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Exquisite sights in full bloom
Enjoy the view of a fantastical eruption of vibrant colours, blooming against Holland's crisp blue sky, ushering in the arrival of spring. Impressive fields of tulips and other bulb flowers are an attraction all on their own, but once the gateway to the Netherlands bursts open, you'll find an impressive array of other sights to thrill you. Discover immense medieval structures, glorious cathedrals and striking cosmopolitan diversions as you wind your way through Holland and Belgium.
Float on by
Day 1 - Depart Amsterdam, Holland (D)
Day 2 - Schoonhoven - Kinderdijk (B/L/D): Keukenhof Gardens
Day 3 - Veere, Zeeland (B/L/D): Middelburg
Day 4 - Ghent, Belgium (B/L/D): St. Baaf's Cathedral, Bruges
Day 5 - Antwerp, Belgium (B/L/D): Grote Markt, Brussels
Day 6 - Maastricht, Holland (B/L/D)
Day 7 - Amsterdam, Holland (B/L/D)
Day 8 - Amsterdam, Holland (B)
Natural beauty meets cultural enlightenment
A 700-year-old city, Amsterdam exudes a classic sense of style informed by an enriched and varying culture. Replete with eclectic cafes, restaurants and museums where you can find the impressive works of Vermeer and Rembrandt among other Dutch master artists, Amsterdam will inspire and dazzle you with its glinting canal and cobblestone walkways. Marvel at the millions of flower bulbs exploding to life in the gardens of Keukenhof and enjoy staring at the lazy swing of the windmills in Kinderdijk.
Local guides will lead you through the medieval strongholds of Middelburg and Ghent, allowing you to weave your way through towering structures of muted stone, reaching skyward in an impressive array of belfries and minarets. Pick your way through the bustling cosmopolitan center of Antwerp and flit about the Grote Market for an afternoon. Further excitement can be found in Maastricht, pairing the exuberant university community with an old town atmosphere.
Comfort on a more intimate level
A comparatively new fleet of deluxe cruising ships, the Avalon line is devoted to continually moving forward and forging new expectations for European cruising and its entailments. Wall-to wall panoramic windows onboard the Luminary ensure beautiful vistas of medieval battlements and lively Flemish towns as this thoughtfully engineered ship drifts through the shores of Holland and Belgium. WiFi access is available throughout the ship, and deluxe staterooms are outfitted with two windows and plenty of space. Avalon is intent on showing off all aspects of the cultural landscape of the regions your journey takes you through, inviting a number of local artists, musicians and chefs on board to entice and entertain you and completely round out your cruising experience.
Taste your way through your surroundings
The freshest of local ingredients are used in the kitchens on board the Luminary, pairing beautifully with the stunning views you're privy to while seated in any of the dining rooms on the ship. Enjoy finely crafted dishes, prepared with great care by the masterful chefs, as you enjoy the robust savours of local wines from the regions you've just toured through. Your gastronomic destiny is entirely in your hands with Avalon, between the main dining room experience and the Panorama Bistro, where lighter fare and more specialized dining can be sampled. Avalon's intent of inclusivity allows you to enjoy drinks of all kinds from beer and wine to specialty coffee.