Pride of Belgium - Brussels to Amsterdam

  • 9 Days

  • Belgium

Acquaint yourself with the charms of Amsterdam's canals, Rotterdam's busy harbour, and Namur's cosy medieval squares and streets. In Belgium there's a poignant excursion to the Battlefields of Ypres and Eastern Flanders, and guided visits to Ghent, Antwerp, and Maastricht.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a cruise director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Wine & beer with lunch and dinner
Excursions
Gratuities on cruise
All airport and port taxes
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

of 9 days

Your detailed itinerary

Cruise departing on 5th October 2017

Meals included: 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Overview

At a glance

Antwerp Visit the famous Grote Markt, lined with 16th-century houses and the Church of Our Lady, started in 1352 and featuring paintings by Rubens.
Ghent Enjoy guided sightseeing of the city and visit St. Baaf's Cathedral, home to the most important work in Flemish art.
Battlefields of Eastern Flanders A full day to explore the poignant World War I battlefields of Eastern Flanders.
Amsterdam canals Discover the treasures of this iconic city on a canal cruise along its elegant grachten.

Day 1

Brussels (Embarkation)

Welcome to Belgium seat of the European Union. This afternoon transfer by motorcoach to Namur, where your river cruise ship is docked. Meet your crew at an evening welcome reception (NOTE: Flights into Brussels must arrive by 3 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm)

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Namur

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 including a visit to a CHOCOLATE FACTORY. Alternatively you may prefer to take a full day excursion to the Ardennes region, including a visit to Bastogne.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Maastricht

This morning arrive in Maastricht, the bustling cosmopolitan capital of the province of Limburg. 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Eastern Flanders

A moving day today as you travel by motorcoach for a full day to view the WWI battlefields 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 north-eastern France. Today there are many thousands of war graves and commemorative memorials for the fallen of many nations along the line of the battlefields that formed The Western Front. It is close to here that John McCrae's famous poem "In Flanders fields the poppies blow…" is believed to have been written, and in many countries on every 11th November, poppies are worn in remembrance of Armistice Day.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Ghent

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Rotterdam

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 23 and May 7 departures). When Keukenhof Gardens are closed, (May 28 and October 5 departures) you may choose to take a guided excursion Delft

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Amsterdam (Disembarkation)

After breakfast this morning bid farewell to your crew. You will then be transferred to the Double Tree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station or similar. Then set off 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". This afternoon is free for your own exploration. Your Cruise Director will have suggestions of things to do.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Amsterdam

Your holiday ends after breakfast this morning.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Notes

Your ship

Avalon Artistry II

Intimate and innovative, Avalon Artistry II is an Avalon Suite Ship which accommodates 128 passengers. With two full decks of suites each with wall-to-wall panoramic windows that open to create unique open-air balconies. A contemporary ship designed with comfort in mind, Avalon Artistry II offers upgrades and enhancements throughout, impeccable personal service and attention to detail, as well as elegant dining and chic, minimalist decor. Every suite provides the very best in size, comfort, views and design, an impressive wall-to-wall panoramic window, and measures a spacious 200 square feet. Even the placement of the bed allows you to wake up each morning and retire to bed each evening facing the magnificent river views.

Amenities
  • Smoking
  • Adults only
  • Childrens facilities
  • Nursery
Ship facts
  • Style: Luxury
  • Class: Suite ship
  • Size: Boutique
  • Number of crew: 37
  • Number of cabins: 64
  • Number of wheelchair cabins: 0
  • Number of large cabins: 0
  • Capacity: 128 passengers
  • Main language on board: en
  • Currency on board: EUR
  • Number of decks: 4
  • Length (m): 110
  • Width (m): 11.45
  • Speed in knots: 13
  • Launch year: 2013
Available cabins on this cruise
Royal Suite

These suites feature a 6-person sitting area, bathrobes & slippers, choice of bed configuration, Comfort Collection Beds, complimentary Wi-Fi, double sinks, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel, hairdryer, in-room safe, L'Occitane bath products, marble countertops in bathroom, nightly turn-down service, soft and firm pillows, vanity, well-stocked minibar, alarm clock, bedside tables with reading lamps, coffee table, complimentary bottled water, direct-dial telephone, easy under-bed luggage storage, elegant, contemporary design, extra blankets, full shower with glass door, individual climate control, large mirror in bathroom, make-up mirror, memory foam mattress toppers, a sofa, spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage, wall-to-wall panoramic window with Open-Air Balcony®, and a writing desk.

Details

  • 300 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Panorama Suite

These suites feature a 6-person sitting area, bathrobes & slippers, choice of bed configuration, Comfort Collection Beds, complimentary Wi-Fi, easy under-bed luggage storage, elegant, a contemporary design, extra blankets, full shower with glass door, individual climate control, large mirror in bathroom, make-up mirror, memory foam mattress toppers, sofa, spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage, wall-to-wall panoramic window with Open-Air Balcony®, writing desk, alarm clock, bedside tables with reading lamps, coffee table, complimentary bottled water, direct-dial telephone, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel, hairdryer, in-room safe, L'Occitane bath products, marble countertops in bathroom, nightly turn-down service, soft and firm pillows, vanity and a well-stocked minibar.

Details

  • 200 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Deluxe Stateroom

These staterooms feature an alarm clock, bedside tables with reading lamps, Comfort Collection Beds, complimentary Wi-Fi, easy under-bed luggage storage, an elegant, contemporary design, extra blankets, full shower with glass door, individual climate control, large mirror in bathroom, memory foam mattress toppers, soft and firm pillows, two windows, well-stocked minibar, bathrobes & slippers, choice of bed configuration, complimentary bottled water, direct-dial telephone, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel, hairdryer, in-room safe, L'Occitane bath products, nightly turn-down service, spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage, vanity and a writing desk.

Details

  • 172 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Life onboard

Intimate and innovative, Avalon Artistry II is an Avalon Suite Ship which accommodates 128 passengers. With two full decks of suites each with wall-to-wall panoramic windows that open to create unique open-air balconies. A contemporary ship designed with comfort in mind, Avalon Artistry II offers upgrades and enhancements throughout, impeccable personal service and attention to detail, as well as elegant dining and chic, minimalist decor. Every suite provides the very best in size, comfort, views and design, an impressive wall-to-wall panoramic window, and measures a spacious 200 square feet. Even the placement of the bed allows you to wake up each morning and retire to bed each evening facing the magnificent river views.

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