2019 : Tulip Time Cruise with 3 Nights Paris for Garden & Nature Lovers (WAA1-T2) - Visionary
11 Day River Cruise Amsterdam to Paris
On this garden-and nature-themed Tulip Time cruise, visit spectacular Keukenhof near Lisse, Antwerp's Botanical Gardens, and small, hidden-away private gardens in Amsterdam. This scenic river cruise begins in Holland's modern capital of Amsterdam. This 700-year-old city offers classic architecture, cafes, and restaurants to explore, as wells as the legendary canals and bridges crisscrossing the city.
Set sail for destinations in Holland and Belgium, and cruise through Rotterdam's harbor, noted as the world's busiest port. Garden enthusiasts will delight in the breathtaking colors of Keukenhof, also known as the "Garden of Europe." With 70 acres of parkland and lakes, it's one of the world's largest flower gardens. Alternatively, an excursion to the city of Gouda, famous for its cheese, is available. Next, sail to Antwerp, Belgium's second-largest city, with ancient buildings and monuments combining with modern architecture in this medieval port city's many chic shops, museums, galleries, and cafes. The Grote Markt is located in the heart of the old city quarter and includes the splendid City Hall, beautiful 16th-century homes, and the splendid Botanical Gardens-an oasis in the heart of the city.
In Ghent, join a local expert for a guided tour of the city, including a visit to St. Baaf's Cathedral, housing important works of Flemish art. Return to Holland, and visit the historic trading port of Middelburg. See its gothic Town Hall, Abbey Tower, and bustling Market Square. You'll marvel at the technical miracle of the 6-mile-long Delta Works, a storm flood barrier constructed after 1,800 people drowned in the floods of 1953.
This beautiful and historic springtime river cruise vacation concludes in Holland's capital city with a canal cruise along the elegant grachten, or a visit to some of the city's best-kept secrets-the private gardens and courtyards of Amsterdam.
Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception
Day 2 Rotterdam. Rotterdam harbor cruise: Choice of guided sightseeing in Gouda, or visit to Keukenhof Gardens
Day 3 Antwerp: Choice of guided sightseeing, or visit the Arboretum Kalmthout
Day 4 Ghent: Choice of guided sightseeing, visit St. Baaf's Cathedral, or visit the Nature Reserve Zwin
Day 5 Middelburg-Veere. Excursion to the Delta Works: Guided walk in Middelburg; guided tour of the Delta Works
Day 6 Willemstad: Time at leisure; cheese tasting on board
Day 7 Amsterdam: Visit to flower auction; canal cruise or visit Amsterdam secret gardens
Day 8 Amsterdam (Disembarkation)-Paris, France: Transfer to Paris by high speed train
Day 9 Paris: Guided sightseeing
Day 10 Paris: Full day at leisure
Day 11 Paris: Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning
You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've designed a cruise experience that's just a bit different.
Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet's unique ships.
Throughout the Ship:
Suites & Staterooms:
Health & Fitness:
Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:
Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You'll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.
We've found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.
Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.
(B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner
AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)
Welcome to Amsterdam. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.Your day in Amsterdam is free to explore at your leisure. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to beautiful Zaanse Schans where you'll see a wonderful collection of well-preserved historic windmills and Dutch houses. Enjoy dinner and explore the ship on your first night on board.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTTERDAM
(B, L, D)
Windmills and Skyscrapers in Holland's Modern Maritime Marvel
This morning cruise through Rotterdam harbor.
Join a full- or half-day Guided Tour of breathtaking Keukenhof-known as the "Garden of Europe"-for its 70 acres of lush parkland, lakes, and the world's largest flower gardens-with more than seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths as well as other bulbs, planted each year, OR:
Enjoy an afternoon excursion to Gouda. You'll join a Guided Tour of the town famous for the Dutch yellow cheese that bears its name-as well as stroopwafels (syrup waffles), Gouda candles, and beautiful city center.
