15 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from Amsterdam to Amsterdam 2022

Avalon Waterways River Cruise - Amsterdam to Amsterdam

Springtime in Holland & Belgium

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Avalon Waterways
15 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from Amsterdam to Amsterdam 2022

River Cruise Description

If you've dreamed of seeing the legendary flowers of Holland and Belgium, this is the perfect way to spend springtime among the tulips! This 2-week European river cruise begins and ends in Amsterdam to explore the flowering fields, windmills, and delicious Dutch cuisine, culture, and art. Your first amazing stop is Rotterdam, Holland, where you'll explore the "Garden of Europe" at Keukenhof. Gaze across a kaleidoscope of flowering bulbs-blooming with 7 million tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths, to name a few.

In Antwerp, browse the central Grote Markt amid 16th-century guildhall houses and visit the Cathedral of Our Lady adorned with Rubens stunning altarpiece. Visit Ghent, "The Diamond of Flanders," and marvel at its medieval Flemish artwork. Walk the winding cobblestones and canals of Middelburg. See the windmills and historic harbor of Willemstad, and return to Amsterdam to browse the largest flower auction in the world or tour the city on a canal cruise. Envision the 17th-century maritime days of the Zuiderzee in Enkhuizen, see the second largest collection of Van Gogh masterpieces in Arnhem, and admire innovative architecture in Rotterdam. Return to Amsterdam to cruise its colorful canals. Windmills, waterways, and wonderful springtime views are all waiting for you on this river cruise through Holland and Belgium in tulip season. Select a special April 8 departure for the opportunity to visit the Floriade International Horticultural Expo!



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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 (EMBARKATION)

Welcome to Holland. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.
Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm.
Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
Your day in Amsterdam is free to explore at your leisure.
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
(D)

Day 2 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 3 ANTWERP, BELGIUM

Cathedrals, Carats and Crêpes
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.
Later, enjoy live entertainment onboard.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO GHENT
(B,L,D)

Day 4 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 5 MIDDLEBURG, HOLLAND

A Spicy History in Middleburg’s Dutch Harbor Town
Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.
Active
Explore Vlissingen 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
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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 6 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.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM
(B,L,D)

Day 7 AMSTERDAM

Canals of Colorful Amsterdam
Active
Start your day joining your Adventure Host on an early morning walk in Amsterdam, OR:
Discovery
Discover Aalsmeer Flower Auction—the largest in the world, where around 20 million flowers are sold every day. Later enjoy a typical Dutch breakfast, 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 8 AMSTERDAM

Holland’s Lively Capital
Your day in Amsterdam is free to explore at your leisure.
You may join a Guided Optional Excursion to beautiful Zaanse Schans, where you’ll see a wonderful collection of well-preserved historic windmills and Dutch houses.
OVERNIGHT SAILING TO ENKHUIZEN
(B,L,D)

Day 9 ENKHUIZEN

Tulips Fields, Flower Farms and the Zuiderzee
Enjoy a leisurely morning cruise.
Active
Explore Enkhuizen by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:
Discovery
Join a Guided Tour of local tulip fields and Dutch flower farms, OR:
Classic
Take a Guided Tour of Zuiderzee Museum to discover cultural traditions and maritime history.
Spend the rest of the afternoon walking or biking through Enkhuizen.
Later, enjoy onboard live entertainment.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ENKHUIZEN
(B,L,D)

Day 10 ENKHUIZEN

Home and Hearth in a Dutch Harbor Town
Visit the Adventure Center for Today’s activities with your Adventure Host.
Classic
Take a Guided Walking Tour of Enkhuizen to experience the charm and beauty of this historic harbor village.
Enjoy a brief afternoon cruise to Friesland.
SNEEK, FRIESLAND
The Heaven, Holsteins, and Horses of Friesland
Classic
Take a Guided Excursion to visit the Royal Eise Eisinga Planetarium—the oldest planetarium still working in the world. Watch for the world-famous black-and-white cattle and black Friesian horses.
Take time for a stroll before dinner.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN SNEEK
(B,L,D)

Day 11 LELYSTAD

Maritime Marvels of 17th-Century Shipbuilding and Horticoltural Expo
Enjoy a leisurely morning cruise.
Active
Enjoy a relaxing walk in Lelystad with your Adventure Host, OR:
Discovery
Learn all about the Netherlands’ shipbuilding and seafaring past on this exciting step into the Golden Age at the Batavia visitor’s center and museum, OR:
Discovery
Visit the Floriade, International Horticoltural Expo, an international exhibition of flowers and gardening that is held every 10 years in the Netherlands.
OVERNIGHT SAILING TO ARNHEM
*April 8, departure only
(B,L,D)

Day 12 ARNHEM

Spiced Honey Cake, WWII Valor and Van Gogh
Discovery
This morning, attend an Onboard Lecture about Holland and a tasting of the authentic Dutch Deventer Koek Cake while cruising to Arnhem.
Classic
Join a Guided Tour of the Airborne Museum of Hartenstein commemorating the 1944 WWII Battle of Arnhem, OR:
Classic
Take a Guided Tour of Arnhem’s Kröller-Müller Museum with the world’s second largest Van Gogh collection.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTTERDAM
(B,L,D)

Day 13 ROTTERDAM

Blooming Bulbs and Bold Bridge Design
Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.
Active
Experience Rotterdam by foot with your Adventure Host, OR:
Classic
Join a full or half-day Guided Tour of breathtaking Keukenhof—the world’s largest flower gardens—with more than seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths as well as other bulbs each year, OR:
Classic
Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Rotterdam featuring innovative architecture, including the marvelous Erasmus Bridge.
Sample artisan beer, a slice of appeltart (Dutch apple pie), or a koffie verkeerd. Take a bike from your ship to explore Rotterdam.Before dinner, enjoy a cruise through Rotterdam harbor.
Later, enjoy live entertainment onboard.
EVENING CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM
(B,L,D)

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”.
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 15 AMSTERDAM

Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.
(B)
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