Tulips of Northern Holland

Combine iconic sights of brightly-coloured tulip fields with off-the-beaten-track gems on a cruise through northern Holland. Visit the Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen and the Batavia shipyard in Lelystad, and choose between visits of the Kröller-Müller Museum or Museum Hartenstein near Arnhem. Enjoy a harbour cruise in Rotterdam, choose between a visit to Keukenhof Gardens or the town of Gouda and enjoy a tasting of Dutch cheese, genever, and some local sweet specialities. Your holiday concludes with a relaxing cruise along Amsterdam's canals.

Your cruise at a glance

  • Enkhuizen
    • Join an excursion to the tulip fields or visit the Zuiderzee Museum
  • Friesland
    • Cruise across the IJsselmeer to southwest Friesland, famous for its black-and-white cows.
  • Arnhem
    • Choose between a visit to Airborne Museum Hartenstein or Kröller-Müller Museum.
  • Rotterdam
    • Take a cruise of one of the world’s busiest harbours.

Tulip Fields


Day 1

Amsterdam (Embarkation)

Meals included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Travel to Amsterdam where you will met and transferred to your cruise ship. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception.

Day 2

Hoorn - Enkhuizen

Meals included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Included today: Tulip Fields Excursion or guided visit to Zuiderzee Museum. Enjoy a free morning to explore Hoorn at your own pace. Re-join your ship for lunch and sail to Enkhuizen, situated at the most easterly point of North Holland. Enkhuizen is a quintessential fishing town with cobblestone streets, a quaint town centre, and one of the largest marinas in the Netherlands. This afternoon, visit the Zuiderzee Museum, which focuses on the past and present of the IJsselmeer, and features living history, heritage, and crafts combining works from the past with works from the present. Tulip fields abound in this part of the country, as an alternatively you may prefer to join an excursion which takes you along the growing areas that look from afar like carpets of colour. Learn more about these flowers and how they were introduced into Holland from the Ottoman Empire in the 17th century.

Day 3

Enkhuizen - Sneek

Meals included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Included today: Choice of guided walk of Enkhuizen or 'Dutch Experience' outing or Friesland excursion, visit the Planetarium. This morning you have a choice between an included guided walk of Enkhuizen or a ‘Dutch Experience’ tour, to meet some locals. Later, cruise across the IJsselmeer to southwest Friesland, a province rich in history and legends. As you sail, enjoy the scenic rural landscape along the river. Dock in Lemmer, from where our Friesland excursion departs. Primarily an agricultural region with a long history, Friesland is best known internationally for its famous black and white Friesian cattle and black Friesian horses. Visit the 18th-century Royal Eise Eisinga Planetarium, which has been nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rejoin your ship in Sneek, where you dock overnight.

Prices & cabin details

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Staterooms available

Price per person


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

30th May 2017 - Mrs Ann Moore

"Another excellent trip on Luminary."

24th May 2017 - Trusted Customer

"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

"Most enjoyable week"

12th May 2017 - Trusted Customer

Everything about our holiday was excellent. We were not disappointed in any way. From the moment we were picked up to go to the airport until we were returned home everything ran like clockwork.

Everything I said above. excellent

"Excellent service from start to finish"

10th May 2017 - Trusted Customer

No issues from booking through to arriving at our holiday destination and then back home again.

"A very good experience"

10th May 2017 - Mr Bertram Leslie

It would be 4.5 stars if that option were available. The crew and staff were very pleasant and the service was almost always very prompt and courteous.

"A very pleasant experience being looked after so wonderfully."

4th May 2017 - Mr Eric Cheyne

This was our first cruise with Avalon and we found that every detail had been carefully thought through from being collected from home to our safe delivery back home. The ship was of a high standard and the crew friendly and attentive. The presentation of each dish, as well as the choice, in the restaurant was first class. The itinerary was varied and comprehensive but sometimes we felt we needed a little time to ourselves to reflect on our experience during the day. The coaches and guides on each trip were a credit to the standards of the company. We are looking forward to choosing another trip with Avalon and will certainly recommend the company to friends.

The itinerary for this trip was well thought out and each excursion showed a different side of life in Holland. The highlight was the Keukenhof Gardens where the displays were even better than we imagined.

"First time cruised with Avalon but hopefully not the last!"

25th April 2017 - Trusted Customer

When our flight to Amsterdam was not delayed but cancelled ,we were put on a late afternoon flight .We thought that there was no way we would meet the boat that evening. But Avalon got us in direct contact with the cruise director on the Luminary and we were met later that evening at the airport and taken to the boat , being greeted by the Captain and compliment of staff ( the captain having made an impromptu stop)! How is that for service? . This standard of service continued the whole trip. Everything was well organised . The food was lovely , with plenty of choice and the dining experience enhanced by the immaculately turned out ,attentive table staff. Nothing was too much trouble for them . The staterooms were comfortable and immaculately kept . The whole staff contributed to us having a most enjoyable holiday. They are a credit to Avalon , but more so to themselves .

Even if your not a fan of flowers and gardens ,there are plenty of other places to visit

"A perfect cruise"

19th April 2017 - Trusted Customer

Everything about this cruise was tip top. The ship was perfect with a beautifully designed spacious cabin. The staff were excellent but Tony the cruise director was truly exceptional. A fantastic communicator and so versatile, willing to do anything that was needed.

A perfect itinerary visiting some of the less commercialised parts of the Netherlands. Excellent excursions with very good guides, smaller groups and coaches which were not overfilled. Good too to have a choice of included excursions. The Kroller Muller Museum was a highlight. Spending time cruising during the day was a delight.

"A welcome introduction to the attractions of North Holland."

15th April 2017 - Trusted Customer

The experience was very good, with a few lapses. Booking and administration were competent, although there was a late change in our cabin, we suspect in order to accommodate later-booking Americans who were presumably more valued customers. On arrival at the airport we were taken to an anonymous hotel miles from anywhere and left there for four hours with no food. This was an appalling way to start our stay in Holland. When we boarded, my daughter was manhandled out of the reception queue when she thought she was complying with instructions. After that, fortunately things improved considerably: the ship was excellent, the crew were incredibly hardworking and pleasant, and the itinerary was enjoyable and well-paced. The hotel on our return was in the city of Amsterdam and therefore much more convenient.

As mentioned in my previous answer, the ship, crew and itinerary were excellent. The little towns we visited were mainly very pleasant and Amsterdam ended our cruise enjoyably. Our excursions, particularly the Kroller-Muller museum, were very enjoyable. However, our optional excursion to Gouda was a waste of time: the cheese museum was pretty mundane, the church tour was awful, because the guide was ineffective, and our limited free time in the town gave little opportunity to see its much-vaunted attractions. We so wished we'd chosen the Keukenhof option despite having visited it before.

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