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Grand Tulip Cruise of Holland & Belgium 2025

Amsterdam, Netherlands Round-trip
Length: 15 Days - Departs: Sun, Apr 13, 2025
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Departure
Apr 13, 2025
Arrival
Apr 27, 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 13, 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 14, 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 15, 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 16, 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 17, 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 18, 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 19, 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 20, 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 21, 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 22, 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 23, 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, Apr 24, 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, Apr 25, 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, Apr 26, 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, Apr 27, 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
4.2
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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