9 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from Amsterdam to Brussels 2024

Avalon Waterways River Cruise - Amsterdam to Brussels

Tulip Time in Holland & Belgium for Garden and Nature Lovers with 1 Night in Amsterdam

Starting from $3,258
Ship(s): Avalon Tranquility II
Avalon Waterways
9 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from Amsterdam to Brussels 2024

River Cruise Description

Begin your vacation in Holland and Belgium your way with a one-night stay in Amsterdam! Join us for a guided canal cruise through the iconic waterways of this city of the Golden Age and for a visit at Keukenhof Gardens or take free time to explore the colorful streets, galleries, and restaurants here.

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, -perfect for garden and nature enthusiasts. For flower lovers, an expert botanist will provide lectures on board, sharing his knowledge about botany and the world of plants! Cruise on the Rhine River with a visit to Arnhem's WWII Airborne Museum, and free time in Nijmegen. If you prefer, take an e-bike ride through the nature reserve Oijpolder. In Maastricht, tour the old cobblestoned university town or learn more about the climate change.

On to Belgium for a sightseeing tour of medieval Namur, then Liège to see the ancient quarters of the "Fiery City." 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 on your guided tour of the diamond capital. In Brussels, explore landmark buildings of Town Hall with a collection of cafes and shops on the Lower Town streets.

If you are a nature lover, you will have the opportunity to visit the most beautiful natural sites of the area by partaking in some unique excursions. Memories of Holland and Belgium will bloom in your memory for seasons to come!



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Apr 6, 2024Avalon Tranquility II$3,258Call 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 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND

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

Day 2 AMSTERDAM (EMBARKATION)

Canals of Colorful Amsterdam
Classic
Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.”
Classic
Take a Guided Excursion to Keukenhof gardens—with more than seven million tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths, as well as other bulbs, planted each year.
Later, on board your Avalon Suite Ship®.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NIJMEGEN
(B,D)

Day 3 NIJMEGEN. EXCURSION TO ARNHEM

Wildlife, WWII Valor, and Famous Mills
Active
Join an e-bike tour in Ooijpolder Natural Reserve and admire its scenery and all the different animal and bird species that live here, 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 or an Optional Cooking Workshop.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAASTRICH
(B,L,D)

Day 4 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
Join a Guided Experience in a unique natural reserve and discover the typical heath landscape of Benelux. Discover the Hoge Kempen National Park, a former mining area that is now a national park, during a private visit conducted by a ranger, followed by a stop by the Research Center Ecotron to experience in first person the effects on climate changes on the planet, OR:
Classic
Discover this vibrant university town with its lovely cathedrals, old houses, historical buildings, and impressively cobblestoned town center
.
Later enjoy live entertainment on board.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NAMUR
(B,L,D)

Day 5 NAMUR, BELGIUM

Ancient Architecture and Charming Cafés
Discovery
While sailing satisfy your curiosity about botany and nature during a lecture hosted by a local expert.
Active
Explore Namur's countryside by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:
Discovery
Join a visit at Jardins D’Annevoie, one of the most beautiful water gardens in Europe and admire the rich park inspired to the French, Italian and English garden styles. Take the time to relax and connect with the unique environment around you, OR:
Classic
Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the picturesque old-town, fortress citadel, and medieval architecture.
Take free time to stroll along Namur’s cobblestone lanes and visit its charming cafés and bookshops.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN HUY
(B,L,D)

Day 6 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. Don’t miss sampling authentically sweet Liège Waffles.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ANTWERP
(B,L,D)

Day 7 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:
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, OR:
Discovery
Spend some time surrounded by nature’s magnificence on this inspiring guided excursion to the Arboretum Kalmthout botanical gardens.
Discovery
While sailing, discover more about botany and nature joining a lecture hosted by a local 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
(B,L,D)

Day 8 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.
The afternoon is free to explore Brussels at your pace.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BRUSSELS
(B,L,D)

Day 9 BRUSSELS (DISEMBARKATION)

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
(B)
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