Our Journeys

Dutch & Belgian Discovery

River Cruise
16 Days
$10,990 CAD
All inclusive from, per guest, double occupancy.
Current Date Selected

April 15 to 30, 2023

River Cruise
16 Days
$10,990 CAD
All inclusive from, per guest, double occupancy.
Current Date Selected

April 15 to 30, 2023

Journey Highlights

Sail through the rivers of time on a Journey through the Netherlands and Belgium. From soaring medieval cathedrals that scrape the sky to the haunting relics of World Wars, bear witness to cities unchanged by the passage of centuries, and pay homage to those who passed before. At every stop of this Journey, from the largest fl ower garden in the world at Keukenhof Gardens to the extraordinary Grand Place in Brussels city center, beauty and history are ever-present.

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Kinderdijk, the Netherlands

Kinderdijk, the Netherlands

Stand in awe while learning about the national symbol of Holland. Used for flood prevention and water management, 19 outstanding windmills were built in Kinderdijk, playing a vital role in the Netherlands’ history.

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Cruise along the heart and soul of the Netherlands. Boasting an iconic and elaborate canal system, stunning artistic heritage, adoring narrow houses with gabled facades, Amsterdam blends old-world charm with modern luxuries. Go for a walk, wandering in and out of world-famous cafes and cheese shops.

Flanders Fields, Belgium

Flanders Fields, Belgium

A vivid symbol of remembrance graze through a field of poppies when visiting the famed Flanders fields. Find yourself reciting favourite lines from the renowned poem “In Flanders Fields,” as you are surrounded by historic memorials.

It touched me very much that we laid flowers and placed Canadian flags at the graves at the war cemetery in Adegem, Belgium.

— Mr. & Mrs. Lammers from Burlington, ON

Keukenhof Gardens

Keukenhof Gardens

Spend time at the most beautiful tulip garden in all of Europe and the largest garden in the world. With over seven million gorgeous flower bulbs planted and blooming annually across 32 hectares, Keukenhof Gardens is an invigorating display of colour and nature that is too perfect for words: you have to see it for yourself.

Brussels, Belgium

Brussels, Belgium

Venture into the most beautiful market square and a centre of international politics while visiting Brussels. Amble through quaint corridors on your way to the Grand Place, where the opulence and rich Baroque decor surrounds you. The energy is palpable, and it is easy to forget you are not back in the 10th century.

Bruges, Belgium

Bruges, Belgium

With a history dating back 2000 years, the captivating city of Bruges is like stepping back in time. Cruise right into the heart of the oval-shaped city centre of Bruges, Belgium’s most beautiful jewel. Admire market squares lined by splendid churches, whitewashed houses, and soaring towers, including the iconic Belfry of Bruges. A medieval fairytale, the city is filled with gothic charm.

Thanks very much to Glee & Heleen for all of their guidance, leadership & organization. We felt well taken care of.

— Mr. & Mrs. McKee from Kitchener, ON

Journey Map

Journey Map

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Journey Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1

DEPART FOR AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS

Start your Journey with us by enjoying a private car pick up service from your home. Upon arrival at the airport, guests departing from the Toronto airport are assisted with their checkin. Meet your Journey Manager and fellow guests, and board your flights to Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Our Journey Manager travels with you to take care of all the details, allowing you to embrace your Journey.

Overnight: Flight
Meals:  
Day 2

WELCOME TO AMSTERDAM

Known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system, energetic nightlife and narrow houses with gabled facades, Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ mandated capital. After arriving in Amsterdam, we will enjoy a short drive through the city. After a light lunch, we will transfer to the port to board the Avalon Tranquility II, your elegant home for the next 14 days. This evening, savour the captain’s welcome reception, followed by a welcome dinner.

Overnight: Avalon Tranquility II
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Day 3

NIJMEGEN

This morning following a short drive from Nijmegen, our day begins in Arnhem. Visit the Airborne Museum of Hartstein commemorating the 1944 WWII Battle of Arnhem. We return to Nijmegen where we enjoy lunch onboard. In the afternoon, enjoy free time at your leisure exploring the oldest town in the Netherlands: Nijmegen. Enjoy dinner as we set sail for Maastrict.

Overnight: Avalon Tranquility II
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4

MAASTRICHT

Maastricht is a vibrant city with a deep history and culture. We arrive just before lunch and embark on a guided walking tour of this enchanting city with a cobbled old town and medieval-era architecture. Maastricht offers new surprises around every corner including the Gothic-style church Sint Janskerk, and the Romanesque Basilica of St. Servatius, which houses a significant collection of religious art. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure to explore this one-of-a-kind city. This evening, we enjoy live entertainment on board as we sail overnight to Namur, Belgium.

Overnight: Avalon Tranquility II
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5

NAMUR, BELGIUM

In Namur, a thriving modern university sits in the shadow of one of Europe’s mightiest fortresses in a dramatic symbol of Belgium itself. The city is now a university town with a vibrant student population. Experience this balance firsthand as we visit the great citadel’s underground tunnels before emerging to tour its bustling old town. Following lunch, enjoy some free time in the afternoon and after dinner to stroll and explore Namur’s cobblestone lanes, home to sunny cafés and bookshops. Ancient yet new, grand yet welcoming, Namur truly is a city like no other.

