Grand Tulip Cruise Of Holland & Belgium With 1 Night In Amsterdam For Garden & Nature Lovers

03/22/2020 through 04/29/2020
03/22/2020 through 05/17/2020
Avalon Waterways

If you’re passionate about gardening, or you simply love nature, this special departure tulip season cruise is for you! Accompanying your cruise is a botany expert who shares fascinating facts about gardening and the world of plants. You’ll learn a lot with knowledgeable onboard lectures on your Garden & Nature Lover cruise.

Begin your vacation in Holland your way before your cruise with an overnight stay in Amsterdam and enjoy a guided canal cruise past homes of a golden age and explore the shops of this vibrant and iconic city. Enjoy superior hotel accommodations with complimentary breakfast, guided sightseeing with an expert Local Guide, and courtesy hotel-to-ship transfer.

Tour Arnhem’s WWII Airborne Museum commemorating the town’s brave battle of 1944. Join your ship in Nijmegen and sample Dutch desserts in‘s-Hertogenbosch. Visit a fruit and flower farm and 15th-century windmill, then take a carriage ride through a nature reserve for herons, storks, birds of prey, and wild horses. In Maastricht, tour the cobblestoned town, or visit a working mill to make Limburg pie.

On to Belgium for a sightseeing tour of medieval Namur. In Liège, see the ancient quarters of the “Fiery City,” and explore the city of Antwerp. See the cathedral’s stunning altarpiece paintings by the Flemish master Peter Paul Rubens. Explore Brussels with a guided tour of its landmarks. Visit “The Diamond of Flanders” in Ghent, for stunning Flemish artwork in St. Bavo’s Cathedral. In Bossuit, see the In Flanders Fields Museum and moving battlefield memorials and memorabilia. In Middelburg, explore its history in the Dutch East India Company, and see the remarkable Veere Delta Works. Continue through Kinderdijk-where windmills became a symbol of Holland. Visit Rotterdam, Zaandam, and Haarlem to see quintessential Dutch towns. Return to Amsterdam to conclude your cruise.

Included Features:

Day 1 Amsterdam: welcome to Holland

Day 2 Amsterdam (Embarkation): canal cruise; onboard welcome reception

Day 3 Arnhem-Nijmegen: choice of guided tour of Airborne Museum or hike tour in a National Park; choice of guided excursion to ‘s-Hertogenbosch, or visit the mill of Thorn and a farm 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: guided tour, visit the central Grote Markt or visit a botanical garden; botany lecture

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

Day 9 Brussels: day at leisure

Day 10 Ghent: guided tour

Day 11 Bossuit: visit to Flanders Field Museum in Ypres; visit to the battlefields; Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate

Day 12 Middelburg-Veere: guided tour in Middelburg; guided tour of the Delta Works

Day 13 Kinderdijk-Rotterdam: guided tour in Kinderdijk and Rotterdam

Day 14 Zaandam-Haarlem: free time in Zaandam; guided tour in Haarlem

Day 15 Amsterdam: choice of canal cruise, or guided jogging tour

Day 16 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your cruise ends this morning

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Day 1 Amsterdam, Holland
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Day 2 Amsterdam (Embarkation)
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Day 3 Arnhem – Nijmegen
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Day 4 Maastricht
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Day 5 Namur, Belgium
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Day 6 Liège
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Day 7 Antwerp
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Day 8 Brussels
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Day 9 Brussels
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Day 10 Ghent
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Day 11 Bossuit
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Day 12 Middelburg, Holland
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Day 13 Kinderdijk – Rotterdam
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Day 14 Zaandam-haarlem
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Day 15 Amsterdam
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Day 16 Amsterdam (Disembarkation)
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