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Essential Holland and Belgium
7-Night Cruise from Amsterdam to Vilvoorde (or Brussels to Amsterdam)

Avalon Tulip Time Cruise
AVL WAX cruise
2017 Departure Dates & Pricing

Amsterdam to Vilvoorde (WAX) - 8 days

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Brussels to Amsterdam (WXA) - 8 days

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Ship - Expression, Luminary , Illumination, Impression, Visionary
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Detailed Itinerary: Amsterdam to Vilvoorde (WAX)

Skip to Brussels to Amsterdam itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation Day)

Welcome to Amsterdam! Holland’s sophisticated, modern capital has a rich and fascinating history. This delightful 700-year-old city with its elegant and classic architecture, cafés, and restaurants has a distinct ambiance. The streets, squares, and canals - not to mention the bike paths throughout the city - make for a vibrant atmosphere, and with over 60 museums, Amsterdam has the highest museum density in the world. This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception. (D)

Day 2: Amsterdam

There is no better way to see Amsterdam than by CANAL BOAT, cruising through the elegant grachten lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” There’s free time in the city this afternoon - you might like to join an optional excursion - and later, bid tot ziens (farewell) to Amsterdam. (B,L,D)

Day 3: Rotterdam

This morning, cruise through Rotterdam harbor and enjoy a leisurely morning on board before an afternoon excursion takes you to the gardens of KEUKENHOF near Lisse - over 70 acres of parkland with lakes, sculpture gardens, greenhouses, and a windmill to explore. Every year, 7 million flower bulbs are planted, and you have the chance to see the spectacular display of colors from the tulips, daffodils, crocuses, and more. If you’re a garden enthusiast, you may opt for an extended stay in Keukenhof, going in the morning, and lunching in the gardens on your own before rejoining the ship with the rest of the guests in the later afternoon. After May 26 when the Keukenhof Gardens are no longer open, a guided excursion takes you to the city of Delft. Most famous for its distinctive Delft Blue pottery, the city with its historic town center and canals was also home to the painter Johannes Vermeer. Join your local expert for a GUIDED WALK to see the City Hall, the Old Church, and hear the story of the “Delft Explosion.” (B,L,D)

Day 4: Kinderdijk – Willemstad

Kinderdijk’s 19 windmills were built in 1740 as part of the water management system to help prevent floods. Visit a WINDMILL and learn how they played a vital role in the development of the country, becoming a symbol of Holland. Rejoin your ship for lunch and sail to Willemstad. Join a Local Guide for a GUIDED WALK of this small historical town with well-preserved fortifications. One of the oldest buildings in town is the old gatehouse at the entrance of Willemstad, and as you walk around you will notice a wide variety of building styles. The town even has its own windmill towering high above the marina, and in the very center of the seven-pointed, star-shaped town stands the Koepelkerk (Rounded Church). (B,L,D)

Day 5: Veere

This morning, visit the DELTA WORKS near Veere. After the flood of 1953, during which more than 1,800 people drowned in one night, the Delta Plan was born to prevent a disaster of this magnitude from ever happening again. Taking 30 years to complete, the storm flood barrier stands as the final defense in the battle against the water - almost six miles long and considered a technical miracle. During lunch cruise to Middelberg and this afternoon, a WALKING TOUR will acquaint you with this Dutch East India Company trading city which was originally built as a Zeeland stronghold against the water and from enemies. Later, it became a prosperous merchant city that spent great wealth on the construction of important buildings, such as the 15th-century gothic Town Hall. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Ghent, Belgium

In a unique way, Ghent, the “diamond” of Flanders, has managed to preserve its medieval charm and power while keeping up with the times. A LOCAL GUIDE will proudly point out that the city center alone is a showcase of medieval Flemish wealth and commercial success. Visit ST. BAAF’S CATHEDRAL, which houses remarkable art treasures, including the most important work in Flemish art, The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, created by the Van Eyck brothers around 1432. On your own, explore the traffic-free streets in the city center; see Gravensteen, the “castle of the counts,” an imposing castle in the city that was built in 1180; or join an optional excursion to fascinating Bruges with its criss-crossed canals and charming old patrician houses. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Antwerp

