Boating holidays in Holland

Holland Holidays Afloat - Friendliness and Flowers

Holland offers peaceful cruising from tulip time through to autumn. Boating on the Dutch waterways is one of the best ways to discover the real Holland. You can see serene sailing boats, traditional Dutch windmills, waterside cycle routes, neatly kept marinas, and nature parks.

The moorings are free, and usually close to the many canal-side bars and cafes offering good food and traditional Dutch hospitality in a country where boating is a way of life.

Cruise on the river Vecht
Penichette and windmill

The south-west of the Friesian region glistens with hundreds of lakes. Cruising is very relaxed, with the locks left open throughout the summer months, and the occasional lift bridge a good place to meet fellow travellers.

You can visit coastal towns, enjoy watersports, with the option of a one-way route south from our Friesland base of Sneek.

You can pass through numerous typical little villages, such as Giethoorn, "the Little Venice", Elburg, Spakenburg or Muiden - traditional fishing villages.

Just a few kilometres north of our Loosdrecht barge holidays base you can reach Amsterdam and explore this exciting cosmopolitan city. see Old Masters at the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh exhibition.

In Amsterdam you can moor in the marina just across the ship canal by ferry from the central station.

It is possible to cruise your Penichette through the Amsterdam canals (care needed, plus permit purchase). Many say the best way to see the city is from the water.

Evening mood on the PĂ©nichette at Loosdrecht

Alternatively take the regular train to Amsterdam from Weesp nearby.

The little Vecht River, mostly used by leisure boats and sailing craft takes you between Amsterdam and Utrecht, where you can moor at the quaysides or opposite the cathedral. At Gouda the marina is in the middle of the old town.

North of Amsterdam you can reach North Holland and Edam, famous for its distinctive cheese. West of Amsterdam, near Haarlem, are the famous Keukenhof Gardens where some 6 millions tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and other bulbs are on display in the Spring.