Avalon Waterways

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TULIPS OF NORTHERN HOLLAND - CATEGORY E - 2019
Tour Code - WHA-E 8 days - AMSTERDAM to AMSTERDAM From 59 USD
Explore the well-known sites of Holland, plus some off the beaten path, for a unique and fascinating river cruise holiday! 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!
STANDARD FEATURES
Destinations
  • Spacious outside deluxe accommodations with enhanced soundproofing and Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection Beds for a great night's sleep.
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer & premium L'Occitane bath products.
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel.
  • Included sightseeing with headsets and expert local guides.
  • Complimentary bicycles available for use on shore.
  • Onboard local entertainment.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship.
  • A professional Cruise Director who delivers educational commentary as you travel through interesting landscapes, and who assists with requests and additional excursions.
  • An Avalon Adventure Host available as your guide for fitness activities and active excursions.
  • Friendly, English-speaking staff who deliver consummate personal service throughout your journey.
  • Gratuities to Cruise Director, Crew, Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included on Avalon portion only.
  • Personalise your onboard and onshore experiences by choosing from a variety of included or optional excursions, visits & activities. Log on to MyAccount to customise your cruise experience.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on board daily indicated by breakfast (B), lunch (L), and dinner (D) on the itinerary, including daily four-course a la carte dinners with choice of appetisers, soups, salads, mains, desserts, and Avalon Fresh healthy cuisine options.
 
ITINERARY
  1. HAARLEM, HOLLAND (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 (D)
  2. HOORN. 
    The Trading Port`s Heyday Still Lives in Hoorn's History. ACTIVE - 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 ENKHUIZEN: A Harbour Town's History of Tulips, Trading, and the Zuiderzee. CLASSIC - Take a guided tour of Zuiderzee Museum to discover cultural traditions and maritime history, OR: DISCOVERY - 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)
  3. ENKHUIZEN. 
    Dutch Delicacies with New Friends-in an Old Harbour Town. CLASSIC - Take a Guided Walking Tour of Enkhuizen to get better acquainted with the charm and beauty of this historic harbour village, OR: DISCOVERY - 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. SNEEK, FRIESLAND: Planets and Stars, Famous Cows, and Black Horses of Friesland. CLASSIC - 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)
  4. LELYSTAD-KAMPEN. 
    The Golden Age of Ship-Building, the National Liquor, and Cheese. DISCOVERY - Take a Guided Tour of Lelystad's Batavia Shipyard and board the hand-built replica of the historic Batavia. DISCOVERY - Enjoy an onboard Cheese Tasting with Genever-the national and traditional liquor of the Netherlands. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN KAMPEN (B,L,D)
  5. GELDERSE IJSSEL-ARNHEM. 
    Spiced Honey Cake, WWII Valor, and Van Gogh. DISCOVERY - This morning, attend an Onboard Lecture about Holland and a tasting of the authentic Dutch Deventer Koek Cake. CLASSIC - Join a Guided Tour of the Airborne Museum of Hartenstein commemorating the 1944 WWII Battle of Arnhem, OR: CLASSIC - Take a Guided Tour of Arnhem's Kroller- Muller Museum with the world's second largest Van Gogh collection. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTTERDAM (B,L,D)
  6. ROTTERDAM. 
    Windmills and Skyscrapers in Holland's Modern Maritime Marvel. CLASSIC - 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. CLASSIC - 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)
  7. AMSTERDAM. 
    Colourful Amsterdam-with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Dutch Specialties. CLASSIC - 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 savoury 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 colourful streets and canal houses, galleries, and shops. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM. (B,L,D)
  8. AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION). 
    Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)