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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

Hoorn

Amsterdam To Basel

1 sailing date April 2023
17 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Switzerland , Basel, Switzerland
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Koln

Amsterdam To Basel

2 sailing dates July 2022 to April 2023
14 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Switzerland , Basel, Switzerland
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Basel

Basel To Amsterdam

1 sailing date July 2022
14 Nights From Basel, Switzerland, Switzerland to , Amsterdam, Netherlands
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £9099pp
Amsterdam

Tulips & Windmills

3 sailing dates April 2022 to May 2022
7 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £4199pp
Koln

Captivating Europe (Northbound)

1 sailing date April 2022
14 Nights From Basel, Switzerland, Switzerland to , Amsterdam, Netherlands
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £9839pp
Ghent

Roundtrip Amsterdam

5 sailing dates March 2023 to April 2023
7 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £2719pp
Amsterdam

Roundtrip Amsterdam

2 sailing dates April 2023
7 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £4169pp
Rotterdam

Keukenhof and Dutch Delights

1 sailing date March 2022
7 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Brussels

Flowers of Floriade and Keukenhof

1 sailing date April 2022
10 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Saga River Cruises logo FROM £2049pp
Hoorn

Flowers of Floriade and Keukenhof

1 sailing date May 2022
10 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Saga River Cruises logo FROM £2149pp
Amsterdam

Keukenhof and Dutch Delights: Sound of the Movies

1 sailing date March 2022
7 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Saga River Cruises logo FROM £1499pp
Ghent

The Inaugural Cruise from Arnhem

1 sailing date March 2022
7 Nights From Arnhem, Holland to , Amsterdam, Netherlands

VIP door-todoor travel service in the UK, Travel from Folkstone via coach or Eurotunnel, up to 5 shore excursions

Saga River Cruises logo FROM £1349pp
Kinderdijk

Amsterdam, Kinderdijk & the Dutch Bulbfields

1 sailing date April 2022
4 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Amsterdam, Netherlands

Includes flights and overseas transfers

Riviera Travel logo FROM £929pp
Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Kinderdijk & the Dutch Bulbfields

1 sailing date October 2021
4 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Rotterdam

Amsterdam, Cologne and the Best of Holland

4 sailing dates October 2021 to September 2022
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany, Germany to , Amsterdam, Netherlands
Riviera Travel logo FROM £1969pp
Middelburg

Grand Tulip Cruise of Holland & Belgium

2 sailing dates April 2022
14 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Brussels

Tulip Time Highlights

6 sailing dates March 2022 to August 2022
7 Nights From Brussels, Belgium to , Amsterdam, Netherlands

Discover HUGE savings of up to £2,022 per couple on selected 2022 cruises - call us to find out more!

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Amsterdam

Amsterdam Roundtrip

1 sailing date March 2022
7 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £2719pp
Ghent

Amsterdam Roundtrip

3 sailing dates April 2022
7 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £4279pp
Ghent

Roundtrip Amsterdam

1 sailing date April 2022
7 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Amsterdam, Netherlands
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