Tulip Time In Holland & Belgium For Garden & Nature Lovers

04/20/2019 through 04/30/2020
04/20/2019 through 05/10/2020
Avalon Waterways

If you’re passionate about gardening, or you simply love nature, this Tulip Time cruise is for you! A special interest departure designed with inspirational horticultural art in mind. Special features combined with the season of endless rows of blooming colors make your cruise through Holland and Belgium one to be pressed in the memory books.

If you’ve dreamed of a view filled with windmills and blooming fields of color in Holland and Belgium, it all comes true on your European river cruise from Amsterdam to Brussels! Cruise on the Rhine River with a visit to Arnhem’s WWII Airborne Museum, and join your ship in Nijmegen and visit the lovely forest setting of ‘s-Hertogenbosch for decadent Dutch chocolate desserts. You may otherwise visit a fruit and flower farm to hear the history of a 15th-century windmill. Take a carriage ride through the nearby nature reserve to watch for herons, storks, birds of prey, and wild horses or, if you prefer, take a guided bike ride along the Rhine River banks of Arnhem. In Maastricht, tour the old cobblestoned university town, or visit a working mill to make Limburg pie.

On to Belgium for a sightseeing tour of medieval Namur. In Liège, see the ancient quarters of the “Fiery City” as well as its romantic streets, steps, and tiny alleyways. Next, you’ll explore the city of Antwerp-birthplace of the master painter Pieter Paul Rubens. Stroll its cobbled lanes amid 16th-century guildhall houses and the cathedral’s stunning altarpiece paintings by the famous artist on your guided tour of the diamond capital. In Brussels, you’ll find landmark buildings of Town Hall with a collection of cafes and shops on the Lower Town streets on your guided tour.

Accompanying your cruise is a botany expert who shares fascinating facts about gardening and the world of plants. You’ll learn a lot with knowledgeable onboard lectures on your Garden & Nature Lover cruise. Memories of Holland and Belgium will bloom in your memory for seasons to come!

Included Features:

Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Arnhem-Nijmegen: guided tour of Airborne Museum in Arnhem; choice of guided excursion to ‘s-Hertogenbosch, or visit to a fruit and flower farm, or bike tour

Day 3 Maastricht: choice of guided tour, or guided visit to a mill; visit a National Park in Belgium

Day 4 Namur: botany lecture; guided tour

Day 5 Liège: guided tour

Day 6 Antwerp: guided tour, visit the central Grote Markt; botany lecture

Day 7 Brussels: guided tour, see the town hall

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

Itinerary

Day 1 Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation)
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Day 2 Arnhem
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Day 3 Maastricht
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Day 4 Namur, Belgium
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Day 5 Liège
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Day 6 Antwerp
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Day 7 Brussels
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Day 8 Brussels (Disembarkation)
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