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Accessible Holland River Cruises with MS Viola

An unforgettable experience on the rivers through the Netherlands

A river cruise holiday through the East and South of the Netherlands with ship MS Viola in 2019

The completely renovated ship MS Viola will start sailing in June 2019! The ship consists of 4 different decks, luxury and is fully accessible. 

The tall ship will sail two routes, through West Germany and through the South of the Netherlands. The MS-Viola is fully accessible for people with physical challenges. The luxurious looking and accessible cabins on this ship are unique and what many have been waiting for. The bathrooms are shared with one other cabin, and can be entered from the accessible cabins.

This route follows the Rhine and Maas river in the Netherlands and starts in Bonn (Germany). It includes visits to destinations exciting destinations such as iconic Rotterdam and historic Nijmegen.

Enjoy the breathtaking views on the Sun deck or relax in the Salon on the Panorama deck, while passing by the beautiful scenery along the Rhine and Maas.

River Cruise Departures Holland 2019

Indicate your preferred departure date when sending the booking request form. 

  • June 10 to 16, 2019
  • July 24 to 30, 2019
  • July 8 to 14, 2019
  • July 15 to 21, 2019
  • July 22 to 28, 2019

For departures of the River Cruises on the Rhine in Germany, click here.

Holland River Cruise itinerary 

  • Day 1: Bonn (dock of departure in the Germany)
  • Day 2: Nijmegen (Netherlands)
  • Day 3: Gorinchem (Netherlands)
  • Day 4: Rotterdam (Netherlands)
  • Day 5: Arnhem (Netherlands)
  • Day 6: Emmerich (Germany)
  • Day 7: Remagen Bonn (Germany)


Accessible no steps Elevator Accessible restaurant or terrace Wheelchair accessible bathroom Wheelchair accessible room Wheelchair accessible toilet 

Where will I stay?

Accessible cabins and bathrooms

The new modern MS Viola cruise ship has 34 spacious Accessible cabins and 27 Standard cabins. The royal cabins on the ship are equipped with two electric high-low beds and accessible sanitary supplies. Shower gel, wash gel and hand soap, towels and bed sheets are available in the room. The cabins are not equipped with a private bathrooms but there’s one large fully adapted bathroom available per 2 cabins. The cabins that share the bathroom both have an entrance to the bathroom. When it is in use, the bathroom door of the other cabin will be locked automatically. 

Facilities on the ship 

The ship consists of the Lower deck, the Main deck, the Panorama deck and the Sun deck. The Standard rooms are located on the Lower deck and the Accessible rooms on the Main deck. The Panorama deck is where the salon, bar, reading lounge and dining room are situated, as well as the reception, the hairdresser and adapted toilets. The Sundeck can be reached by a spacious elevator. On the Sundeck you can find a terrace for sun lovers, where you can enjoy a cup of coffee and the constantly changing views. The Sundeck is accessible for all by elevator. 

Accessibility information

Accessibility of the ship

Wheelchairs and mobility scooters are allowed on the ship and can be used at all times. Additional mobility equipment is available on the ship, including electric hoists and shower chairs.

The spaces are easily accessible with a wheelchair, as there are no steps or stairs towards these rooms. The spacious sundeck is accessible with a large elevator. The entrance of the ship is wide and has a ramp that's put down at each dock.

Care assistance and kidney dialisys

On board of the ship, there will be one doctor and two nurses. Kidney dialisys is possible along the route in Germany at certified institutions. It's also possible to make use of nightly dialisys.

How to get there?

To get to the River Cruise dock in Bonn, there are a variety of options:

  • Private or shared transfer from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to the dock in Bonn (Germany)
  • Private or shared transfer from Eindhoven Airport (Netherlands) to the dock in Bonn (Germany)
  • Private or shared transfer from Cologne Airport to the dock in Bonn (Germany)
  • Private or shared transfer from Düsseldorf Airport to the dock in Bonn (Germany)

Please note that the price currently shown does not include the transfer costs. Prices for the transfers will be indicated later.

What activities can I do?

