15 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from Amsterdam to Amsterdam 2022

Avalon Waterways River Cruise - Amsterdam to Amsterdam

Bites, Brews, Views & Canals of Belgium & Holland

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Avalon Waterways
15 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from Amsterdam to Amsterdam 2022

River Cruise Description

Begin your tulip season cruise in Amsterdam. With special culinary highlights throughout your cruise, you'll sample local specialties with onboard beer tasting with cheese and beer-and-food pairings. Cruise on the Rhine River to visit Arnhem-home of WWII memorials and monuments with a local tasting at Doorwerth Castle. Choose a visit to Arnhem's WWII Airborne Museum or a bike ride in the forests of Hoge Veluwe National Park. In Maastricht, tour the old cobblestoned university town and enjoy a culinary experience.

On to Belgium for a sightseeing tour of medieval Namur including a local brewery visit 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 including a waffle tasting. 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. Guided sightseeing includes a visit to a local brewery. Guided sightseeing includes a visit to a local brewery. Guided sightseeing includes a visit to a local brewery. Guided sightseeing includes a visit to a local brewery. In Brussels, you'll find landmark buildings and a collection of cafes and shops on your guided tour followed by a chocolate workshop. Visit "The Diamond of Flanders", Ghent and join a local expert for a canal boat followed by a brewery visit. 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. Marvel at the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam and join a culinary experience at Markthal. See the quintessential Dutch towns of Zaandam and Haarlem with their signature flower farms, windmills, waterways, and North Sea trading. Join a visit to Zaanse Schans Your cruise through Holland and Belgium returns to Amsterdam for a guided canal cruise through the iconic city.



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Avalon Choice

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 Avalon's exclusive AvalonGO APP.

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 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 Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NIJMEGEN
(D)

Day 2 NIJMEGEN. EXCURSION TO ARNHEM

Wildlife, WWII Valor, and Famous Mills
Active
Join a Biking Tour on the Hoge Veluwe National Park and admire its diversity of scenery, from dense forests to sand dune, OR:
Discovery
Join a Guided Sightseeing to discover Arnhem—a key WWII operations site and home to impressive historical monuments and memorials—then visit a medieval castle for a regional herb and vegetable product tasting, OR:
Classic
Join a Guided Tour of the Airborne Museum of Hartenstein commemorating the 1944 WWII Battle of Arnhem.
You may join a Guided Optional Excursion to the Windmill of Thorn.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAASTRICHT
(B,L,D)

Day 3 MAASTRICHT

Dutch History, School Spirit and an Architectural Feast
Enjoy an early morning sailing to Maastricht.
Active
Maastricht's charm awaits, get physical via Nordic walking with your Adventure Host, OR:
Discovery
Discover this vibrant university town with its lovely cathedrals, old houses, historical buildings, and impressively cobblestoned town center. Your Sightseeing will be followed by a culinary experience where you will learn more about local traditions.
Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NAMUR
(B,L,D)

Day 4 NAMUR, BELGIUM

Ancient Architecture and Charming Cafés
Active
Explore Namur's countryside by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:
Discovery
Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the picturesque old-town, fortress citadel, and medieval architecture, followed by a brewery visit where you will have the chance to taste the world-famous Belgian beers.
Take free time to stroll along Namur’s cobblestone lanes and visit its charming cafés and bookshops.
This evening, enjoy an onboard food and beer pairing dinner hosted by a Beer Expert.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NAMUR
(B,L,D)

Day 5 LIÈGE

Historic Wonders and Wonderful Waffles
Classic
Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the “Fiery City” of Liège with its beautiful ancient quarters, peculiar alleys, and romantic streets. And take the chance to sample the authentic sweet Liège Waffles.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ANTWERP
(B,L,D)

Day 6 ANTWERP

A Rubenesque Cathedral in Artful Antwerp
Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.
Active
Explore Antwerp by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:
Discovery
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. Your sightseeing will end at a brewery where you will learn something more about Belgian beers.
Discovery
This afternoon, enjoy a beer and cheese tasting on board as you sail to Brussels.
Later, enjoy dinner and live entertainment.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BRUSSELS
(B,L,D)

