Tulip Time Cruise For Garden & Nature Lovers

08/22/2019 through 04/15/2020
08/22/2019 through 04/25/2020
Avalon Waterways

On this garden-and nature-themed Tulip Time cruise, visit spectacular Keukenhof near Lisse, Antwerp’s Botanical Gardens, the world’s largest flower auction, 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, cafés, 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. Next, sail to Antwerp, Belgium’s second-largest city. Discover its ancient buildings and monuments combining with modern architecture, or visit its 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. Do not miss a visit to the world largest flower auction followed by 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.

An expert will travel with you on this cruise, sharing his knowledge about botany and the world of plants.

Included Features:

Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Rotterdam: half- or full-day visit to Keukenhof Gardens; harbour cruise in Rotterdam

Day 3 Antwerp: visit a botanical garden; guided sightseeing; botany lecture

Day 4 Ghent: guided sightseeing, visit St. Baaf’s Cathedral

Day 5 Middelburg–Veere: guided walk in Middelburg; excursion to the Delta Works, botany lecture

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

Day 7 Amsterdam: visit to Flower Auction; canal cruise or visit Amsterdam secret gardens

Day 8 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your cruise ends this morning

Itinerary

Day 1 Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation)
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Day 2 Rotterdam
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Day 3 Antwerp, Belgium
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Day 4 Ghent
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Day 5 Middelburg, Holland
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Day 6 Willemstad
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Day 7 Amsterdam
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Day 8 Amsterdam (Disembarkation)
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