Day 1 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)
Welcome to Amsterdam. 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. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTTERDAM
Day 2 ROTTERDAM
Windmills and Skyscrapers in Holland’s Modern Maritime MarvelThis morning cruise through Rotterdam harbor.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, OR:CLASSIC Enjoy an afternoon excursion to Gouda. You’ll join a Guided Tour of the town famous for the Dutch yellow cheese that bears its name—as well as stroopwafels (syrup waffles), Gouda candles, and the beautiful city center.
Day 3 ANTWERP, BELGIUM
Gothic Cathedral, Crêpes, and Waffles in Artful AntwerpCLASSIC 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.
Day 4 GHENT
Ghent’s Cobblestones, Canals, and Cosmopolitan Charisma You’ll have time for an early—morning walk (or jog) to explore the architecture and canals of Ghent—“Belgium’s best-kept secret.”CLASSIC Explore Ghent—“The Diamond of Flanders”
Day 5 MIDDELBURG, HOLLAND
A Spicy History in Middelburg’s Dutch Harbor TownCLASSIC 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.
Day 6 WILLEMSTAD
Willemstad’s Windmills and Historic HarborEnjoy a free morning on your own to explore the well-preserved fortifications of this historic town. ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for an Early Run in Willemstad.
Day 7 AMSTERDAM
Colorful Amsterdam—with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden AgeCLASSIC Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.”
Day 8 AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)