Tulip Time In Holland & Belgium Wwi Remembrance & History Cruise With 1 Night In Amsterdam

12/07/2019 through 04/15/2020
12/07/2019 through 04/26/2020
Avalon Waterways

This special departure during tulip season also offers fascinating and moving WWI history in Holland and Belgium. A history expert accompanies our cruise with visits to the underground city of Maastricht and the Ardennes Battlefields, as well as the memorial sites in Bastogne. Visit the legendary battlefields of Eastern Flanders, including a Last Post ceremony at Menin Gate on Anzac Day. Begin your vacation before your cruise with a night in Amsterdam and enjoy a canal cruise with an expert Local Guide.

You’ll also revel in a view filled with windmills and blooming fields of color in Holland and Belgium, it all comes true on your European river cruise from Amsterdam to Brussels! Cruise on the Rhine River with a visit to Arnhem’s WWII Airborne Museum, and join your ship in Nijmegen and visit the lovely forest setting of ‘s-Hertogenbosch to sample decadent Dutch chocolate desserts. You may alternatively visit a fruit and flower farm to visit with the miller there to hear the history of a 15th-century windmill. A carriage ride takes you through the nearby nature reserve to watch for herons, storks, birds of prey, and wild horses. If you prefer, take a guided bike ride along the Rhine River banks of Arnhem. In Maastricht, choose a sightseeing tour of the old cobblestoned university town, or visit a working mill to make your own Limburg pie.

On to Belgium for a sightseeing tour of medieval Namur. In Liège, see the ancient quarters of the “Fiery City,” and explore the city of Antwerp. See the cathedral’s stunning altarpiece paintings by the Flemish master Peter Paul Rubens. Explore Brussels with a guided tour of its landmarks.

Memories of Holland and Belgium will bloom in your memory for seasons to come!

Included Features:

Day 1 Amsterdam: welcome to Amsterdam

Day 2 Amsterdam (Embarkation): canal cruise; onboard welcome reception

Day 3 Arnhem-Nijmegen: choice of guided tour of Airborne Museum or bike tour in Arnhem; choice of guided excursion to ‘s-Hertogenbosch, or visit the mill of Thorn and a farm in Nijmegen

Day 4 Maastricht: choice of guided tour, or visit to a fruit and flower farm

Day 5 Namur: WWI onboard lecture; guided tour with WWI sites visit

Day 6 Liège: choice of guided tour, visit Fort de Loncin, or full-day tour of Ardennes and Bastogne WWII sites

Day 7 Antwerp: guided tour, visit the central Grote Markt; onboard history lecture

Day 8 Brussels: choie of guided tour, see the town hall, or visit to Flanders Field Museum in Ypres with visit to the battlefields and Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate

Day 9 Brussels (Disembarkation): your cruise ends this morning

Itinerary

Day 1 Amsterdam, Holland
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Day 2 Amsterdam (Embarkation)
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Day 3 Arnhem
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Day 4 Maastricht
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Day 5 Namur, Belgium
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Day 6 Liège
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Day 7 Antwerp
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Day 8 Brussels
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Day 9 Brussels (Disembarkation)
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