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3 Countries Deluxe Barge Cruise over 15 Days

  • 15days
  • Netherlands

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Luxury 3 Country Cruise (Holland, Belgium, France) over 15 days

Explore 3 magnificent countries on a 15 day deluxe barge cruise! Travel from Rotterdam to Ghent to Paris (or vise versa) aboard your luxurious barge with relaxed cruising, excursions and gourmet meals. Join us to discover all the wonders on the way! This tour doesn't leave much to be desired with everything prepared carefully for your touring pleasure. 

Highlights:

  • Dutch heritage sites to the old towns of Dordrecht and Wilemstad  
  • Visit the 'Venice of the North' 
  • Scenic wonders and Architectual delights
  • Compiegne Royal Palace and Auvers sur Oise

Your accomodation: 

Aurora is a dream true vessel where space, tranquility and comfort are the key essence. A unique place to escape from busy and tumultuous city life.
Embarking aboard you will feel immediately at ease in this oasis of serenity. The welcoming and convivial atmosphere and the overall comfort will seduce you and ensure you of a most enjoyable and perfect stay! Aurora gives the grace, class and elegance of a classical yacht with: stylish furniture, original artwork, fabrics and linen from the most exclusive French houses of Yves Delormes, finest china and porcelain from Niderviller and Gien, crystal glasses from Baccarat silverware from Chambly house, marble, teak and handmade terracotta tiles, luxury brand toiletries and Internet 24/7 and satellite television at your service. 

  • 8 passengers – 4 crew
  • 40m / 132 feet long , 5m / 17 feet wide
  • Total space 325 m2 / 3498 sq. ft
  • 3 levels –  4 luxurious Suites, each 260 sq.ft
  • 600 sq. ft of living space
  • Ceiling height in salon 6,6 ft
  • Indoor/Outdoor bar
  • Covered terrace , 510 sq.ft, with spa
  • Panoramic sun deck
  • A/C individual climate control
  • Full central heating

Included in the tour: 

  • 14 nights/15 days in a luxurious double suite with a private bathroom
  • Divine meals aboard the ship, starting from the dinner the first day to breakfast the last morning
  • Selection of table and fine wines and alcoholic beverages consumed aboard
  • Round trip chauffeured transportation from and to Amsterdam/Paris as well as daily use of a private minibus van with our tour guide
  • Use of vessel’s bikes and other onboard facilities, through daily escorted excursions, attractions and sightseeing with entrance fees to museums, chateaux, galleries etc

Not Included: 

  • Airfare (flight tickets) to and from Holland/ France
  • Cancellation insurance
  • Crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5-10% of the cruise price)
  • Extra activities NOT covered in all inclusive package: Golf, tennis, hot-air ballooning, horse riding, helicopter or plane rental, karting, quad bikes,…

Notes: 

  • Minimum 2 cabins to depart 
  • This barge tour is available to charter. Please enquire for prices
  • The cruise is run in reverse towards the end of the season in October, ending in Rotterdam.

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  • Day 1

    Rotterdam - A city known for the innovative architecture and large port.

    Arrival from Amsterdam in the early afternoon (from the airport or respective hotel) to barge Aurora moored up in Schiedam. Introduction to the ship and the crew, settling in, welcome with champagne and petit fours/canape reception. Afternoon visit of Rotterdam with the most significant highlights of the city. Dinner onboard. Evening walk through old Schiedam harbor.

  • Day 2

    Rotterdam to Willemstad - A journey through Dutch heritage, from the port of Rotterdam to the historic towns of Dordrecht and Willemstad.

    Departure from Schiedam after breakfast (possibility to visit the ancient distillery of Ketel One, where one of the most prestigious vodkas in the world is made) – with a cruise through the busy port of Rotterdam onto Dordrecht – here guests get to spend the afternoon visiting the oldest town in the Netherlands. Aurora carries on across the Hollandse Diep, part of the Dutch estuaries, to the charming old fortress town of Willemstad for our evening mooring spot. Dinner on board.

