Active & Discovery in Holland & Belgium with 1 Night in Amsterdam (Artistry II)

Active & Discovery in Holland & Belgium with 1 Night in Amsterdam (Artistry II)

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Active & Discovery in Holland & Belgium with 1 Night in Amsterdam (Artistry II)

9 Days Starting and ending in Amsterdam, Holland

Visiting: Amsterdam, Holland, Holland (Embarkation), Middelburg, Ghent, Belgium, Brussels, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Amsterdam (Disembarkation), Europe

Tour operator:

Avalon Waterways

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

8-99

Special diets catered:

Please Advise Request

Tour operated in:

English

Trip Styles:

River Cruise

From: $4410 $3349 Operator discount: -$952 Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$109 -24%

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Tour Overview

There’s no better way to spring into action and catapult into culture than on an Avalon Active & Discovery cruise to the Netherlands and Belgium. Belgian chocolate workshop, classic paintings, and even graffiti walls glow brighter when you experience them in the most interactive ways.

Discover the graceful ways of Holland on an Active & Discovery cruise. The way the wind moves the grasses beneath the whirling windmills of the “Low Countries;” how the city cobblestones buzz with the ubiquitous bicycles and lively cafes and canals in Amsterdam; or the narrow houses evoking a time gone by. The visions of Holland come to life as you float past unforgettable scenes, pedal past incomparable views, and capture it all in a painting class a la the Dutch Masters. Our varied selection of Classic, Discovery and Active excursions from Amsterdam to Brussels and back lets you experience Holland and Belgium in the most colorful and cultural ways.


Move.
Enjoy a little get-up-and-go on your cruising vacation when you:

•Soak in castle and farmland views on a walk through the woods and dunes of Domburg.
•Pedal past polders, dykes, and quaint centuries-old villages through the Dutch countryside.
•Take an architectural bike tour through Rotterdam to see the design highlights of Europe’s largest seaport.


And be moved.
Get off the beaten path and relish the world when you:

•Visit a century-old oyster farm in Middleburg and taste the catch of the day.
•Paint the town red, green or whatever color you choose on an interactive tour of Ghent’s Graffiti Street.
•Discover your inner artist at a Delft tile pottery workshop in Rotterdam or a painting class in Amsterdam.


Plus, Classic sightseeing is always available in every port along the way.

Start sooner with a one-night hotel stay in Amsterdam! Avalon Choice sightseeing is the perfect highlight of your stay.

Activate your senses and discover a world of wonder in all-new, entirely “you” ways on your personal, passion-packed cruise along the waterways of Holland and Belgium.

Highlights

  • Explore the Amsterdam, Middelburg: Choice of nature walk, or guided walking tour of Veere, or Middelburg walking tour, or visit to an Oyster Farm

  • Ghent: Choice of biking tour, or guided sightseeing, or Graffiti tour

  • Brussels: Choice of chocolate workshop, or biking tour, or Brussels guided tour

  • Antwerp: Choice of biking tour, or visit the Red Star Line museum, or Antwerp guided tour

  • Rotterdam: Choice of architectural biking tour, or ceramic painting workshop, or Rotterdam guided tour; Rotterdam harbor cruise

  • Day 1 Amsterdam: Welcome to Amsterdam

  • Day 2 Amsterdam (Embarkation): Off the beaten path walking tour; onboard welcome reception

  • Day 3 Middelburg: Choice of nature walk, or guided walking tour of Veere, or Middelburg walking tour, or visit to an Oyster Farm

  • Day 4 Ghent: Choice of biking tour, or guided sightseeing, or Graffiti tour

  • Day 5 Brussels: Choice of chocolate workshop, or biking tour, or Brussels guided tour

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Places You'll See

Westcord Jakarta

Double Tree By Hilton Amsterdam Central Station

Movenpick Amsterdam City

Westcord Jakarta

Movenpick Amsterdam City

Double Tree By Hilton Amsterdam Central Station

Itinerary

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Day 1: Amsterdam,Holland

Location: Amsterdam, Holland

Welcome to Holland. Your day in Amsterdam is free to explore at your leisure.
AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND Welcome to Holland.

