A pre or post cruise stay in the Netherlands compliments any river cruise from/to Amsterdam. Our On Location Partner, ITB Holland is on hand with info and tips for spending time in this vibrant country.
Q: Why is a river cruise from Amsterdam a good idea for visitors?
River cruising allows you to sail right into the heart of the world’s greatest cities and towns. The ships are docked right behind central station in Amsterdam within walking distance from the city center.
Amsterdam is a great gateway onto the Rhine River, where you can sail all the way to the Black Sea, or enjoy a cruise through Holland and Belgium.
April and May is the best period to admire the famous Dutch tulip fields, but the season easily stretches till end of October.
Q: Can you describe a unique river cruise experience?
A great experience and best way to really explore the Benelux countries is combining the river cruise with biking. While the boat sets of to the next port of call, you will cycle through the Dutch countryside, through the tulip fields, alongside windmills and winding waterways. This is a magical experience.
Q: Tell us about The Netherlands and pre / post cruise stays.
Consider visiting The Netherlands if you would like to see a beautiful country with friendly people, where English is widely spoken and it is safe and easy to travel around. This is a small country - from west to east is just a 90-minute drive; north to south, only 3.5 hours. Neighboring countries are Germany to the east and Belgium to the south.
The Netherlands is the official name while outsiders often refer to it as Holland. In fact there are only two provinces with Holland in their name - North-Holland and South Holland in the Western part of the country.
Combine a river cruise with a longer stay in cosmopolitan Amsterdam with its famous museums and canals. Then move on to the colorful countryside full of tulips, well preserved 17th century towns, the Kinderdijk windmill village (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the medieval cities of Ghent, Bruges and Antwerp in Belgium.
Q: What do you recommend as the top things to see and do?
Q: What about the towns outside of Amsterdam?
Q: Tell us about Dutch food and restaurants.
'Typical' Dutch food tends to be wholesome and hearty, rather than elegant. Large towns, however, have a wide range of restaurants specializing in international dishes. Indonesian cuisine, a spicy legacy of Dutch colonization in the East Indies, is particularly good in the Netherlands.
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