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Holland Tulips

European Classic Cruise - Holland

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Explore the colorful tulips of Holland by boarding the Panache on an intimate 7-day cruise. Visit the cheese museum at Alkmaar and cruise Zaanse Schans to see the picturesque windmills, barns and houses built in traditional Dutch Style. Explore the century-old city of Haarlem and visit the world famous Keukenhof Garden, known as the 'Garden of Europe'. Journey the historic city of Leiden on a bicycle and feel the ambiance of their pretty tree-lined canals.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Alkmaar | Embark
Day 2 : Alkmaar to Zaanse Schans
Day 3 : Zaanse Schans to Haarlem
Day 4 : Haarlem to Oude Wetering
Day 5 : Oude Wetering to Leiden
Day 6 : Leiden to Delft
Day 7 : Delft | Disembark


  • Visit the world famous Keukenhof Gardens
  • Explore the Cheese Museum at Alkmaar
  • Stroll the historic city of Leiden on a bicycle



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Trip Type

  • Small Ship

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Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 Alkmaar | Embark

Guests are met in Amsterdam and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Panache. Once on board, enjoy a champagne welcome and an introduction to your crew and hotel barge.

Day 2 Alkmaar to Zaanse Schans

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit the Alkmaar cheese museum and enjoy a cheese tasting, before the first cruise to Zaanse Schans near Amsterdam, a place renowned for its wooden windmills, barns and houses built in the traditional Dutch style. After lunch on board, you will take a tour of Zaanse Schans, an open air conservation area and museum, giving you a vivid impression of the Dutch way of life in the 17th and 18th centuries. This historical area consists of authentic houses and windmills, a historic shipyard, pewter factory, a cheese and dairy farm and an age-old grocery store dating back to the 1900’s. Dinner on board.

Day 3 Zaanse Schans to Haarlem

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You will enjoy an early morning cruise to the historic city of Haarlem, dating back to the 13th century. After lunch on board, this afternoon marks a highlight of the week with a visit to the world famous Keukenhof Gardens, known as the ‘Garden of Europe’. There are more than 100 acres filled with over 7 million flowering bulbs and you will stroll through a breath-taking backdrop of colour on this unforgettable half-day excursion. Dinner ashore this evening at a local restaurant.

Day 4 Haarlem to Oude Wetering

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
An optional very early morning tour to the Aalsmeer flower auction, where some 17 million cut flowers from all over the world are traded each day. You will then return to the hotel barge for breakfast, then enjoy a tour of Haarlem. The city is home to the Frans Hals Museum founded in 1862 with its vast collection of Old Masters. Other highlights include St. Bavo’s Cathedral on the main square, where both Handel and Mozart played the magnificent Muller organ.  Or you can opt for some free time to visit a fine selection of boutique shops. After lunch on board, cruise to your mooring at Oude Wetering where there is time to walk or cycle along the towpaths around the lake. Dinner on board.

Day 5 Oude Wetering to Leiden

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast cruise to Leiden. Home to one of the oldest universities in the country and the birthplace of Rembrandt.  Leiden is a historical city full of charm and character, a perfect place to explore on a bicycle, or simply stroll the banks of the pretty tree-lined canals. This afternoon you will take a tour of the city and a private boat trip, with your tour leader explaining the history that dates back to Roman times and more recent sites such as the church, St. Pieterskerk, from which the pilgrims departed for America. Free time to explore the many local cafes, boutique shops, markets and antique dealers.

Day 6 Leiden to Delft

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Morning cruise arriving in Delft by lunchtime, your final mooring. Delft is renowned for its pottery ceramic products, which were styled on the imported Chinese porcelain of the 17th century. This beautiful, unspoiled town is more than 750 years old, and began as the home port of the Dutch East India Company. Following lunch, you will visit the Royal Delft factory, just a 5 minutes’ walk from our mooring to learn how this world-famous porcelain is made. You will have time during the afternoon to explore Delft further. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Day 7 Delft | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Amsterdam.




Flexible New Booking Policy
For new bookings made from July 22 to December 31, 2020 for cruises in 2020 or 2021, a cruise may be rescheduled any time up to 30 days prior to departure without administrative fees. Some restrictions may apply. Contact us for more details.
Applies to all departures up to Dec 31, 2021

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150 sq ft including en suite facilities including TV/DVD, Double sink in bathroom and air conditioning/ heating, WiFi (subject to location)


Cruise includes: Accommodation with private shower, all meals, selected regional wines and alcoholic beverages consumed aboard, all sightseeing tours and admittance fees as stipulated, use of the Vessels’ bicycles and other facilities, and round-trip transfers from the specified meeting point.

Cruise does not include: Air transportation, airport taxes, visas, health or accident insurance, trip cancellation insurance, superior Châteaux vintage wines, crew gratuities, optional activities such as hot air balloon flights or items of a personal nature such as laundry, communication charges or purchases.
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