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Tulip Time Highlights for Garden and Nature Lovers

Designed to delve into nature’s highlights – this eight-day cruise passes through breathtaking scenery at ports across Holland and Belgium.

Along the way, guests embark on a variety of informative tours, attend expert-hosted lectures and traverse across picturesque natural scenes on a range of Classic, Active and Discovery Excursions.

After each day of adventuring, guests return to the revered Avalon Tranquility II, a vessel whose architecture was manufactured to promote peace and wellness for the duration of your journey.

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  • Cruise Line: Avalon Waterways
  • Ship: Avalon Tranquility II
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Departure: Apr - May
£3,678 pp
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Tulip Time Highlights for Garden and Nature Lovers Cruise Itinerary

Join this flattering itinerary designed to appeal to gardeners and nature lovers – visiting scenic ports across Holland and Belgium. Get in touch with nature on a range of picturesque cruising portions and Active Excursions (like hikes and bike rides) – as well as learning about local heritages and culture through guided tours and expert-hosted lectures.

Day 1

Arrive to Brussels (EMBARK)

Welcome to Belgium – board your ship before 5pm and spend the evening settling into your suite.

Day 2


Begin your day with one of two Discovery Excursions; either a scenic bike ride or visit to the Landscape Park Bulskampveld. You may also opt for a Classic sightseeing tour including a visit to St. Bavo’s Cathedral.
Alternatively, you may wish to opt for an Optional full-day guided excursion to Bruges.

Day 3


For today, guests embark on Discovery Excursions to the Flanders Field Museum in Ypres, followed by a visit through battlefields, cemeteries, memorials and private collections.
Enjoy the opportunity to experience the Last Post Ceremony.

Day 4

Middelburg / Veere

This morning, join a Classic guided walking tour through Middelburg before returning to the ship for lunch or join an Active bike ride from Middelburg to Veere.
Upon arrival to Veere, join a Classic Excursion to explore alongside a local guide. Later, back on-board, attend a lecture on botany hosted by a local expert.

Day 5

Kinderdijk / Rotterdam

Join an Active bike ride through the windmills of Kinderdijk or a Classic guided tour of the city to learn about its history. Reunite with your ship for a scenic cruise through Rotterdam harbour.
Later, experience Rotterdam on an Active bike ride, Discovery guided visit to the Floating Farm or Classic sightseeing tour of the city’s architecture.

Day 6

Zaandam / Haarlem

Today brings a half-day Classic guided tour of Keukenhof – known as the ‘Garden of Europe’.
Alternatively, enjoy some free time to explore Zaandam before reuniting with your ship for an afternoon cruise to Haarlem.
Upon arrival, bike along the beach with your adventure host, visit the Haarlem district and enjoy a lecture on botany.

Day 7


Make the most of your last full-day on an Active biking tour through the Dutch countryside, Classic guided canal cruise through Amsterdam’s waterways or Discovery Excursion to the secret gardens (usually closed to the public).

Day 8

Depart Amsterdam (DISEMBARK)

After breakfast, disembark from your ship and commence your return journey.

Tulip Time Highlights for Garden and Nature Lovers Cruise Ships

Avalon Tranquility II

Climb aboard to enjoy a peaceful stay in Avalon’s signature panorama suites, which are 30% larger than the industry standard, making them the perfect place to stretch out and enjoy the world at your feet, quite literally.

16 Staterooms
Spacious Bathrooms

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Tulip Time Highlights for Garden and Nature Lovers

  • Brussels (EMBARK)
  • Ghent
  • Bossuit
  • Middelburg / Veere
  • Kinderdijk / Rotterdam
  • Zaandam / Haarlem
  • Amsterdam
  • Amsterdam (DISEMBARK)
£3,678 pp Est. Price per person
  • Avalon Tranquility II

Tulip Time Highlights for Garden and Nature Lovers Cruise Review

“I booked this cruise as a birthday present for my mum – and she absolutely loved it! She said she learnt a lot about gardening from the lectures and she absolutely adored the Keukenhof Gardens like I knew she would.”

Laura Janson, Cheadle

Tulip Time Highlights for Garden and Nature Lovers FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

How many staff members are working aboard the Avalon Tranquility II?

The Avalon Tranquility II features a total of 47 working crew members.

What activities can I expect from my itinerary?

This Tulip Time Highlights for Garden and Nature Lovers itinerary features Classic Excursions (sightseeing tours and guided walks), Discovery Excursions (concerts and lectures) as well as ample free time for guests to explore independently.

Is there a reverse itinerary available?

No, this Tulip Time Highlights for Garden and Nature Lovers river cruise does not include a reverse itinerary.

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