Dutch Waterways from Amsterdam

Journey along the Dutch waterways on this short-break including a cruise on the Ijsselmeer, one of the largest freshwater lakes in Holland

Cruise Only - Package Possible
5 nights from £735pp

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Begin your cruise in Amsterdam, often known as the Venice of the North, and discover the many delights this city has to offer, including its diamond merchants, famous museums, flower markets, and splendid waterside buildings.

This five-night itinerary, cruising on the Ijsselmeer takes you to Volendam, Hoorn and Enkhuisen.

For total flexibility we are offering these cruises as cruise-only. You can then book flights from your chosen airport, taking advantage of the many low-cost airlines that now fly to Amsterdam.

Our Holland cruises make an ideal short break, or you may wish to extend your holiday with a hotel stay in Amsterdam, giving you more time to explore this dynamic city, steeped in historical charm.

We also offer 3 or 4 night short-break cruises between Amsterdam and Antwerp, cruising in Holland and Belgium and visiting Rotterdam and Antwerp, the world’s two largest ports.

E109 Operated by CroisiEurope

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AIJ: Holland Ijsselmeer Itinerary

Day 1 - Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Embark at 6pm in Amsterdam with time to settle into your cabin before meeting the crew during a welcome cocktail reception. Dinner on board followed by a night-time optional sightseeing tour of Amsterdam by canal boat.

Day 2 - Amsterdam

Choose from two optional excursions today: a guided tour of Amsterdam with its diamond merchants or a bike tour exploring out-of-the-way sights. Enjoy time at leisure.

Day 3 - Amsterdam - Hoorn - Enkhuizen

Spend this morning cruising to Hoorn, one of the major cities in West Friesland. Take an optional tour to Alkmaar and the Dutch Cheese Museum or an optional bike tour on the polders. This evening begin cruising to Enkhuizen.

Day 4 - Enkhuizen - Lemmer

After breakfast enjoy some free time to explore Enkhuizen at leisure, perhaps visiting the Zuiderzee Museum which is devoted to the areas cultural and maritime heritage. Afterwards cruise the Ijsselmeer lake to Lemmer. In 2018, there is an optional guided tour of Giethoorn, a charming lakeside town. Gala Dinner this evening.

Day 5 - Lemmer - Amsterdam

Enjoy breakfast and lunch on board whilst cruising towards Amsterdam, arriving early afternoon. There is an optional sightseeing tour to Keukenhof Floral Park to admire the wide variety of tulips, narcisi and daffodils (open from mid-March to mid-May). The other months there is an optional guided visit of Volendam and Zaanse Schans. Return to the ship for dinner and perhaps explore further this evening or take the optional tour of the Red Light District.

Day 6 - Amsterdam

Disembark after breakfast, at about 9am.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary

Price Includes

  • 5 nights accommodation on board on a full-board basis
  • Unlimited complimentary house wine, beer, mineral water and soft drinks on board
  • Mini-cruise itinerary as described
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Entertainment on board
  • Cruise Manager
  • Gala farewell dinner
  • Port taxes
  • Flight inclusive package prices include return flights from the UK and transfers

Price Does Not Include

  • Cruise only prices do not include flights or transfers
  • Optional Excursions (must be pre-booked at least 4 weeks before departure or bookable on board subject to availability)
  • Gratuities
  • Personal insurance and expenses

Special Features

  • CroisiEurope is the leading French river cruise company. Their ships have a distinctly French flavour, the service and the food having received much praise from Blue Water Holidays customers. Staff and passengers come from many European countries and there may be other English speaking passengers on board.
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2018 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Departure Date Cruise Only from Exclusive Blue Water Package from
Ship: Gerard Schmitter
Sep 16, 21£897£1147
Ship: Monet
May 25£752£1002
Aug 01, 31£735£985
Ship: Symphonie
Apr 19£862£1112

Price Information

  • Cabin Upgrade Supplements - Symphonie and Gerard Schmitter:
  • Middle Deck Cabin supplement - 2017: £90pp 2018: £123pp
  • Upper Deck Cabin supplement - 2017: £100pp 2018: £150pp
  • Suite - 2018: £150pp
  • Single Supplement - 2017: £215 2018: £422
  • Cabin Upgrade Supplements - Monet:
  • Middle Deck Cabin supplement - 2017: £90pp 2018: £101pp
  • Upper Deck Cabin supplement - 2017: £100pp 2018: £123pp
  • Suite - 2018: £123pp
  • Single Supplement - 2017: £215 2018: £351
Large map for Short Spring and Easter cruise breaks from Amsterdam through Holland
Small map for Short Spring and Easter cruise breaks from Amsterdam through Holland