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Netherlands Travel Guide

If you are looking to get a sensory overload, then visiting the Netherlands is one of the best cruises you will ever take. The tulips are beautiful when they are in full bloom and you can expect to meet some of the nicest Dutch people. Everyone rides bikes, and they welcome one and all every morning with a smile. Dam Square is a highly visited area, with the smell of cooking delicacies, and fresh blooms for you to pick while there. You can let go and give in to one of the many adventures awaiting you within this area. It is a must-see for everyone. With river cruise volume buys plus our low everyday prices you can save up to 50% versus the brochure price! Book your Netherlands river cruise today with AffordableTours.com, your discounted river cruise headquarters.

Netherlands Travel Guide
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Sail Date Operator Ship Departs Returns Length Price
Mar 10, 2021VikingViking UllurAmsterdamBasel8$2,299
Mar 15, 2021VikingViking SkirnirBudapestAmsterdam15$4,099
Mar 15, 2021VikingViking ModiAmsterdamBudapest15$4,999
Mar 16, 2021VikingViking SigynBaselAmsterdam8$2,599
Mar 16, 2021AmaWaterwaysAmaSienaAmsterdamAmsterdam10$3,549
Mar 16, 2021AmaWaterwaysAmaMoraAmsterdamLake Como13$5,049
Mar 17, 2021VikingViking UllurBaselAmsterdam8$2,499
Mar 17, 2021VikingViking VidarAmsterdamBudapest15$4,099
Mar 17, 2021VikingViking LofnBudapestAmsterdam15$4,999
Mar 17, 2021VikingViking VidarAmsterdamBucharest23$8,499
Mar 18, 2021AmaWaterwaysAmaSerenaAmsterdamAmsterdam10$3,549
Mar 18, 2021AmaWaterwaysAmaSienaAmsterdamAmsterdam8$2,799
Mar 18, 2021AmaWaterwaysAmaMoraAmsterdamBasel8$2,799
Mar 19, 2021VikingViking ManiAmsterdamBasel8$2,499
Mar 19, 2021VikingViking MimirBudapestAmsterdam15$4,099
Mar 19, 2021VikingViking ViliAmsterdamBudapest15$4,099
Mar 19, 2021AmaWaterwaysAmaBellaAmsterdamAmsterdam10$3,649
Mar 20, 2021Avalon WaterwaysImagery IIAmsterdamBrussels9$2,258
Mar 20, 2021Avalon WaterwaysImagery IIAmsterdamAmsterdam16$4,807
Mar 20, 2021AmaWaterwaysAmaSerenaAmsterdamAmsterdam8$2,799
Mar 21, 2021VikingViking SigrunAmsterdamAmsterdam10$3,199
Mar 21, 2021VikingViking KaraAmsterdamBasel8$2,499
Mar 21, 2021VikingViking MagniAmsterdamBudapest15$3,999
Mar 21, 2021VikingViking BaldurBudapestAmsterdam15$3,999
Mar 21, 2021VikingViking KvasirAmsterdamAntwerp10$3,399
Mar 21, 2021Avalon WaterwaysImagery IIAmsterdamAmsterdam15$4,448
Mar 21, 2021Avalon WaterwaysImagery IIAmsterdamBrussels8$1,899
Mar 21, 2021UniworldSS AntoinetteRouenRouen8$2,999
Mar 21, 2021AmaWaterwaysAmaPrimaAmsterdamZurich14$5,249
Mar 21, 2021AmaWaterwaysAmaBellaAmsterdamAmsterdam8$2,899
Mar 21, 2021UniworldRiver QueenAmsterdamBrussels8$3,199
Mar 22, 2021VikingViking VeAmsterdamAmsterdam10$3,199
Mar 23, 2021VikingViking SigynAmsterdamBasel8$2,499
Mar 23, 2021VikingViking HermodBaselAmsterdam8$2,899
Mar 23, 2021VikingViking LifBucharestAmsterdam23$9,199
Mar 23, 2021AmaWaterwaysAmaPrimaAmsterdamBasel8$2,899
Mar 23, 2021AmaWaterwaysAmaSienaAmsterdamAmsterdam10$3,649
Mar 24, 2021VikingViking UllurAmsterdamBasel8$2,599
Mar 24, 2021VikingViking TirAmsterdamAmsterdam10$3,199
Mar 24, 2021Avalon WaterwaysPassionAmsterdamBudapest15$4,399

