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Combine iconic sights of brightly-coloured tulip fields with off-the-beaten-track gems on a cruise through northern Holland. Visit the Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen and the Batavia shipyard in Lelystad, and choose between visits of the Kröller-Müller Museum or Museum Hartenstein near Arnhem. Enjoy a harbour cruise in Rotterdam, choose between a visit to Keukenhof Gardens or the town of Gouda and enjoy a tasting of Dutch cheese, genever, and some local sweet specialities. Your holiday concludes with a relaxing cruise along Amsterdam's canals.
Included today: Tulip Fields Excursion or guided visit to Zuiderzee Museum
Enjoy a free morning to explore Hoorn at your own pace. Re-join your ship for lunch and sail to Enkhuizen, situated at the most easterly point of North Holland. Enkhuizen is a quintessential fishing town with cobblestone streets, a quaint town centre, and one of the largest marinas in the Netherlands. This afternoon, visit the Zuiderzee Museum, which focuses on the past and present of the IJsselmeer, and features living history, heritage, and crafts combining works from the past with works from the present. Tulip fields abound in this part of the country, as an alternatively you may prefer to join an excursion which takes you along the growing areas that look from afar like carpets of colour. Learn more about these flowers and how they were introduced into Holland from the Ottoman Empire in the 17th century.
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Included today: Choice of guided walk of Enkhuizen or 'Dutch Experience' outing or Friesland excursion, visit the Planetarium
This morning you have a choice between an included guided walk of Enkhuizen or a ‘Dutch Experience’ tour, to meet some locals. Later, cruise across the IJsselmeer to southwest Friesland, a province rich in history and legends. As you sail, enjoy the scenic rural landscape along the river. Dock in Lemmer, from where our Friesland excursion departs. Primarily an agricultural region with a long history, Friesland is best known internationally for its famous black and white Friesian cattle and black Friesian horses. Visit the 18th-century Royal Eise Eisinga Planetarium, which has been nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rejoin your ship in Sneek, where you dock overnight.
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Included today: Visit the Batavia shipyard and the Batavia in Lelystad; Cheese and genever (gin) tasting
Today, enjoy a peaceful morning of cruising through this delightful area of Friesland. After docking in Lelystad, visit the Batavia Shipyard, where ships that were important to the Netherlands’ maritime industry during the ‘Golden Age’ are faithfully reconstructed by hand. Then, board the Batavia itself. Originally built in 1628 to sail to and from the East Indies, the Batavia was wrecked on its maiden voyage on June 4, 1629 off the coast of Western Australia. It took 10 years, from 1985 to 1995, for a crew to reconstruct the ship using traditional construction materials. Back on board, we’ll introduce you to local cheese and Genever, traditionally drunk neat from a shot glass, as you sail to Kampen, where you dock overnight.
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Included today: Visit Airbourne or Kröller-Müller Museums
Another relaxing morning on board as you sail along the IJssel River, also known as the Gelderse IJssel, which is a branch of the Rhine River. Learn more about Holland at an on board lecture and taste a sweet local speciality. After lunch, visit the Airborne Museum Hartenstein, dedicated to the Battle of Arnhem, one of the major tragedies of World War II. Alternatively, you may prefer to visit the Kroller-Muller Museum. Later, re-join your ship in Arnhem.
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Included today: Harbour cruise; choice of excursion to Keukenhof Gardens or to the city of Gouda
This morning, sail through Rotterdam Harbour, said to be the world’s busiest port. Levelled by German bombs in World War II, Rotterdam now has a modern, high-tech look. After an early lunch choose either a guided excursion to Gouda, famous for its gouda cheese, syrup waffles, clay pipes, and elaborate city hall. It is a typical Dutch city with many old buildings and pretty canals, or, you may wish to visit the gardens of Keukenhof near Lisse, that covers over 70 acres of parkland with lakes, sculpture gardens, greenhouses, and a windmill to explore. Every year, 7 million flower bulbs are planted, and you have the opportunity to see the spectacular display of colours not only from the tulips, but also from hyacinths, daffodils, and more. If you’re a garden enthusiast, you may opt for an extended visit to Keukenhof, with lunch on your own in the gardens.
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Included today: Canal cruise in Amsterdam
After breakfast, arrive in Amsterdam where guided sightseeing is by canal boat. Cruise along elegant grachten, lined by stately homes dating back to Amsterdam's Golden Age. This afternoon is at leisure to explore on your own or choose from a selection of optional excursions.
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At 110m (361ft), these are the smaller of Avalon's Suite ships and are designed to revolutionise river cruising and to deliver the ultimate in comfort, style and superb service for up to 138 passengers. Intimate yet innovative, these Avalon 'Suite Ships', offer two full decks of Suites each with wall-to-wall panoramic windows that open to create unique Open-Air Balconies™. These contemporary ships designed with comfort in mind, offer upgrades and enhancements throughout, impeccable personal service and attention to detail as well as fine dining and sleek, minimalist decor.
