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.
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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 follwed by a night-time optional sightseeing tour of Amsterdam by canal boat.
Day 2 - Amsterdam - Volendam
Breakfast on board as the cruise begins on one of Holland's largest inland seas, the Ijsselmeer. Lunch on board and a visit to Volendam, a port which specialises in eel fishing. In the 19th century, artists used to come here to paint everyday life scenes, coloured by traditional costumes. There is an optional sightseeing tour to Zaanse Schans, an outdoor museum: this village owns mills that are still working, houses of the 17th and the 18th century. Return to the ship for dinner on board followed by an evening of entertainment.
Day 3 - Volendam - Hoorn
Breakfast as we cruise this morning. Optional coach tour to Alkmaar and a visit to its cheese market. Return on board at Volendam for lunch. We depart in the direction of Hoorn, a village which owes its wealth to the shipping trade and herring fishing. Explore Hoorn at your leisure on arrival at around 3pm, returning to the ship for dinner and an entertaining evening with a crew show.
Day 4 - Hoorn - Enkhuizen
Breakfast on board and a morning spent cruising on the Ijsselmeer towards Enkhuizen. Aperitif games will be organised in the dining room before lunch is served. We arrive in Enkhuizen after midday when there is time at leisure to discover the city and its 17th century Renaissance buildings. The Zuiderzee Museum will give you a glimpse of everyday life in former times. Return for dinner on board followed by a gala evening.
Day 5 - Enkhuisen - 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). 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