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  • Sample Itineraries
    Tulip Cruises in Holland, between Haarlem and Haarlem (a loop around Holland)
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    Sunday, Day 1
    After your pick-up by our driver from Amsterdam you will be taken to the barge moored in the center of Haarlem for a champagne welcome. We will relax for the afternoon with a cruise to Zaandam, where we will moor for the night and you will enjoy your first gourmet dinner on board.

    Monday, Day 2
    After an elegant breakfast we will take a short drive to the Zaanse Schans to visit a working windmill, a clog maker and a cheese maker. In the afternoon we will cruise to Amsterdam, through the heart of the city where the small canals and architecture will take you back to a previous century and then along the Amstel River to Ouderkerk. Dinner on board.

    Tuesday, Day 3
    An early rise and drive to the colorful flower auction in Aalsmeer. Upon return we will set off for a cruise on the canals to the cheese Mecca of Gouda. After lunch, we will take a drive out to a local cheese farm. Besides cheese, you will find beautiful buildings, excellent shopping and the most magnificent stained glass windows in Holland. Dinner on board.

    Wednesday, Day 4
    A morning cruise to Rotterdam through the center of this busy port and then onto Delft. Visit the Delft Pottery works, where porclain is still handmade and painted. Spend the rest of the afternoon strolling around this beautiful ancient Dutch city. Dinner on board.

    Thursday, Day 5
    A morning cruise through the canals past Leiden, across the Brasemmer Lakes to Oude Wetering. Spend the afternoon at the 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 bulbs. Dinner on board.

    Friday, Day 6
    Morning cruise to Haarlem, a picturesque town and the home of the famous Dutch painter Frans Hals where we will tour its museum. Farewell celebration on board and the last delightful gourmet dinner.

    Saturday, Day 7
    This will be your last wonderful breakfast on board. You will then be driven to the designated drop off point.

    This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change


    The ‘Holland and Belgium Cruise’ between Haarlem and Bruges
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    Sunday, Day 1
    You will be met by our driver in Amsterdam and driven to La Nouvelle Etoile, which will be moored in the quaint town of Haarlem where there will be a wonderful Champagne welcome. There will be time to relax and then take a short walking tour of Haarlem. Upon return, La Nouvelle Etoile will set off for a short cocktail cruise through Haarlem and moor for the night near Cruiquius. Tonight will be your first of many gourmet meals on board.

    Monday, Day 2
    After an early elegant breakfast we will drive to the colourful flower auction in Aalsmeer, and then return for a morning cruise along the canals to Lisse where you will be taken after lunch to visit the Keukenhof Gardens, the largest display of flowers in the world. Here you will see hundreds of varieties of tulips, hyacinths and other bulbs. Meanwhile, the La Nouvelle Etoile has continued cruising to Delft and before returning to the barge, we will take you for a visit to the Delft Pottery Works where the world famous pottery is still handmade and painted. Dinner on board.

    Tuesday, Day 3
    We leave Delft and cruise to Rotterdam. In the morning you will have time to visit the ancient distillery of Ketel One where one of the most prestigious vodkas in the world is made. Upon returning to the barge we will continue cruising through the busy port of Rotterdam and then across the Hollandsch Diep, part of the Dutch estuaries, to the charming old fortress town of Willemstad. Dinner on board.

    Wednesday, Day 4
    Today we will leave Holland and cross the border into Belgium and cruise to Antwerp. Antwerp is the city of Rubens where we take a tour of Rubens’ home and then walk in the old quarter of this beautiful Flemish city. Dinner on board.

    Thursday, Day 5
    We can catch the flood tide up the winding “Sea Schelde” which takes us to the town of Ghent. Here you can look at the “The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb” the famous painting by the Van Eyck brothers or just stroll through this wonderful town in the afternoon. Dinner on board.

