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-Holland/Belgium on Barge La Nouvelle Etoile-

Cruise Details:

  • Up to 8 guests
  • 128 Ft. Long
  • Rating: Ultra Deluxe
  • Charter & Cabin bookings
  • Hosts: Jan Meijer
  • English Speaking Crew of 5
  • Bicycles
  • Air Conditioned
  • Last Visited 2012

Cruise Rate Includes:

6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath, chauffeured transfers from Amsterdam to the barge & return, all meals, from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning, all wines with lunch & dinner, open bar, daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.

Cruise Rate Does NOT Include

Airfare to and from Holland, cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)


La Nouvelle Etoile

Dutch host Jan Meijer is a perfect guide to Holland at Tulip Time - and Nouvelle Etoile is the only Ultra-Deluxe barge cruising in Holland.

NOUVELLE ETOILE begins every season in Holland, then transitions to France for routes in Burgundy, Champagne, and Alsace (some combinable into 13-night cruises), finally ending the season on Germany's idyllic River Mosel.

Jan Meijer runs one of the most accomplished and congenial operations in barging - beginning with the vessel itself. NOUVELLE ETOILE boasts a long list of innovations: an elevator, a handicap access cabin, computers in every cabin (with e-mail and a navigational system that the passengers can access), an exercise room, a washer and dryer for the guests and sput poles that allow the barge to stop anywhere without tying up.

NOUVELLE ETOILE ("New Star") is the dream barge of Captain Meijer, who was born into a Dutch shipping familly - and thus knows more than the average barge captain about design and navigation. But not at the expense of elegance and comfort!

The spacious suites boast oversized showers, double sinks and rich interiors design. The salon-dining room is designed for socializing. Guests congregate at the gorgeous bar. There is lots of good seating - even a piano for those so inclined.

Jan Meijer runs a top operation - one defined by divine cuisine, the depth and breadth of the wine selection, and extremely literate sightseeing.


Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise
2017 Regular Season rates

Whole Boat Charter: $61,000
Individuals: $7,975 per person double occupancy
Single Supplement: $3,887

2017 Regular Season Holland and Belgium Dates
April 2 - 8 Haarlem to Haarlem April 23 - 29 Haarlem to Haarlem
April 9 - 15 Haarlem to Haarlem April 30 - May 6 Haarlem to Haarlem
April 16 - 22 Haarlem to Haarlem May 7 - 13 Amsterdam to Bruges

 

2017 Bruges to Paris Cruise Rate

Whole Boat Charter: $101,600
Individuals: $13,290 per person double occupancy
Single Supplement: $6,395

2017 Bruges to Paris Date

May 14 - 25

Barge Cruise

La Nouvelle Etoile Accommodations and Amenities

  • 128 Feet Long
  • Four cabins with ensuite shower bath
  • All with choice of one queen or two twin beds
  • All over 200 square feet
  • One suite is wheelchair accessible
  • Also in each cabin
  • TV/Internet
  • Picture windows
  • Brand new touch-screen computer
  • Double sinks in bathroom
  • In the Public Areas
  • Elevator
  • Piano & large-screen satellite TV in salon
  • Washer/dryer for guest use
  • Exercise room with treadmill, home trainer bicycle, free weights & step
  • WIFI with limited availability
  • Elegant salon, dining room with picture windows
  • Deck
  • Sundeck with retractable canopy
  • Jacuzzi on deck
  • 8 Batavus Weekend bicycles
    8 speed gears and hand brakes, bell
    Adjustable seats/handlebars & front/back shock absorbers
    Four women's frame (48"), four men's frame (53")


















barge la nouvelle etoile bath

La Nouvelle Etoile Holland Barge Cruise Itinerary

Haarlem To Haarlem on the dutch waterways

Sunday: Haarlem to Zaandam
Let's Start to Float!
We'll meet you at 2:30pm in the lobby of your Amsterdam hotel, followed by chauffeured transfer to LA NOUVELLE ETOILE moored in nearby Haarlem. Haarlem is quite a charming and cosmopolitan city full of historical beauty. St. Bavo’s Cathedral in the main square is where both Mozart and Handel played on its magnificent Muller organ. You are welcomed on board with champagne reception and there’s time to relax as you cruise this afternoon to Zaandam before your first gourmet dinner on board.


