A cruise in Holland during the spring is synonymous with stunning tulip fields. The Keukenhof Gardens, accessible via river cruise excursions, boasts over 7 million bulbs in bloom, offering a riot of colour that's a photographer's dream.
Spring (from late March to late June) is tulip season in Holland and ideal for flower enthusiasts. Autumn (from September to November) offers fewer crowds and is one of the most magical times to visit Amsterdam with brilliant foliage transforming the cities's canals and bars and restaurants become delightfully cosy. The summer provides long days and warm weather.
In Belgium, you're in the heartland of world-class beer and chocolate. Many cruises offer tasting sessions and factory visits, where you can learn the craft behind these famous Belgian exports. Don't miss out on local delicacies like stroopwafels in Holland and Belgian waffles and chocolate in Belgium.
Holland's iconic windmills are not just picturesque; they're part of a historic water management system to keep the country, much of which is below sea level, dry. A cruise here provides firsthand insight into this engineering marvel.
Belgian cities like Bruges and Ghent offer stunning medieval architecture virtually untouched by the ravages of war. Cobblestone streets, historic churches, and ancient market squares give you a feeling of stepping back in time.
Most river cruises start from within Amsterdam. The city has multiple docking locations, but the most commonly used terminal for river cruises is the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam (PTA), located close to the city centre. The central location of the docks makes it convenient for travellers to explore Amsterdam before or after their river cruise.
Visit this iconic flower garden, where springtime sees over 7 million bulbs bloom beautifully including a blanket of colour fashioned by 800 tulip varieties.
Cycle amidst the Kinderdijk Windmills that have called this countryside home since the 18th century and take in these iconic structures from handlebar height.
Wander the cobblestone streets of one of Belgium’s most beautiful cities. Explore the Old Town and sightsee an impressive collection of castles and churches.
The canals of Amsterdam wind their way around the city and weave their magic on your time here. Glide along the 17th century canal ring in a glass top boat, past incredible architecture and under charming bridges.
If art calls, the Netherlands answers. Visit the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam to wander in awe through the biggest collection of his artwork in the world, followed by the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo.
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