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Gardens at Keukenhof
  • Overview


    • Explore Amsterdam, Holland’s vibrant capital city, at leisure
    • Discover the world-famous floral displays at Keukenhof Gardens
    • Take in the traditional Dutch landscapes as we see the historical windmills of Kinderdijk

    Discover delightful Dutch scenery as we visit spectacular Keukenhof Gardens, the largest flower garden in the world. In addition to this, we’ll explore famous Kinderdijk, home to 19 historical windmills dating from the 19th century. Our cruise will capture the essence of real Holland, with a perfect mix of city, riverscapes and spring colour. Read More

    Great for:

    • Great for - City
    • Great for - Culture
    • Great for - Gardens
    • Great for - History
    • Great for - Scenery

    Keukenhof Gardens
    Embarking in Amsterdam, we’ll sail along Holland’s stunning waterways and will be able to admire the beautiful springtime scenery. We’ll make our way to Enkhuizen, where we’ll enjoy our included excursion to Keukenhof Gardens. Wander along the picturesque walkways and soak up the beautiful floral displays this excellent attraction is so well-known for!

    Continuing our river cruise, we’ll sail onwards to Arnhem, famous for its bridge. Our next port of call will be charming Schoonhoven, which we will be able to explore at leisure this afternoon. It will then be time to sail to Kinderdijk, where we will discover the historical windmills here.

    Kinderdijk boasts the largest collection of old windmills in all of the Netherlands, and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. We’ll take in these incredible windmills during our excursion today, and will then continue our river cruise to Rotterdam, where we will disembark the MV Virginia for our return journey home. 
  • Itinerary



  • The Ship


    MV Virginia

    • MV Virginia
    • MV Virginia - lounge
    • MV Virginia - bar
    • MV Virginia restaurant
    Whether you want to discover the Rhine and Moselle rivers, or Dutch Waterways, the MV Virginia is the ideal choice. Our warm, inviting ship is a firm favourite with Shearings customers, and it’s very easy to see why. If you’re after scenic River Cruises that give you the opportunity to travel in style and comfort, while exploring beautiful destinations and taking in stunning scenery, we have the perfect selection of Europe River Cruises for you.

    Having been fully refurbished in 2013, the MV Virginia provides a modern, relaxed atmosphere, with impressive decor and a fantastic environment in which you’ll be able to relax at ease while enjoying Rhine River Cruises.

    You’ll experience the classic Shearings charm that our customers are now accustomed to. Our friendly staff will be on-hand at all times to welcome you aboard the ship after exiting excursions in fantastic destinations, and they’ll be happy to recommend ideas for things to do and sights to see when we’re docked.

    The MV Virginia is the perfect vessel for first-time River Cruise travellers - if you’re booking your very first Dutch Waterways, Rhine or Moselle River Cruise, you’ll feel right at home on this ship. With its intimate and relaxed atmosphere, you’re sure to make a number of firm friends with your fellow passengers.

    While we’re travelling, be sure to admire the changing scenery from the sundeck, where you can soak up the rays or sit under the covered area. Why not enjoy a pre-dinner drink with your new friends at the bar, before tucking into the sumptuous meals served on-board. You’ll get to enjoy buffet breakfasts, as well as three-course lunches and four-course evening meals with waiter service.

    Step aboard the MV Virginia with Shearings to discover just why this ship is so popular with our customers…
    • Length: 67.50 metres
    • Width: 9.00 metres
    • Accommodation areas refurbished: 2013
    • Passenger Capacity: 107
    • Passenger decks: 4
    • Star rating: 3 Star


    • MV Virginia Grade A

      MV Virginia Cabin
      • Private bathroom facilities including wet room-style shower and toilet
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Fixed twin beds
      • Located on Promenade deck
      Relax as we travel along the Rhine, Moselle or the Dutch Waterways on one of our Europe River Cruises on-board the MV Virginia and choose our Grade A cabins. You’ll enjoy a fantastic journey with us, and you’ll be able to retire to your comfortable cabin on the Promenade deck of the MV Virginia for a rejuvenating rest at the end of each day.

