Your Cruising Itinerary

Day 1: AmsterdamHolland (embarkation)

Welcome to Holland. Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding. 

Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

Your day in Amsterdam is free to explore at your leisure. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to beautiful Zaanse Schans where you’ll see a wonderful collection of well-preserved historic windmills and Dutch houses.

Enjoy dinner and explore the ship on your first night on board.

Evening/overnight cruise to Rotterdam. (D)

Day 2: Rotterdam - windmills and skyscrapers in Holland’s modern maritime marvel

  • Classic: Join a full- or half-day Guided Tour of breathtaking Keukenhof—known as the “Garden of Europe”—for its 70 acres of lush parkland, lakes, and the world’s largest fl ower gardens—with more than seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths as well as other bulbs, planted each year.

Take some free time to relax on the harbour-side in Rotterdam with an artisan beer, a slice of appeltart (Dutch apple pie), and a koffie verkeerd, a typical Dutch drink of half coffee, half milk. Take a bike from your ship to explore Rotterdam and the surrounding area.

Before dinner, enjoy a cruise through Rotterdam harbor. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board. Evening/overnight cruise to Antwerp. (B,L,D)

Day 3: Antwerp, Belgium -  gothic cathedral, crêpes, and waffles in artful Antwerp

  • 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.

You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the nearby capital, Brussels—considered home to the European Union, and admire its magnifi cent palaces and cathedrals.

You might prefer to take time on your own to indulge in Antwerp’s signature Belgian waffes and crêpes—or explore this bike-friendly city from its old wharfs to its legendary diamond district. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

Evening/overnight cruise to Ghent. (B,L,D)

Day 4: Ghent - Ghent’s cobblestones, canals, and cosmopolitan charisma

You’ll have time for an early-morning walk (or jog) to explore the architecture and canals of Ghent—“Belgium’s best-kept secret.”

  • 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.

You may choose to join a 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.

Evening/overnight cruise to Middelburg. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Middelburg, Holland - a spicy history in Middelburg’s Dutch harbour town

  • Classic: Join a Guided Walking Tour of the historic merchant city of Middelburg—with its 15thcentury gothic Town Hall. You’ll learn about the spice trade of this Dutch harbour capital of Zeeland, its prosperity in the Dutch East India Company trading, and origins as a stronghold city. Enjoy its winding cobbled streets and canals that circle Old Town.

Spend some free time biking or walking through Middelburg to sample Babbelaar cookies, fries, or beer before cruising to Veere this afternoon.

Veere - the Delta Works stand strong as a technical marvel

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

Evening/overnight cruise to Willemstad. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Willemstad - Willemstad’s windmills and historic harbour 

Enjoy a free morning on your own to explore the wellpreserved fortifi cations of this historic town.

  • Active: Join your Avalon Adventure Host for an early jog in Willemstad.
  • Classic: Join a Guided Tour of Willemstad and discover its many beautifully restored buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries
  • Discovery: Later, enjoy a Cheese Tasting on board as you prepare to sail to Amsterdam.

Afternoon/overnight cruise to Amsterdam. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Amsterdam - canals of colourful Amsterdam 

  • Discovery: Discover the amazing Aalsmeer Flower Auction—the largest in the World, where
    some 20 million fl owers are sold every day. Later enjoy an authentic Dutch breakfast, OR:
  • Classic: Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.”

You may like to join a Guided Optional Excursion to Muiderslot Castle, or a Guided Optional Biking Excursion to the Dutch countryside. 

Take some free time to explore Amsterdam’s colourful streets and canal houses, galleries, and shops. Overnight docking in Amsterdam. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Amsterdam (disembarkation)

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

*Special interest cruises - 
Looking to enrich your adventures while you sail? A Beer Tasting cruise and Garden and Nature cruises are available to help you delve deeper into what you’re passionate about.

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.

Departure dates and prices 2020 - Tulip Time Cruise

Avalon brochure price in black from £2197
Travel 55 discount price in red from £2044
Telephone Avalon Waterways reservations on 0330 808 5036 and quote our Travel 55 code TR55A

Amsterdam to Amsterdam : tour code WAA - cruise price without flights and transfers
Dates Price from Dates Price from
Apr 4*, 8, 11*, 15, 18* £2197
May 2, 4, 6 £2471
Apr 22, 25, 27, 29 £2368

