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2023 Season

Grand Tulip Cruise of Holland & Belgium for Garden and Nature Lovers


cruise: WHH-T1
15 Day River Cruise Amsterdam to Amsterdam
Begin your tulip season cruise in Amsterdam -perfect for garden and nature enthusiasts. For flower lovers, an expert botanist will provide lectures onboard, sharing his knowledge about botany and the world of plants! In Arnhem, tour its WWII Airborne Museum commemorating the brave battle of 1944. If you prefer, take a guided bike ride in the Hoge Veluwe National Park and admire its diversity of scenery. 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. Tour the Veere Delta Works to see the world’s largest flood-protection system. 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 and delight in a visit to see the breathtaking blooming colors of Keukenhof, also one of the world's largest gardens with more than 7 million flowering bulbs each year. Your cruise through Holland and Belgium returns to Amsterdam for a guided canal cruise through the iconic city.

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Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Nijmegen. Excursion to Arnhem: Choice of biking tour, or guided sightseeing of Arnhem, or guided tour of Airborne Museum in Arnhem; free time in Nijmegen

Day 3 Maastricht: Choice of guided tour or walk with your Adventure Host; visit a National Park in Belgium

Day 4 Namur: Botany lecture: choice of guided tour or bike with your Adventure Host

Day 5 Liège: Guided tour

Day 6 Antwerp-Brussels: Choice of guided tour in Antwerp, visit the central Grote Markt or bike with your Adventure Host or visit a botanical garden; botany lecture; free time in the evening in Brussels

Day 7 Brussels: Choice of guided tour, see the town hall, or attend a chocolate workshop or bike with your Adventure Host

Day 8 Brussels: Day at leisure

Day 9 Ghent: Choice of guided tour or walk with your Adventure Host

Day 10 Bossuit: Visit to Flanders Field Museum in Ypres; visit to the battlefields; Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate

Day 11 Middelburg-Veere: Choice of guided tour in Middelburg or bike with your Adventure Host; choice of guided tour of the Delta Works or bike with your Adventure Host; botany lecture

Day 12 Kinderdijk-Rotterdam: Choice of guided tour in Kinderdijk or bike with your Adventure Host; harbor cruise in Rotterdam; choice of guided tour in Rotterdam or bike with your Adventure Host

Day 13 Zaandam-Haarlem: Free time in Zaandam or half-day visit to Keukenhof Gardens visit or Bike with your Adventure Host; choice of guided tour in Haarlem or bike with your Adventure Host

Day 14 Amsterdam: Choice of canal cruise or biking tour or visit Amsterdam secret gardens

Day 15 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): Your cruise ends this morning

Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. Plus, we offer independent exploration options and the use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP on most of our cruises. 

Below are 3 types of included shore excursions for you to experience.

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  • 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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