Sail Away with Your Sweetheart on a Romantic Dutch Barge Cruise

Are you seeking an extra-special getaway with that significant someone in your life? We can’t think of a better romantic break than a luxury barge cruise in Holland aboard Panache, which takes in the beautiful blooms, winding waterways and culture-rich towns that this small but sweet country has to offer.

Here are a few of the most romantic stop offs on the Panache itinerary to get the heartbeat racing and the eyelashes fluttering.

Romance in Flowers at Keukenhof

Whenever you choose to visit the world-famous gardens at Keukenhof, you are sure to be swept away by the charm of its immensely beautiful flower displays. Each year the park has a different theme: in 2018 it’s “Romance in Flowers”. Gardeners prepped the ground with 50,000 tulip, crocus and grape hyacinth bulbs in the autumn, ensuring a stunning flower mosaic for lovestruck guests to admire in the spring.

Just imagine walking hand-in-hand through the Love Paradise or sharing a kiss in the Cupid Garden… after all, the best way to profess your love is to say it with flowers!

Explore Leiden from the Towpath

With its towering townhouses, elegant stone bridges and criss-crossing of canals, the historic university town of Leiden is as pretty as a picture. We believe that one of the best ways to appreciate its charm is to explore it on two wheels – just like the locals do! Grab one of our onboard bikes and take off down the tree-lined towpaths for a bicycle tour made for two.

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Admire the Organ at St Bavo’s Cathedral

If you’re the kind of couple who find romance in beauty and music, you will be blown away by the Müller organ, which can be found in St Bavo’s Cathedral in Haarlem. Rising 30m into the air against the whole west wall of the cathedral, the intricately decorated organ is a truly impressive sight.

Famous players of this magnificent instrument include Handel in 1740 and 1750, and a ten-year-old Mozart in 1766. If you’re lucky you might visit while its sonorous sound floods the cathedral – an uplifting accompaniment to any declaration of love.

Cruise Holland with style – or should that be Panache? – by arranging your Dutch barge cruise with European Waterways. Get in touch today to book your berth.


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