Tulip Time in Holland & Belgium with 1 Night in Amsterdam for Garden & Nature Lovers

9 Day River Cruise Amsterdam to Brussels

Cruise WAXQ-T1

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If you’re passionate about gardening, or you simply love nature, this Tulip Time cruise is for you! A special interest departure designed with inspirational horticultural art in mind to include the magnificent 70-acre gardens of Keukenhof. Special features combined with the season of endless rows of blooming colors make your cruise through Holland and Belgium one to be pressed in the memory books.

Begin your vacation before your cruise with a night in Amsterdam and a canal cruise with an expert Local Guide. Board your Suite Ship® for a view filled with windmills and blooming fields of color in Holland and Belgium on your European river cruise from Amsterdam to Brussels! Cruise on the Rhine River with a visit to Arnhem’s WWII Airborne Museum, and join your ship in Nijmegen and visit the lovely forest setting of ‘s-Hertogenbosch to sample decadent Dutch chocolate desserts. You may alternatively visit a fruit and flower farm to hear the history of a 15th-century windmill. Take a carriage ride through the nearby nature reserve to watch for herons, storks, birds of prey, and wild horses. In Maastricht, tour the old cobblestoned university town, or visit a working mill to make Limburg pie.

On to Belgium for a sightseeing tour of medieval Namur. In Liège, see the ancient quarters of the “Fiery City,” and explore the city of Antwerp. See the cathedral’s stunning altarpiece paintings by the Flemish master Peter Paul Rubens. Explore Brussels with a guided tour of its landmarks.

Accompanying your cruise is a botany expert who shares fascinating facts about gardening and the world of plants. You’ll learn a lot with knowledgeable onboard lectures on your Garden & Nature Lover cruise. Memories of Holland and Belgium will bloom in your memory for seasons to come!
If you’re passionate about gardening, or you simply love nature, this Tulip Time cruise is for you! A special interest departure designed with inspirational horticultural art in mind to include the magnificent 70-acre gardens of Keukenhof. Special features combined with the season of endless rows of blooming colors make your cruise through Holland and Belgium one to be pressed in the memory books.

Begin your vacation before your cruise with a night in Amsterdam and a canal cruise with an expert Local Guide. Board your Suite Ship® for a view filled with windmills and blooming fields of color in Holland and Belgium on your European river cruise from Amsterdam to Brussels! Cruise on the Rhine River with a visit to Arnhem’s WWII Airborne Museum, and join your ship in Nijmegen and visit the lovely forest setting of ‘s-Hertogenbosch to sample decadent Dutch chocolate desserts. You may alternatively visit a fruit and flower farm to hear the history of a 15th-century windmill. Take a carriage ride through the nearby nature reserve to watch for herons, storks, birds of prey, and wild horses. In Maastricht, tour the old cobblestoned university town, or visit a working mill to make Limburg pie.

On to Belgium for a sightseeing tour of medieval Namur. In Liège, see the ancient quarters of the “Fiery City,” and explore the city of Antwerp. See the cathedral’s stunning altarpiece paintings by the Flemish master Peter Paul Rubens. Explore Brussels with a guided tour of its landmarks.

Accompanying your cruise is a botany expert who shares fascinating facts about gardening and the world of plants. You’ll learn a lot with knowledgeable onboard lectures on your Garden & Nature Lover cruise. Memories of Holland and Belgium will bloom in your memory for seasons to come!

Book your cruise with or without flights

Cruise prices are shown without flights included in case you wish to book them separately, or aren't ready to return home when you disembark! Or we can book your flights for you from most UK airports, with overseas transfers and ATOL protection included. The choice is yours!

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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 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND


Welcome to Holland. Your day in Amsterdam is free to explore at your leisure.

Day 2 AMSTERDAM (EMBARKATION)

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • 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.”


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 breathtaking Keukenhof—known as the “Garden of Europe”—for its 70 acres of lush parkland, lakes, and the world’s largest flower gardens—with more than seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths as well as other bulbs, planted each year.


Later on, board your Avalon Suite Ship®.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ARNHEM


Day 3 ARNHEM–NIJMEGEN

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

A Duke’s Forest and a Dutch Treat

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 the Airborne Museum of Hartenstein commemorating the 1944 WWII Battle of Arnhem, 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.

Join a Biking Tour on the Hoge Veluwe National Park and admire its diversity of scenery, from dense forests to high sand dune.

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 your ship in Nijmegen and enjoy lunch onboard.Join a Guided Excursion to ‘s-Hertogenbosch (meaning the Duke’s Forest). Sample a Bossche Bol—a decadent cream puff covered in Dutch chocolate, OR:Visit a windmill and family-operated fruit and flower farm. Hear the history of a 15th century windmill with a local flour miller. Then, enjoy a carriage ride through the Ooijpolder nature reserve—home to herons, storks, birds of prey, and wild horses.Sail out this evening for Venlo while dining on board.AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO VENLO

Day 4 MAASTRICHT

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Dutch History, Modern Spirit, and Fresh Pie
Enjoy an early morning sailing to Maastricht.

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.

Discover this vibrant university town with its lovely cathedrals, old houses, and buildings, and impressively cobblestoned town center, OR:


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.

Take a Guided Visit to an old working mill still in operation. At the end of your visit, join the interactive museum and bake your own Vlaai—a delicious Limburg pie.


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 Experience in a unique natural reserve and discover the typical heath landscape of Benelux.


Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NAMUR


Day 5 NAMUR, BELGIUM

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Ancient Architecture and Charming Cafés

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.

While sailing satisfy your curiosity about botany and nature during a lecture hosted by a local expert.


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 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.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NAMUR


Day 6 LIÈGE

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Historic Wonders and Wonderful Waffles

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 the “Fiery City” of Liège with its beautiful ancient quarters, peculiar alleys, and romantic streets. Don’t miss sampling authentically sweet Liège Waffles.


EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ANTWERP


Day 7 ANTWERP

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

A Grand Gothic Cathedral in Artful Antwerp

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.

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.


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.

While sailing satisfy your curiosity about botany and nature during a lecture hosted by a local expert.


Enjoy cocktail or coffee aboard your ship as you sail to Brussels this afternoon.
Later, enjoy dinner and live entertainment.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BRUSSELS


Day 8 BRUSSELS

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Ancient Landmarks and New Finds

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 Brussels, see the Town Hall with its landmark buildings and discover the many local bars, cafés and shops of the Lower Town Streets, OR:


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.

See the major highlights of Brussels and join a do-it-yourself chocolate workshop for a fun and interactive experience.


The afternoon is free to explore Brussels at your pace.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BRUSSELS


Day 9 BRUSSELS (DISEMBARKATION)

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast

Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

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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.