Overnight: Avalon Tranquility II
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6

LIÈGE

Liège is the economic and cultural center of the Wallonia region. No city encapsulates the free-spirited citizens of Belgium quite like Liège. We take a guided tour of the “Fiery City” of Liège with its beautiful ancient quarters, peculiar alleys, and romantic streets. Then we visit Fort De Loncin, built as part of the Fortifications of Liège in the late 19th century in Belgium and destroyed during World War I. After lunch on the boat, enjoy some free time before sailing in the evening and overnight towards Antwerp.

Overnight: Avalon Tranquility II
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7

ANTWERP

We embark on a morning walking tour of Antwerp, where our local guides will share this beautiful city with us, to discover the works of Peter Paul Rubens and the Cathedral of Our Lady. Sitting on the River Scheldt, Antwerp is Belgium’s biggest port and second-largest city after Brussels. During our visit wander down the cobbled lanes lined by cozy cafés and quaint bars. As we return to our boat for lunch, we will set sail for Brussels. Enjoy an evening cocktail as you savour the sights of the river Scheldt.

Overnight: Avalon Tranquility II
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8

BRUSSELS

Today, we tour Brussels, an ancient yet modern city. We take a walking tour through the quaint avenues of Belgium’s capital to the ‘Grand Place.’Surrounded by opulent guild halls and anchored by the magnificent City Hall and the spectacular Maison du Roi (the “King’s House”), this UNESCO World Heritage Site is known for its aesthetic wealth. We will be docked in Brussels for the next 36 hours, so take the opportunity to sample Brussels hearty cuisine and famous beer.

Overnight: Avalon Tranquility II
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9

BRUGES

Belgium’s most beautiful jewel, Bruges is known for winding canals, cobbled streets, and medieval buildings. Its oval-shaped, historic city centre features several market squares lined by splendid churches, whitewashed houses, and soaring towers including the iconic Belfry of Bruges, a medieval bell tower overlooking Market Square.

Journeys Exclusive Excursion – Bruges City Tour

Join us on a Journeys by Van Dyke exclusive excursion to Bruges – Belgium’s most beautiful jewel. Our all-day excursion includes a guided walking tour as well as a boat cruise through the beautiful canals of one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval cities. Following some free time to enjoy lunch in the Market Square, we will make a stop at the Adegem Canadian War Cemetery before returning to the ship.

Overnight: Avalon Tranquility II
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10

GHENT

Ghent, “The Diamond of Flanders,” is one of the country’s most entrancing cities. Our morning tour of the city will take us to St. Bavo’s Cathedral, which houses an impressive number of art treasures including the baroque high altar in white, black and red flamed marble, a major work by Rubens, the ‘Calvary Triptych’, tombs of the Ghent bishops, and the world-famous Adoration of the Mystic Lamb painted by Hubert and Jan van Eyck. Lunch will be on board, before an evening of live entertainment as we cruise to Bossuit.

Overnight: Avalon Tranquility II
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11

FLANDERS FIELD

During the First World War, Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae penned a poem in the midst of rows of poppies in Flanders field. The poppies in his poem are used today as vivid symbols of remembrance and new growth amidst the devastation of war. It is amidst poppies that our full-day is spent in Ypres. Beginning with the museum in Ypres, we learn about the invasion of Belgium and the permanent remembrance ever since. Then we visit the battlefields, cemeteries, memorials and private collections. We will enjoy a light supper, before we take part in the Last Post Ceremony. Taking place every evening under the imposing arches of the Menin Gate, the town of Ypres gathers for the sounding of the Last Post bugle call. We cruise overnight to Middelburg.

Overnight: Avalon Tranquility II
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12

MIDDELBURG & VEERE, THE NETHERLANDS

Middelburg, the capital of Zeeland, boasts one of Europe’s most beautiful town halls. A monumental town, an important city during the colonial times, overflows with a wealth of historical buildings and monuments reflective of those golden times. Later, enjoy a scenic cruise to Veere, a picture-perfect town with a busy yacht harbour, arriving in time to explore with a walking tour of this former fishing village which dates back to the early 16th century. From Veere we will visit the Delta Works. The largest flood-protection system in the world, it remains one of the “Seven Wonders of the Modern World.”

Overnight: Avalon Tranquility II
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13

KINDERDIJK & ROTTERDAM

The windmill is a national symbol in Holland, and today we learn why as we tour Kinderdijk, the site of 19 windmills built in 1740. Following lunch, we will enjoy a tour of Rotterdam, the Netherlands’ second-largest metropolis and Europe’s busiest port. Nearly levelled during World War II, Rotterdam now stands as a beacon of resilience, with its rebuilt architecture and diverse cultures marking it as a unique, modern metropolis. Today, Rotterdam is known for its lively cultural life, top-class museums, and diverse, multi-ethnic community – truly a 21st century city.

