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Enchanting Belgium
(Amsterdam to Namur)

9 days with Avalon Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive in Amsterdam, Holland
Welcome to Holland! The remainder of the day is free to start exploring this delightful 700-year old city with its elegant and classic architecture, cafés, and restaurants that give it a distinct ambiance!
 
Day 2 Amsterdam (Embarkation)
This morning, set out to discover the treasures of this city by CANAL BOAT, cruising through the elegant grachten lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” Explore on your own this afternoon before boarding your ship and meeting the crew at a welcome reception. Sail out of Amsterdam at dinner time.
 
Day 3 Rotterdam. Excursion to Kinderdijk or Keukenhof Gardens (or Delft)
This morning cruise through Rotterdam’s busy harbor and then the choice is yours: you may choose to visit Kinderdijk and its iconic windmills; or the gardens of Keukenhof (April 15 and 19 departures). When Keukenhof Gardens are closed, (May 20 and September 27 departures) you may choose to take a guided excursion to Delft.
 
Day 4 Ghent, Belgium
In a unique way, Ghent, the “diamond” of Flanders, has managed to preserve its medieval charm and power while keeping up with the times. A LOCAL GUIDE will proudly point out that the city center alone is a showcase of medieval Flemish wealth and commercial success. Visit ST. BAAF’S CATHEDRAL, which houses remarkable art treasures, including the most important work in Flemish art, The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, created by the Van Eyck brothers around 1432. On your own, explore the traffic-free streets in the city center; see Gravensteen, the “castle of the counts,” an imposing castle in the city that was built in 1110; or join an optional excursion to Bruges with its criss-crossed canals and charming patrician houses.
 
Day 5 Excursion to Ypres & the Battlefields of Eastern Flanders
A moving day today as you travel by motorcoach for a full day to view the WWI battlefields of Ypres and Eastern Flanders. The war on the Western Front was fought in three phases, and lasted from 1914 until 1918, leaving behind a scarred landscape in Belgian Flanders and northeastern France. Today, there are thousands of war graves and commemorative memorials for the fallen of many nations along the line of the battlefields that formed the Western Front. The city of Ypres was fought over for nearly all four years of the Great War and was practically destroyed. Through careful reconstruction, however, you would never guess the buildings date from less than a century ago. It is near here that John McCrae’s famous poem, “In Flanders fields the poppies blow,” is believed to have been written. In many countries, poppies are worn in remembrance of Armistice Day every November 11th.
 
Day 6 Antwerp
Antwerp is Belgium’s second-largest city and one of the world’s most important ancient seaports. It merges the new with the old and offers the attractions and atmosphere you’d expect from a European city: friendly people, fabulous architecture, chic shops, interesting museums, vibrant cafés, charming galleries, and historic monuments. INCLUDED SIGHTSEEING with a Local Guide shows you its superb architecture; the central GROTE MARKT, lined with 16th-century houses; the beautiful City Hall, completed in 1566; and the Church of Our Lady, started in 1352 and featuring paintings by Rubens. An optional excursion is available to nearby Brussels, Belgium’s capital and home of the European Union.
 
Day 7 Maastricht, Holland
This morning, arrive in Maastricht, the bustling cosmopolitan capital of the Limburg province. A LOCAL GUIDE will show you the sights of this vibrant university town: the lovely cathedrals, old houses and buildings, and the impressively cobblestoned town center. Later, take advantage of free time to explore on your own. Maybe wander through the hidden alleys or relax with a drink at a café in Vrijthof, the town’s main square.
 
Day 8 Namur, Belgium
Namur is located on two rivers, the Meuse and the Sambre, and was an ideal location for the earliest Roman settlements. The streets of the town are where its charm and atmosphere lie, and much of Namur has been dedicated to pedestrians, making it easy to get around. The symbol of the city is the snail, and visitors are encouraged to relax and enjoy the charming medieval squares and gracious streets lined with mansions, chic shops, and cafés. See the striking Namur Fortress, one of Europe’s largest. Join a Local Guide for a GUIDED TOUR of this city. Alternatively you may prefer to take a full day excursion to the Ardennes region, including a visit to Bastogne.
 
Day 9 Namur (Disembarkation)
Your vacation ends after breakfast this morning.
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Cruise: deluxe 7-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM
  • Amsterdam: welcome to Amsterdam
  • Amsterdam (Embarkation): canal cruise; onboard welcome reception
  • Rotterdam: harbor cruise; choice of excursion to either Kinderdijk or Keukenhof Gardens (or, after mid May, Delft)
  • Ghent: guided sightseeing, visit St. Baaf’s Cathedral
  • Excursion to the Battlefields of Ypres and Eastern Flanders
  • Antwerp: guided sightseeing
  • Maastricht: guided sightseeing
  • Namur: choice of guided sightseeing, or full day excursion to the Ardennes region including Bastogne
  • Namur (Disembarkation): your vacation ends after breakfast this morning
  • Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.
  • Enjoy an onboard Classical Music Presentation.
All This Included
This vacation will acquaint you with the charms of Amsterdam’s canals, Rotterdam’s busy harbor, and Namur’s cozy medieval squares and streets. Choose between a visit to Kinderdijk or to the gardens of Keukenhof (after mid May when Keukenhof closes, excursion to Delft). There’s a poignant excursion to the Battlefields of Ypres and Eastern Flanders, and guided visits of Ghent, Antwerp, and Maastricht. Allow yourself to be enchanted by Belgium!
  • Panoramic windows throughout.
  • Elegant, contemporary design.
  • Remarkable service.
  • Included excursions with Certified Local Guides; sightseeing as outlined in the day by-day itinerary; inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship.
  • 24-hour self-serve beverage station.
  • Premium coffees, cappuccinos & lattes.
  • Upscale bar serving premium spirits.
  • Fitness Center with state-of-the-art equipment.
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM.
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products.
  • Large bathrooms - showers with glass doors.
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels.
  • Spacious 3-door closets for ample storage.
  • Complimentary bottled water daily.
  • Choice of regional, Western and vegetarian dishes.
  • Daily early- and late-riser breakfasts.
  • Full buffet breakfast with sparkling wine.
  • Complimentary juices with breakfast.
  • Made-to-order egg station at breakfast.
  • Daily full breakfast buffet with hot/cold menu items.
  • Complimentary soft drinks with lunch.
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta and carving stations.
  • Alternate grill fare at the Sky Bistro (weather permitting).
  • Chef-inspired regional recipes.
  • Four-course dinners with open seating.
  • Nightly choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, desserts or cheese.
  • Complimentary wine (including regional) at dinner.
  • Complimentary soft drinks or beer with dinner.
  • Night Fare served at 10:30 pm.
  • Well-stocked library with books, cards and games.
  • Headsets for shore excursions.
  • Professional Cruise Director.
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew.
  • Non-smoking interior.
  • Light dinners and wines in the Panorama Bistro on Suite Ships®.
  • And, much more.
Accommodations on this Tour
Amsterdam: To be determined 
Cruising: Cabin onboard Avalon Luminary or Avalon Artistry II
Notes
  • Prices and itineraries are subject to change. Final details will be available in April 2016
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Gateway for departure is Brussels.
  • Port charges: $168.
  • Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.
  • Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.
  • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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