8 Day Avalon River Cruise from Amsterdam to Amsterdam 2018

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River Cruise

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River Cruise Description

On this 8 day Avalon river cruise from Amsterdam to Amsterdam 2018, you will be amazed by the beauty that Holland has to offer. The first stop on your voyage on this fabulous Avalon river cruise is Hoorn-Enkhulzen in northern Holland where you can peruse at your leisure. Enzkhuizen is an impressive fishing town containing one of the largest marinas in the Netherlands. The famous Holland tulip fields are in this area – grab the camera and take in the magnificent and colorful views. The next scenic destination is Enkhulzen-Sneek, Friesland. You may choose to go on guided walking tour or have a “Dutch Experience” and mingle with the locals. This area has an incredible rural landscape shaped by the agriculture which drives the economy. Many legends, myths, and history surround Friesland and sure to entertain and delight you. Here you will find the internationally known black Friesian horses and black-and-white Friesian cattle. The 18th century Royal Planetarium is located here – be sure to visit and behold its splendor. The Golden Age was a time when the Netherlands maritime industry flourished. Go and see how the ships are being reconstructed – by hand – and prepare to be impressed. You may also tour some of the ships if you would like. Back on board you will be introduced to local cheeses that are delicious and like nothing you have ever tasted. Sailing on to Gelderse Ijssel-Arnhem on the Ijssel River will be a most relaxing event. This river is a branch of the Rhine and is simply spectacular. When you reach the Harbor of Rotterdam (in Rotterdam) prepare yourself for the hustle and bustle because this is the world’s busiest port. Be sure to visit Gouda – a fanciful little town known for its cheese and syrup waffles. After this 8 day Avalon river cruise from Amsterdam to Amsterdam 2018 vacation, you will be thrilled and excited to book another European river cruise trip. This Avalon river cruise to Holland will not disappoint.

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River Cruise Itinerary

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Day 1 Arrive in Amsterdam, Holland. Transfer to Haarlem (Embarkation)

Welcome to beautiful Holland! This afternoon, you’ll drive to charming Haarlem, where your Avalon river cruise ship is docked, awaiting your arrival. Before you enjoy a wonderful dinner, you’ll meet your friendly crew at a casual evening welcome reception, while your cruise ship sets sail. (Dinner) *NOTE: Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 2 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

Day 2 Tulip Fields Excursion–Enkhuizen

It’s no secret, fabulous tulip fields abound in this part of the country. This morning, an excursion takes you along the growing areas that look from afar like carpets of color. Take pictures and learn more about these flowers and how they were introduced into Holland from the Ottoman Empire (Turkey) in the 17th century. You’ll rejoin your cruise ship and during lunch, you’ll sail to charming Enkhuizen, situated at the most easterly point of North Holland. Enkhuizen is a ultimate fishing town with narrow cobblestoned streets, an impressove town center, and one of the largest marinas in the Netherlands. It owes its prosperity to the Zuider Zee (now known as the IJsselmeer) during the “Golden Age.” This afternoon, you have the choice to visit the fascinating ZUIDERZEE MUSEUM, dedicated to the culture and history of this area. The museum focuses on the past and present of the IJsselmeer, and features living history, heritage, and crafts combining works from the past with works from the present. Or, you may wish to join a “DUTCH EXPERIENCE” to meet some local residents. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 Friesland

You’ll cruise across the IJsselmeer to southwest Friesland, a beautiful province rich in history and legends. As you cruise, enjoy the picturesque rural landscapes along the beautiful river. Your ship will dock in quaint Lemmer, from where our Friesland excursion departs. Primarily an agricultural (farming) region with a long history, Friesland is best known internationally for its famous award-winning black-and-white Friesian cattle and fantastic black Friesian horses. You’ll visit the impressive 18th-century ROYAL EISE EISINGA PLANETARIUM, which has been nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll rejoin your luxurious cruise ship in charming Sneek, where you will dock overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Lelystad–Kampen

Today, you’ll enjoy a tranquil morning of cruising through this delightful area of Friesland. Spring is in the air, and the lush green landscape is coming alive. After docking in Lelystad, you’ll visit the massive BATAVIA SHIPYARD, where ships that were important to the Netherlands’ maritime industry during the “Golden Age” are faithfully reconstructed by hand. Then, you’ll board the fascinating BATAVIA itself. Originally built in 1628 to sail to and from the East Indies, the Batavia wrecked on its maiden voyage on June 4, 1629 off the coast of western Australia. It took 10 years – from 1985 to 1995 – for a crew to reconstruct the ship using traditional construction materials. Back on board, we’ll introduce you to LOCAL CHEESE and GENEVER, traditionally drunk neat from a shot glass, as you cruise to quaint Kampen, where your ship will dock overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Gelderse IJssel–Arnhem

You’ll enjoy another peaceful morning onboard your ship as you sail along the beautiful IJssel River, also known as the Gelderse IJssel, which is a branch of the famous Rhine River. Learn more about Holland at an fascinating ONBOARD LECTURE and taste a sweet LOCAL SPECIALTY. After lunch, you’ll visit the famous AIRBORNE MUSEUM HARTENSTEIN, dedicated to the Battle of Arnhem, one of the major tragedies of WWII. Later, you’ll rejoin your ship in Arnhem. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Rotterdam

This morning, you sail through the beautiful HARBOR OF ROTTERDAM, said to be the world’s busiest port. Leveled by German bombs during the devastating WWII, Rotterdam now has a modern, high-tech look. After an early lunch you may opt to join a guided excursion to GOUDA, famous for its gouda cheese, syrup waffles, clay pipes, and extravagant city hall. Its a typical Dutch city with many old buildings and beautiful canals. Or, you may wish to visit the stunning gardens of KEUKENHOF near Lisse, which encompass more than 70 acres of parkland with placid lakes, impressive sculpture gardens, greenhouses, and a iconic windmill to inspect and explore. Every year, 7 million flower bulbs are planted, and you have the opportunity to see the spectacular display of colors not only from the beautiful tulips, but also from colorful hyacinths, daffodils, and more. If you’re a serious garden enthusiast, you may opt for an extended visit to fascinating Keukenhof, with lunch on your own in the gardens. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Amsterdam

After a wonderful breakfast, you’ll arrive in beautiful Amsterdam, where GUIDED SIGHTSEEING is provided by CANAL BOAT. Cruise through the elegant grachten, lined with grand homes dating back to Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” This afternoon is free or you may choose from a selection of optional excursions to make the most of your last day in fabulous Holland. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Amsterdam (Disembarkation)

Your fabulous 8-day river cruise vacation ends with a wonderful breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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