8 Day River Cruise Aboard the Avalon Luminary

Avalon Waterways - Luminary River Cruises

Ship Info - Avalon Waterways Luminary River Cruise

At the Amazing Rate of $1,800*cad Including Flights! Very Limited Space!

On this tulip time cruise vacation, see some of the highlights of Holland and Belgium. Guided sightseeing shows you the charming towns of Willemstad and Middelburg, as well as the bigger cities of Ghent and Antwerp. Visit the famous gardens of Keukenhof and see the breathtaking display of colors from the tulips, daffodils, and more, then the fascinating Delta Works, and a windmill in Kinderdijk. So much to see in an experience-filled week!

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Southbound

Highlights & Sightseeing

  • Cruise: deluxe 7-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection Beds
  • Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception
  • Day 2 Amsterdam: canal cruise
  • Day 3 Rotterdam: excursion to Keukenhof Gardens (April 12-26 departures), or guided visit to Delft (May 25-September 15 departures)
  • Day 4 Kinderdijk-Willemstad: guided walk in both locations; visit a windmill in Kinderdijk
  • Day 5 Veere-Middelburg: visit the Delta Works; guided walk of Middelburg
  • Day 6 Ghent: guided sightseeing, visit St. Baaf’s Cathedral
  • Day 7 Antwerp: guided sightseeing
  • Day 8 Brussels (Disembarkation): your vacation ends after breakfast this morning
  • Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by local chefs, entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.
  • Enjoy an onboard Classical Music Performance.

Meals

  • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Welcome dinner
  • Daily Afternoon Tea
  • Daily Night Fare
  • Farewell dinner
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included daily on board your vessel
Southbound Itinerary Map

Itinerary

Welcome to Amsterdam! Holland’s sophisticated, modern capital has a rich and fascinating history. This delightful 700-year-old city with its elegant and classic architecture, cafés, and restaurants has a distinct ambiance. The streets, squares, and canals—not to mention the bike paths throughout the city—make for a vibrant atmosphere, and with over 60 museums, Amsterdam has the highest museum density in the world. This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception. (Dinner)

There is no better way to see Amsterdam than by CANAL BOAT, cruising through the elegant grachten lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” There’s free time in the city this afternoon—you might like to join an optional excursion—and later, bid tot ziens (farewell) to Amsterdam. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

This morning, cruise through Rotterdam harbor and enjoy a leisurely morning on board before an afternoon excursion takes you to the gardens of KEUKENHOF near Lisse—over 70 acres of parkland with lakes, sculpture gardens, greenhouses, and a windmill to explore. Every year, 7 million flower bulbs are planted, and you have the chance to see the spectacular display of colors from the tulips, daffodils, crocuses, and more. If you’re a garden enthusiast, you may opt for an extended stay in Keukenhof, going in the morning, and lunching in the gardens on your own before rejoining the ship with the rest of the guests in the later afternoon. After May 26, when the Keukenhof gardens are no longer open, a guided excursion takes you to the city of Delft. Most famous for its distinctive Delft blue pottery, the city with its historic town center and canals was also home to the painter Johannes Vermeer. Join your local expert for a GUIDED WALK to see the City Hall, the Old Church, and hear the story of the “Delft Explosion.” (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Kinderdijk’s 19 windmills were built in 1740 as part of the water management system to help prevent floods. Visit a WINDMILL and learn how they played a vital role in the development of the country, becoming a symbol of Holland. Rejoin your ship for lunch and sail to Willemstad. Join a Local Guide for a GUIDED WALK of this small historical town with well-preserved fortifications. One of the oldest buildings in town is the old gatehouse at the entrance of Willemstad, and as you walk around you will notice a wide variety of building styles. The town even has its own windmill towering high above the marina, and in the very center of the seven-pointed, star-shaped town stands the Koepelkerk (Rounded Church). (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

This morning, visit the DELTA WORKS near Veere. After the flood of 1953, during which more than 1,800 people drowned in one night, the Delta Plan was born to prevent a disaster of this magnitude from ever happening again. Taking 30 years to complete, the storm flood barrier stands as the final defense in the battle against the water—almost six miles long and considered a technical miracle. During lunch, cruise to Middelburg. This afternoon, a WALKING TOUR will acquaint you with this Dutch East India Company trading city, which was originally built as a Zeeland stronghold against the water and from enemies. Later, it became a prosperous merchant city that spent great wealth on the construction of important buildings, such as the 15th-century gothic Town Hall. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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 1180; or join an optional excursion to fascinating Bruges with its criss-crossed canals and charming old patrician houses. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Your vacation ends after breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

Northbound

Highlights & Sightseeing

  • Cruise: deluxe 7-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection Beds
  • Day 1 Brussels, Belgium. Transfer to Vilvoorde (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception
  • Day 2 Antwerp: guided sightseeing
  • Day 3 Ghent: guided sightseeing
  • Day 4 Middelburg–Veere: guided visit of Middelburg; Excursion to the Delta Works
  • Day 5 Willemstad–Kinderdijk: guided walk in Willemstad; visit a windmill in Kinderdijk;
  • Day 6 Rotterdam: excursion to Keukenhof Gardens (open until May 26, 2016), or guided visit to Delft (after May 26, 2016)
  • Day 7 Amsterdam: canal cruise
  • Day 8 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your vacation ends after breakfast
  • Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.
  • Enjoy an onboard Classical Music Performance.

