2021 Season

Tulip Time in Holland & Belgium with 1 Night in Amsterdam for Garden & Nature Lovers

cruise: WAXQ-T1 9 Day River Cruise Amsterdam to Brussels
If you’ve dreamed of a view filled with windmills and fields of blooming color, this river cruise through Holland and Belgium is a dream come true for garden and nature lovers. Join us for a European river cruise from Amsterdam to Brussels! Begin your vacation in Holland and Belgium with a one-night stay in Amsterdam! Join us for a guided canal cruise through the iconic waterways of the Golden Age. Take free time to explore the colorful streets, galleries, and restaurants. Visit the “Garden of Europe” at Keukenhof—home of 700 flowering bulbs in a magnificent display each year. Explore Holland’s national parks and nature reserves, and hear fascinating lectures by a botany expert on your cruise.

Cruise on the Rhine River to Nijmegen and from here visit the Arnhem’s WWII Airborne Museum If you prefer, take a guided bike ride in the Hoge Veluwe National Park and admire its diversity of scenery. In Maastricht, tour the old cobblestoned university town and explore the heath landscape in its Benelux nature reserve.

Your tulip season cruise continues to Belgium for a sightseeing tour of medieval Namur, then Liège to see the ancient quarters of the “Fiery City.” Explore the city of Antwerp—birthplace of the master painter Peter Paul Rubens. Stroll its cobbled lanes amid 16th-century guildhall houses and the cathedral’s stunning altarpiece paintings by the famous artist on your guided tour of the diamond capital. You’ll also explore Antwerp’s beautiful Arboretum Kalmthout botanical gardens. In Brussels, explore landmark buildings of Town Hall with a collection of cafes and shops on the Lower Town streets. Tulip season in Holland and Belgium will bloom in your memory for years to come!


Day 1 Amsterdam: Welcome to Amsterdam

Day 2 Amsterdam (Embarkation): Canal cruise;Keukenhof garden visit; onboard welcome reception

Day 3: Nijmegen. Excursion to Arnhem: Choice of guided sightseeing of Arnhem or guided tour of Airborne Museum in Arnhem or hiking in National Park; free time in Nijmegen

Day 4 Maastricht: Guided tour; visit a National Park in Belgium

Day 5 Namur: Botany lecture; guided tour

Day 6 Liège: Guided tour

Day 7 Antwerp-Brussels: Choice of guided tour in Antwerp, visit the central Grote Markt or visit a botanical garden; botany lecture; free time in the evening in Brussels

Day 8 Brussels: Choice of guided tour, see the town hall or chocolate workshop

Day 9 Brussels (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends this morning

cities and locations

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.


  • 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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