Vacations are meant to be relaxing, but sometimes a high-speed, multi-country tour can leave travelers feeling harried. Luckily, there's an easy fix for the moving-too-fast syndrome: sitting back and gliding along the rivers through some of Europe's most charming destinations on Holland cruises. Also known as the Netherlands, this must-see country offers equally rich sightseeing in its cities and its rural landscapes. With the leisurely pace of a river cruise, you'll be able to experience it all.
For travelers of all ages and interests, river-based Holland cruises hold a unique appeal. Simply hopping between large cities is a common habit for visitors to Europe, and while that's an essential component of exploring the continent, it leaves out some of the most fascinating and unique experiences that can be found in the countryside. Holland's landscape is famously table-flat, but what it lacks in topography, it more than makes up for in quaint villages and small towns where you can get a taste of everyday life at a slightly slower pace.
Because everything is included, from accommodations to transportation, Holland cruises can provide a significant cost reduction over traveling independently. Even expertly organized tours like those offered by Tauck can yield savings of as much as 40 percent. And for that price, the inclusion of luxurious accommodations, unique shore excursions and the opportunity to simply relax and enjoy the experience seems like an even better value.
As for what you should put down on your list of "must see" destinations in the Netherlands, get started with these extraordinary events and places:
* History. From the battlefields at Arnhem to Nijmegen, the oldest city in the Netherlands, to the charm of medieval Maastricht to 17th-century Chateau Neercanne and Amsterdam's historical treasures, there is much to discover on Holland cruises. The culture and traditions of the Netherlands come alive when viewed through the prism of its fascinating history.
* Amsterdam. The snugly-packed, gabled canal houses of Amsterdam make it one of Europe's most charming capitals. It's a friendly and accessible place for strolling and sitting in a cafe, but taking a cruise along the city's canals is an experience that can't be missed. A visit to the Rijksmuseum will show you the highlights of Dutch art in one of the most serene museum settings in Europe.
* The great outdoors. The unique Dutch appreciation of nature is something you can delve into on your Holland cruise. Not only will floating along the country's waterways give you a one-of-a-kind perspective, but stops at places like De Hoge Veluwe, the Netherlands' largest nature reserve, and Keukenhof Gardens, home to millions of spring-blooming tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and other flowers, will leave you with a lasting impression of natural beauty.
For more information about travel through the Netherlands and Holland cruises, visit Tauck online.