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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Tulip Time Cruise

This scenic river cruise gets underway from Holland’s popular, modern 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

Fly Cruise
7 nights from £2429pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Amsterdam
  • Antwerp
  • Ghent
  • Tulips

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This scenic river cruise gets underway from Holland’s popular, modern 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. Next, sail to Antwerp, Belgium’s second-largest city, combining ancient buildings and monuments with modern architecture. In Ghent, Belgium, join a local expert for a guided tour of the city, including a visit to St. Baaf’s Cathedral.

Back in Holland, Middelburg was formerly an important trading city and you still get a sense of its 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.”

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Tulip Time Cruise

Day 1 - UK - Amsterdam (Holland)

Fly from the UK to Amsterdam and transfer to your ship. Cruise to Rotterdam this evening. (D)

Day 2 - Rotterdam

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. Cruise to Antwerp this evening. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Antwerp (Belgium)

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. Cruise to Ghent overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Ghent

You’ll have time for an early-morning 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. Overnight cruising to Middleburg. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Middelburg (Holland)

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. Join a Guided Tour of the Delta Works, the largest flood-protection system in the world, and a miracle of modern technology. Cruise to Willemstad this afternoon. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Willemstad

Enjoy a free morning on your own to explore the well-preserved fortifications of this historic town. Join your Avalon Adventure Host for an early jogging in Willemstad. Join a Guided Walking Tour of Willemstad and discover its many beautifully restored buildings from the 17th and 18th Century. Later, enjoy a Cheese Tasting on board as you prepare to sail to Amsterdam. Spend this afternoon cruising to Amsterdam. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Amsterdam

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 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 colorful streets and canal houses, galleries, and shops. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Amsterdam - UK

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. (B)

Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

Price Includes

  • 7-night full board cruise
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Overseas transfers
  • Private VIP home pick-up service within 100 miles
  • Guided shore excursions
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Daily afternoon tea
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Port and airport taxes
  • Onboard local entertainment
  • Services of a professional Cruise Director
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2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • April
    • Apr 4th - Amsterdam and back - Sailing on: Avalon Panorama From: £2392
      Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2392 Blue Water Price from: £3093 Blue Water Price from: £3143 Blue Water Price from: £3243 Blue Water Price from: £4243
    • Apr 8th - Amsterdam and back - Sailing on: Avalon Visionary From: £2392
      Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2392 Blue Water Price from: £3093 Blue Water Price from: £3142 Blue Water Price from: £3243 Blue Water Price from: £4243
    • Apr 11th - Amsterdam and back - Sailing on: Avalon Panorama From: £2427
      Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2427 Blue Water Price from: £3127 Blue Water Price from: £3178 Blue Water Price from: £3277 Blue Water Price from: £4277
    • Apr 15th - Amsterdam and back - Sailing on: Avalon Tranquility II From: £2552
      Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat A Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2552 Blue Water Price from: £3302 Blue Water Price from: £4277
    • Apr 18th - Amsterdam and back - Sailing on: Avalon Panorama From: £3464
      Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £3464 Blue Water Price from: £3514 Blue Water Price from: £3613
    • Apr 22nd - Amsterdam and back - Sailing on: Avalon Visionary From: £2539
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2539 Blue Water Price from: £2688 Blue Water Price from: £3389 Blue Water Price from: £3439 Blue Water Price from: £3538 Blue Water Price from: £4413
    • Apr 25th - Amsterdam and back - Sailing on: Avalon Panorama From: £2723
      Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2723 Blue Water Price from: £3424 Blue Water Price from: £3474 Blue Water Price from: £3573 Blue Water Price from: £4448
    • Apr 27th - Amsterdam and back - Sailing on: Avalon Artistry II From: £2618
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2618 Blue Water Price from: £2767 Blue Water Price from: £3468 Blue Water Price from: £3518 Blue Water Price from: £3618 Blue Water Price from: £4493
    • Apr 29th - Amsterdam and back - Sailing on: Avalon Tranquility II From: £2388
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2493 Blue Water Price from: £2388 Blue Water Price from: £3343 Blue Water Price from: £3393 Blue Water Price from: £3493 Blue Water Price from: £4493
  • May
    • May 2nd - Amsterdam and back - Sailing on: Avalon Panorama From: £2529
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2529 Blue Water Price from: £2678 Blue Water Price from: £3378 Blue Water Price from: £3428 Blue Water Price from: £3528 Blue Water Price from: £4528
    • May 4th - Amsterdam and back - Sailing on: Avalon Artistry II From: £2529
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2529 Blue Water Price from: £2678 Blue Water Price from: £3378 Blue Water Price from: £3422 Blue Water Price from: £3528 Blue Water Price from: £4528
    • May 6th - Amsterdam and back - Sailing on: Avalon Visionary From: £2529
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2529 Blue Water Price from: £2678 Blue Water Price from: £3378 Blue Water Price from: £3428 Blue Water Price from: £3528

Price Information

  • Please note pricing is fluid so subject to change daily
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