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Tulip Time on Panache

A springtime cruise aboard the Hotel Barge Panache from Alkmaar taking in the world-famous Keukenhof Gardens and picturesque Delft, renowned for its porcelain

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6 nights

Hotel Barge Holiday
Zaanse Schans
Keukenhof Gardens
Keukenhof Gardens
Tulip fields

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Admire the colourful springtime flowers as you explore the beautiful waterways of Holland on this relaxing cruise.

Discover the traditional wooden windmills of Zaanse Schans, visit Keukenhof Gardens, bursting with colour and home to over 7 million flowers, and stroll through the bustling Aalsmeer flower auction.

See the impressive St Bavo's Cathedral in historic Haarlem and explore the sights of Leiden, home to one of the oldest universities in the country, before cruising to Delft, renowned for its porcelain.

The Panache is traditionally furnished in old ship style accommmodating a maximum of 12 passengers in 6 air-conditioned suites with ensuite facilities. Luxurious and comfortable, you will be looked after by a professional crew including a Master Chef, tour guide and housekeeper.

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Holland Tulip Itinerary

Day 1 - Alkmaar (Netherlands)

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.

Day 2 - Zaanse Schans

Perhaps visit the Alkmaar cheese museum, 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.

Day 3 - Haarlem

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.

Day 4 - Oude Wetering

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.

Day 5 - Leiden

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.

Day 6 - Delft

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.

Day 7 - Delft

After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Amsterdam**.

Itinerary operates in reverse on alternate weeks. It is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. **Other locations available for Private Charter bookings

Price Includes

  • 6-nights accommodation on 6 passenger Hotel Barge Panache
  • All meals on board catered for by the on board Master Chef
  • Open bar with a large range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
  • All wines served throughout the cruise
  • Excursions and admittance fees as per itinerary
  • Use of barge facilities including bicycles
  • Transfers to and from barge

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