Avalon Waterways Tulips of Northern Holland River Cruise 2019

Explore the well-known sites of Holland, plus some off the beaten path, for a unique and fascinating river cruise. In northern Holland, you may opt to see the colourful fields of tulips that make this part of the country so beautiful. Alternatively, in Enkhuizen, you may prefer to visit the Zuiderzee Museum to experience the local culture and history. Also, there’s an opportunity to meet some of the locals before continuing your river cruise through the area of Friesland. Here, you’ll visit the Royal Planetarium, nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll visit the Batavia shipyard in Lelystad and board an exact replica of the Batavia ship itself. Get a true taste of the culture with an introduction to local cheese and genever! Cruise through the modern harbour of Rotterdam and go on a guided excursion to Gouda, famous for its cheese of the same name. For garden enthusiasts, you may, instead, choose to see the breathtaking colours of Keukenhof, also known as the “Garden of Europe.” With over 70 acres of parkland and lakes, it’s one of the world’s largest flower gardens. A river cruise through Holland would not be complete without some time in Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam. The city combines its historical 17th-century buildings, sculptures, and museums with a modern feel. See the most fascinating areas of the city on a canal cruise along the elegant Grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.” Sail into new worlds to discover the stunning beauty, ancient history, and welcoming traditions that await you

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Itinerary

Travel to Amsterdam where you will met and transferred to your cruise ship. Transfer to Haarlem. Your Suite Ship is ready for boarding. You may choose to join a guided optional excursion in 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. You may prefer, instead, a guided optional excursion to beautiful Zaanse Schans, where you’ll see a wonderful collection of well-preserved historic windmills and Dutch houses.

Take advantage of the free time left to take a bike ride or a walk through the historic North Sea trading port of Hoorn. Cruise to Enkhuizen and spend the rest of the afternoon walking or biking through Enkhuizen. Later, enjoy onboard live entertainment.

Active Excursion: Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Walk.
Classic Excursion: Take a guided tour of Zuiderzee Museum to discover cultural traditions and maritime history
Discovery Excursion: Join a guided tour of local tulip fields and Dutch flower farms.

Join your ship in Sneek. There is time for a stroll before dinner. This evening enjoy live entertainment on board.

Classic Excursion: Take a guided walking tour of Enkhuizen to get better acquainted with the charm and beauty of this historic harbour village.
Take a guided excursion to visit the Royal Eise Eisinga Planetarium—the oldest planetarium still working in the world. Watch for the world-famous black-and-white cattle and black Friesian horses.
Discovery Excursion: Join us at the home of a Dutch family for authentic samples of local specialities and conversation, for a true Dutch experience. Enjoy a brief afternoon cruise to Friesland.

Discovery Excursion: Take a guided tour of Lelystad’s Batavia Shipyard and board the hand-built replica of the historic Batavia.
Enjoy an onboard Cheese Tasting with Genever—the national and traditional liquor of the Netherlands.

Discovery Excursion: This morning, attend an Onboard Lecture about Holland and a tasting of the authentic Dutch Deventer Koek Cake.
Classic Excursion: Join a guided tour of the Airborne Museum of Hartenstein commemorating the 1944 WWII Battle of Arnhem.
Take a guided tour of Arnhem’s Kröller-Müller Museum with the world’s second largest Van Gogh collection.

Sample artisan beer, a slice of appeltart (Dutch apple pie), or a koffie verkeerd. Take a bike from your ship to explore Rotterdam and the surrounding area. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.
Classic Excursion: Join a full- or half-day guided tour of breathtaking Keukenhof—the world’s largest flower gardens—with more than seven million tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths as well as other bulbs flowering each year.
Enjoy an afternoon guided tour of Gouda-famous for its Dutch yellow cheese, stroopwafels (syrup waffles), and Gouda candles.

Join an optional excursion on a Culinary Walk through Amsterdam to sample savoury and sweet Dutch specialities. Or choose an optional excursion for a City Biking Tour to discover the countryside. Alternatively take an optional excursion to Holland’s beautiful medieval Muiderslot Castle. Explore Amsterdam’s colourful streets and canal houses, galleries, and shops.

Classic Excursion: Take a guided Canal Cruise to explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam. Float along the Grachten past Amsterdam’s stately homes of the Golden Age.

This morning, transfers to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Price Guide

Date Price from (pp)
29 March 2019 £2,409
01 April 2019 £2,405
05 April 2019 £2,255
12 April 2019 £2,325
19 April 2019 £2,459
26 April 2019 £2,529
03 May 2019 £2,749

What's Included

  • Complimentary VIP Private Door-to-Door Home Pick-Up Service by Executive Car - Included on all sailings!†
  • 7 nights deluxe accommodation in a spacious stateroom with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection® style beds, en-suite facilities and river views
  • Return Eurostar from St Pancras Rail Station plus a wide range of flights from UK regional airports are also available (A supplement may apply)
  • All meals on board including full breakfast , buffet lunch and waiter service evening meal; afternoon tea with cakes and sweet treats; midnight snack, choice of premium teas and coffees & soft drinks throughout the day. Wine and beer is included with lunch and dinner.
  • Included excursions and sightseeing trips with Local Guides and a choice of optional tours; headsets provided on excursions
  • Services of an experienced Cruise Director
  • Gratuities for Cruise Director and crew
  • On board lectures, activities and nightly piano music
  • Captain's Welcome Reception, Welcome Dinner and Farewell Gala Dinner
  • All transfers, local port charges and airport taxes
  • Complimentary Wifi (signal permitting)