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Hidden Treasures of the IJsselmeer

Cruise the unique and rarely-traversed IJsselmeer river over the course of 12 days with the help of SAGA’s experienced crew.

Enjoy a range of historically rich locations and activities, included excursions to various locations and a wealth of free time to make your own memories.

Climb aboard the luxurious Amadeus Elegant – your restaurant and hotel for the next 11 nights – designed to glide effortlessly through this uncommon journey.

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  • Cruise Line: Saga
  • Ship: Amadeus Elegant
  • Duration: 11 Nights
  • Departure: June
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Hidden Treasures of the IJsselmeer Cruise Itinerary

Traverse the Dutch and Belgian waterways on this unique itinerary – designed to conduct guests along the rarely-traversed IJsselmeer river. Guests enjoy the opportunity to explore a range of unique ports and dive into local histories.

Day 1

Arrive to Amsterdam

Travel to Amsterdam and embark the spectacular Amadeus Elegant – your home for the next 11 nights.

Day 2

Amsterdam / Hoorn

Kick off your adventure exploring the harbour town of Hoorn – you may wish to pay a visit to one of many historic buildings, including the State Council building.

Day 3

Enkhuizen / Den Helder

Today, explore the unique Zuiderzee Museum, which exhibits over 140 historic buildings. Pay a visit to its quirky bottle shop museum.

Day 4

Den Helder / Oudeschild

Spend the day exploring Den Helder; originally a small fishing village, this fortified location is home to the Dutch Naval College and Admiralty Palace.

Day 5

Oudeschild / Harlingen

Enjoy an included tour of the island – visiting fields, pine forests, sand dunes and windmills.

Day 6

Harlingen / Sneek

You have the day to adventure through this prosperous harbour town.

Day 7

Sneek / Kampen

Adventure through the picturesque village of Sneek – you may wish to pay a visit to the symbolic 17th century water gate at the end of Koemarkt.

Day 8

Kampen / Deventer

Spend the morning enjoying some free time in the bustling Kampen. This afternoon, the your ship will set sail along the rarely cruised IJssel river.

Day 9


Traverse Deventer’s historic centre – see the Weigh House, Town Hall, Churches of St Lebuin and St Nicholas as well as a renaissance merchant’s house – AKA the ‘House of the Three Herrings’. Later, you’ll enjoy an included visit to the 17th century Het Loo Palace.

Day 10

Deventer / Nijmegen

For today, you may opt to embark on an optional excursion revealing some of the sights associated with famous battles from World War Two.

Day 11


This morning, join an included cruise along Amsterdam’s iconic canals. From the city centre, see the famed Skinny Bridge, Montelbaanstoren tower and Jewish Quarter.

Day 12

Depart Amsterdam

After a pleasant breakfast, disembark your ship and begin your return journey.

Hidden Treasures of the IJsselmeer Cruise Ships

Amadeus Elegant

Both stylish and spacious, this vessel combines elegant design with the luxury of space all bundled up in tiny packaging. The smaller size of this ship enables her to reach ports that larger ship’s cannot; affording you a uniquely thorough experience.

150 Guests Maximum
French Balconies
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Hidden Treasures of the IJsselmeer Deals

Enjoy adventuring through Dutch and Belgian Waterways

11 Nights

Hidden Treasures of the IJsselmeer

  • Arrive to Amsterdam
  • Amsterdam / Hoorn
  • Enkhuizen / Den Helder
  • Den Helder / Oudeschild
  • Oudeschild / Harlingen
  • Harlingen / Sneek
  • Sneek / Kampen
  • Kampen / Deventer
  • Deventer
  • Deventer / Nijmegen
  • Amsterdam
  • Depart Amsterdam
£3,349pp Est. Price per person
  • Amadeus Elegant

Hidden Treasures of the IJsselmeer Cruise Review

“I’ve never been able to find such a long cruise along the IJsselmeer before, and this one was definitely worth the money. The 4 included tours were really spectacular and on days where there aren’t any, there are a lot of suggestions of things to get stuck into.”

Anthony Smith, Cheadle

Hidden Treasures of the IJsselmeer FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

Is this cruise all inclusive?

Yes, as well as offering SAGA’s All Inclusive+ experience, this cruise includes travel insurance, all gratuities on board and return travel.

How many included excursions are there?

Your Hidden Treasures of the IJsselmeer cruise offers four included excursions: ‘Texel Island Tour’, ‘Giethoorn canal cruise’, ‘Visit to Het Loo Palace’ and an ‘Amsterdam Canal Cruise’.

What's the maximum capacity of passengers?

The Amadeus Elegant has space to host up to 150 passengers.

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