New for 2018

Tulip Time

This European river cruise in Holland gets underway in its popular, modern capital of Amsterdam. This 700-year-old city offers an abundance of classic architecture, cafés, and restaurants to explore before you embark on your river cruise through Holland and Belgium. Sail through Rotterdam’s harbor, said to be the world’s busiest port.

Garden enthusiasts will delight in a visit to see the breathtaking colors of Keukenhof, also known as the “Garden of Europe.” With 70 acres of parkland and lakes, it’s one of the world’s largest flower gardens. Alternatively, an excursion to the city of Gouda, famous for its cheese, is available, before sailing to Antwerp—Belgium’s second-largest city, combining ancient buildings and monuments with modern architecture.

In Ghent, Belgium, join a local expert for a guided tour of the city, including a visit to St. Bavo’s Cathedral. Back in Holland, Middelburg was formerly an important trading city and you’ll get a sense of its wealth today with its impressive structures like the gothic Town Hall, Abbey Tower, and bustling Market Square.

No trip to Holland is complete without a visit to the technical miracle that is the Delta Works, a storm flood barrier almost six miles long, constructed after the floods of 1953.

This beautiful and historic springtime river cruise during tulip season in Holland and Belgium concludes with more chance to explore the colorful city of Amsterdam. See the most fascinating areas of the city on a canal cruise along the elegant Grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.”

From seemingly unending fields of color from Holland’s gardens, to windmills and waterways of Amsterdam, to the ancient and modern mix of Belgium’s architecture, this European river cruise is sure to grow in your memory for endless seasons to come.

Your cruise at a glance

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

Tulips

Itinerary

Multiple itineraries are available:

Day 1 UK - Amsterdam (Embarkation)

  • Meals included:
  • Dinner

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your ship.

Welcome to Amsterdam. Your Suite Ship is ready for boarding. 

Your day in Amsterdam is free to explore at your leisure. You may choose to join a guided optional excursion to beautiful Zaanse Schans where you’ll see a wonderful collection of well-preserved historic windmills and Dutch houses. Enjoy dinner and explore the ship on your first night on board.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTTERDAM

Day 2 Rotterdam

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Windmills and Skyscrapers in Holland’s Modern Maritime Marvel

Classic

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.

Join a full— or half-day guided tour of breathtaking Keukenhof—known as the “Garden of Europe”—for its 70 acres of lush parkland, lakes, and the world’s largest flower gardens—with more than seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths as well as other bulbs, planted each year, OR:

Classic

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.

Enjoy an excursion to Gouda. You’ll join a guided tour of the town famous for the Dutch yellow cheese that bears its name—as well as stroopwafels (syrup waffles), Gouda candles, and the beautiful city centre.

Take some free time to relax on the harbour-side in Rotterdam with an artisan beer, a slice of appeltart (Dutch apple pie), and a koffie verkeerd, a typical Dutch drink of half coffee, half milk. Take a bike from your ship to explore Rotterdam and the surrounding area. 

Before dinner, enjoy a cruise through Rotterdam harbour.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ANTWERP

Day 3 Antwerp

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Gothic Cathedral, Crêpes, and Waffles in Artful Antwerp

Classic

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.

Take a guided tour of this sophisticated city to visit the central Grote Markt, lined with 16th-century guildhall houses. You’ll also see the beautiful city hall, the Cathedral of Our Lady with its stunning altarpiece paintings by Rubens.

You may choose to join a guided optional excursion to the nearby capital, Brussels—considered home to the European Union, and admire its magnificent palaces and cathedrals.

You might prefer to take time on your own to indulge in Antwerp’s signature Belgian waffles and crêpes—or explore this bike-friendly city from its old wharfs to its legendary diamond district.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO GHENT

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CHOICE

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:

Classic

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.

Discovery

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.

Active

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.

Prices & cabin details

Choose departure airport and date for prices

Date

Staterooms available

Price per person

Reviews

"Lovely cruise - pity about organisation beforehand"

14th May 2018 - Mr Roger Keith Wookey

"Told your representative what we wanted and were booked with no problem...."

11th May 2018 - Trusted Customer

"Outstanding"

2nd May 2018 - Trusted Customer

Everything went well and have recommended to friends

Very good, excellent weather for the tulip visit, well organised and great staff

"Having booked the cruise, the website then showed the same cruise at several hundred pounds..."

30th April 2018 - Mrs Barbara Beattie

Having booked the cruise, the website then showed the same cruise at several hundred pounds cheaper. On contacting the booking department, I was told that this was probably due to ‘different priced flights’ - not realistic when the flights at that point were only about £35 each way. I was then informed that the only way to get a better deal was to cancel my holiday (and lose my deposit) and then rebook. This I did and made a saving, but not a particularly satisfactory way to do it! Also, I had to make contact with the office to ask why the itinerary was different on the website to the information I received in my final confirmation email. I was informed that the details in my email were correct. Unfortunately, on arriving on the ship, I found out that this was untrue and that the details in my itinerary were incorrect. We had arranged to meet friends in one of the ports - this was now impossible because of the incorrect details that had been supplied to me. Not, I’m sure you’ll agree, a good start to the holiday!

A very enjoyable experience, despite the problems with the booking!

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