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Avalon Waterways Tulips of Northern Holland (WHA)

8 Day River Cruise Amsterdam to Amsterdam 
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.

Ships: Tranquility II - Artistry II

Avalon Highlights & Sightseeing

Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Enkhuizen: Choice of visit to the famous tulip fields or guided visit to the Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen

Day 3 Enkhuizen. Excursion to Friesland-Sneek: Guided walk of Enkhuizen; excursion to Friesland, visit the planetarium; free tim in Sneek

Day 4 Lelystad: Choice of guided tour of the Batavia shipyard or visit the Floriade International Horticultural Expo*; onboard cheese and Genever tasting

Day 5 Arnhem: Lecture and local specialties tasting on board; choice of visit to the Airborne Museum of Hartenstein or to the Kröller-Müller Museum

Day 6 Rotterdam: Choice of half or full-day visit to Keukenhof Gardens or Rotterdam walking tour; harbor cruise in Rotterdam

Day 7 Amsterdam: Canal cruise

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

* April 15 & 22 departures only

Special Interest Departures

03/25/2022 - Tulips of Northern Holland for Garden & Nature Lovers
04/03/2022 - Tulips of Northern Holland for Garden & Nature Lovers

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Itinerary (2022)

Day 1AMSTERDAM, 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

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Day 2ENKHUIZEN
 Tulips Fields, Flower Farms and the Zuiderzee

Enjoy a leisurely morning cruise

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
 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 4LELYSTAD
 Maritime Marvels of 17th-Century Shipbuilding and Horticoltural Expo

Enjoy a leisurely morning cruise.

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 5ARNHEM
 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 6ROTTERDAM
 Blooming Bulbs and Bold Bridge Design

Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

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 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 our Guided Jogging Tour of the city—all at an easy pace with stops for commentary.

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 8AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)
 Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

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Avalon Pricing Details

Port charges:
$196

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 price. Triples not available.

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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Tour Land StartAvalon RetailRequest Quote
*03/25/2022 $2,749.00
*04/03/2022 $2,999.00
04/15/2022 $3,099.00
04/22/2022 $3,199.00
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