From seemingly unending fields of color from Holland’s gardens, to windmills and waterways of Amsterdam, to the ancient and modern mix of Belgium’s architecture, this European river cruise is sure to grow in your memory for endless seasons to come.
Travel Best Bets Package Includes
- Return Airfare from Vancouver to Amsterdam
- Deluxe 7 night all-inclusive river cruise aboard Avalon Vista
- Airport transfer
- Dining Experiences: on board meals
- -Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés
-Daily Afternoon Tea
-Daily Night Fare
-Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel
-Enjoy a special coffee or wine tasting in Rüdesheim.
- Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.
- Vacation Highlights
Amsterdam (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception
Rotterdam. Rotterdam harbor cruise: choice of guided sightseeing in Gouda or visit to Keukenhof Gardens
Antwerp: guided sightseeing
Ghent: guided sightseeing, visit St. Baaf’s Cathedral
Middelburg–Veere. Excursion to the Delta Works: guided walk in Middelburg; guided tour of the Delta Works
Willemstad: time at leisure; cheese tasting on board
Amsterdam: canal cruise
Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning
Travel Best Bets Exclusive: Book by July 24 and save $600 per person! (limited promotion, can be withdrawn at anytime). Plus bonus free pre-paid grats.
|Vancouver||Window||French outside balcony||Taxes & Fees|
|April 19, 2019||$3499||$4499||$798|
|Kelowna and Victoria departures add $300 per person|
Included for Every Avalon Guest
- Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship
- Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks at lunch & dinner
- Complimentary Nordic walking sticks
- Complimentary bicycles available for time on shore
- Sky Deck shade system & premium lounge chairs
- Well-stocked library with books, cards, and games
- Comfort Collection BedsSM, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, Bathrobes & slippers
- Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door and Premium L’Occitane bath products & hairdryer
- Complimentary bottled water daily
- Club Lounge with 24-hour, self-serve beverage station
- Premium coffees, cappuccinos, lattes, hot chocolate & teas
- Cookies & fresh fruit available throughout the day
- And, much more
- Important Notes
- In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
- Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered.
- Not Included in the Vacation Price:
Passports; visas and vaccinations; tips to your tour director, tour driver, local city guides; gratuities on ferries, trains and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; mini bar; alcohol, beverages and food not on the regular table d’hôte menu (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel or restaurant); optional excursions; porterage at airports; travel protection; excess baggage fees; all other items of a personal nature.
|Day 1 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)
Welcome to Amsterdam. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
Your day in Amsterdam is free to explore at your leisure. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to beautiful Zaanse Schans where you’ll see a wonderful collection of well-preserved historic windmills and Dutch houses. Enjoy dinner and explore the ship on your first night on board.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTTERDAM
|Day 2 ROTTERDAM
Windmills and Skyscrapers in Holland’s Modern Maritime Marvel. This morning cruise through Rotterdam harbor.
CLASSIC Join a full— or half-day Guided Tour of breathtaking Keukenhof—known as the “Garden of Europe”—for its 70 acres of lush parkland, lakes, and the world’s largest flower gardens—with more than seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths as well as other bulbs, planted each year, OR:
CLASSIC Enjoy an afternoon excursion to Gouda. You’ll join a Guided Tour of the town famous for the Dutch yellow cheese that bears its name—as well as stroopwafels (syrup waffles), Gouda candles, and the beautiful city center.
Take some free time to relax on the harbor-side in Rotterdam with an artisan beer, a slice of appeltart (Dutch apple pie), and a koffie verkeerd, a typical Dutch drink of half coffee, half milk. Take a bike from your ship to explore Rotterdam and the surrounding area. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ANTWERP
|Day 3 ANTWERP, BELGIUM
Gothic Cathedral, Crêpes, and Waffles in Artful Antwerp
CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of this sophisticated city to visit the central Grote Markt, lined with 16th-century guildhall houses. You’ll also see the beautiful city hall, the Cathedral of Our Lady with its stunning altarpiece paintings by Rubens. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the nearby capital, Brussels—considered home to the European Union, and admire its magnificent palaces and cathedrals.
You might prefer to take time on your own to indulge in Antwerp’s signature Belgian waffles and crêpes—or explore this bike-friendly city from its old wharfs to its legendary diamond district. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO GHENT
|Day 4 GHENT
Ghent’s Cobblestones, Canals, and Cosmopolitan Charisma . You’ll have time for an early—morning walk (or jog) to explore the architecture and canals of Ghent—“Belgium’s best-kept secret.”
CLASSIC Explore Ghent—“The Diamond of Flanders” with a Guided Sightseeing Tour of this showcase of medieval Flemish wealth. You’ll visit St. Bavo’s Cathedral with its remarkable Flemish artwork.
You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion of Bruges to explore its canals, cobbled streets, and medieval buildings. You’ll see its crisscrossed canals, the 13th-century belfry of Market Square, and charming patrician houses.
EVENING CRUISE TO MIDDELBURG
|Day 5 MIDDELBURG, HOLLAND
A Spicy History in Middelburg’s Dutch Harbor Town
CLASSIC Join a Guided Walking Tour of the historic merchant city of Middelburg—with its 15th-century gothic Town Hall. You’ll learn about the spice trade of this Dutch harbor capital of Zeeland, its prosperity in the Dutch East India Company trading, and origins as a stronghold city. Enjoy its winding cobbled streets and canals that circle Old Town.
Spend some free time biking or walking through Middelburg to sample Babbelaar cookies, fries, or beer before cruising to Veere this afternoon.
The Delta Works Stand Strong as a Technical Marvel
DISCOVERY Join a Guided Tour of the Delta Works, the largest flood-protection system in the world, and a miracle of modern technology.
Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WILLEMSTAD
|Day 6 WILLEMSTAD
Willemstad’s Windmills and Historic Harbor
Enjoy a free morning on your own to explore the well-preserved fortifications of this historic town.
ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for an early jogging in Willemstad.
DISCOVERY Later, enjoy a Cheese Tasting on board as you prepare to sail to Amsterdam.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM
|Day 7 AMSTERDAM
Colorful Amsterdam—with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden Age
CLASSIC Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.”
Take some free time to explore Amsterdam’s colorful streets and canal houses, galleries, and shops.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM
|Day 8 AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.