Charms of Holland and Belgium - Brussels to Amsterdam

  • 8 Days

  • Belgium

See some of the highlights of Holland and Belgium on this Tulip Time Cruise. Guided sightseeing takes you to the elegant towns of Willemstad and Middelburg, as well as the larger cities of Ghent and Antwerp. Visit the fascinating Delta Works, and a traditional windmill in Kinderdijk.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a cruise director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Wine & beer with lunch and dinner
Excursions
Gratuities on cruise
All airport and port taxes
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

of 8 days

Your detailed itinerary

Cruise departing on 20th October 2017

Meals included: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Overview

At a glance

Ghent Enjoy guided sightseeing of the city and visit St. Baaf's Cathedral, home to the most important work in Flemish art.
Antwerp Visit the famous Grote Markt, lined with 16th-century houses and the Church of Our Lady, started in 1352 and featuring paintings by Rubens.
Kinderdijk Explore this charming town on a guided walk and visit a traditional Dutch windmill.
Amsterdam Discover the treasures of this iconic city on a canal cruise along its elegant grachten.

Day 1

Brussels (Embarkation)

Welcome to Belgium, seat of the European Union. This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Antwerp

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Antwerp is Belgium's second largest city and was once one of the world's most important seaports. Included sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to its superb architecture, the Grote Markt with its beautiful city hall completed in 1566, and the Church of Our Lady, started in 1352 and home to artworks by Rubens. An optional excursion to nearby Brussels, Belgium's capital and home of the European Union, is available.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Ghent

Included today: Guided sightseeing, visit St Baaf's Cathedral. The 'diamond' of Flanders, Ghent has beautifully preserved its medieval charm whilst also keeping up with the times. A Local Guide will show you the city centre, a showcase of medieval Flemish wealth and commercial success and take you into St Baaf's Cathedral. From here, an optional excursion to Bruges, with its criss-crossed canals and charming old patrician houses, is available.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Middelburg - Veere

Included today: Guided walk in Middelburg; excursion to the Delta Works. This morning, a walking tour of Middelburg with a Local Expert will acquaint you with this Dutch East India Company trading city. Originally built as a stronghold to protect the population of Zeeland from the water and enemies, Middelburg became a prosperous merchant city that spent great wealth on the construction of important buildings such as its impressive Town Hall. Later, cruise to Veere and visit one of Europe's most complex engineering projects, the Delta Works. After the flood of 1953, in which more than 1,800 people drowned in one night, the Delta Plan was developed to prevent another disaster of that magnitude. The final defence in the battle against the water is the storm flood barrier, almost six miles long and considered a technical masterpiece.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Willemstad - Kinderdijk

Included today: Visit a windmill in Kinderdijk. This morning, dock in Willemstad and explore this small historical town with well-preserved fortifications at your own pace. 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 centre 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Delft

Today. a guided excursion takes you to the city of Delft. Most famous for its distinctive Delft Blue pottery, the city with its historic town centre 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."

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Amsterdam

Included today: Canal cruise. 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 along the elegant grachten lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam's 'Golden Age'.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Amsterdam (Disembarkation))

Disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Notes

Your ship

Avalon Impression

Part of Avalon's cutting-edge fleet of Suite Ships, the Avalon Impression accommodates 166 passengers and features two full decks of Panorama Suites, each with wall-to-wall panoramic windows. At 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, affording you the unique opportunity to wake each morning facing the splendid passing scenery. Onboard amenities include an alternative light dining option in the Panorama Bistro, a fitness centre, complimentary Wi-Fi access, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, and light al fresco lunches at the Sky Bistro.

Amenities
  • Smoking
  • Adults only
  • Childrens facilities
  • Nursery
Ship facts
  • Style: Luxury
  • Class: Suite ship
  • Size: Boutique
  • Number of crew: 47
  • Number of cabins: 83
  • Number of wheelchair cabins: 0
  • Number of large cabins: 0
  • Capacity: 166 passengers
  • Main language on board: en
  • Currency on board: EUR
  • Number of decks: 4
  • Length (m): 135
  • Width (m): 11.45
  • Speed in knots: 13
  • Launch year: 2014
Available cabins on this cruise
Royal Suite

These suites feature a 6-person sitting area, bathrobes & slippers, choice of bed configuration, Comfort Collection Beds, complimentary Wi-Fi, double sinks, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel, hairdryer, in-room safe, L'Occitane bath products, marble countertops in bathroom, nightly turn-down service, soft and firm pillows, vanity, well-stocked minibar, alarm clock, bedside tables with reading lamps, coffee table, complimentary bottled water, direct-dial telephone, easy under-bed luggage storage, elegant, contemporary design, extra blankets, full shower with glass door, individual climate control, large mirror in bathroom, make-up mirror, memory foam mattress toppers, a sofa, spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage, wall-to-wall panoramic window with Open-Air Balcony®, and a writing desk.

Details

  • 300 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Panorama Suite

These suites feature a 6-person sitting area, bathrobes & slippers, choice of bed configuration, Comfort Collection Beds, complimentary Wi-Fi, easy under-bed luggage storage, elegant, a contemporary design, extra blankets, full shower with glass door, individual climate control, large mirror in bathroom, make-up mirror, memory foam mattress toppers, sofa, spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage, wall-to-wall panoramic window with Open-Air Balcony®, writing desk, alarm clock, bedside tables with reading lamps, coffee table, complimentary bottled water, direct-dial telephone, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel, hairdryer, in-room safe, L'Occitane bath products, marble countertops in bathroom, nightly turn-down service, soft and firm pillows, vanity and a well-stocked minibar.

Details

  • 200 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Deluxe Stateroom

These staterooms feature an alarm clock, bedside tables with reading lamps, Comfort Collection Beds, complimentary Wi-Fi, easy under-bed luggage storage, an elegant, contemporary design, extra blankets, full shower with glass door, individual climate control, large mirror in bathroom, memory foam mattress toppers, soft and firm pillows, two windows, well-stocked minibar, bathrobes & slippers, choice of bed configuration, complimentary bottled water, direct-dial telephone, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel, hairdryer, in-room safe, L'Occitane bath products, nightly turn-down service, spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage, vanity and a writing desk.

Details

  • 172 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Life onboard

Part of Avalon's cutting-edge fleet of Suite Ships, the Avalon Impression accommodates 166 passengers and features two full decks of Panorama Suites, each with wall-to-wall panoramic windows. At 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, affording you the unique opportunity to wake each morning facing the splendid passing scenery. Onboard amenities include an alternative light dining option in the Panorama Bistro, a fitness centre, complimentary Wi-Fi access, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, and light al fresco lunches at the Sky Bistro.

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