Dutch & Belgian Waterways

Windmills at famous tourist site Kinderdijk, Netherlands
Windmills at famous tourist site Kinderdijk, Netherlands

The intricate system of Dutch and Belgian rivers and waterways, while covering a relatively small ‘surface area’, are staggering in their complexity and incredible to explore. That’s why, on a Fred. Olsen river cruise, you can experience the best of them over ten days, for an unforgettable taste of their beauty and remarkable history.

From the picturesque, artificially formed Ijsselmeer Lake and the beautiful Ijssel River – which flows into the Ijsselmeer and by charming, historic cities such as Kampen and Deventer – to the pretty Lek River and the canal linking the Netherlands and Belgium, you’ll sail stunning scenic routes on board Brabant.

Along the way, you have a chance to see and explore the Netherlands’ most famous waterways: Amsterdam’s network of iconic canals. Plus, there’s an opportunity to visit the sprawling, colourful and fragrant Keukenhof tulip garden, a pilgrimage for many on a springtime visit to the 'Kingdom of the Low Countries'. Elsewhere, legendary Kinderdijk presents a postcard-worthy photo op, with its 19 UNESCO-listed windmills and glorious polder lands, while there is a contrasting mix of small gabled communities on cobbled streets such as Hoorn and Kampen; metropoles such as Rotterdam and Arnhem; and sparkling Antwerp to enchant you too.

Cruises to Dutch & Belgian Waterways

Floral Holland in the Spring

Floral Holland in the Spring

Departs: Amsterdam • Mon 06 Apr 2020
10 nights • Brabant • R2001

  • Revel in the Netherlands’ springtime splendour on a rewarding 10-night break packing in the seasonal and cultural delights of charming towns and cities, beautiful waterways and countryside scenes.
  • You can delve into the ‘Golden Age’ heritage of Hoorn and Enkuizen; learn of life in bygone eras at a fantastic Open Air Museum in Arnhem; see Kinderdijk’s iconic windmills; and tour to the Maxfeldt Historical Gardens from Kampen.
  • Rotterdam adds futuristic twist, while there’s a visit to Antwerp for chocolates and diamonds too, all before a call at Amsterdam affords a chance to see the vibrant tulips of the Keukenhof Gardens in full bloom.

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History of the Rhine & Main

History of the Rhine & Main

Departs: Amsterdam • Thu 16 Apr 2020
10 nights • Brabant • R2002

  • From magnificent, majestic fortresses to preserved medieval centres and landmarks from World War II, the highlights of this absorbing journey through Germany present fascinating history at every turn.
  • You can visit the site of the infamous Battle of Remagen, and the remains of the iconic Ludendorff Bridge; take a cable car to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress in Koblenz; and stop by Rüdesheim’s sobering Hindenburg Bridge.
  • There are chances to explore the beautifully preserved historic hearts of UNESCO-listed Bamburg and Regensburg – Germany’s ‘medieval miracle’ – too, while you’ll also experience stunning scenic cruising of narrow canals and beautiful valleys.

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