  • Day 3

    Willemstad to Antwerpen - Explore the city of Antwerp, get immersed in Rubens' legacy with a guided tour of his house and stroll through the picturesque old quarter, including notable sights.

    Today, we will leave Holland (we pass the town of Tholens and an impressive Kreekrak lock) and cross the border into Belgium and cruise to the bustling port of Antwerpen. Antwerpen is the city of Rubens. After lunch, we tour Rubens’ home and take a stroll in the old quarter of this beautiful Flemish city with the possibility to visit the Onze Lieve Vrouwenkerk cathedral, city hall, the main market square, and the medieval Steen Castle. Dinner on board.

  • Day 4

    Antwerpen to Ghent - A city known for its rich history and vibrant atmosphere.

    After breakfast, we can catch the flood tide up the winding “Sea Schelde”, which takes us to the gorgeous town of Ghent. Here you get to spend some time so that you can visit the magnificent cathedral which houses “The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb”, the fabulous and famous painting by the Van Eyck brothers, or take a walk through this wonderful town at your leisure and explore the local boutiques. The city of Ghent is proud of its rich past and its position at the junction of the Leie and Schelde rivers has ensured the town’s success as a trading port. Ghent is much more than just a museum town. This lively city with its numerous squares and cozy pubs is an excellent mixture of medieval edifices, stylish shopping streets, splendid mansions, working-class quarters from the beginning of the 20th century, and busy little squares where people eat out till the wee hours on a sultry summer night. Dinner on board.

  • Day 5

    Ghent to Bruges (road transport) - A town known also as "Venice of the North"

    This morning we will not cruise and spend another day moored up in Ghent. Guests get to visit the beautiful little town of Bruges, known as the “Venice of the North”. You’ll have ample time to explore many museums, magnificent squares and maybe buy some of the handmade lace or take a boat trip on the small canals which meander through this picturesque town for a unique view of the Flemish architecture. Possible to visit the famous Belfry, Quay of the rosary, Hoistorium museum, Burg square or St. Boniface Bridge

  • Day 6

    Ghent to Oudenaarde - A city known for its beautiful landscapes and historical charm.

    Beautiful peaceful sailing on the Scheldt river into the Flemish Ardennes and the lovable town of Oudenaarde renown for its tapestries. After the lunch we get to visit spectacular center of the town full of patrician houses with the Gothic townhall (one of the most beautiful in Flanders, with its UNESCO inscribed belfry), cloth hall Mou Museum with the tapestry display and the beer brewery Brouwerij Liefmans.

  • Day 7

    Oudenaarde to Tournai - A historic landscape along the Scheldt

    There’s plenty of time to relax this morning as we cruise gently up the River Schelde past sleepy hamlets and beautiful rolling landscapes until our arrival at Tournai (also known as Doornik in Flemish), an ancient Belgian town and I birthplace of Clovis I (founder of the Merovingian dynasty). Not to be missed is the aged and fascinating clock tower/ belfry on the wonderful square and a magnificent Romanesque Gothic cathedral with its five solemn square towers (two world heritage sites). Tournai’s belfry dates from around 1188, making it the oldest belfry in Belgium. You can observe the big ships navigate through the gate of the old Watergate and also not to be missed is the famous “ Pont des Trous” (Bridge with holes) used to collect tolls on the rivers in the old times. In 1940 the entire town was destroyed in a German air raid but restoration has been very successful. Dinner aboard.

  • Day 8

    Tournai to Arleux - Delights Along the River Schelde and Canal du Nord

    Today we move further into France along the river through the town of Valenciennes and to the junction with the Canal du Nord. Many barges pass through the little French village of Arleux on there way to the south of France. We’ll take some time out to visit the town of Cambrai, home to the famous confectionary, the Betise de Cambrai sweet. ‘Betise’ means nonsense or mistake and legend goes that these sweets (mint candies) were invented by accident by the son of a confectioner named Afchain. They make a good gift! Possibility to visit modern art Matisse Museum / or a lace museum/ or a brewery. Dinner on board.

  • Day 9

    Arleux to Peronne - A Day of Scenic Wonders and Architectural Marvels A day of contrasts awaits!

