Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation)
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 Amsterdam
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 Rotterdam
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."
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:
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.
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.
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.
Keukenhof Gardens, Lisse, Holland
The Avalon Impression Observation Lounge
Avalon Impression, Panorama Suite
Bornem Castle, Antwerp, Belgium
Grand Square, Brussels, Belgium
"Excellent experience, both efficient and yet very helpful in all aspects of the booking...."
"Pleasent first class service"
"Very impressive company offering careful attention to detail."
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.
Everything was so well organised with very friendly and helpful staff. No criticisms at all.
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.
An interesting and informative cruise.
Everything was as advertised
"As usual the staff were extremely kind and helpful. Nothing was too much for them...."
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.
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
"The Avalon experience was wonderful. We would certainly recommend it ."
5 star experience from start to finish. Everyone was friendly and helpful,we were treated like royalty. We couldn't fault anything.
A brilliant way to see Holland and understand how they reclaimed the land.