Your day in Amsterdam is free to explore at your leisure.

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Day 2: Amsterdam,Holland (Embarkation)

Location: Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner


Discover the true beauty of Amsterdam with an off-the-beaten-path Guided Walking Tour through its cobblestone streets for a captivating look at this legendary city.
AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION) Amsterdam Off the Beaten PathYour Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.

CLASSIC Discover the true beauty of Amsterdam with an off-the-beaten-path Guided Walking Tour through its cobblestone streets for a captivating look at this legendary city.

During tulip season, you may take a Guided Optional Excursion to Keukenhof gardens—with more than seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths, as well as other bulbs, planted each year.

Outside of tulip season, join a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MIDDELBURG

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Day 3: Middelburg

Location: Middelburg

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Enjoy a Guided Visit to a family owned Oyster Farm, active in the cultivation of crustaceans and shellfish in the Netherlands since 1906. A taste of oysters and lobster, accompanied with a glass of wine is the perfect ending of this beautiful experience, OR:

Join a Guided Walking Tour through the winding cobblestones and canals of Middelburg. See the 15th-century Gothic Town Hall and learn about its important role in the spice trade and Dutch East India trading.
MIDDELBURG A Castle Moat, an Oyster Farm and Dutch Sea Trade

Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

ACTIVE Take a Guided Walk through woods and dunes; see Castle Westhove and farmlands of the beautiful North-Sea area, OR:

DISCOVERY Join a Guided Walking Tour of the fascinating town of Veere, OR:

DISCOVERY Enjoy a Guided Visit to a family owned Oyster Farm, active in the cultivation of crustaceans and shellfish in the Netherlands since 1906. A taste of oysters and lobster, accompanied with a glass of wine is the perfect ending of this beautiful experience, OR:

CLASSIC Join a Guided Walking Tour through the winding cobblestones and canals of Middelburg. See the 15th-century Gothic Town Hall and learn about its important role in the spice trade and Dutch East India trading.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO GHENT

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Day 4: Ghent,Belgium

Location: Ghent, Belgium

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Join a Guided Tour of Graffiti Street, where artists create striking spray-can art to their heart’s content. And do not miss the chance to become an artist yourself, creating your street art, OR:

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.

GHENT, BELGIUM Flemish Artwork and Street Artists

ACTIVE Explore the outskirts of the city and the lesser known sights on a Guided Bike Tour, OR:

DISCOVERY Join a Guided Tour of Graffiti Street, where artists create striking spray-can art to their heart’s content. And do not miss the chance to become an artist yourself, creating your street art, OR:

CLASSIC 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.

Alternatively, you may choose to join a full-day 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. You won’t miss the opportunity to explore Ghent since this Optional Excursion ends with an orientation walk of the "Diamond of Flanders."

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BRUSSELS

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Day 5: Brussels

Location: Brussels

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Join a Belgian chocolate-making Workshop to learn how to create your own delicious candies. Enjoy a cup of the finest hot chocolate, while crafting traditional confections of pralines and mendiant from scratch, OR:

Join a Guided Tour of Brussels, see the Town Hall with its landmark buildings, discover the many local bars, cafés, and shops of the Lower Town Streets, and visit the Atomium.


BRUSSELS Ancient Streets, and Chocolate Sweet

ACTIVE Take a bike tour to explore the beauty near Brussels, including the Belgian town of Laken, home to the Royal family estates, exotic pavilions from the world expo, and beautiful parks and lanes, OR:

DISCOVERY Join a Belgian chocolate-making Workshop to learn how to create your own delicious candies. Enjoy a cup of the finest hot chocolate, while crafting traditional confections of pralines and mendiant from scratch, OR:

CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour of Brussels, see the Town Hall with its landmark buildings, discover the many local bars, cafés, and shops of the Lower Town Streets, and visit the Atomium.

The afternoon is free to explore Brussels —considered home to the European Union, and admire its magnificent palaces and cathedrals. Alternatively, enjoy one of the Optional Excursions on offer.

