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Tulip Time Highlights with 1 Night in Brussels

27th Apr 2024 | 8 nights | Avalon | Avalon Tranquility II

Excursions included
Free wi-fi
Drinks included with meals
Brussels
Ghent
Middelburg
Veere
Rotterdam
Zaandam
Haarlem
Amsterdam
Excursions included
Free wi-fi
Drinks included with meals

Itinerary Overview

Make your visions of tulip season in Holland and Belgium come into view! Begin your vacation your way with a night in Brussels before your cruise. Enjoy superior hotel accommodations with complimentary breakfast, sightseeing with an expert Local Guide, and courtesy hotel-to-ship transfer. You’ll join a guided tour to see the landmark buildings and inviting venues before embarking on your river cruise from Brussels to Amsterdam. Delight in quintessential scenes of windmills, waterways, and rows of blooming color along the way. Embark in Brussels and sail to Ghent—“The Diamond of Flanders.” Visit St. Bavo’s Cathedral with its stunning Flemish artwork. Sail to Bossuit for moving battlefield remembrances, including In Flanders Fields Museum and the Last Post Ceremony. On to Holland for a visit to the former Dutch East India Company trading port of Middelburg. Visit the fascinating Flood Museum to hear and see the stories of the flood of 1953. In Kinderdijk, see 19 windmills built in 1740 for water management, and in Rotterdam the Erasmus Bridge. You’ll see why windmills are a symbol of Holland!

Take in the tulips and other flowering bulbs in the flower farm regions of Zaandam and Haarlem, and conclude your river cruise through Belgium and Holland with a visit to Amsterdam. Take a guided canal cruise past bridges and homes of a golden age.

Day
Date
 
Arrival
Departure
 
1
27th Apr 2024 Saturday
Brussels
2
28th Apr 2024 Sunday
Brussels
3
29th Apr 2024 Monday
Ghent
4
30th Apr 2024 Tuesday
Bossuit
5
1st May 2024 Wednesday
Middelburg
5
1st May 2024 Wednesday
Veere
6
2nd May 2024 Thursday
Rotterdam
7
3rd May 2024 Friday
Zaandam
7
3rd May 2024 Friday
Haarlem
     
8
4th May 2024 Saturday
Amsterdam
9
5th May 2024 Sunday
Amsterdam

Avalon Tranquility II features two full decks of suites with wall-to-wall sliding panoramic windows that create an open-air balcony with a seating area for six people. Standard cabins are 200 square feet with Royal Suites measuring 300 square feet and featuring king-size beds and full-size bathrooms.

The onboard experience includes à la carte dining, club and main lounges with outside viewing area, bar, fitness room and hair salon. The Sun Deck includes a whirlpool and al fresco bistro for outdoor lunches.

Sky Deck
Royal Deck
Sapphire Deck
Indigo Deck

Best for...

English-speaking travellers who want to sail the world by river, exploring at their own pace.

Not the best for...

Families with young children or travellers who depend on wheelchairs.

Who goes on Avalon cruise ships?

Avalon caters to English-speaking travellers from North America, the U.K. and Australia/New Zealand. The average age of passengers is mid-50s to 60s, but the mix varies by itinerary, and on four- and five-night cruises, you'll find more 40-something travellers and others trying out river cruises for the first time. Children ages 8 and older are welcome onboard, but there is no formal youth program.


Do I have to dress up on a Avalon cruise?

No, not really. You can't wear shorts at dinner, but, other than that the dress code is casual. At dinner you'll see mostly open-neck shirts and slacks for men; slacks, skirts or dresses for women. Some people op to dress up a bit nicer, though still relatively casual, for the welcome and farewell dinners (only on Europe river cruises).


Is everything free on Avalon cruises?

Exactly what is included varies somewhat with the itineraries. In Europe, Asia and South America, coffee and tea are available free of charge all day long. In Europe a choice of complimentary wine, beer or soft drinks is included with lunch and dinner, and sparkling wine with breakfast. On the Mekong, Ganges and Amazon rivers, select soft drinks and local beer/spirits are available throughout the day and wine is included with lunch and dinner. Wi-Fi is free (except in the Amazon or Galapagos, where it's not available), as is dining (including breakfast in bed and picnic lunches to take on shore) and all onboard entertainment and enrichment. Most shore excursions are complimentary, including the line's Active Adventure options. You'll pay extra for gratuities, salon or spa treatments, laundry, onboard shop purchases and some special excursions.


What are Avalon's most popular activities?

