Grand Tulip Cruise Of Holland & Belgium With 1 Night In Amsterdam

11/22/2019 through 04/14/2021
11/22/2019 through 05/02/2021
Avalon Waterways

Admire blooming views on your tulip season cruise in Holland and Belgium! Begin your Avalon YourWay cruise your way with a wonderful night in Amsterdam before your cruise. Explore the 700-year-old city your way with shopping, dining, or nightlife. Enjoy superior hotel accommodations with complimentary breakfast, and courtesy ship-to-hotel transfer. Join your fellow passengers for an included guided canal cruise through the iconic city’s stately waterways of the Golden Age before embarking on your tulip season cruise.

Cruise to Arnhem and tour its WWII Airborne Museum commemorating the brave battle of 1944. Join your ship in Nijmegen and visit the lovely forest setting of ‘s-Hertogenbosch to sample decadent Dutch chocolate desserts. Perhaps visit a fruit and flower farm to hear the history of a 15th-century windmill. Take a carriage ride through the nearby nature reserve to watch for herons, storks, birds of prey, and wild horses. In Maastricht, choose a sightseeing tour of the old cobblestoned university town, or visit a working mill to make your own Limburg pie.

On to Belgium for a sightseeing tour of medieval Namur and free time to browse its ancient architecture, charming cafes, and bookshops. In Liège, see the ancient quarters of the “Fiery City” as well as its romantic streets, steps, and tiny alleyways. Next, you’ll explore the city of Antwerp-birthplace of the master painter Peter Paul Rubens. Stroll its cobbled lanes amid 16th-century guildhall houses and the cathedral’s stunning altarpiece paintings by the famous artist. In Brussels, you’ll find landmark buildings and a collection of cafes and shops on your guided tour. Visit Ghent, for stunning Flemish artwork in St. Bavo’s Cathedral. Visit Bossuit’s Flanders Fields Museum with moving battlefield memorials.

Explore Middelburg’s grand history in the Dutch East India Company. Tour the world’s largest flood-protection system at the Veere Delta. Continue your cruise through Kinderdijk-where windmills built in 1740 helped the iconic structures become a symbol of Holland. See the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam, and the quintessential Dutch towns of Zaandam and Haarlem. Your cruise through Holland and Belgium returns to Amsterdam to conclude your colorful cruise!

Included Features:

Day 1 Amsterdam: welcome to Holland

Day 2 Amsterdam (Embarkation): canal cruise; onboard welcome reception

Day 3 Arnhem-Nijmegen: choice of guided tour of Airborne Museum or a bike tour in Arnhem; choice of guided excursion to ‘s-Hertogenbosch, or visit the mill of Thorn and a farm in Nijmegen

Day 4 Maastricht: choice of guided tour, or guided visit to a mill

Day 5 Namur: guided tour

Day 6 Liège: guided tour

Day 7 Antwerp: guided tour, visit the central Grote Markt

Day 8 Brussels: guided tour, see the Town Hall

Day 9 Brussels: day at leisure

Day 10 Ghent: guided tour

Day 11 Bossuit: visit to Flanders Field Museum in Ypres; visit to the battlefields; Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate

Day 12 Middelburg-Veere: guided tour in Middelburg; guided tour of the Delta Works

Day 13 Kinderdijk-Rotterdam: guided tour in Kinderdijk and in Rotterdam

Day 14 Zaandam-Haarlem: free time in Zaandam; guided tour in Haarlem

Day 15 Amsterdam: choice of canal cruise, or guided jogging tour

Day 16 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your cruise ends this morning

Itinerary

Day 1 Amsterdam, Holland
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Day 2 Amsterdam (Embarkation)
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Day 3 Arnhem
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Day 4 Maastricht
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Day 5 Namur, Belgium
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Day 6 Liège
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Day 7 Antwerp
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Day 8 Brussels
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Day 9 Brussels
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Day 10 Ghent
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Day 11 Bossuit
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Day 12 Middelburg, Holland
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Day 13 Kinderdijk-rotterdam
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Day 14 Zaandam-haarlem
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Day 15 Amsterdam
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Day 16 Amsterdam (Disembarkation)
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