If you - re looking for a vacation 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 locals. Visit the Batavia shipyard in Lelystad, and choose between visits of the Kröller-Müller Museum or Museum Hartenstein near Arnhem. Enjoy a harbor cruise in Rotterdam, choose between a visit to Keukenhof Gardens or the town of Gouda and enjoy a tasting of Dutch cheese, genever, and some local sweet specialties. Your vacation concludes with a cruise along Amsterdam's canals.
Highlights & Sightseeing
Cruise: deluxe 7-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM
Day 1 Amsterdam - Transfer to Haarlem (Embarkation): welcome reception
Day 2 Tulip Fields Excursion - Enkhuizen: Tulip Fields excursion; choice of guided visit to Zuiderzee Museum or "Dutch Experience" outing in Enkhuizen
Day 3 Friesland: Friesland excursion, visit the planetarium
Day 4 Lelystad - Kampen: visit the Batavia shipyard and Batavia in Lelystad; cheese & genever tasting
Day 5 Gelderse IJssel - Arnhem: onboard lecture; special tasting; visit Museum Hartenstein
Day 6 Rotterdam: harbor cruise in Rotterdam; choice of excursion to Keukenhof Gardens or to the city of Gouda
Day 7 Amsterdam: canal cruise
Day 8 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning
Superb dining with meals on board featuring full breakfast with complimentary sparkling wine, lunch with complimentary soft drinks, and dinner including complimentary wine, beer, or soft drinks; a welcome reception, Captain's reception, and farewell dinner; one sitting with open seating arrangements
- This cruise combines well with Enchanting Belgium (WAN or WNA).
- In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
- Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.