2022 Season

Springtime in Holland & Belgium for Garden & Nature Lovers


cruise: WAH-T1 15 Day River Cruise Amsterdam to Amsterdam
If you’ve dreamed of seeing the legendary flowers of Holland and Belgium, this is the perfect way to spend springtime among the tulips! This 2-week European river cruise begins and ends in Amsterdam to explore the flowering fields, windmills, and delicious Dutch cuisine, culture, and art. Your first amazing stop is Rotterdam, Holland, where you’ll explore the “Garden of Europe” at Keukenhof. Gaze across a kaleidoscope of flowering bulbs—blooming with 7 million tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths, to name a few. In Antwerp, browse the central Grote Markt amid 16th-century guildhall houses and visit the Cathedral of Our Lady adorned with Rubens stunning altarpiece. Visit Ghent, “The Diamond of Flanders,” and marvel at its medieval Flemish artwork. Walk the winding cobblestones and canals of Middelburg. See the windmills and historic harbor of Willemstad, and return to Amsterdam to browse the largest flower auction in the world or tour the city on a canal cruise.

For flower lovers, an expert accompanies you on the second portion of your Tulip Time cruise, sharing his knowledge about botany and the world of plants. Envision the 17th-century maritime days of the Zuiderzee in Enkhuizen, see the second largest collection of Van Gogh masterpieces in Arnhem, and admire innovative architecture in Rotterdam. Return to Amsterdam to cruise its colorful canals. Windmills, waterways, and wonderful springtime views are all waiting for you on this river cruise through Holland and Belgium in tulip season. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the amazing Aalsmeer Flower Auction on our March 18th departure!

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Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Rotterdam: Choice of half- or full-day visit to Keukenhof Gardens or walk with your Adventure Host; harbor cruise in Rotterdam

Day 3 Antwerp: Choice of guided sightseeing or bike with your Adventure Host

Day 4 Ghent: Choice of guided sightseeing, visit St. Baaf’s Cathedral or walk with your Adventure Host

Day 5 Middelburg-Veere: Choice of guided walk in Middelburg or bike with your Adventure Host; choice of excursion to the Delta Works or bike with your Adventure Host

Day 6 Willemstad: Choice of guided walking tour or bike with your Adventure Host; cheese tasting on board

Day 7 Amsterdam: Choice of guided visit to Flower Auction, or canal cruise or walk with your Adventure Host

Day 8 Amsterdam: Free time

Day 9 Enkhuizen: Choice of visit to the famous tulip fields or guided visit to the Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen or bike with your Adventure Host

Day 10 Enkhuizen. Excursion to Friesland-Sneek: Guided walk of Enkhuizen; excursion to Friesland, visit the planetarium; free time in Sneek

Day 11 Lelystad: Botany lecture; tour of the Batavia shipyard or walk with your Adventure Host; onboard cheese and Genever tasting

Day 12 Arnhem: Lecture and local specialties tasting on board; choice of visit to the Airborne Museum of Hartenstein or to the Kröller-Müller Museum; botany lecture

Day 13 Rotterdam: Choice of half or full-day visit to Keukenhof Gardens or Rotterdam walking tour or walk with your Adventure Host; harbor cruise in Rotterdam

Day 14 Amsterdam: Visit to Flower Auction*; canal cruise

Day 15 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): Your cruise ends this morning

*March 18th departure only
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Avalon 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. Plus, we offer independent exploration options and the use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP on most of our cruises. 

Below are 3 types of included shore excursions for you to experience.

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  • 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.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
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