Welcome to Belgium, seat of the European Union. This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception.
Included today: Guided sightseeing. Antwerp is Belgium's second largest city and was once one of the world's most important seaports. Included sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to its superb architecture, the Grote Markt with its beautiful city hall completed in 1566, and the Church of Our Lady, started in 1352 and home to artworks by Rubens. An optional excursion to nearby Brussels, Belgium's capital and home of the European Union, is available.
Included today: Guided sightseeing, visit St Baaf's Cathedral. The 'diamond' of Flanders, Ghent has beautifully preserved its medieval charm whilst also keeping up with the times. A Local Guide will show you the city centre, a showcase of medieval Flemish wealth and commercial success and take you into St Baaf's Cathedral. From here, an optional excursion to Bruges, with its criss-crossed canals and charming old patrician houses, is available.
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"Excellent service throughout thank you. Only one hiccup - the transport back on the..."
"Good and better than many of your competitors but our previous cruise with Avalon was..."
"Pick up from home great. Food and accommodation on board good. Excursions interesting but early..."
Pick up from home great. Food and accommodation on board good. Excursions interesting but early starts tiring. Travel arrangements could have been better. We experienced some confusion and misinformation. The transfer time between trains in Brussels was not sufficient (45 minutes) as Eurostar has a minimum check-in time of 30 minutes. We missed our connection and had to wait for another train.
Confusion over travel arrangements spoilt the trip.
"Good value for money cruise"
Loved the cruise from the private car pick up to the airport ship ,staff ,food and drink also tours were good.
"Great staff, service level high...."
Great staff, service level high.
Good service, inclusive drinks package a money saver and helps plan expenditure.
"everything was done to make an enjoyable stay aboard"
Service and politeness and caring very good
interesting trip with many valuable on land experiences
The cruise director was a huge improvement on the previous cruise I did with Avalon. He was helpful, patient and had a great sense of humour.
The restaurant staff were friendly and efficient but there were too few of them -- they did their best but with a full passenger list the wait between courses was sometimes very long.
Several of the included excursions did not take account of the fact that too much free time was allocated when a) shops were not yet open, therefore nothing much to do, and b) the weather was freezing (not Avalon's fault but maybe they could have been a bit more flexible with regard to getting passengers back to the ship).
"An experience I would repeat and recommend to friends and family."
We felt that we were exceptionally well catered for in all areas without staff being interfering or overbearing. It made for a relaxed holiday.
I would definitely recommend Avalon and we will be considering booking a further river cruise.
Excellent holiday on a great ship
"Simply the best - forget and rest!"
Simply the best - forget and rest! From the moment of pick up and drop off at your home, flawless !!
Simply the best - forget and rest! From the moment we stepped on board "Avalon Impression" our holiday started.Once again flawless service with our luggage delivered to our cabin. Accommodation, decor, staff, food and atmosphere was first class. The tours of different towns we visited professionally handled, especially the tulips and flowers of Keukenhof.