Netherlands Travel Guide

Netherlands River Cruises Highlights

  • Visit some of the best tourist attractions in Netherlands.
  • Go to the Bloemenmarkt which is only in Netherlands and offers a way to purchase one-of-a-kind flowers from the shops.
  • Try different types of Gouda, which is specially prepared here.
  • Gain a unique perspective when you choose to take a Netherlands river cruise through the area. 
  • Choose from a variety of cruise lengths, types, and things to do while on the cruise; making them fully customizable. 
  • Go under historic bridges and look at gabled mansions that have been standing for a while or take in the sights of the newer ones. 
  • Go through UNESCO-listed Canal Ring district and be able to take part in a cruise that many are unable to go to.
  • Go to the Van Gogh museum and see the original artwork on display.
  • Visit the home place and hiding site of Anne Frank while you are in the area, while reliving a part of her past.

Netherlands River Cruises Travel Tips

  • Make sure to bring a translation guide with you, or use google translate to be able to converse with the locals, though many of them might know English.
  • Make sure to carry cash in their currency, as you might have to pay for a few things while off the ship.
  • Make sure to be specific and ask for a pitcher of tap water. They will charge you for anything else, and if you just want tap water, then you might get a cup that is also charged for.
  • There is a lot to do in the area, so be aware of the time you have and try to plan ahead if possible. 
  • Keep a little change on you if you are a woman. It is only free for men to use public restrooms. Women have to pay unless you're a customer in a café or restaurant.
  • Tipping is definitely nice to do, but you don't actually have to do it here.
  • Have a raincoat handy because it is likely to rain almost every day while you are there and you never know when it is going to downpour.
  • Tulip season is actually pretty short. It is only around 6 to 8 weeks and it changes time every year, so you might not be able to pinpoint when this will happen.
  • Make sure to keep hand sanitizer and tissues on you, because you might want to make sure you stay away from germs.
  • If you are going in the winter months, it is very cold – bundle up, bring warm clothes, and make sure to plan accordingly.
  • There is more to the Netherlands than Amsterdam.

Netherlands River Cruises Things To Do

  • Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam
    Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam

    This is one of the biggest and most talked-about places to visit while in the Netherlands. You can walk through the entire trail she went through when you are in the same place she was raised, and also where she hid. Everyone is welcome to come out. With statues, pieces of her past, and more are sitting almost untouched.   

    Best Time To Visit

    The best time to come and see this attraction is when it is a bit chilly outside, and even if it is raining. The museum is inside, so you don't have to worry about the outside elements.   

     

    You Should Know

    It is recommended that you purchase tickets for this ahead of time. This way, you can skip the lines and go right in. Live in the moment, and make sure to take in all of the sights, sounds, and scents of this area. Take a tour with a guide and ask questions if you have them. This is a great time to learn.

  • De Bijenkorf
    De Bijenkorf

    The most famous department store since 1870, it continues to stand and provide shoppers with many things to purchase. There are also daily open air-markets right outside the square. You can make a whole day out of shopping and looking at all of the items that each place is offering. With a little bit of everything, you will be surprised at what you might find.   

    Best Time To Visit

    The best time to see this is when it is warmer outside, and it is not raining. The open-air markets are best when you don't have to hide from the rain or the cold weather.  

     

    You Should Know

    The Flower Market is one of the best places to shop if you are headed out this way. The Nine Streets is also a place that has many things for you to shop through and look at.

  • Red Light District
    Red Light District

    This is the best place to get cannabis-inspired goods. This is also where you can find all sorts of after-hours places, drinks, and entertainment of all kinds. De Wallen is one of the largest and best districts of alleys that provide a lot of different entertainment pieces. You can choose where to go from here.  

    Best Time To Visit

    The best time is during the night time or twilight hours. This is a great thing to think about because you can see and do more during these hours as compared to the daytime.  

    You Should Know

    This is definitely a place where you don't want to bring children because it is known as the sex district. It is one of the places that is talked about the most in movies and in videos, so it might be worth checking out. Prostitution is legal and regulated in this area, so this is important to think about.

  • Street Markets for Delicious Food
    Street Markets for Delicious Food

    These street markets have the best street foods to try while you walk through the area. You cannot go wrong when you are eating some of the local cuisines. Try the herring sandwiches, stroopwafels that are filled with honey and syrup, fries with mayonnaise, bitterballen, and stamppot.   

    Best Time To Visit

    The weather should be clear, but it can be any temperature for you to make sure to get something delicious. The market is outside, so if it is raining, it can be hard to walk through the streets.  