Monday: Zaandam to Ulthoorn

Cruise Through the Heart of Amsterdam
Wake up to an elegant breakfast and then take an excursion to the reconstructed historic village of Zaanse Schans with its working windmills, clog makers, cheese farm and mustard mill. Everything the Dutch are known for can be found in this quaint village. This afternoon cruise through the heart of Amsterdam where the small canals and architecture take you back to a previous century, see below. Continue cruising along the Amstel River to Ulthoorn where we will moor for the night.

Tuesday: Ulthoorn to Gouda
Buy Gouda cheese in Gouda!
A leisure cruise to Gouda, famous for its cheese, pipes and candles. After lunch, visit a local cheese farm. Later, explore Gouda’s gorgeous architecture, excellent shopping and also the most beautiful stained glass windows in Holland. These remarkable windows in St. John’s church date back to the 15th century.

Wednesday: Gouda to Delft
Still painting by hand at the Delft Pottery Works
This morning cruise Rotterdam, the world’s largest port, stopping at a vodka distillery en route. Ketel One is the oldest distillery in Holland still owned by the same family. Then continuing to Delft. Delft is a beautiful town with many historic connections including being one of the starting chambers of the Dutch East India Company and the birthplace of artist Jan Vermeer. The day’s visit also includes a tour of a factory to learn how the world famous pottery is made, see visit at right. Spend the rest of the afternoon strolling around this delightful and historic Dutch city.

Thursday: Delft to Oude Wettering

Largest display of flowers in the world!
Continuing our voyage, we cruise through the canals past Leiden, a charming University town. It is also where many of the Pilgrims lived before they ventured to the New World. Cross the Brasemmer Lakes to Oude Wetering. Spend the afternoon at the famous Keukenhof Gardens, a 70 acre showcase for the Dutch floral industry. From late March to mid-May, visitors are treated to an ever-changing display of spring flowers beginning with narcissus followed by hyacinths and tulips a few weeks later, see below.

Friday: Oude Wettering to Haarlem

Elegance in Haarlem
An early morning visit brings you to the worlds largest flower auction in Aalsmeer, where some 10 billion flowers are sold every year. Return to La Nouvelle for a cruise to Haarlem with an optional visit to the Cruquius Museum along the way. The Cruquius pumping station is a beautiful neo-Gothic building built in 1846. This draining station contains a Cruquis steam engine, with a cylinder having the largest diameter in the world – almost 144 inches! Visit the picturesque town of Haarlem and the Frans Hals Museum which has an internationally well-known collection of Old Masters and works representative of the Dutch Golden Age. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner on board.

Saturday: Return to Amsterdam
A Sad Farewell
This will be your last wonderful breakfast on board and then you will be taken to either your hotel or the airport depending on your travel plans.


Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions. The route will run in reverse on alternate weeks. Contact The Barge Lady for reservations and more information about Barging in Holland. Or call us toll free at (800) 880-0071.



Amsterdam to Bruges Cruise Itinerary


Sunday: Amsterdam to Haarlem
Haarlem Walk
Your group will be met at 2:30pm in the lobby of your Amsterdam hotel and chauffeured to the barge at anchor in Haarlem. Haarlem is a gorgeous town, very wonderful to walk in. Peek in the famed St. Bavo Church, browse the square, follow the riverside road. Tonight is the first of many gourmet dinners on board.

Monday: Haarlem to Delft
Flowers, Flowers Flowers!
Flowers are center stage today; After all, you ARE in Holland! Right after breakfast is an early visit to the amazing Aaalsmeer flower auction, from which millions of flowers are priced and shipped daily. Return to cruise to the town of Lisse, from where you will be taken after lunch to Keukenhof, renowned showcase of the Dutch flower industry.(You can arrange for the purchase and shipment of bulbs here.)While you visit Keukenhof, the barge will cruise to Delft, an enchanting town criss-crossed by canals and bridges. There may be time to visit the Delft Pottery Works. Delft was the home of artist Johannes Vermeer. Stroll after dinner to discover scenes straight out of Dutch masterpiece paintings.

