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Avalon Waterways Tulip Time Cruise

Premier Tours & Travel is excited to partner with Avalon Waterways and offer a small group, private extension to its Tulip Time River Cruise in 2021. This springtime river cruise gets underway in Holland’s colorful capital of Amsterdam. This 700-year-old city offers an abundance of classic architecture, cafés, and restaurants to explore before you embark on your river cruise through Holland and Belgium. Sail through Rotterdam’s harbor, said to be the world’s busiest port. Garden enthusiasts will delight in a visit to see 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 with nearly 7 million flowering bulbs bursting with color. Next, sail to Antwerp, Belgium’s second-largest city, known for its centuries-old history in diamond trading amid ancient buildings and monuments combined with modern architecture. In Ghent, Belgium, join a local expert for a guided tour of the city, including a visit to St. Baaf’s Ca-thedral. Your cruise traverses back into Holland where you’ll explore Middelburg, formerly an important trading city. You’ll still get a sense of its historic wealth today with its impressive structures like the Gothic Town Hall, Abbey Tower, and bustling Market Square. No trip to Holland is complete without a visit to the technical miracle that is the Delta Works, a storm flood barrier almost six miles long, constructed after the floods of 1953. This beautiful and historic springtime river cruise concludes with more time to explore the wonderful city of Amsterdam. See the most fascinating views of the city on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.”

 

April 7-9, 2021 Pre-Cruise One-Night Extension in Amsterdam

From $459/person, including double occupancy at 4-Star Eden Hotel Amsterdam

 

Eden Hotel House Rules

 

April 9-16, 2021 Cruise Amsterdam to Amsterdam
From $3,730/person* (Double Occupancy) 
Avalon Impression -- Only 67 Suites and 16 State Rooms

*Includes a $500 group discount; Category B French Balconywine, beer, and soft drinks with meals; a Welcome Happy Hour; and all gratuities and port charges
$250 deposit upon booking**

 

Avalon Assurance

 

Pre-Cruise Extension in Amsterdam

Book our one-night, optional pre-cruise extension in Amsterdam to enjoy more time in this exciting city. Upon arrival, you will transfer (not included) to the four-star Eden Hotel Amsterdam (or similar) before a Welcome lunch and the VIP Heineken Experience tour and tasting. You will then have your evening at leisure to explore or to rest as you choose. The next morning following check-out you will experience Amsterdam by foot on a guided walking tour before having time for lunch and shopping at leisure. Transfers to the boat will be provided for embarkation following your leisure time.
 

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (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 an EXCLUSIVE Welcome Happy Hour for Premier Tours & Travel guests.
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
Visit the Adventure Center for Today’s activities with your Adventure Host
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 flower 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 harbor-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 magnificent palaces and cathedrals.
You might prefer to 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.
Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO GHENT
(B,L,D)
 
Day 4 GHENT
Ghent’s Cobblestones, Canals, and Cosmopolitan Charisma
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 Harbor Town
Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.
CLASSIC Join a Guided Walking Tour of the historic merchant city of Middelburg–with its 15th-century gothic Town Hall. You’ll learn about the spice trade of this Dutch harbor 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.

VEERE
The Delta Works Stand Strong as a Technical Marvel
DISCOVERY Join a Guided Tour of the Delta Works, the largest flood-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 Harbor
Enjoy a free morning on your own to explore the well-preserved fortifications of this historic town.
ACTIVE Grab a Nordic walking stick for a hike with your Adventure Host in Willemstad.
CLASSIC Join a Guided Walking Tour of Willemstad and discover its many beautifully restored buildings from the 17th and 18th Century.
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 Colorful Amsterdam
DISCOVERY Discover Aalsmeer Flower Auction—the largest in the world, where around 20 million flowers are sold every day. Later enjoy a typical Dutch breakfast, OR:
CLASSIC Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age”.
This afternoon choose among the many Guided Optional Excursions available.
Take some free time to explore Amsterdam’s colorful streets and canal houses, galleries, and shops.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM
(B,L,D) 
 
Day 8 AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.
(B)
 
Vacation Highlights
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: guided sightseeing
Day 4 Ghent: guided sightseeing, visit St. Baaf’s Cathedral
Day 5 Middelburg—Veere: guided walk in Middelburg; excursion to the Delta Works
Day 6 Willemstad: guided walking tour; cheese tasting on board
Day 7 Amsterdam: choice of guided visit to Flower Auction, or canal cruise
Day 8 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your cruise ends this morning
 
Optional Post-Cruise Extension
Premier Tours & Travel is able to offer a bespoke extension package post-cruise upon request.
 

PREMIER TOURS & TRAVEL NOTE: Itinerary subject to change. Premier Tours & Travel reserves the right to modify programs and itineraries (including arranged sightseeing, accommodations, dining experiences, aircraft, trains, vessels, and so forth) at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or circumstances beyond Premier Tours & Travel’s control. Every effort is made to operate our itineraries as planned but alterations may need to be made after the final itinerary has been issued. One glass of wine is provided with the Welcome Dinner; additional beverages will be the responsibility of each passenger at the time of service. Airfare is not included. **When purchasing the one-night extension package, transportation is provided to the hotel if your flight arrives during the designated time for group transfers; if not, transportation from the airport will be your responsibility. Luggage transfers from the hotel to the ship are provided for the one-night extension package participants and hotel-only participants.

Avalon Waterways Note: 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. 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. Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler. See Avalon Waterways for full terms and conditions: https://www.avalonwaterways.com/terms/.**Deposit is nonrefundable.

 

Premier Experiences, Premier Advantages

  • English-speaking director and local Premier representatives

  • Airport meet and greet / Group transfers (directly through Avalon)

  • Welcome Happy Hour

  • 7-Night Avalon River Cruise, 19 meals, including seven breakfasts, six lunches, six dinners with wine, beer and soft drinks

  • Optional Pre-Cruise Extension includes:

    • One-night stay in the 4-star Eden Hotel Amsterdam (or similar), including breakfast

    • Welcome lunch

    • VIP Heineken Experience tour and tasting

    • Guided city walking tour

  •  Internet (where available)

  • All gratuities and port charges

  • 24/7 Premier support