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Holland and Lake IJsselmeer

Holland and Lake IJsselmeer

  • UK
  • Amsterdam
  • Hoorn
  • Enkhuizen
  • Lemmer
  • Amsterdam
  • UK

6 DAYS from £1321pp

Tour Highlights
  • Time at leisure in Amsterdam
  • Cruise on Lake IJsselmeer, the largest freshwater lake in Western Europe
  • Choose from a number of optional excursions
  • Visit the cheesemaking city of Alkmaar
  • Explore historic Enkhuizen

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Holland and Lake IJsselmeer

Experience Holland's classics aboard the MS Monet. Highlights include cosmopolitan Amsterdam, Lake Ijsselmeer - one of the largest lakes in western Europe, a bike tour of the Polder system and, of course, a plethora of windmills.

River Cruise Itinerary

UK to Amsterdam

Depart London on your scheduled flight to Amsterdam. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your ship, MS Monet. Enjoy a welcome cocktail with the crew before dinner then take a tour of Amsterdam by moonlight, as a river boat takes you past the city sights.

  • Dinner

Enjoy a guided tour of Amsterdam where you'll meander along the picturesque canals that criss-cross the city before visiting a diamond merchant. Must-see attractions in Netherlands' capital include the Anne Frank House, which details the life of the teenage author, and the fantastic Van Gogh museum, which houses the world's largest collection of the artist's work.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Amsterdam, Hoorn and Enkhuizen

Cruise past the town of Hoorn, then onward to Alkmaar, the 'City of Cheese', where you'll disembark for a guided tour, including a visit to the city's renowned cheese museum, where you'll discover more about the history of the country's most famous cheeses - Gouda and Edam. Tonight, cruise to the historic city of Enkhuizen, located on the shores of Lake IJsselmeer.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Enkhuizen to Lemmer

Today, explore Enkhuizen at your own pace before you cruise the Ijsselmeer, one of the largest lakes in western Europe. Moor at Lemmer where there'll be time to discover the famous Woudagemaal steam pumping station before a gala dinner on board the ship.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Lemmer to Amsterdam

Enjoy one of the Netherlands' most recognised sights - the colourful tulips of Keukenhof Gardens. As the gardens are mostly open from mid-March to mid-May, those travelling at other times can enjoy a trip to the towns of Volendam and Zaanse Schans, known for their colourful wooden houses and windmills. Afterwards, enjoy some free time or ask to be dropped in Amsterdam city centre.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Amsterdam to UK

Disembark after breakfast for your airport transfer and return flight to the UK.

  • Breakfast

Important Information


A visa is not required for British nationals travelling to Holland. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding passport validity.


We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24 hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.


If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

Each passenger is entitled to 23KG of hold luggage plus 1 item of hand luggage not exceeding in size and 1 personal item such as a handbag, briefcase or laptop case. Weight restrictions will be finalized on E-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Check-In should be at least 2 hours before departure.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include;,,, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This river cruise is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves moderate days of walking on cobble streets and getting on and off the cruise ship. This cruise is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Tour Guide

Optional excursions are escorted by an experienced, English speaking guide.

Currency Information

Optional excursions are escorted by an experienced, English speaking guide. The currency in Holland as well as on board is the Euro (?). We recommend that you exchange you currency before you leave the UK, however cash machines are available in most towns and cities to withdraw money in the local currency.

Personal Expenses

This cruise is All-Inclusive, so you will only need to take a little extra money with you to cover any premium drinks on board and souvenirs, drinks and snacks purchased when off the ship, as well as any optional excursions you wish to book.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKPrice
2018 Dates
21 Sep 201826 Sep 2018£1149

Cabin Upgrades

Treat yourself to a better vista! Cabin and Deck upgrades are available for an additional supplement. For prices and availability please call our Reservations Consultants or Book Online.

Single Cabins

If you're travelling alone single cabins are available for a small supplement. For prices and availability please call our Reservations Consultants or Book Online.

What to expect

Fact File


Average Flying time

3 hours

Min/Max temperature

3 °C / 8 °C

What to pack
  • Comfortable walking shoes such as trainers for sightseeing excursions
  • Sun cream and a hat with a big brim for sunny days
  • Sunglasses
  • Ruck sack or light bag per person
  • Personal toiletries
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal first aid kit containing travel pills, rehydration powder, plasters, stomach settlers, antiseptic creams, aspirin etc
MS Monet

Sail through Holland and Lake Ijsselmeer on the MS Monet enjoying the fabulous views from the large sun-deck. This 2 deck ship features 78 comfortable, well-equipped cabins. Facilities include a lounge bar, dining room, library and gift shop.

Onboard facilities include...

All cabins are equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe. Spaced across the Upper and Main Decks, all cabins are outside facing and located above the water affording outstanding views from the large picture window.

All-inclusive Dining

Your day will always begin with an impressive buffet breakfast. Chefs prepare succulent 3-course meals for lunch and dinner which are served in the onboard restaurant. Midday and evening meals are paired with excellent and carefully chosen beers and wines, included in the price. An open bar is available throughout the voyage (not including Champagne, special wines, premium spirits or fine brandies).

Life Onboard

All cruises start with a welcoming cocktail reception where you'll meet the captain, crew and staff of your ship. Facilities onboard include a comfortable lounge with a dance floor for your enjoyment and relaxation as well as a gift shop. FREE Wifi is available in lounge bar and reception. The sun deck, complete with deckchairs, offers a panoramic view of the landscape's beauty as you cruise.

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