Avalon Introduces Two New ‘Tulip Time’ Cruises for 2020

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Avalon Waterways has announced that it is unveiling five ‘Tulip Time’ cruises in 2020 – including three new itineraries – that explore the Netherlands and Belgium during the colourful spring season.


“Every year, the fields of Holland transform into a colourful wonderland of beauty,” said Pam Hoffee, managing director of Avalon Waterways. “It’s a spectacle every world traveller should try to witness up-close, at least once. And in 2020, we’re giving our guests more opportunities to marvel at the beauty of those seven million blooms.”


In 2020, the river cruise line is unveiling a new eight-day Tulip Time in Holland & Belgium, new eight-day Tulip Time Highlights and 15-day Grand Tulip Cruise of Holland & Belgium itineraries


The eight-day Tulip Time in Holland & Belgium itinerary begins in Amsterdam and ends in Brussels with opportunities to bike the river banks of Arnhem, take a guided walk through a mill and bake a local pie called a vlaai, spend time admiring ancient architecture in Namur, stroll through the rstreets of the “Fiery City” of Liége, visit the Grote Markt in Antwerp, and meander along the Lower Town Streets of Brussels. 


The new eight-day Tulip Time Highlights river cruise begins in Brussels with opportunities to explore Ghent or Bruges, take a guided walk of the Delta Works, time spent in Rotterdam and Zaandam, the tulips in Haarlem and ends in Amsterdam.


The 15-day Grand Tulip Time Cruise of Holland & Belgium combines both new cruise itineraries. Other tulip-focused itineraries include eight-day Tulip Time Cruise and Tulips of Northern Holland itineraries.


Also in 2020, using Avalon’s new Your Way options, travellers can choose to add on land exploration to the start or end of their cruise with three options: An Avalon Waterways land extension; a Monograms independent vacation package or a Globus escorted touring vacation.  Both Monograms and Globus are sister companies to Avalon, ensuring a seamless transition between the cruise and the pre- or post-tour.


“With our new Your Way program, we’re making it easier for travellers to extend their river cruise vacation with land itineraries that are perfectly suited to their preferences and budget,” said Hoffee.  “In addition, with our exclusive onboard Avalon Choice on each and every river cruise itinerary, our guests have their pick of the widest array of included excursions, from classic sightseeing to immersive discoveries and active adventures.”

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