Meals

  • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Welcome dinner
  • Daily Afternoon Tea
  • Daily Night Fare
  • Farewell dinner
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included daily on board your vessel
Northbound Itinerary Map

Itinerary

Welcome to Belgium, seat of the European Union. This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception. (Dinner)

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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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 1180; or join an optional excursion to fascinating Bruges with its criss-crossed canals and charming old patrician houses. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

This morning, a WALKING TOUR of Middelburg will acquaint you with this Dutch East India Company trading city, which was originally built as a Zeeland stronghold against the water and from enemies. Later, it became a prosperous merchant city that spent great wealth on the construction of important buildings, such as the 15th-century gothic Town Hall. Rejoin your ship for lunch and the short cruise to Veere, where you will visit the nearby DELTA WORKS. After the flood of 1953, during which more than 1,800 people drowned in one night, the Delta Plan was born to prevent a disaster of this magnitude from ever happening again. Taking 30 years to complete, the storm flood barrier stands as the final defense in the battle against the water—almost six miles long and considered a technical miracle. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

This morning, dock in Willemstad and join a Local Guide for a GUIDED WALK of this small historical town with well-preserved fortifications. One of the oldest buildings in town is the old gatehouse at the entrance of Willemstad, and as you walk around you will notice a wide variety of building styles. The town even has its own windmill towering high above the marina and in the very center of the seven pointed, star-shaped town, stands the Koepelkerk (Rounded Church). This afternoon, visit Kinderdijk, whose 19 windmills were built in 1740 as part of the water management system to help prevent floods. Visit a WINDMILL and learn how they played a vital role in the development of the country, becoming a symbol of Holland. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Enjoy a leisurely morning on board before an included excursion takes you to the gardens of KEUKENHOF near Lisse—over 70 acres of parkland with lakes, sculpture gardens, greenhouses, and a windmill to explore. Every year, 7 million flower bulbs are planted, and you have the chance to see the spectacular display of colors from the tulips, daffodils, crocuses, and more. If you’re a garden enthusiast, you may opt for an extended stay in Keukenhof, going in the morning, and lunching in the gardens on your own before rejoining the ship with the rest of the guests in the later afternoon. After May 26 when the Keukenhof Gardens are no longer open, a guided excursion takes you to the city of Delft. Most famous for its distinctive Delft Blue pottery, the city with its historic town center and canals was also home to the painter Johannes Vermeer. Join your local expert for a GUIDED WALK to see the City Hall, the Old Church, and hear the story of the “Delft Explosion.” (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Holland’s sophisticated, modern capital has a rich and fascinating history. This delightful 700-year-old city with its elegant and classic architecture, cafés, and restaurants has a distinct ambiance. The streets, squares, and canals—not to mention the bike paths throughout the city—make for a vibrant atmosphere, and with over 60 museums, Amsterdam has the highest museum density in the world. There is no better way to see Amsterdam than by CANAL BOAT, cruising through the elegant grachten lined with stately homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.” There’s free time this afternoon—your Cruise Director will have suggestions for things to do. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Your vacation ends after breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

*Price per person based on double occupancy, cabin is located on the Indigo Deck, category E and includes airfare from Montreal. Other inclusions as indicated under “Highlights” & “Meals” Price shown is for July 21 & July 28, 2016 sailings. Other dates available at various prices. Limited space available, additional conditions and restrictions may apply. Offer is Subject to change at any time. OPC Indemnity Fund fee at the rate of $1 per thousand dollars of travel products sold is additional.


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Ship Overview

Cruising on the Avalon Luminary is the ideal way to experience the majesty, extensive history and fascinating culture of some of Europe’s oldest cities along its legendary rivers. Built in 2010, the Avalon Luminary holds a maximum of just 138 passengers. Visit multiple countries and cities and unpack only once, so you spend your time experiencing and enjoying Europe rather than dealing with the logistics of travel. Enjoy a highly personalized cruise experience, spacious deluxe staterooms and suites, contemporary décor, and popular onboard amenities, including a large Sky Deck with whirlpool and Sky Bistro, lounge and a bar serving premium spirits, complimentary computer use in public areas and free Wi-Fi throughout the ship, Fitness Center with state-of-the-art equipment, hair salon, and elevator.

 

Ship Amenities

  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows
  • Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs
  • Sky Deck with shade awnings
  • Non-smoking interior
  • Elevator
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Outside viewing deck
  • Headsets for all guided shore excursions in Europe
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew
  • Sightseeing with Certified Local Guides
  • Cruise Director
  • Onboard lectures, activities & nightly entertainment
  • Revolutionary engineering
  • Room service for Continental breakfast & beverages (service fee applies)
  • Sky Deck whirlpool
  • Complimentary computer use in public areas
  • Fitness Center
  • Hair salon (manicures available)
  • Lounges and upscale bar serving premium spirits
  • Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees
  • Onboard movie nights
  • Biking excursions available in Amsterdam and Durnstein
  • Bicycles you can check out and use around many port towns for free
  • Avalon Choice cruising experience
  • Behind-the-scenes ship tour
  • Choice of Leisurely, Traditional or Independent sightseeing options
  • Use of Nordic walking sticks
  • Local Favorites onboard experiences with local chefs, entertainers, artisans & experts
  • English-speaking TV channels with over 100 free movie options
  • Onboard assistance is available to recommend, reserve and further personalize your cruise
  • Sky Deck game area
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Well-stocked library
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day
  • Selection of Local Favorites to bring the customs, cultures, and tastes of your destination to life