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The Netherlands in Bloom 2025

Amsterdam, Netherlands Round-trip
Length: 10 Days - Departs: Fri, Apr 04, 2025
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Departure
Apr 04, 2025
Arrival
Apr 13, 2025

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River Cruise Itinerary

If you’re dreaming of flowers waving and windmills whirling, cobblestones and canals, and delicious Dutch treats, this Avalon cruise through the Netherlands brings it all to life. Sail while Holland is blooming during tulip season to see your visions blossom with history, beauty, and breathtaking natural splendor for the senses. From maritime marvels of a proud fishing tradition of the harbors of the “low countries” to the heights of modern science and engineering from A to Zuiderzee!

  1. Day 1
    AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)
    Fri, Apr 04, 2025
    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 to wander through its wonderful collection of well-preserved, historic windmills and Dutch houses. Enjoy dinner and explore the ship on your first night on board. EVENING CRUISE TO HOORN(D)AMSTERDAM-CANAL.jpg
  2. Day 2
    HOORN
    Sat, Apr 05, 2025
    Maritime Atmosphere and Vibrant CultureCLASSIC Join a fascinating Guided Walking Tour through picturesque Hoorn, a bustling base for the Dutch East India Company during the Golden Age.This afternoon, enjoy a leisurely sailing to Enkhuizen.ENKHUIZEN Home and Hearth in a Dutch Harbor TownCLASSIC Take a Guided Walking Tour to experience the charm and beauty of this historic harbor village.Later, enjoy onboard live entertainment. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ENKHUIZEN(B,L,D)HOORN.jpg
  3. Day 3
    ENKHUIZEN
    Sun, Apr 06, 2025
    Tulips Fields, Flower Farms and the ZuiderzeeVisit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.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. This morning, enjoy a sailing afternoon.AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NIJMEGEN(B,L,D)ENKHUIZEN.jpg
  4. Day 4
    NIJMEGEN
    Mon, Apr 07, 2025
    WWII Valor and Climate Research ACTIVE Join an exclusive visit to Hoge Kempen National Park and a visit to Research Center Ecotron to experience the simulation of the climate changes effects, OR:CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour of Nijmegen— the oldest town in the Netherlands first built by the Romans more than 2,000 years ago. See the archaeological Roman-era ruins in the city that was also damaged in WWII.This afternoon, enjoy free time on your own and relax at one of the numerous cafes.Later enjoy live entertainment on board.EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAASTRICHT(B,L,D)NIJMEGEN.jpg
  5. Day 5
    MAASTRICHT
    Tue, Apr 08, 2025
    Dutch History, School Spirit and an Architectural FeastJoin your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.CLASSIC Discover this vibrant university town with its lovely cathedrals, old houses, and historical buildings, and remarkable cobblestoned town center.EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ANTWERP(B,L,D)MAASTRICHT.jpg
  6. Day 6
    ANTWERP, BELGIUM
    Wed, Apr 09, 2025
    Cathedrals, Carats and CrêpesACTIVE 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 and the Cathedral of Our Lady with its stunning altarpiece paintings by Rubens.During free time, you might 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. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WILLEMSTAD(B,L,D)ANTWERP-GROTE-MARKT-CAFES.jpg
  7. Day 7
    WILLEMSTAD, HOLLAND
    Thu, Apr 10, 2025
    Historic Harbor and Dutch SpecialtiesACTIVE See Willemstad by bike with your Adventure Host, OR: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 Kinderdijk.KINDERDIJK Harnessing the Wind for 300 YearsACTIVE 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.This evening enjoy a quick sailing to Rotterdam.OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ROTTERDAM(B,L,D)KINDERDIJK.jpg
  8. Day 8
    ROTTERDAM
    Fri, Apr 11, 2025
    Dutch Treats and Flowers SweetCLASSIC 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, OR:CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Rotterdam featuring innovative architecture, including the marvelous Erasmus Bridge.CLASSIC As an alternative to the full-day tour, you can join an exciting Guided Walking Tour to discover the city of Gouda, famous for its legendary cheese. Join an expert guide to explore some of the 330 historic buildings and monuments that make up this showcase of medieval architecture.Before dinner, enjoy a cruise through Rotterdam harbor.EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM(B,L,D)KEUKENHOF.jpg
  9. Day 9
    AMSTERDAM
    Sat, Apr 12, 2025
    Canals of Captivating AmsterdamACTIVE Start your day joining your Adventure Host on a morning walk in Amsterdam, 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 Guided Optional Excursions available, or take some free time to explore Amsterdam’s vibrant streets and canal houses, galleries, and shops. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM(B,L,D)AMSTERDAM-CANAL-CRUISE.jpg
  10. Day 10
    AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)
    Sun, Apr 13, 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.