    Friday, Day 6
    This morning we will cruise to the beautiful little town of Bruges, known as the “Venice of the North”. We will have ample time to explore the many museums and maybe buy some of the handmade lace, or take a boat trip on the small canals that wander through the town. Tonight you will be joined by Jan and Diana for a Farewell Captain’s Dinner.

    Saturday, Day 7
    After your last elegant breakfast on board you will be driven to Bruges.

    This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change

    The ‘Belgium to Paris 11 Night Cruise’ between Bruges and Paris
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    Sunday, Day 1
    You will be met by our driver at your hotel and be driven to La Nouvelle Etoile which will be moored in the beautiful little town of Bruges, known as the “Venice of the North”. After a wonderful Champagne Welcome, we will take you into Bruges for a city tour on one of the little canal boats. Upon return to La Nouvelle Etoile you will have time to relax and get ready for your first, of many, gourmet meals on board.

    Monday, Day 2
    This morning you can join a guided walking tour of Bruges with a local guide, then return to the barge for lunch. After lunch, you will have some free time in Bruges. Late afternoon cruise to Ghent.

    Tuesday, Day 3
    After breakfast, your guide will take you into Ghent. Visit the cathedral with the fabulous painting "The Adoration of the Mystic lamb “painted by the van Eyck brothers. Return to the barge for a cruise up the River Schelde to the town of Oudenaarde where we will moor for the night.

    Wednesday, Day 4
    A morning cruise further up the Schelde will take us to the ancient town of Tournay with its famous "Pont des Trous" (Bridge with Holes), used to collect tolls on the rivers in the old times. This afternoon you can stroll around Tournay or take an optional drive to Waterloo.

    Thursday, Day 5
    We continue along the Schelde through the town of Valenciennes to the junction of the Canal du Nord at the little French village of Arleux. We will drive to Valenciennes along the way to visit the Museum of Fine Arts.

    Friday, Day 6
    We begin our climb over the Vermandois Hills of Picardie through the many locks and several tunnels of the Canal du Nord. The scenery is spectacular rural France at its best. There is a great towpath for the barge along the canal that allows you to have a leisurely walk if you wish. After lunch, there will be a trip to Amiens to visit what must be one of the greatest of all Gothic cathedrals with its powerful towering spires and columns. .

    Saturday, Day 7
    After breakfast you can visit the war museum in Peronne. Upon return, we will continue on the Canal du Nord. There will be plenty of opportunities to walk or bike while the barge travels from lock to lock. The cruise now continues along the Canal du Nord as it drops down into the valley of the Somme River before climbing over another watershed.

    Sunday, Day 8
    Today we will cruise down to the Oise River valley to moor in the riverside town of Compiegne. There are many places to visit, including the train where the World War I armistice was signed, as well as the Royal Palace.

    Monday, Day 9
    We are now cruising down the Oise River valley where we stop at the village of Auvers sur Oise. This charming village is a van Gogh scene. Here is where he lived and painted most of his last, and most important paintings where he stayed in a small room above a local café. We will have an afternoon walk around the town and visit the cemetery where Vincent and is brother are buried.

    Tuesday, Day 10
    We will take a full picnic lunch with deck chairs and tables, to go on a day excursion to Giverny to visit the home and gardens of Claude Monet, probably the most famous of all the Impressionist painters. The gardens will be at their most beautiful at this time of year where we will see the famous lily pond and the Japanese bridge that inspired so many of his paintings. We will moor for the night in Conflans, which is the junction of the Oise and Seine Rivers.

    Wednesday, Day 11
    In the morning we will cruise to Bougival and visit Malmaison, the home of Napoleon. We will see its many lavishly decorated rooms furnished by Josephine. We will rejoin La Nouvelle Etoile for an evening cruise up the floodlit River Seine past the Eiffel Tower and into the "Port d'Arsenal" adjacent to the Bastille for a farewell dinner on board.

    Thursday, Day 12
    After your last elegant breakfast on board you will be driven to central Paris.

    This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.


