The Heart of Holland

8-day Cologne-Amsterdam-Ijsselmeer-Cologne

Fares From £1,945 pp

Single Supplement From 50%

No-fly rail options from the UK are available on this river cruise

The Heart of Holland – Cruise Summary

Immerse yourself in the rich Dutch culture, with its open expanses of water and warm-hearted people. Explore the city of Amsterdam and journey into the heart of Holland as we take you to some of the most charming small towns to be found anywhere between the Rhine, Waal, Ijssel and the North Sea. Gliding through polder landscapes, you will have the opportunity to take that perfect photograph of a typical Dutch windmill or two! Explore enchanting Kampen, an idyllic little Dutch town on the Ijssel estuary as our river cruise turns in to a lake cruise on the Markermeer and Ijsselmeer.

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Cologne

Embarkation from 15:00 to 16:00 

Day 2: Amsterdam Amsterdam – The Capital Of The Netherlands

Arrival 09:00

City tour of Amsterdam with canal tour along the typical merchants’ houses.

Excursion to North Holland with a visit to Volendam and a trip across the Markermeer to Marken.


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Departure 08:00                                                                                                                                                        

Cruising across Markermeer und IJsselmeer


Arrival 13:30

City tour of Enkhuizen and visit to the open-air museum

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Departure 05:00


Arrival 09:00

Tour of the charming town of Kampen at the mouth of the IJssel.
Trip to Giethoorn – the Dutch Venice.


Day 5: Kampen

Departure 08:00


Arrival 12:30

Guided tour through Deventer with its lovingly restored monuments in the historical old town. Time to make your own discoveries.

Day 6: Deventer

Departure 14:00


Arrival 16:00

Excursion to Het Loo – former baroque royal palace in Apeldoorn. Tour of the picturesque town of Zutphen.


Day 7: Zutphen Amsterdam – The Capital Of The Netherlands

Departure 04:00


Arrival 08:00 – Departure 14:00

City walk of Arnhem with Eusebiuskerk and Duivelhuis. Afterwards, time for your own discoveries.

Day 8: Cologne

Disembark until 09:00

The excursions in marked in blue are included in your cruise package. The excursions marked in red can only be booked on board. Mooring and casting off times are guidance times. We reserve the right to change itineraries and excursion programmes. If a route cannot be travelled due to low/high water or a ship defect, the shipping company reserves the right to take passengers on this route by bus, to accommodate them in hotels and/or change the route. In certain circumstances it may be necessary to change to another ship.


  • The trendy metropolis of Amsterdam from the water
  • The historic windmills of Northern Holland
  • Cruising inland on the Markermeer and Lake Ijssel
  • The small-town idyll of Kampen, on the Ijssel estuary
  • The city of Koblenz, founded by the Romans

Sailing Dates

Fares from £1,945pp

Single Supplement From 50%

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  • Economy flight/rail from London and overseas transfers to and from vessel
  • 7-night cruise including all meals
  • Unlimited drinks inc wine, beer, cocktails and all non alcoholic drinks
  • Welcome and farewell reception with the Captain
  • Nightly onboard entertainment
  • 4 Guided Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Services of the Cruise Director and local guides
  • Sennheiser audio headsets on all excursions
  • Gratuities
  • Port fees and taxes
  • Full ATOL financial protection
  • Baggage handling fee
No-fly rail options from the UK are available on this river cruise.

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