8 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from Amsterdam to Amsterdam 2022

Avalon Waterways River Cruise - Amsterdam to Amsterdam

Tulips of Northern Holland

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

River Cruise Description

Explore the legendary sites of Holland and some off-the-beaten-path locales as well on this springtime river cruise through Northern Holland. Embark from Amsterdam and visit the famous fields of blooming tulips, or take a guided visit to the Zuiderzee Museum to experience the local culture and Dutch maritime history. There is an opportunity to meet some of the locals before continuing your river cruise through the area of Friesland. Here, you'll visit the Royal Planetarium, nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Lelystad, visit the Batavia shipyard and board an exact replica of the Batavia ship itself. Get a true taste of the culture with an onboard tasting of local cheese and Genever. Cruise through the modern harbor of Rotterdam after a half- or full-day excursion to see the breathtaking colors of Keukenhof, also known as the "Garden of Europe." With over 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.

A river cruise through Holland would not be complete without some time in Holland's colorful capital of Amsterdam. The city combines its historical 17th-century buildings, sculptures, and museums with a modern feel. 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." Experience the amazing Floriade International Horticultural Expo with select departures on April 15 and 22.



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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 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
(D)

Day 2 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 3 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 Heavens, 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 4 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*. DISCOVERY Enjoy an onboard Cheese Tasting with Genever—the national and traditional liquor of the Netherlands.
OVERNIGHT SAILING TO ARNHEM
*April 15 & 22 departures only
(B,L,D)

Day 5 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 6 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 on board.
EVENING CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM
(B,L,D)

Day 7 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 8 AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)

Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.
(B)
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