Tulips of Northern Holland

Explore the well-known sites of Holland, plus some off the beaten path, for a unique and fascinating river cruise. In northern Holland, you may opt to see the colourful fields of tulips that make this part of the country so beautiful. Alternatively, in Enkhuizen, you may prefer to visit the Zuiderzee Museum to experience the local culture and history. Also, there’s an opportunity to meet some of the locals before continuing your river cruise through the area of Friesland. Here, you’ll visit the Royal Planetarium, nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You’ll visit the Batavia shipyard in Lelystad and board an exact replica of the Batavia ship itself. Get a true taste of the culture with an introduction to local cheese and genever! Cruise through the modern harbour of Rotterdam and go on a guided excursion to Gouda, famous for its cheese of the same name. For garden enthusiasts, you may, instead, choose to see the breathtaking colours of Keukenhof, also known as the “Garden of Europe.” With over 70 acres of parkland and lakes, it’s one of the world’s largest flower gardens.

A river cruise through Holland would not be complete without some time in Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam. The city combines its historical 17th-century buildings, sculptures, and museums with a modern feel. 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.” Sail into new worlds to discover the stunning beauty, ancient history, and welcoming traditions that await you! 

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a cruise director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Wine & beer with lunch and dinner
  • Excursions
  • Gratuities on cruise
  • All airport and port taxes

Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Amsterdam, Holland. (Embarkation)

  • Meals included:
  • Dinner

Travel to Amsterdam where you will met and transferred to your cruise ship.

Transfer to Haarlem. Your Suite Ship is ready for boarding.

You may join a guided optional excursion to beautiful Zaanse Schans, where you’ll see a wonderful collection of well-preserved historic windmills and Dutch houses.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO HOORN

Day 2 Hoorn and Enkhuizen

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hoorn

The trading port‘s heyday still lives in Hoorn’s history

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.

Join your Avalon Adventure host for a morning walk.

Take advantage of the free time left to take a bike ride or a walk through the historic North Sea trading port of Hoorn.

Afternoon cruise to Enkhuizen

Enkhuizen

A harbour town’s history of tulips, trading and the Zuiderzee

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 Zuiderzee Museum to discover cultural traditions and maritime history, OR:

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.

Join a guided tour of local tulip fields and Dutch flower farms.

Spend the rest of the afternoon walking or biking through Enkhuizen.

Later, enjoy onboard live entertainment.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ENKHUIZEN

Day 3 Enkhuizen and Sneek

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Enkhuizen

Dutch delicacies with new friends - in an Old Harbour town

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 walking tour of Enkhuizen to get better acquainted with the charm and beauty of this historic harbour village, OR:

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.

Join us at the home of a Dutch family for authentic samples of local specialities and conversation, for a true Dutch experience. Enjoy a brief afternoon cruise to Friesland.

Sneek, Friesland

Planets and stars, famous cows and black horses of Friesland

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 excursion to visit the Royal Eise Eisinga Planetarium - the oldest planetarium still working in the world. Watch for the world-famous black-and-white cattle and black Friesian horses.

Join your ship in Sneek. There is time for a stroll before dinner.

This evening enjoy live entertainment on board.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN SNEEK

See dates and prices

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

"Easy booking online. no problems for a novice...."

25th April 2018 - Mrs Sheila Warner

"stateroom great. Staff great. cruise director great. Itiinerary was very good..."

24th April 2018 - Mr Thomas Walker

"Excellent no complaints."

19th April 2018 - Mr Dennis Thompson

Everything went to plan girl was very helpful. Bul

I am a farmer and found the bulb farm excellent also the visit to thekeukenhof gardens excellent the visit to arneham very interesting our guide was excellent 😩The reception staff we're also very helpful the meals were exceptional with a choice for everyone as usual, if looking for a complaint Norwegian sailmon instead of Scottish,,,,,!!!!

"Staff were excellent, service was good along with good food..."

18th April 2018 - Mr Michael Stanley

Staff were excellent, service was good along with good food

Would of got a 5 but staff on airport arrival messed all bookings up. Even tried to put us on the wrong ship despite us trying to point the mistake out. Too busy on her phone to look after passengers arriving.

"Booking - easy and pleasant"

18th April 2018 - Mrs Mary Hargreaves

As a member of Journey Club I had to ring up to get the discount (which is easy and pleasant to do) but would prefer to be able to do all the booking online.

Food, stateroom, crew, excursions - all excellent.

"Website kept crashing, telephone conversations slow...."

17th April 2018 - Mr James Barnes

Website kept crashing, telephone conversations slow.

Would have been 5 stars if the meeting and transfer from Amsterdam airport had been better organised. We had to hang around for two hours waiting for the coach from the airport to the holding hotel. We then had another two hour wait for our transfer to the boat in a sparsely furnished room without enough seats for everyone and very poor refreshments. If the transfer had been organised properly we would have been able to go into Amsterdam for lunch, as it was we did not have time for lunch at all.

"The ship was very good,the room was very good,the food was good,the shore excursions were..."

17th April 2018 - Mrs Meera Burman

The ship was very good,the room was very good,the food was good,the shore excursions were very good,the weather was not very good.The only negatives were the pick up sevice from the airport and the flight from LGW-Amsterdam!!4am pick up!

The Tulips were phenomenal!!

"Good customer service right from the start. Really helpful in getting all the details..."

30th May 2017 - Mrs Ann Moore

Good customer service right from the start. Really helpful in getting all the details sorted

A great trip with a very interesting mix of places visited. All guides were very knowledgeable

"Another excellent trip on Luminary."

24th May 2017 - Trusted Customer

The whole staff team was excellent, nothing too much trouble. We will certainly recommend and use again.

A very good programme......

"Hassle free holiday - great service - third time with Avalon"

24th May 2017 - Mr Martin Brown

Hassle free holiday - great service - third time with Avalon - will still recommend - great programme on board and trips - good company.

Hassle free holiday - great service - third time with Avalon - will still recommend - great programme on board and trips - thoughtful cruise director - all details looked after to ensure satisfaction

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