Tulip Time Cruise with 3 Nights in Paris 2020

11 Day River Cruise Amsterdam to Paris

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Your scenic river cruise through Holland and Belgium begins in the colorful capital of the Nether-lands—Amsterdam. Visit the world’s largest flower garden at Keukenhof—with more than seven million bulbs, including tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths planted across 70 acres in Lisse.

Next, sail to Antwerp, Belgium’s second-largest city, combining ancient buildings and monuments with mod-ern architecture. Join a guided tour of Ghent, including a visit to St. Bavo’s Cathedral and back to Holland to visit Middelburg, Veere, and Willemstad. No trip to Holland is complete without a visit to the technical miracle that is the Delta Works, a storm flood barrier almost six miles long.

Return to Amsterdam to see the most fascinating areas of the city on a canal cruise along the elegant Grachten. You’ll then continue your European vacation with a high-speed train transfer to spend 3 nights in Paris—“The City of Lights.” Enjoy guided sightseeing of this iconic city, and spend another day at your own pace to experience the wonderful cafés, museums, and legendary cityscape in the most romantic city in the world. Your Local Host® is available with recommendations and assistance in making the most of your free time in Paris—as part of your Monograms Paris vacation package.

Your Tulip Time cruise and visit to Paris will bloom in your memory for many seasons to come. You’ll want to return again or add more beautiful journeys to your future travel wishes.


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Cruise at-a-Glance

Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation):Onboard welcome receptionDay 2 Rotterdam: Half- or full-day visit to Keukenhof Gardens; harbour cruise in RotterdamDay 3 Antwerp:Guided sightseeingDay 4 Ghent:Guided sightseeing, visit St. Baaf’s CathedralDay 5 Middelburg—Veere:Guided walk in Middelburg; excursion to the Delta WorksDay 6 Willemstad:Guided walking tour; cheese tasting on boardDay 7 Amsterdam:Choice of guided visit to Flower Auction, or canal cruiseDay 8 Amsterdam (Disembarkation)—Paris, France:Transfer from your ship to the train station, then travel by high speed train (first class) to ParisDay 9 Paris:Guided sightseeing, Seine river cruiseDay 10 Paris:Full day at leisureDay 11 Paris:Your vacation ends this morning

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Always Included

You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind—offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've designed a cruise experience that's just a bit different.

Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet’s unique ships.

Throughout the Ship
Suites & Staterooms
Health & Fitness
Dining

Throughout the Ship:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Panoramic windows
  • Elegant, contemporary design & decor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges
  • Covered Observation Lounge
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day

Suites & Staterooms:

  • Comfort Collection BedsSM with choice of mattress firmness
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products
  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe
  • USB Ports
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • And, much more.

Health & Fitness:

  • Bikes
  • Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions
  • Maps for hiking, biking and jogging routes
  • Fitness and wellness activities
  • Fitbits®
  • All through your Avalon Adventure HostSM

Dining

  • FlexDining® for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our Panorama Dining Room
  • Avalon Fresh® healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast options
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative light lunch at Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting)
  • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
  • Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the Panorama Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes and vegetarian options.
  • Enjoy a tasting menu with a view in the Panorama Bistro - a less formal "sit-down" atmosphere while lingering over several satisfying selections
  • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests
  • Cocktails available on the Sky Deck
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day

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. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:

Classic
Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.
Discovery
We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.
Active
Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.
  • Plus independent exploration options and use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP.

Day-By-Day Itinerary

(B) = Breakfast   (L) = Lunch   (D) = Dinner

Day 1

(D)

AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)

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 where you’ll see a wonderful collection of well-preserved historic windmills and Dutch houses.

Enjoy dinner and explore the ship on your first night on board.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTTERDAM

Day 2

(B, L, D)

ROTTERDAM

Windmills and Skyscrapers in Holland’s Modern Maritime Marvel

Classic
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.

Take some free time to relax on the harbor-side in Rotterdam with an artisan beer, a slice of appeltart (Dutch apple pie), and a koffie verkeerd, a typical Dutch drink of half coffee, half milk. Take a bike from your ship to explore Rotterdam and the surrounding area.

Before dinner, enjoy a cruise through Rotterdam harbor.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ANTWERP

Day 3

(B, L, D)

ANTWERP, BELGIUM

Gothic Cathedral, Crêpes, and Waffles in Artful Antwerp

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.

You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the nearby capital, Brussels—considered home to the European Union, and admire its magnificent palaces and cathedrals.

You might prefer to 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.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO GHENT

Day 4

(B, L, D)

GHENT

Ghent’s Cobblestones, Canals, and Cosmopolitan Charisma

You’ll have time for an early-morning walk (or jog) to explore the architecture and canals of Ghent—“Belgium’s best-kept secret.”

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.

You may choose to join a 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.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MIDDELBURG

Day 5

(B, L, D)

MIDDELBURG, HOLLAND

A Spicy History in Middelburg’s Dutch Harbor Town

Classic
Join a Guided Walking Tour of the historic merchant city of Middelburg—with its 15th-century gothic Town Hall. You’ll learn about the spice trade of this Dutch harbor capital of Zeeland, its prosperity in the Dutch East India Company trading, and origins as a stronghold city. Enjoy its winding cobbled streets and canals that circle Old Town.

