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Private Charter - Classic Cruise - Holland to Belgium Aboard La Nouvelle Etoile

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Join a 7-day private voyage on La Nouvelle Etoile from Holland to Belgium. This Netherlands expedition has it all—from world-famous flowers to historic sites. Travel back in time to explore wooden houses, mills, barns, and workshops from the 18th-19th century. Your trip starts in Harlem, with the largest flower auction in Aalsmeer. Cruise the canals to Lisse to see the world's largest floral display, the Keukenhof Gardens. Continue to Delft to admire the famed hand-painted pottery. Then head to Belgium to walk the streets of Antwerp, a beautiful Flemish city. Before disembarking in Bruges, marvel Hubrecht and Jan van Eyck's famous work, The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb.
Church and Arch Bridge in Ghent, BelgiumAntwerp city centerGrote Markt square in Antwerp, BelgiumFields of tulips stretch as far as the eye can seeBicycles on a bridge over the canal.La Nouvelle Etoile sailing across Europe
  • Witness traditional Dutch pottery being handmade at Delft Pottery Works with your private group of up to 8 guests
  • Visit the home of Flemish artist Peter Paul Ruben in Antwerp
  • Tour the world famous Keukenhof Gardens
  • Wander through the picturesque town of Bruges or the "Venice of the North"
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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: Haarlem | Cruquius | Embark

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

Day 2: Delft

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, drive and visit the colorful flower auction in Aalsmeer, where you can witness 20 million flowers being traded every day. You 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 continues to Delft to visit the famous Delft Pottery Works and produce its handmade potteries. 

Day 3: Willemstad

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, leave Delft to cruise to Rotterdam, the major port city in South Holland. In the morning, you have an opportunity to visit the company that produces the most prestigious vodka in the world, Ketel One. You 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

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
On this day, 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

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

Day 6: Bruges

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, 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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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
  • Gratuities
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  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Superior Châteaux vintage wines
  • Passport or Visa fees



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