*Special Interest Cruises: Beer Tasting Apr 4; Garden & Nature Apr 11 & Apr 18 Prices shown above are for the cruise only. This means you have the freedom to arrange your own flights and transfers to suit your needs. Alternatively we can take care of everything for you. Complete holiday price including flights, transfers and private home pick-up service (within 100 miles) from £2,735pp - based on Apr 4 departure from London Gatwick. Sailing on Avalon Suite Ships® Artistry II, Panorama, Tranquility II, Visionary. Gratuities to Local Guides & excursion drivers are included on Avalon portion only. Extra nights before and after your cruise may be available, please call for details and prices. Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability). Please call for single accommodation details and prices. Triples not available. Note: responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

†From price based on cruise without flights and transfers, Apr 4 departure. All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo

Upgrade pricing:

Category/deck - E Indigo nil : D Indigo £149 : B Sapphire £849 :  A Sapphire £899 : P Royal £999 : Royal Suite Royal Deck £1699

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. 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.

All holidays subject to Avalon Waterways Holidays Terms & Conditions

Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking as Cennet Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors showing on it’s website

Avalon Waterways
Tulip Time Cruise

7% discount - 8 days

Your discount prices start from only £2044 - 7% discount off brochure prices

This Avalon Waterways holiday begins in Amsterdam with free time to explore. You will cruise to Rotterdam with the option to visit the breathtaking Keukenhof Gardens. Every year, seven million flower bulbs are planted, creating a spectacular floral display. Later in the cruise you will visit Antwerp and Ghent where you can take guided city sightseeing tours. Your cruise now takes you back to Holland and Veere for a guided tour of the Delta Works, the largest flood-protection system in the world, and a miracle of modern technology.

Call Avalon Waterways direct on 0330 808 5036 and quote the Travel 55 code TR55A to book this delightful 8 day Tulip Time cruise. All departure dates come with a 7% discount saving when you book direct. 

Travel 55 in association with Avalon Waterways. To book a luxury cruise call direct on 0330 0588 237 and quote the code TRAVEL55 you will then receive a 7% discount from the Avalon brochure price. 

Included for every Avalon guest

  • Spacious outside deluxe accommodations with enhanced soundproofing and Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM for a great night’s sleep. (See deck plans for additional stateroom amenities.)
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer & premium L’Occitane® bath products
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on board daily indicated by breakfast (B), lunch (L), and dinner (D) on the itinerary pages
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel
  • A professional Cruise Director who delivers educational commentary as you travel through interesting landscapes, and who assists with requests and additional excursions 
  • An Avalon Adventure Host available as your guide for fitness activities and active excursions
  • Friendly, English-speaking staff who deliver consummate personal service throughout your journey
  • Complimentary regional wine, beer, and soft drinks at lunch and dinner on board 
  • Onboard meals, including daily four-course à la carte dinners with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, desserts, and Avalon Fresh® healthy cuisine options
  • Included sightseeing with headsets and expert local guides
  • Complimentary bicycles available for use on shore
  • Onboard local entertainment
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship

Your choice

Avalon knows there is more than one way to explore new destinations. In addition to included ACTIVE , DISCOVERY and CLASSIC activities, Avalon offer Guided Optional Excursions with options to personalise your experience even more. And they are there with plenty of free-time suggestions to help you get the most out of every adventure.


  • Stroll the “Gardens of Europe” at Keukenhof through beds of endless colour and fragrance.
  • Discover the magnificent city of Brussels on a Guided Optional Excursion to the Belgian capital.
  • Relax with free time in Rotterdam to sample artisan beer or koffie verdeerd with appeltaart

Onboard dining offerings and choices

Welcome and farewell cocktails with sparkling wine and canapes

Daily full breakfast buffet with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items, and complimentary sparkling wine and juices

Choice of daily early-riser and late-riser continental breakfasts

Daily lunch buffet with pasta & carving stations and complimentary beer, wine, and soft drinks

Choice of alternative fare at the Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting) or light lunch in the Panorama Lounge

Enjoy our Panorama Bistro for a casual dinner option with a buffet of select dishes and beverages

Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats and sandwiches

Daily four-course à la carte dinners in the main dining room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, desserts or cheese, after-dinner premium coffees or tea, and complimentary wine (including from the region), beer, and soft drinks

Private home pick up service

Your Avalon experience begins long before you reach the ship. Fom the moment you close your front door, their private pick-up service will arrive to take you to the airport (within 100 miles) in air-conditioned comfort in plenty of time for your flight.

Your driver will load and unload your luggage for you, so you can make your way to the departure lounge feeling relaxed. And when you return, a driver will be waiting for you in arrivals, ready to load your bags and take you back home again.


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