    This morning your Captain will pilot Aurora over the Vermandois Hills of Picardy through many deep locks and several tunnels on the Canal du Nord. This canal was constructed to replace the neighboring and smaller Canal St.Quentin built to transport coal from the mines strewn around the Picardy region. This is no mean feat, and the scenery is spectacular too! The well-maintained towpath invites you to walk or cycle along through the rural landscape. After lunch, we leave the countryside behind to visit the town of Amiens “Venice of the North” to see one of the most impressive Gothic cathedrals in France, with towering spires, magnificent columns and the tallest nave in France. Possibility to visit recreated prehistoric dwellings or local artefacts in Musee de Picardie. Dinner aboard.

  • Day 10

    Peronne to Noyon - Revealing hidden landscapes and history of WWI

    After the climb yesterday, today we will drop down towards the Valley of the Somme, revealing landscapes not normally seen by tourists. Again, there are great opportunities for cycling. After breakfast, we will visit the war museum in Peronne dedicated to First World War history and set on the premises of the medieval castle. If there is a group interested in the history of the First World War (1914-1918) an extensive visit to the places connected to the era can be arranged. Afternoon cruise to our overnight destination. Dinner aboard.

  • Day 11

    Noyon to Compiegne - Royal Residences, Historic Significance, and Natural Beauty

    Our cruise today brings us to the Oise River valley. We will moor in the busy waterside town of Compiegne. There is much to see here including the Royal Palace – a neoclassical chateau and a royal residence lavishly redecorated at Napoleon’s request, a huge town square and the train carriage where the WWI Armistice was signed to end the First World War. Possibility to hike or bike in the gorgeous forest full of ponds and sweet hamlets. Dinner aboard.

  • Day 12

    Compiegne to L’ Isle Adam - Tracing Van Gogh's Inspirations and Legacy

    After breakfast, we continue our cruise through the beautiful Oise Valley. We will moor in charming little town L’Isle Adam. From here we take a visit to Auvers sur Oise, where Van Gogh took his inspiration to produce many of his last and most important paintings. He stayed in a small room above the local café. An afternoon walking tour may inspire you too and will include all the highlights such as the Van Gogh house, the Absinthe museum, the Atelier of Daubigny, and more! We’ll finish the tour at the cemetery where both Vincent Van Gogh and his brother Theo are buried. Dinner on board.

  • Day 13

    L‘ Isle Adam to Conflans - Discover the Monets masterpieces

    We continue our arty theme today with a day excursion to Giverny, to visit the home and gardens of Claude Monet, the most famous of the Impressionist painters. Stand by the Japanese bridge, gaze into the Lily pond and discover his many influences in the fascinating exhibition in the house. We will lunch in a local auberge today.The barge Aurora will be moored at Conflans this evening, at the junction of the River Seine and the Oise. Many bargees retire here, and you will see numerous house barges alongside the quays. Dinner aboard.

  • Day 14

    Conflans to Paris - Napoleon's legacy and Parisian gems

    We slip away from Conflans at dawn to cruise along the mighty River Seine to Bougival, where we’ll visit the home of Napoleon at Malmaison, lavishly decorated by Josephine. Lunch on board and then we continue our cruise to Paris, past the iconic Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame cathedral to moor in the heart of Paris. This evening, spent in such a romantic setting provides the perfect time to look back over your time onboard Aurora.

  • Day 15

    Paris - An unforgettable end to your river cruise adventure

    Enjoy a special hearty breakfast before bidding farewell to Aurora, her Captain and the crew. Bags are loaded after breakfast to transfer you to your drop off point in Paris.

    Please note: This is a sample itinerary that may be subject to change depending on local conditions

  • Day 16

    The cruise is run in reverse towards the end of the season in October, ending in Rotterdam.

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Tours marked with are special prices.

Start End Max. No. Guests Accommodation Price p.p.
May 11 2025 May 25 2025 8 Single rooms 36,000€
Double rooms 24,000€
Oct 12 2025 Oct 26 2025 8 Single rooms 36,000€
Double rooms 24,000€

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