Spend some free time biking or walking through Middelburg to sample Babbelaar cookies, fries, or beer before cruising to Veere this afternoon.

VEERE

The Delta Works Stand Strong as a Technical Marvel

Discovery
Join a Guided Tour of the Delta Works, the largest flood-protection system in the world, and a miracle of modern technology.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WILLEMSTAD

Day 6

(B, L, D)

WILLEMSTAD

Willemstad’s Windmills and Historic Harbor

Active
Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Nordic Walking in Willemstad.
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 Amsterdam.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM

Day 7

(B, L, D)

AMSTERDAM

Canals of Colorful Amsterdam

Discovery
Discover Aalsmeer Flower Auction—the largest in the world, where around 20 million flowers are sold every day. Later enjoy a typical Dutch breakfast, OR:
Classic
Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.”

You may like to join a Guided Optional Excursion to Muiderslot Castle, or a Guided Optional Biking Excursion to the Dutch countryside.

Take some free time to explore Amsterdam’s colorful streets and canal houses, galleries, and shops.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM

Day 8

(B)

AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)—PARIS, FRANCE

Transfer from your Avalon Ship to the train station, to begin your Monograms package. Travel to Paris by high-speed train (first class).

Day 9

(B)

PARIS

Morning guided sightseeing includes a drive past the Latin Quarter, Les Invalides, Place de la Concorde, the Arc de Triomphe and a stop to take photos of the Eiffel Tower from one of the best panoramic viewing points. Also admire the heart of the city from a different perspective on a SEINE RIVER CRUISE. Embark your comfortable boat near the Eiffel Tower and spend a relaxing hour gliding by many of the city's important landmarks such as the L'Institut de France; magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral where Napoleon was crowned emperor in 1804; Hôtel de Ville, the city's municipal headquarters; the Conciergerie, formerly a notorious prison where Marie-Antoinette spent the last days of her life; famous Louvre Palace and museum; and much more.

Day 10

(B)

PARIS

Spend a full day at your own pace to experience the wonderful cafés, museums, and legendary cityscape in the most romantic city in the world. Your Local Host® is available with recommendations and assistance in making the most of your free time in Paris.

Day 11

(B)

PARIS

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

  • 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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 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

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). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyAvalon site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

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


Amsterdam
Antwerp
Ghent
Paris
Packages

Amsterdam

Zaanse Schans & the Symbols of Holland

Zaanse Schans & the Symbols of Holland

Tour a working windmill, watch wooden clogs being made, and visit a cheese farm on this exciting half-day guided excursion to Zaanse Schans!

Price Range: $

Behind the Scenes at the Aalsmeer Flower Auction

Behind the Scenes at the Aalsmeer Flower Auction

Get up early today, not to miss the opportunity to visit the world's largest flower auction.

Price Range: $$

Muiderslot Castle

Muiderslot Castle

From Golden Age paintings to 13th-century arms and armor, discover the wonders of Muiderslot Castle, one of Holland's most beautiful medieval castle fortresses, on this captivating half-day guided tour.

Price Range: $$

Biking in Amsterdam

Biking in Amsterdam

Pedal your way past polders, dikes, and quaint, centuries-old villages on this exhilarating guided bike tour through the beautiful Dutch countryside.

Price Range: $$

Bites & Highlights of Amsterdam

Bites & Highlights of Amsterdam

Discover Amsterdam's charming Jordaan district, and taste the authentic foods the locals know and love on this enjoyable guided foodie walking tour.

Price Range: $$

Antwerp

Brussels: Europe's Secret Capital

Brussels: Europe's Secret Capital

Discover Brussels, the "Unofficial Capital of Europe", on this guided sightseeing tour featuring Grand'Place, one of Europe's most dramatic medieval squares; the impressive guild houses; 15th-century Hôtel de Ville; and the tiny yet world-famous statue of Manneken Pis.

Price Range: $$

Ghent

Bruges, Venice of the North

Bruges, Venice of the North

Discover medieval Bruges, one of Belgium's true crown jewels, on this captivating guided walking tour and canal cruise.

Price Range: $$

Paris

Running Paris

Running Paris

Discover the magic of Paris while staying active at the same time on this easy-paced guided running and sightseeing tour.

Price Range: $$

Dinner and Cabaret Show at the Famous Lido

Dinner and Cabaret Show at the Famous Lido

Enjoy a magical evening of delectable French cuisine and the newest cabaret show at Paris' legendary Lido on the Champs-Élysées.

Price Range: $$$$

An Evening at the Moulin Rouge

An Evening at the Moulin Rouge

Enter the exhilarating Belle Époque world of champagne, fine French cuisine, music, lights, thousands of glittering costumes, and an evening of Moulin Rouge cabaret you will never forget!

Price Range: $$$$

Seine River Cruise

Seine River Cruise

Enjoy a cruising experience like no other on this incredible excursion aboard a beautiful, glass-encased boat on the River Seine.

