2019 : Tulips of Northern Holland (WHA) - Visionary
8 Day River Cruise Amsterdam to Amsterdam
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 experience 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.
You'll visit Lelystad's the Batavia shipyard and board an exact replica of the Batavia 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, instead, 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 gardens.
A river cruise through Holland would not be complete without some time in Holland's popular, modern capital of Amsterdam. The city combines its historical 17th-century buildings, sculptures, and museums with a modern feel. See the most fascinating areas of the city on a canal cruise along the elegant Grachten lined with homes dating back to the city's "Golden Age." Sail into new worlds to discover the stunning beauty, ancient history, and welcoming traditions that await you!
Day 1 Haarlem (Embarkation): Welcome reception
Day 2 Hoorn-Enkhuizen: Choice of visit to the famous tulip fields, or guided visit to the Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen
Day 3 Enkhuizen. Friesland excursion: Choice of guided walk of Enkhuizen or "Experience the Dutch" outing; Friesland excursion, visit the planetarium
Day 4 Lelystad-Kampen: Guided tour of the Batavia shipyard in Lelystad; cheese and genever tasting on board
Day 5 Gelderse IJssel-Arnhem: Lecture and local specialties tasting on board; choice of visit Museum Hartenstein, or the Kröller-Muller Museum
Day 6 Rotterdam: Harbor cruise in Rotterdam; choice of excursion to Keukenhof Gardens, or to the city of Gouda
Day 7 Amsterdam: Canal cruise
Day 8 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends this morning
You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've designed a cruise experience that's just a bit different.
Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet's unique ships.
Throughout the Ship:
Suites & Staterooms:
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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 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:
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.
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.
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.
(B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner
AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND.TRANSFER TO HAARLEM (EMBARKATION)
Welcome to Haarlem. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 2 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion in Haarlem, a major flower bulbs growing district outside of Amsterdam. Explore the former North Sea trading port with its medieval features, gabled houses, and leafy courtyards. You may prefer, instead, 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
(B, L, D)
The Trading Port's Heyday Still Lives in Hoorn's History
Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Walk.
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
A Harbor Town's History of Tulips, Trading, and the Zuiderzee
Take a guided tour of Zuiderzee Museum to discover cultural traditions and maritime history, OR:
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
(B, L, D)
Dutch Delicacies with New Friends-in an Old Harbor Town
Take a Guided Walking Tour of Enkhuizen to get better acquainted with the charm and beauty of this historic harbor village,
Join us at the home of a Dutch family for authentic samples of local specialties and conversation, for a true Dutch experience.
Enjoy a brief afternoon cruise to Friesland.
Planets and Stars, Famous Cows, and Black Horses of Friesland
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
(B, L, D)
The Golden Age of Ship-Building, the National Liquor, and Cheese
Take a Guided Tour of Lelystad's Batavia Shipyard and board the hand-built replica of the historic Batavia.
Enjoy an onboard Cheese Tasting with Genever-the national and traditional liquor of the Netherlands.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN KAMPEN
(B, L, D)
Spiced Honey Cake, WWII Valor, and Van Gogh
This morning, attend an Onboard Lecture about Holland and a tasting of the authentic Dutch Deventer Koek Cake.
Join a Guided Tour of the Airborne Museum of Hartenstein commemorating the 1944 WWII Battle of Arnhem, OR:
Take a Guided Tour of Arnhem's Kröller-Muller Museum with the world's second largest Van Gogh collection.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTTERDAM
(B, L, D)
Windmills and Skyscrapers in Holland's Modern Maritime Marvel
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 each year.
Enjoy an afternoon 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. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.
EVENING CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM
(B, L, D)
Colorful Amsterdam-with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Dutch Specialties
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 Excursion on a Culinary Walk through Amsterdam to sample savory and sweet Dutch specialties. Or choose an Optional Excursion for a City Biking Tour to discover the countryside. Alternatively take an Optional Excursion to Holland's beautiful medieval Muiderslot Castle.
Explore Amsterdam's colorful streets and canal houses, galleries, and shops.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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- Avalon Waterways
- Offer valid through 3/31/2019
- 8 Days
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Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.
Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.
Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:
in single room from $204 to $387, in twin room from $132 to $227
All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.
To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:
Category / Decks / Price
D / Indigo Deck / $199
B / Sapphire Deck / $1149
A / Sapphire Deck / $1199
P / Royal Deck / $1299
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $2199
Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.
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