Cruising Elevated - Explore Holland and Belgium

    Explore Holland and Belgium in More Ways Than Ever on This Active & Discovery European Cruise | Offer Expires November 30, 2022

    Cruising Elevated - Explore Holland and Belgium with Avalon Waterways

    Price: $4,248CAD Per Person

    (Featured price is per person, cruise only, in Canadian dollars based on double occupancy, on the departure date indicated, price based on cabin category E.)

    Offer: Receive $699CAD airfare from select Canadian gateways plus save $1,700CAD per couple on select 2023 Avalon Waterways Active & Discovery River Cruises
    Departure Date: May 8, 2023
    Return Date: May 15, 2023

    Photo: Tulips in Amsterdam

    Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way.

    Below are 3 types of included shore excursions for you to experience.

    Classic: Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

    Discovery: We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.

    Active: Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

    Inclusions

    • 7-night cruise in an outside stateroom
    • Daily included port excursions
    • All meals included while on ship (including Captain’s & farewell dinners)
    • Complimentary beer and wine with lunch and dinner

    Photo: Map of the Active & Discovery in Holland & Belgium itinerary

    Day 1: Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation) 

    How Suite It Is! Welcome Aboard Your Avalon Suite Ship®. Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. 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.

    Meals: Dinner

    Day 2: 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.

    Discovery: Join a Guided Tour of the Delta Works, the largest flood-protection system in the world, and a miracle of modern technology.

    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.

    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.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Day 3: Ghent, Belgium

    Flemish Artwork and Street Artists.

    Active: Explore the outskirts of the city and the lesser known sights on a Guided Bike Tour.

    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.

    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.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Photo: Ghent Old Town

    Day 4: 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.

    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.

    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.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Day 5: 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.

    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.

    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.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Day 6: 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.

    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.

    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.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Photo: Avalon Panorama Suite

    Day 7: Amsterdam

    Colorful Canals of Amsterdam.

    Active: Join a Biking Tour through the Dutch countryside past polders, dykes, and quaint centuries-old villages.

    Discovery: Attend a Painting Class and be inspired by the masters’ techniques. Paint your own canvas and discover your inner artist. An orientation walk will complete your experience.

    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.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Day 8: Amsterdam (Disembarkation)

    Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Don't delay, book your trip today! Offer expires November 30, 2022.

    Terms And Conditions

    Book a select 2023 Avalon Europe river cruise to qualify for $699 round-trip economy class trans-Atlantic air from YYZ, YUL, YOW, YVR & YYC. Other gateway cities available from $199CAD or $299CAD/person additional (inclusive of taxes/fees). $699CAD air will be based on the lowest available priced itinerary at the time of air booking. Alternate schedules may be available at an additional cost. Does not apply to intra-vacation air. Offer combinable only with Welcome Back Credit, Peace of Mind Credit and select $850CADpp land promo. Limited to new bookings for Canada originating travelers and economy class Flex air tickets; must be booked & under land and air deposit between August 1 and November 30, 2022 for travel on select cruise departures in 2023. Pre-assigned seating is limited and may not be available on all flight segments. Offer does not apply to instant purchase air or Custom Tours. Groups of 8 or more do not qualify for this offer. Please call for Group options. Once ticketed, air reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300CAD per ticket and 100% of ticket value. Changes to air reservations (including itineraries involving free round-trip trans-Atlantic air) subject to airfare differentials between originally booked airline fare and re-booked air itinerary. Airline baggage fees may apply; visit www.iflybags.com for details. Air schedules are available approximately 330 days prior to last travel date. Flight schedules, routings and air carriers are at the discretion of Globus family of brands. Pre-assigned seating may not be available on all air segments. Additional restrictions apply; see Travel Terms for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. Offer available from participating GFOB offices only.

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