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Kinderdijk River Cruises

About Kinderdijk 

Kinderdijk lies nine miles east of Rotterdam in the northwest of the Alblasserwaard, at the confluence of the Noord and Lek rivers, in the South Holland province of the Netherlands. It’s an essential destination for lovers of historic Holland and was built in the 18th century, with the windmills used to drain the surrounding polder of the Alblasserwaard – the low-lying land reclaimed from the Noord and Lek rivers which converge on either side. The rural surroundings are also home to some of the Netherlands’ most scenic canals, or weteringen, dug in the 1200s to keep the surrounding body of water at bay. The village’s name translates as ‘Child’s Dike’, taking its name from a charming local folk tale that would later become known as The Cat in the Cradle. 

Exploring Kinderdijk 

Kinderdijk’s historic windmills were made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997 thanks to their unique character, and their testament to human ingenuity in reclaiming and protecting the land from the tidal power of the ocean. 

Many river cruises offer fascinating excursions which will enable visitors to tour a working windmill in Kinderdijk, taking a peek back in time at the living quarters within and the pumping mechanism that was state-of-the-art technology back in the 1700s. Some of the windmills are still in use today to drain water from the surrounding area – although more modern waterworks have long since taken over as the main source of drainage. The excess water of the Alblasserwaard is taken into the river Lek by the windmills and pumped by stations through the Elshout sluices,so that the river can take the drained water to the sea and protect the village itself from flooding. 

Kinderdijk tips 

Kinderdijk is the perfect place for amateur photographers wishing to capture that quintessential image of old Holland and no matter which river cruise line you choose, you'll be able to enjoy some fantastic windmill views when you visit.

Kinderdijk Itineraries

Brussels

Best of Holland & Belgium

5 sailing dates May 2021 to October 2021
8 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
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Amsterdam

Undiscovered Treasures of Holland

2 sailing dates April 2020 to August 2020
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam

BIG HOLIDAY PRICE DROP! Save up to £200 per couple plus FREE VIP door-to-door travel service!

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Hoorn

Keukenhof and The Hague

2 sailing dates April 2020
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam

BIG HOLIDAY PRICE DROP! Save up to £200 per couple plus FREE VIP door-to-door travel service!

Saga Group logo FROM £1699pp
Rotterdam

Tulip Time Highlights - Brussels to Amsterdam

3 sailing dates April 2020 to May 2020
7 Nights From Brussels (Antwerp), Belgium, Belgium to , Amsterdam

Includes HUGE savings of up to 50% plus FREE private home pick-up service!

Avalon Waterways logo FROM £2689pp
Antwerp

Grand Tulip Cruise Of Holland & Belgium

3 sailing dates April 2020 to May 2020
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam

Includes HUGE savings of up to 50% plus FREE private home pick-up service!

Avalon Waterways logo FROM £4249pp
Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Kinderdijk & the Dutch Bulbfields

3 sailing dates April 2020
4 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
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Antwerp

15 Day Western Front Explorer

2 sailing dates March 2020 to April 2020
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam

Includes HUGE savings | Popular itinerary, cabins selling fast!

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Rotterdam

Roundrip Amsterdam

1 sailing date April 2020
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam

FREE flights and overseas transfers plus HUGE savings of up to £1,300 per couple!

AmaWaterways logo FROM £2499pp
Middelburg

Round-trip Amsterdam

1 sailing date April 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £4199pp
Rotterdam

Round-trip Amsterdam

1 sailing date April 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £4269pp
Amsterdam

Round-trip Amsterdam

1 sailing date March 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £3159pp
Rotterdam

Round-trip Amsterdam

1 sailing date April 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £4669pp
Ghent

Round-trip Amsterdam

1 sailing date April 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £3499pp
Hoorn

Round-trip Amsterdam

1 sailing date April 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £4269pp
Kinderdijk

Round-trip Amsterdam

2 sailing dates April 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £4669pp
Amsterdam

Round-trip Amsterdam

1 sailing date April 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £3799pp
Hoorn

Tulip & Windmills

8 sailing dates March 2020 to April 2020
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam

Includes direct flights and overseas transfers | Ultra-luxury Six Star River Cruising

Crystal Cruises logo FROM £3219pp
Ghent

Holland & Belgium In Spring - Southbound

2 sailing dates April 2020
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Belgium , Brussels (Antwerp), Belgium
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Ghent

Tulip Time - Amsterdam to Amsterdam

26 sailing dates March 2020 to April 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam

FREE flights and overseas transfers plus HUGE savings of up to £1,300 per couple! Limited availability for 2020!

AmaWaterways logo FROM £1999pp
Ghent

Tulips & Windmills - Antwerp to Amsterdam

1 sailing date March 2020
9 Nights From Antwerp, Belgium, Belgium to , Amsterdam
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £3399pp

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