River Cruises in The Netherlands


View our river cruises along the Dutch Waterways


Literally meaning 'The Low Countries,' almost half of the Netherlands once lay under water. On the delta of three major rivers - the Rhine, Maas and Scheldt - the country owes its existence to the conquest of water through astonishing feats of hydraulic engineering. From the 16th century windmills were used not just to keep the land dry but also to drain entire inland lakes. With around half of the country still at or below sea level, the fertile, pancake-flat stretches of land known as polders are bisected by a network of drainage ditches and canals which control the water table beneath huge open skies – while miles of protective dunes protect the long coastline to the west and north. The towns and villages of the country's twelve provinces are often picture-perfect places of gabled townhouses, pretty canals and church spires - each one often a profoundly separate place with its own distinct identity.

There’s perhaps nowhere else in the world where you can hear so many different accents, even dialects, in such a small area. In spring and summer the world famous bulbfields turn into huge, bold vistas of colour. Originating not from the Netherlands but Turkey, tulips continue to grow extremely well on Dutch soil and have almost become part of the national identity.


On-board credit offer

Experience moe with so much included


Return flights - round icon in aqua and white showing aeroplane 

Return flights from a choice of regional airports, or travel by Eurostar, plus overseas return transfers to the ship.


Daily excursions - round icon in aqua and white showing Brandenburg Gate

Fascinating daily excursions led by knowledgeable local guides plus the services of a Riviera Travel cruise director and concierge.


All meals included - round icon in aqua and white showing knife and fork crossed over each other

All meals included from early risers' breakfasts to midnight snacks and everything in-between.


Spacious cabins - round icon in aqua and white showing a bed

Spacious cabins and suites with en-suite bathrooms, river views and complimentary tea and coffee making facilities.



Cruises in the Netherlands on the Riviera Travel blog


Fields of tulips in bloom

Spring Cruising Guide to the Dutch Waterways

Spring is a delightful season. It’s the time of year when the days start to get longer, brighter and warmer, and we begin venturing outdoors again, noticing the beautiful changes in nature. Spring is when many of our favourite flowers are in full bloom, and there’s no better place to see tulips, daffodils, and crocuses in all their glory than on a Dutch bulbfields river cruise.


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Where will you discover along the Dutch Waterways?

Bridge over the canal in Amsterdam
(217 reviews)
8 days starting from £1699pp 
European River Cruise
Dutch windmill on river island
(114 reviews)
5 days starting from £1099pp 
bridge over canal | Amsterdam | the Netherlands | Riviera Travel | river cruise | solo traveller
(114 reviews)
5 days starting from £949pp 
Solo Traveller River Cruise

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