Overnight: Avalon Tranquility II
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 14

KEUKENHOF GARDENS & HAARLEM

Marvel 32 hectares of Europe’s most beautiful tulip garden. After we visit Haarlem, a major flower-growing district outside Amsterdam.

Journeys Exclusive Excursion – Keukenhof Gardens

This morning, we visit the most beautiful tulip garden in Europe – Keukenhof. With over seven million flower bulbs planted and blooming annually over 32 hectares, this splendid floral display is one of the world’s largest flower gardens. On our return to the ship, we enjoy lunch, before an afternoon visit of Haarlem, a major flower bulb growing district outside of Amsterdam. Following our return on board, delight in an evening of river cruising as we return to Amsterdam.

Overnight: Avalon Tranquility II
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 15

AMSTERDAM

Floating down Amsterdam’s canals is one of the most memorable ways to discover the city’s sights and attractions. Everything in Amsterdam seems a bit more magical when viewed from a boat. We explore Amsterdam’s UNESCO protected canal ring before returning to the ship for lunch, and an afternoon of free time to enjoy your final moments of our time in Amsterdam. This evening on board, join your fellow guests and toast to your Captain and crew at our farewell dinner.

Overnight: Avalon Tranquility II
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 16

FAREWELL

Today we bid “tot ziens” to our new friends and make our way to the airport for our flight home. Enjoy our private car to your home. (B)

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Signature Inclusions on This Journey

THE JOURNEYS DIFFERENCE

In addition to our essentials, your Journey includes our following Signature Inclusions:

24/7 Professional Journey Manager
  • Will travel with you from Canada and handle every detail
  • In addition to knowledgeable local guides

 

Memorable Private Excursions
  • Private excursions crafted by our team
  • All sightseeing & entrance fees included

 

Private Car Pick-up Service
  • Within a 200-kilometre radius, let your Journey begin in elegant comfort with a private chauffeured car to the airport

 

Generous Tips & Gratuities
  • For the porters, local guides, hotel staff & many more, paid by us on your behalf

 

Our essentials included with your Journey:

  • 14 nights on the Avalon Tranquility II
  • All meals included (14 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 14 dinners)
  • Wine, beer & soft drinks with lunch & dinner on board
  • Round-trip airfare from Toronto with Air Canada
  • All taxes as well as port & service charges
  • “Whisper” radios included for use during excursions
  • Flights from select Canadian gateways for only $100
  • Other gateways & travel classes available
  • Porterage for one piece of luggage per person
  • Hassel-free visas handled & processed for Canadian citizens
  • Complete information & assistance leading up to your departure
  • Branded overnight carry-on or backpack

Discover the Avalon Tranquility II

Sailing along the Dutch and Belgian waterways, explore all the beautiful ports and harbours of The Netherlands on a beautiful ship catering to 128 pampered guests.
Ease into deep relaxation on the expansive Observation Deck equipped with premium lounge chairs and a shade system. There are even fun deck games to play!
Savour alternative light dining options in the Panorama Bistro or al fresco grill lunch at the Sky Bistro.
April 15 to 30, 2023

Fares & Staterooms

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E — Deluxe
Stateroom

172 sqft

The Deluxe stateroom offers the perfect place to relax after a day of exploring the finest sights in Europe. Atop your Comfort Collection bed with Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, you are sure to find bliss.

  • Choice of double or twin bed configuration
  • Luxurious mattress toppers & European-style duvets
  • L’Occitane bath products along with bathrobes & slippers
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Flatscreen television with satellite service
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Individual climate control

D — Deluxe
Stateroom

172 sqft

The Deluxe stateroom offers the perfect place to relax after a day of exploring the finest sights in Europe. Atop your Comfort Collection bed with Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, you are sure to find bliss.

  • Choice of double or twin bed configuration
  • Luxurious mattress toppers & European-style duvets
  • L’Occitane bath products along with bathrobes & slippers
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Flatscreen television with satellite service
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Individual climate control

B — Panorama
Suite

200 sqft

The Panorama suite offers uncompromised views of the rivers and sights of Europe. Atop your Comfort Collection bed or sitting area, enjoy watching the world move by through your retractable, wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling panorama window.

  • Choice of double or twin bed configuration
  • Luxurious mattress toppers & European-style duvets
  • L’Occitane bath products along with bathrobes & slippers
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Flatscreen television with satellite service
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Individual climate control

P — Panorama
Suite

200 sqft

The Panorama suite offers uncompromised views of the rivers and sights of Europe. Atop your Comfort Collection bed or sitting area, enjoy watching the world move by through your retractable, wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling panorama window.

  • Choice of double or twin bed configuration
  • Luxurious mattress toppers & European-style duvets
  • L’Occitane bath products along with bathrobes & slippers
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Flatscreen television with satellite service
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Individual climate control

Prices are per guest in CAD, all taxes included.

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