Tulip Time Cruise for Garden & Nature Lovers 2019

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Overview

On this garden-and nature-themed Tulip Time cruise, visit spectacular Keukenhof near Lisse, Antwerp’s Botanical Gardens, and small, hidden-away private gardens in Amsterdam. This scenic river cruise begins in Holland’s modern capital of Amsterdam. This 700-year-old city offers classic architecture, cafés, and restaurants to explore, as wells as the legendary canals and bridges crisscrossing the city. 

Set sail for destinations in Holland and Belgium, and cruise through Rotterdam’s harbor, noted as the world’s busiest port. Garden enthusiasts will delight in the breathtaking colors of Keukenhof, also known as the “Garden of Europe.” With 70 acres of parkland and lakes, it’s one of the world’s largest flower gardens. Alternatively, an excursion to the city of Gouda, famous for its cheese, is available. Next, sail to Antwerp, Belgium’s second-largest city, with ancient buildings and monuments combining with modern architecture in this medieval port city’s many chic shops, museums, galleries, and cafés. The Grote Markt is located in the heart of the old city quarter and includes the splendid City Hall, beautiful 16th-century homes, and the splendid Botanical Gardens—an oasis in the heart of the city. 

In Ghent, join a local expert for a guided tour of the city, including a visit to St. Baaf’s Cathedral, housing important works of Flemish art. Return to Holland, and visit the historic trading port of Middelburg. See its gothic Town Hall, Abbey Tower, and bustling Market Square. You’ll marvel at the technical miracle of the 6-mile-long Delta Works, a storm flood barrier constructed after 1,800 people drowned in the floods of 1953. 

This beautiful and historic springtime river cruise vacation concludes in Holland’s capital city with a canal cruise along the elegant grachten, or a visit to some of the city’s best-kept secrets—the private gardens and courtyards of Amsterdam.

 

On this garden-and nature-themed Tulip Time cruise, visit spectacular Keukenhof near Lisse, Antwerp’s Botanical Gardens, and small, hidden-away private gardens in Amsterdam. This scenic river cruise begins in Holland’s modern capital of Amsterdam. This 700-year-old city offers classic architecture, cafés, and restaurants to explore, as wells as the legendary canals and bridges crisscrossing the city. 

Set sail for destinations in Holland and Belgium, and cruise through Rotterdam’s harbor, noted as the world’s busiest port. Garden enthusiasts will delight in the breathtaking colors of Keukenhof, also known as the “Garden of Europe.” With 70 acres of parkland and lakes, it’s one of the world’s largest flower gardens. Alternatively, an excursion to the city of Gouda, famous for its cheese, is available. Next, sail to Antwerp, Belgium’s second-largest city, with ancient buildings and monuments combining with modern architecture in this medieval port city’s many chic shops, museums, galleries, and cafés. The Grote Markt is located in the heart of the old city quarter and includes the splendid City Hall, beautiful 16th-century homes, and the splendid Botanical Gardens—an oasis in the heart of the city. 

In Ghent, join a local expert for a guided tour of the city, including a visit to St. Baaf’s Cathedral, housing important works of Flemish art. Return to Holland, and visit the historic trading port of Middelburg. See its gothic Town Hall, Abbey Tower, and bustling Market Square. You’ll marvel at the technical miracle of the 6-mile-long Delta Works, a storm flood barrier constructed after 1,800 people drowned in the floods of 1953. 

This beautiful and historic springtime river cruise vacation concludes in Holland’s capital city with a canal cruise along the elegant grachten, or a visit to some of the city’s best-kept secrets—the private gardens and courtyards of Amsterdam.

 

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 (Embarkation)

  • Meals included:
  • Dinner

Welcome to Amsterdam.

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

You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to beautiful Zaanse Schans where you’ll see a wonderful collection of well-preserved historic windmills and Dutch houses.

Enjoy dinner and explore the ship on your first night on board.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTTERDAM

Day 2 Rotterdam

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Windmills and Skyscrapers in Holland’s Modern Maritime Marvel

This morning cruise through Rotterdam harbour.

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, OR:

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.

Enjoy an afternoon excursion to Gouda. You’ll join a Guided Tour of the town famous for the Dutch yellow cheese that bears its name—as well as stroopwafels (syrup waffles), Gouda candles, and beautiful city centre.

Take some free time to relax on the harbor-side in Rotterdam with an artisan beer, a slice of appeltart (Dutch apple pie), and a koffie verkeerd, a typical Dutch drink of half coffee, half milk. Take a bike from your ship to explore Rotterdam and the surrounding area.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ANTWERP

Day 3 Antwerp

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Gothic Cathedral, Crêpes, and Waffles 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., 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.

Visit the Arboretum Kalmthout where you will admire an amazing variety of plants, tree and flowers.

You may choose to join a guided optional excursion to the nearby capital, Brussels—considered home to the European Union, and admire its magnificent palaces and cathedrals.

You might prefer to take time on your own to indulge in Antwerp’s signature Belgian waffles and crêpes—or explore this bike-friendly city from its old wharfs to its legendary diamond district. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO GHENT

Day 4 Ghent

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Ghent’s Cobblestones, Canals, and Cosmopolitan Charisma

You’ll have time for an early-morning walk (or jog) to explore the architecture and canals of Ghent—“Belgium’s best-kept secret.”

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, 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.

Visit the Zwin Nature reserve with its unique landscapes and birds.

You may choose to join a 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.

EVENING CRUISE TO MIDDELBURG

Day 5 Middelburg, Holland

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

A Spicy History in Middelburg’s Dutch Harbour 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.

Spend some free time biking or walking through Middelburg to sample Babbelaar cookies, fries, or beer before cruising to Veere this afternoon.

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 WILLEMSTAD

Day 6 Veere

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Willemstad’s Windmills and Historic Harbour

Enjoy a free morning on your own to explore the well-preserved fortifications of this historic town.

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 your Avalon Adventure Host for an early running in Willemstad.

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.

Later, enjoy a cheese tasting on board as you prepare to sail to Amsterdam.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM

Day 7 Amsterdam

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Colorful Amsterdam—with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden Age

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.

Get up early today, not to miss the opportunity to visit the world’s largest flower auction.

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.”

Take some free time to explore Amsterdam’s colorful streets and canal houses, galleries, and shops, 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.

Access Amsterdam’s secret gardens hidden behind the brick façades – a unique opportunity as they are normally closed to public.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM

Day 8 Amsterdam (Disembarkation)

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast

Your holiday 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 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.
  • 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

What's included

Cruise only

 

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
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Wine & beer with lunch and dinner
  • Excursions
  • Gratuities on cruise

Cruise with flights & transfers

 

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.

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a cruise director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Wine & beer with lunch and dinner
  • Excursions
  • Gratuities on cruise
  • All airport and port taxes

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