    The Paris to Auxerre cruise
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    Sunday, Day 1
    Paris
    After being met by our driver at the designated meeting point you will be taken to the barge moored in the heart of Paris for a wonderful champagne welcome. We have the afternoon to relax and cruise past Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower. We will moor that night in the Latin Quarter where you will enjoy your first gourmet dinner on board.

    Monday, Day 2
    Paris to Samoir sur Seine
    Scenic cruise out of Paris to Samois sur Seine. After lunch we will take an excursion to Chateau of Fontainebleau. To walk through Fontainebleau is to walk through the history of France. Every royal family has added its own architectural signature. Go on the charming village of Moret, where the Impressionist Sisley painted, and then rejoin the barge for an evening cruise to Montereau. Dinner on board.

    Tuesday, Day 3
    Samois sur Seine to Monterereau
    A morning cruise on the upper part of the River Seine to Monterereau, where the smaller river, the Yonne, meets us. After lunch we will take a drive out to the Medieval town of Provins, also called the "City of Roses". Here we will watch the magnificent show of the birds of prey. Return to the barge moored in a beautiful country setting. Dinner on board.

    Wednesday, Day 4
    Monterereau to Sens
    A pleasant cruise along the beautiful River Yonne to the town of Sens, the oldest town in France. Visit the first great gothic cathedral, a magnificent building that dominates the main square. Time to shop, visit the museum or stroll around the town. Dinner on board.

    Thursday, Day 5
    Sens to Joigny
    Winding up the Yonne, we reach the pretty riverside town of Joigny. The beautiful narrow cobblestone streets stretching their way up to wonderful churches perched on top of the town takes you back to another era. In the afternoon we will take a drive out to Chablis. We select one of the small family operations for an intimate tour of their vineyards and cellar. Dinner on board.

    Friday, Day 6
    Joigny to Auxerre
    Cruise along the upper reaches of the Yonne to Auxerre, the most beautiful of all river towns whose skyline is punctuated by church spires and its streets lined with timbered 16th century houses. Time for shopping, visiting the old port or the 15th century clock tower. Farewell celebration on board enjoying your last elegant gourmet dinner.

    Saturday, Day 7
    Auxerre to Paris
    After your final wonderful breakfast you will be transported to the designated drop off point.

    This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. The itinerary is in reverse direction on alternative weeks.


    The ‘Upper Loire/Burgundy’ cruise, between Briare and Moret-sur-Loing (or reverse)
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    Sunday, Day 1
    Paris to Briare
    You’re met by our driver at the designated meeting point and driven to La Nouvelle Etoile moored in the peaceful village of Briare. The evening starts with a special cruise over the Loire valley: a 19th century aqua duct built by Gustav Eiffel. Tonight you can enjoy your first of many gourmet meals on board.

    Monday, Day 2
    Briare to Gien
    This morning we take a short drive out to the beautiful town of Gien, build on the banks of the River Loire. Gien is famous for its faïence earthenware and we visit the International Hunters Museum at Chateau de Gien Cruise to Rogny and moor at the foot of the staircase of seven locks built in 1648, an impressive tribute to the engineers of the past. Dinner on board.

    Tuesday, Day 3
    Gien to Montbouy
    We make an excursion to Château de St-Fargeau. This Renaissance castle dates from the 10th century and contains mementos of the notorious Anne-Marie-Louise d’Orléans. Cruise in the afternoon to Montbouy, an old Gallo-Roman site. Dinner on board.

    Wednesday, Day 4
    Montbouy to Montargis
    This morning we drive to the impressionist village of Barbizon located near the Fontainebleau Forest. The Barbizon school of painters is named after the village; Théodore Rousseau and Jean-François Millet, leaders of the school, made their homes and died in the village. Then we cruise to Montargis wish is called “Little Venice of the Gâtinais” because it’s numerous canals. Dinner on board.

