Grand Tulip Cruise Of Holland & Belgium For Garden & Nature Lovers

03/22/2020 through 04/30/2020
03/22/2020 through 05/17/2020
Avalon Waterways

If you’re passionate about gardening, or you simply love nature, this tulip season cruise is for you! A special interest departure designed with inspirational horticultural art in mind. Accompanying your cruise is a botany expert who shares fascinating facts about gardening and the world of plants. You’ll learn a lot with knowledgeable onboard lectures on your Garden & Nature Lover cruise.

Embark in Amsterdam and cruise to Arnhem to tour its WWII Airborne Museum commemorating the brave battle of 1944. Join your ship in Nijmegen and visit the forest setting of ‘s-Hertogenbosch to sample decadent Dutch chocolate desserts. Visit a fruit and flower farm to hear the history of a 15th-century windmill, and take a carriage ride through the nearby nature reserve to watch for herons, storks, birds of prey, and wild horses. In Maastricht, tour the old cobblestoned university town, or visit a working mill to make Limburg pie.

On to Belgium for a sightseeing tour of medieval Namur. In Liège, see the ancient quarters of the “Fiery City,” and explore the city of Antwerp. See the cathedral’s stunning altarpiece paintings by the Flemish master Peter Paul Rubens. Explore Brussels with a guided tour of its landmarks. Visit “The Diamond of Flanders” in Ghent, for stunning Flemish artwork in St. Bavo’s Cathedral. Explore more of the Flanders area with tours in Bossuit-the In Flanders Fields Museum and moving battlefield memorials and memorabilia.

In Middelburg, explore its grand history in the Dutch East India Company. Tour the Veere Delta Works flood-protection system, and cruise through Kinderdijk-where windmills became symbols of Holland. See the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam, and the quintessential Dutch towns of Zaandam and Haarlem with their signature flower farms, windmills, waterways, and North Sea trading. Return to Amsterdam for a guided canal cruise through the iconic city.

Included Features:

Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Arnhem-Nijmegen: choice of guided tour of Airborne Museum or hike tour in a National Park; choice of guided excursion to ‘s-Hertogenbosch, or visit the mill of Thorn and a farm in Nijmegen

Day 3 Maastricht: guided tour; visit a National Park in Belgium

Day 4 Namur: botany lecture; guided tour

Day 5 Liège: guided tour

Day 6 Antwerp: guided tour, visit the central Grote Markt or visit a botanical garden; botany lecture

Day 7 Brussels: choice of guided tour, see the town hall or chocolate workshop

Day 8 Brussels: day at leisure

Day 9 Ghent: guided tour

Day 10 Bossuit: visit to Flanders Field Museum in Ypres; visit to the battlefields; Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate

Day 11 Middelburg-Veere: guided tour in Middelburg; guided tour of the Delta Works

Day 12 Kinderdijk-Rotterdam: guided tour in Kinderdijk and Rotterdam

Day 13 Zaandam-Haarlem: free time in Zaandam; guided tour in Haarlem

Day 14 Amsterdam: choice of canal cruise, or guided jogging tour

Day 15 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your cruise ends this morning

Itinerary

Day 1 Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation)
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Day 2 Arnhem – Nijmegen
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Day 3 Maastricht
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Day 4 Namur, Belgium
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Day 5 Liège
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Day 6 Antwerp
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Day 7 Brussels
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Day 8 Brussels
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Day 9 Ghent
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Day 10 Bossuit
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Day 11 Middelburg, Holland
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Day 12 Kinderdijk-rotterdam
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Day 13 Zaandam-haarlem
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Day 14 Amsterdam
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Day 15 Amsterdam (Disembarkation)
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