Towards its mouth on the Dutch coast, the Rhine River makes its way through the sophistication, colour and elegance of Belgium and the Netherlands. Having crashed down from the Swiss mountains, and the Middle Rhine, here the river gently drifts to its final point, flowing through flatlands of wonderful flower filled meadows, past lazy windmills and sleepy villages. This is the undiscovered Rhine, a waterway of tranquil charm and quiet majesty.
With a number of smaller rivers splitting off from the main river, cruising through the Netherlands and Belgium is one of the best ways to experience these remarkable countries. From timehonoured steam trains to solemn battlefields, from glorious gardens to storybook towns, this part of the world exudes a hidden class and a down-to-earth feel which beguiles and enchants in equal measure.