Holland is famous, of course, for its tulips, but as a land with a rich artistic and cultural history, it has a lot more besides. The western provinces of the land of water are populated by windmills which sit above the polders and along the very river that gave its name to Amsterdam. Our hotel barge cruises some of Holland’s hidden gems and are the perfect way to experience the best the country has to offer.
From the colours of the bulb fields to the magnificence of the formal gardens such as the world-renowned Keukenhof Gardens, tourists are entranced by the unique horticultural expertise of the Dutch. And those who stop off at cities along the way, marvel at the architecture and engineering feats of the innovative people of Holland.
Lovers of culture come from far and wide to tour the renowned Dutch museums. Amsterdam, Leiden and Haarlem will charm you, just as they did the great artists, while other attractions such as the Royal Delft potteries and Aalsmeer flower market are equally memorable.
BARGE OF THE MONTH
Panache is a stylish 12 passenger hotel barge, with spacious public areas and six comfortable double or twin en suite cabins. All the bathrooms have twin hand-basins and oversized showers. There are panoramic windows in the saloon and the hotel barge has been fitted out in traditional yacht style with brass and mahogany fittings. A large sun deck and spa pool, plus 12 bicycles for guests’ use to explore the towpath complete the picture.
Panache’s highly professional crew of six is comprised of Master Chef, Deck Hand/Steward, Tour guide and two Housekeepers, led by a knowledgeable and experienced Captain who will ensure your cruise is memorable and more. Their knowledge of the region, combined with fascinating chauffeur driven private excursions and the 12 bikes we provide will allow you to explore the areas you cruise through in as much detail as you desire.
LA NOUVELLE ETOILE
La Nouvelle Etoile is an ultra deluxe barge with very spacious accommodation for only 8 passengers, offering a wonderful blend of traditional elegance and sophisticated, state of the art facilities. The elegant, air conditioned and teak-lined dining area and saloon, with an attractive bar and piano, feature warm and inviting furnishings. On deck there is a spacious sun deck with comfortable loungers and hot tub. Other facilities include internet access, exercise room and 8 bikes.
The air conditioned suites, each over 200 square feet, have satellite TV and large en-suite bathrooms with double sinks. The barge’s attentive crew of five is comprised of an experienced Captain, Master Chef, Tour Guide and two Housekeepers, all of whom will ensure your cruise is truly memorable.