Pride of Belgium - Brussels to Amsterdam

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Introduction

This holiday will acquaint you with the charms of Namur's cozy medieval squares and streets, Rotterdam's harbor, and Amsterdam's canals. . Choose between a visit to Kinderdijk or to the gardens of Keukenhof (after mid May when Keukenhof closes, excursion to Delft). There's a poignant excursion to the Battlefields of Ypres and Eastern Flanders, and guided visits of Maastricht, Antwerp, and Ghent. Allow yourself to be enchanted by Belgium!

“This was a fabulous cruise. The "door to the airport and return" transfers were superb.”

This was a fabulous cruise. The "door to the airport and return" transfers were superb.
This was a fabulous cruise. The "door to the airport and return" transfers were superb.
Tonia & Mike Cain

The Avalon experience

Included Highlights

  • NAMUR Guided sightseeing
  • MAASTRICHT Guided sightseeing
  • ANTWERP Guided sightseeing, and an excursion to the Battlefields of Ypres and Eastern Flanders.
  • GHENT Guided sightseeing
  • DORDRECHT Guided sightseeing.
  • AMSTERDAM Canal cruise

Included in the price

  • Your personal Avalon chauffeur service by executive car for you and your travelling companions to and from your UK airport (limit 100 miles each way)

  • Flights Prices are based on 2 people sharing a Category E Deluxe Stateroom flying from London. In addition a wide range of flights from UK regional airports are also available.

  • 7 nights deluxe accommodation in a spacious stateroom with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection® style beds, ensuite facilities and river views. Floor to ceiling sliding glass doors and a French balcony in most staterooms; 1 night at the InterContinental Hotel (or similar), Amsterdam;

  • 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. Buffet breakfast in Amsterdam hotel.

  • 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

  • A choice of pre- or post- holiday extensions

  • All transfers, local port charges and airport taxes

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Day 1 Brussels, Belgium - Transfer to Namur ( Embarkation )

Welcome to Belgium seat of the European Union. This afternoon transfer by coach to Namur, where your river cruise ship is docked. Meet your crew at an evening welcome reception. (D)

Day 2 Namur

Namur is located on two rivers, the Meuse and the Sambre, and was an ideal location for the earliest Roman settlements. The streets of the town are where its charm and atmosphere lie and much of Namur has been dedicated to pedestrians, making it easy to get around. The symbol of the city is the snail, and visitors are encouraged to relax and enjoy the charming medieval squares and gracious streets lined with mansions, chic shops, and cafés. See the striking Namur Fortress, one of Europe's largest. Join a Local Guide for a tour of this city. Alternatively you may prefer to take a full day excursion to the Ardennes region, including a visit to Bastogne. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Maastricht, Holland

This morning arrive in Maastricht, the bustling cosmopolitan capital of the province of Limburg. A local guide will show you the sights of this vibrant university town - the lovely cathedrals, old houses and buildings, and the impressively cobble stoned town center. Later, take advantage of free time to explore on your own. Maybe wander through the hidden alleys or relax with a drink at a café in Vrijthof, the town's main square. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp is Belgium's second-largest city and one of the world's most important ancient seaports. It merges the new with the old and offers the attractions and atmosphere you'd expect from a European city - friendly people, fabulous architecture, chic shops, interesting museums, vibrant cafés, charming galleries, and historic monuments. Included sightseeing with a Local Guide shows you its superb architecture; the central Grote Markt, lined with 16th-century houses; the beautiful city hall, completed in 1566; and the Church of Our Lady, started in 1352 and featuring paintings by Rubens. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Excursion to the Battlefields of Eastern Flanders

A moving day today as you travel by motorcoach for a full day to view the WWI battlefields Eastern Flanders. The war on the Western Front was fought in three phases, and lasted from 1914 until 1918, leaving behind a scarred landscape in Belgian Flanders and north-eastern France. Today there are many thousands of war graves and commemorative memorials for the fallen of many nations along the line of the battlefields that formed The Western Front. It is close to here that John McCrae's famous poem "In Flanders fields the poppies blow…" is believed to have been written, and in many countries on every 11th November, poppies are worn in remembrance of Armistice Day. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Ghent

. In a unique way, Ghent, the "diamond" of Flanders, has managed to preserve its medieval charm and power while keeping up with the times. A local guideE will proudly point out that the city center alone is a showcase of medieval Flemish wealth and commercial success. Visit St. Baaf's Cathedral, which houses remarkable art treasures, including the most important work in Flemish art, The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, created by the Van Eyck brothers around 1432. On your own, explore the traffic-free streets in the city center; see Gravensteen, the "castle of the counts", an imposing castle in the city that was built in 1110; or join an optional excursion to Bruges, with its canals and charming patrician houses. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Rotterdam, Holland. Excursion to Kinderdijk or Keukenhof Gardens (or Delft)

This morning cruise through Rotterdam’s busy harbor and then the choice is yours: you may choose to visit Kinderdijk and its iconic windmills; or the gardens of Keukenhof (April 23 and May 7 departures). When Keukenhof Gardens are closed, (May 28 and October 5 departures) you may choose to take a guided excursion Delft (B, L, D)

Day 8 Amsterdam ( Disembarkation )

After breakfast this morning bid farewell to your crew. You will then be transferred to the Double Tree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station or similar. Then set off to discover the treasures of this city by canal boat, cruising through the elegant grachten lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam's "Golden Age". This afternoon is free for your own exploration. Your Cruise Director will have suggestions of things to do. (B)

Day 9 Amsterdam

Your holiday ends after breakfast this morning. (B)

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Departure Information Cabin Category
5th Oct 2017 (Thu)
St Pancras Rail Station
Avalon Artistry IIi
(E)
(D)
(B)
(A)
(P)
(Suite)

Oct
Avalon Artistry II
Cabin Information
CATEGORY
E
CATEGORY
D
CATEGORY
B
CATEGORY
A
CATEGORY
P
CATEGORY
Suite
DECK Indigo - Forward Indigo - Aft Saphire - Aft Saphire - Forward Royal Deck Royal Deck
SIZE 172 sq ft 172 sq ft 200 sq ft 200 sq ft 200 sq ft 300 sq ft
WINDOW Window Window Panoramic window with open air French balcony Panoramic window with open air French balcony Panoramic window with open air French balcony Panoramic window with open air French balcony
BEDS Two twins or a queen size bed Two twins or a queen size bed Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony
BATHROOM En-suite bathroom with full shower En-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower and separate toilet
SEATING AREA Seating area Seating area Seating area Larger seating area
Ship Information
Deck plans
Staterooms
Category D
Deluxe Stateroom - Indigo Deck Aft
Category E
Deluxe Stateroom - Indigo Deck Forward
Category P
Panorama Suite - Royal Deck
Category B
Panorama Suite - Sapphire Deck Aft
Category A
Panorama Suite - Sapphire Deck Forward
Royal Suite
Royal Deck
Deck Plan Key:
  1. Sky Lounge
  2. Navigation Bridge
  3. Sky Bistro
  4. Whirlpool
  5. Premium lounge chairs and shade awnings
  6. Deck Game area
  7. Observation Lounge
  8. Panorama Bistro
  9. Panorama Lounge
  10. Bar
  11. Internet corner
  12. Reception/Guest sevices
  13. Lift
  14. Atrium
  15. Hair Salon
  16. Club Lounge
  17. Kitchen
  18. Dining room
  19. Fitness centre

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