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Start your European river cruise in Holland where long-hulled riverboats allow you to sail in comfort and style through a network of canals and rivers. In Amsterdam, explore popular Dutch sites like the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, palaces, and windmills. In Middelburg, explore the city on foot or perhaps see the amazing Delta Works storm surge barrier, where 147-foot wide steel doors hallmark the genius Dutch engineering. Bicycle tours through Holland are a great way to explore the cities and countryside.The Rhine River empties into the sea at Amsterdam, where you can journey from Ijsselmeer Lake upriver through Germany to Switzerland. You can even sail the Danube River from Amsterdam to Eastern European classics like Vienna and  Budapest. Contact one of our European river cruise specialists for help planning your trip.

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10 Best Luxury Cruises to Holland for 2020

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Classic Cruise - Holland to Belgium$86307May 16, 2021Board an exciting 7-day cultural cruise aboard La Nouvelle Etoile as it sails from Holland crossing the border to Belgium to explore the world famous …
Rhine & Moselle Delights$579915Jul 20, 2021This 15-day Rhine & Moselle River cruise aboard MS Amaprima takes you from Zurich to Basel to Amsterdam, passing through Germany and France along the …
The Enchanting Rhine - From Zurich to Amsterdam$459912Mar 26, 2021After spending two nights in both Zurich and Lucerne, Switzerland, board the MS Amaprima on an exclusive 7-day Rhine River cruise through the …
The Enchanting Rhine$505912Oct 18, 2020Cruise from Basel to Amsterdam aboard the MS Amadante on this classic 12-day river cruise of the romantic Rhine. Start your adventure with 2 nights …
Windmills, Tulips, and Belgian Delights$38958Apr 14, 2021There’s something irrepressibly joyful about Europe in springtime, and nowhere more so than in beautiful Holland, where fields of tulips seem to …
Windmills, Tulips & Belgian Delights with Bruges$514511Apr 14, 2021Enjoy an amazing European river cruise aboard the Scenic Jade. Board your luxurious ship in Amsterdam and cruise toward Bruges, stopping in charming …
Windmills, Tulips & Belgian Delights with London$504511Apr 11, 2021There’s something irrepressibly joyful about Europe in springtime, and nowhere more so than in beautiful Holland, where fields of tulips seem to …
Windmills, Tulips & Belgian Delights with Bruges$614511Apr 19, 2021Board luxurious Scenic Jasper for this 11-day European cruise from lovely Amsterdam to magnificent Bruges for a 3-night stay.
Windmills, Tulips & Belgian Delights with London$604511Apr 16, 2021Start the trip by spending three nights exploring the best of London. Then sail along the Rhine River, visiting cities such as Antwerp, the diamond …
Captivating Rhine - Cruise Only$34998Oct 29, 2020Join the MS Amadante on an exclusive 8-day Rhine River cruise starting in the enchanting city of Amsterdam and traveling all the way to Basel. Along …

10 Best Rhine River Cruises from Holland

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Grand Tulip Cruise of Holland & Belgium$539815Mar 21, 2021Embark Avalon Imagery II for a 15-day Rhine River cruise of the beautiful and blooming fields in Holland and Belgium. Along the way you'll see …
Tulips & Windmills$389910Mar 24, 2021Those who wish to step back in time may visit historic villages and medieval city centers both in Netherlands and Belgium during this 10-day river …
Tulips & Windmills$419910Apr 1, 2021Embark on the River Princess in Amsterdam for 10 exciting days discovering the best of the Netherlands and Belgium.
From Berlin to Strasbourg$502418Oct 13, 2020Join a 18-day river cruise expedition along Germany and Holland, aboard the 100-passenger MS Mona Lisa. Sail from Berlin to Strasbourg, passing by …
Tulip Time in Holland & Belgium$26998Mar 21, 2021Embark on Avalon Imagery II as you start exploring the beautiful and blooming fields in Holland and Belgium. Cruise on this Rhine river visiting some …
Holland and the Romantic Rhine Valley$23297May 15, 2021On this 7-day cruise of the romantic Rhine River, visit quaint villages, beautiful gardens, lush vineyards and towering castles, all from the comfort …
Holland and the Romantic Rhine Valley$23517May 2, 2021Board the MS La Boheme for a 7-day river experience through the enchanting waterways of Holland. Sail along the romantic Rhine River making stops in …
Holland and the Romantic Rhine Valley$16727Apr 25, 2021Discover Amsterdam, the Keukenhof gardens, Cologne, Rüdesheim, and Heidelberg, on this 7-day cruise aboard the MS Leonard De Vinci. Fall in love …
Northern Europe: Holland and the Romantic Rhine Valley$20117Oct 11, 2020Join MS Victor Hugo on this 7-day journey sail the romantic Rhine River, passing through quaint villages, beautiful gardens, lush vineyards, and …
Holland and the Romantic Rhine Valley$19297Apr 6, 2021Board the MS Lafayette for a 7-day river experience through the enchanting waterways of Holland. Sail along the romantic Rhine River making stops in …

