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Avalon Waterways Tulip Time Highlights (WXA)

8 Day River Cruise Brussels to Amsterdam 
Make your visions of tulip season in Holland and Belgium come into view! Cruise from Brussels to Amsterdam for quintessential scenes of windmills, waterways, and rows of blooming color. Embark in Brussels and sail to Ghent—“The Diamond of Flanders.” Visit St. Bavo’s Cathedral with its stunning Flemish artwork. Sail to Bossuit for moving battlefield remembrances, including In Flanders Fields Museum and the Last Post Ceremony. On to Holland for a visit the former Dutch East India Company trading port. You’ll tour the Delta Works in Veere—a marvel of flood-protection. In Kinderdijk, see 19 windmills built in 1740 for water management, and in Rotterdam the Erasmus Bridge. You’ll see why windmills are a symbol of Holland!

Take in the tulips and other flowering bulbs in the flower farm regions of Zaandam and Haarlem, and conclude your river cruise through Belgium and Holland with a visit to Amsterdam. Take a guided canal cruise past bridges and homes of a golden age.

Ships: Imagery II

Avalon Highlights & Sightseeing

Day 1 Brussels (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Ghent: guided tour

Day 3 Bossuit: visit to Flanders Field Museum in Ypres; visit to the battlefields; Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate

Day 4 Middelburg–Veere: guided tour in Middelburg; guided tour of the Delta Works

Day 5 Kinderdijk–Rotterdam: guided tour in Kinderdijk and Rotterdam; harbor cruise in Rotterdam

Day 6 Zaandam–Haarlem: free time in Zaandam; guided tour in Haarlem

Day 7 Amsterdam: choice of canal cruise, or jogging tour

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

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Itinerary (2021)

Day 1BRUSSELS, BELGIUM (EMBARKATION)
 Welcome to Belgium. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.

Flights into Brussels must arrive by 2:00 pm.

Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

Enjoy dinner on board as you sail for Ghent this evening.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO GHENT

(D)
Day 2GHENT
 Ghent’s Cobblestones, Canals, and Cosmopolitan Charisma

Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.

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.

Alternatively, you may choose to join a full-day 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.

This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BOSSUIT

(B,L,D)
Day 3BOSSUIT
 Battlefield Remembrances in Flanders

DISCOVERY 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.

DISCOVERY Follow your visit to the museum with a journey back in time by visiting battlefields, cemeteries, memorials and private collections.

DISCOVERY 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.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MIDDELBURG

(B,L,D)
Day 4MIDDELBURG, HOLLAND
 A Spicy History in Middelburg’s Dutch Harbor Town

CLASSIC 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.

Enjoy lunch on board while cruising to Veere.

VEERE

The Delta Works Stand Strong as a Technical Marvel

DISCOVERY Join a Guided Tour of the Delta Works, the largest flood-protection system in the world, and a miracle of modern technology.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO KINDERDIJK

(B,L,D)
Day 5KINDERDIJK–ROTTERDAM
 Harnessing the Wind for 300 Years

Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

CLASSIC 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.


Enjoy a cruise through Rotterdam harbor.

CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Rotterdam featuring innovative architecture, including the marvelous Erasmus Bridge.


Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ZAANDAM

(B,L,D)
Day 6ZAANDAM–HAARLEM
 Windmills, Waterways, and Waving Fields of Flowers

Arrive in Zaandam this morning with free time to explore this quintessential Dutch town. During tulip season, you may take a Guided Optional Excursion to Keukenhof gardens. Outside of tulip season, join a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses.

Cruise to Haarlem this afternoon while enjoying lunch on board.

HAARLEM

Tulips and North Sea Trading Ports

CLASSIC 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.

Enjoy dinner on board your ship this evening as you sail to Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM

(B,L,D)
Day 7AMSTERDAM
 Canals of Colorful Amsterdam

CLASSIC Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age”, OR:

ACTIVE 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.

Choose an Optional City Biking Tour to discover the countryside.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM

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

(B)

Avalon Pricing Details

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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.

Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available.

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

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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*04/11/2021 $3,049.00
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