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Avalon Waterways Tulip Time in Holland & Belgium (WAX)

8 days Amsterdam to Brussels 
If you’ve dreamed of a view filled with windmills and blooming fields of color in Holland and Belgium, it all comes true on your European river cruise from Amsterdam to Brussels! Cruise on the Rhine River with a visit to Arnhem’s WWII Airborne Museum, and join your ship in Nijmegen and visit the lovely forest setting of ‘s-Hertogenbosch to sample decadent Dutch chocolate desserts. You may alternatively visit a fruit and flower farm to meet with the miller there to hear the history of a 15th-century windmill. A carriage ride takes you through the nearby nature reserve to watch for herons, storks, birds of prey, and wild horses. If you prefer, take a guided bike ride along the Rhine River banks of Arnhem. In Maastricht, choose a sightseeing tour of the old cobblestoned university town, or visit a working mill to make your own Limburg pie.

On to Belgium for a sightseeing tour of medieval Namur and free time to browse its ancient architecture, charming cafes, and bookshops. In Liège, see the ancient quarters of the “Fiery City” as well as its romantic streets, steps, and tiny alleyways. Next, you’ll explore the city of Antwerp—birthplace of the master painter Pieter Paul Rubens. Stroll its cobbled lanes amid 16th-century guildhall houses and the cathedral’s stunning altarpiece paintings by the famous artist on your guided tour of the diamond capital. In Brussels, you’ll find landmark buildings of Town Hall with a collection of cafes and shops on the Lower Town streets on your guided tour. Memories of Holland and Belgium will bloom in your memory for seasons to come!

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Special Offer/Promotion

Avalon Waterways Promotions & Special Offers

  • Save $1,500 per couple on select 2020 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 04/05/20, 05/03/20
  • Save $500 per couple on select 2020 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 04/19/20
  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2020 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 04/05/20, 04/19/20, 05/03/20
Restrictions May Apply

Avalon Highlights & Sightseeing

Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Arnhem—Nijmegen: guided tour of Airborne Museum in Arnhem; choice of guided excursion to ‘s-Hertogenbosch, or visit to a fruit and flower farm, or bike tour

Day 3 Maastricht: choice of guided tour, or guided visit to a mill

Day 4 Namur: guided tour

Day 5 Liège: guided tour

Day 6 Antwerp: guided tour, visit the central Grote Markt

Day 7 Brussels: guided tour, see the town hall

Day 8 Brussels (Disembarkation): your cruise ends this morning

Special Interest Departures

04/19/2020 - Tulip Time in Holland & Belgium WWI Remembrance & History Cruise
05/03/2020 - Tulip Time in Holland & Belgium for Garden & Nature Lovers

Related Avalon Tours

WAX - Tulip Time in Holland & Belgium
WAXQ - With 1 Night in Amsterdam
WXA - Tulip Time Highlights

Itinerary (2020)

Day 1AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)
 Welcome to Holland. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.

Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 2 pm.

Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

Your day in Amsterdam is free to explore at your leisure.

During tulip season, you may take 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, join a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ARNHEM

(D)
Day 2ARNHEM
 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.

Join your ship in Nijmegen and enjoy lunch onboard.

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 century 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 Join in a Guided Bike Ride to explore the river banks of Arnhem.

Sail out this evening for Venlo while dining on board.

AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO VENLO

(B,L,D)
Day 3MAASTRICHT
 Dutch History, Modern Spirit, and Fresh Pie

Enjoy an early morning sailing to Maastricht.

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.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NAMUR

(B,L,D)
Day 4NAMUR, BELGIUM
 Ancient Architecture and Charming Cafés

CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the picturesque old-town, fortress citadel, and medieval architecture.

Take free time to stroll along Namur’s cobblestone lanes and visit its charming cafés and bookshops. This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NAMUR

(B,L,D)
Day 5LIÈGE
 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.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ANTWERP

(B,L,D)
Day 6ANTWERP
 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.

Enjoy cocktail or coffee aboard your ship as you sail to Brussels this afternoon. Later, enjoy dinner and live entertainment.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BRUSSELS

(B,L,D)
Day 7BRUSSELS
 Ancient Landmarks and New Finds

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.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BRUSSELS

(B,L,D)
Day 8BRUSSELS (DISEMBARKATION)
 Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

(B)

Avalon Pricing Details

Port charges:
$182

Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included on Avalon portion only.

Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability).

Please call for single accommodation details and prices. Triples not available.

Extra nights per person in Brussels:
in single room from $190 to $288,in twin room from $119 to $174

All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.

To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:

Category / Decks / Price
D / Indigo Deck / $199
B / Sapphire Deck / $1,149
A / Sapphire Deck / $1,199
P / Royal Deck / $1,299
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $2,199

NOTE:
Special Interest Cruises: Garden & Nature May 3; WWI Remembrance & History April 19

Avalon Notes

  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

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*04/19/2020 Special Offer/Promotion $3,149.00
*05/03/2020 Special Offer/Promotion $3,299.00
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