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What to see & do in the Netherlands

Adjacent to Germany and Belgium and right on the North Sea, the Netherlands provides a great window into the culture of central Europe.
  • The majority of our cruises depart from the country's capital, Amsterdam. This bustling city will acquaint you with the unique Dutch art, with a mix of museums and centuries-old architecture, reminiscent of the Golden Age of the 17th century.
  • Departing from Amsterdam, your cruise will take you to various cities around the country, like Hoorn, Enkhuizen, & Lemmer. Each one is home to a number of museums where Holland's history and culture is proudly displayed. One museum you might visit is the Dutch Cheese Museum. Later on, your cruise will take you to the Zuiderzee Museum or the D.F. Wouda Steam Pumping Station. 
  • Many cruises will also visit the cities of Utrecht and Nijmegen too.
  • If your cruise departs from nearby Rotterdam, then you will head down the Rhine River into neighboring countries, like Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, and Austria, just to name a few. 

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Netherlands FAQs

Why should I choose a river cruise?
River cruises are Europe's fastest growing travel trend, and it's not hard to figure out why. They are a great all-inclusive way to see all that a certain region of Europe has to offer. Unlike land-based tours that either only explore one or two cities around your hotel or require you to pack and unpack every day, cruises allow you to settle into your cabin at the beginning of the cruise and stay there until the end. Plus, cruises use the nights while you're sleeping or dining to cover the long distances, which means that you won't have to worry about wasting time on buses or trains and you can even see more destinations and visitor sites throughout the Netherlands and the surrounding countries.

What should I look for on a riverboat?
Riverboats are relatively new to the tour scene throughout Europe, so there aren't really any 5-star vessels yet. The main reason is the space constrictions of river vessels – they are specifically designed to navigate the rivers, which means they are smaller and usually have space for only one large dining area with a bar, a spacious panoramic sun deck, and comfortable cabins. Some of the more luxurious vessels do feature pools or Jacuzzis and perhaps even an exercise room. No matter which vessel you choose, we guarantee you will enjoy comfort, style, and a friendly captain & crew.

Should I get a room with a balcony?
You can but it's not necessary. Balcony rooms are generally considered the best of the cruise ships, but in the case of river cruises and smaller yachts, that's not always the case – while they do provide a nice quiet place to enjoy a cup of coffee or watch the sun set, they cost hundreds more, lose floorspace in the cabin, and pail in comparison to the tremendous views and social atmosphere provided by the sun deck. 

What is dining like?
Enjoy local cuisine prepared by expert chefs in the spacious dining rooms of your ship or river vessel.

Do Netherlands cruises ever visit destinations that aren't on the river or sea?
It's not uncommon to visit some sites in the Netherlands that aren't on the Rhine River or the coastal regions. While the major ports of all of the Netherlands cruises do host myriad activities to keep you busy and entertained, there are a few destinations on Holland cruises that are further from the water, which you will arrive to via luxury coach (already included in your ticket price).

Will my vessel have WiFi?
Not always. Some vessels do, some don't, but even those that do might not offer it for free and it might not be a consistent signal. You might be able to connect to WiFi hotspots in cities, but it's just as likely that you will spend several days without any connection at all.

What kind of power outlets are there? Will I need a converter?
Throughout Europe the electricity is 220v, whereas North America has 110v. While most devices can handle both voltages, you will need plug adapters to go from the standard two prong American plugs to either the three flat pronged British plugs or the standard two round prongs throughout Europe. Wrap tape around your adapters so that you don't forget them when you unplug your devices.

How can I save money on a river cruise?
Save money on a cruise by going through our promotions pages – either let us know which ones interest you or check back on the deals page for your destination periodically to find some of the best offers. Don't save money by getting a cheaper room because this can often negatively impact your experience. 

Are cruises in the Netherlands a good family vacation?
Absolutely! The Netherlands can be a fantastic family destination. Check out our family travel article for more information.

Do Americans and Canadians need a passport and visa to travel to the Netherlands?
All citizens of North America traveling to Europe need a passport that is valid for at least 6 months. In recent years, it has not been necessary to apply for a visa before traveling to Europe if you plan to stay less than three months, however, this situation may change in the future. See current European visa requirements.

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