We boarded our Avalon river cruise which was docked just 5 minutes from the Mövenpick hotel. We sailed on the Avalon Tranquility which can accommodate 130 passengers. We walked into our panoramic suite and were amazed by the floor to ceiling, wall to wall French balcony. What a great way to watch the scenery go by. After a leisurely lunch we took an optional excursion to Zaanse Schans where we saw windmills, cheese making and watched a wooden clog making demonstration. Then back to the ship for dinner and evening entertainment.
Our highlight the next day was our tour to the bulb farm where we saw tulips growing inside and outside. We learnt all about the lifecycle of the tulip and just what it takes to grow the world’s most beautiful flowers in land reclaimed from the sea. We also saw an amazing hyacinths field in full bloom.
We loved experiencing the Dutch culture as we wandered around the towns on guided walking tours which were included in our cruise. It was such a beautiful day in Kampen that we decided to take in the true dutch culture in the local square by sitting on a patio people watching and having a few beverages.
Stay tuned for more from our sailing onboard the Avalon Tranquility.
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