    Thursday, Day 5
    Montargis to Nemours
    After breakfast, we make a scenic drive to Fontainebleau and his impressive Château. Every French monarch from Francois I to Napoleon III has left his mark on this royal residence. We then cruise to our mooring at Nemours. Dinner on board.

    Friday, Day 6
    Nemours to Moret
    The day begins with an excursion to Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte and his fabulous gardens by le Nôtre (of Versailles fame). Some 18.000 workers were employed in the construction of this magnificent 17th-century masterpiece, designed by Le Vaux and decorated by Le Brun. In the afternoon, we cruise the canal de Loing, offering perfect opportunities for walking or cycling along the towpath during our cruise to Moret sur Loing. Dinner on board.

    Saturday, Day 7
    Moret sur Loing to Paris
    After your last elegant breakfast you will be driven back to your hotel in Paris.

    This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. The itinerary is in reverse direction on alternative weeks.


    The ‘Champagne' cruise, between Paris and Epernay (or reverse)
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    DAY 1, SUNDAY
    After being met by our driver you will taken to la Nouvelle which will be moored in Paris for a wonderful champagne welcome. You will have the afternoon to relax as we sail down the Seine past Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower. We will moor the first night in the Port d ‘Arsenal near the Bastille where you will enjoy the first of many gourmet meals on board.

    DAY 2, MONDAY
    A morning cruise out of Paris onto the Marne River where we will have lunch and then visit the magnificent Chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte. We will re-join the barge in Meaux in time to stroll around the town and visit the cathedral.

    DAY 3, TUESDAY
    Morning cruise from Meaux to Courtaron with an afternoon visit to Coulommiers, one of the centers of Brie cheese making. You will enjoy a tasting of the various Brie cheeses with a master cheese maker, along with wines from his excellent cellar.

    DAY 4, WEDNESDAY
    We are now in Champagne and on our way to Charly-sur-Marne. Stop to enjoy the wonderful champagne of a small family vineyard before an afternoon cruise to Chateau Thierry, the scene of American battles during World War 1. There will be an optional trip to visit Belleau Wood battlefield.

    DAY 5, THURSDAY
    The Marne River takes us through vine-covered hills dotted with small wine villages to the delightful little town of Damery. Here we will visit the vast cellars of Moet Chandon and a private tasting of the champagne.

    DAY 6, FRIDAY
    We leave the Marne River for a small canal leading to Epernay. We will visit the Abbey of Hautvilliers where the monk Dom Perignon first made champagne. Afternoon drive to Remis Cathedral and then back to La Nouvelle for your last gourmet dinner on board and a farewell party.

    DAY 7, SATURDAY
    After your last elegant breakfast on board you will be driven to either your hotel or the airport.

    This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. The itinerary is in reverse direction on alternative weeks.


    The ‘Alsace-Lorraine Cruise’ between Strasbourg and Nancy (or reverse)
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    Sunday, Day 1
    Nancy
    After pick-up at the agreed meeting point by our driver and driven to La Nouvelle Etoile moored in the heart of Nancy for a wonderful champagne welcome. We will then take a leisurely late afternoon cruise at sunset before the locks close and you will enjoy your first gourmet dinner on board.

    Monday, Day 2
    Nancy to Einville
    We will enjoy a morning cruise to Einville and then to Nancy for a walking tour of the city beginning at the elegant “Place Stanislas”. Flanked by handsome Baroque palaces and enclosed by ornate gold and wrought iron entry gates, the square is considered one of the grandest in all of France. The Art Nouveau movement originated in Nancy, and you may choose to visit the Ecole de Nancy to see its fine collection. Dinner on board.

    Tuesday, Day 3
    Einville to Schneckenbush
    After a morning cruise past tidy farms and pasturelands, we will drive to the privately owned Chateau de Fleville. This graceful Renaissance residence adjoins a 14th century castle keep. The interiors are richly furnished with 18th century antiques. We then return to La Nouvelle moored in the peaceful village of Schneckenbush for the night. Dinner on board.

