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    Tulip Time River Cruise

    From $3399 $798 taxes

    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. Alternatively, an excursion to the city of Gouda, famous for its cheese, is available. Next, sail to Antwerp, Belgium’s second-largest city, combining ancient buildings and monuments with modern architecture. A medieval port city, it offers many chic shops, museums and galleries, and classic cafés. The Grote Markt is located in the heart of the old city quarter and includes the splendid City Hall and beautiful homes from the 16th century. In Ghent, Belgium, join a local expert for a guided tour of the city, including a visit to St. Baaf’s Cathedral, housing important works of Flemish art. 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 during which more than 1,800 people drowned in one night.

    This beautiful and historic springtime river cruise vacation concludes with more time to explore the wonderful city of Amsterdam offering historical 17th-century buildings, sculptures, and museums—combined with a an exciting and modern feel. See the most fascinating areas of the city on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.”

    Travel Best Bets Package Includes

    • Return Airfare from Vancouver to Amsterdam
    • Deluxe 7 night all-inclusive river cruise aboard Avalon Vista
    • Airport transfer
    • Dining Experiences: on board meals
      • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés
      • Welcome dinner
      • Farewell dinner
      • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
      • Early and Late Riser breakfast
      • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
      • Alternative light lunch or (weather permitting) grill fare at the Sky Bistro on the Sky Deck
      • Daily four-course à la carte dinner in the main dining room
      • Alternative dinner of petite portions or regional specialties with wines, in the Panorama Bistro
      • Daily Afternoon Tea
      • Daily Night Fare
      • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel

    Travel Best Bets Exclusive:  Book by February 20 and save $925 per person! (limited promotion, can be withdrawn at anytime)

     
    Vancouver Window French outside balcony Taxes & Fees
    April 23-May 1, 2018 $3399 $4599 $798
    Kelowna and Victoria departures add $300 per person

    Repeat Globus brands passenger receive 5% discount per person
    Please call to inquire for flights from other departure cities.

    Anyone who has traveled with the Globus family of brands within the past five years is eligible. Whether you traveled with Globus, Cosmos, Monograms, or Avalon Waterways, you can start taking advantage of great perks as soon as you enroll. Click here to enroll.

    Included for Every Avalon Guests

    • Panoramic windows throughout the ship
    • Elegant, contemporary design & decor
    • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship
    • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options
    • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks at lunch & dinner
    • Avalon Choice® cruising experience
    • Included sightseeing with headsets by Certified Local Guides
    • Complimentary Nordic walking sticks
    • Complimentary bicycles available for time on shore
    • Local FavoritesSM – onboard cultural & artisan experiences
    • Sky Deck shade system & premium lounge chairs
    • Well-stocked library with books, cards, and games
    • Comfort Collection BedsSM
    • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
    • Bathrobes & slippers
    • Premium L’Occitane bath products & hairdryer
    • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door
    • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
    • Individual climate control
    • Complimentary bottled water daily
    • Club Lounge with 24-hour, self-serve beverage station
    • Premium coffees, cappuccinos, lattes, hot chocolate & teas
    • Cookies & fresh fruit available throughout the day
    • And, much more
    • Important Notes
      • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
      • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered.
      • Not Included in the Vacation Price:
        Passports; visas and vaccinations; tips to your tour director, tour driver, local city guides; gratuities on ferries, trains and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; mini bar; alcohol, beverages and food not on the regular table d’hôte menu (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel or restaurant); optional excursions; porterage at airports; travel protection; excess baggage fees; all other items of a personal nature.
    Itinerary

    Day-By-Day Itinerary

    DAY 1 ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)

    Welcome to Amsterdam! Holland’s sophisticated, modern capital has a rich and fascinating history. This delightful 700-year-old city with its elegant and classic architecture, cafés, and restaurants has a distinct ambiance. The streets, squares, and canals—not to mention the bike paths throughout the city—make for a vibrant atmosphere, and with over 60 museums, Amsterdam has the highest museum density in the world. This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception. Before dinner, your ship glides out of Amsterdam harbor and heads for Rotterdam.(Dinner)

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

    Tulip Time Cruise

    DAY 2 ROTTERDAM.EXCURSION TO GOUDA OR KEUKENHOF GARDENS

    This morning, cruise through Rotterdam harbor and enjoy a leisurely morning on board before you have the choice this afternoon: take a guided excursion to GOUDA, famous for its gouda cheese, syrup waffles, clay pipes, and elaborate city hall. Alternatively, you may opt to visit the gardens of EUKENHOF near Lisse, which encompass 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 chance to see the spectacular display of colors 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Boats along the beautiful canals of Amsterdam

    DAY 3 ANTWERP, BELGIUM

    Antwerp is Belgium’s second-largest city and one of the world’s most important ancient seaports. It merges the new with the old and offers the attractions and atmosphere you’d expect from a European city—friendly people, fabulous architecture, chic shops, interesting museums, vibrant cafés, charming galleries, and historic monuments. INCLUDED SIGHTSEEING with a Local Guide shows you its superb architecture; the central GROTE MARKT, lined with 16th-century houses; the beautiful city hall, completed in 1566; and the Church of Our Lady, started in 1352 and featuring paintings by Rubens. An optional excursion is available to nearby Brussels, Belgium’s capital and home of the European Union. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Amsterdam is the capital and largest city of the Netherlands

    DAY 4  GHENT

    In a unique way, Ghent, the “diamond” of Flanders, has managed to preserve its medieval charm and power while keeping up with the times. A LOCAL GUIDE will proudly point out that the city center alone is a showcase of medieval Flemish wealth and commercial success. Visit ST. BAAF’S CATHEDRAL, which houses remarkable art treasures, including the most important work in Flemish art, The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, created by the Van Eyck brothers around 1432. On your own, explore the traffic-free streets in the city center; see Gravensteen, the “Castle of the Counts,” an imposing castle in the city that was built in 1180; or join an optional excursion to fascinating Bruges with its criss-crossed canals and charming old patrician houses. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    DAY 5 MIDDELBURG, HOLLAND–VEERE. EXCURSION TO THE DELTA WORKS

    This morning, a WALKING TOUR of Middelburg will acquaint you with this Dutch East India Company trading city, which was originally built as a Zeeland stronghold against the water and from enemies. Later, it became a prosperous merchant city that spent great wealth on the construction of important buildings, such as the 15th-century gothic Town Hall. Rejoin your ship for lunch and the short cruise to Veere, where you will visit the nearby DELTA WORKS. After the flood of 1953, during which more than 1,800 people drowned in one night, the Delta Plan was born to prevent a disaster of this magnitude from ever happening again. Taking 30 years to complete, the storm flood barrier stands as the final defense in the battle against the water—almost six miles long and considered a technical miracle. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    DAY 6 WILLEMSTAD

    This morning, dock in Willemstad and explore this small historical town with well-preserved fortifications at your own pace. One of the oldest buildings in town is the old gatehouse at the entrance of Willemstad, and as you walk around you will notice a wide variety of building styles. The town even has its own windmill towering high above the marina and in the very center of the seven pointed, star-shaped town, stands the Koepelkerk (Rounded Church). Depart Willemstad at lunchtime and enjoy a leisurely afternoon cruising. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Antwerp’s Grote Markt is still the heart of the old city

    DAY 7 AMSTERDAM

    After breakfast, set out to discover the treasures of this city by CANAL BOAT, cruising through the elegant grachten lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” This afternoon is free for your personal exploration or you may choose from a number of optional excursions. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    DAY 8 AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)

    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)


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