Day 7 BRUSSELS

Ancient Landmarks and New Haunts
Active
See Brussel's Aquaculture farm on bike with your Adventure Host, OR:
Discovery
See the major highlights of Brussels and join a do-it-yourself chocolate workshop for a fun and interactive experience, OR:
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:
The afternoon is free to explore Brussels at your pace
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BRUSSELS
(B,L,D)

Day 8 BRUSSELS

Filling Fare and Fabled Beer
Spend a day at leisure to sample Brussels hearty cuisine and famous beer.
Enjoy dinner on board as you sail for Ghent this evening.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO GHENT
(B,L,D)

Day 9 GHENT

Medieval Masterpieces and Flemish Finery
Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.
Active
Explore a different side of Ghent by foot with your Adventure Host, OR:
Discovery
Enjoy a canal boat that will take you through the town of Ghent to one of the very special breweries where you will find how to brew the local Gruut beer.
Alternatively, you may choose to join a full-day 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.
This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BOSSUIT
(B,L,D)

Day 10 BOSSUIT

Battlefield Remembrances in Flanders
Discovery
Visit the In Flanders’ Field Museum in Ypres— learn about the story of the invasion of Belgium, the first months of the mobilization, the four years trench war in the Westhoek, the end of the war, and the permanent remembrance ever since. After your visit, enjoy lunch at the museum’s café.
Discovery
Following the museum, visit, battlefields, cemeteries, memorials and private collections.
Discovery
Experience the Last Post Ceremony, taking place nightly under the arches of the Menin Gate. Enjoy some free time for dinner before the Ceremony starts.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MIDDELBURG
(B,L,D)

Day 11 MIDDELBURG, HOLLAND

A Spicy History in Middelburg’s Dutch Harbor Town
Active
Explore Vlissingen by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:
Classic
Join a Guided Walking Tour through the winding cobblestones and canals of Middelburg. See the15th century Gothic Town Hall and learn about its important role in the spice trade and Dutch East India trading.
Enjoy lunch on board while cruising to Veere.
VEERE
The Delta Works Stand Strong as a Technical Marvel
Active
Bike your way to the beach from Veere with your Adventure Host, OR:
Discovery
Join a Guided Tour of the Delta Works, the largest flood-protection system in the world, and a miracle of modern technology.
Discovery
Later, enjoy a Beer & Cheese Tasting on board as you prepare to sail to Kinderdijk.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT SAILING IN KINDERDIJK
(B,L,D)

Day 12 KINDERDIJK–ROTTERDAM

Harnessing the Wind 300 Years
Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.
Active
See the windmills of Kinderdijk by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:
Classic
Join a Guided Tour of Kinderdijk where 19 windmills were built in 1740 as flood prevention and water management. You’ll hear about the windmill’s vital role in the Netherland’s history and why it became a national symbol of Holland.
Enjoy a cruise through Rotterdam harbor.
Active
Experience Rotterdam by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:
Discovery
Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Rotterdam featuring innovative architecture, including the marvelous Erasmus Bridge and follow your local expert through a culinary experience at the Markthal.
This evening, enjoy an onboard food and beer pairing dinner hosted by a Beer Expert.
Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ZAANDAM
(B,L,D)

Day 13 ZAANDAM

Windmills, Waterways, and Waving Fields of Flowers
Classic
Join a Guided Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses.
Cruise to Haarlem this afternoon while enjoying lunch on board.
HAARLEM
Tulips and North Sea Trading Ports
Active
Enjoy an easy bike ride to the beach with your Adventure Host, OR:
Classic
Visit Haarlem, a major flower bulbs growing district outside of Amsterdam. Explore the former North Sea trading port with its medieval features, gabled houses, and leafy courtyards.
Enjoy dinner on board your ship this evening as you sail to Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM
(B,L,D)

Day 14 AMSTERDAM

Canals of Colorful Amsterdam
Active
Join a Biking Tour through the Dutch countryside past polders, dykes, and quaint centuries-old villages, OR:
Classic
Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.”
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM
(B,L,D)

Day 15 AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)

Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.
(B)
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