9 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from from Amsterdam to Amsterdam 2024

Avalon Waterways River Cruise - from Amsterdam to Amsterdam

Tulip Time Cruise with 1 Night in Amsterdam for Garden & Nature Lovers

Starting from $2,908
Ship(s): Avalon Passion
Avalon Waterways
9 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from from Amsterdam to Amsterdam 2024

River Cruise Description

Begin your Tulip Time vacation your way with a one-night stay in Amsterdam! Join us for an off-the-beaten-path guided walking tour through its cobblestone streets before embarking on your springtime river cruise through Holland and Belgium, perfect for garden and nature enthusiasts. For flower lovers, an expert botanist accompanies you on this tulip season cruise, sharing his knowledge about botany and the world of plants. Sail through Rotterdam's harbor, said to be the world's busiest port. Garden enthusiasts will delight in a visit to see the breathtaking colors of Keukenhof, also known as the "Garden of Europe." With 70 acres of parkland and lakes, it's one of the world's largest flower gardens with nearly 7 million flowering bulbs bursting with color. Next, sail to Antwerp, Belgium's second-largest city, known for its centuries-old history in diamond trading amid ancient buildings and monuments combined with modern architecture. In Ghent, Belgium, join a local expert for a guided tour of the city, including a visit to St. Baaf's Cathedral. Your cruise traverses back into Holland where you'll explore Middelburg, formerly an important trading city. You'll still get a sense of its historic wealth today with its impressive structures like the Gothic Town Hall, Abbey Tower, and bustling Market Square. No trip to Holland is complete without a visit to the technical miracle that is the Delta Works, a storm flood barrier almost six miles long, constructed after the floods of 1953.

This beautiful and historic springtime vacation concludes with more time to explore the wonderful city of Amsterdam. See the most fascinating views of the city on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes dating back to the city's "Golden Age."



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Apr 6, 2024Avalon Passion$2,908Call Us!
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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

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

Day 2 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)

Amsterdam Off the Beaten Path. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.
Classic
Discover the true beauty of Amsterdam with an off-the-beaten-path Guided Walking Tour through its cobblestone streets for a captivating look at this legendary city.
You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to beautiful Zaanse Schans where you’ll see a wonderful collection of well-preserved historic windmills and Dutch houses.
Enjoy dinner and explore the ship on your first night onboard.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTTERDAM
(B,D)

Day 3 ROTTERDAM

Dutch Treats and Flowers Sweet
Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.
Active
Experience Rotterdam by foot with your Adventure Host, OR:
Classic
Join a full- or half-day Guided Tour of breathtaking Keukenhof—known as the “Garden of Europe”—for its 70 acres of lush parkland, lakes, and the world’s largest flower gardens—with more than seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths as well as other bulbs, planted each year.
Take some free time to relax on the harbor-side in Rotterdam with an artisan beer, a slice of appeltaart (Dutch apple pie), and a koffie verkeerd, a typical Dutch drink with equal parts coffee and milk. Take a bike from your ship to explore Rotterdam and the surrounding area.
Before dinner, enjoy a cruise through Rotterdam harbor.
Later, enjoy live entertainment onboard.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ANTWERP
(B,L,D)

Day 4 ANTWERP, BELGIUM

Cathedrals, Carats and Crêpes
Discovery
Visit a Botanical Garden, where you will admire an amazing variety of plants, tree and flowers.
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.
Alternatively, you may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the nearby capital, Brussels—considered home to the European Union, and admire its magnificent palaces and cathedrals.
You might prefer to take time on your own to indulge in Antwerp’s signature Belgian waffles and crêpes—or explore this bike-friendly city from its old wharfs to its legendary diamond district.
Discovery
Join your garden expert for a botany lecture onboard.
Later, enjoy live entertainment onboard.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO GHENT
(B,L,D)

Day 5 GHENT

Medieval Masterpieces and Flemish Finery
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.
You may choose to join a 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.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MIDDELBURG
(B,L,D)

Day 6 MIDDELBURG, HOLLAND

A Spicy History in Middelburg’s Dutch Harbor Town
Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.
Active
Explore Middelburg 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 Hall and learn about its important role in the spice trade and Dutch East India trading.
Spend some free time biking or walking through Middelburg to sample Babbelaar cookies, fries, or beer before 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 WILLEMSTAD
(B,L,D)

Day 7 WILLEMSTAD

Willemstad’s Windmills and Historic Harbor
Active
See Willemstad by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:
Classic
Join a Guided Walking Tour of Willemstad and discover its many beautifully restored buildings from the 17th and 18th Century.
Discovery
Later, enjoy a Cheese Tasting on board as you prepare to sail to Amsterdam.
Discovery
Join a lecture to learn about the importance of botany and nature in the country you are visiting.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM
(B,L,D)

Day 8 AMSTERDAM

Canals of Colorful Amsterdam
Active
Start your day joining your Adventure Host on an early morning walk in Amsterdam, OR:
Discovery
Access Amsterdam’s secret gardens hidden behind the brick façades – a unique opportunity as they are normally closed to public, OR:
Classic
Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.”
This afternoon choose among the many Guided Optional Excursions available. Take some free time to explore Amsterdam’s colorful streets and canal houses, galleries, and shops.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM
(B,L,D)

Day 9 AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
(B)
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