Tulip Time Highlights 2020

8 day River Cruise Brussels to Amsterdam

Cruise WXA

From 

£2,231  pp

Cruise only

Departing 12 April 2020

From 

£3,460  pp

Cruise with flights & transfers

From London Heathrow

Overview

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.

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.

Itinerary

Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are three types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:

Classic

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

Active

Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

Discovery

We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.

Classic
<p>Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.</p>
Active

Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

Discovery

We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.

Day 1 BRUSSELS, BELGIUM (EMBARKATION)

  • Meals included:
  • Dinner

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

Day 2 GHENT

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Ghent’s Cobblestones, Canals, and Cosmopolitan Charisma

Classic

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

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

Day 3 BOSSUIT

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Battlefield Remembrances in Flanders

Discovery

We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.

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

We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.

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

Discovery

We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.

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

Day 4 MIDDELBURG, HOLLAND

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

A Spicy History in Middelburg’s Dutch Harbor Town

Classic

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

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

We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.

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

Day 5 KINDERDIJK—ROTTERDAM

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Harnessing the Wind for 300 Years

Classic

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

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

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

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

Day 6 ZAANDAM—HAARLEM

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

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

Day 7 AMSTERDAM

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Canals of Colorful Amsterdam

Classic

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

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

Active

Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

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

Day 8 AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast

Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

Questions? Our travel specialists can help with any queries, quotes or special requirements.  Request a callback or email us.

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.

Cruise options

Start sooner, stay longer. Start your vacation earlier or stay longer with destination options before or after your Avalon cruise.

Tulip Time Highlights 2020

What's included

Cruise only

From £2,231 pp

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Cruise Only holiday option.

  • Services of a cruise director
  • Wine & beer with lunch and dinner
  • Excursions
  • Gratuities on cruise
  • Porterage
  • Headset
  • All port taxes
  • Onboard meals including à la carte dinners
  • Sightseeing with expert local guides
  • Complimentary bicycles
  • Onboard local entertainment
  • Complimentary wi-fi onboard

Cruise with flights & transfers

From £3,460 pp

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes private home pick-up to your chosen airport, return flights, and overseas transfers to your ship.

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a cruise director
  • Accommodation
  • Wine & beer with lunch and dinner
  • Excursions
  • Gratuities on cruise
  • Porterage
  • Headset
  • All airport and port taxes
  • Onboard meals including à la carte dinners
  • Sightseeing with expert local guides
  • Complimentary bicycles
  • Onboard local entertainment
  • Complimentary wi-fi onboard

Ship details

Avalon Imagery II

One of 2016's two new additions to the youngest fleet on Europe's waterways, the Imagery II accommodates 128 passengers and continues all of Avalon's excellent Suite Ship traditions. Choose from two full decks of Panorama Suites, featuring wall-to-wall panoramic windows that transform the living space into a unique open-air balcony. Wake each morning with a view of the splendid passing scenery. Onboard amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi access, an expanded fitness centre, hair salon, an elevator, alternative light dining options in the Panorama Bistro or al fresco grill lunch at the Sky Bistro, and an expansive Sky Deck with whirlpool, premium lounge chairs, a shade system and deck games.

Deluxe Stateroom (D,E)
172 sq.ft., Indigo Deck
Deluxe Stateroom - Indigo Deck Forward - floorplan
Picture of Deluxe Stateroom - Indigo Deck Forward (172sq ft)
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM, featuring premium memory foam mattress toppers with special construction for increased air flow and ventilation
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, blankets & European-style duvets
  • Choice of soft or firm pillows
  • Choice of bed configuration - two twins or one queen
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium bath products
  • Spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels & built in alarm clock
  • Writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • In-room safe
  • Individual climate control
  • Continental breakfast and beverage room service available (service charge applies)
Panorama Suite (A,B,P)
200 sq.ft, Sapphire and Royal Decks
Panorama Suite - Sapphire Deck Aft - floorplan
Picture of Panorama Suite with floor-to-ceiling windows - Sapphire Deck Aft (200sq ft)
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window measuring 11ft — 50% wider than the industry standard
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window opens to create a large Open-Air Balcony®
  • Open-Air Balcony with spacious seating area
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM, featuring premium memory foam mattress toppers with special construction for increased air flow and ventilation
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, blankets & European-style duvets
  • Choice of soft or firm pillows
  • Choice of bed configuration - two twins or one queen
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium bath products
  • Spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels & built in alarm clock
  • Writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • In-room safe
  • Individual climate control
  • Continental breakfast and beverage room service available (service charge applies)
Royal Suite (S)
300 sq.ft., Royal Deck
Royal Suite - Royal Deck - floorplan
Picture of Royal Suite with floor-to-ceiling windows - Royal Deck (300sq ft)
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window measuring 11ft — 50% wider than the industry standard
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window opens to create a large Open-Air Balcony®
  • Open-Air Balcony with spacious seating area
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM, featuring premium memory foam mattress toppers with special construction for increased air flow and ventilation
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, blankets & European-style duvets
  • Choice of soft or firm pillows
  • Choice of bed configuration - two twins or one queen or one king
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium bath products
  • Spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels & built in alarm clock
  • Writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • In-room safe
  • Individual climate control
  • Continental breakfast and beverage room service available (service charge applies)
Deck Plans
Avalon Imagery II deck plan

Deck plan key

  • Sky Lounge
  • Navigation Bridge
  • Sky Bistro
  • Whirlpool
  • Premium lounge chairs and shade awnings
  • Deck Game area
  • Observation Lounge
  • Panorama Bistro
  • Panorama Lounge
  • Bar
  • Reception/Guest sevices
  • Lift
  • Atrium
  • Club Lounge
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Fitness centre

Stateroom categories

  • Royal Suite
  • Royal Deck
  • Category P
  • Royal Deck
  • Category A
  • Sapphire Deck Forward
  • Category B
  • Sapphire Deck Aft
  • Category D
  • Indigo Deck Aft
  • Category E
  • Indigo Deck Forward