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Tulips of Northern Holland 2017

8 Day River Cruise from Amsterdam to Amsterdam

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If you’re looking for a vacation that combines some well-known sights with others that are off the beaten track, this itinerary is for you! Arrive in Amsterdam and transfer to your river cruise vessel in Haarlem. Discover the region of “North Holland,” where tulip fields abound, then sail across the Ijsselmeer, formerly known as the Zuider Zee, to the region known as “Friesland,” famous for its black-and-white cows. Visit the Zuider Zee Museum in Enkhuizen or get a chance to meet some of the locals. Visit the Batavia shipyard in Lelystad, and choose between visits of the Kröller-Müller Museum or Museum Hartenstein near Arnhem. Enjoy a harbor cruise in Rotterdam, choose between a visit to Keukenhof Gardens or the town of Gouda and enjoy a tasting of Dutch cheese, genever, and some local sweet specialties. Your vacation concludes with a cruise along Amsterdam’s canals.


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Highlights & Sightseeing

Cruise: deluxe 7-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM

Day 1 Amsterdam–Transfer to Haarlem (Embarkation): welcome reception

Day 2 Hoorn–Tulip Fields Excursion–Enkhuizen: excursion to the tulip fields; guided visit to the Zuiderzee Museum

Day 3 Enkhuizen–Sneek, Friesland: choice of guided walk of Enkhuizen or “Experience the Dutch” outing; Friesland excursion, visit the planetarium

Day 4 Lelystad–Kampen: guided visit of the Batavia shipyard and Batavia in Lelystad; cheese & genever tasting

Day 5 Gelderse IJssel–Arnhem: onboard lecture; special tasting; visit Museum Hartenstein or the Kröller-Müller Museum

Day 6 Rotterdam: harbor cruise in Rotterdam; choice of excursion to Keukenhof Gardens or to the city of Gouda

Day 7 Amsterdam: canal cruise

Day 8 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning

Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by local chefs, entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.

Learn more about Holland's typical flowers when you visit a Tulip Farm.

Meals

  • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Welcome dinner
  • Farewell dinner
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative light lunch or (weather permitting) grill fare at the Sky Bistro on the Sky Deck
  • Daily four-course à la carte dinner in the main dining room
  • Alternative dinner of petite portions or regional specialties with wines, in the Panorama Bistro
  • Daily Afternoon Tea
  • Daily Night Fare
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel

NOTES:

  • This cruise combines well with Enchanting Belgium (WAN or WNA).
  • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.

Day-By-Day Itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Amsterdam, Holland. Transfer to Haarlem (Embarkation)

Welcome to Holland! This afternoon, drive to Haarlem, where your river cruise vessel is docked. Before dinner, meet your crew at an evening welcome reception as your ship sets sail. (Dinner)

NOTE:
Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 2 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

Day 2Hoorn–Tulip Fields Excursion–Enkhuizen

Tulip fields abound in this part of the country. This morning, an excursion takes you along the growing areas that look from afar like carpets of color. Take pictures and learn more about these flowers and how they were introduced into Holland from the Ottoman Empire (Turkey) in the 17th century. Rejoin your ship and over lunch, sail to Enkhuizen, situated at the most easterly point of North Holland. Enkhuizen is a quintessential fishing town with cobblestone streets, a quaint town center, and one of the largest marinas in the Netherlands. It owes its prosperity to the Zuider Zee (now known as the IJsselmeer) during the “Golden Age.” This afternoon, visit the ZUIDERZEE MUSEUM, dedicated to the culture and history of this area. The museum focuses on the past and present of the IJsselmeer, and features living history, heritage, and crafts combining works from the past with works from the present. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3Enkhuizen–Sneek, Friesland

This morning you have a choice between an included GUIDED WALK of Enkhuizen or you may wish to join a “DUTCH EXPERIENCE” to meet some locals. Then, cruise across the IJsselmeer to southwest Friesland, a province rich in history and legends. As you sail, enjoy the scenic rural landscape along the river. Dock in Lemmer, from where our Friesland excursion departs. Primarily an agricultural region with a long history, Friesland is best known internationally for its famous black-and-white Friesian cattle and black Friesian horses. Visit the 18th-century ROYAL EISE EISINGA PLANETARIUM, which has been nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rejoin your ship in Sneek, where you dock overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4Lelystad–Kampen

