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Private Charter - Classic Cruise - Holland Aboard La Nouvelle Etoile

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La Nouvelle Etoile sails through some of the most picturesque parts of Holland on a 7-day private classic cruise. Find a collection of well-preserved windmills and houses in the Zaanse Schans. After that, visit a Gouda cheese farm and take in the city's striking architecture and stained-glass windows afterward. Continue to Delft Pottery Works, which is painted entirely by hand. See the world's most magnificent spring garden, Keukenhof Gardens, which boasts over 32 hectares of color and aroma thanks to its 7 million tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths. Your Dutch expedition concludes in Aalsmeer, the world's largest flower auction, before disembarking in Haarlem.
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  • View the fascinating windmills of Zaanse Schans with your private group of up to 8 guests
  • Enjoy Aalsmeer and see its gorgeous flower auction
  • Visit the Royal Delft pottery shop, where traditional Dutch pottery is made.
  • Tour the world-famous Keukenhof Gardens
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.

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Day 1: Zaandam | Embark

Guests meet in Amsterdam and transfer to La Nouvelle Etoile which is moored in the center of Haarlem. The whole crew prepares you for your cruise with a champagne welcome. Haarlem has its charming beauty which can be seen through its retained medieval character of cobblestone streets and gabled houses. You can find the majestic St. Bavo's Cathedral in the main square where Mozart and Handel played on its muller organ. 

Day 2: Ouderkerk

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, take a cruise to the reconstructed historic village of Zaanse Schans. Find working windmills, clog makers, cheese farms, mustard mills, and everything the Dutch are known for in this sweet village. In the afternoon, be taken back to a previous century as you cruise through the heart of Amsterdam with its narrow canals and architecture. After this visit, continue cruising along the Amstel River to Uithoorn. 

Day 3: Gouda

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A morning cruise to Gouda warms up your day for its famous cheese, pipes, and candles. Visit a local cheese farm and explore Gouda's unique architecture and stained glass windows, the remarkable windows in St. John's church date back to the15th century. Browse or shop while you are in Gouda. 

Day 4: Delft

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast this morning cruise to Rotterdam, the world’s largest port, stop at a vodka distillery en route, Ketel, one of the oldest distillery in Holland still owned by the same family. Continue to Delft, a beautiful town with many historical 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. Spend the rest of the afternoon strolling around this delightful and historic Dutch city. Dinner on board.

Day 5: Oude Wetering

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The sailing adventure continues as you cruise through the canals past Leiden, where many Pilgrims lived before they set out to the New World. The ship crosses the Brasemmer Lakes to Oude Wetering. In the afternoon, visit the famous Keukenhof Gardens and explore the 70-acres which exemplify the Dutch floral industry. This showcases an ever-changing display of spring flowers beginning with narcissus followed by hyacinths and tulips from late March to mid-May. 

Day 6: Aalsmeer | Haarlem

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Aalsmeer is where the world's largest flower auction is held and where 10 billion flowers are sold every year. After visiting this gorgeous place, return to the hotel barge to cruise to Haarlem with an optional side trip to Cruquius Museum. The Cruquius pumping station is a beautiful neo-Gothic building built-in 1846. Visit the town of Haarlem and the Frans Hals Museum, an international collection of Old Masters and works that represent the Dutch Golden Age. Tonight enjoy the Captain's farewell dinner on board. 

Day 7: Haarlem | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, disembark La Nouvelle Etoile and transfer back to Amsterdam.


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200 sq. ft. including en-suite facilities. Twin/double beds, private bathroom with shower, wardrobe, small tables and a chair.
  • 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
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  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Selected regional wines and alcoholic beverages
  • Complimentary use of bicycles
  • All sightseeing tours and admittance fees
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  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Superior Châteaux vintage wines
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