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15 Day Avalon River Cruise from Amsterdam to Amsterdam 2020

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Grand Tulip Cruise of Holland & Belgium River Cruise (WHH)

Starting from $8,846
Ship(s): Avalon Imagery II

River Cruise Description

You’ll enjoy a round trip tulip season cruise from beautiful Amsterdam to Amsterdam! On your 15 Day Avalon River Cruise Roundtrip From Amsterdam 2020, you’ll cruise peacefully to charming Arnhem where you’ll visit its historic WWII Airborne Museum celebrating the brave soldiers who fought the horrific battle of 1944. You’ll join your luxurious Avalon cruise ship in quaint Nijmegen and marvel the breathtaking forest setting of ‘s-Hertogenbosch where you’ll enjoy sampling some traditional delicious Dutch chocolate desserts. Perhaps you’ll choose to visit a fruit and flower farm and meet with the friendly miller there. He’ll share some fascinating history of a 15th-century windmill with you. During your European river cruise, you’ll enjoy a refreshing carriage ride, which takes you through a beautiful nature preserve where you’ll see herons, storks, birds of prey, and even some wild horses. You might prefer, to get some exercise and take an expertly guided bicycle ride along the picturesque Rhine River banks of charming Arnhem. When you’re in Maastricht, you’ll have your choice of a sightseeing tour of the ancient cobblestoned university village, or enjoy a visit to a working mill where you can make your own Limburg pie.

Then it’s on to fascinating Belgium for a wonderful sightseeing tour of medieval Namur. During the European river cruise, you’ll have plenty of free time to stroll along and marvel at its ancient architecture, bustling cafes, and fascinating bookshops. In quaint town of Liège, you’ll see the ancient sections of the “Fiery City” as well as its fantastic streets, medieval steps, and narrow alleyways. Next, you’ll discover the historic city of Antwerp –the birthplace of the masterful world-famous painter Peter Paul Rubens. You’ll wander through its cobbled lanes amongst fabulous 16th-century guildhall houses and the magnificent cathedral’s elegant altarpiece paintings by the renowned artist. In picturesque Brussels, you’ll find historic landmark buildings and numerous busy cafes and shops on your wonderful guided tour. You’ll tour “The Diamond of Flanders,” Ghent, for fantastic Flemish artwork in majestic St. Bavo’s Cathedral. You’ll marvel as you discover more of the breathtaking Flanders area with tours in bustling Bossuit – the In Flanders Fields Museum and emotional battlefield memorials and memorabilia.

When you cruise into beautiful Middelburg, you’ll learn of its great history in the world-famous Dutch East India Company. You’ll see the world’s largest flood-protection system as you tour the popular Veere Delta Works. Your cruise will continue through charming Kinderdijk – where their iconic windmills were being built in 1740 for water management. It’s no doubt the reason those water-pumping structures become the symbol of Holland. While on your 15 Day Avalon River Cruise Roundtrip From Amsterdam 2020, you’ll be in awe when you visit the famous Erasmus Bridge in beautiful Rotterdam, and the typical Dutch towns of Zaandam and Haarlem, known for their colorful signature flower farms, twirling windmills, efficient waterways, and bustling North Sea trading. Your fabulous Avalon river cruise through breathtaking Holland and Belgium returns to Amsterdam for a guided canal cruise through this magnificent city.