Today, enjoy a peaceful morning of cruising through this delightful area of Friesland. Spring is in the air, and the lush green landscape is coming alive. After docking in Lelystad, visit the BATAVIA SHIPYARD, where ships that were important to the Netherlands’ maritime industry during the “Golden Age” are faithfully reconstructed by hand. Then, board the BATAVIA itself. Originally built in 1628 to sail to and from the East Indies, the Batavia wrecked on its maiden voyage on June 4, 1629 off the coast of Western Australia. It took 10 years—from 1985 to 1995—for a crew to reconstruct the ship using traditional construction materials. Back on board, we’ll introduce you to LOCAL CHEESE and GENEVER, traditionally drunk neat from a shot glass, as you sail to Kampen, where you dock overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5Gelderse IJssel–Arnhem

Another relaxing morning on board as you sail along the IJssel River, also known as the Gelderse IJssel, which is a branch of the Rhine River. Learn more about Holland at an ONBOARD LECTURE and taste a sweet LOCAL SPECIALTY. After lunch, visit the AIRBORNE MUSEUM HARTENSTEIN, dedicated to the Battle of Arnhem, one of the major tragedies of WWII. Alternatively, you may prefer to visit the KRÖLLER-MÜLLER MUSEUM. Later, rejoin your ship in Arnhem. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6Rotterdam

This morning, sail through the HARBOR OF ROTTERDAM, said to be the world’s busiest port. Leveled by German bombs in WWII, Rotterdam now has a modern, high-tech look. After an early lunch you may opt to join a guided excursion to GOUDA, famous for its gouda cheese, syrup waffles, clay pipes, and elaborate city hall. It is a typical Dutch city with many old buildings and pretty canals. Alternatively, you may wish to visit the gardens of KEUKENHOF near Lisse, which encompass over 70 acres of parkland with lakes, sculpture gardens, greenhouses, and a windmill to explore. Every year, 7 million flower bulbs are planted, and you have the opportunity to see the spectacular display of colors not only from the tulips, but also from hyacinths, daffodils, and more. If you’re a garden enthusiast, you may opt for an extended visit to Keukenhof, with lunch on your own in the gardens. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7Amsterdam

After breakfast, arrive in Amsterdam, where GUIDED SIGHTSEEING is provided by CANAL BOAT. Cruise through the elegant grachten, lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” This afternoon is free or you may choose from a selection of optional excursions to make the most of your last day in Holland. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8Amsterdam (Disembarkation)

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Hotels

Schiphol-Oost
Amsterdam

Schiphol-Oost

Radisson Blu Hotel Amsterdam Airport

Radisson Blu Hotel Amsterdam Airport Boeing Avenue 2, Schiphol-Rijk,   Netherlands Boeing Avenue 2
Schiphol-Rijk, Netherlands

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Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class

A smart 279 room property offering Free Wi-Fi internet access throughout, two restaurants, a charming outdoor terrace for alfresco dining during the warmer months and a sophisticated lounge area. Further facilities include a fitness centre with gym, sauna and steam room.

Hotel Amenities

Luggage Storage
Gift Shop
Restaurant On-Site
Elevator
Free WiFi
Bar/Lounge
Dry Cleaning
Ice Machine
Beauty Salon
Fitness Room
Concierge desk
Spa Services
Business Center
Room Amenities

Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
Mini-bar
Air Conditioning
Coffee Maker
Internet Access
Voicemail
Smoking Rooms
Phone
In-Room Safe
Pay Movies
Wake-Up Calls
Complimentary Toiletries
Hair Dryer
Window Opens
Cable/Satellite
Room Service
Iron/Ironing Board
Television
Disabled Access / Rooms
Non-smoking Rooms
Climate Control
Desk

Amsterdam

Room Mate Aitana

Room Mate Aitana Ijdok 6, Amsterdam,  Netherlands Ijdok 6
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Free WifiFree Wifi

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class

A 284 room designer hotel recently built on the new artificial island in the IJ river and offers free Wi-Fi throughout. The hotel boasts a trendy cosmopolitan restaurant, which serves international food, the lounge bar provides a stylish setting for drinks and there is also a fitness center.

Hotel Amenities

Dry Cleaning
Ice Machine
Free WiFi
Fitness Room
Restaurant On-Site
Concierge desk
Parking/Valet
Bar/Lounge
Elevator
Business Center
Luggage Storage
Room Amenities

Climate Control
Iron/Ironing Board
Coffee Maker
Desk
Non-smoking Rooms
Hair Dryer
Phone
Disabled Access / Rooms
Mini-bar
Television
Complimentary Toiletries
Room Service
In-Room Safe
Wake-Up Calls
Internet Access

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

No Excursions are available at this time.