Tour Keukenhof Gardens with the largest display of flowers in the world
Visit the Aalsmeer flower auction
Tour the fascinating conservation area at Enkhuizen
Visit the Royal Delft pottery to see the world famous earthenware being hand-made and painted
Tour picturesque Haarlem and visit a museum of the Dutch painter, Franz Hals
Tour the charming city of Leiden, Rembrandt’s birthplace
Enjoy a private winery tour and tasting at renowned champagne houses such as Moët & Chandon, Henriot & Maison Pannier
Visit the the magnificent 800-year-old Reims cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece and now UNESCO World Heritage Centre where the Kings of France were once crowned
Visit the champagne ‘capital’ of Epernay for a cellar tour and private tasting
Visit Château-Thierry, the scene of fierce battles in World War I, and Belleau Wood
Tour the beautiful city of Strasbourg and visit its Gothic cathedral
Explore the Route des Vins d’Alsace and a private wine tasting
Visit the Meteor Brewery, founded in 1640
Experience an ascent or descent of the unique Arzviller boat elevator
Visit the spectacular René Lalique Collection
Tour of Sarrebourg including a visit to the Chagall chapel
Enjoy a candlelit meal whilst cruising through the two Arzviller tunnels
Excellent towpath for walking
Guests are met in Amsterdam and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Panache. Once on board, enjoy a champagne welcome and an introduction to your crew and hotel barge. Dinner on board.
Enjoy a walking tour of Alkmaar, before our first cruise to Zaanse Schans near Amsterdam, a place renowned for its wooden windmills, barns and houses built in the traditional Dutch style. After lunch on board, we take a tour of Zaanse Schans, an open air conservation area and museum, giving you a vivid impression of the Dutch way of life in the 17th and 18th centuries. This historical area consists of authentic houses and windmills, an historic shipyard, pewter factory, a cheese and dairy farm and an age-old grocery store dating back to the 1900’s. Dinner on board
We enjoy an early morning cruise to the historic city of Haarlem, dating back to the 13th century. After lunch on board, this afternoon marks a highlight of the week with a visit to the world famous Keukenhof Gardens, known as the ‘Garden of Europe’. There are more than 100 acres filled with over 7 million flowering bulbs and we stroll through a breath-taking backdrop of colour on this unforgettable half-day excursion. Dinner ashore this evening at a local restaurant.
An optional very early morning tour to Aalsmeer flower auction, where some 17 million cut flowers from all over the world are traded each day. We return to the hotel barge for breakfast, then enjoy a tour of Haarlem. The city is home to the Frans Hals Museum founded in 1862 with its vast collection of Old Masters. Other highlights include St. Bavo’s Cathedral on the main square, where both Handel and Mozart played the magnificent Muller organ, or there is free time to visit a fine selection of boutique shops. After lunch on board, we cruise to our mooring at Oude Wetering where there is time to walk or cycle along the towpaths around the lake. Dinner on board.
After breakfast we cruise to Leiden. Home to one of the oldest universities in the country and the birthplace of Rembrandt, Leiden is an historical city full of charm and character, a perfect place to explore on a bicycle, or simply stroll the banks of the pretty tree-lined canals. This afternoon we take a tour of the city and a private boat trip, with your tour leader explaining the history that dates back to Roman times and more recent sites such as the church, St. Pieterskerk, from which the pilgrims departed for America. Free time to explore the many local cafes, boutique shops, markets and antique dealers. Dinner on board.
Morning cruise arriving in Delft by lunchtime, our final mooring. Delft is renowned for its pottery ceramic products, which were styled on the imported Chinese porcelain of the 17th century. This beautiful, unspoilt town is more than 750 years old, and began as the home port of the Dutch East India Company. Following lunch, we visit the Royal Delft factory, just 5 minutes’ walk from our mooring to learn how this world-famous porcelain is made. You will have time during the afternoon to explore Delft further. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Amsterdam