River Cruise Promos

FLY FREE AIR from Select US cities

*Book a select 2020 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive free round-trip economy class trans-Atlantic air from ATL, BOS, BWI, CHS, CLE, CLT, DEN, DFW, DTW, EWR, IAD, IAH, JFK, LAX, MCI, MIA, MCO, MSP, OKC, ORD, PDX, PHL, PHX, PIT, RDU, SAN, SEA, SFO, SLC, STL, TPA. Other gateway cities available from $200 to $1,075/person additional (inclusive of taxes/fees). Free air offer is based on lowest-priced economy class Flex airfare available for booking at time of reservation and scheduled to coincide with cruise itinerary; pre-assigned airline seats are limited and may not be available on all air segments. Alternate schedules may be available at an additional cost.
 Quotes available online or by calling a Travel Professional. Limited to new bookings for US originating travelers and economy class Flex air tickets; must be booked & under deposit between May 1, 2019 - March 9, 2020. A $550 non-refundable deposit is due at time of booking. Offer does not apply to instant purchase air, Group Air (groups of 10 or more) and group air contracts. Offer is combinable only with the Welcome Back Credit. Promotional discounts do not carry forward on voluntarily changed air bookings; other promotions at time of change may be available. Once ticketed, air reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket value. Changes to ticketed air reservations (including itineraries involving free round-trip trans-Atlantic air) also subject to airfare differentials between originally ticketed air itinerary and re-ticketed air itinerary. Additional airline baggage fees may apply; visit www.iflybags.com for details. Air schedules are available approximately 330 days prior to return travel date. Flight schedules, routings and air carriers are at the discretion of Globus family of brands. Additional restrictions apply; see Travel Terms for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable. Offer is capacity controlled and may be withdrawn at any time. Offer available from participating GFOB offices only. CST#2017032-20. PRMYFX

FREE AIR + $500 Off per couple

*Book a select 2020 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive free round-trip economy class trans-Atlantic air from ATL, BOS, BWI, CHS, CLE, CLT, DEN, DFW, DTW, EWR, IAD, IAH, JFK, LAX, MCI, MIA, MCO, MSP, OKC, ORD, PDX, PHL, PHX, PIT, RDU, SAN, SEA, SFO, SLC, STL, TPA. Other gateway cities available from $200 to $1,075/person additional (inclusive of taxes/fees). Free air offer is based on lowest-priced economy class Flex airfare available for booking at time of reservation and scheduled to coincide with cruise itinerary; pre-assigned airline seats are limited and may not be available on all air segments. Alternate schedules may be available at an additional cost.

Quotes available online or by calling a Travel Professional. Limited to new bookings for US originating travelers and economy class Flex air tickets; must be booked & under deposit between May 1, 2019 - March 9, 2020. A $550 non-refundable deposit is due at time of booking. Offer does not apply to instant purchase air, Group Air (groups of 10 or more) and group air contracts. Offer is combinable only with the Welcome Back Credit and the $250pp land promo. Promotional discounts do not carry forward on voluntarily changed air bookings; other promotions at time of change may be available. Once ticketed, air reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket value. Changes to ticketed air reservations (including itineraries involving free round-trip trans-Atlantic air) also subject to airfare differentials between originally ticketed air itinerary and re-ticketed air itinerary. Additional airline baggage fees may apply; visit www.iflybags.com for details. Air schedules are available approximately 330 days prior to return travel date. Flight schedules, routings and air carriers are at the discretion of Globus family of brands. Additional restrictions apply; see Travel Terms for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable. Offer is capacity controlled and may be withdrawn at any time. Offer available from participating GFOB offices only. CST#2017032-20. PRMYFYFY
(Promotion price shown is per person, double occupancy.)
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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

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Day 1 Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation)

Welcome to Holland. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding

Flights arriving into Amsterdam must arrive by 2:00 pm in the afternoon and all cruise guests must be aboard the Suite Ship® by 5pm in the afternoon. There will be an onboard welcome reception for all river cruise guests. Today you may adventure through the vibrant city of Amsterdam—with its lively streets, canals, and bridges—you will love exploring its abundance of glittering art galleries and cafés. During the beautiful and vibrant tulip season, you might enjoy joining in an Optional Excursion led by an expert guide to the glorious Keukenhof gardens—which boasts more than seven million tulips, hyacinths and daffodils, as well as many other bulbs that are planted every year. Outside of the glorious tulip season, take part in a Guided Optional Excursion to the incredible Zaanse Schans to see the fascinating and charming windmills and enchanting Dutch houses. Enjoy a welcome reception dinner for all river cruise guests and explore the different areas of your ship during your first night on board to kick off your 15 day Avalon river cruise from Amsterdam to Paris holiday.(Dinner)

