Amsterdam to Brussels River Cruise - Avalon Waterways®

Enchanting Belgium – Southbound 2017

9 Day River Cruise from Amsterdam to Namur

2017 Information

This vacation will acquaint you with the charms of Amsterdam’s canals, Rotterdam’s busy harbor, and Namur’s cozy medieval squares and streets. Choose between a visit to Kinderdijk or to the gardens of Keukenhof (after mid May when Keukenhof closes, excursion to Delft). There’s a poignant excursion to the Battlefields of Ypres and Eastern Flanders, and guided visits of Ghent, Antwerp, and Maastricht. Allow yourself to be enchanted by Belgium!


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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: welcome to Amsterdam

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

Day 3 Rotterdam: harbor cruise; choice of excursion to either Kinderdijk or Keukenhof Gardens (or Delft after mid-May)

Day 4 Ghent: guided sightseeing, visit St. Baaf’s Cathedral

Day 5 Excursion to the Battlefields of Ypres and Eastern Flanders

Day 6 Antwerp: guided sightseeing

Day 7 Maastricht: guided sightseeing

Day 8 Namur: choice of guided sightseeing, or full day excursion to the Ardennes region including Bastogne

Day 9 Namur (Disembarkation): your vacation ends after breakfast this morning

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

Enjoy an onboard Classical Music Presentation.

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:

  • 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 becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered.

Day-By-Day Itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Amsterdam, Holland

Welcome to Holland! The remainder of the day is free to start exploring this delightful 700-year old city with its elegant and classic architecture, cafés, and restaurants that give it a distinct ambiance!

Day 2Amsterdam (Embarkation)

This morning, set out to discover the treasures of this city by CANAL BOAT, cruising through the elegant grachten lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” Explore on your own this afternoon before boarding your ship and meeting the crew at a welcome reception. Sail out of Amsterdam at dinnertime. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 3Rotterdam. Excursion to Kinderdijk or Keukenhof Gardens (or Delft)

This morning, cruise through Rotterdam’s busy harbor and then the choice is yours: you may choose to visit Kinderdijk and its iconic windmills; or the gardens of Keukenhof (April 15 and April 29 departures). When Keukenhof is closed (May 20 and September 27 departures), you may choose to take a guided excursion to Delft. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4Ghent, Belgium

In a unique way, Ghent, the “diamond” of Flanders, has managed to preserve its medieval charm and power while keeping up with the times. A LOCAL GUIDE will proudly point out that the city center alone is a showcase of medieval Flemish wealth and commercial success. Visit ST. BAAF’S CATHEDRAL, which houses remarkable art treasures, including the most important work in Flemish art, The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, created by the Van Eyck brothers around 1432. On your own, explore the traffic-free streets in the city center; see Gravensteen, the “castle of the counts,” an imposing castle in the city that was built in 1110; or join an optional excursion to Bruges with its criss-crossed canals and charming patrician houses. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5Excursion to Ypres & the Battlefields of Eastern Flanders

A moving day today as you travel by motorcoach for a full day to view the WWI battlefields of Ypres and Eastern Flanders. The war on the Western Front was fought in three phases, and lasted from 1914 until 1918, leaving behind a scarred landscape in Belgian Flanders and northeastern France. Today, there are thousands of war graves and commemorative memorials for the fallen of many nations along the line of the battlefields that formed the Western Front. The city of Ypres was fought over for nearly all four years of the Great War and was practically destroyed. Through careful reconstruction, however, you would never guess the buildings date from less than a century ago. It is near here that John McCrae’s famous poem, “In Flanders fields the poppies blow,” is believed to have been written. In many countries, poppies are worn in remembrance of Armistice Day every November 11th. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6Antwerp

Antwerp is Belgium’s second-largest city and one of the world’s most important ancient seaports. It merges the new with the old and offers the attractions and atmosphere you’d expect from a European city: friendly people, fabulous architecture, chic shops, interesting museums, vibrant cafés, charming galleries, and historic monuments. INCLUDED SIGHTSEEING with a Local Guide shows you its superb architecture; the central GROTE MARKT, lined with 16th-century houses; the beautiful City Hall, completed in 1566; and the Church of Our Lady, started in 1352 and featuring paintings by Rubens. An optional excursion is available to nearby Brussels, Belgium’s capital and home of the European Union. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7Maastricht, Holland

This morning, arrive in Maastricht, the bustling cosmopolitan capital of the Limburg province. A LOCAL GUIDE will show you the sights of this vibrant university town: the lovely cathedrals, old houses and buildings, and the impressively cobblestoned town center. Later, take advantage of free time to explore on your own. Maybe wander through the hidden alleys or relax with a drink at a café in Vrijthof, the town’s main square. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8Namur, Belgium

Namur is located on two rivers, the Meuse and the Sambre, and was an ideal location for the earliest Roman settlements. The streets of the town are where its charm and atmosphere lie, and much of Namur has been dedicated to pedestrians, making it easy to get around. The symbol of the city is the snail, and visitors are encouraged to relax and enjoy the charming medieval squares and gracious streets lined with mansions, chic shops, and cafés. See the striking Namur Fortress, one of Europe’s largest. Join a Local Guide for a GUIDED TOUR of this city, or you may prefer to take a full-day excursion to the Ardennes region, including a visit to Bastogne. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9Namur (Disembarkation)

Your vacation ends after breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Hotels

Amsterdam
Brussels

Amsterdam

Double Tree by Hilton Amsterdam Central Station

Double Tree by Hilton Amsterdam Central Station Oosterdoksstraat 4, Amsterdam,  Netherlands Oosterdoksstraat 4
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class

An ultra modern 553-room hotel set in the heart of the city's historic district. The centerpiece of this property is the 11th-floor SkyLounge rooftop bar with outdoor seating offering some of the best views of Amsterdam and its river. There's also a cafe restaurant, a Starbucks coffee stand, and a 24-hour fitness center and lobby bar with library. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the hotel.

Hotel Amenities

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

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

Brussels

Radisson Blu Royal

Radisson Blu Royal Rue D.Fosse-Aux-Loups 47, Brussels,   Belgium Rue D.Fosse-Aux-Loups 47
Brussels, Belgium

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Deluxe

Just 14 kilometers from the airport, the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Brussels welcomes guests with a signature art deco façade designed by famed city architect Michel Jaspers. Easily discover the best of the capital's vibrant culture, food, commerce and architecture from this city center hotel. Brussels visitors should be sure to visit nearby Grand Place, Manneken Pis and Magritte Museum, among other attractions. Rooms well-designed in their own right, award-winning restaurants and first-class facilities await enjoyment upon guests' return.

Hotel Amenities

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

Room Service
Air Conditioning
Non-smoking Rooms
Mini-bar
Hair Dryer
Coffee Maker
Climate Control
Iron/Ironing Board
Television
Phone
Internet Access
Disabled Access / Rooms
In-Room Safe
Cable/Satellite

 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)

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