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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

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Classic Cruise - Holland to Belgium$86307May 15, 2022Board an exciting 7-day cultural cruise aboard La Nouvelle Etoile as it cruises from Holland crossing the border to Belgium to explore the world …
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The Enchanting Rhine - From Zurich to Amsterdam$499912Dec 24, 2021After spending two nights in both Zurich and Lucerne, Switzerland, board the MS Amaprima on an exclusive 7-day Rhine River cruise through the …
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Rhine & Moselle Delights$579915Nov 23, 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 …
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Windmills, Tulips & Belgian Delights with London$569511Apr 3, 2022There’s something irrepressibly joyful about Europe in springtime, and nowhere more so than in beautiful Holland, where fields of tulips seem to …
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Windmills, Tulips & Belgian Delights with Bruges$517511Apr 13, 2022Enjoy an amazing 11-day European river cruise aboard the Scenic Jade. Board your luxurious ship in Amsterdam and cruise toward Bruges, stopping in …
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Joyful Holidays on the Rhine: Amsterdam Roundtrip$604911Dec 23, 2021Join the Crystal Debussy for an unforgettable 11-day Amsterdam Roundtrip Holiday Cruise. ​from Cologne’s soaring cathedral and Strasbourg’s …
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Amsterdam Roundtrip: Christmas and New Year$574910Dec 24, 2022Ring in the New Year in atmospheric Amsterdam as you join the Crystal Bach for an unforgettable 10-day Rhine river cruise. Immerse yourself in the …
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Rhine & Moselle Fairytales - Cruise Only$409912Nov 16, 2021Board the MS Amaprima for an 11-night cruise from Amsterdam to Zurich. Enjoy an extensive lineup of included tours and in many cases, choose between …
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Rhine Christmas Markets$40458Dec 13, 2021Begin this magical 8-day Rhine River cruise in Basel as you explore Christmas Markets along the Rhine River all the way to Amsterdam. Enjoy the …
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Christmas Markets on the Rhine - Cruise Only$30998Dec 7, 2021Enjoy a 7-night cruise from Amsterdam to Basel aboard the MS Amaprima. As you sail the Rhine River, visit classic Christmas markets, bike along …
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10 Best Rhine River Cruises from Holland

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
European Classic Cruise - Holland$59607Mar 27, 2022See the wonders of Holland on this 7-day cruise aboard Panache. Enjoy a scenery of flowers, windmills and traditional houses while cruising through …
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Classic Cruise - Holland to Belgium$86307May 15, 2022Board an exciting 7-day cultural cruise aboard La Nouvelle Etoile as it cruises from Holland crossing the border to Belgium to explore the world …
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Classic Cruise - Holland$86307Apr 3, 2022This 7-day cruise aboard La Nouvelle Etoile travels through the most beautiful regions of Holland, where you will see historical structures, …
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At The Heart Of Alsatian Traditions$10144Nov 21, 2021Join Madeleine on a 4-day magical river cruise, sailing to the villages following the wine route on a magical voyage in the heart of Alsatian …
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Classic Cruise – Germany & Luxembourg$86307Aug 28, 2022Explore Germany & Luxembourg on this 7-day cruise aboard La Nouvelle Etoile where you will travel to the picturesque destinations along two …
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European Classic Cruise - Alsace & Lorraine$56507Oct 24, 2021Discover the beautiful storybook castles and picturesque villages of Alsace-Lorraine aboard the luxury hotel barge Panache on a wonderful 7-day trip …
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Private Charter - Classic Cruise - Germany & Luxembourg Aboard La Nouvelle Etoile$650007Aug 28, 2022Explore Germany & Luxembourg on this 7-day private cruise aboard La Nouvelle Etoile where you will travel to the picturesque destinations along two …
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Private Charter - Classic Cruise - Holland Aboard La Nouvelle Etoile$650007Apr 3, 2022Join an exciting 7-day private cruise aboard La Nouvelle Etoile as it sails through beautiful regions of Holland, where you will see historical …
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Private Charter - Classic Cruise - Holland to Belgium Aboard La Nouvelle Etoile$650007May 15, 2022Join an exciting 7-day private cruise aboard La Nouvelle Etoile as it sails from Holland crossing the border to Belgium exploring the world famous …
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Private Charter - European Classic Cruise - Alsace & Lorraine Aboard Panache$549007Oct 24, 2021Board the luxury hotel barge Panache on a wonderful 7-day private trip to the eastern part of France and discover the beautiful storybook castles and …
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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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