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'Panache' - Holland

Canal Barge Cruises: Tranquil voyages along Europe's scenic canals and rivers

Itinerary

Day 1: Sunday

You are met in Amsterdam and transferred to Alkmaar, where the barge is moored. Your crew welcomes you aboard with a glass of Champagne, followed by dinner on board.

'Panache'   |   Meals: D
Day 2: Monday

After breakfast, tour Alkmaar, a beautiful coastal town famous for its traditional cheese and clog making. After lunch, visit Zaanse Schans with its many windmills and authentic houses from the 17th and 18th centuries. Then, cruise to Zaandam, the overnight mooring.

'Panache'   |   Meals: B L D
Day 3: Tuesday

Tour Haarlem this morning to see the Frans Hals Museum and its collection of Old Masters, as well St. Bavo's with its magnificent 18th-century pipe organ which was played by both Handel and Mozart. Then visit magnificent Keukenhof Gardens where more than 100 acres are filled with flowering bulbs each spring. Dinner this evening is ashore at a local restaurant.

'Panache'   |   Meals: B L D
Day 4: Wednesday

Early this morning, visit Aalsmeer and its world-famous flower auction where some 17 million cut flowers from all over the world are traded each day. Return to 'Panache' for a breakfast cruise to Oude Wetering. There is time this afternoon to cycle the many paths around the lake or visit the local cheese market in nearby Gouda.

'Panache'   |   Meals: B L D
Day 5: Thursday

Cruise to Leiden, the birthplace of Rembrandt, for a city tour and free time to explore the local cafés, boutique shops, markets and antique dealers.

'Panache'   |   Meals: B L D
Day 6: Friday

A morning cruise to Delft, an unspoiled 750-year-old town, known for its ceramic production. Visit the tableware factory where the famous blue and white porcelain is made. 'Panache' hosts a gala farewell dinner this evening.

'Panache'   |   Meals: B L D
Day 7: Saturday

After breakfast, transfer back to Amsterdam.

Meals: B

Cruise itinerary operates in reverse direction on alternate weeks.

Canal Barge Cruising in Europe is a relaxed way of travel that is inherently flexible and subject to change. The above itinerary is an example of the places you may see and visit during your cruise; your actual itinerary may vary.

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