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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.

10 Best Dutch River Cruises for 2019

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10 Best Luxury Cruises to Holland for 2019

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Classic Cruise - Holland to Belgium$86307May 17, 2020Join an exciting 7-day cruise aboard La Nouvelle Etoile as it sails from Holland crossing the border to Belgium exploring the world famous gardens, …
Tulip Time Cruise$335910Mar 18, 2020On this 10-day cruise aboard the MS Amaserena, sail along the charming waterways of Belgium and the Netherlands. Depart from Amsterdam on a roundtrip …
Tulip Time$345910Mar 20, 2020Cruise along the charming waterways of Belgium and Netherlands aboard the spacious and comfortable MS Amaprima, a vessel designed to enhance your …
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 …
Rhine & Moselle Delights$615915Oct 19, 2019This 15-day Rhine & Moselle River cruise takes you from Zurich to Basel to Amsterdam, passing through Germany and France along the way. Hike and bike …
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 …
Magnificent Europe - Cruise Only$679915May 3, 2020Board the MS Amaprima for an epic 15-day cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest through the heart of Europe and across the Continental Divide. Cruise from …
Tulip Time Cruise - Cruise Only$26998Mar 20, 2020Sail across the Netherlands & Belgium aboard the MS Amaserena on this 8-day voyage starting and ending in the city of Amsterdam. Visit a family-run …
Tulip Time Cruise$345910Mar 21, 2020Join the MS Amakristina on this wonderful adventure sailing across some of Europe's most magical landscapes. Explore the historical city of Amsterdam …
Tulips & Windmills: Amsterdam Roundtrip$31998Mar 27, 2020Cruise the inland waters of the Netherlands and Belgium to discover the land of windmills, tulips, and wooden shoes; marvel at the spectacular modern …

10 Best Rhine River Cruises from Holland

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Northern Europe: Holland and the Romantic Rhine Valley$15747Oct 17, 2019Join the 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$20117Apr 19, 2020Discover Amsterdam, the Keukenhof gardens, Cologne, Rüdesheim, and Heidelberg, on this 7-day cruise aboard the MS Leonard De Vinci. Fall in love …
Holland and the Romantic Rhine Valley$17907Oct 23, 2019On this 7-day river cruise of the romantic Rhine aboard the MS Douce, pass through quaint villages, beautiful gardens, lush vineyards and towering …
Picturesque Holland and the magnificent valley of the romantic Rhine$25908Sep 19, 2019Embark the MS Gérard Schmitter for an 8-day cruise along the romantic Rhine River. Experience the best of Northern Europe as you enjoy this …
Through the Netherlands, Belgium and the Romantic Rhine Valley$276612Oct 22, 2019Discover the hidden treasures of North on this 12-day cruise aboard MS Mona Lisa starting from Brussels and sail all the way to Strasbourg. Travel to …
Holland and the Romantic Rhine Valley$22977Apr 20, 2020Board the MS Lafayette 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$20117Apr 26, 2020Board 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$22617Apr 30, 2020Explore the rich shores of the charming Rhine River, the longest and most important river in Europe. in this 7-day cruise from Amsterdam to …
Holland and the Romantic Rhine Valley$20117May 4, 2020Board the MS Beethoven 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$15757Oct 27, 2019Explore the scenic Rhine River on this 7-day cruise from Amsterdam to Strasbourg aboard the aptly named MS Mona Lisa. Visit Holland and Germany's …

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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. 
  • 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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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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