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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the Panorama Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes, and vegetarian options.
Enjoy a tasting menu with a view in the Panorama Bistro - a less formal "sit-down" atmosphere while lingering over several satisfying selections
Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapés
Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests
Cocktails available on the Sky Deck
Fresh fruit available throughout the day
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.
Avalon has designedincluded activitieswith a choice of experiences.
Initial deposit is $450, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card.
Final payment is due 100 days prior to departure by check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover/Novus, and American Express. All final payments by credit card may be subject to a surcharge and maximum of $20,000 charge
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