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Holland's Green Heart 7-day Luxury Barge Cruise

  • 7days
  • Netherlands

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Heart of Holland 7-day Luxury Barge Cruise

This classic cruise offers the very best of Holland. From medieval Haarlem to scholastic Leiden, from delicate hand painted porcelain to the Hague, from an exciting cruise through Amsterdam to the windmills of Zaanse Schans – there is never a dull moment. Great tours, fantastic cruising and delicious cuisine make this a week to remember. Avoid the crowds and relax aboard your little piece of heaven.

Accommodation:

Thoughtful and excellent touches make living on this spacious barge supremely comfortable and the week’s cruise a joy. In addition to 2 spacious sundecks, there’s a great aft bar lounge, a favourite gathering place for all to talk about the day. The 4 new and spacious staterooms boast plenty of storage space, 220V and US 110V outlets and large en-suite bathrooms with double sink and rain shower. Each room is decorated tastefully with plenty of personal touches, including original artworks. The barge offers an extensive library.

At 40 meters long and a full 5 meters wide the main accommodation runs the entire length of the ship. A huge lounge, spacious dining room and a unique and completely separate saloon bar provide exceptional space for only 8 guests. They will never feel crowded.  Continually refurbished and refitted to maintain her full glory, with personal touches everywhere, this beautiful barge offers a true “home away from home” ambience. An upright piano, extensive library and beautiful artworks create a cozy intimate atmosphere. Many guests return for this very reason

On this tour, there is less of the ‘get off the boat’ in the morning, but rather a more relaxed and luxurious approach to barging. 

On board:

Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included, as well as the services of 5 staff including a tour guide who will guide the tours and city walks. Coffee, tea, soft drinks and water available all day. There is a fully stocked bar at the rear of the barge where guests can relax or just get a drink to take up onto the roof.  Service and presentation are of great importance. Having a high staff to client ratio helps to achieve that.  

When we visit attractions such as Zaanse Schans or the Delft Porcelain Factory, guests will be at liberty to choose what things they’d like to see and entry fees are included in the charter cost.   

Special Note:

For the 2021 season, the barge is available for charter only (USD 42,250 to 54,000).

Bookings will be available for both cabin bookings and charter in 2022.

Contact our office for details of seasonal pricing ([email protected]). Charter dates available in 2021: August 1, 8, 22, 29 September 5,12,19,26 October 3,10,24. Later dates are available upon negotiation.

Included in the Luxury Barge Cruise:

  • 7 days and 6 nights
  • Transfers to and from the barge
  • All meals beginning with dinner on Sunday through breakfast on Saturday
  • Open bar and all wines with lunches and dinners
  • All escorted side excursions 
  • Use of bicycles

Not included in the tour:

  • Overseas air transportation to Amsterdam, Paris or Bruges
  • Suggested minimum 5% gratuity for the crew, to be paid in equivalent euros to the Captain

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  • Day 1

    Haarlem to Leiden

    You are met by your chauffeurs at the designated meeting point in Amsterdam and transferred to your barge, moored in the center of Haarlem. Once aboard your Captain welcomes you with a Champagne reception and an introduction to your crew and hotel barge. We then begin our cruise to Leiden, crossing the lakes and entering the city center, where we moor overnight. This evening enjoy your first wonderful dinner onboard.

  • Day 2

    Leiden to Delft

    After breakfast, enjoy a peaceful cruise along the canals out of Leiden and through the oldest lock in Holland at Leidschendam. We arrive in Delft after lunch. This afternoon we visit the Hague – visit the Mauritshuis (with works by Rembrandt or Vermeer), Binnenhof (the Parliament and government buildings) or the Peace palace OR visit Madurodam – a miniature Holland depiction with replicas of historically significant buildings Return to the hotel barge moored in the center of Delft. Dinner on board.

  • Day 3

    Delft to Gouda

    Nearly Four Centuries of Experience under One Roof! After breakfast, we take a walking tour to the Delft Royal Porcelain Factory, where beautiful hand-painted ceramics are still made. We then take a stroll around the cobbled streets of Delft before joining your barge to begin your cruise through the port of Rotterdam and onto Gouda. When available we have the option to tour the Kettle One Vodka Distillery whilst the barge moves forward to its overnight destination. Dinner onboard.

  • Day 4

    Gouda to Uithoorn

    Medieval Town Center and Stained Glass! This morning your tour guide will escort you through the streets of medieval Gouda, where you will see the most famous of all stained glass windows in Holland. A leisurely stroll through town is a must, with its 'Disneyesque' main square and small boutiques. After lunch we cruise through towns clinging to the canal sides to our overnight mooring at Uithoorn. Dinner onboard.

  • Day 5

    Uithoorn to Zaandam

    Early optional visit today before breakfast to Aalsmeer Flower Auction, where some 17 million cut flowers from all over the world are traded each day. Return to the hotel barge for a sumptuous breakfast, whilst cruising along the winding Amstel River into Amsterdam and then through the very heart of this enchanting city, where small canals and unique architecture take you back to a bygone era. You can literally reach out and touch the passers-by. Leaving Amsterdam we join the mighty North Sea Canal and head west towards our overnight mooring at Zaandam. After lunch, your tour guide drives you to Zaanse Schans to see the clog-maker and working windmills. This site represents some of the most traditional architecture of a bygone Holland. Dinner onboard.

  • Day 6

    Zaandam to Haarlem

    Our final cruise this morning takes us to Haarlem, a town of exceptional beauty with its main square, once used for jousting. We visit the famous Frans Hals Museum, founded in 1862, with its vast collection of Old Masters. There will be plenty of time to enjoy this wonderful place and to shop around its many boutiques. Tonight we welcome you all to our Captain’s Dinner. Sparkle and decoration adorn the table alongside of laughter, great cuisine and many a good sea dog tale! What a great conclusion to a great cruise!.

  • Day 7

    Haarlem

    End of your tour. Disembark 9.30am after breakfast. Please note that itineraries can be changed at short notice due to influences beyond our control.

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If you would like to drive yourself before or after your tour, ask us for a quote on any brand new Renault, Peugeot or Citroen vehicle for driving in Europe.

Pick up your vehicle from most capital cities in Europe and return it to your drop off destination. Top insurance cover. Email [email protected] for a competitive quote

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