The Experience

La Nouvelle Etoile’ begins her season in Holland, the land of windmills, chocolate and spectacular spring flowers. Captain Jan Meijer was born into a Dutch shipping family and is eager to share the wonders of his homeland waterways. For over 20 years, he and his wife, Diana, have offered a relaxing on-board atmosphere designed to delight even the most discerning traveller.

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

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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: B, L, D
Enjoy an early excursion today to colorful Aalsmeer, the largest flower auction in the world. Millions of flowering bulbs and plants trade hands here every day in a building containing more than 240 acres of floor space. Back on board the barge, cruise to the cheese capital of Gouda. After lunch, visit a local cheese farm with time to shop or take in the city’s architecture, including the remarkable 16th-century stained glass at St. Janskerk.

‘La Nouvelle Etoile’ | Meals: B, L, D
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: B, L, D
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: B, L, D
Cruise back to Haarlem today with an optional visit to the Cruquius Museum, a pumping station that originally helped to drain Haarlemmermeer (Haarlem’s Lake). Then explore the museum dedicated to Dutch portrait artist Frans Hals. This evening, ‘La Nouvelle Etoile’ hosts a special farewell dinner.

‘La Nouvelle Etoile’ | Meals: B, L, D
After breakfast, transfer back to Amsterdam where your program ends.

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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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