Day 1: SUNDAY
Meet in Amsterdam and transfer to elegant 'La Nouvelle Etoile,' moored in the center of Haarlem. After a welcome reception, enjoy a relaxing cruise to Zaandam before a gourmet dinner on board. (D)
Day 2: MONDAY
After breakfast, drive to the reconstructed village of Zaanse Schans to see a working windmill; then visit a clog maker and a cheese maker. In the afternoon, cruise through the heart of Amsterdam en route to Uithoorn. (B L D)
Day 3: TUESDAY
Today, 'La Nouvelle Etoile' cruises to Gouda, a historic trading center situated between Amsterdam and Rotterdam. In the 15th century, wealthy Gouda was Holland's fifth-largest town. After lunch, visit a local cheese farm. Later explore the city's magnificent architecture, including the remarkable stained glass windows at 15th-century St. John’s Church (St. Janskerk). (B L D)
Day 4: WEDNESDAY
Cruise to Rotterdam this morning, visiting Holland’s oldest vodka distillery en route. Then visit the historic town of Delft, the epitome of an old-fashioned Dutch town with quaint shops and picturesque canals. Stop at the pottery works, where the town’s famous porcelain is still painted by hand. After lunch, you have time on your own to explore the old city center. (B L D)
Day 5: THURSDAY
A morning cruise past Leiden crosses the Brasemmer Lakes to Oude Wetering. Spend the afternoon at the magnificent Keukenhof Gardens, a famous 79-acre park containing millions of colorful flowers. One of the most photographed places in the world, Keukenhof is also home to the largest sculpture park in Holland. (B L D)
Day 6: FRIDAY
Early this morning, visit the fascinating and fast-paced flower market at Aalsmeer, where 7,000 growers supply over 20 million flowers and plants to be sold each day. Perhaps make an optional visit to the Cruquius Museum, a pumping station that originally helped to drain Haarlemmermeer (Haarlem's Lake). Back in Haarlem, explore the museum dedicated to Dutch portrait artist Frans Hals. This evening, enjoy a special farewell dinner onboard 'La Nouvelle Etoile.’ (B L D)
Day 7: SATURDAY
After breakfast, transfer back to Amsterdam where your program ends.\. (B)
In the flower-filled springtime, experience the charms of Holland in the company of your Dutch captain aboard 'La Nouvelle Etoile.' Cruise the historic waterways, stopping for a cheese-tasting in Gouda, a visit to the open-air museum of Zaanse Schans and a tour of Delft with its famous porcelain. At Ketel One, the oldest distillery in the country, sample the renowned vodka. Visit Keukenhof Gardens with its amazing display of spring blooms. Open from late March to mid-May only, it is one of the world's most beautiful gardens and will certainly be a highlight of your cruise.
All meals as indicated by the itinerary (BLD), and all alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages while onboard.
Sightseeing as indicated by the itinerary.
All onboard accommodations while on tour.
Arrival and departure transers.
Fully-guided sightseeing as noted in the itinerary.
Bottled water supplied during Sightseeing.
Handling of two pieces of baggage per person for international fights.
Services of a professional guide.
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