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Grand Tulip Cruise of Holland & Belgium 2025

Amsterdam, Netherlands Round-trip
Length: 15 Days - Departs: Sun, Apr 20, 2025
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Departure
Apr 20, 2025
Arrival
May 04, 2025

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River Cruise Itinerary

Begin your tulip season cruise in Amsterdam. Visit Nijmegen, the oldest city in the Netherlands. Choose a visit to Arnhem’s WWII Airborne Museum or a bike ride. In Maastricht tour the old cobblestoned university town. 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 “The Diamond of Flanders”, Ghent, for stunning Flemish artwork in St. Bavo’s Cathedral. Explore more of the Flanders area with tours in Bossuit—the In Flanders Fields Museum and moving battlefield memorials and memorabilia. In Middelburg, explore its grand history in the Dutch East India Company. Visit the fascinating Flood Museum to hear and see the stories of the flood of 1953 . Continue your cruise through Kinderdijk—where windmills built in 1740 for water management helped the iconic structures become a symbol of Holland. See the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam, and the quintessential Dutch towns of Zaandam and Haarlem with their signature flower farms, windmills, waterways, and North Sea trading. Your cruise through Holland and Belgium returns to Amsterdam for a guided canal cruise through the iconic city.

  1. Day 1
    AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)
    Sun, Apr 20, 2025
    Welcome to Holland. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 2 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. Your day in Amsterdam is free to explore at your leisure. During tulip season, you may take a Guided Optional Excursion to Keukenhof gardens—with more than seven million tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths, as well as other bulbs, planted each year. Outside of tulip season, join a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses.EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NIJMEGEN(D)AMSTERDAM-CANAL.jpg
  2. Day 2
    NIJMEGEN. EXCURSION TO ARNHEM
    Mon, Apr 21, 2025
    Wildlife, WWII Valor, and Famous MillsACTIVE Explore the beautiful landscape of lush fields and blue water on a bike ride through The Ooijpolder Nature Reserve, OR:DISCOVERY Join a Guided Tour of Nijmegen— the oldest town in the Netherlands. Learn how this city was first built more than 2,000 years ago by the Romans and see the archaeological Roman-era ruins in the city that was also damaged in WWII, OR:CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour of the Airborne Museum of Hartenstein commemorating the 1944 WWII Battle of Arnhem.You may join a Guided Optional Excursion to the Windmill of Thorn or an Optional Cooking Workshop.EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAASTRICHT(B,L,D)NIJMEGEN.jpg
  3. Day 3
    MAASTRICHT
    Tue, Apr 22, 2025
    Dutch History, School Spirit and an Architectural Feast Enjoy an early morning sailing to Maastricht.ACTIVE Maastricht's charm awaits, Follow your Adventure Host for a walk in this lovely town, OR:CLASSIC Discover this vibrant university town with its lovely cathedrals, old houses, historical buildings, and impressively cobblestoned town center.Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NAMUR(B,L,D)MAASTRICHT.jpg
  4. Day 4
    NAMUR, BELGIUM
    Wed, Apr 23, 2025
    Ancient Architecture and Charming CafésACTIVE Explore Namur's countryside by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the picturesque old-town, fortress citadel, and medieval architecture.Take free time to stroll along Namur’s cobblestone lanes and visit its charming cafés and bookshops. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO LIÈGE (B,L,D)NAMUR.jpg
  5. Day 5
    LIÈGE
    Thu, Apr 24, 2025
    Historic Wonders and Wonderful WafflesCLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the “Fiery City” of Liège with its beautiful ancient quarters, peculiar alleys, and romantic streets. Don’t miss sampling authentically sweet Liège Waffles.EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ANTWERP(B,L,D)LIEGE.jpg
  6. Day 6
    ANTWERP
    Fri, Apr 25, 2025
    A Rubenesque Cathedral in Artful AntwerpJoin your Adventure Host for today's special activities.ACTIVE Explore Antwerp by bike with your Adventure Host, OR: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 altarpiece paintings by Rubens.Later, enjoy dinner and live entertainment. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BRUSSELS (B,L,D)ANTWERP-GROTE-MARKT.jpg
  7. Day 7
    BRUSSELS
    Sat, Apr 26, 2025
    Ancient Landmarks and New HauntsACTIVE See Brussel's Aquaculture farm on bike with your Adventure Host, OR:DISCOVERY See the major highlights of Brussels and join a do-it-yourself chocolate workshop for a fun and interactive experience, OR:CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour of Brussels, see the Town Hall with its landmark buildings and discover the many local bars, cafés and shops of the Lower Town Streets.The afternoon is free to explore Brussels at your pace.OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BRUSSELS (B,L,D)BRUSSELS-TOWN-HALL.jpg
  8. Day 8
    BRUSSELS
    Sun, Apr 27, 2025
    Filling Fare and Fabled Beer Spend a day at leisure to sample Brussels hearty cuisine and famous beer. Enjoy dinner on board as you sail for Ghent this evening.EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO GHENT(B,L,D)BRUSSELS-BEER.jpg
  9. Day 9
    GHENT
    Mon, Apr 28, 2025
    Medieval Masterpieces and Flemish FineryVisit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.ACTIVE Explore a different side of Ghent by bike with your Adventure Host, OR: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.Alternatively, you may choose to join a full-day 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.This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BOSSUIT(B,L,D)GHENT.jpg
  10. Day 10
    BOSSUIT
    Tue, Apr 29, 2025
    Battlefield Remembrances in FlandersDISCOVERY Visit the In Flanders’ Field Museum in Ypres— learn about the story of the invasion of Belgium, the first months of the mobilization, the four years trench war in the Westhoek, the end of the war, and the permanent remembrance ever since. After your visit, enjoy lunch at the museum’s café.DISCOVERY Following the museum, visit, battlefields, cemeteries, memorials and private collections.DISCOVERY Experience the Last Post Ceremony, taking place nightly under the arches of the Menin Gate. Enjoy some free time for dinner before the Ceremony starts.OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MIDDELBURG(B,L,D)YPRES.jpg
  11. Day 11
    MIDDELBURG, HOLLAND
    Wed, Apr 30, 2025
    A Spicy History in Middelburg’s Dutch Harbor TownCLASSIC Join a Guided Walking Tour through the winding cobblestones and canals of Middelburg. See the15th century Gothic Town Hall and learn about its important role in the spice trade and Dutch East India trading.Enjoy lunch on board while cruising to Veere.ACTIVE Alternatively, bike from Middelburg to Veere with your Adventure Host.VEEREHistory and Scottish HousesCLASSIC Explore the town of Veere with an expert local guide.EVENING/OVERNIGHT SAILING IN KINDERDIJK(B,L,D)MIDDELBURG-DETAIL.jpg
  12. Day 12
    KINDERDIJK–ROTTERDAM
    Thu, May 01, 2025
    Harnessing the Wind 300 YearsJoin your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.ACTIVE See the windmills of Kinderdijk by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour of Kinderdijk where 19 windmills were built in 1740 as flood prevention and water management. You’ll hear about the windmill’s vital role in the Netherland’s history and why it became a national symbol of Holland.Enjoy a cruise through Rotterdam harbor.ACTIVE Experience Rotterdam by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Rotterdam featuring innovative architecture, including the marvelous Erasmus Bridge.Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ZAANDAM (B,L,D)KINDERDIJK.jpg
  13. Day 13
    ZAANDAM
    Fri, May 02, 2025
    Windmills, Waterways, and Waving Fields of FlowersArrive in Zaandam this morning with free time to explore this quintessential Dutch town. See windmills, waterways, and flower farms, while discovering Dutch history in its handicraft shops and museums. Cruise to Haarlem this afternoon while enjoying lunch on board. HAARLEMTulips and North Sea Trading PortsACTIVE Enjoy an easy bike ride to the beach with your Adventure Host, OR:CLASSIC Visit Haarlem, a major flower bulbs growing district outside of Amsterdam. Explore the former North Sea trading port with its medieval features, gabled houses, and leafy courtyards.Enjoy dinner on board your ship this evening as you sail to Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM(B,L,D)ZAANDAM.jpg
  14. Day 14
    AMSTERDAM
    Sat, May 03, 2025
    Canals of Colorful AmsterdamACTIVE Join a Biking Tour through the Dutch countryside past polders, dykes, and quaint centuries-old villages, OR:CLASSIC Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age."OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM (B,L,D)AMSTERDAM-CANAL-CRUISE.jpg
  15. Day 15
    AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)
    Sun, May 04, 2025
    Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.(B)AMSTERDAM-SUNRISE.jpg

