If you’re looking for a vacation that combines some well-known sights with others that are off the beaten track, this itinerary is for you! Arrive in Amsterdam and transfer to your river cruise vessel in Haarlem. Discover the region of “North Holland,” where tulip fields abound, then sail across the Ijsselmeer, formerly known as the Zuider Zee, to the region known as “Friesland,” famous for its black-and-white cows. Visit the Zuider Zee Museum in Enkhuizen or get a chance to meet some of the locals. Visit the Batavia shipyard in Lelystad, and choose between visits of the Kröller-Müller Museum or Museum Hartenstein near Arnhem. Enjoy a harbor 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 specialties. Your vacation concludes with a cruise along Amsterdam’s canals.

City Highlights

Cruise: deluxe 7-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSMDay 1 Amsterdam–Transfer to Haarlem (Embarkation): welcome receptionDay 2 Tulip Fields Excursion–Enkhuizen: excursion to the tulip fields; choice of guided visit to the Zuiderzee Museum or “Experience the Dutch” outing in EnkhuizenDay 3 Friesland: Friesland excursion, visit the planetariumDay 4 Lelystad–Kampen: guided visit of the Batavia shipyard and Batavia in Lelystad; cheese & genever tasting Day 5 Gelderse IJssel–Arnhem: onboard lecture; special tasting; visit Museum HartensteinDay 6 Rotterdam: harbor cruise in Rotterdam; choice of excursion to Keukenhof Gardens or to the city of GoudaDay 7 Amsterdam: canal cruiseDay 8 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning


Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapésWelcome dinnerDaily Afternoon TeaDaily Night FareFarewell dinnerComplimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included daily on board your vessel


NOTES:This cruise combines well with Enchanting Belgium (WAN or WNA).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 is necessary, a substitute will be offered.