River Cruise Description
If you've dreamed of 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! 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 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 followed by a chocolate workshop. This river cruise through Holland and Belgium will bloom in your memory for seasons to come!
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:
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.
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.
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
Day 2 NIJMEGEN. EXCURSION TO ARNHEM
Join a Biking Tour on the Hoge Veluwe National Park and admire its diversity of scenery, from dense forests to sand dune, OR:
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:
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 MAASTRICH
Day 3 MAASTRICHT
Enjoy an early morning sailing to Maastricht.
Maastricht's charm awaits, get physical via nordic walking with your Adventure Host, OR:
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
Day 4 NAMUR, BELGIUM
Explore Namur's countryside by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:
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
Day 5 LIÈGE
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
Day 6 ANTWERP
Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.
Explore Antwerp by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:
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.
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
Day 7 BRUSSELS
See Brussel's Aquaculture farm on bike with your Adventure Host, OR:
See the major highlights of Brussels and join a do-it-yourself chocolate workshop for a fun and interactive experience, OR:
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.
The afternoon is free to explore Brussels at your pace.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BRUSSELS
Day 8 BRUSSELS (DISEMBARKATION)
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.