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.
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 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 harborside 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)
Gothic Cathedral, Crepes, 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, Brusselsconsidered 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 crepesor explore this bike-friendly city from its old wharfs to its legendary diamond district. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.
Ghent’s Cobblestones, Canals, and Cosmopolitan Charisma CLASSIC – You’ll have time for an earlymorning walk (or jog) to explore the architecture and canals of Ghent-“Belgium’s best-kept secret.” 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.
A Spicy History in Middelburg’s Dutch Harbor Town 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 this afternoon. 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.
Willemstad’s Windmills and Historic Harbor Enjoy a free morning on your own to explore the wellpreserved fortifications of this historic town. ACTIVE – Join your Avalon Adventure Host for Nordic Walking 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.
Canals of Colorful Amsterdam DISCOVERY – Discover Aalsmeer Flower Auction-the largest in the world, where around 20 milion 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.” 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)