The Dutch waterways river cruises from The River Cruise Line can be booked here today; just click on the featured cruises tab below. The waterways through the Netherlands are the densest inland waterways in Europe. They all network together and many are fed by the Rhine river as it crosses the border from Germany into the Netherlands. They work their way across the Netherlands before reaching the North Sea. You may also be interested in our Rhine river cruises and Moselle cruises.
As well as serving many tourist journeys, the waterways play a pivotal role in the water management, trade and transport activities of the country. This offers diverse scenes from tranquil 17th century areas to busy commercial canals.
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Dutch Waterways Cruises
7 days from £559
Drift past flower filled fields and step ashore to wander the cobbled streets of traditional Dutch towns and villages and the Netherlands’ exciting capital. Plus, with an included visit to Keukenhof Gardens, you can immerse yourself in the beauty of spring.
8 days from £739
4 days from £379
Sail aboard the ms Serenity on this short spring itinerary, featuring an included excursion to the world’s most beautiful spring gardens at Keukenhof, where you will be amazed by kaleidoscope of colour, and ending in the exciting capital of the Netherlands.
7 days from £729
Enjoy this relaxing cruise along Dutch and Belgian waterways, which takes in the Netherlands and Belgian capitals. Enjoy the laidback casual atmosphere of Amsterdam and indulge in Belgium’s celebrated confectionary whilst exploring three of its medieval cities.
7 days from £779
4 days from £289
5 days from £369
8 days from £799
The Dutch waterways are the densest network of inland waterways in Europe, with many fed by the Rhine as it crosses the border from Germany into the Netherlands. The numerous rivers and canals skirt across the flatlands of the country, reaching into Belgium before emptying into the North Sea via a maze of tributaries, channels and the IJsselmeer.
Along the way it passes gentle landscapes, old towns and villages built on the water. One of the most notable destinations is, of course, Amsterdam. The capital of the Netherlands has a metropolitan population of over two million people and has a vibrant nightlife and a rich tapestry of museums, architecture and tourist attractions.
As well as showcasing a modern Netherlands, the waterways also transport visitors into a bygone era. One example is Volendam, well known for its old fishing boats and the traditional clothing still worn by some residents.
• There are many quaint harbours and fishing villages along the way, which feature rows of brightly painted gabled buildings.
• The Keukenhof Gardens are within easy reach and offer spectacular floral displays.
• Explore the cosmopolitan city of Amsterdam, famed for its canals and museums – it has the highest density of museums in the world.
With more canals than Venice, monumental museums, relaxing riverside cafés and an all round laidback atmosphere – this Dutch capital has plenty to offer.
Located on the River Mass, Arcen is home to Arcen Castle, whose gardens are some of the most beautiful in Holland.
In the pretty Friesland town of Franeker you will find one of the world’s oldest working planetariums, which was built in the 18th century.
Grave is located along the river Maas and is a municipality in the Dutch province North Brabant.
Well known for its star shaped city walls; Heusden also boasts a beautiful historic centre and many historical buildings.
The quaint town of Hoorn has a wonderful character and enjoys a waterfront location on the Ijsselmeer.
Kampen is an old Hanseatic city which lies on the IJsel river and boasts one of the best preserved old town centres in the Netherlands.
This atmospheric town is uniquely located a stone’s throw from the ‘Maasplassen’, or Lake District, on the banks of the Meuse, the Roer and Swalm.
The city of Zaandam is located on the Zaan river, close to the North Sea canal and Amsterdam.