Acquaint yourself with the charms of Amsterdam's canals, Rotterdam's busy harbour, and Namur's cosy medieval squares and streets. In Belgium there's a poignant excursion to the Battlefields of Ypres and Eastern Flanders, and guided visits to Ghent, Antwerp, and Maastricht.
Day 1 Amsterdam
Welcome to Holland where you will be met and transferred to the DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station or similar. The remainder of the day is free to start exploring this delightful 700-year old city with its elegant and classic architecture, cafés and restaurants that give it a distinct ambiance!
Day 2 Amsterdam (Embarkation)
Included today: canal cruise, Welcome Reception.This morning set out 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". Explore on your own this afternoon before boarding your ship and meeting the crew at a welcome reception. Sail out of Amsterdam at dinner time.
Day 3 Rotterdam
Included today: Harbour cruise; choice of excursion to either Kinderdijk or Keukenhof Gardens (or Delft after mid May). This morning cruise through Rotterdam's busy harbour and then the choice is yours: you may choose to visit Kinderdijk and its iconic windmills; or the gardens of Keukenhof (April 15 and 19 departures). When Keukenhof Gardens are closed, (May 20 and September 27 departures) you may choose to take a guided excursion Delft.
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.
Set in the heart of the historic city, the hotel affords fabulous views across Amsterdam from the floor-to-ceiling windows in its modern guest rooms. For a real bird's eye view of the city and old town, head to the 11th floor SkyLounge rooftop terrace. Official rating: 4 stars
The hotel boasts an ideal location overlooking the River IJ and city centre. It is situated next to Amsterdam Central Railway Station.
It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative similar standard hotels to those shown.
"Good customer service support and information. Cruise ship very comfortable. Treated as a guest rather..."
"We will certainly recommend this holiday to friends and family."
"Recommend them - yes. Go again no - as we are now both 90 years..."
Recommend them - yes. Go again no - as we are now both 90 years old and can't do the walking required on the excursions. 45 minute walks were just too much! Suggestion for old customers and some younger ones as well. Let me put it in the way we would like to see it:- Arriving at a port as well as the coaches for your excursions a smaller vehicle, say a 10 seater that would drop people in the town centre and run every 1 or 2 hours and pick up for the return to the boat. that would make excursions much more useable.
"The organisation was very good, the cruise director excellent but the food too bland. The..."
The organisation was very good, the cruise director excellent but the food too bland. The cruise had much more "coach time" than we expected when going on visits. The BA troubles took the edge off our enjoyment.
"food and drink good gratuities demands unacceptable logistics not great service very good..."
food and drink good gratuities demands unacceptable logistics not great service very good
"Excellent cruise to some interesting and unusual places"
Excellent food and service. Interesting tours and some unusual ports of call. Cruise director Adrienn was brilliant and the crew were very friendly and helpful.
Excellent food service and tours