Tuesday: Delft to Willemstad
Cruise right through Rotterdam!
This morning’s visit is to the Ketel One Distillery, where this prestigious vodka is made. Return to the barge and an amazing cruise through Rotterdam, a city destroyed in WWII and now entirely rebuilt. The harbor is huge and pulses with energy. Tonight’s mooring is the charming fortress town of Willemstad.

Wednesday: Willemstad to Antwerp
Float into Belgium!
This morning, we cruise from Holland to Belgium, arriving to Antwerp after lunch. Excursion choices include the Cathedral of Our Lady, a masterpiece of Gothic design begun in 1352 and the studio of artist Peter Paul Rubens. (Major works by Rubens can be seen in the Cathedral.) A walk around the old quarter will end your day in a romantic manner.

Thursday: Antwerp to Ghent
Elegant Medieval City
We’ll float on the flood tide on the “Sea Schelde,” which takes La Nouvelle Etoile to Ghent.A very important trading center in the Middle Ages, Ghent is known for its extant Medieval core. Do not miss Saint Bravo Cathedral with its famed “Adoration of the Mystic Lamb” painted in 1432 by Jan and Hubert Van Eyck – as well as many other works of art, including many in the crypt. Cross Saint Michael’s bridge for the best panoramic view, including well preserved Medieval houses.

Friday: Ghent to Bruges
Lace and Cobblestoned Streets
Cruise to Bruges, a marvelous port in which to end your journey. Often called the “ Venice of the North,” Bruges is criss-crossed by canals and offers many museums but a stroll through the tiny Medieval streets is most enchanting. Shop for lace and souvenirs, too. Tonight, Jan and Diana join you for the Captain’s Dinner.

Saturday: Goodbye in Bruges
A Sad Farewell
You’ll depart at 9:00am and taken to your hotel in Bruges. We hope to see you on La Nouvelle Etoile again!


La Nouvelle Etoile Sample Menus

Dinner
Hot Fig wrapped in Serrano Ham
Roquefort Sauce
* * *
Monkfish with Red Bell Peppers Sauce
Stuffed Zucchini Flowers
* * *
Cheese Platter
Morbier
Bresse bleu
Crottin de Chavignol
****
Merengue Tarte Strawberry Mousse
Kiwi Coulis
* * * * *

Dinner
Vegetable Stack with Balsamico Dressing
* * *
Filet of Duck with Orange Sauce

Vegetable Bouquet
* * *
Cheese Platter
Chaource
Bleu de Causses
Selles sur Cher
****
Chocolate Mousse
Homemade Stracalatella
Peppermint Ice Cream
(I had seconds-and licked the pan, too!)
* * * * *

Dinner
Homemade Pasta Tartufo with Truffle Sauce
(Heavenly!)
* * *
Filet of Lamb
Red Wine, Shalot and Garlic Sauce
Potatoes Anna
* * *
Cheese Platter
Camembert au Calvados
St. Agur
Ossau Iraty
****
Creme Brulee
* * * * *

~ Wines ~
Julianas '09 Burgundy, Domaine de Gry Sablon"
*
Sancerre '03 vin de Loire, Les Tuileres" Michel Redde
*
Florimont Riesling Grand cru '02, Alsace "Jean Maeffelin"
*
Pouilly fuisse '04 Burgundy, Dom. La Soufrandise "Clos Marie"
*
Chateaueuf du Pape '03 Rhone, "Nicolas Thienpont" Valley
*
Valpolicella '05 Italy, "Zenato Ripassa"
*
Chateauneuf du Pape (blanc)'04 Rhone, "Lazaret" Jerome Quiot" Valley
*
Chateau Margaux '02 Bordeaux, "Alter Ego"
*
Chablis 1er Cru '04 "Dom. Laroche", Burgundy"Les Fourchaumes"
*
Sauternes '04 Bordeaux, "Chateau Closiot"
*
Chassagne Montrachet '04, Cote de Beaune "Le Morgeot"

Picture a Barge Cruise in Holland on La Nouvelle Etoile

 Holland Tulip Time cruise on barge La Nouvelle Etoile

La Nouvelle Etoile Guest Book

La Nouvelle Etoile Holland cruise guests

"My wife and I are back home with many happy memories of our cruise aboard La Nouvelle Etoile. As to the crew, we couldn't have been more pleased. We would have been quite happy to receive the same level of attention as we had on our prior trip; however this years experience even exceeded that. Captain Jan as always was the genial host, and this year the role of Hostess was given to Stephanie who was everything we could have asked for. And then there was our wonderful Renaissance man, Franck, who was our Tour Guide, chauffeur, and entertainer. Our Chef, Martin was new to us this year, but plied us with extraordinary meals three times a day. His cuisine was exceptional, and accompanied by excellent selections of wines and cheeses. Melinda, our Hostess, was also new to us but rounded out an excellent team who saw to our every wish with cheerfulness and professionalism.

