Accommodations & Amenities

Cabins
  • 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
Public Area
  • 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
  • 128 Feet Long
  • 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″)

Itineraries

Travel Haarlem to Haarlem on the Dutch waterways

Sunday
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Cocktail Cruise
Travel: Haarlem to Zaandam
Meals: Dinner onboard

In the afternoon, you will be met at the designated meeting point by Renaissance crew. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the barge, moored in Haarlem. You are welcomed onboard with a champagne reception. Cruise this afternoon to Zaandam before your first gourmet dinner on board.

Monday
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Cruise Through the Heart of Amsterdam
Travel: Zaandam to Ulthoorn
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning's excursion is 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. Your Tour Guide returns you to the barge for an afternoon cruise through the heart of Amsterdam. Enjoy a bicycle ride along the canal side path, or laze on deck and admire the lovely scenery drifting by. Cocktail hour precedes tonight's gourmet dinner.

Tuesday
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Taste and Tour
Travel: Ulthoorn to Gouda
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning, a languid cruise provides the perfect opportunity to take a bicycle ride on the side of the canal, laze on the hot tub, or just socialize on deck. In the afternoon, your Tour Guide escorts you to a local cheese farm for a tasting of freshly produced cheeses. Later, explore Gouda’s gorgeous architecture, excellent shopping, and admire some of the most beautiful stained glass windows in Holland at St. John's church. Return to La Nouvelle Etoile for cocktails and canapes. Chef presents another gourmet dinner.

Wednesday
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Destinations: Distillery and Delft
Travel: Gouda to Delft
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning, cruise to Rotterdam, stopping for a tasting at the Ketel One vodka distillery en route. This afternoon's visit to the Royal Delft factory, the last surviving “pottery” of more than 30 that once existed, reveals both the history and future of this beloved artisan icon. Watch the artists carefully and passionately paint the ceramics in the famous cobalt blue, and tour the factory to see where the potters work, creating each piece by hand. Return to the barge and relax on deck before Chef serves another gourmet dinner.

Thursday
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Fabulous Flora at the Keukenhof!
Travel: Delft to Oude Wettering
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

A morning cruise is the perfect time to relax on deck or take a dip in the hot tub. This afternoon's visit is to the Keukenhof, known as the “Garden of Europe”, and is one of the world's largest flower gardens. Approximately 7 million flower bulbs are planted annually, covering 72 acres. This vibrantly colorful and aromatic experience allows visitors to admire tulips, along with hyacinths, daffodils, and other spring bulbs, all in an elaborate display. Your Tour Guide returns you to the barge where cocktails hour precedes another gourmet dinner.

Friday
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Elegance in Haarlem
Travel: Oude Wettering to Haarlem
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

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 morning cruise to Haarlem with an optional visit to the Cruquius Museum along the way. This afternoon, visit the Frans Hals Museum in the picturesque town of Haarlem, which boasts a celebrated collection of Old Masters and other artworks representative of the Dutch Golden Age. Return to the barge and freshen up before Chef presents the Captain's Dinner aboard.

Saturday
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A Sad Farewell
Travel: Return to Amsterdam

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.

Sunday
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Haarlem Walk
Travel: Amsterdam to Haarlem

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
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Flowers, Flowers Flowers!
Travel: Haarlem to Delft

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
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Cruise right through Rotterdam!
Travel: Delft to Willemstad

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
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Float into Belgium!
Travel: Willemstad to Antwerp

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
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Elegant Medieval City
Travel: Antwerp to Ghent

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
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Lace and Cobblestoned Streets
Travel: Ghent to Bruges

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
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A Sad Farewell
Travel: Goodbye in Bruges

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

Gourmet Dining

Lunch
  • Vegetable Stack with Balsamico Dressing
  • Filet of Duck with Orange Sauce, Vegetable Bouquet
  • Cheeses: Chaource, Bleu de Causses and Selles sur Cher
  • A Selection of Coffees, Teas and Biscuits
Dinner
  • Homemade Pasta Tartufo with Truffle Sauce
  • Filet of Lamb, Red Wine, Shalot and Garlic Sauce and Pommes Anna
  • Cheeses: Camembert au Calvados, St. Agur and Ossau Iraty
  • Chocolate Mousse, Homemade Stracalatella, Peppermint Ice Cream
  • A Selection of After Dinner Drinks
Wine
  • Julianas ’09 Burgundy, Domaine de Gry Sablon”
  • Sancerre ’03 vin de Loire, Les Tuileres” Michel Redde
  • Chateau Margaux ’02 Bordeaux, “Alter Ego”
  • Chablis 1er Cru ’04 “Dom. Laroche”, Burgundy”Les Fourchaumes”
  • Florimont Riesling Grand cru ’02, Alsace “Jean Maeffelin”
  • Pouilly fuisse ’04 Burgundy, Dom. La Soufrandise “Clos Marie”

Rates & Dates

Accomodation
Value Season
Regular Season
Private Charter (up to 8 guests)-$61,000
Double Cabin (Per Person, Double Occupancy)-$7,975
Single-Occupancy Supplement-$3,987
11 night Bruges to Paris Private Charter-$101,600
11 night Bruges to Paris Double Cabin (Per person, Double occupancy)-$13,290
11 night Bruges to Paris Single-Occupancy Supplement-$6,645

2018 Dates

Italic Dates = Value Season, Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season, Blue Bold Dates = High Season

Month
Days
April1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-4
May6-12, 13-19,

Additional Details

Included in the rate
  • 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.
Not included in the rate
  • Airfare to and from Holland
  • cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)

*All rates are quoted in U.S. Dollars unless otherwise noted.

La Nouvelle Etoile Route

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