Countries Visited

Belgium, Netherlands

Rivers Visited

Rhine

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Inclusions

  • 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.


Accommodation Information

Port charges:
$420

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.

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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.4
Accommodations
4.5
Itinerary
4.3
Professional Staff
4.6
Repeat with Operator
4.3
Value for Money
4.1

Ratings based off 74 reviews - currently showing 14 reviews with comments only

The food was awesome, better than expected.

The trip I booked was everything promised. The Paris to Normandy trip was great as was the extension trip to London. I appreciated the ability to upgrade the train trip to first class.

This was our first river cruise. We had taken a motor coach tour before. It is truly advantageous to take your room with. The crew of the ship were great. The cruise director was great. Overall the cruise was a fun trip and a great value.

Everything went as planned and schedules. Excellent tour guide, Isabel was always available and kept us well informed. Two come n on board entertainment groups were a highlight. Very versatile. .

Trip was great and everything went smooth except for getting thru the airports. This of course was not your fault. Will think twice before taking another international flight.

Avalon is a beautiful cruise line - the Imagery II is a beautiful ship, spotless, everything on it in perfect condition. Very large room, the glass wall that opens is great, and a very spacious, lovely bathroom. The service was superb. It was our first river cruise and we loved it!

The Avalon River Cruise was excellent. Had a great time and the cost of the cruise included just about everything.

Avalon Waterways went out of their way to make us have a good time. It was better than I expected.

The entire staff was friendly, courteous, competent, and professional. The meals were superb and the ship was fabulous. We would sail again with Avalon!

Our Avalon river cruise was everything we expected and more. The on-board staff was friendly and courteous, the tour director thorough and knowledgeable, and the ship and accommodations clean and comfortable. The food: superb!!

Overall, we enjoyed our vacation with Avalon Waterways and felt we received excellent customer service from all. Our Cruise Director was good, but not great, seemed a little less than fully engaged at times. This is a minor point and not meant to detract from our Captain and crew, nor the city tour guides we had, who were largely excellent.

This was our fifth river cruise, but first one with Avalon. The room was very nice with a very comfortable bed and large bathroom and shower. The staff was very helpful and friendly with very good food and wine at the meals. There was one day of only river cruising, no port stops, that seemed a little boring. For some, it may have been nice to sleep late and not do anything. We would have liked to have had some onboard options of activities (i.e. demonstrations, lectures, movies, etc.). We love river cruises due to the size of the boat, ease of getting on/off the boat at ports and ability to get to know the staff and fellow passengers due to the smaller number of passengers.

Very professional - wonderful crew and trip!

Everything was great. The motel in Prague was in a great location and the room was nice but for the stained carpet and the lack off air in halls and lobby so so. Thanks

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