Receive Free Airfare with Avalon Waterways

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Hurry, offer ends Nov 4, 2019!

Receive Free Airfare

with Avalon Waterways 

Tulip Time Cruise

(Photo: tulip fields in the Keukenhof Garden in the Netherlands from the river)

Receive free airfare from select Canadian gateways

on select 2020 Avalon Waterways river cruises*

PRICE: $4,281* Based on the Tulip Time Cruise - May 2, 2020 departure date in cabin category E. Many other departure dates and cruises available. Featured price is per person, cruise only, based on double occupancy, in the base cabin, on the departure dates indicated and includes all taxes and fees (port charges).

BOOKING DATES: May 1, 2019 - Nov 4, 2019

Vacation Overview

This scenic river cruise gets underway from Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam. This 700-year-old city offers an abundance of classic architecture, cafés, and restaurants to explore before you embark on your river cruise through Holland and Belgium. Sail through Rotterdam’s harbor, said to be the world’s busiest port. Garden enthusiasts will delight in a visit to see 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, combining ancient buildings and monuments with modern architecture. In Ghent, Belgium, join a local expert for a guided tour of the city, including a visit to St. Baaf’s Cathedral. Back in Holland, Middelburg was formerly an important trading city and you still get a sense of its wealth today with its impressive structures like the gothic Town Hall, Abbey Tower, and bustling Market Square. No trip to Holland is complete without a visit to the technical miracle that is the Delta Works, a storm flood barrier almost six miles long, constructed after the floods of 1953. This beautiful and historic springtime river cruise concludes with more time to explore the wonderful city of Amsterdam. See the most fascinating views of the city on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.

(Photo: Interior of Panorama Suite onboard the Avalon Waterways vessel)

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: guided sightseeing

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

Day 7 Amsterdam: choice of guided visit to Flower Auction, or canal cruise

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

HURRY, OFFER ENDS ON NOV 4, 2019!

*Book a select 2020 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive free round-trip economy class trans-Atlantic air from Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City, Regina, Saskatoon, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Winnipeg. Other gateway cities available for $199/person additional (inclusive of taxes/fees). Free air offer is based on lowest-priced economy class Flex airfare available for booking at time of reservation and scheduled to coincide with cruise itinerary; pre-assigned airline seats are limited and may not be available on all air segments. Quotes available online or by calling a Travel Professional. Limited to new bookings for CANADA originating travellers and economy class Flex air tickets; must be booked & under deposit between May 1 - November 4, 2019 for travel in 2020. A $550 non-refundable deposit is due at time of booking. Offer does not apply to instant purchase air and Groups. Offer is combinable only with the Welcome Back Credit (if applicable). Not applicable on Royal Suites.  Promotional discounts do not carry forward on voluntarily changed air bookings; other promotions at time of change may be available. Once ticketed, air reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket value. Changes to ticketed air reservations (including itineraries involving free round-trip trans-Atlantic air) also subject to airfare differentials between originally ticketed air itinerary and re-ticketed air itinerary. Additional airline baggage fees may apply; Air schedules are available approximately 330 days prior to return travel date. Flight schedules, routings and air carriers are at the discretion of Globus family of brands.  Additional restrictions apply; see Travel Terms for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. Offer available from participating GFOB offices only.

(Photo: Map of Tulip Time Cruise itinerary with Avalon Waterways)

Itinerary

Day 1: Tulip Time Cruise

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.
  • 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 Dinner

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 Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 3 ANTWERP, BELGIUM
Gothic Cathedral, Crêpes, and Waffles in Artful Antwerp

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 may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the nearby capital, Brussels—considered home to the European Union, and admire its magnificent palaces and cathedrals. 

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. 

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.  EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO GHENT Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

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 Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

(Photo: Keukenhof garden from the river full of tulips)

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 Breakfast//Lunch/Dinner

Day 6 WILLEMSTAD
Willemstad’s Windmills and Historic Harbor 

Enjoy a free morning on your own to explore the well-preserved fortifications of this historic town. 

ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Nordic Walking 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.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 7 AMSTERDAM
Canals of Colorful Amsterdam

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

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

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 Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 8 AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning. Breakfast

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