Canal Boat in Amsterdam
River Cruise in Amsterdam

Netherlands river cruises are a great way to visit Amsterdam and other parts of Holland. With highlights like historic cities and beautiful countryside scenery, river cruises are a great way to see the best Dutch towns and landscapes in one trip.

The length of each cruise depends on where you go and how much time you have for visiting The Netherlands. Some river cruises are tour packages that take place over multiple days and involve guided tours of cities like Kinderdijk along the way. Others are shorter trips that only last a few hours or a day.

Likewise, cruise ships vary in size. Canal cruises in Amsterdam are usually operated on smaller boats that only contain seats, whereas longer river cruises are run on larger ships with dining areas and cabins for sleeping.

The major river in The Netherlands is the Rhine River. Most longer cruises are operated on the Rhine. The canals in central Amsterdam are also popular for day cruises and tours of the Amsterdam city center.

Whatever length of river cruise you choose for your holiday in The Netherlands, you can either book via a tour operator or make a direct booking independently. Either way, make sure to shop around for river cruise deals and compare what each individual package or day tour includes and excludes.

A good tip for booking a Netherlands river cruise is to plan early. Many tour operators offer deep discounts for early bookings.