Sightseeing opportunities were wonderful. Hard to pick the 'most' enjoyable one. Being a bit of a history buff, being in Chateaux Thierry as well as seeing the site of the German surrender in WWII in Reims were special for me. Also being a lover of all things technical, the visit to the small family vineyard, from which Jan has purchased his champagne for many years, afforded me an understanding of the magic that produces such a wonderful beverage. Then to end the trip with the cruise through Paris was really special. Our cabin on the barge was very familiar as we had cruised on La Nouvelle Etoile before. We were quite comfortable. The pre-trip information provided by the Barge Ladies was informative and helped us select our hotel in Paris prior to boarding the barge. We chose the Hotel Raphael and were very pleased with the whole experience there. In summary, the trip was everything we hoped for, and then some. Thanks for another wonderful experience."

- Carroll and Jimsie Hart, cruised July, 2016 (repeat Barge Lady guests)

"My cruise on La Nouvelle Etoile was simply perfect! Everything went smoothly. The boat was fantastic, the food incredible, Captain Jan and the crew delightful and accommodating, the tours fascinating. My favorite of the tours was the visit to the Nolet Distillery, where Ketel One is made.  The Keukenhof Gardens, which was the one I most looked forward to, did not disappoint. Barge Lady Lori was most helpful in preparing for the trip. I am most appreciative of The Barge Lady's efforts. I will not hesitate to recommend you and the trip to friends."

- Diane Hockstader, cruised April, 2016

"We loved every minute! Our crew was excellent -- a big thank-you to Captain Jan, Diana, Chef Martin, and Tour Guide Franck! Cuisine was delicious and the wine was outstanding. We learned a lot about cheese as well. We enjoyed all excursions and sightseeing. The flowers along the canal and in each town were beautiful, and the Chateau de Fleville was most interesting. The Museum of Fine Arts in Nancy is a must-see! Our cabin was very well-appointed and comfortable, and we had everything we needed. Barge Lady services were excellent, and provided all documents and needed information about the cruise, hotels, and trains. All of our questions were answered before our journey started. Thank you!"

- Sarah Bear, cruised October, 2015

"Dear Ellen -– You, Jan, and Diana truly make dreams come true! On board, Jan and Diana create an incredible ambiance on the beautiful and elegant La Nouvelle Etoile. She is truly the 'Shining Star' among all barges -- the Polaris of all barge cruising. They sprinkled each experience, especially the evenings, with a little bit of that 'Dutch Magic' that goes way beyond the beautiful silverware, china, crystal, linens, music, flowers, lighting, and paneling. The food and beverage is top drawer, but it is their personal touch that makes the nightly dinners unforgettable. Jan and Diana have perfected the role of host and hostess to such a high level that to spend an evening meal in their lovely 'home' is a truly incomparable experience. You made our 25th Wedding Anniversary so very special and created a lifetime memory. Thank you for all the hard work including the train tickets and maps."

- Patrick and Mary Sanders, cruised October, 2015 (repeat Barge Lady guests) 

"The crew all went out of their way to make our experience memorable. Cuisine was all well prepared, tasty, and the quantities not excessive. We loved the Chagal excursion. Cabins were clean, comfortable, and roomy. We have done three or four barge trips in the past. Certainly La Nouvelle Etoile is by far the best appointed barge I have had the opportunity to experience. Being part of a group of acquaintances enhances the experience and seems wise. The trip was very enjoyable and we are trying to figure out a way to set up an encore."

- Peter Sidell, cruised September, 2015

La Nouvelle Etoile Blog Posts, Recipes, Articles and Videos

Ask any Barge Lady, and she’ll tell you: when it comes to travel, more is better! Explore below for more of everything we love – videos, articles, blog posts, recipes and MORE!

