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8 Day Avalon River Cruise from Brussels to Amsterdam 2020


Tulip Time Highlights River Cruise (WXA)

Starting from $4,023
Ship(s): Avalon Imagery II

River Cruise Description

There are certain times of the year that provide breathtaking experiences when you visit during tulip season in picturesque Holland and Belgium! Your fabulous river cruise from beautiful Brussels to charming Amsterdam for the ultimate in fantastic scenic beauty of the iconic windmills, tranquil waterways, and row after row of tulip blooming color. During your 8 Day Avalon River Cruise From Brussels to Amsterdam 2020, you’ll embark on your luxurious river cruise ship from Brussels and sail peacefully to the village of Ghent known as “The Diamond of Flanders.” During the European river cruise, you’ll tour stunning St. Bavo’s Cathedral with its world-famous Flemish artwork. You’ll cruise to quaint Bossuit where visitors often find an emotional tour of heartrending battlefield remembrances, including In eloquent Flanders Fields Museum and the gripping Last Post Ceremony. You’ll cruise on to beautiful Holland for a tour of the former Dutch East India Company trading port. You’ll discover the marvel of flood-protection at the Delta Works in tiny Veere. Your next stop on your European river cruise is in picturesque Kinderdijk, where you’ll see 19 ancient windmills built in 1740 to help with water management, and in quaint Rotterdam you’ll see the historic Erasmus Bridge. You’ll learn why these windmills are such an important symbol of Holland!

On your 8 Day Avalon River Cruise From Brussels to Amsterdam 2020, you’ll marvel at the colorful tulips and other stunning flowering bulbs in these world-famous flower farm regions of beautiful Zaandam and Haarlem. Your Avalon river cruise’s peaceful trip through fabulous Belgium and Holland will take you to charming Amsterdam, a fabulous way to end an expertly guided canal cruise past historic bridges and homes of a golden age. We hope your fantastic 8-day river cruise will leave you with many great memories and photographs of your Avalon vacation.

River Cruise Promos

$750 Off per Stateroom

*Book a select 2020 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive $375 off per person on the cruise/land or cruise only price. Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between July 3, 2019 - March 9, 2020 for travel at select times in 2020. Not applicable to custom tours. Discount will apply to individual members of groups adding a name and non-refundable per person deposit within the promo window. Not applicable on TBA space. Offer reliant on space availability at time of booking and may be withdrawn at any time. Offer combinable only with Welcome Back Credit. Applies to new 2020 bookings only and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. May be withdrawn at any time. Offer applies to participating GFOB offices only. PRMW0735
(Promotion price shown is per person, double occupancy.)
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Departure DateShipPriced From
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Apr 12, 2020Avalon Imagery II$4,098Call Us!
Apr 26, 2020 $750 Off per StateroomAvalon Imagery II$4,398$4,023Call Us!
May 10, 2020Avalon Imagery 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:

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.
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.
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 Brussels (Embarkation)

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

Welcome to beautiful Brussels! You’ll enjoy your first dinner on board as you sail for Ghent this evening.

*NOTE: Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 2:00 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.


Day 2 Ghent

Ghent’s Cobblestones, Canals, and Cosmopolitan Charisma
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 where you’ll 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, you’ll be treated to live entertainment on board.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 Bossuit

Battlefield Remembrances in Flanders
Visit the In Flanders Field Museum in Ypres to—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.
Follow your visit to the museum with a journey back in time by visiting battlefields, cemeteries, memorials and private collections.
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 4 Middleburg, Holland

A Spicy History in Middelburg’s Dutch Harbor Town
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.
The Delta Works Stand Strong as a Technical Marvel
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 5 Kinderdijk — Rotterdam

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

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Zaandam–Haarlem

Windmills, Waterways, and Waving Fields of Flowers

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

Tulips and North Sea Trading Ports
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 7 Amsterdam

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

During tulip season, we highly recommend a Guided Optional Excursion to Keukenhof gardens—with more than seven million tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths, as well as other bulbs, planted each year.  Outside of tulip season, consider joining a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses. Or, choose an Optional City Biking Tour to discover the countryside.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Amsterdam (Disembarkation)

While your fabulous river cruise vacation ends with a wonderful breakfast this morning, you’ll surely take many wonderful memories with you and hopefully some fantastic photographs of your fascinating experiences.


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