    Wednesday, Day 4
    Schneckenbush to Lutzelbourg
    Each day we travel on the canal we have been gradually climbing to the crest of the Vosges Mountains. After navigating two tunnels carved into the mountaintop, we will encounter the Inclined Plane at Arzviller. This unique lock allows a barge to glide effortlessly up or down the mountainside using a sophisticated system of weights and balances. A short drive along the way will take us to the Christallerig of Harz village where fine crystal is still hand blown. We continue the cruise through the Zorn Valley where the surrounding hilltops are dotted with ruins of feudal castles. Our overnight stay will be in Lutzelbourg. Dinner on board.

    Thursday, Day 5
    Lutzelbourg to Saverne
    We wind through the heart of Saverne, past the regal 18th century Bishop’s Palace. From Saverne, we will take an afternoon drive along the Route du Vin d’ Alsace to the old fortified town of Obernai where we will visit the Marker Square and the 14th century ramparts that surround the city. Stop along the way at Winegrower to taste some of the best Alcasian wines. Dinner on board.

    Friday, Day 6
    Saverne to Strasbourg
    Today we will finish the cruise in the busy port of Strasbourg. Our afternoon tour of Strasbourg includes the folk museum and the 11th century gothic cathedral, leaving enough time to stroll around to explore the fine shops. Returning to the barge we will celebrate our cruise with a lovely farewell dinner. Dinner on board.

    Saturday, Day 7
    Strasbourg
    After your wonderful breakfast on board you will be driven to the agreed drop off point.

    This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. The itinerary is in reverse direction on alternative weeks.


    The ‘Germany and Luxemburg Cruise’ between Koblenz and Remich (or reverse)
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    Sunday, Day 1
    After being met by our driver at the agreed meeting point and take you to La Nouvelle Etoile, moored in the heart of Koblenz, for a wonderful Champagne Welcome. There will be a short late afternoon cruise to Winningen, one of the oldest and largest wine growing villages in the area where we will stop and you will experience the first of many gourmet meals on board.

    Monday, Day 2
    A morning cruise guides us through the lowest part of the River Moselle up to the charming town of Cochem. In the early afternoon we will drive you to the castle of Burg Eltz, also called the “Queen of the German Castles” as it is one of the few that were not destroyed by King Louis XIV in 1689. A guided tour takes us through this fascinating 12th century castle. We return to La Nouvelle Etoile in Cochem in time to stroll through this delightful little village. Dinner on board.

    Tuesday, Day 3
    After breakfast we will take a leisurely cruise past numerous vineyards set in beautiful scenery to Zell. This is one of the most beautiful towns on the Moselle at the heart of the ‘Zeller Land’ wine growing community and is renowned for its excellent wines. We visit the cellars of Dr Josef Weiss just outside of town for our first wine tasting. Return to the barge for dinner on board.

    Wednesday, Day 4
    Cruising up this very picturesque part of the Moselle we reach Bernkastel, another famous wine village. Here you will find the “crème de la crème” of Mosel wines. In the afternoon visit the private cellars of Pauli Bergweiler for a sampling of his superb wines. Finish our day with a stroll around the village of Bernkastel. Dinner on board.

    Thursday, Day 5
    This morning we will cruise to Trier, the oldest town in Germany and dating back to the old Roman times, hundreds of years before Christ. Visit the Porta Nigra, part of the old town wall and the magnificent St. Peters Cathedral, or stroll around the old town with its delightful shops. Dinner on board.

    Friday, Day 6
    This morning we will cruise our last stretch of the Moselle into Luxembourg and to the small village of Remich. In the afternoon, there will be time to visit the nearby capital of Luxembourg. Tonight, your farewell dinner on board.

    Saturday, Day 7
    After your last elegant breakfast on board you will be driven to Frankfurt.

    This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternative weeks the cruise is in reverse direction.


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