      You’ll find a private bathroom in your cabin, with a wet room-style shower and a toilet, as well as a safe to store your important belongings in, and a hairdryer and flat screen TV. Your cabin will also be equipped with air conditioning and has fixed twin beds.
    • MV Virginia Grade A+

      MV Virginia A+ Cabin
      • Private bathroom facilities including wet room-style shower and toilet
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Tea and coffee area
      • Sitting area
      • Fixed twin beds
      • Located on Promenade deck
      For the ultimate relaxing experience when enjoying scenic River Cruises on-board the MV Virginia, choose our Grade A+ cabins. Situated on the Promenade deck, you’ll be able to sit back and allow us to transport you along some of Europe’s finest rivers.

      In your cabin, you’ll find a private bathroom with excellent facilities, including a shower and toilet, as well as a safe and hairdryer in your cabin. Why not watch some TV, or enjoy a complimentary cup of tea or coffee while relaxing in the cabin’s sitting area?
    • MV Virginia Grade B

      MV Virginia Cabin
      • Private bathroom facilities including wet room-style shower and toilet
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Fixed twin beds
      • Located on Main deck
      Join us on-board the MV Virginia for one of our fantastic scenic River Cruises and enjoy comfortable accommodation in our Grade B cabins. Relax in your cabin after a great day of travelling, whether you’ve spent the day watching the changing scenery as we continue our journey, or you’ve enjoyed some amazing excursions to beautiful new destinations.

      Our Grade B cabins come with all the facilities you’ll require for an excellent stay on-board, including private bathroom facilities with a shower and toilet. You’ll also find a safe, hairdryer and air conditioning in your cabin, as well as a flat screen TV and fixed twin beds.
    • MV Virginia Grade C

      MV Virginia C Cabin
      • Private bathroom facilities including wet room-style shower and toilet
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Fixed twin beds
      • Located on Promenade/Main deck
      Enjoy a relaxing journey on-board the MV Virginia as we discover beautiful sights and amazing attractions with one of our many Rhine River Cruises, or one of our Moselle or Dutch Waterways River Cruises. We have something to suit all travel tastes, and our Grade C cabins on the Promenade and Main decks of the MV Virginia will serve as fantastic accommodation for the duration of your cruise.

      You’ll find fixed twin beds in your cabin, as well as private bathroom facilities with a shower and toilet. There will also be a safe, air conditioning, a hairdryer and a flat screen TV in your cabin, so you can relax after a day of excursions.
    • MV Virginia Grade D

      MV Virginia D Cabin
      • Private bathroom facilities including shower cubicle and toilet
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Fixed twin beds
      • Located on Cabin deck
      Situated on the Cabin deck of the MV Virginia, our Grade C cabins provide great accommodation for your exciting Dutch Waterways, Rhine or Moselle River Cruise. After an evening of fun and sumptuous food in our restaurant, bar and living areas of the ship, you can return to your cabin for a peaceful night’s rest.

      Your cabin will come equipped with private bathroom facilities, which includes a shower cubicle and toilet, and you’ll also find fixed twin beds in your cabin. As well as this, you can make use of your cabin’s safe, hairdryer, air conditioning and flat screen TV during your River Cruise.
    • MV Virginia Single Cabin

      MV Virginia Single Cabin
      • Private bathroom facilities including wet room style-shower or shower cubicle and toilet
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Fixed single bed for sole occupancy
      • Located on Cabin and Main deck
      Should you be travelling by yourself, or prefer to stay in a separate cabin, our Single cabin is ideal. With private bathroom facilities, including either a wet room-style shower or a shower cubicle, and a toilet, you’ll be perfectly suited for great facilities when travelling on-board the MV Virginia.

