Springtime In Holland & Belgium For Beer Enthusiasts

08/16/2020 through 03/28/2021
08/16/2020 through 04/14/2021
Avalon Waterways

If you’ve dreamed of seeing the legendary flowers of Holland and Belgium, this is the perfect way to spend springtime among the tulips! This 2-week European river cruise begins and ends in Amsterdam to explore the flowering fields, windmills, and delicious Dutch cuisine, culture, and art. For beer enthusiasts, a knowledgeable Beer Expert joins the first week of your cruise to host lectures, beer tasting, and food-and-beer-pairings.

Your first amazing stop is Rotterdam, Holland, where you’ll explore the “Garden of Europe” at Keukenhof. Gaze across a kaleidoscope of flowering bulbs-blooming with 7 million tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths, to name a few. In Antwerp, browse the central Grote Markt amid 16th-century guildhall houses and visit the Cathedral of Our Lady adorned with Rubens’ stunning altarpiece. Guided sightseeing includes a visit to a local brewery. In Ghent, Belgium, join a local expert for a guided tour of the city, including a visit to St. Baaf’s Cathedral. A canal boat tour with a brewery visit is also included. Walk the winding cobblestones and canals of Middelburg. See the windmills and historic harbor of Willemstad, and return to Amsterdam to browse the largest flower auction in the world or tour the city on a canal cruise. Envision the 17th-century maritime days of the Zuiderzee in Enkhuizen, see the second largest collection of Van Gogh masterpieces in Arnhem, and admire innovative architecture in Rotterdam. Return to Amsterdam to cruise its colorful canals. Windmills, waterways, and wonderful springtime views are all waiting for you on this river cruise through Holland and Belgium in tulip season.

Included Features:

Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Rotterdam: half- or full-day visit to Keukenhof Gardens; harbor cruise in Rotterdam; onboard beer lecture

Day 3 Antwerp: guided sightseeing with brewery visit

Day 4 Ghent: canal boat tour with brewery visit

Day 5 Middelburg–Veere: guided walk in Middelburg; excursion to the Delta Works; onboard food & beer pairing dinner

Day 6 Willemstad: guided walking tour; beer & cheese tasting on board

Day 7 Amsterdam: choice of guided visit to Flower Auction, or canal cruise and beer experience

Day 8 Amsterdam: free time

Day 9 Enkhuizen: choice of visit to the famous tulip fields or guided visit to the Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen

Day 10 Enkhuizen. Excursion to Friesland: guided walk of Enkhuizen; excursion to Friesland, visit the planetarium

Day 11 Kampen: choice of guided tour of Giethoorn or guided tour of the Batavia shipyard in Lelystad; onboard cheese and Genever tasting

Day 12 Arnhem: lecture and local specialties tasting on board; choice of visit to the Airborne Museum of Hartenstein or to the Kröller-Müller Museum

Day 13 Rotterdam: choice of half- or full-day visit to Keukenhof Gardens or Rotterdam walking tour; harbor cruise in Rotterdam

Day 14 Amsterdam: canal cruise

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


Day 1 Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation)
Day 2 Rotterdam
Day 3 Antwerp, Belgium
Day 4 Ghent
Day 5 Middleburg, Holland
Day 6 Willemstad
Day 7 Amsterdam
Day 8 Amsterdam
Day 9 Enkhuizen
Day 10 Enkhuizen
Day 11 Kampen
Day 12 Arnhem
Day 13 Rotterdam
Day 14 Amsterdam
Day 15 Amsterdam

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