Tulips of Northern Holland 2019 - 8 days Amsterdam to Amsterdam - Avalon Waterways | Pavlus Travel

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Itinerary & Activities

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Itinerary map of Tulips of Northern Holland 2019 - 8 days Amsterdam to Amsterdam

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.

You may join a Guided Optional Excursion to beautiful Zaanse Schans, where you’ll see a wonderful collection of well-preserved historic windmills and Dutch houses.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO HOORN

Day 2 HOORN

The Trading Port‘s Heyday Still Lives in Hoorn’s History

ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Walk.

Take advantage of the free time left to take a bike ride, or a walk through the historic North Sea trading port of Hoorn.

AFTERNOON CRUISE TO ENKHUIZEN

ENKHUIZEN

A Harbor Town’s History of Tulips, Trading, and the Zuiderzee

CLASSIC Take a guided tour of Zuiderzee Museum to discover cultural traditions and maritime history, OR:

DISCOVERY Join a Guided Tour of local tulip fields and Dutch flower farms.

Spend the rest of the afternoon walking or biking through Enkhuizen. Later, enjoy onboard live entertainment.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ENKHUIZEN

Day 3 ENKHUIZEN

Dutch Delicacies with New Friends—in an Old Harbor Town

CLASSIC Take a Guided Walking Tour of Enkhuizen to get better acquainted with the charm and beauty of this historic harbor village, OR:

DISCOVERY Join us at the home of a Dutch family for authentic samples of local specialties and conversation, for a true Dutch experience.

Enjoy a brief afternoon cruise to Friesland.

SNEEK, FRIESLAND

Planets and Stars, Famous Cows, and Black Horses of Friesland

CLASSIC Take a Guided Excursion to visit the Royal Eise Eisinga Planetarium—the oldest planetarium still working in the world. Watch for the world-famous black-and-white cattle and black Friesian horses.

Re-join your ship in Sneek. There is time for a stroll before dinner. This evening enjoy live entertainment on board.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN SNEEK

Day 4 KAMPEN

The Golden Age of Ship-Building, the National Liquor, and Cheese

DISCOVERY Take a Guided Tour of Lelystad’s Batavia Shipyard and board the hand-built replica of the historic Batavia.

DISCOVERY Enjoy an onboard Cheese Tasting with Genever—the national and traditional liquor of the Netherlands.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN KAMPEN

Day 5 GELDERSE IJSSEL–ARNHEM

Spiced Honey Cake, WWII Valor, and Van Gogh

DISCOVERY This morning, attend an Onboard Lecture about Holland and a tasting of the authentic Dutch Deventer Koek Cake.

CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour of the Airborne Museum of Hartenstein commemorating the 1944 WWII Battle of Arnhem, OR:

CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of Arnhem’s Kröller-Müller Museum with the world’s second largest Van Gogh collection.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTTERDAM

Day 6 ROTTERDAM

Windmills and Skyscrapers in Holland’s Modern Maritime Marvel

CLASSIC Join a full- or half-day Guided Tour of breathtaking Keukenhof—the world’s largest flower gardens—with more than seven million tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths as well as other bulbs each year.

CLASSIC Enjoy an afternoon Guided Tour of Gouda-famous for its Dutch yellow cheese, stroopwafels (syrup waffles), and Gouda candles.

Sample artisan beer, a slice of appeltart (Dutch apple pie), or a koffie verkeerd. 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.

EVENING CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM

Day 7 AMSTERDAM

Colorful Amsterdam—with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Dutch Specialties

CLASSIC Take a Guided Canal Cruise to explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam. Float along the Grachten past Amsterdam’s stately homes of the Golden Age.

Join an Optional Culinary Walk through Amsterdam to sample savory and sweet Dutch specialties, or choose an Optional City Biking Tour to discover the countryside. Alternatively take an Optional Excursion to Holland’s beautiful medieval Muiderslot Castle.

Explore Amsterdam’s colorful streets and canal houses, galleries, and shops.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM

Day 8 AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.


Things to Know

Preparing For Your Trip
  • Make Sure to Bring All of Your Important Documents: Passport, Foreign visa (if applicable), Itinerary, Trip confirmation, Airline ticket, Drivers license, Credit cards, Travel documents.

  • Vaccinations Are Required for Entry to Some Countries. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) can provide you their recommendations for vaccinations and other travel health precautions for your trip abroad.

  • Are You Taking Any Prescriptions or Other Medications? Pack enough to last your entire trip, including some extra in case you are unexpectedly delayed.

  • Insurance: Purchase travel insurance to cover yourself against unexpected situations. You never know when something might happen, so always be prepared.
While Traveling
  • Keep an eye on your belongings. Do not leave your belongings unattended in public spaces

  • Always have local cash. Not every place takes credit cards.
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