Heart of Holland Cruise & Keukenhof Gardens 2019

Dutch Waterways | Netherlands, Europe

8 days
per person
  • Medemblik
  • Keukenhof Gardens
  • Holland Waterways
  • Rotterdam
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Note that there may be small differences between our general Itinerary for this cruise and a specific departure. To view departure specific itineraries please go to the Dates and Prices tab and click "View Itinerary" on a specific departure.

Heart of Holland Cruise & Keukenhof Gardens

Join us on this new exclusive itinerary from our Captain Wido as we explore his home country. Discover authentic Holland and experience traditional towns, charming countryside, iconic windmills and floral masterpieces on this cruise. Starting in Deventer we follow the rivers and canals to discover classical Holland, including the quaint fishing town of Medemblik, Zansche Schanns with its iconic windmills and green wooden houses, the picture perfect green heart of holland at Nieuwe Meersluis and the sensational Keukenhof Gardens.

Day 1: UK – Arnhem
We travel to Arnhem and enjoy a relaxing evening onboard our ship.

Day 2: Deventer
Spend the morning relaxing as we sail towards Deventer, one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands full of old world charm with beautiful monuments and natural surroundings along the river Ijssel. Explore at your own pace or join our optional guided walking tour of the city.

Day 3: Urk - Medemblik
During breakfast we set sail for Urk. On arrival there is plenty of time for you to explore this quaint, centuries-old, fishing village with its winding labyrinth of alleyways known locally as ginkies. We rejoin our ship and set sail toward Medemblik where you can join our optional excursion to the tastiest museum in the Netherlands, the Medemblik Bakery to see demonstrations of its old fashioned bread making.

Day 4: Zaandam
Another morning of cruising takes us to Alkmaar, where we have a short stop around midday. Continue to relax and take in the views as the afternoons sailing takes us past Zansche Schanns with its historic windmills and distinctive green wooden houses before our arrival in Zaandam. The rest of your day is then free to explore.

Day 5: Nieuwe Meersluis - Gouda
Nieuwe Meersluis is a beautiful, picture-book part of Holland known as ‘the green heart of the Netherlands’ where development has been kept at bay by its wetland and marshes. Enjoy life onboard as we sail past low-lying peat meadows with grazing cattle, vast polders under the skies and pretty villages with monumental farmhouses. In the mid-afternoon we dock in the ‘cheese town’ of Gouda.

Day 6: Keukenhof Gardens - Rotterdam
Today’s optional excursion takes us to Keukenhof Gardens, known as ‘the garden of Europe’, one of the world’s largest flower gardens. Here you will experience a scenic park awash with the sight and scent of blossoming flowers and dotted with delightful statues and works of art. We rejoin our ship in Rotterdam for a relaxing evening onboard.

Day 7: Rotterdam – Dordrecht
This morning we sail from Rotterdam to Dordrecht, where we arrive at lunchtime. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure exploring this ancient Dutch city, full of museums, pretty courtyards and medieval churches.

Day 8: Dordrecht - UK
We bid farewell to the captain and his crew after breakfast and disembark for the return journey to the UK.


• Be part of this exclusive tour of the Netherlands, mapped by Captain Wido himself

• Discover classic Holland and its quaint fishing towns, iconic windmills and beautiful scenery

• Take a trip to the Medemblik bakery and witness old fashioned bread making

• Sit back and relax as Captain Wido introduces you to his homeland

• Explore beautiful Keukenhof Gardens, one of the world’s largest flower gardens


We offer a number of flexible travel options for you to join your cruise, whether you want to travel to the port of departure or directly to the ship. Please see below:

Coach via Dover

On many of our cruises you can take advantage of our convenient and FREE regional coach departures aboard our modern executive coaches from a town or city near you to the port of departure and onwards to meet the ship.

Ferry crossing at Dover

When you travel by coach or car, you will join a ferry at Dover, Hull or Newcastle, depending on your chosen cruise, and cross over to Europe. Our coach will then take you to meet our ship at the embarkation point as shown in the cruise itinerary. Hull and Newcastle crossings take place overnight, adding 2 days to the cruise duration.

Overnight hotel in Dover or Ashford

Travel at your own pace, in the comfort of your own vehicle and stay overnight at Dover or Ashford, in accommodation close to the port of departure and be collected/returned by our coach. Prices start from £55 per night on a bed and breakfast basis and include parking for one vehicle for the duration of your cruise.

Eurostar from London St Pancras

Enjoy the benefits of rail travel – boarding at London St Pancras International, you will be whisked effortlessly along by Eurostar whilst relaxing in your reserved seat. You have the freedom to stretch your legs whenever the mood takes you and purchase drinks and snacks from the buffet carriage.

Meet at your cruise ship

Make your own travel arrangements at your convenience to join your selected cruise, simply board your cruise ship at the embarkation point.

Dates and pricing

The details below show the travel options, pricing and the available departure dates for this itinerary. If you have any questions about this cruise please do not hesitate to call our Holiday Advisors.


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Enhance your holiday experience with a range of optional and included excursions that allow you to discover the history of our ports of call, experience the tradition of local regions and explore further afield. They’re the perfect complement to your cruise itinerary, but they are subject to availability so we recommend you book early!

Deventer guided tour


Along the river Ijssel is the very historical city of Deventer. The old town still contains lots of medieval buildings, along our way we will see the Saint Lebuinus Church, see Deventer version of the leaning tower of Pisa, where the Waag leans over and see the bridge where the film ‘a bridge to far’ was shot.

Medemblik bakery


Join our coach as we travel across the IJsselmeer causeway to reach the quaint harbour town of Medemblik. Here, in an Edwardian shop on the main street, we find the tastiest museum in the Netherlands – the Old Bakery. It houses a fascinating collection of anything and everything to do with baking, and you can also watch the demonstrations and enjoy delicious baked goodies.

Rotterdam Skyline

Rotterdam skyline


Paris has the Eiffel Tower, Brussels has the Atomium and Rotterdam has the Euromast! Take the superfast lift up to the viewing platform and enjoy the view – you can see as far as The Hague and Antwerp on a clear day.

Excursion Package

Excursion Package Price


Don't miss a thing by booking our special excursion package which includes all the listed excursions for this cruise. Not only can you take part in all the exciting trips we have organised, you can enjoy all this at a reduced cost!

At a glance

Length: 8 days

From: Arnhem

Ends: Dordrecht

Travel options available:

  • Coach via Dover
  • Ferry crossing at Dover
  • Overnight hotel in Dover or Ashford
  • Eurostar from London St Pancras
  • Meet at your cruise ship
8 days
per person

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Included in the Price

  • Return travel to the UK
  • Seven nights’ cruise on a full board basis
  • Welcome drink, Captain’s get-together and party night
  • Entertainment on every night of your cruise
  • Excursion: Keukenhof Gardens
  • Visits to Arnhem, Urk, Medemblik, Zaandam, Nieuwe Meersluis, Gouda, Rotterdam & Willemstad
  • Services of a Cruise Manager


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