Price Range: $$$

Wine and Food Experience

Wine and Food Experience

No trip to France is complete without experiencing its wines-and these excursions will teach you the best ways to do it!

Price Range: $$

Mona Lisa's Smile & the Louvre Museum

Mona Lisa's Smile & the Louvre Museum

Once a royal palace and now a museum housing one of the most famous art collections in the world, the Louvre is yours on a guided tour.

Price Range: $$

Paris Food Walk

Paris Food Walk

Hold onto your beret, because the explosion of flavors on this fun foodie walk just might knock it clean off! Join a local culinary expert for an introduction to Paris' most beloved local haunts and tastings of its most fantastic foods!

Price Range: $$$

Vintage Car Tour

Vintage Car Tour

Ride in a vintage car through the incredible City of Light.

Price Range: $$$

Private Paris Photo Shoot

Private Paris Photo Shoot

Get ready to strike a pose with Paris as your background on this private photo shoot with a professional photographer in the inimitable City of Light!

Price Range: $$$$

Claude Monet's Magnificent Giverny

Claude Monet's Magnificent Giverny

Discover a magical world of lily-adorned ponds, majestic weeping willows, artistic bridges, and a perfectly preserved pastel-pink house at Claude Monet's beloved Giverny.

Price Range: $$$

Disneyland® Paris (1 day ticket, 2 parks)

Disneyland® Paris (1 day ticket, 2 parks)

Rides, attractions, shows, characters-it all adds up to Disney magic. This fun full-day excursion gives you access to both Disneyland Paris parks. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

Price Range: $$$$

Mont St. Michel with Guide

Mont St. Michel with Guide

Experience one of the icons of Normandy on this full-day excursion featuring a visit to the dramatic UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mont Saint-Michel.

Price Range: $$$$

Guided Visit of the D-Day Landing Beaches

Guided Visit of the D-Day Landing Beaches

Spend an entire mesmerizing day in Normandy, seeing and exploring the most pivotal sites from World War II's D-Day invasion. Visit Pointe du Hoc, the American Cemetery, Omaha Beach, and the man-made harbor at Arromanches, and reflect on the history of it all during the included lunch.

Price Range: $$$$

Private Guided Tour

Private Guided Tour

Explore the City of Light in your own way and at your own pace on this private, guided sightseeing tour. Just decide what you want to see and do with your certified Local Guide--the choice is yours!

Price Range: $$$$

Versailles, Palace of the Sun King

Versailles, Palace of the Sun King

Spend part of your day like a French aristocrat, strolling through the halls and gardens of Louis XIV's opulent Palace of Versailles.

Price Range: $$$

Champagne Tour

Champagne Tour

Discover the magic of French bubbly on this delightful full-day excursion into France's beautiful Champagne region that includes champagne sampling and a palate-pleasing champagne lunch--Santé!

Price Range: $$$$

Claude Monet's Giverny & Palace of Versailles

Claude Monet's Giverny & Palace of Versailles

A day of visual wonders as you enjoy artist Claude Monet's fairytale Giverny home, Louis XIV's stunning Versailles, and a delectable lunch in an 18th-century mill.

Price Range: $$$$

Bike Tour

Bike Tour

Join us for a fun pedaling and discover magnificent Paris and its surroundings!

Price Range: $$

Hidden Treasures: From the Palais Royal to the Opera Garnier

Hidden Treasures: From the Palais Royal to the Opera Garnier

Get off the usual tourist trail on this fascinating 3-hour walking tour of the hidden treasures of Paris.

Price Range: $

Paris Fashion Tour

Paris Fashion Tour

From Dior to Chanel, join a fashion expert for this fascinating walking tour through the areas where Parisian haute couture began!

Price Range: $$

Le Marais Walking Tour

Le Marais Walking Tour

Discover the exclusive Le Marais district on this guided walking tour that explores the area's ancient architecture, fascinating Jewish Quarter, and hub of cafés, galleries, and boutiques.

Price Range: $$

Paris Literature Tour

Paris Literature Tour

Follow in the footsteps of the literary world's greatest masters on this captivating walking tour to the haunts, hangouts, and death beds of these famous writers

Price Range: $$

French Baking Class: Classic Macarons

French Baking Class: Classic Macarons

Learn to make perfect French macarons at this fun, hands-on cooking class.

Price Range: $$$

Morning Market Visit and French Cooking Class

Morning Market Visit and French Cooking Class

Breakfast, a little market shopping, a cooking lesson, and a delightful 3-course lunch--you can't go wrong during this enriching and delicious French cooking class!

Price Range: $$$$

Historic Wine Cellar Tour with Wine Tasting

Historic Wine Cellar Tour with Wine Tasting

Tour the King of France's 18th-century wine cellar, learn about the fine art of crafting world-famous wines, and taste three different French wines-c'est magnifique!

Price Range: $

Packages

Celebration Packages

Celebration Packages

Celebrating a birthday or anniversary while you're cruising? Add an Avalon Celebration Package to your vacation. You can make your special day even more memorable with special touches ranging from flowers to a private cocktail reception.

Price Range: $$$$

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