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Avalon Waterways Tulips of Northern Holland (WHA)

8 days Amsterdam to Amsterdam 
Explore the well-known sites of Holland, plus some off the beaten path, for a unique and fascinating river cruise vacation! In Northern Holland, you may opt to see the colorful fields of tulips which make this part of the country so beautiful. Alternatively, in Enkhuizen, you may prefer to visit the Zuiderzee Museum to experience the local culture and history. Also, there’s 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.

You’ll visit Lelystad’s the Batavia shipyard and board an exact replica of the Batavia ship itself. Get a true taste of the culture with an introduction to local cheese and Genever! Cruise through the modern harbor of Rotterdam and go on a guided excursion to Gouda, famous for its cheese of the same name. For garden enthusiasts, you may, instead, choose 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.

A river cruise through Holland would not be complete without some time in Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam. The city combines its historical 17th-century buildings, sculptures, and museums with a modern feel. See the most fascinating areas of the city on a canal cruise along the elegant Grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.” Sail into new worlds to discover the stunning beauty, ancient history, and welcoming traditions that await you!

Ships: Tranquility II - Artistry II - Visionary
Special Offer/Promotion

Avalon Waterways Promotions & Special Offers

  • Fly Free from select US cities on select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 04/05/19, 04/26/19, 05/03/19, 03/29/19, 04/01/19
  • Book group air and save $1000 per person on select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 03/29/19, 04/01/19, 04/05/19, 04/26/19, 05/03/19
  • Save $1,000 per couple on select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 04/12/19, 04/19/19
  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 03/29/19
Restrictions May Apply

Avalon Highlights & Sightseeing

Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): on board welcome reception

Day 2 Hoorn–Enkhuizen: choice of visit to the famous tulip fields, or guided visit to the Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen

Day 3 Enkhuizen. Excursion to Friesland: choice of guided walk of Enkhuizen, or “Experience the Dutch” outing; excursion to Friesland, visit the planetarium

Day 4 Lelystad–Kampen: guided tour of the Batavia shipyard in Lelystad; cheese and genever tasting on board

Day 5 Gelderse lIjssel–Arnhem: lecture and local specialties tasting on board; choice of visit Museum Hartenstein, or the Kröller-Müller Museum

Day 6 Rotterdam: choice of excursion to Keukenhof Gardens, or to the city of Gouda; harbour cruise in Rotterdam

Day 7 Amsterdam: canal cruise

Day 8 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning

Itinerary (2019)

Day 1AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)
 Welcome to Amsterdam. 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.

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.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO HOORN

(D)
Day 2HOORN
 The Trading Port‘s Heyday Still Lives in Hoorn’s History

ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Walk.

Take advantage of the free time left to take a bike ride, or a walk through the historic North Sea trading port of Hoorn.

AFTERNOON CRUISE TO ENKHUIZEN

ENKHUIZEN

A Harbor Town’s History of Tulips, Trading, and the Zuiderzee

CLASSIC Take a guided tour of Zuiderzee Museum to discover cultural traditions and maritime history, OR:

DISCOVERY Join a Guided Tour of local tulip fields and Dutch flower farms.

Spend the rest of the afternoon walking or biking through Enkhuizen. Later, enjoy onboard live entertainment.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ENKHUIZEN

(B,L,D)
Day 3ENKHUIZEN
 Dutch Delicacies with New Friends—in an Old Harbor Town

CLASSIC Take a Guided Walking Tour of Enkhuizen to get better acquainted with the charm and beauty of this historic harbor village, OR:

DISCOVERY Join us at the home of a Dutch family for authentic samples of local specialties and conversation, for a true Dutch experience.

Enjoy a brief afternoon cruise to Friesland.

SNEEK, FRIESLAND

Planets and Stars, Famous Cows, and Black 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.

Re-join your ship in Sneek. There is time for a stroll before dinner. This evening enjoy live entertainment on board.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN SNEEK

(B,L,D)
Day 4KAMPEN
 The Golden Age of Ship-Building, the National Liquor, and Cheese

DISCOVERY Take a Guided Tour of Lelystad’s Batavia Shipyard and board the hand-built replica of the historic Batavia.

DISCOVERY Enjoy an onboard Cheese Tasting with Genever—the national and traditional liquor of the Netherlands.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN KAMPEN

(B,L,D)
Day 5GELDERSE IJSSEL–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.

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 6ROTTERDAM
 Windmills and Skyscrapers in Holland’s Modern Maritime Marvel

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.

CLASSIC Enjoy an afternoon Guided Tour of Gouda-famous for its Dutch yellow cheese, stroopwafels (syrup waffles), and Gouda candles.

Sample artisan beer, a slice of appeltart (Dutch apple pie), or a koffie verkeerd. 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 on board.

EVENING CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM

(B,L,D)
Day 7AMSTERDAM
 Colorful Amsterdam—with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Dutch Specialties

CLASSIC Take a Guided Canal Cruise to explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam. Float along the Grachten past Amsterdam’s stately homes of the Golden Age.

Join an Optional Culinary Walk through Amsterdam to sample savory and sweet Dutch specialties, or choose an Optional City Biking Tour to discover the countryside. Alternatively take an Optional Excursion to Holland’s beautiful medieval Muiderslot Castle.

Explore Amsterdam’s colorful streets and canal houses, galleries, and shops.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM

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

(B)

Avalon Pricing Details

Port charges:
$182

Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.

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

Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:
in single room from $204 to $387, in twin room from $132 to $227

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 / $1149
A / Sapphire Deck / $1199
P / Royal Deck / $1299
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $2199

Avalon Notes

  • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

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*03/29/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $2,549.00
*04/01/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $2,599.00
*04/05/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $2,699.00
*04/12/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $2,799.00
*04/19/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $2,999.00
*04/26/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $3,099.00
*05/03/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $3,199.00
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