Take some free time to relax on the harbor-side in Rotterdam with an artisan beer, a slice of appeltart (Dutch apple pie), and a koffie verkeerd, a typical Dutch drink of half coffee, half milk. Take a bike from your ship to explore Rotterdam and the surrounding area. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ANTWERP
(B, L, D)
Gothic Cathedral, Crêpes, and Waffles in Artful Antwerp
Take a Guided Tour of this sophisticated city to visit the central Grote Markt, lined with 16th-century guildhall houses. You'll also see the beautiful city hall, the Cathedral of Our Lady with its stunning altarpiece paintings by Rubens., OR:
Visit the Arboretum Kalmthout where you will admire an amazing variety of plants, tree and flowers.
You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the nearby capital, Brussels-considered home to the European Union, and admire its magnificent palaces and cathedrals.
You might prefer to take time on your own to indulge in Antwerp's signature Belgian waffles and crêpes-or explore this bike-friendly city from its old wharfs to its legendary diamond district. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO GHENT
(B, L, D)
Ghent's Cobblestones, Canals, and Cosmopolitan Charisma
You'll have time for an early-morning walk (or jog) to explore the architecture and canals of Ghent-"Belgium's best-kept secret."
Explore Ghent-"The Diamond of Flanders"-with a Guided Sightseeing Tour of this showcase of medieval Flemish wealth. You'll visit St. Bavo's Cathedral-with its remarkable Flemish artwork, OR:
Visit the Zwin Nature reserve with its unique landscapes and birds.
You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion of Bruges to explore its canals, cobbled streets and medieval buildings. You'll see its crisscrossed canals, the 13th-century belfry of Market Square, and charming patrician houses..
EVENING CRUISE TO MIDDELBURG
(B, L, D)
A Spicy History in Middelburg's Dutch Harbor Town
Join a Guided Walking Tour of the historic merchant city of Middelburg-with its 15th-century gothic Town Hall. You'll learn about the spice trade of this Dutch harbor capital of Zeeland, its prosperity in the Dutch East India Company trading, and origins as a stronghold city. Enjoy its winding cobbled streets and canals that circle Old Town.
Spend some free time biking or walking through Middelburg to sample Babbelaar cookies, fries, or beer before cruising to Veere this afternoon.
The Delta Works Stand Strong as a Technical Marvel
Join a Guided Tour of the Delta Works, the largest flood-protection system in the world, and a miracle of modern technology.
Later, enjoy live entertainment on board..
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WILLEMSTAD
(B, L, D)
Willemstad's Windmills and Historic Harbor
Enjoy a free morning on your own to explore the well-preserved fortifications of this historic town.
Join your Avalon Adventure Host for an early running in Willemstad.
Later, enjoy a Cheese Tasting on board as you prepare to sail to Amsterdam.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM
(B, L, D)
Colorful Amsterdam-with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden Age
Get up early today, not to miss the opportunity to visit the world's largest flower auction.
Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam's "Golden Age."
Take some free time to explore Amsterdam's colorful streets and canal houses, galleries, and shops, OR
Access Amsterdam's secret gardens hidden behind the brick facades - a unique opportunity as they are normally closed to public.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM
Transfer from your Avalon Ship to the train station, to begin your Monograms package. Travel to Paris by high-speed train.
Join a guided sightseeing including the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, and inside visits of Notre Dame Cathedral, and The Louvre (Louvre replaced with Seine cruise on Tuesdays) where your VIP access means you'll skip the long lines.
Spend a full day at your own pace to experience the wonderful cafes, museums, and legendary cityscape in the most romantic city in the world. Your Local Host® is available with recommendations and assistance in making the most of your free time in Paris.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Call 1 (800) 658-0869 for more information or to book today! Mention code 14158458
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- Offer valid through 12/31/2018
- 11 Days
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Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.
Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.
Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:
in single room from $204 to $387, in twin room from $132 to $227
All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.
To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:
Category / Decks / Price
D / Indigo Deck / $199
B / Sapphire Deck / $1149
A / Sapphire Deck / $1199
P / Royal Deck / $1299
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $2199
Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.
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