Later enjoy live entertainment onboard.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ANTWERP

(B,L,D)

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Day 6: Antwerp

Location: Antwerp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Join a Guided Tour of the Red Star Line Museum. Follow the footsteps of the emigrants, become acquainted with the Red Star Line passengers and accompany them on their trip from their native village via Antwerp to the new world, OR:

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.
ANTWERP Bike Riding, Brave New Worlds, and Rubens’ Art

Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

ACTIVE Enjoy a Bike Tour and discover centuries of history and a story around every corner. Don’t miss out the unique atmosphere of small neighborhoods and squares, OR:

DISCOVERY Join a Guided Tour of the Red Star Line Museum. Follow the footsteps of the emigrants, become acquainted with the Red Star Line passengers and accompany them on their trip from their native village via Antwerp to the new world, OR:

CLASSIC 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.

This afternoon 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. You might consider partaking one of the Optional Excursion available.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTTERDAM

(B,L,D)

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Day 7: Rotterdam,Holland

Location: Rotterdam, Holland

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Attend a Pottery Workshop. In a characteristic painter’s room, a professional painter will guide you through the process of painting a Delft tile, OR:

Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Rotterdam featuring unusual collection of cube houses innovative architecture, including the marvelous Erasmus Bridge, and plenty of other fascinating sites.

ROTTERDAM, HOLLAND Avant-garde Architecture and Art Lessons

ACTIVE Take a unique Architecture Bike Tour to see the architectural highlights of Rotterdam. Do not miss the interesting Cube Houses, the popular Market Hall, the spectacular Erasmus Bridge, the vertical city ‘De Rotterdam’, and the iconic Central Station. In the city centre, admire how historic buildings lash cheerfully with hypermodern skyscrapers, OR:

DISCOVERY Attend a Pottery Workshop. In a characteristic painter’s room, a professional painter will guide you through the process of painting a Delft tile, OR:

CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Rotterdam featuring unusual collection of cube houses innovative architecture, including the marvelous Erasmus Bridge, and plenty of other fascinating sites.

Before dinner, enjoy a cruise through Rotterdam harbor.

In the evening, enjoy live entertainment on board.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM

(B,L,D)

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Day 8: Amsterdam

Location: Amsterdam

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Attend a Painting Class and be inspired by the masters’ techniques. Paint your own canvas and discover your inner artist, OR:
Enjoy a Guided Canal Cruise to explore the iconic waterways and sites of Amsterdam.
AMSTERDAM Colorful Canals of Amsterdam

ACTIVE Join a Kayak Tour through the Dutch countryside past polders, dykes, and quaint centuries-old villages, OR:

DISCOVERY Attend a Painting Class and be inspired by the masters’ techniques. Paint your own canvas and discover your inner artist, OR:

CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided Canal Cruise to explore the iconic waterways and sites of Amsterdam.

This afternoon, choose among the many Guided Optional Excursions available or take some free time to explore Amsterdam’s colorful streets and canal houses, galleries, and shops.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM

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Day 9: Amsterdam (Disembarkation)

Location: Amsterdam (Disembarkation)

Meals Included: Breakfast


AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION) Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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What's Included

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation in a suite or stateroom of your choice

  • Guided Tours and Excursions

    Various guided tours and excursions in each city visited are included.

  • All gratuities

  • Meals

    Meals are provided as per the itinerary, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • Avalon Choice® with your preference of Classic, Active, or Discovery included excursions and sightseeing with Certified Local Guides; and MyAvalonSM Guided Optional Excursions

  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board

  • Daily Complimentary Happy Hour and Daily Afternoon Tea

  • Expert Cruise Director

What's Not Included

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • International Travel

Notes

  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

Accommodation

Amsterdam:Westcord Jakarta
Amsterdam:Double Tree by Hilton Amsterdam Central Station
Amsterdam:Movenpick Amsterdam City

Mode of Transport

The tour includes a river cruise with overnight stays on the ship, and various guided tours and excursions in each city visited.

Check out our Q&As

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    In our many years of cruising experience, we have found that children under the age of eight typically are too young to fully enjoy a cruise vacation. Because of this and for the safety and enjoyment of all passengers, we do not accept children under eight years of age. In addition, please note that there are no special arrangements or activities for children on our ships.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No

  • What is the AvalonGO mobile app?