     

    You Should Know

    You can purchase one of each of the dishes and share them with the person you are with, so you can sample a little bit of everything. Heineken provides a full-on experience, so make sure to check out the shop that provides this.

  • Van Gogh Museum
    Van Gogh Museum

    The Van Gogh Museum is a place that many people do not realize is located in the Netherlands. You can find that many of the original photos of his are hanging in this museum. It is known as the world's largest collection of his paintings, so even if you are not into art, it is definitely a piece of history.  

    Best Time To Visit

    You should visit when it is chilly and raining outside since it is mostly inside. You can hide from the weather and walk around the nicely built museum.   

     

    You Should Know

    Some of the paintings that are shown in this museum are Potato Eaters and Sunflowers. You can purchase tickets ahead of time, so you don't have to purchase them while you are there.

  • Canals of Amsterdam
    Canals of Amsterdam

    This is one of the most beautiful places to visit when you are in the Netherlands. You can walk the bridges, or you can rent a boat taxi or another type of small paddle boat and go down the canals on the water itself. For those who want to take in the best of the Netherlands, these canals are where you want to find yourself visiting.   

    Best Time To Visit

    If you go during the bloom season, it is not only warmer, but the flowers make the canals that much prettier.   

     

    You Should Know

    Many think that they can only go on the water, or on the bridges but you can do both or either. This is a great choice of things to do when you don't want to spend money on activities or things to do.

  • Zaanse Schans
    Zaanse Schans

    Do you want to know what the Netherlands in the past looks and feels like? Visiting Zaanse Schans is the best thing to do when you want a piece of history. Set back in the 17th and 18th centuries, you can walk through the villages and see the ancient craftsmen work around every corner. The factory, grocery store, shipyard, and more are all still there and you can walk through them.  

    Best Time To Visit

    The best time to see this attraction is when the weather is mild, and it is best if it is not pouring, but a bit of rain is okay.  

     

    You Should Know

    Bring a rain jacket and an umbrella with you if you are going to walk through the towns because it might rain. There are around 600 windmills in the area that you can see dotting the lines of the hills ahead. They do live demonstrations at the mills in the area if you are there during those times. They are interesting to see.

  • Rijksmuseum
    Rijksmuseum

    This entire castle is filled with antiques, art pieces, and more history than you will find in any other museum. This makes it a great place to find yourself spending some downtime. You can walk through the halls on your own, or you can opt to have a guide bring you through and talk you through what you see.   

    Best Time To Visit

    You should visit when it is a bit cooler and even when it is raining. You won't have to deal with the outside elements during this time.  

     

    You Should Know

    The library here is full of books, with over 35,000 of them and many of them dating back to the 18th century and beyond. There are over 250 rooms, so make sure to plan to spend plenty of time inside this museum. Over 7 million items are on display but you have to be careful not to touch or break anything.

Netherlands River Cruises When To Visit

Quick Facts

The best time to take a cruise anywhere in Europe, including the Netherlands when it comes to weather is from June to late October. This is when it is warmer and definitely drier than the other months in the year. However, this is not the cheapest or more affordable time to take a cruise. This is actually one of the times when the tourist attractions are much higher. 

The cooler months, especially the winter months are when the prices will dip down and the tourists visiting are much lower. The temperatures can dip to freezing, though. This is something to think about. 

Netherlands River Cruises Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Netherlands River Cruise?

A Netherlands river cruise is a cruise that provides a trip down the rivers that flow throughout the Netherlands. You will stop at a number of places including Amsterdam and Holland. They are generally weeklong, but you can find that they might last a bit longer depending on what you want out of the cruise. You can personalize the cruise experience.

What’s Included on a Netherlands River Cruise?

The river cruise includes your hotel stay, as well as food and other items that you can make use of when you are on the boat. Arrival and departure transfers, gratuities, and gala dinners are also included in the cruise amount. Those excursions and activities off the ship are usually not included, but many activities on the ship are.

What’s the Best River Cruise for a Netherlands River Cruise?

There are many considerations to think about when choosing which cruise line to use. How long you want to be gone, where you want to stop, and more should all be looked into. Some people recommend Viking River Cruises and Avalon Waterways.

How Much Does a Netherlands River Cruise Cost?

The cruises can range in price depending on where they go through, how long they are, and more. You will want to shop around and see when you can grab the best price for cruising. They start at $2,299 and move up from there. You can get cruises as high as $6,999. 

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