Luxury Barge Cruise in Holland


Haarlem to Haarlem

Welcome aboard for your magical journey past working windmills, tulips and the vibrant city of Amsterdam. Famous names are everywhere – Delft, Gouda, Rotterdam to name but a few. This cruise gives you a true insight into Holland.

Sunday – Haarlem to Leiden

Magnificent Cruise past the Lakes to Leiden

You are met at the designated meeting point in Amsterdam and transferred to Savoir Faire, moored at Haarlem. Once aboard your Captain and host welcomes you with a Champagne reception and an introduction to your crew and hotel barge. We then cruise via the lakes to Leiden, where we moor overnight. This evening enjoy your first dinner on board.

Monday – Leiden to Delft

Keukenhof Flower Gardens

After breakfast, enjoy a peaceful cruise along the canals out of Leiden and through the oldest lock in Holland at Leidschendam. After lunch, we drive to the world famous Keukenhof Gardens with the largest display of flowers in the world. Here you will see hundreds of varieties of tulips, hyacinths and other beautiful bulbous plants. Return to the hotel barge moored in the center of Delft. Dinner on board.

Tuesday – Delft to Gouda

Royal Porcelain and the Port of Rotterdam

After breakfast, we take a walking tour of the Delft Royal Porcelain Factory, where beautiful hand-painted ceramics are still made. We then take a stroll around the cobbled streets of Delft before joining the hotel barge to begin your cruise through the port of Rotterdam and onto Gouda. Dinner on board.

Wednesday – Gouda to Uithoorn

Gouda Cheese and Famopus Stained Glass Windows

This morning your tour guide will escort you through the streets of medieval Gouda, where you will see the most famous of all stained glass windows in Holland. A leisurely stroll through town is a must, with its “Disneyesque” main square and small boutiques. After lunch we cruise through towns clinging to the canal sides to our overnight mooring at Uithoorn. Dinner on board.

Thursday – Uithoorn to Zaandam

Aalsmeer Flower Auction nad the Windmills of Zaans Schans

Early optional visit today before breakfast to Aalsmeer Flower Auction where some 17 million cut flowers from all over the world are traded each day. Return to the hotel barge for breakfast and cruise along the winding Amstel River into Amsterdam and then through the very heart of this enchanting city, where small canals and unique architecture take you back to a bygone era. You can literally reach out and touch the passers-by. Leaving Amsterdam we join the mighty North Sea Canal and head west towards our overnight mooring at Zaandam. After lunch, your tour guide drives you to Zaans Schans to see the clog-makers and working windmills. Dinner on board.

Friday – Zaandam to Haarlem

Frans Hals Museum and the beautiful town of Haarlem

Our final cruise takes us to Haarlem, a town of exceptional beauty with its main square, once used for jousting. We visit the famous Frans Hals Museum, founded in 1862 with its vast collection of Old Masters. There will be plenty of time to enjoy this wonderful place and to shop around its many boutiques. Upon your return, relax before dinner and enjoy the best view in town from the panoramic deck of the “Savoir Faire”. Candlelit crystal and gleaming silverware add to the romantic ambience of the Captains Dinner.

Saturday – departure

A Sad Farewell

Finally time to say farewell to the Savoir Faire and her Captain and crew, but not before a rather special breakfast. After all, we wouldn’t want you leave hungry!! Bags are loaded by 9.30am and off we drive to your designated destination in Amsterdam.

Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions.