Although is not a large country, having just a little over 16.000 square miles, Holland manage to boast 3.130 miles of waterways as well as the largest port in the entire world, Rotterdam. This complex network of waterways will make a river cruise tour very convenient as well as a comfortable way for anyone who wants to see the sights of what Holland has to offer – whimsical windmills, entire fields of blooming poppies or beautiful cities such as Haarlem, Maastricht or Amsterdam.
Tulips & Windmills – Viking River Cruises
Viking River Cruises, which is considered one of the best cruise lines for families in terms of river cruising, will provide a Tulips & Windmills ten-day cruise tour which will include 2 ports of call in Belgium and 8 ports of call in Holland. This cruise tour will start as well as end in Amsterdam, where you will be able to explore a canal boat trip or a cosmopolitan city on your own. The next destination in Hoorn, an old village very popular for its cheeses.
Spend the day after in Arnhem, where you will be able to visit the seventeenth-century summer residence of a Dutch royal family, as well as Nihmegen, an ancient city. You will also reach the community of Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed, where you can see its working windmills on the 5th day of the cruise tour; you will be then continuing to Antewerp, a Flemish capital. The 7th day will be dedicated to Ghent and Brugge, two Belgian cities. The final day of this cruise tour will feature Middleburg, a tour of Rotterdam as well as a tour of the Delta Works. On your way back to Amsterdam you will be stopping at Keykenhof Gardens, one of the largest floral parks in the entire world.
Viking River Cruises
(800) 304 9616
Tulip Time Cruise – Avalon Waterways
The Tulip Time Cruise is a 8-day round-trip cruise tour from Amsterdam provided by Avalon Waterways. After embarking on the river cruise in the evening, you will be spending a second day touring in Dordrecht and Arnhem with a quick trip included where you will be seeing the windmills of Kinderdijk. In the next port of call, Antwerp, you will be visiting various historic landmarks like the old city hall building and the Church of Our Lady, or you will be taking an optional trip to Brussels. You will be spending the 4th day in Ghent or you will be taking an optional excursion to Bruges. The day after will include various tours of Veere, the Delta Works project or Middleburg, then you will be continuing to Rotterdam where you will be enjoying a visit to Keukenhof Gardens. The final day will include a canal boat trip of Amsterdam and various excursions to the picturesque harbor of Volendam as well as the popular cheese-making town of Edam.
5301 South Federal Circle Littleton
(877) 797 8791
Holland & Belgium in Spring – Tauck World Discovery
The Holland & Belgium in Spring ten-day cruise tour will showcase the windmills, the colorful countryside and the sights of various major cities. Various destinations will include Amsterdam, where the actual cruise will begin, Valkhof, Antwerp as well as Brussels, which is the final port. This is a great cruise for kids as several highlights of the cruise tour will include tasting Dutch cheeses or Belgian chocolates; tour of a reconstructed nineteenth-century fishing village in Enkhuizen; admiring thousands of blooms in Keukenhof; or exploring over 1.400 historic, cultural buildings and monuments in the Old Town of Maastricht. Another important highlight is the culinary experience which is interactive at Chateau Neercanne, and which is followed by a gourmet lunch within a castle in a Roman grotto on the 7th day.
Tauck World Discovery
20 Norden Place Norwalk
(800) 788 7885