Antwerp is Belgium’s second-largest city and one of the world’s most important ancient seaports. It merges the new with the old and offers the attractions and atmosphere you’d expect from a European city - friendly people, fabulous architecture, chic shops, interesting museums, vibrant cafés, charming galleries, and historic monuments. INCLUDED SIGHTSEEING with a Local Guide shows you its superb architecture; the central GROTE MARKT, lined with 16th-century houses; the beautiful city hall, completed in 1566; and the Church of Our Lady, started in 1352 and featuring paintings by Rubens. An optional excursion is available to nearby Brussels, Belgium’s capital and home of the European Union. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Vilvoorde (Disembarkation Day)

Your vacation ends after breakfast this morning. (B)

Departures & Pricing

Detailed Itinerary: Brussels to Amsterdam (WXA)

Skip to Amsterdam to Vilvoorde itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Brussels, Belgium (Embarkation Day)

Welcome to Belgium, seat of the European Union. This afternoon, transfer by motorcoach to Vilvoorde, where your river cruise ship is docked. Meet your crew at an evening welcome reception. (D)

NOTE: Flights into Brussels must arrive by 3 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

Day 2: Antwerp

Antwerp is Belgium’s second-largest city and one of the world’s most important ancient seaports. It merges the new with the old and offers the attractions and atmosphere you’d expect from a European city - friendly people, fabulous architecture, chic shops, interesting museums, vibrant cafés, charming galleries, and historic monuments. INCLUDED SIGHTSEEING with a Local Guide shows you its superb architecture; the central GROTE MARKT, lined with 16th-century houses; the beautiful city hall, completed in 1566; and the Church of Our Lady, started in 1352 and featuring paintings by Rubens. An optional excursion is available to nearby Brussels, Belgium’s capital and home of the European Union. (B,L,D)

Day 3: Ghent

In a unique way, Ghent, the “diamond” of Flanders, has managed to preserve its medieval charm and power while keeping up with the times. A LOCAL GUIDE will proudly point out that the city center alone is a showcase of medieval Flemish wealth and commercial success. Visit ST. BAAF’S CATHEDRAL, which houses remarkable art treasures, including the most important work in Flemish art, The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, created by the Van Eyck brothers around 1432. On your own, explore the traffic-free streets in the city center; see Gravensteen, the “castle of the counts,” an imposing castle in the city that was built in 1180; or join an optional excursion to fascinating Bruges with its criss-crossed canals and charming old patrician houses. (B,L,D)

Day 4: Middelburg, Holland – Veere. Excursion to the Delta Works

This morning, a WALKING TOUR of Middelburg will acquaint you with this Dutch East India Company trading city, which was originally built as a Zeeland stronghold against the water and from enemies. Later, it became a prosperous merchant city that spent great wealth on the construction of important buildings, such as the 15th-century gothic Town Hall. Rejoin your ship for lunch and the short cruise to Veere, where you will visit the nearby DELTA WORKS. After the flood of 1953, during which more than 1,800 people drowned in one night, the Delta Plan was born to prevent a disaster of this magnitude from ever happening again. Taking 30 years to complete, the storm flood barrier stands as the final defense in the battle against the water - almost six miles long and considered a technical miracle. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Willemstad – Kinderdijk

This morning, dock in Willemstad and join a Local Guide for a GUIDED WALK of this small historical town with well-preserved fortifications. One of the oldest buildings in town is the old gatehouse at the entrance of Willemstad, and as you walk around you will notice a wide variety of building styles. The town even has its own windmill towering high above the marina and in the very center of the seven pointed, star-shaped town, stands the Koepelkerk (Rounded Church). This afternoon, visit Kinderdijk, whose 19 windmills were built in 1740 as part of the water management system to help prevent floods. Visit a WINDMILL and learn how they played a vital role in the development of the country, becoming a symbol of Holland. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Excursion to Keukenhof Gardens or Delft