    Download the AvalonGO mobile app for itinerary information before and during your cruise, including schedules, transfer details, daily itineraries, GPS, and dining and entertainment options—and social media feature for real-time posts.

  • Are the cruise guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, English speaking cruise guide on this tour.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Is free Wi-Fi available in the accommodation used?

    Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No

  • Cuisine

    All meals on board are prepared by accomplished chefs who prepare regional specialties as well as familiar favorites with only the freshest, local ingredients. Our Suite Ships® feature daily buffet-style breakfast and lunch with your choice of soups, main courses with starter, salad, or sandwich, and, of course, dessert. Complimentary room service is also available with Continental breakfast, lunch, and dinner. On the Mekong and Ganges, a mix of Western and local dishes is offered; in the Galápagos, you'll be able to taste some Ecuadorian specialties; and in the Amazon, you will be able to sample Peruvian specialties along with Western dishes.

  • Cruise Director

    A professional, experienced, English-speaking Cruise Director accompanies every departure. Naturalists are on board in the Amazon and Galápagos. Special Interest cruises typically include an expert specific to the cruise theme—from Wine Masters to History Experts.

  • What about young travellers and children?

    In our many years of cruising experience, we have found that children under the age of eight typically are too young to fully enjoy a cruise vacation. Because of this and for the safety and enjoyment of all passengers, we do not accept children under eight years of age. In addition, please note that there are no special arrangements or activities for children on our ships.

  • What are single room supplements?

    For single travellers who prefer the privacy of their own room and stateroom, single accommodation can, of course, be requested.

  • Clothing & Dress Code

    Your comfort is our first concern. Onboard and onshore dress codes are casual. Please bring comfortable walking shoes for sightseeing. Dinner attire is casual—open-neck shirts and slacks for men; slacks, skirts, or dresses for ladies. Coats and ties may be worn if preferred. The Welcome and Farewell Dinners in Europe are dressy, but not formal. On the Mekong, Ganges, Amazon, and Galápagos, dress attire, including coats and ties, is not recommended due to the warm, humid climate.

  • When will I receive my digital travel documents?

    Avalon will email you a set of travel documents, which includes a copy of your itinerary and, where applicable, information on your hotels and optional excursions. Electronic Travel documents, including applicable eTicket receipts, itineraries, and other information are sent approximately 2-3 weeks prior to departure, provided full payment has been received.

  • Where can I find the docking location for my cruise ship?

    Avalon Waterways strives to bring you the best docking locations along Europe’s rivers. In many cities, this includes multiple docking sites. Docking positions at each port are assigned by local authorities, and may vary depending upon the number of ships in port on any given day. This can sometimes result in double-docking with more than one ship assigned to the same dock and the ships “rafted” together, temporarily obstructing some views from on board the ships. Exact docking locations will be available 24-72 hours prior to embarkation. Before your cruise’s docking location is available, you can download a map of all possible docking sites for your embarkation city at www.AvalonWaterwaysPorts.com. Once your ship’s docking assignment is available, you can download a map that shows only that specific location, including address.

  • Are Avalon River Cruises Handicap Accessible?

    Avalon Waterways makes reasonable attempts to accommodate the special needs of disabled and mobility impaired travellers but is not responsible in the event it is unable to do so. Because we cannot provide individual assistance to travellers in many situations, and most of our transportation services are not equipped with wheelchair ramps, we recommend that you view our terms and conditions for details or contact us to learn more.

  • Internet Access

    All Avalon ships in Europe have complimentary Wi-Fi available. On the Mekong and Ganges, complimentary Wi-Fi access is available in the Panorama Lounge. The signal is not always reliable, as you will be cruising through remote areas. To access the ship's Wi-Fi Internet network, you will be given a PIN number at reception to use on your laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Wi-Fi is not available in the Amazon or Galápagos.

  • Onboard Language

    The language on board is English. All staff, crew, and tour guides speak English. All announcements and commentary will be in English.

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