Tulip Time Cruise for Garden & Nature Lovers

8 Day River Cruise Amsterdam to Amsterdam

Vacation Overview

On this garden-and nature-themed Tulip Time cruise, visit spectacular Keukenhof near Lisse, Antwerp’s Botanical Gardens, the world’s largest flower auction, and small hidden-away private gardens in Amsterdam. This scenic river cruise begins in Holland’s modern capital of Amsterdam. This 700-year-old city offers classic architecture, cafés, and restaurants to explore, as wells as the legendary canals and bridges crisscrossing the city.

Set sail for destinations in Holland and Belgium, and cruise through Rotterdam’s harbor, noted as the world’s busiest port. Garden enthusiasts will delight in 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. Next, sail to Antwerp, Belgium’s second-largest city. Discover its ancient buildings and monuments combining with modern architecture, or visit its splendid Botanical Gardens—an oasis in the heart of the city.

In Ghent, 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. Return to Holland, and visit the historic trading port of Middelburg. See its gothic Town Hall, Abbey Tower, and bustling Market Square. You’ll marvel at the technical miracle of the 6-mile-long Delta Works, a storm flood barrier constructed after 1,800 people drowned in the floods of 1953.
This beautiful and historic springtime river cruise vacation concludes in Holland’s capital city. Do not miss a visit to the world largest flower auction followed by a canal cruise along the elegant grachten, or a visit to some of the city’s best-kept secrets—the private gardens and courtyards of Amsterdam.

An expert will travel with you on this cruise, sharing his knowledge about botany and the world of plants.

Itinerary

 

Day 1 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)

Welcome to Holland. 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

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Day 2 ROTTERDAM

Windmills and Skyscrapers in Holland’s Modern Maritime Marvel

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.

Take some free time to relax on the harbor-side in Rotterdam with an artisan beer, a slice of appeltart (Dutch apple pie), and a koffie verkeerd, a typical Dutch drink of half coffee, half milk. 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/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ANTWERP

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Day 3 ANTWERP, BELGIUM

Gothic Cathedral, Crêpes, and Waffles in Artful Antwerp

DISCOVERY Visit a Botanical Garden, where you will admire an amazing variety of plants, tree and flowers.

CLASSIC 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.

You might prefer to take time on your own to indulge in Antwerp’s signature Belgian waffles and crêpes—or explore this bike-friendly city from its old wharfs to its legendary diamond district.

DISCOVERY Before dinner join botany lecture with your expert.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO GHENT

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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”—with a Guided Sightseeing Tour of this showcase of medieval Flemish wealth. You’ll visit St. Bavo’s Cathedral—with its remarkable Flemish artwork.

You may choose to join a 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.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MIDDELBURG

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Day 5 MIDDELBURG, HOLLAND

A Spicy History in Middelburg’s Dutch Harbor Town

CLASSIC 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.

Spend some free time biking or walking through Middelburg to sample Babbelaar cookies, fries, or beer before cruising to Veere this afternoon.

VEERE

The Delta Works Stand Strong as a Technical Marvel

DISCOVERY Join a Guided Tour of the Delta Works, the largest flood-protection system in the world, and a miracle of modern technology.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WILLEMSTAD

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Day 6 WILLEMSTAD

Willemstad’s Windmills and Historic Harbor

ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for an early jogging in Willemstad.

CLASSIC Join a Guided Walking Tour of Willemstad and discover its many beautifully restored buildings from the 17th and 18th Century.

DISCOVERY Later, enjoy a Cheese Tasting on board as you prepare to sail to Amsterdam.

DISCOVERY Join a lecture to learn about the importance of botany and nature in the country you are visiting.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM

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Day 7 AMSTERDAM

Canals of Colorful Amsterdam

DISCOVERY Discover Aalsmeer Flower Auction—the largest in the world, where around 20 million flowers are sold every day. Later enjoy a typical Dutch breakfast.

CLASSIC Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age”, OR:

DISCOVERY Access Amsterdam’s secret gardens hidden behind the brick façades – a unique opportunity as they are normally closed to public.

You may like to join a Guided Optional Excursion to Muiderslot Castle, or a Guided Optional Biking Excursion to the Dutch countryside.

Take some free time to explore Amsterdam’s colorful streets and canal houses, galleries, and shops.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM

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Day 8 AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)

Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.


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Vacation Highlights

Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Rotterdam: half- or full-day visit to Keukenhof Gardens; harbour cruise in Rotterdam

Day 3 Antwerp: visit a botanical garden; guided sightseeing; botany lecture

Day 4 Ghent: guided sightseeing, visit St. Baaf’s Cathedral

Day 5 Middelburg–Veere: guided walk in Middelburg; excursion to the Delta Works

Day 6 Willemstad: guided walking tour; cheese tasting on board, botany lecture

Day 7 Amsterdam: visit to Flower Auction; canal cruise or visit Amsterdam secret gardens

Day 8 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your cruise ends this morning

  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
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Hotels

Amsterdam

Westcord Jakarta

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Superior First-Class

A unique sustainable hotel in Amsterdam, where two worlds connect. At the former location where ships left for Jakarta, lies a green oasis in the centre of the city. Hotel offers 200 luxurious rooms with a Indonesian influenced style. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at Café Jakarta or get a drink at the Malabar. Be pampered in luxury and relax in our wellness and swimming pool with views towards the river IJ.

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