Grand Tulip Cruise Of Holland & Belgium

10/25/2020 through 04/15/2021
10/25/2020 through 05/02/2021
Avalon Waterways

Begin your tulip season cruise in Amsterdam. In Arnhem, tour its WWII Airborne Museum commemorating the brave battle of 1944. If you prefer, take a guided bike ride in the Hoge Veluwe National Park and admire its diversity of scenery. In Maastricht tour the old cobblestoned university town.

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 Peter Paul Rubens. Stroll its cobbled lanes amid 16th-century guildhall houses and the cathedral’s stunning altarpiece paintings by the famous artist. In Brussels, you’ll find landmark buildings and a collection of cafes and shops on your guided tour. Visit “The Diamond of Flanders”, Ghent, for stunning Flemish artwork in St. Bavo’s Cathedral. Explore more of the Flanders area with tours in Bossuit-the In Flanders Fields Museum and moving battlefield memorials and memorabilia.

In Middelburg, explore its grand history in the Dutch East India Company. Tour the Veere Delta Works to see the world’s largest flood-protection system. Continue your cruise through Kinderdijk-where windmills built in 1740 for water management helped the iconic structures become a symbol of Holland. See the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam, and the quintessential Dutch towns of Zaandam and Haarlem with their signature flower farms, windmills, waterways, and North Sea trading. Your cruise through Holland and Belgium returns to Amsterdam for a guided canal cruise through the iconic city.

Included Features:

Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Nijmegen. Excursion to Arnhem: choice of biking tour, or guided sightseeing of Arnhem, or guided tour of Airborne Museum in Arnhem; free time in Nijmegen

Day 3 Maastricht: guided tour

Day 4 Namur: guided tour

Day 5 Liège: guided tour

Day 6 Antwerp–Brussels: guided tour in Antwerp, visit the central Grote Markt; free time in the evening in Brussels

Day 7 Brussels: choice of guided tour, see the town hall or chocolate workshop

Day 8 Brussels: day at leisure

Day 9 Ghent: guided tour

Day 10 Bossuit: visit to Flanders Field Museum in Ypres; visit to the battlefields; Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate

Day 11 Middelburg–Veere: guided tour in Middelburg; guided tour of the Delta Works

Day 12 Kinderdijk–Rotterdam: guided tour in Kinderdijk and Rotterdam; harbor cruise in Rotterdam

Day 13 Zaandam–Haarlem: free time in Zaandam; guided tour in Haarlem

Day 14 Amsterdam: choice of canal cruise or biking tour

Day 15 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your cruise ends this morning

Itinerary

Day 1 Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation)
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Day 2 Nijmegen. Excursion To Arnhem
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Day 3 Maastricht
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Day 4 Namur, Belgium
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Day 5 Liège
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Day 6 Antwerp
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Day 7 Brussels
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Day 8 Brussels
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Day 9 Ghent
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Day 10 Bossuit
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Day 11 Middelburg, Holland
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Day 12 Kinderdijk – Rotterdam
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Day 13 Zaandam – Haarlem
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Day 14 Amsterdam
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Day 15 Amsterdam (Disembarkation)
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