Tulips of Northern Holland 2019

8 Day River Cruise Amsterdam to Amsterdam

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Explore the well-known sites of Holland, plus some off the beaten path, for a unique and fascinating river cruise vacation! In Northern Holland, you may opt to see the colorful fields of tulips which make this part of the country so beautiful. Alternatively, in Enkhuizen, you may prefer to visit the Zuiderzee Museum to experi-ence 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. In Lelystad, visit the Batavia shipyard and board an exact replica of the Bata-via ship itself. Get a true taste of the culture with an introduction to local cheese and Genever! Cruise through the modern harbor of Rotterdam and go on a guided excursion to Gouda, famous for its cheese of the same name. For garden enthusiasts, you may choose to see the breathtaking colors 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 gar-dens.

Explore the well-known sites of Holland, plus some off the beaten path, for a unique and fascinating river cruise vacation! In Northern Holland, you may opt to see the colorful fields of tulips which make this part of the country so beautiful. Alternatively, in Enkhuizen, you may prefer to visit the Zuiderzee Museum to experi-ence 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. In Lelystad, visit the Batavia shipyard and board an exact replica of the Bata-via ship itself. Get a true taste of the culture with an introduction to local cheese and Genever! Cruise through the modern harbor of Rotterdam and go on a guided excursion to Gouda, famous for its cheese of the same name. For garden enthusiasts, you may choose to see the breathtaking colors 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 gar-dens.

Itinerary

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.

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.

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.

Classic
<p>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.</p>
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.

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.

Day 1 Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation)

  • Meals included:
  • Dinner

Welcome to Amsterdam. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

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

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The Trading Port‘s Heyday Still Lives in Hoorn’s History

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 Hoorn,a prosperous and powerful trading town in the Golden Age.

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

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

Day 4 Kampen

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The Golden Age of Ship-Building, the National Liquor and Cheese

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 Kampen, the most powerful and prosperous town of the Netherlands before the rise of Amsterdam, 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.

Take a guided tour of Lelystad’s Batavia Shipyard and board the hand-built replica of the historic Batavia 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.

Enjoy an onboard cheese tasting with Genever - the national and traditional liquor of the Netherlands.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN KAMPEN

Day 5 Gelderse Ijssel - Arnhem

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Spiced Honey Cake, WWII Valour and Van Gogh

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.

This morning, attend an onboard lecture about Holland and a tasting of the authentic Dutch Deventer Koek cake.

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 guided tour of the Airborne museum of Hartenstein commemorating the 1944 WWII Battle of Arnhem, 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.

Take a guided tour of Arnhem’s Kröller-Müller museum with the world’s second largest Van Gogh collection.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTTERDAM

Day 6 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 - the world’s largest flower gardens - with more than seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths as well as other bulbs flowering each year.

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 a guided tour of Gouda-famous for its Dutch yellow cheese, stroopwafels (syrup waffles) and Gouda candles.

Sample artisan beer, a slice of appeltart (Dutch apple pie), or a koffie verkeerd. 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 CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM

Day 7 Amsterdam

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Colourful Amsterdam - with Canals, Crooked Houses and Dutch Specialities

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 canal cruise to explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam. Float along the Grachten past Amsterdam’s stately homes of the Golden Age.

Join an optional city biking tour to discover the countryside. Alternatively, take an optional excursion to Holland’s beautiful medieval Muiderslot castle.

Explore Amsterdam’s colourful streets and canal houses, galleries and shops.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM

Day 8 Amsterdam (Disembarkation)

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Questions? Our travel specialists can help with any queries, quotes or special requirements.  Request a callback or email us.

Notes

  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.