Holland - Belgium Barge Cruises
Tulip Time Barge Cruises in Holland and Belgium
Spring in Holland is delightful – and on selected weeks, you can cruise to Belgium, too. Take in fields of flowers which stretch to the horizon and float from one enchanting town to the next. We’ve cruised in Holland many times and love the beauty of its calm landscapes contrasted with the colorful tulip fields.
This is a short season! Six-night all-Holland cruises are available from the second week of April to either the second or third week of May, depending on the individual barge schedule.
The Amsterdam to Bruges cruise is available either the second or third week of May. Check the dates for each barge. Generally the barges require a private charter booking for these weeks – so get your group of friends or family together for your Holland-Belgium river cruise!
Barge cruises in Holland begin and end in Amsterdam. Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is easily reached by non-stop flights from the U.S. Trains from all over Europe come into Amsterdam Central Station, most easily reached from Brussels and Paris. For Holland-Belgium, it is easiest to fly into Amsterdam at the beginning of the cruise and out of Brussels at the conclusion.
A network of canals, rivers, lakes and even inland seas! These are living waterways, still fully used for pleasure and commercial transport, with homes and shops lining the banks.
For the culture of flowers, art, and architecture of both countries. For a visit to Amsterdam, an amazing city of fast bikers, gorgeous museums, shopping, and the latest in the contemporary arts. We find that travelers do not realize all these countries have to offer.
Keukenhof Gardens, showcase of the Dutch flower industry. Aalsmeer Flower Auction, held in the world’s largest commercial building the size of nine football fields – an incredible sight! Frans Haals Museum in Haarlem, with gorgeous art from the Golden Age and an elegant dollhouse. The stained glass windows at St. Johns Church in Gouda. Visit a windmill – or just cruise by as windmills silhouetted on the horizon. Shop – fashion and home accessories in the latest style are everywhere. Watch artists create hand-painted pottery in Delft.
Antwerp, home to the Cathedral of Our Lady. Visit the studio of artist Peter Paul Rubens. Shop for the latest fashion and decorative arts in Antwerp. In Ghent, the St. Bravo Cathedral with masterworks by Jan and Hubert Van Eyck. Bruges, crisscrossed by canals and home to delightful cobblestoned squares. Shop for lace and chocolate!
Several lovely barges cruise in Holland at Tulip Time and then sail through Belgium on the way to France for the rest of the season. Plan in advance to book any of these trips!