As winter in New York was breathing its last chilly breath, we hurried up spring a bit by embarking on Avalon Waterway’s “Tulip Time in Holland and Belgium” river cruise. In March, we set sail for a stellar week of historic sights, fascinating tours, delicious food and outstanding accommodations.
We have sailed on a few European river cruises in the past and Avalon’s “Tulip Time” cruise was always on the top of my “to sail” list. I’m always looking for an easy start and end to our vacations and due to flying from JFK, this cruise checked that box off. Delta flies nonstop to Amsterdam as well as non-stop home from Brussels, thus making our flight arrangements very easy.
Tulips in Holland are in bloom for less than 2 months a year from mid-late March to early May, and what a magical time it is! The actual timing is weather dependent, so if tulip viewing is #1 on your vacation list, book your cruise in April to be safe.
We embarked on Avalon’s “Imagery II” in Amsterdam and were wowed by the subtle beauty of the décor and the incredibly warm greeting we received from the staff. Holding only 128 passengers and 37 crew, there were never lines for anything. By day two everyone was familiar, and the ship felt like home.
Our week’s ports were three cities in Holland and three cities in Belgium. Avalon includes a choice of 2 or 3 guided tours each day. They offer Active, Classic or Discovery along with optional ones you can purchase if you like.
Sailing on a river cruise is one of the most relaxing vacations you can take as all the planning is done for you. Avalon includes a daily complimentary shore excursion, complimentary wine, beer and soda at lunch, dinner and happy hour and free WiFi.
You unpack only once and enjoy your spacious cabin for the week as your ship sails onto the next port and your next adventure.
For information and booking click on www.avalonwaterways.com