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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 2022-2023

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
The Enchanting Rhine - From Zurich to Amsterdam$467912Dec 23, 2022After spending two nights in both Zurich and Lucerne, Switzerland, board the MS Amaprima on an exclusive 7-day Rhine River cruise through the …
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 …
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 …
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 …
West European Capitals$1021513Jun 18, 2022Savor the flavors and history of the dynamic and culturally diverse countries of Western Europe, as you travel up the Atlantic coast on an epic …
Rhine & Moselle Fairytales$644918Mar 29, 2022Join the MS Amaprima on this unique adventure starting with an 11-night cruise from Amsterdam to Zurich, followed by three magical nights in Zurich. …
Tulip Time Cruise - Cruise Only$23998Mar 20, 2022Cruise through The Netherlands & Belgium in the spring on this unique 8-day round-trip from Amsterdam aboard the MS Amalucia. Visit to a family-run …
Private Charter - Classic Cruise - Holland to Belgium Aboard La Nouvelle Etoile$650007May 15, 2022This exciting 7-day Holland and Belgium private cruise aboard La Nouvelle Etoile takes in the lovely towns of Delft, Willemstad, Antwerp, and Ghent …
Castles along the Rhine$29998Mar 20, 2022Cruise along the Rhine for an amazing 8 days with the exquisite S.S. Antoinette. The Rhine River has Germany on one side and France on the other. …
Captivating Rhine - Cruise Only$38998May 19, 2022Enjoy two days in Amsterdam, then embark on the MS Amalucia for an 8-day cruise from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland, exploring the fascinating towns …

10 Best Rhine River Cruises from Holland for 2022-2023

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
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 …
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 …
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, …
At The Heart Of Alsatian Traditions$10144Nov 26, 2022Join 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 …
Private Charter - Classic Cruise - Holland Aboard La Nouvelle Etoile$650007Apr 3, 2022From Zaandam to Harlem, the La Nouvelle Etoile sails through the Dutch villages of Ouderkerk, Gouda, Delft and Oude Wetering on its seven-day Classic …
Private Charter - Classic Cruise - Holland to Belgium Aboard La Nouvelle Etoile$650007May 15, 2022This exciting 7-day Holland and Belgium private cruise aboard La Nouvelle Etoile takes in the lovely towns of Delft, Willemstad, Antwerp, and Ghent …
Private Charter - European Classic Cruise - Holland Aboard Panache$549007Mar 27, 2022Discover the wonders of Holland during a 7-day private springtime cruise aboard Panache. Begin from Alkmaar to Delf, with stops in the fascinating …
Private Charter - Cruise on the Marne-Rhine Canal from Strasbourg to Lagarde Aboard MS Raymonde$23797Apr 2, 2022Join the MS Raymonde on a exceptional 7-day private barge cruise from Strasbourg to Lagarde, France along the Marne-Rhine Canal through the heart of …
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 to the picturesque destinations along two delightful canals. …
Private Charter - European Classic Cruise - Alsace & Lorraine Aboard Panache$549007Jul 10, 2022Panache’s 7-day voyage through Alsace & Lorraine allows you to appreciate the very best of the region. Pass through storybook villages along the …

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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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