8 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from Brussels to Amsterdam 2023

Avalon Waterways River Cruise - Brussels to Amsterdam

Tulip Time Highlights

Starting from $2,899
Ship(s): Avalon Imagery II, Avalon Tranquility II, Avalon Visionary
Avalon Waterways
8 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from Brussels to Amsterdam 2023

River Cruise Description

Make your visions of tulip season in Holland and Belgium come into view! Cruise from Brussels to Amsterdam for quintessential scenes of windmills, waterways, and rows of blooming color. Embark in Brussels and sail to Ghent-"The Diamond of Flanders." Visit St. Bavo's Cathedral with its stunning Flemish artwork. Sail to Bossuit for moving battlefield remembrances, including In Flanders Fields Museum and the Last Post Ceremony. On to Holland for a visit the former Dutch East India Company trading port. You'll tour the Delta Works in Veere-a marvel of flood-protection. In Kinderdijk, see 19 windmills built in 1740 for water management, and in Rotterdam the Erasmus Bridge. You'll see why windmills are a symbol of Holland!

Take in the tulips and other flowering bulbs in the flower farm regions of Zaandam and Haarlem, and conclude your river cruise through Belgium and Holland with a visit to Amsterdam. Take a guided canal cruise past bridges and homes of a golden age.



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Mar 26, 2023Avalon Imagery II$3,398Call Us!
Apr 9, 2023Avalon Imagery II$2,899Call Us!
Apr 16, 2023Avalon Visionary$4,348Call Us!
Apr 23, 2023Avalon Tranquility II$4,348Call Us!
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 BRUSSELS, BELGIUM (EMBARKATION)

Welcome to Belgium. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.
Flights into Brussels must arrive by 2:00 pm.
Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
Enjoy dinner on board as you sail for Ghent this evening.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO GHENT
(D)

Day 2 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:
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.
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 onboard.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BOSSUIT
(B,L,D)

Day 3 BOSSUIT

Battlefield Remembrances in Flanders
Discovery
Visit the In Flanders Field Museum in Ypres—named for the soldier’s famed poem. 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 lasting remembrance to follow. 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 4 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 the 15th-century Gothic Town Halland 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.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO KINDERDIJK
(B,L,D)

Day 5 KINDERDIJK–ROTTERDAM

Harnessing the Wind for 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:
Classic
Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Rotterdam featuring innovative architecture, including the marvelous Erasmus Bridge.
Later, enjoy live entertainment onboard.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ZAANDAM
(B,L,D)

Day 6 ZAANDAM

Windmills, Waterways, and Waving Fields of Flowers
Arrive in Zaandam this morning with free time to explore this quintessential Dutch town. During tulip season, you may take a Guided Optional Excursion to Keukenhof gardens. Outside of tulip season, join a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses.
Cruise to Haarlem this afternoon while enjoying lunch onboard.
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 7 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 8 AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)

Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.
(B)
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