Enjoy a leisurely morning on board before an included excursion takes you to the gardens of KEUKENHOF near Lisse - over 70 acres of parkland with lakes, sculpture gardens, greenhouses, and a windmill to explore. Every year, 7 million flower bulbs are planted, and you have the chance to see the spectacular display of colors from the tulips, daffodils, crocuses, and more. If you’re a garden enthusiast, you may opt for an extended stay in Keukenhof, going in the morning, and lunching in the gardens on your own before rejoining the ship with the rest of the guests in the later afternoon. After May 26 when the Keukenhof Gardens are no longer open, a guided excursion takes you to the city of Delft. Most famous for its distinctive Delft Blue pottery, the city with its historic town center and canals was also home to the painter Johannes Vermeer. Join your local expert for a GUIDED WALK to see the City Hall, the Old Church, and hear the story of the “Delft Explosion.” (B,L,D)

Day 7: Amsterdam

Holland’s sophisticated, modern capital has a rich and fascinating history. This delightful 700-year-old city with its elegant and classic architecture, cafés, and restaurants has a distinct ambiance. The streets, squares, and canals - not to mention the bike paths throughout the city - make for a vibrant atmosphere, and with over 60 museums, Amsterdam has the highest museum density in the world. There is no better way to see Amsterdam than by CANAL BOAT, cruising through the elegant grachten lined with stately homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.” There’s free time this afternoon - your Cruise Director will have suggestions for things to do. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Amsterdam (Disembarkation Day)

Your vacation ends after breakfast this morning. (B)

Advisements:

  • A valid passport is required for travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserve the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise.
  • In the event of water level problems on stretches of any river, it may be necessary to operate part of the itinerary by motorcoach.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.

2017 Departures

Program Start Date
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing twin cabin
From Amsterdam (WAX)
Cruise Embarkation Date
Ship

Category E - Lower Deck fwd w/ window

Category D - Lower deck aft w/ window
Category B - Middle Deck aft w/ french balcony
Category A - Middle Deck fwd w/ french balcony

Category P - Upper Deck w/ french balcony

Suite -
Upper Deck w/ french balcony
Mar 30, 2017
Passion
$2,499
$2,698
$3,648
$3,698
$3,798
$4,398
Mar 31, 2017
Impression
$2,499
$2,698
$3,648
$3,698
$3,798
$4,398
Apr 9, 2017
Luminary
$2,599
-
$3,248
$3,298
$3,398
$3,998
Jul 14, 2017
Artistry II
$2,999
$3,198
$4,148
$41,98
$4,298
$4,898
Oct 13, 2017
Impression
$2,599
$2,798
$3,748
$3,798
$3,898
$4,498
 
From Brussels (WXA)
Cruise Embarkation Date
Ship

Category E - Lower Deck fwd w/ window

Category D - Lower deck aft w/ window
Category B - Middle Deck aft w/ french balcony
Category A - Middle Deck fwd w/ french balcony

Category P - Upper Deck w/ french balcony

Suite -
Upper Deck w/ french balcony
Apr 7, 2017
Impression
$2,599
$2,798
$3,748
$3,798
$3,898
$4,498
Apr 16, 2017
Luminary
$2,699
-
$3,348
$3,398
$3,498
$4,098
Jul 21, 2017
Artistry II
$2,999
$3,198
$4,148
$41,98
$4,298
$4,898
Oct 20, 2017
Impression
$2,599
$2,798
$3,748
$3,798
$3,898
$4,498
IMPORTANT: Dates, Prices & Itineraries are subject to change.
Port charges : Additional $168 per passenger.
For Single Traveler: Single Supplement applies. Please call to inquire.

Prices Do Include:

Daily afternoon
• 7-night Cruise in selected cabin category
• Full board meals, including Captain's Welcome and Farewell receptions, Welcome and Farewell dinners
• Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and wine, beer or soft drinks with dinner onboard
• Daily Afternoon Tea
• Daily Night Fare
• Daily guided sightseeing program conducted by a Certified Local Guide
• Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by local chefs, entertainers, artisans and experts designed to enrich your cruise
• Gratuities to local guides and excursion drivers
• Taxes

Prices Do Not Include:

• Individual arrival and departure (airfare, transfers)
• Travel insurance
• Port charges
• Gratuities to the Cruise Director and onboard crew
• Other personal expenses

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