner
  • Light lunch in the Panorama Lounge
  • FlexDining flexible dining times with menu & venue options
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising:Cabin onboard Avalon Artistry II, Avalon Tranquility II
Amsterdam: Westcord Jakarta
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available. 
  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Port charges: $392
  • Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.
  • Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability).
  • 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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