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Accommodation Information

Port Charges:
$270

Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability).

Please call for single accommodation details and prices. Triples not available.

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Ship Information

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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
4.2
Accommodations
4.3
Itinerary
4.2
Professional Staff
4.5
Repeat with Operator
4
Value for Money
4.1

Ratings based off 80 reviews - currently showing 25 reviews with comments only

Avalon is as good as it gets. Perfect in pretty much everything. Pretty astounding what a great job they do. will book them again. actually, we have already done that

There were adjustments to the itinerary along the way due to high water levels but the Cruise Director and Captain did a great job of adjusting. Avalon also compensated us for the issues even though they were not within their control.

It was difficult to break larger bills on the trip, so I would recommend brings small bills for tips for excursions or staff members who are exceptional.

The entire Avalon staff were outstanding, especially our cruise director. I was very pleased to be able to book this trip with the single supplement waived.

Very enjoyable, relaxing experience. The accommodations, excursions, and service were exceptionally good.

I had a nice surprise of an upgraded cabin on the Avalon Tranquility II, done by the cruise lines. Very enjoyable to have a cabin with full window wall.

Despite the problem of the low water level of the Rhine in parts, Avalon went out of its way to provide us with wonderful shore accommodations and all the excursions we were looking forward to enjoying. They couldn't have been more solicitous of our situation. They are to be highly commended for the way the company handled the situation, and I would recommend this company to anyone looking to book a river cruise. They go above and beyond in caring for their passengers!

Was a great trip. Enjoyed every minute. We saw a lot of beautiful sites and cities.

Alex was very competent and professional. Whenever we had a question she would answer right away . We would definitely recommend her!

Wonderful trip, enjoyed every moment.

Excellent service. Once of a life time experience but wish that there extra days in smaller towns like Miltenberg etc to enjoy the culture of the place.

The entire cruise was wonderful. It was our first experience and it couldn't have been better. The staff was professional, courteous, fun and helpful. All the tours were well organized and very informative.

Avalon Waterways is a great company to travel with. They are efficient and have a variety of tours that you take. Very friendly people. Would highly recommend them.

We had a bad experience in that our room was flooded on the second day, thus we could not stay on the boat. However Avalon put us up in hotels and bussed us each day to the ship. They paid all of the expenses including a refund of our our cruise costs. We were able to do almost all of the same things that the other people on the cruise did. They were very upfront and tried to make the trip acceptable.It was unfortunate but it worked out pretty well for us.

There could have been more flexibility in the off-boat included tours. The trip felt very regimented. Up by 6:30/7:00 for breakfast, off the boat by 8:30 for the morning tour, back to boat for lunch, off the boat by 1:00/1:30 for afternoon tour, back to boat for some minor down time before dinner, then basically off to your stateroom for sleep. If you wanted some time for relaxation you felt like you were going to be missing out on something.

I would book another trip with Avalon but would want a different experience. We are in our mid 50's and the schedule was too early and too scheduled. Would like to have some meals off the boat.

Avalon portion was wonderful! Monogram portion was less than satisfactory!

We were very impressed with Avalon Waterways. It was top-notch, and we plan to travel with them again in the future.

The Avalon Rhine River cruise was phenomenal - first class in all ways. The Tranquility II ship was new and immaculate, and the cruise director and crew were first rate, taking care of our every need! The excursions along the cruise were outstanding with the local guides all very pleasant and knowledgeable. Avalon, as a cruise provider, was on par with the Insight land tour provider, and I expect my wife and I will return to Avalon in the future for another cruise or two in coming years!

Everything about this trip was top notch and definitely met and exceeded our expectations.

It was interesting to visit with the families in Croatia & the extra income helped them,I suspect,as well as helping us learn about the true reality of their lives.

The Avalon Panorama was a beautiful new ship. The captain, crew, restaurant and bar personnel were extremely friendly and made you feel welcome.

I would highly recommend Affordable Tours to anyone and everyone! We had the trip of a lifetime! The local guides at each destination were extremely knowledgeable! Our tour guide was great! He made sure everything went perfectly and everyone's needs were met. The staff on the ship were so friendly and personable. We felt like we were one big family by the end of the trip.

we all had a wonderful time. Our trip went smoothly 

Our Avalon River Cruise was superior . From the cruise director to the wait staff, all was excellent. The staff had fun so the passengers did as well. We can\'t say enough about our cruise director and our Maitre\' D. These individuals went above and beyond to make our vacation very special!

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