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Price: $8,535CAD Per Person
(Featured price is per person, cruise only, in Canadian dollars, based on double occupancy on the departure date indicated, Cabin Category E and includes taxes and fees and the Avalon $650 per person discount.)
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Voyage Departure: August 8, 2022
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- 14-night cruise in an outside stateroom
- Daily included port excursions
- All meals included while on ship (including Captain's & farewell dinners)
- Complimentary beer and wine with lunch and dinner
Photo: Map of Bites, Brews, Views & Canals of Belgium & Holland Itinerary
Day 1: Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation)
Welcome to Holland. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 2 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. Your day in Amsterdam is free to explore at your leisure. You may take a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses.
Evening/Overnight cruise to Nijmegen
Day 2: Nijmegen - Excursion to Arnhem
Active: Join a Biking Tour on the Hoge Veluwe National Park and admire its diversity of scenery, from dense forests to sand dune, OR: Discovery: Join a Guided Sightseeing to discover Arnhem—a key WWII operations site and home to impressive historical monuments and memorials—then visit a medieval castle for a regional herb and vegetable product tasting, OR: Classic: Join a Guided Tour of the Airborne Museum of Hartenstein commemorating the 1944 WWII Battle of Arnhem. You may join a Guided Optional Excursion to the Windmill of Thorn or an Optional Cooking Workshop.
Evening/Overnight cruise to Maastricht
Photo: Men enjoying beer at a Avalon bar
Day 3: Maastricht
Enjoy an early morning sailing to Maastricht. Active: Maastricht's charm awaits, get physical via Nordic walking with your Adventure Host, OR: Discovery: Discover this vibrant university town with its lovely cathedrals, old houses, historical buildings, and impressively cobblestoned town center. Your Sightseeing will be followed by a culinary experience where you will learn more about local traditions. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.
Overnight Cruise to Namur
Day 4: Namur, Belgium
Active: Explore Namur's countryside by bike with your Adventure Host, OR: Discovery: Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the picturesque old-town, fortress citadel, and medieval architecture, followed by a brewery visit where you will have the chance to taste the world-famous Belgian beers. Take free time to stroll along Namur’s cobblestone lanes and visit its charming cafés and bookshops. This evening, enjoy an onboard food and beer pairing dinner hosted by a Beer Expert.
Overnight docking in Namur
Day 5: Liege
Classic: Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the “Fiery City” of Liège with its beautiful ancient quarters, peculiar alleys, and romantic streets. And take the chance to sample the authentic sweet Liège Waffles.
Evening/Overnight cruise to Antwerp
Day 6: Antwerp
Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities. Active: Explore Antwerp by bike with your Adventure Host, OR: Discovery: 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. Your sightseeing will end at a brewery where you will learn something more about Belgian beers. Discovery: This afternoon, enjoy a beer and cheese tasting on board as you sail to Brussels. Later, enjoy dinner and live entertainment.
Overnight docking in Brussels
Day 7: Brussels
Active: See Brussel's Aquaculture farm on bike with your Adventure Host, OR: Discovery: See the major highlights of Brussels and join a do-it-yourself chocolate workshop for a fun and interactive experience, OR: Classic: Join a Guided Tour of Brussels, see the Town Hall with its landmark buildings and discover the many local bars, cafés and shops of the Lower Town Streets, OR: The afternoon is free to explore Brussels at your pace.
Overnight docking in Brussels
Photo: Belgian Beer
Day 8: Brussels
Spend a day at leisure to sample Brussels hearty cuisine and famous beer. Enjoy dinner on board as you sail for Ghent this evening.
Evening/Overnight cruise to Ghent
Day 9: Ghent
Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host. Active: Explore a different side of Ghent by foot with your Adventure Host, OR: Discovery: Enjoy a canal boat that will take you through the town of Ghent to one of the very special breweries where you will find how to brew the local Gruut beer. Alternatively, you may choose to join a full-day 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. This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board.
Overnight cruise to Bossuit
Day 10: Bossuit
Discovery: Visit the In Flanders’ Field Museum in Ypres— learn about the story of the invasion of Belgium, the first months of the mobilization, the four years trench war in the Westhoek, the end of the war, and the permanent remembrance ever since. After your visit, enjoy lunch at the museum’s café. Discovery: Following the museum, visit, battlefields, cemeteries, memorials and private collections. Discovery: Experience the Last Post Ceremony, taking place nightly under the arches of the Menin Gate. Enjoy some free time for dinner before the Ceremony starts.
Overnight cruise to Middelburg
Day 11: Middelburg, Holland
Active: Explore Vlissingen by bike with your Adventure Host, OR: Classic: Join a Guided Walking Tour through the winding cobblestones and canals of Middelburg. See the15th century Gothic Town Hall and learn about its important role in the spice trade and Dutch East India trading. Enjoy lunch on board while cruising to Veere.
The Delta Works Stand Strong as a Technical Marvel. Active: Bike your way to the beach from Veere with your Adventure Host, OR: Discovery: Join a Guided Tour of the Delta Works, the largest flood-protection system in the world, and a miracle of modern technology. Discovery: Later, enjoy a Beer & Cheese Tasting on board as you prepare to sail to Kinderdijk.
Evening/Overnight sailing in Kinderdijk
Day 12: Kinderdijk - Rotterdam
Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities. Active: See the windmills of Kinderdijk by bike with your Adventure Host, OR: Classic: Join a Guided Tour of Kinderdijk where 19 windmills were built in 1740 as flood prevention and water management. You’ll hear about the windmill’s vital role in the Netherland’s history and why it became a national symbol of Holland. Enjoy a cruise through Rotterdam harbor. Active: Experience Rotterdam by bike with your Adventure Host, OR: Discovery: Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Rotterdam featuring innovative architecture, including the marvelous Erasmus Bridge and follow your local expert through a culinary experience at the Markthal. This evening, enjoy an onboard food and beer pairing dinner hosted by a Beer Expert. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.
Overnight cruise to Zaandam
Day 13: Zaandam
Classic: Join a Guided Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses. Cruise to Haarlem this afternoon while enjoying lunch on board.
Active: Enjoy an easy bike ride to the beach with your Adventure Host, OR: Classic: Visit Haarlem, a major flower bulbs growing district outside of Amsterdam. Explore the former North Sea trading port with its medieval features, gabled houses, and leafy courtyards. Enjoy dinner on board your ship this evening as you sail to Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands.
Overnight docking in Amsterdam
Photo: Avalon Panorama Suite (Category B, A, P)
Day 14: Amsterdam
Active: Join a Biking Tour through the Dutch countryside past polders, dykes, and quaint centuries-old villages, OR: Classic: Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.”
Overnight docking in Amsterdam
Day 15: Amsterdam (Disembarkation)
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.