Tulips of Northern Holland

Overview

Tulips of Northern Holland

Explore the well-known sites of Holland, plus some off the beaten paths, for a unique and fascinating river cruise vacation. In Northern Holland visit the colorful fields of tulips which make this part of the country so beautiful, or the Zuiderzee Museum to experience the local culture and history. There is an opportunity to meet some of the locals before continuing your river cruise through the area of Friesland. Here, you’ll visit the Royal Planetarium, nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Lelystad, visit the Batavia shipyard and board an exact replica of the Batavia ship itself, or enjoy a guided walking tour in Kampen. Get a true taste of the culture with an introduction to local cheese and Genever on board.

Cruise through the modern harbor of Rotterdam after a half- or full-day excursion to see the breathtaking col-ors of Keukenhof, also known as the “Garden of Europe.” With over 70 acres of parkland and lakes, it’s one of the world’s largest flower gardens. A river cruise through Holland would not be complete without some time in Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam. The city combines its historical 17th-century buildings, sculptures, and museums with a modern feel. See the most fascinating views of the city on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.”

What's Included

  • 7 nights accommodation onboard Avalon Visionary in a Deluxe Stateroom
  • Full board dining
  • Beer, wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Return flights from Bristol
  • A choice of excursions
  • Gratuities, transfers and port charges

Hand Picked By

Abigail Limm

Why not follow in the footsteps of Jane McDonald when she boarded Avalon's Poetry II for the Channel 5 programme "Cruising with Jane"? Since the programme aired, we have been inundated with requests so early booking is strongly recommended. If you missed the programme you can view it on our website, it's a great watch. Our customers tell us that Avalon is a hidden gem in the world of river cruising so why not try it?

Abigail Limm

Additional Information

  • Departure Date: 15th, 22nd or 29th April 2020
  • Duration: 7 nights
  • Highlights: Explore the well-known sites of Holland, plus some off the beaten paths, for a unique and fascinating river cruise vacation.

Ship Overview

Avalon Visionary

The Avalon Visionary delivers an intimate setting for 128 passengers, with two full decks of suites featuring wall-to-wall panoramic windows that transform the living space into a unique open-air balcony. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, giving you the rare opportunity to wake each morning to the changing scenery. Onboard amenities include complimentary computer use in public areas and Wi-Fi access, a fitness centre, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, shade system, whirlpool, and the delightful Sky Bistro.

Avalon Visionary Profile

  • 12 staterooms
  • Full-size closet mirror
  • Panorama Bistro
  • Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs and shade awnings
  • Fitness centre
  • Hair salon
  • Bicycles available onboard for complimentary check-out
  • 52 suites
  • Room service for breakfast & beverages -Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees
  • Sky Deck game area
  • Outside viewing deck
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Wall-to-wall panoramic windows
  • Dining room
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day
  • Sky Deck whirlpool
  • Complimentary computer use in public areas
  • Well-stocked library
Avalon Visionary Deck Plan

Full Itinerary

Day 1 - Amsterdam (Embarkation)

Meals included: Dinner

Your day in Amsterdam is free to explore at your leisure. You may join a Guided Optional Excursion to beautiful Zaanse Schans, where you’ll see a wonderful collection of well-preserved historic windmills and Dutch houses.

Day 2 - Enkhuizen

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Enjoy a leisurely morning cruise.

Classic: Take a guided tour of Zuiderzee Museum to discover cultural traditions and maritime history, OR:

Discovery: Join a Guided Tour of local tulip fields and Dutch flower farms.

Spend the rest of the afternoon walking or biking through Enkhuizen. Later, enjoy onboard live entertainment.

Day 3 - Enkhuizen

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Classic: Take a Guided Walking Tour of Enkhuizen to get better acquainted with the charm and beauty of this historic harbor village, OR:

Discover: Join us at the home of a Dutch family for authentic samples of local specialties and conversation, for a true Dutch experience.

Classic: Take a Guided Excursion to visit the Royal Eise Eisinga Planetarium—the oldest planetarium still working in the world. Watch for the world-famous black-and-white cattle and black Friesian horses.

There is time for a stroll before dinner. This evening enjoy live entertainment on board.

Day 4 - Lelystad - Kampen

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Classic: Take a Guided Walking Tour of Kampen, the most powerful and prosperous town of the Netherlands before the rise of Amsterdam, OR:

Discovery: Take a Guided Tour of Lelystad’s Batavia Shipyard and board the hand-built replica of the historic Batavia.

Discovery: Enjoy an onboard Cheese Tasting with Genever—the national and traditional liquor of the Netherlands.

Day 5 - Arnhem

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Discovery: This morning, attend an Onboard Lecture about Holland and a tasting of the authentic Dutch Deventer Koek Cake while cruising to Arnhem.

Classic: Join a Guided Tour of the Airborne Museum of Hartenstein commemorating the 1944 WWII Battle of Arnhem, OR:

Classic: Take a Guided Tour of Arnhem’s Kröller-Müller Museum with the world’s second largest Van Gogh collection.

Day 6 - Rotterdam

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Classic: Join a full- or half-day Guided Tour of breathtaking Keukenhof—the world’s largest flower gardens—with more than seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths as well as other bulbs each year.

Sample artisan beer, a slice of appeltart (Dutch apple pie), or a koffie verkeerd. Take a bike from your ship to explore Rotterdam and the surrounding area. Before dinner, enjoy a cruise through Rotterdam harbor. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

Day 7 - Amsterdam

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Classic: Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.”

You may like to join a Guided Optional Excursion to Muiderslot Castle, or a Guided Optional Biking Excursion to the Dutch countryside. Take some free time to explore Amsterdam’s colorful streets and canal houses, galleries, and shops.

Day 8 - Amsterdam (Disembarkation)

Meals included: Breakfast

Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

Additional Information

  • Departure Date: 15th, 22nd or 29th April 2020
  • Duration: 7 nights
  • Highlights: Explore the well-known sites of Holland, plus some off the beaten paths, for a unique and fascinating river cruise vacation.

Cabin and Fares

Cabin TypeGuide PriceAdditional InfoCabinEnquire
StateroomFrom £1,655ppIncludes flights from Bristol.View Cabin

Stateroom

172sq. ft.

All cabins include nightly turn-down service, edside tables with reading lamps, large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium L'Occitane bath amenitiess, spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage, TV, writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair, Wi-Fi access, direct-dial telephone, bathrobes and slippers, minibar, bottled water, safe and climate control.

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View Cabin

Stateroom

172sq. ft.

All cabins include nightly turn-down service, edside tables with reading lamps, large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium L'Occitane bath amenitiess, spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage, TV, writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair, Wi-Fi access, direct-dial telephone, bathrobes and slippers, minibar, bottled water, safe and climate control.

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