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Grand Tulip Cruise of Holland & Belgium

Example 15 Day Cruise aboard Avalon Imagery II
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Begin your cruise in Amsterdam, exploring this historic city's canals and cozy cafes. Sail to Arnhem to see the WWII Airborne Museum, explore Nijmegen, and visit the lovely forest setting of ‘s-Hertogenbosch to sample decadent Dutch chocolate desserts. In Maastricht, choose a sightseeing tour of the old cobblestoned university town, or visit a working mill to make your own Limburg pie. Sail on to Belgium for a sightseeing tour of medieval Namur, then explore the city of Antwerp before sailing back to Amsterdam passing through the historic cities of Brussels, Ghent, and Middelburg. All along the way, immerse yourself in the history and cultures of region, and enjoy brilliantly colorful fields of tulips in bloom. 
Church and Arch Bridge in Ghent, BelgiumBrilliant tulips growing near AmsterdamA moment of tranquility on a canalCruise through the canals of AmsterdamTake a tour to see the beautiful fields of tulips
Highlights
  • Discover the vibrant university town of Maastricht
  • Visit Antwerp's central Grote Markt, lined with 16th-century guildhalls
  • Tour the sights of the of the “Fiery City” of Liège
  • Join the tour of the Airborne Museum of Hartenstein in Arnhem
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Day 1: Amsterdam, Netherlands | Embark

Welcome to the Netherlands!  Your day in Amsterdam is free to explore at your leisure. During tulip season, 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.

Day 2: Arnhem | Nijmegen

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Join a guided tour of the Airborne Museum of Hartenstein commemorating the 1944 WWII Battle of Arnhem. Or, for a more active excursion, join a biking tour on the Hoge Veluwe National Park and admire its diversity of scenery, from dense forests to high sand dune.

Join your ship in Nijmegen and enjoy lunch onboard.

From Nijmegen, join a guided excursion to ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Sample a Bossche Bol—a decadent cream puff covered in Dutch chocolate. Or you can opt to visit a windmill and family-operated fruit and flower farm, where you can 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.

Sail out this evening for Venlo while dining on board.

Day 3: Maastricht

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Discover this vibrant university town with its lovely cathedrals, old houses, and buildings, and impressively cobblestoned town center. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

Day 4: Namur, Belgium

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 5: Liège

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 6: Antwerp | Brussels

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 7-8: Brussels

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
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. Or choose to see the major highlights of Brussels and join a do-it-yourself chocolate workshop for a fun and interactive experience. This afternoon is free to explore Brussels at your pace.

On the next day, spend the whole day at leisure to sample Brussels hearty cuisine and famous beer. Enjoy dinner on board as you sail for Ghent this evening.

Day 9: Ghent

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Ghent—“The Diamond of Flanders”— with a guided sightseeing tour of this showcase of medieval Flemish wealth. 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.

Day 10: Bossuit

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit the In Flanders’ Field Museum in Ypres— 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 permanent remembrance ever since. After your visit, enjoy lunch at the museum’s café.

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

Day 11: Middelburg | Veere

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Join a guided walking tour of the historic merchant city of Middelburg, with its 15th-century gothic Town Hall. 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.

Join a guided tour of the Delta Works, the largest flood-protection system in the world, and a miracle of modern technology.

Day 12: Kinderdijk | Rotterdam

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 Netherlands’ history and why it became a national symbol of the Netherlands.

This afternoon, join a guided sightseeing tour of Rotterdam featuring innovative architecture, including the marvelous Erasmus Bridge.

Day 13: Zaandam | Haarlem

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Zaandam this morning with free time to explore this quintessential Dutch town. See windmills, waterways, and flower farms, while discovering Dutch history in its handicraft shops and museums. Later visit Haarlem, a major flower bulb 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.

Day 14: Amsterdam

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a guided canal cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age. " Or opt for a more active excursion and 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.

You may choose an optional city biking tour to discover the countryside.

Day 15: Amsterdam | Disembark

Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

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Avalon Deluxe Stateroom: 172 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Complimentary bottled water, Individual climate control, Mirror in the bathroom, Full shower with glass door, Vanity, Memory foam mattress, European-style duvets.
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Avalon Deluxe Stateroom: 172 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Complimentary bottled water, Individual climate control, Mirror in the bathroom, Full shower with glass door, Vanity, Luxurious mattress, European-style duvets.
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Panorama Suite: 200 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Telephone, In-room safe, Contemporary design, Marble countertops in the bathroom, 6-person sitting area, Writing desk, Sofa, Memory foam mattress, European-style duvets.
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Panorama Suite: 200 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Telephone, In-room safe, contemporary design, Marble countertops in the bathroom, 6-person sitting area, Writing desk, Sofa, Luxurious mattress, European-style duvets.
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Panorama Suite: 200 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Telephone, Well-stocked minibar, In-room safe, Contemporary design, Marble countertops in the bathroom, 6-person sitting area, Writing desk, Sofa, Memory foam mattress, European-style duvets
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Royal Suite: 300 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Telephone, Well-stocked minibar, Marble countertops in the bathroom, Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window with Open-Air Balcony, Full shower with glass door, Luxurious mattress toppers, European-style duvets.
Included
  • 12 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 12 Dinners
  • 14 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Bottled water replenished daily
  • Personal headset for excursions. 
  • Onboard Adventure Center with active gear, bikes, Nordic walking sticks, watercraft and maps. 
  • Wifi
  • Complimentary fresh fruit available daily
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant or on board your vessel
  • Port Fees
  • Porterage
  • Passport or Visa fees

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