Every Panorama Suite provides the very best in size, views and design, measuring a spacious 200 square feet and featureing an impressive wall-to-wall panoramic window. Even the placement of the bed allows you to wake up ecah morning and retire to bed each evening facing the magnificent river views.
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These 110m (361ft.) ships are sister ships whose modern and imaginative design creates a feeling of space and light, but, carrying a maximum of just 138 passengers, also offer an intimate and relaxing way to enjoy the river cruises. Each has 4 suites and 65 staterooms, all of which are spacious and well appointed, and many of which have floor-to-ceiling windows providing amazing views throughout your river cruise.
Staterooms are of a really good size and are equipped to provide the highest levels of comfort. On the sun deck, as well as plenty of space to watch the world go by, there is a Jacuzzi to take a refreshing dip while you cruise. Guests have the use of a lift to reach the staterooms.
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Start with a stylish and elegant setting. Season it with a relaxed yet sophisticated atmosphere, accompanied by stunning views. Add exquisite cuisine, creative and extensive menus, expertly chosen wines and attentive service, et voila, you have an Avalon Waterways river cruise dining experience par excellence!
On a luxury Avalon Waterways river cruise, we believe that the celebration of fine food and drink should be a truly memorable part of your journey. Savour the freshness of the highest quality seasonal ingredients, often brought on board from local farmers' markets. Delectable recipes crafted by true culinary artisans will delight the eye and excite the tastebuds. Appreciate the care we put into creating every menu, right down to the just baked bread, local cheeses and complimentary wines. You will look forward to each meal in the same way that you look forward to each new port of call.
Breakfast, lunch and four-course dinner are all served in an elegant, open-seating dining room surrounded by panorama windows. Or choose to take your al fresco, grilled lunch in the Sky Bistro or a light dinner on all Suite Ships in the charming Panorama Bistro. Avalon Waterways offers all these options, and with all of our cruises, all is included - we never charge extra for alternative dining options.
Are you a lark or a night owl? We will serve you from dawn until well after dusk. At breakfast we cater to early and late risers. Our hearty Breakfast Buffet offers a wide range of cold and cooked options, now including sparkling wine and your eggs cooked to order. If you prefer, you can enjoy a continental breakfast in the privacy of your stateroom.
An excellent selection of salads and hot dishes are served at the Lunch Buffet with a choice of appetizers, delicious soups, homemade breads and tempting desserts. All of which can be enjoyed with complimentary soft drinks.
Save room for traditional afternoon tea served in the lounge, with freshly-brewed coffee or tea and mouth-watering cakes and biscuits.
Dinner is always an exceptional experience. Elegant but informal, it is served in a single sitting with waiter service, crisp white table linen, fine china and silver cutlery. Every evening the chef will delight you with an à la carte four-course gourmet meal that typically features an appetiser, soup, main course, dessert, and coffee or tea. Every dinner menu features a signature regional dish created on board by a local chef using the freshest of ingredients, offering additional insight into the local culinary culture … all paired with perfect regional wines and beers, or soft drinks - all complimentary.
If you are still peckish before bed, we offer a selection of late night treats. Throughout the day, enjoy complimentary tea, Lavazza coffee and fresh fruit juice.
Don't worry if you favour lighter meals as healthier options, low-calorie, low-sodium and glucose-free cuisine are all available.
Join us in the Main Lounge at Cocktail Hour for a glass or two of excellent regional wine, beer or spirits. It is a great opportunity to meet fellow travellers and enjoy a relaxing aperitif before dinner. As well as expertly chosen complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with dinner, our sommelier has crafted a superb a la carte wine menu. If you wish, you can purchase an alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks package before you set sail, making your holiday even more relaxing.
In addition to breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Avalon Waterways offers an assortment of special events. Toast the start of your grand river cruise adventure at our five-course Welcome Dinner. Meet your ship's Captain and socialise with fellow passengers at a Captain's Reception with complimentary sparkling wine and canapés. Join onboard tastings to experience the fine foods and wines from the various regions of your river cruise journey. And of course, our special Farewell Dinner will mark the end of your luxury cruise on a high note.
If you are celebrating a birthday or special occasion, celebrate in style - our Celebration Packages offer a superb choice of specially-prepared cuisine, served in the privacy of your stateroom.
Taking dining choice to a new level
|Depart||Ship Name||Lower Deck|
|Apr 8||Avalon Luminary||£2087||£2434||£2524|
|Apr 15||Avalon Luminary||£1789||£2091||£2139|
|Apr 22||Avalon Luminary||£2182||£2529||£2619|
|Apr 7||Avalon Artistry II||£1790||£2556||£2675|
|Apr 14||Avalon Artistry II||£2118||£2619||£2781|
|Apr 18||Avalon Visionary||£1802||£2261||£2333|
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Prices are per person based on two sharing and are subject to availability at time of booking. Operators reserve the right to amend published prices prior to a confirmed booking being made. Avalon Waterways use life flight prices for their packages so prices are subject to change prior to a confirmed booking being made.
Why not extend your stay with a few days in Amsterdam and further explore what this wonderful, historic city has to offer.
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