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The Netherlands is renowned for its historic cities, its bulbfields, windmills and waterways, and its artistic heritage. These and many other aspects of this country can be enjoyed on an escorted rail tour of the Netherlands with Great Rail Journeys.

The Netherlands possesses one of the most modern, comfortable and efficient railway networks in Europe and its continuing expansion ensures that visitors can get to virtually any destination in the country by rail.

Guests on our Netherlands rail holidays travel on the high-speed international Eurostar, the Netherlands' own excellent rail network and, depending upon the tour, an authentic steam locomotive on a heritage railway to provide a complete rail experience. Trains aside, you may also visit the Netherlands' remarkable Keukenhof flower gardens, the famous Royal Delft porcelain factory, historic Amsterdam and many other places of interest.

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Premium Rhine Cruise
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4.2 stars(54 reviews)
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  • DestinationFrance, Germany, The Netherlands
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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  • DestinationFrance, Germany, The Netherlands
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  • DestinationBelgium, The Netherlands
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International, London Heathrow / St Pancras International, Amsterdam
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Premium Rhine Cruise
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  • DestinationFrance, Germany, The Netherlands
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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  • TransportFlight, Rail, Cruise
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Jungfrau Express
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  • DestinationGermany, Switzerland, The Netherlands
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  • DestinationBelgium, The Netherlands
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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  • TransportFlight, Cruise
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  • DestinationGermany, Switzerland, The Netherlands
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Our customers love our The Netherlands tours
The Majestic Rhine (Basel-Amsterdam) Rail and Cruise
13 Oct 2022
Mr Howells
5 stars
“An excellent rail/cruise. The Tour Guides were extremely helpful and supported the tour without a hitch, The Amadeus boat could not be faulted, and the on-board crew and staff were first rate. The tour was well thought out and it was well worth the trip.
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The Majestic Rhine (Fly and Cruise)
13 Oct 2022
James McNeil
4 stars
“We had a little bit of an issue with BA cancelling our outward flight at short notice but the GRJ managed to get things sorted out. From boarding the boat to us flying back from Amsterdam, the service was great from both the GRJ team and boat crew. God's balance of cruising and choices of excursions.
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Jungfrau Express and Rhine Cruise (Basel-Amsterdam)
12 Oct 2022
Mr David Dewdney
4 stars
“We both really enjoyed our first cruise of any type. Our tour guide for the Jungfrau Express part of the trip, Ian Boyle, was the best we have experienced whilst travelling with your company. Organised and adaptable, he provided all the information we required and more; for example, we would have been unlikely to discover the boat tour of Strasbourg which we greatly enjoyed. We enjoyed our hotel in Strasbourg, being pleasingly large and situated near the station. Whilst we found some of the fittings in the hotel in Interlaken a little tired, we enjoyed the experience of eating on the 14th floor with its stunning views. The cruise ship was excellent and we can't speak too highly of the staff. The cabin was excellent and spacious and we enjoyed being able to unpack the suitcase, but being able to visit different places and will go on another river cruise in the future. The only negative was on the last day when we had to get up very early to travel on a coach to Brussels rather than a train from Amsterdam. Whilst we fully understand the problems of obtaining the train tickets, we were first told that this issue was a one-off, but later discovered it had been a problem all summer. Yet, this was not mentioned at all in the information pack received a fortnight before the trip.
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Discovering The Netherlands with Great Rail Journeys

Whichever escorted rail tour of the Netherlands you choose, Great Rail Journeys guarantees that it provides a selection of the country's best cultural and historical experiences and attractions whilst offering remarkable value for money.

The price of each of our Netherlands train holidays includes every rail fare and any other transport costs, a varied programme of excursions and activities, excellent accommodation and a selection of meals.

Guests on our Netherlands rail tours are placed in the capable hands of our friendly and experienced Tour Manager. They are on hand whenever needed to provide assistance, advice and information to help guests have the most rewarding, relaxing and enjoyable time in the Netherlands.

Kinderdijk Windmills

Good accommodation is fundamental to a good holiday and so we hand-pick our hotels to ensure that they are conveniently-located and offer high standards of comfort, hospitality and services as well as good value. Family-run hotels are generally our preference for the warm welcome, personal service and informal atmosphere they provide.

Netherlands Traveller's Guide

The Netherlands takes its name from its flat geography; translated it means 'low country'. Bordered by Belgium to the south and Germany to the east, this small but densely-populated country has historical associations with agriculture and with pottery that can be traced back to around 5000BC. Today the country is still renowned for both and is the world's second-largest exporter of agricultural products behind the USA.

The Netherlands' temperate maritime climate isn't given to extremes of temperature; summers are warm and winters are mild and whilst rainfall is relatively evenly spread throughout the year it is most common in late summer during July and August. Spring is a beautiful time to visit; vast fields of daffodils bloom in April, followed by multi-coloured tulips in May.

Delft Army Museum

Although relatively small the Netherlands has made a significant impact upon world culture. Iconic symbols such as windmills, tulips and wooden clogs are indelibly associated with the country which has also produced some of world's greatest artists including Van Gogh, Mondrian, Hals, Vermeer and Rembrandt. These and others are celebrated in Amsterdam's extensive collection of museums and art galleries.

Some would argue that the Netherlands doesn't possess an identifiable cuisine of its own simply because the Dutch enjoy all food. Others will insist that the national diet consists of little more than bread, cheese, herring and chips with mayonnaise. If the Netherlands does have its own cuisine it seems to be based upon simplicity; stews, seafood and roast meats with vegetables are all popular.

Thanks to the Dutch predilection for public transport rail travel through the Netherlands, especially the western regions, is like travelling on a metro service. Trains run up to twelve times an hour on major routes and there are even hourly night trains.

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