Tulip Time in Holland & Belgium WWI Remembrance & History Cruise 2020

8 Day River Cruise Amsterdam to Brussels

2020 Information

Select a special departure in tulip season to experience moving WWI history in Holland and Belgium. A history expert accompanies our cruise with visits to the underground city of Maastricht and the Ardennes Battlefields, as well as the memorial sites in Bastogne. Visit the legendary battlefields of Eastern Flanders, including a Last Post ceremony at Menin Gate on Anzac Day.

You’ll also revel in a view filled with windmills and blooming fields of color in Holland and Belgium, it all comes true on your European river cruise from Amsterdam to Brussels! Cruise on the Rhine River with a visit to Arnhem’s WWII Airborne Museum, and join your ship in Nijmegen and visit the lovely forest setting of ‘s-Hertogenbosch to sample decadent Dutch chocolate desserts. You may alternatively visit a fruit and flower farm to visit with the miller there to hear the history of a 15th-century windmill. A carriage ride takes you through the nearby nature reserve to watch for herons, storks, birds of prey, and wild horses. If you prefer, take a guided bike ride along the Rhine River banks of Arnhem. In Maastricht, choose a sightseeing tour of the old cobblestoned university town, or visit a working mill to make your own Limburg pie.

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 Pieter Paul Rubens. Stroll its cobbled lanes amid 16th-century guildhall houses and the cathedral’s stunning altarpiece paintings by the famous artist on your guided tour of the diamond capital. In Brussels, you’ll find landmark buildings of Town Hall with a collection of cafes and shops on the Lower Town streets on your guided tour. Memories of Holland and Belgium will bloom in your memory for seasons to come!


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Cruise at-a-Glance

Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation):Onboard welcome reception Day 2 Arnhem—Nijmegen:Guided tour of Airborne Museum in Arnhem; choice of guided excursion to ‘s-Hertogenbosch, or visit the mill of Thorn and a farm in NijmegenDay 3 Maastricht:Choice of guided tour, or visit to a fruit and flower farmDay 4 Namur: WWI onboard lecture; guided tour with WWI sites visitDay 5 Liège:Choice of guided tour, visit Fort de Loncin, or full-day tour of Ardennes and Bastogne WWII sitesDay 6 Antwerp:Guided tour, visit the central Grote Markt; onboard history lecture Day 7 Brussels:Choice of guided tour, see the town hall, or visit to Flanders Field Museum in Ypres with visit to the battlefields and Last Post Ceremony at the Menin GateDay 8 Brussels (Disembarkation):Your cruise ends this morning

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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 2 pm.

Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

Your day in Amsterdam is free to explore at your leisure.

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.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ARNHEM

Day 2

(B, L, D)

ARNHEM

A Duke’s Forest and a Dutch Treat

Classic
Join a Guided Tour of the Airborne Museum of Hartenstein commemorating the 1944 WWII Battle of Arnhem.

Join your ship in Nijmegen and enjoy lunch onboard.

Classic
Join a Guided Excursion to ‘s-Hertogenbosch (meaning the Duke’s Forest). Sample a Bossche Bol—a decadent cream puff covered in Dutch chocolate, OR:
Discovery
Visit a windmill and family-operated fruit and flower farm. Hear the history of a 15th century windmill with a local flour miller. Then, enjoy a carriage ride through the Ooijpolder nature reserve—home to herons, storks, birds of prey, and wild horses, OR:
Active
Join in a Guided Bike Ride to explore the river banks of Arnhem.

Sail out this evening for Venlo while dining on board.

AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO VENLO

Day 3

(B, L, D)

MAASTRICHT

Dutch History, Modern Spirit, and Fresh Pie

Enjoy an early morning sailing to Maastricht.

Classic
Discover this vibrant university town with its lovely cathedrals, old houses, and buildings, and impressively cobblestoned town center, OR:
Discovery
Take a Guided Visit to an old working mill still in operation. At the end of your visit, join the interactive museum and bake your own Vlaai—a delicious Limburg pie.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NAMUR

Day 4

(B, L, D)

NAMUR, BELGIUM

Ancient Architecture and Charming Cafés

Discovery
Join an onboard lecture about WWI hosted by your history expert.
Classic
Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the picturesque old-town, fortress citadel, and medieval architecture, with focus on WWI and how Namur was attacked.

