Where the River Rhine crosses the border from Germany into Holland it branches off into a series of smaller distributaries such as the Waal, Nederrijn and the Lek that converge again further north at the River Meuse. The Meuse then flows northward through northern Holland and Belgium before emptying into the North Sea. These branch rivers are in turn interlocked by an extensive network of waterways and man-made canals which crisscross the fertile countryside and enable large areas of Holland and Belgium to be explored by boat.
From the flower filled fields and impressive windmills to historic cities and picturesque villages that line the banks of these waterways, a river cruise is a perfect way of seeing the beautiful lowlands of Holland and Belgium. Itineraries generally sail at the height of spring ensuring that the passing landscape is at its most rewarding with tulips in full bloom whilst you travel between some of the regions most enthralling and historic cities such as Amsterdam, Arnhem, Brussels and Antwerp.