Shore excursions are at the heart of activities on any Avalon sailing. Options can range from active excursions, such as canoeing the Danube or jogging through Amsterdam, to cultural experiences, like following the life of an Austrian worker or taking part in an Amsterdam painting class. Passengers who prefer to explore on their own can use the AvalonGO app loaded with a list of nearby attractions and hours of operation, historical facts, maps and directions as well as local cafes, restaurants, bars and entertainment options. Onboard, most passengers attend enrichment sessions, and the Local Favourites program brings regional performances onboard, as well as classes: tai chi or Mandarin lessons on the Yangtze, culinary demonstrations in France, etc.


  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on board daily
  • Sky Grill with made-to-order al fresco dining
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board
  • Complimentary happy hour before dinner
  • Complimentary water stations
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, hot chocolate, and a selection of teas; cookies available throughout the day
  • Overseas transfers to and from ship
  • Avalon Adventure Host available as your guide for fitness activities and active excursions
  • Friendly, English-speaking staff delivering consummate personal service
  • Avalon Choice® with your preference of Classic, Active, or Discovery included excursions and sightseeing with Certified Local Guides; and MyAvalonSM Guided Optional Excursions
  • AvalonGO mobile app with 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
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship
  • Complimentary computer stations
  • State-of-the-art Fitness Centre

Inclusions may differ depending on region. Please check with our team.

Dutch & Belgian Waterways Cruises

Dutch and Belgian Waterways

Tulips and windmills are defining features of voyages along the Dutch and Belgian Waterways. Cruises are not confined to a single waterway, but switch between the canals and rivers that fan out across the delta region along the North Sea coastal regions of Belgium and Holland.

Springtime is all about flower power thanks to Holland’s Keukenhof Gardens, famous for its displays of seven million tulips, hyacinths and daffodils that burst into a riot of colour for around eight weeks from March to May.

Cruises encompass the chocolate-box charms of this pretty landscape dotted with windmills and historic villages and towns such as Hoorn, along with world-class cities including Amsterdam and Antwerp and the medieval allure of Ghent and Bruges with castles and stately architecture. There’s war history at Arnhem and an impressive example of Dutch ingenuity and expertise at the Delta Works flood protection system – the largest of its type in the world, plus the flat landscape makes it perfect cycling territory too.

Prices based on:

Deluxe Stateroom - Indigo Deck Forward
Deluxe Stateroom - Indigo Deck Forward

  • One queen-sized bed or two twin Comfort Collection beds with luxurious mattress toppers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets and soft & firm pillows
  • Extra blankets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps & USB ports
  • En-suite with full shower with glass door, large mirror, L'Occitane bath products, bathrobes, slippers & hairdryer
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with English-speaking channels & over 100 free movie options
  • Alarm clock
  • Lighted make-up mirror
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • Complimentary filtered water
  • In-room safe
  • Individual climate control
  • Two windows
  • Writing desk and chair
  • Located on the Indigo Deck
  • 172 sq. ft.

Cabin Grade Cruise
E £2,369 pp

Panorama Suite - Royal Deck
Panorama Suite - Royal Deck

  • One queen-sized bed or two twin Comfort Collection beds with luxurious mattress toppers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets and soft & firm pillows
  • Extra blankets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps & USB ports
  • En-suite with full shower with glass door, large mirror, marble countertops, L'Occitane bath products, bathrobes & slippers & hairdryer
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with English-speaking channels & over 100 free movie options
  • Alarm clock
  • Lighted make-up mirror
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • Complimentary filtered water
  • In-room safe
  • Individual climate control
  • Wall-to-wall panoramic window with open-air balcony
  • 6-person sitting area with sofa & coffee table
  • Writing desk and chair
  • Located on the Royal Deck
  • 200 sq. ft.

Cabin Grade Cruise
P £3,381 pp

Royal Suite
Royal Suite

  • One queen-sized bed or two twin Comfort Collection beds with luxurious mattress toppers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets and soft & firm pillows.
  • Extra blankets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps & USB ports
  • En-suite with full shower with glass door, double sinks, large mirror, marble countertops, L'Occitane bath products, bathrobes & slippers & hairdryer
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with English-speaking channels & over 100 free movie options
  • Alarm clock
  • Lighted make-up mirror
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • Complimentary filtered water
  • In-room safe
  • Individual climate control
  • Two windows
  • 6-person sitting area with sofa & coffee table
  • Writing desk and chair
  • Located on the Royal Deck
  • 300 sq. ft.

Cabin Grade Cruise
S £4,298 pp
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