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European Canal Barge Cruises

'Panache' - Holland 2018

7 Days

Limited to 12 guests

The opportunity to sample fresh local cheese in Alkmaar is just one of the highlights of this languid journey through Holland. See iconic flower fields from a hot tub on deck as you drift by spectacular, colorful fields. Visit the world's largest flower market at Aalsmeer and walk through Keukenhof Gardens with its prolific blooms. Immerse yourself in historic, charming Amsterdam, tour Rembrandt's birthplace in Leiden, and visit the fabled porcelain factory in Delft, where you see its world-famous pottery being hand painted. Back on board, watch your gourmet chef prepare dinner with ingredients purchased at the morning market.
'Panache' - Holland

Vessel Information

129 feet long, 15 feet wide with air conditioning

Capacity for 12 in 6 double/twin cabins, each outward facing with en suite bathroom

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

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

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

Meals: Dinner
Day 2

After breakfast, tour Alkmaar, a beautiful coastal town famous for its traditional cheese and clog making. After lunch, visit the open-air museum of Zaanse Schans. Then, cruise to Zaandam, the overnight mooring.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3

Cruise to Haarlem for a visit to magnificent Keukenhof Gardens with its 79 acres of flowering bulbs that come to life each spring. Dinner this evening is ashore at a local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4

Early this morning, visit Aalsmeer and its world-famous flower auction where some 20 million cut flowers from all over the world are traded each day. Then tour Haarlem to see the Frans Hals Museum and its collection of Old Masters, as well as St. Bavo's with its magnificent 18th-century pipe organ, which was played by both Handel and Mozart.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6

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. Your 'Panache' crew hosts a gala farewell dinner this evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7

After breakfast, transfer back to Amsterdam.

Meals: Breakfast
Route runs in reverse on alternate week 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 12 years old.

Reduced pricing available for Private Charters of 8-11 guests.

Alternate Routes:

May 20: Delft to Courtrai

May 27: Courtrai to Pont-l'Évêque

Jun 3: Pont-l'Évêque to Paris

Jun 10-Jul 8: Champagne Region of France

Jul 22-Oct 21: Alsace Region of France

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