Take free time to stroll along Namur’s cobblestone lanes and visit its charming cafés and bookshops.

This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NAMUR

Day 5

(B, L, D)

LIÈGE

Historic Wonders and Wonderful Waffles

Discovery
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. End your tour with a visit to Fort De Loncin, built as part of the Fortifications of Liège in the late 19th century in Belgium and destroyed during World War I, OR:
Discovery
Join a full-day excursion to the hilly and forested region of Ardennes and visit the town of Bastogne that became famous during WWII for the Battle of the Bulge. Visit the Historical Center and the famous Memorial sites.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ANTWERP

Day 6

(B, L, D)

ANTWERP

A Grand Gothic Cathedral 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.
Discovery
Enjoy a history lecture on board held by our history expert.

Enjoy cocktail or coffee aboard your ship as you sail to Brussels this afternoon.

Later, enjoy dinner and live entertainment.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BRUSSELS

Day 7

(B, L, D)

BRUSSELS

Ancient Landmarks and New Finds

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, OR:
Discovery
Explore the Eastern Flanders Battlefields in a half day or full day tour and follow your guide in a fascinating visit of the WWI Museum and learn about the consequences of the Great War.

Your day will continue to Ypres, where local people gather at the Menin Gate for a moving tribute to commemorate those who sacrificed for their town. Today’s Ceremony will be even more special as its Anzac Day.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BRUSSELS

Day 8

(B)

BRUSSELS (DISEMBARKATION)

Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

Notes

  • 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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Tulip Time in Holland & Belgium WWI Remembrance & History Cruise

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Ship Details

Imagery II

Imagery II

One of 2016's two new additions to the youngest fleet on Europe's waterways, the Imagery II continues all of Avalon's outstanding Suite Ship traditions. Passengers can choose from two full decks of Panorama Suites, featuring Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony. At a spacious 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, affording the incomparable opportunity to awaken each morning facing the splendid passing scenery. Onboard amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi access, an expanded Fitness Center, an elevator, alternative light dining options in the Panorama Bistro or al fresco grill lunch at the Sky Bistro, and an expansive Sky Deck with whirlpool, premium lounge chairs, a shade system, and deck games.

Included Amenities


Staterooms & Suites

Avalon Deluxe Stateroom (Cat. E) - 172 sq. ft.
Features
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Choice of bed configuration
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • L'Occitane bath products
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Alarm clock
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Individual climate control
  • Large mirror in bathroom
  • USB Ports
  • Full shower with glass door
  • Vanity and lighted makeup mirror
  • Luxurious mattress toppers
  • European-style duvets
  • Extra blankets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Hairdryer
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with English-speaking channels & over 100 free movie options
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • In-room safe
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Two windows
  • Writing desk and chair
Panorama Suite (Cat. A, B, P) - 200 sq. ft.
Features
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Choice of bed configuration
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • L'Occitane bath products
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Alarm clock
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • In-room safe
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Marble countertops in bathroom
  • USB Ports
  • 6-person sitting area
  • Writing desk and chair
  • Sofa
  • Luxurious mattress toppers
  • European-style duvets
  • Extra blankets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Hairdryer
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with English-speaking channels & over 100 free movie options
  • Make-up mirror
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Individual climate control
  • Large mirror in bathroom
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window with Open-Air BalconySM
  • Full shower with glass door
  • Vanity and lighted makeup mirror
  • Coffee table
Royal Suite - 300 sq. ft.
Features
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Choice of bed configuration
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • L'Occitane bath products
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Alarm clock
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • In-room safe
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Marble countertops in bathroom
  • USB Ports
  • 6-person sitting area
  • Writing desk and chair
  • Sofa
  • Double sinks
  • Luxurious mattress toppers
  • European-style duvets
  • Extra blankets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Hairdryer
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with English-speaking channels & over 100 free movie options
  • Make-up mirror
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Individual climate control
  • Large mirror in bathroom
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window with Open-Air BalconySM
  • Full shower with glass door
  • Vanity and lighted makeup mirror
  • Coffee table
DECK PLANS

 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). 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)

No Excursions are available at this time.