      Our Single cabins can be found on the Main and Cabin decks of the MV Virginia, and you’ll also find a safe, hairdryer, flat screen TV and air conditioning in all of our Single cabins. Each cabin is also fitted with fixed twin beds for sole occupancy.
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  • Excursions & Extras


    Gardens at Keukenhof
    Keukenhof Gardens

    Admire the stunning floral displays at Keukenhof Gardens with seven themed gardens. Set in a park intersected by canals and lakes, the world's greatest flower show draws huge spring crowds to its lines of tulips, hyacinths and daffodils. Stroll through a carpet of diverse colours and scents, admiring the handiwork of a dedicated team of horticulturalists.

    Windmill by water and boat

    The Netherlands is world-famous for its windmills, and today there are still more than 1,000 mills. Nowhere in the world will you find as many windmills as in the Dutch village of Kinderdijk. In 1740, no less than 19 sturdy mills were built here to drain excess water from the Alblasserwaard polders, which are situated below sea-level. The powerful mill sails transmit the force of the wind on to the large paddle-wheels, which scoop up the water.

    According to legend, the name Kinderdijk owes its name to an incident during a flood in the 15th century. A cradle carrying a child floated on the waves of the river, with the cradle kept afloat by a cat. Eventually, the cradle became stranded on the slope of a dike. The spot where this event happened was named Kinderdijk.

    In 1997, the mills of Kinderdijk were added to the World Heritage List of UNESCO and are one of the Netherlands' most popular tourist attractions. Join us for this truly wonderful Dutch Experience as we enjoy a full guided tour of the Pumphouse – with a full explanation of how the windmills work and how they have played a vital role in Holland’s past.

    We then continue to the Visitor’s Windmill where you may wish to climb the stairs (approx 60) to reach the top of the windmill, which offers spectacular views. After this, we'll enjoy a relaxing cruise, seeing the windmills from a different perspective.


    Delightful Delft

    Join us as we explore one of the prettiest cities in Holland. Delft is probably best known for the blue and white porcelain and pottery that originates from the area, known as Delftware.

    Delft is one of Holland’s historical centres and is home to the Dutch royal family. The centre of Delft has a number of very interesting historical buildings and churches, such as the City Hall, the Oude Kerk (Old Church) and the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church).

    Following our guided walking tour, we head to the New Church (entrance included). The church tower is the second highest in Holland and is also the resting place of the Dutch Royal family. We then head to the Royal Porcelain Factory.

    Discover Amsterdam

    Capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam is the country's largest city with over one million inhabitants and is referred to as the "Venice of the North" because of its lovely canals that criss-cross the city, its impressive architecture and more than 1,500 bridges. During our guided tour we will give you an introduction to the many fabulous sights of this wonderful city.

    Our tour commences with a guided tour by coach, we see Dam Square, the heart of Amsterdam. The square is flanked by the impressive Royal Palace, which for many years was the home of the Dutch Royal Family. We also see Museum Square, dominated by the Rijksmuseum, the old harbour, the famous flea market, the infamous red light district, the Amstel River, Skinny Bridge and the many museums including the Van Gogh Museum.

    Open Air musuem
    Netherlands Open Air Museum

    Uncover the Netherlands’ fascinating past at this excellent open air museum, learning all about the country’s many customs and traditions. Here, we’ll discover historical houses, mills and farmhouses, depicting the lives of those who lived through the Netherlands’ times of great change throughout the 19th century, the country’s industrial revolution, the First and Second World Wars, and into modern times. With many interesting exhibits to discover, this is sure to make for an exciting excursion!


    Captain's gala dinner
    Enjoy a fantastic Captain's gala dinner while on-board!

    Welcome drink on arrival
    Enjoy a welcome drink on arrival


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What's included

  • Return coach travel
  • Five nights full board cruise
  • One night half board accommodation post route
  • Services of a Shearings Cruise Manager
  • Welcome drink upon arrival
  • Captain’s gala dinner
  • On-board evening entertainment programme
  • Porterage
  • Two included excursions
  • Three optional excursions
MV Virginia

MV Virginia

Whether you want to discover the Rhine and Moselle rivers, or Dutch Waterways, the MV Virginia is the ideal choice. Our warm, inviting ship is a firm favourite with Shearings customers, and it's very easy to see why.

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