The River Cruise ship departs and ends in Bonn and will address the following towns in Germany and the Netherlands: 

  • Nijmegen (shore excursion available)
  • Gorinchem (shore excursion available)
  • Rotterdam (shore excursion available)
  • Arnhem 
  • Emmerich (shore excursion available)

Apart from Arnhem, each destination can be explored with a local English speaking and knowledgeable tour guide. They take into account accessibility requirements and offer a suitable route to the centre of the towns. These cities are all old and are somewhat challenging with regards to cobble stones. However, the guides are locals and know exactly which streets are the most suitable. Also, they will know where to go for a drink, snack or a toilet break.

Overview of arrival and departure times
Day   Destination Departure Arrival Start of Tour End of tour
1. dock Bonn 15:00      
2.   Nijmegen 08:00 16:30    
3.   Gorinchem 10:00 13:30    
4.    Rotterdam  08:00 13:00    
5.   Arnhem 09:00 14:30    
6.   Emmerich 09:00 13:00    
7.   Bonn   09:00  

Description of destinations 


Bonn is a city located next to the Rhine river. The city is known for famous composer Beethoven, who was born here. Beethovens legacy can be found all over the city, for example the central Beethoven House. Other sites worth visiting are Bonn Minster, a church with a Romanesque cloister and Gothic elements, the pink-and-gold Altes Rathaus, or old city hall and Poppelsdorf Palace housing a mineralogical museum.



A walking tour through the old city center is organized.

Nijmegen is the oldest city in the Netherlands. In 2005 the city celebrated 2.000 years of existence. Several museums can be found throughout the city, such as Africa Museum (African art and culture), Museum Park Orientalis (focuses on the origin of Judaism, Christianity and Islam), Valkhof Museum (Roman and medieval history and modern art), Velorama (bicycle museum). If you book the cruise of 15-07 you will be in Nijmegen during the start of the ‘Nijmeegse vierdaagse’, which means around 40.000 people will walk distances of 30 to 50 kilometers in four days. The city will be full with celebration during this period.



A walking tour through the old city center is organized.

Gorinchem is an ancient city, which was made into a fortress in the 1600 during the eighty years war. The fortress was built  was to protect Gorinchem against the Spaniards. Even today, the fortress is the largest authentic fortress in the Netherlands!



A walking tour in which you can admire modern architecture in the city center is organized.

Rotterdam is a beautiful city which offers a large variety of activities. Many people associate the Netherlands with Amsterdam as the centre of the country. However, most business takes place in Rotterdam. The city is famous for the port and modern architecture. Rotterdam offers an amazing variety of activities. The beach can be reached by train or car in about 20 minutes!


No excursion included.

Arnhem does not include an excursion because the ship does not dock in the city centre. It docks on a nice boulevard where you can sit along the water and enjoy a drink or two. An optional private excursion is possible. 

Arnhem has a rich past, partly reflected in a number of monumental buildings. Arnhem is close to the Veluwe which is one of Holland’s largest national parks. Recently Arnhem has opened a Foodhall, located next to the port of Arnhem.



A walking tour through the old city center is organized.

Emmerich is filled with nature, flora and fauna.  A very cosy promenade is filled with terraces to enjoy a cup of coffee or watch the longest hanging bridge in Germany. Besides this you can also taste the culture by visiting museums lik Rheinmuseum or PAN kunstforum Nederrijn.

Please note that the price currently shown does not include the shore excursions. 


MS Viola Accessible Cabin MS Viola Rotterdam by river cruise S. Stevenskerk Nijmegen Mill in Gorinchem Fort town Gorichem Markthal Rotterdam Bathroom MS Viola

Terms and conditions

  • The price of the river cruise (€ 1200) includes:
    • Full board per person;
    • Double use of a standard or accessible cabin (bathrooms are shared with one other cabin).
  • The price for the river cruise (€1200) excludes:
    • Drinks package (drinks during meals are included);
    • Transfers to and from dock in Bonn;
    • The use of mobility equipment on board of the ship (hoist / separate shower chair)
    • Shore excursions for English speaking passengers;
      • The price per person for the shore excursions designed to be as wheelchair accessible as possible with English speaking private tour guide is € 275 per person;
      • The table above shows what is included in each shore excursion;
      • A minimum of 6 registrations are required in order to confirm the shore excursions and the maximum number of participants is 12.
  • Care assistants and one doctor are available on the ship and are available upon request in advance. The potential costs need still need to be determined.

Photo sources: Mooi Gorinchem, Toerisme Veluwe Arnhem Nijmegen

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