Day 2 Arnhem

A Duke’s Forest and a Dutch Treat
Classic
Join a Guided Tour of the Airborne Museum of Hartenstein commemorating the 1944 WWII Battle of Arnhem.
Classic
Join a Guided Excursion to ‘s-Hertogenbosch (meaning the Duke’s Forest). Sample a Bossche Bol—a decadent cream puff covered in Dutch chocolate, OR:
Discovery
Visit a windmill and family-operated fruit and flower farm. Hear the history of a 15th centruy windmill with a local flour miller. Then enjoy a carriage ride through the Ooijipolder nature reserve-home to herons, storks, birds of prey and wild horses, OR:
Active
Take a Guided Bike Ride to explore the river banks of Arnhem.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 Maastricht

Dutch History, Modern Spirit, and Fresh Pie
Classic
Discover this vibrant university town with its lovely cathedrals, old houses, and buildings, and impressively cobblestoned town center, OR:
Discovery
Take a Guided Visit to an old working mill still in operation. At the end of your visit, join the interactive museum and bake your own Vlaai—a delicious Limburg pie.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Namur, Belgium

Ancient Architecture and Charming Cafés
Classic
Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the picturesque old-town, fortress citadel, and medieval architecture.

Explore Namur’s cobblestone lanes at your leisure and visit its charming cafés and bookshops in the afternoon.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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. Don’t miss sampling authentically sweet Liège Waffles.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Antwerp

A Grand Gothic Cathedral in Artful Antwerp
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.

As you sail to Brussels this afternoon, have cocktail or coffee aboard your ship and relax onboard.  Later, you’ll be treated to live entertainment after dinner.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Brussels

Ancient Landmarks and New Finds

Colorful Amsterdam—with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden Age

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.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Brussels

Filling Fare and Fabled Beer

You’re on your own today in Brussel to explore, shop and taste the local  cuisine and famous beer.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9 Ghent

Ghent’s Cobblestones, Canals, and Cosmopolitan Charisma
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.

Or, consider joining a full-day Guided Optional Excursion of Bruges to explore its canals, cobbled streets, and medieval buildings. Experience its crisscrossed canals, the 13th-century belfry of Market Square, and charming patrician houses

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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
Follow your visit to the museum with a journey back in time by visiting battlefields, cemeteries, memorials and private collections.
Discovery
Don’t miss the opportunity to take part to the Last Post Ceremony, taking place every evening under the imposing arches of the Menin Gate. Enjoy some free time for dinner before the Ceremony starts.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11 Middelburg, Holland

A Spicy History in Middelburg’s Dutch Harbor Town
Classic
Join a Guided Walking Tour of the historic merchant city of Middelburg—with its 15th century gothic Town Hall. You’ll learn about the spice trade of this Dutch harbor capital of Zeeland, its prosperity in the Dutch East India Company trading, and origins as a stronghold city. Enjoy its winding cobbled streets and canals that circle Old Town.
Veere
A Spicy History in Middelburg’s Dutch Harbor Town
Discovery
Join a Guided Tour of the Delta Works, the largest flood-protection system in the world, and a miracle of modern technology.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12 Kinderdijk-Rotterdam

Harnessing the Wind 300 Years
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.
Classic
Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Rotterdam featuring innovative architecture, including the marvelous Erasmus Bridge.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13 Zaandam

Windmills, Waterways, and Waving Fields of Flowers

You’ll have time in  Zaandam this morning on your own to explore this quintessential Dutch town. See windmills, waterways, and flower farms, while discovering Dutch history in its handicraft shops and museums. You’ll sail to Haarlem this afternoon while enjoying lunch on board.

Haarlem
Tulips and North Sea Trading Ports
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.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14 Amsterdam

Canals of Colorful Amsterdam
Classic
Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age”, OR:
Active
See the sights of Amsterdam from a unique perspective by joining our Guided Jogging Tour of the city—all at an easy pace with stops for commentary.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 15 Amsterdam (Disembarkation) – Paris, France

Your 15 Day Avalon river cruise roundtrip Amsterdam 2020 vacation comes to an end today. Enjoy one final breakfast with us, and then depart home with a heart full of memories of incredible and unforgettable experiences and cultural enrichment.

(Breakfast)

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