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Cruising in Champagne on Ultra Deluxe La Nouvelle Etoile
Join Ellen, The Barge Lady and her husband Monsieur le Barge Lady for a day by day journal of their unforgettable cruise aboard La Nouvelle Etoile!

 

 

+ - Overview

Cruise Details:

  • Up to 8 guests
  • 128 Ft. Long
  • Rating: Ultra Deluxe
  • Charter & Cabin bookings
  • Hosts: Jan Meijer
  • English Speaking Crew of 5
  • Bicycles
  • Air Conditioned
  • Last Visited 2012

Cruise Rate Includes:

6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath, chauffeured transfers from Amsterdam to the barge & return, all meals, from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning, all wines with lunch & dinner, open bar, daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.

Cruise Rate Does NOT Include

Airfare to and from Holland, cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)


La Nouvelle Etoile

Dutch host Jan Meijer is a perfect guide to Holland at Tulip Time - and Nouvelle Etoile is the only Ultra-Deluxe barge cruising in Holland.

NOUVELLE ETOILE begins every season in Holland, then transitions to France for routes in Burgundy, Champagne, and Alsace (some combinable into 13-night cruises), finally ending the season on Germany's idyllic River Mosel.

Jan Meijer runs one of the most accomplished and congenial operations in barging - beginning with the vessel itself. NOUVELLE ETOILE boasts a long list of innovations: an elevator, a handicap access cabin, computers in every cabin (with e-mail and a navigational system that the passengers can access), an exercise room, a washer and dryer for the guests and sput poles that allow the barge to stop anywhere without tying up.

NOUVELLE ETOILE ("New Star") is the dream barge of Captain Meijer, who was born into a Dutch shipping familly - and thus knows more than the average barge captain about design and navigation. But not at the expense of elegance and comfort!

The spacious suites boast oversized showers, double sinks and rich interiors design. The salon-dining room is designed for socializing. Guests congregate at the gorgeous bar. There is lots of good seating - even a piano for those so inclined.

Jan Meijer runs a top operation - one defined by divine cuisine, the depth and breadth of the wine selection, and extremely literate sightseeing.


Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise
2017 Regular Season rates

Whole Boat Charter: $61,000
Individuals: $7,975 per person double occupancy
Single Supplement: $3,887

2017 Regular Season Holland and Belgium Dates
April 2 - 8 Haarlem to Haarlem April 23 - 29 Haarlem to Haarlem
April 9 - 15 Haarlem to Haarlem April 30 - May 6 Haarlem to Haarlem
April 16 - 22 Haarlem to Haarlem May 7 - 13 Amsterdam to Bruges

 

2017 Bruges to Paris Cruise Rate

Whole Boat Charter: $101,600
Individuals: $13,290 per person double occupancy
Single Supplement: $6,395

2017 Bruges to Paris Date

May 14 - 25

Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise

La Nouvelle Etoile Accommodations and Amenities

  • 128 Feet Long
  • Four cabins with ensuite shower bath
  • All with choice of one queen or two twin beds
  • All over 200 square feet
  • One suite is wheelchair accessible
  • Also in each cabin
  • TV/Internet
  • Picture windows
  • Brand new touch-screen computer
  • Double sinks in bathroom
  • In the Public Areas
  • Elevator
  • Piano & large-screen satellite TV in salon
  • Washer/dryer for guest use
  • Exercise room with treadmill, home trainer bicycle, free weights & step
  • WIFI with limited availability
  • Elegant salon, dining room with picture windows
  • Deck
  • Sundeck with retractable canopy
  • Jacuzzi on deck
  • 8 Batavus Weekend bicycles
    8 speed gears and hand brakes, bell
    Adjustable seats/handlebars & front/back shock absorbers
    Four women's frame (48"), four men's frame (53")


















barge la nouvelle etoile bath

La Nouvelle Etoile Holland Barge Cruise Itinerary

Haarlem To Haarlem on the dutch waterways

Sunday: Haarlem to Zaandam
Let's Start to Float!
We'll meet you at 2:30pm in the lobby of your Amsterdam hotel, followed by chauffeured transfer to LA NOUVELLE ETOILE moored in nearby Haarlem. Haarlem is quite a charming and cosmopolitan city full of historical beauty. St. Bavo’s Cathedral in the main square is where both Mozart and Handel played on its magnificent Muller organ. You are welcomed on board with champagne reception and there’s time to relax as you cruise this afternoon to Zaandam before your first gourmet dinner on board.


