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Classic Cruise - Holland to Belgium

Example 7 Day Cruise aboard La Nouvelle Etoile
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Join an exciting 7-day cruise aboard La Nouvelle Etoile as it sails from Holland crossing the border to Belgium visiting and exploring different tourist destinations. Visit Keukenhof Gardens where you can see one of the largest flower gardens in the world. You will be transported back into history as you see wooden houses, mills, barns, and workshops which follow designs from back in the 18th and 19th century. Visit the fascinating Royal Delft pottery factory in Delft where famous pottery is still handmade and painted by hand. You will also have the opportunity to wander through the largest auction of flowers in Aalsmeer. Then you will make your way to Belgium, where you can wander the streets of the beautiful Flemish city, Antwerp and finally disembark in Bruges.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Haarlem | Cruquius | Embark
Day 2 : Delft
Day 3 : Willemstad
Day 4 : Antwerp
Day 5 : Ghent
Day 6 : Bruges
Day 7 : Bruges | Disembark


  • Tour the world famous Keukenhof Gardens
  • Wander through the picturesque town of Bruges or the "Venice of the North"
  • Visit the home of Flemish artist Peter Paul Ruben in Antwerp
  • Witness traditional Dutch pottery being handmade at Delft Pottery Works


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Trip Type

  • Small Ship

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Trip Snapshots

Church and Arch Bridge in Ghent, Belgium Antwerp city center Grote Markt square in Antwerp, Belgium Fields of tulips stretch as far as the eye can see Bicycles on a bridge over the canal.

Day 1 Haarlem | Cruquius | Embark

Embark on La Nouvelle Etoile where a champagne welcome awaits. You will be given enough time to roam around the city of Haarlem. Upon return, you will then join a short cocktail cruise through Haarlem and moor for the night near Cruquius. 

Day 2 Delft

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, you will drive and visit the colorful flower auction in Aalsmeer where you can witness 20 million flowers being traded every day. You will then return to the hotel barge to cruise along the canals to Lisse to visit the Keukenhof Gardens, the largest display of flowers in the world, home to 7 million tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths. The cruise will continue to Delft to visit the famous Delft Pottery Works and where its handmade potteries are being produced. 

Day 3 Willemstad

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, leave Delft to cruise to Rotterdam, the major port city in South Holland. In the morning, you will have an opportunity to visit the company that produces the most prestigious vodka in the world, Ketel One. You will then return to the hotel barge and continue cruising through Rotterdam and across the Hollandsch Diep and to the lovely old fortress town of Willemstad. 

Day 4 Antwerp

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
On this day, you will leave Holland and cross the border to enter Belgium and cruise to Antwerp. This includes a tour of Peter Paul Ruben's home. Take a stroll in the old quarter of this beautiful Flemish city. 

Day 5 Ghent

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
By morning, you can catch the flood tide up the winding “Sea Schelde”, which takes you to the town of Ghent. In this place, you will have the opportunity to wander around or get to see the Hubrecht and Jan van Eyck's famous work, the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb. 

Day 6 Bruges

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, you will cruise to the little town of Bruges or the "Venice of the North". Another opportunity to spend the time to explore many museums, do some shopping for handmade lace, or take a boat trip on the small canals that meander through the beautiful town. Tonight is the farewell Captain’s Dinner on board.

Day 7 Bruges | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, disembark La Nouvelle Etoile and transfer to the drop off point in Bruges.

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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

Per person starting at
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200 sq. ft. including en-suite facilities. Twin/double beds, private bathroom with shower, wardrobe, small tables and a chair.


Rates Include:
  • Accommodations
  • Private shower
  • All gourmet meals
  • Selected regional wines and alcoholic beverages
  • All sightseeing tours and admittance fees
  • Use of the vessel's bicycles
  • Roundtrip transfers from specified meeting point
Rates Exclude:
  • 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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