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Holland

A kaleidoscope of Springtime colours, the historic towns of the Old Masters and Dutch icons such as windmills, pottery and cheese

Holland Barge Cruises

The Netherlands are famous, of course, for tulips, but as a land with a rich artistic and cultural history, it has a lot more besides. The western provinces of this land of water are populated by windmills which sit above the polders and along the very river that gave its name to Amsterdam, whilst cities such as Haarlem and Delft are meccas for lovers of pottery and art. Our barging holidays here uncover some of the country’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 and the buzz of the world’s largest flower auction, 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 the engineering feats of the people to beat the sea.

Holland Map

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, Aalsmeer flower market and the picturesque harbour town of Enkhuizen are equally memorable.

The 12 passenger Panache and the 8 passenger La Nouvelle Etoile offer Holland barge cruises in the spring, when the flowers are in full bloom. This is without a doubt the best time to visit this country, and our Holland river cruises are carefully planned to allow you to experience all that the country has to offer.

Our Hotel Barges in Holland

Panache

Panache is a deluxe, 12 passenger hotel barge that cruises in Holland between Alkmaar and Delft from March to mid-May and then from Holland to Belgium in late May

La Nouvelle Etoile

La Nouvelle Etoile is an ultra-deluxe, 8 passenger hotel barge that cruises in Holland between Zaandam to Haarlem in April and then from Holland to Belgium in early May

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