Monday: Zaandam to Ulthoorn

Cruise Through the Heart of Amsterdam
Wake up to an elegant breakfast and then take an excursion to the reconstructed historic village of Zaanse Schans with its working windmills, clog makers, cheese farm and mustard mill. Everything the Dutch are known for can be found in this quaint village. This afternoon cruise through the heart of Amsterdam where the small canals and architecture take you back to a previous century, see below. Continue cruising along the Amstel River to Ulthoorn where we will moor for the night.

Tuesday: Ulthoorn to Gouda
Buy Gouda cheese in Gouda!
A leisure cruise to Gouda, famous for its cheese, pipes and candles. After lunch, visit a local cheese farm. Later, explore Gouda’s gorgeous architecture, excellent shopping and also the most beautiful stained glass windows in Holland. These remarkable windows in St. John’s church date back to the 15th century.

Wednesday: Gouda to Delft
Still painting by hand at the Delft Pottery Works
This morning cruise Rotterdam, the world’s largest port, stopping at a vodka distillery en route. Ketel One is the oldest distillery in Holland still owned by the same family. Then continuing to Delft. Delft is a beautiful town with many historic connections including being one of the starting chambers of the Dutch East India Company and the birthplace of artist Jan Vermeer. The day’s visit also includes a tour of a factory to learn how the world famous pottery is made, see visit at right. Spend the rest of the afternoon strolling around this delightful and historic Dutch city.

Thursday: Delft to Oude Wettering

Largest display of flowers in the world!
Continuing our voyage, we cruise through the canals past Leiden, a charming University town. It is also where many of the Pilgrims lived before they ventured to the New World. Cross the Brasemmer Lakes to Oude Wetering. Spend the afternoon at the famous Keukenhof Gardens, a 70 acre showcase for the Dutch floral industry. From late March to mid-May, visitors are treated to an ever-changing display of spring flowers beginning with narcissus followed by hyacinths and tulips a few weeks later, see below.

Friday: Oude Wettering to Haarlem

Elegance in Haarlem
An early morning visit brings you to the worlds largest flower auction in Aalsmeer, where some 10 billion flowers are sold every year. Return to La Nouvelle for a cruise to Haarlem with an optional visit to the Cruquius Museum along the way. The Cruquius pumping station is a beautiful neo-Gothic building built in 1846. This draining station contains a Cruquis steam engine, with a cylinder having the largest diameter in the world – almost 144 inches! Visit the picturesque town of Haarlem and the Frans Hals Museum which has an internationally well-known collection of Old Masters and works representative of the Dutch Golden Age. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner on board.

Saturday: Return to Amsterdam
A Sad Farewell
This will be your last wonderful breakfast on board and then you will be taken to either your hotel or the airport depending on your travel plans.


Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions. The route will run in reverse on alternate weeks. Contact The Barge Lady for reservations and more information about Barging in Holland. Or call us toll free at (800) 880-0071.



Amsterdam to Bruges Cruise Itinerary


Sunday: Amsterdam to Haarlem
Haarlem Walk
Your group will be met at 2:30pm in the lobby of your Amsterdam hotel and chauffeured to the barge at anchor in Haarlem. Haarlem is a gorgeous town, very wonderful to walk in. Peek in the famed St. Bavo Church, browse the square, follow the riverside road. Tonight is the first of many gourmet dinners on board.

Monday: Haarlem to Delft
Flowers, Flowers Flowers!
Flowers are center stage today; After all, you ARE in Holland! Right after breakfast is an early visit to the amazing Aaalsmeer flower auction, from which millions of flowers are priced and shipped daily. Return to cruise to the town of Lisse, from where you will be taken after lunch to Keukenhof, renowned showcase of the Dutch flower industry.(You can arrange for the purchase and shipment of bulbs here.)While you visit Keukenhof, the barge will cruise to Delft, an enchanting town criss-crossed by canals and bridges. There may be time to visit the Delft Pottery Works. Delft was the home of artist Johannes Vermeer. Stroll after dinner to discover scenes straight out of Dutch masterpiece paintings.

