Charms of Holland and Belgium - Brussels to Amsterdam

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6th Apr - 20th Oct
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Introduction

On this tulip time cruise vacation, see some of the highlights of Holland and Belgium. Guided sightseeing shows you the charming town of Middelburg as well as the bigger cities of Antwerp and Ghent. Visit the fascinating Delta Works, a windmill in Kinderdijk, and the famous flower gardens of Keukenhof or Delft, the home of "Delft Blue" pottery. So much to see in an experience-filled week!

“This was a fabulous cruise. The "door to the airport and return" transfers were superb.”

This was a fabulous cruise. The "door to the airport and return" transfers were superb.
This was a fabulous cruise. The "door to the airport and return" transfers were superb.
Tonia & Mike Cain

The Avalon experience

Included Highlights

  • ANTWERP Guided sightseeing
  • GHENT Guided sightseeing, visit St Baaf's Cathedral
  • MIDDELBURG Guided visit
  • VEERE Excursion to the Delta Works
  • KINDERDIJK Visit a windmill
  • ROTTERDAM Excursion to Keukenhof Gardens (open until mid May, 2016 ) or guided visit to Delft (after mid May 2016 )
  • DELFT Guided visit (after May 26, 2016)
  • AMSTERDAM Canal cruise

Included in the price

  • Your personal Avalon chauffeur service by executive car for you and your travelling companions to and from your UK departure point (within 100 miles of airport)

  • Flights Prices are based on 2 people sharing a Category E Deluxe Stateroom flying from London. In addition a wide range of flights from UK regional airports are also available.

  • 7 nights deluxe accommodation in a spacious stateroom with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection® style beds, ensuite facilities and river views. Floor to ceiling sliding glass doors and a French Balcony in most staterooms

  • All meals on board including full breakfast , buffet lunch and waiter service evening meal; afternoon tea with cakes and sweet treats; midnight snack, choice of premium teas and coffees & soft drinks throughout the day. Wine and beer is included with lunch and dinner.

  • Included excursions and sightseeing trips with Local Guides and a choice of optional tours; headsets provided on excursions

  • Services of an experienced Cruise Director

  • Gratuities for Cruise Director and crew

  • Special on board and on shore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans and experts designed to enrich your cruise. On board lectures, activities and nightly piano music

  • Captain's welcome and farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapes; Welcome Dinner; Farewell Dinner

  • A choice of pre- or post- holiday extensions

  • All transfers, local port charges and airport taxes

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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. (D)

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. (B, L, D)

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. (B, L, D)

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. (B, L, D)

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. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Excursion to Keukenhof Gardens (open until mid May, 2017), or guided visit to Delft (after mid May, 2017).

Enjoy a leisurely morning on board before an included excursion takes you to the gardens of KEUKENHOF near Lisse—over 70 acres of parkland with lakes, sculpture gardens, greenhouses, and a windmill to explore. Every year, 7 million flower bulbs are planted, and you have the chance to see the spectacular display of colours from the tulips, daffodils, crocuses, and more. If you're a garden enthusiast, you may opt for an extended stay in Keukenhof, going in the morning, and lunching in the gardens on your own before rejoining the ship with the rest of the guests in the later afternoon. After mid May when the Keukenhof Gardens are no longer open, 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." (B, L, D)

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'. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Amsterdam.

Disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. (B)

 

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April Prices per person based on two sharing
Departure Information Cabin Category
6th Apr 2017 (Thu)
London Heathrow Airport
Avalon Passioni
(E)
(D)
Sold Out
(B)
Sold Out
(A)
Sold Out
(P)
Sold Out
(Suite)

7th Apr 2017 (Fri)
St Pancras Rail Station
Avalon Impressioni
(E)
Sold Out
(D)
Sold Out
(B)
Sold Out
(A)
(P)
Sold Out
(Suite)

16th Apr 2017 (Sun)
St Pancras Rail Station
Avalon Luminaryi
(E)
(D)
Sold Out
(B)
Sold Out
(A)
Sold Out
(P)
(Suite)
Sold Out

July Prices per person based on two sharing
Departure Information Cabin Category
21st Jul 2017 (Fri)
London Heathrow Airport
Avalon Artistry IIi
(E)
(D)
(B)
(A)
(P)
(Suite)

October Prices per person based on two sharing
Departure Information Cabin Category
20th Oct 2017 (Fri)
London Heathrow Airport
Avalon Impressioni
(E)
Sold Out
(D)
(B)
(A)
(P)
(Suite)

