The Netherlands has the densest network of inland waterways in Europe, with around 6,000 kilometres of rivers and canals crisscrossing its gentle lowlands and reaching into neighbouring Belgium. Winding from Amsterdam in the north to Belgium in the south and west, the pretty Dutch Waterways reveal sweeping panoramas of big skies, vibrant bulb fields, quaint villages and beautiful medieval cities. Our Dutch Waterways river cruises trace this picturesque maze of rivers, unfurling bright tulip fields, gabled waterfront towns and rows of wooden windmills.
In the 17th century the Dutch began to use their rivers to control access to the River Rhine. This helped to feed the great commercial wealth of cities such as Amsterdam, Ghent and Antwerp, which became thriving hubs of colonial power, trade, art and culture. These days the Dutch Waterways make a wonderfully tranquil and picturesque destination for a river cruise.
Highlights of our Dutch Waterways river cruises
This lovely city is a feast for the eyes, with its tall, 18th-century patrician houses, tree-lined canals and arched bridges. Rich art museums and poignant Anne Frank’s house make this a fascinating place to visit.
This postcard-pretty region is known for its pastures dotted with black-and-white cows.
Famed for its round cheese and quirky ‘Waterland’ houses.
A springtime showstopper with its glorious parklands and tulip displays.
Home to Flemish medieval architecture and a fine cathedral.