Tuesday: Delft to Willemstad
Cruise right through Rotterdam!
This morning’s visit is to the Ketel One Distillery, where this prestigious vodka is made. Return to the barge and an amazing cruise through Rotterdam, a city destroyed in WWII and now entirely rebuilt. The harbor is huge and pulses with energy. Tonight’s mooring is the charming fortress town of Willemstad.

Wednesday: Willemstad to Antwerp
Float into Belgium!
This morning, we cruise from Holland to Belgium, arriving to Antwerp after lunch. Excursion choices include the Cathedral of Our Lady, a masterpiece of Gothic design begun in 1352 and the studio of artist Peter Paul Rubens. (Major works by Rubens can be seen in the Cathedral.) A walk around the old quarter will end your day in a romantic manner.

Thursday: Antwerp to Ghent
Elegant Medieval City
We’ll float on the flood tide on the “Sea Schelde,” which takes La Nouvelle Etoile to Ghent.A very important trading center in the Middle Ages, Ghent is known for its extant Medieval core. Do not miss Saint Bravo Cathedral with its famed “Adoration of the Mystic Lamb” painted in 1432 by Jan and Hubert Van Eyck – as well as many other works of art, including many in the crypt. Cross Saint Michael’s bridge for the best panoramic view, including well preserved Medieval houses.

Friday: Ghent to Bruges
Lace and Cobblestoned Streets
Cruise to Bruges, a marvelous port in which to end your journey. Often called the “ Venice of the North,” Bruges is criss-crossed by canals and offers many museums but a stroll through the tiny Medieval streets is most enchanting. Shop for lace and souvenirs, too. Tonight, Jan and Diana join you for the Captain’s Dinner.

Saturday: Goodbye in Bruges
A Sad Farewell
You’ll depart at 9:00am and taken to your hotel in Bruges. We hope to see you on La Nouvelle Etoile again!


+ - Menu

La Nouvelle Etoile Sample Menus

Dinner
Hot Fig wrapped in Serrano Ham
Roquefort Sauce
* * *
Monkfish with Red Bell Peppers Sauce
Stuffed Zucchini Flowers
* * *
Cheese Platter
Morbier
Bresse bleu
Crottin de Chavignol
****
Merengue Tarte Strawberry Mousse
Kiwi Coulis
* * * * *

Dinner
Vegetable Stack with Balsamico Dressing
* * *
Filet of Duck with Orange Sauce

Vegetable Bouquet
* * *
Cheese Platter
Chaource
Bleu de Causses
Selles sur Cher
****
Chocolate Mousse
Homemade Stracalatella
Peppermint Ice Cream
(I had seconds-and licked the pan, too!)
* * * * *

Dinner
Homemade Pasta Tartufo with Truffle Sauce
(Heavenly!)
* * *
Filet of Lamb
Red Wine, Shalot and Garlic Sauce
Potatoes Anna
* * *
Cheese Platter
Camembert au Calvados
St. Agur
Ossau Iraty
****
Creme Brulee
* * * * *

~ Wines ~
Julianas '09 Burgundy, Domaine de Gry Sablon"
*
Sancerre '03 vin de Loire, Les Tuileres" Michel Redde
*
Florimont Riesling Grand cru '02, Alsace "Jean Maeffelin"
*
Pouilly fuisse '04 Burgundy, Dom. La Soufrandise "Clos Marie"
*
Chateaueuf du Pape '03 Rhone, "Nicolas Thienpont" Valley
*
Valpolicella '05 Italy, "Zenato Ripassa"
*
Chateauneuf du Pape (blanc)'04 Rhone, "Lazaret" Jerome Quiot" Valley
*
Chateau Margaux '02 Bordeaux, "Alter Ego"
*
Chablis 1er Cru '04 "Dom. Laroche", Burgundy"Les Fourchaumes"
*
Sauternes '04 Bordeaux, "Chateau Closiot"
*
Chassagne Montrachet '04, Cote de Beaune "Le Morgeot"