Apr Jul Oct
Avalon Passion
Cabin Information
CATEGORY
E
CATEGORY
D
CATEGORY
B
CATEGORY
A
CATEGORY
P
CATEGORY
Suite
DECK Indigo - Forward Indigo - Aft Saphire - Aft Saphire - Forward Royal Deck Royal Deck
SIZE 172 sq ft 172 sq ft 200 sq ft 200 sq ft 200 sq ft 300 sq ft
WINDOW Window Window Panoramic window with open air French balcony Panoramic window with open air French balcony Panoramic window with open air French balcony Panoramic window with open air French balcony
BEDS Two twins or a queen size bed Two twins or a queen size bed Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony
BATHROOM En-suite bathroom with full shower En-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower and separate toilet
SEATING AREA Seating area Seating area Seating area Larger seating area
Avalon Luminary
Cabin Information
CATEGORY
E
CATEGORY
B
CATEGORY
A
CATEGORY
P
CATEGORY
Suite
DECK Indigo - Forward Saphire - Aft Saphire - Forward Royal Deck Royal Deck
SIZE 172 sq ft 172 sq ft 172 sq ft 172 sq ft 258 sq ft
WINDOW Window Panoramic window with open air French balcony Panoramic window with open air French balcony Panoramic window with open air French balcony Panoramic window with open air French balcony
BEDS Two twins or a queen size bed Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony
BATHROOM En-suite bathroom with full shower En-suite bathroom with full shower En-suite bathroom with full shower En-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower and separate toilet
SEATING AREA Seating area
Ship Information
Deck plans
Staterooms
Category E
Indigo Deck
Avalon Suite
Royal Deck
Category P
Royal Deck
Category B
Sapphire Deck Aft
Category A
Sapphire Deck Forward
Deck Plan Key:
  1. Navigation Bridge
  2. Whirlpool
  3. Sky Bistro
  4. Premium lounge chairs and shade awnings
  5. Observation Lounge
  6. Panorama Lounge
  7. Bar
  8. Internet centre
  9. Reception/Guest services
  10. Atrium
  11. Lift
  12. Hair Salon
  13. Club Lounge
  14. Kitchen
  15. Dining room
  16. Fitness centre
Avalon Artistry II
Cabin Information
CATEGORY
E
CATEGORY
D
CATEGORY
B
CATEGORY
A
CATEGORY
P
CATEGORY
Suite
DECK Indigo - Forward Indigo - Aft Saphire - Aft Saphire - Forward Royal Deck Royal Deck
SIZE 172 sq ft 172 sq ft 200 sq ft 200 sq ft 200 sq ft 300 sq ft
WINDOW Window Window Panoramic window with open air French balcony Panoramic window with open air French balcony Panoramic window with open air French balcony Panoramic window with open air French balcony
BEDS Two twins or a queen size bed Two twins or a queen size bed Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony
BATHROOM En-suite bathroom with full shower En-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower and separate toilet
SEATING AREA Seating area Seating area Seating area Larger seating area
Avalon Impression
Cabin Information
CATEGORY
E
CATEGORY
D
CATEGORY
B
CATEGORY
A
CATEGORY
P
CATEGORY
Suite
DECK Indigo - Forward Indigo - Aft Saphire - Aft Saphire - Forward Royal Deck Royal Deck
SIZE 172 sq ft 172 sq ft 200 sq ft 200 sq ft 200 sq ft 300 sq ft
WINDOW Window Window Panoramic window with open air French balcony Panoramic window with open air French balcony Panoramic window with open air French balcony Panoramic window with open air French balcony
BEDS Two twins or a queen size bed Two twins or a queen size bed Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony
BATHROOM En-suite bathroom with full shower En-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower and separate toilet
SEATING AREA Seating area Seating area Seating area Larger seating area
Ship Information
Deck plans
Staterooms
Category D
Indigo Deck Aft
Category E
Indigo Deck Forward
Royal Suite
Royal Deck
Category P
Royal Deck
Category B
Sapphire Deck Aft
Category A
Sapphire Deck Forward
Deck Plan Key:
  1. Sky Lounge
  2. Navigation Bridge
  3. Sky Bistro
  4. Whirlpool
  5. Premium lounge chairs and shade awnings
  6. Deck Game area
  7. Observation Lounge
  8. Panorama Bistro
  9. Panorama Lounge
  10. Bar
  11. Internet centre
  12. Reception/Guest services
  13. Lift
  14. Atrium
  15. Hairdresser
  16. Club Lounge
  17. Kitchen
  18. Dining room
  19. Fitness centre

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