Springtime In Holland & Belgium With 1 Night In Amsterdam

07/18/2021 through 03/23/2022
07/18/2021 through 04/10/2022
Avalon Waterways

If you’ve dreamed of seeing the legendary flowers of Holland and Belgium, this is the perfect way to spend springtime among the tulips! This 2-week European vacation begins and ends in Amsterdam to explore the flowering fields, windmills, and delicious Dutch cuisine, culture, and art. Start your vacation your way with an overnight stay in Amsterdam! Join us for an off-the-beaten-path guided walking tour through its cobblestone streets before embarking on your springtime river cruise through Holland and Belgium.

Cruise to Rotterdam, Holland, and explore the “Garden of Europe” at Keukenhof. Gaze across a kaleidoscope of flowering bulbs-blooming with 7 million tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths, to name a few. In Antwerp, browse the central Grote Markt amid 16th-century guildhall houses and visit the Cathedral of Our Lady adorned with Rubens stunning altarpiece. Visit Ghent, “The Diamond of Flanders,” and marvel at its medieval Flemish artwork. Walk the winding cobblestones and canals of Middelburg. See the windmills and historic harbor of Willemstad, and return to Amsterdam to browse the largest flower auction in the world or tour the city on a canal cruise. Envision the 17th-century maritime days of the Zuiderzee in Enkhuizen, see the second largest collection of Van Gogh masterpieces in Arnhem, and admire innovative architecture in Rotterdam. Return to Amsterdam to cruise its colorful canals. Windmills, waterways, and wonderful springtime views are all waiting for you on this vacation through Holland and Belgium in tulip season. Select a special April 7 departure for the opportunity to visit the Floriade International Horticultural Expo!

Included Features:

Day 1 Amsterdam: Welcome to Amsterdam

Day 2 Amsterdam (Embarkation): Off the beaten path walking tour; onboard welcome reception

Day 3 Rotterdam: Choice of half or full-day visit to Keukenhof Gardens or walk with your Adventure Host; harbor cruise in Rotterdam

Day 4 Antwerp: Choice of guided sightseeing or bike with your Adventure Host

Day 5 Ghent: Choice of guided sightseeing, visit St. Baaf’s Cathedral or walk with your Adventure Host

Day 6 Middelburg-Veere: Choice of guided walk in Middelburg or bike with your Adventure Host; choice of excursion to the Delta Works or bike with your Adventure Host

Day 7 Willemstad: Choice of guided walking tour or bike with your Adventure Host; cheese tasting on board

Day 8 Amsterdam: Choice of guided visit to Flower Auction or canal cruise or walk with your Adventure Host

Day 9 Amsterdam: Free time

Day 10 Enkhuizen: Choice of visit to the famous tulip fields or guided visit to the Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen or bike with your Adventure Host

Day 11 Enkhuizen. Excursion to Friesland-Sneek: Guided walk of Enkhuizen; excursion to Friesland, visit the planetarium; free time in Sneek

Day 12 Lelystad: Choice of guided tour of the Batavia shipyard or visit to the Floriade International Horticoltural Expo* or walk with your Adventure Host; onboard cheese and Genever tasting

Day 13 Arnhem: Lecture and local specialties tasting on board; choice of visit to the Airborne Museum of Hartenstein or to the Kröller-Müller Museum

Day 14 Rotterdam: Choice of half or full-day visit to Keukenhof Gardens or Rotterdam walking tour or walk with your Adventure Host; harbor cruise in Rotterdam

Day 15 Amsterdam: Canal cruise

Day 16 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends this morning

* 7 April departure only

Itinerary

Day 1 Amsterdam, Holland
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Day 2 Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation)
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Day 3 Rotterdam
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Day 4 Antwerp, Belgium
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Day 5 Ghent
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Day 6 Middleburg, Holland
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Day 7 Willemstad
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Day 8 Amsterdam
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Day 9 Amsterdam
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Day 10 Enkhuizen
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Day 11 Enkhuizen
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Day 12 Lelystad
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Day 13 Arnhem
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Day 14 Rotterdam
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Day 15 Amsterdam
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Day 16 Amsterdam
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