Picture a Barge Cruise in Holland on La Nouvelle Etoile

 Holland Tulip Time cruise on barge La Nouvelle Etoile

La Nouvelle Etoile Guest Book

La Nouvelle Etoile Holland cruise guests

"My wife and I are back home with many happy memories of our cruise aboard La Nouvelle Etoile. As to the crew, we couldn't have been more pleased. We would have been quite happy to receive the same level of attention as we had on our prior trip; however this years experience even exceeded that. Captain Jan as always was the genial host, and this year the role of Hostess was given to Stephanie who was everything we could have asked for. And then there was our wonderful Renaissance man, Franck, who was our Tour Guide, chauffeur, and entertainer. Our Chef, Martin was new to us this year, but plied us with extraordinary meals three times a day. His cuisine was exceptional, and accompanied by excellent selections of wines and cheeses. Melinda, our Hostess, was also new to us but rounded out an excellent team who saw to our every wish with cheerfulness and professionalism.

Sightseeing opportunities were wonderful. Hard to pick the 'most' enjoyable one. Being a bit of a history buff, being in Chateaux Thierry as well as seeing the site of the German surrender in WWII in Reims were special for me. Also being a lover of all things technical, the visit to the small family vineyard, from which Jan has purchased his champagne for many years, afforded me an understanding of the magic that produces such a wonderful beverage. Then to end the trip with the cruise through Paris was really special. Our cabin on the barge was very familiar as we had cruised on La Nouvelle Etoile before. We were quite comfortable. The pre-trip information provided by the Barge Ladies was informative and helped us select our hotel in Paris prior to boarding the barge. We chose the Hotel Raphael and were very pleased with the whole experience there. In summary, the trip was everything we hoped for, and then some. Thanks for another wonderful experience."

- Carroll and Jimsie Hart, cruised July, 2016 (repeat Barge Lady guests)

"My cruise on La Nouvelle Etoile was simply perfect! Everything went smoothly. The boat was fantastic, the food incredible, Captain Jan and the crew delightful and accommodating, the tours fascinating. My favorite of the tours was the visit to the Nolet Distillery, where Ketel One is made.  The Keukenhof Gardens, which was the one I most looked forward to, did not disappoint. Barge Lady Lori was most helpful in preparing for the trip. I am most appreciative of The Barge Lady's efforts. I will not hesitate to recommend you and the trip to friends."

- Diane Hockstader, cruised April, 2016

"We loved every minute! Our crew was excellent -- a big thank-you to Captain Jan, Diana, Chef Martin, and Tour Guide Franck! Cuisine was delicious and the wine was outstanding. We learned a lot about cheese as well. We enjoyed all excursions and sightseeing. The flowers along the canal and in each town were beautiful, and the Chateau de Fleville was most interesting. The Museum of Fine Arts in Nancy is a must-see! Our cabin was very well-appointed and comfortable, and we had everything we needed. Barge Lady services were excellent, and provided all documents and needed information about the cruise, hotels, and trains. All of our questions were answered before our journey started. Thank you!"

- Sarah Bear, cruised October, 2015

"Dear Ellen -– You, Jan, and Diana truly make dreams come true! On board, Jan and Diana create an incredible ambiance on the beautiful and elegant La Nouvelle Etoile. She is truly the 'Shining Star' among all barges -- the Polaris of all barge cruising. They sprinkled each experience, especially the evenings, with a little bit of that 'Dutch Magic' that goes way beyond the beautiful silverware, china, crystal, linens, music, flowers, lighting, and paneling. The food and beverage is top drawer, but it is their personal touch that makes the nightly dinners unforgettable. Jan and Diana have perfected the role of host and hostess to such a high level that to spend an evening meal in their lovely 'home' is a truly incomparable experience. You made our 25th Wedding Anniversary so very special and created a lifetime memory. Thank you for all the hard work including the train tickets and maps."

- Patrick and Mary Sanders, cruised October, 2015 (repeat Barge Lady guests) 

"The crew all went out of their way to make our experience memorable. Cuisine was all well prepared, tasty, and the quantities not excessive. We loved the Chagal excursion. Cabins were clean, comfortable, and roomy. We have done three or four barge trips in the past. Certainly La Nouvelle Etoile is by far the best appointed barge I have had the opportunity to experience. Being part of a group of acquaintances enhances the experience and seems wise. The trip was very enjoyable and we are trying to figure out a way to set up an encore."

- Peter Sidell, cruised September, 2015

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