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European Canal Barge Cruises

'La Nouvelle Etoile' - Holland 2018


7 Days

Limited to 8 guests

In the flower-filled springtime, experience the charms of Holland in the company of your Dutch captain aboard 'La Nouvelle Etoile.' Cruise the historic waterways, stopping for a cheese-tasting in Gouda, a visit to the open-air museum of Zaanse Schans and a tour of Delft with its famous porcelain. At Ketel One, the oldest distillery in the country, sample the renowned vodka. Visit Keukenhof Gardens with its amazing display of spring blooms. Open from late March to mid-May only, it is one of the world's most beautiful gardens and will certainly be a highlight of your cruise.
'La Nouvelle Etoile' - France Vessel

Vessel Information

128 feet long, 16.5 feet wide with air conditioning

Capacity for 8 in 4 king/twin suites, each outward facing with en suite bathroom

Salon with stereo system, television, assortment of CDs/DVDs

Sun deck, partially shaded for al fresco dining, with spa tub

Bicycles provided

Internet access (limited in some areas)

All meals and beverages (alcoholic & non-alcoholic) included

Deck Plan
Day 1
SUNDAY

Meet in Amsterdam and transfer to elegant 'La Nouvelle Etoile,' moored in the center of Haarlem. After a welcome reception, enjoy a relaxing cruise to Zaandam before a gourmet dinner on board.

'La Nouvelle Etoile'
Meals: Dinner
Day 2
MONDAY

After breakfast, drive to the reconstructed village of Zaanse Schans to see a working windmill; then visit a clog maker and a cheese maker. In the afternoon, cruise through the heart of Amsterdam en route to Uithoorn.

'La Nouvelle Etoile'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3
TUESDAY

Today, 'La Nouvelle Etoile' cruises to Gouda, a historic trading center situated between Amsterdam and Rotterdam. In the 15th century, wealthy Gouda was Holland's fifth-largest town. After lunch, visit a local cheese farm. Later explore the city's magnificent architecture, including the remarkable stained glass windows at 15th-century St. John’s Church (St. Janskerk).

'La Nouvelle Etoile'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4
WEDNESDAY

Cruise to Rotterdam this morning, visiting Holland’s oldest vodka distillery en route. Then visit the historic town of Delft, the epitome of an old-fashioned Dutch town with quaint shops and picturesque canals. Stop at the pottery works, where the town’s famous porcelain is still painted by hand. After lunch, you have time on your own to explore the old city center.

'La Nouvelle Etoile'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5
THURSDAY

A morning cruise past Leiden crosses the Brasemmer Lakes to Oude Wetering. Spend the afternoon at the magnificent Keukenhof Gardens, a famous 79-acre park containing millions of colorful flowers. One of the most photographed places in the world, Keukenhof is also home to the largest sculpture park in Holland.

'La Nouvelle Etoile'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 6
FRIDAY

Early this morning, visit the fascinating and fast-paced flower market at Aalsmeer, where 7,000 growers supply over 20 million flowers and plants to be sold each day. Perhaps make an optional visit to the Cruquius Museum, a pumping station that originally helped to drain Haarlemmermeer (Haarlem's Lake). Back in Haarlem, explore the museum dedicated to Dutch portrait artist Frans Hals. This evening, enjoy a special farewell dinner onboard 'La Nouvelle Etoile.’

'La Nouvelle Etoile'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7
SATURDAY

After breakfast, transfer back to Amsterdam where your program ends.

Meals: Breakfast

Route runs in reverse on alternate weeks and may differ on selected cruise dates.

2019 Travel | 2019 prices available on request. Please contact A&K for details.


Prices are in USD, per person and based on double occupancy unless noted as charter. Contact A&K for availability. 

Journey Details

Minimum age (for Independent Bookings) is 18 years old.

Independent Bookings available with a minimum of 4 guests.

Alternate Routes:
May 13: Amsterdam to Bruges
May 20 (11 nights): Bruges to Paris
Jun 3: Paris to Auxerre
Jun 10: Auxerre to Moret-sur-Loing
Jun 17 through Jul 8: Moret-sur-Loing to Briare (or reverse)
Jul 22: Paris to Épernay
Aug 19-Sep 9: Alsace-Lorraine Region
Contact A&K for details.
 

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