Charms of Holland and Belgium - Amsterdam to Brussels

See some of the highlights of Holland and Belgium on this delightful cruise. Guided sightseeing takes you to the elegant towns of Willemstad and Middelburg, as well as the larger cities of Ghent and Antwerp. Visit the fascinating Delta Works and a traditional windmill in Kinderdijk.

Your cruise at a glance

  • Amsterdam canals
    • Discover the treasures of this iconic city on a canal cruise along its elegant grachten.
  • Ghent
    • Enjoy guided sightseeing of the city and visit St Baaf's Cathedral, home to the most important work in Flemish art.
  • Antwerp
    • Visit the famous Grote Markt, lined with 16th-century houses and the Church of Our Lady, started in 1352 and featuring paintings by Rubens.


Day 1

Amsterdam (Embarkation)

Meals included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Welcome to Amsterdam! Holland's sophisticated, modern capital has a rich and fascinating history. This delightful 700-year-old city with its elegant and classic architecture, cafés, and restaurants has a distinct ambiance. The streets, squares, and canals—not to mention the bike paths throughout the city—make for a vibrant atmosphere, and with over 60 museums, Amsterdam has the highest museum density in the world. This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception.

Day 2


Meals included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Included today: Canal cruise. There is no better way to see Amsterdam than by canal boat, cruising through the elegant grachten lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” There’s free time in the city this afternoon—you might like to join an optional excursion—and later, bid 'tot ziens' (farewell) to Amsterdam.

Day 3


Meals included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning, cruise through Rotterdam harbour and enjoy a leisurely morning on board before a guided excursion takes you to the city of Delft. Most famous for its distinctive Delft blue pottery, the city with its historic town centre and canals was also home to the painter Johannes Vermeer. Join your local expert for a guided walk to see the City Hall, the Old Church, and hear the story of the "Delft Explosion."


"Excellent experience, both efficient and yet very helpful in all aspects of the booking...."

29th October 2017 - Mrs Jean Burnett

"Pleasent first class service"

23rd October 2017 - Dr Alastair Blain

"Very impressive company offering careful attention to detail."

23rd October 2017 - Mr Brian Field

Everything was well prepared and efficiently planned from pick up to the return home. All the staff were welcoming and professional and the tour guides were very knowledgeable. We would certainly travel with Avalon again.

Excellent value for money.

"Disappointing start to holiday."

24th July 2017 - Mr John Aspinall

Day 1 was a disaster. Ridiculously early pick-up from home, long wait for check-in, long uncomfortable delay before being allowed on board. A wasted, tedious day out of a so-called 8 day holiday.

We have been on many cruises, both ocean and river. This was OK but only average for comfort and catering


24th July 2017 - Trusted Customer

Everything was so well organised with very friendly and helpful staff. No criticisms at all.

"Just amazing"

24th July 2017 - Trusted Customer

Amazing experience. Can't wait to go on another river cruise.

Slightly expensive but sometimes there are deals floating around. A few passengers in the ship who paid the same price as us where in the top deck of the ship with a better room.

"Most enjoyable."

20th April 2017 - Trusted Customer

An interesting and informative cruise.


19th April 2017 - Mr Vivian CAPSTICK


Everything was as advertised

"As usual the staff were extremely kind and helpful. Nothing was too much for them...."

19th April 2017 - Mrs June Elderfield

As usual the staff were extremely kind and helpful. Nothing was too much for them. Happy smiling faces. The only missing this holiday was the crew's Cabaret evening.

All trips were well organised. Very knowledgeable local guides.THe local entertainment was exceptional.

"Superb service"

19th April 2017 - Mr Andrew Kitchener

Service was superb, from the Captain to the cabin boys/girls it could not be faulted, especially Ioana & Niki serving in the Restaurant. The cabin was as expected, a lovely comfortable bed and pillows, flat screen tv, plenty of storage, hairdryer, great shower and beautiful toiletries. Food was excellent, from breakfast through to the late night buffet, and the wines were interesting and good quality.

Great quality and service

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