Tulips of Northern Holland

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If you're looking for a holiday that combines some well-known sights with others that are off the beaten track, this itinerary is for you! Arrive in Amsterdam and transfer to your river cruise vessel in Haarlem. Discover the region of "North Holland," where tulip fields abound, then sail across the Ijsselmeer, formerly known as the Zuider Zee, to the region known as "Friesland," famous for its black-and-white cows. Visit the Zuider Zee Museum in Enkhuizen or get a chance to meet some of the loc...

“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

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Included Highlights

  • ENKHUIZEN excursion to the tulip fields; choice of guided visit to the Zuiderzee Museum
  • FRIESLAND Friesland excursion, visit the planetarium
  • LELYSTAD Visit to Batavia shipyard and the Batavia; cheese and Genever tasting
  • ARNHEM Choice of visit to Airborne Museum Hartenstein or Kröller-Müller Museum
  • ROTTERDAM Harbour cruise; choice of excursion to Keukenhof Gardens or Gouda
  • 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 chosen UK departure point (limit 100 miles each way)

  • 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 stateroomwith 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

  • On board lectures, activities and nightly piano music

  • Captain's Welcome Reception, Welcome Dinner and Farewell Gala Dinner

  • A choice of pre- or post- holiday extensions

  • All transfers, local port charges and airport taxes

Day 1 Arrive in Amsterdam, Holland. Transfer to Haarlem (Embarkation)

Travel to Amsterdam where you will met and transferred to your cruise ship in Haarlem for seven nights. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception. (D)

Day 2 Hoorn - Tulip Fields Excursion - Enkhuizen.

Included today: Tulip Fields Excursion; choice of guided visit to Zuiderzee Museum. Tulip fields abound in this part of the country. This morning, an excursion takes you along the growing areas that look from afar like carpets of colour. Take pictures and learn more about these flowers and how they were introduced into Holland from the Ottoman Empire (Turkey) in the 17th century. Rejoin your ship and over lunch, sail to Enkhuizen, situated at the most easterly point of North Holland. Enkhuizen is a quintessential fishing town with cobblestoned streets, a quaint town centre, and one of the largest marinas in the Netherlands. It owes its prosperity to the Zuider Zee (now known as the IJsselmeer) during the "Golden Age." This afternoon, visit the ZUIDERZEE MUSEUM, dedicated to the culture and history of this area. The museum focuses on the past and present of the IJsselmeer, and features living history, heritage, and crafts combining works from the past with works from the present. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Enkhuizen - Sneek, Friesland

Included today: Choice of guided walk of Enkhuizen or Friesland excursion, visit the Planetarium. This morning you have a choice between an included GUIDED WALK of Enkhuizen, or you may wish to join a "DUTCH EXPERIENCE" to meet some locals. Then cruise across the IJsselmeer to south-west Friesland, a province rich in history and legends. As you sail, enjoy the scenic rural landscape along the river. Dock in Lemmer, from where our Friesland excursion departs. Primarily an agricultural region with a long history, Friesland is best known internationally for its famous black-and-white Friesian cattle and black Friesian horses. Visit the 18th-century ROYAL EISE EISINGA PLANETARIUM, which has been nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rejoin your ship in Sneek, where you dock overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Lelystad - Kampen.

Included today: Visit the Batavia shipyard and the Batavia in Lelystad; Cheese and genever (gin) tasting Today, enjoy a peaceful morning of cruising through this delightful area of Friesland. Reaching Lelystad, join the guided visit of the Batavia Shipyard, where ships that were important to the Netherland's maritime industry during the 'Golden Age' have been faithfully reconstructed. Later, board the Batavia itself, a reconstruction of a 1628 Amsterdam-built Dutch East India Company ship, wrecked on its maiden voyage on June 4, 1629 off the coast of Western Australia. Later this afternoon, enjoy a local cheese and genever (gin) tasting on board as you sail to Kampen, where you dock overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Gelderse Ijssel - Arnhem.

Included today: Visit Hartenstein Museum. Another relaxing morning on board as you sail along the IJssel River, also known as the Gelderse IJssel, which is a branch of the Rhine River. Learn more about Holland at an ONBOARD LECTURE and taste a sweet LOCAL SPECIALITY. After lunch, visit the AIRBORNE MUSEUM HARTENSTEIN, dedicated to the Battle of Arnhem, one of the major tragedies of WWII. Alternatively you may prefer to visit the KRÖLLER- MÜLLER MUSEUM. Later, rejoin your ship in Arnhem. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Rotterdam.

Included today: Harbour cruise; choice of excursion to Keukenhof Gardens or to the city of Gouda. This morning, sail through the HARBOUR OF ROTTERDAM, said to be the world's busiest port. Levelled by German bombs in WWII, Rotterdam now has a modern, high-tech look. After an early lunch you may opt to join a guided excursion to GOUDA, famous for its gouda cheese, syrup waffles, clay pipes, and elaborate city hall. It is a typical Dutch city with many old buildings and pretty canals. Alternatively, you may wish to visit the gardens of KEUKENHOF near Lisse, which encompass 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 opportunity to see the spectacular display of colours not only from the tulips, but also from hyacinths, daffodils, and more. Garden enthusiasts may opt to spend for an extended visit to in Keukenhof, having lunch on their own in the gardens. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Amsterdam.

Included today: Canal cruise in Amsterdam. After breakfast, arrive in Amsterdam where guided sightseeing is by canal boat. Cruise along elegant grachten lined by stately homes dating back to Amsterdam's Golden Age. This afternoon is at leisure to explore on your own or choose from a selection of optional excursions. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Amsterdam.

Transfer to the airport or station for your journey to the UK. (B)


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