The Netherlands’ capital brings to mind canals and bicyclists peddling past tulip-filled flower-boxes. Dating from the 17th century, these waterways are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and flow around the roughly 900 islands that make up the city. This unique urban planning lends Amsterdam the sense of being a living, breathing work of art—and you’ll get to soak up the scenery on a canal cruise organized by Avalon. You’ll also have time to explore the city’s leading cultural institutions. The Rijksmuseum has a peerless collection of classical Dutch art; the Van Gogh Museum holds the world’s largest collection of the master’s art; and the Stedelijk is the city’s foremost modern art museum.