La Nouvelle Etoile in front of windmills


La Nouvelle Etoile
Holland Tulip Cruise

The La Nouville Etoile slowly plies along picturesque inland waterways of Holland, France and Belgium lined with magnificent foliage and speckled with charming towns.

The La Nouville Etoile includes a large sundeck with jacuzzi, a main deck with a panoramic lounge, a bar area with piano, a dining room, a fitness room and an elevator. There are 4 oversized suites (over 200 square feet), featuring flat screen monitors with internet connection, satellite television and video, double sink bathrooms with large showers.

Meticulous attention to detail is evident throughout - from the selection of the linens, to the fresh fruit and flowers in each suite. The warm, elegant teak interiors, subtle color schemes and pleasant furnishings invite you to relax and enjoy.


Sunday, Day 1 Zaandam
Guests are met in Amsterdam** and transferred to the hotel barge mooring in the centre of Haarlem where there will be a champagne welcome. Haarlem is quite a charming and cosmopolitan city full of historical beauty. St. Bavo's Cathedral in the main square is where both Mozart and Handel played on its magnificent Muller organ. There's time to relax as you cruise this afternoon to Zaandam before your first gourmet dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2 Zaandam to Ouderkerk
Enjoy breakfast and then take an excursion to the reconstructed historic village of Zaanse Schans with its working windmills, clog makers, cheese farm and mustard mill. Everything the Dutch are known for can be found in this quaint village. This afternoon cruise through the heart of Amsterdam where the small canals and architecture take you back to a previous century. Continue cruising along the Amstel River to Uithoorn where we will moor for the night. Dinner on board.

Tuesday, Day 3 Ouderkerk to Gouda
This morning we take a leisure cruise to Gouda, famous for its cheese, pipes and candles. After lunch, visit a local cheese farm and explore Gouda's gorgeous architecture, excellent shopping and also the most beautiful stained glass windows in Holland. These remarkable windows in St. John's church date back to the 15th century. Enjoy 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.

Wednesday, Day 4 Gouda to Delft
After breakfast this morning we cruise to Rotterdam, the world's largest port, stopping at a vodka distillery en route, Ketel One is the oldest distillery in Holland still owned by the same family. We then continue to Delft. Delft is a beautiful town with many historic connections including being one of the starting chambers of the Dutch East India Company and the birthplace of artist Jan Vermeer. The day's visit also includes a tour of a factory to learn how the world famous pottery is made. Spend the rest of the afternoon strolling around this delightful and historic Dutch city. Dinner on board.

Thursday, Day 5 Delft to Oude Wetering
Continuing our voyage, we cruise through the canals past Leiden, a charming University town. It is also where many of the Pilgrims lived before they ventured to the New World. Cross the Brasemmer Lakes to Oude Wetering. After lunch, spend the afternoon at the famous Keukenhof Gardens, a 70 acre showcase for the Dutch floral industry. From late March to mid-May, visitors are treated to an ever-changing display of spring flowers beginning with narcissus followed by hyacinths and tulips a few weeks later. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6 Oude Wetering to Haarlem
An early morning visit brings you to the worlds largest flower auction in Aalsmeer, where some 10 billion flowers are sold annually. Return to La Nouvelle for a cruise to Haarlem with an optional visit to the Cruquius Museum along the way. The Cruquius pumping station is a beautiful neo-Gothic building built in 1846. Visit the picturesque town of Haarlem and the Frans Hals Museum which has an internationally well-known collection of Old Masters and works representative of the Dutch Golden Age. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 7 Haarlem
After breakfast, disembark La Nouvelle Etoile and transfer back to Amsterdam**.



Stateroom 1 Stateroom 2 Stateroom 3
Covered Sundeck dining bath

La Nouvelle Etoile

Building on a tradition, La Nouvelle Etoile has revolutionized standards of excellence in barging with unprecedented levels of luxury and sophisticated technology. An elevator whisks you from Suite level to Salon level, where you will feel welcomed as you enter the Salon with its warm well-appointed teak interior and elegant furnishings. Choose from several elegant settings. Settle into the intimate conversation area for cocktails with companions or pull up the most comfortable barstool imaginable if you prefer being perched high for sightseeing through the large picture windows. Throughout, you are bathed with uplifting natural daylight and views of the surrounding scenery. At night, subtle interior lighting facilitates views of lights dancing across the water.

Your every need and wish have been anticipated. Meticulous attention to detail is evident throughout – from the selection of the linens to the fresh flowers and fruit in each suite. • Pre-cruise documents with detailed information on ports of call • Champagne welcome • Three gourmet meals daily • A selection of fine wines with lunches and dinners Open bar • All museum and chateau entrance fees • Land tours and transfers. All transfers to and from La Nouvelle Etoile are included as well as the wonderful daily tours. We have our own luxury 8 passenger air-conditioned van with driver/tour guide that can also be available for your personal use (within the cruise area) for shopping, hair appointments or any other requests.

La Nouvelle Etoile is designed for the ultimate in comfort and convenience and offers the following features and amenities. Built on one of the largest hulls afloat that can navigate the small canals, La Nouvelle Etoile offers a fitness center, Jacuzzi hot tub, elevator, internet access, independently controlled air conditioning in each suite and self-service laundry. Gourmet meals are served on beautiful china, silver and fine crystal in our spacious dining room. You can sunbathe on the ample sun deck with retractable electric canopy or ride a bike along the towpaths or in ports of call.

General Information
Communications: La Nouvelle Etoile offers a telephone and internet access in each suite as well as Wi-Fi throughout the whole vessel. Electricity: The voltage on board is 220 volt A/C and 110 volt (for electric shavers). Hair dryers are provided in each cabin. No Smoking Policy: For the safety and comfort of all of our guests, smoking is permitted only on the outside decks.

Route Changes: Very rarely it may be necessary to change the route due to maintenance work on the locks. Although this does not happen often, it is unwise to book hotel or car rental facilities at the termination point, other than Paris.

* 8 Passengers; 4 Suites (200 + sq ft)
* 5 Crew members
* 2 Decks
* Internet access in suites
* Stereo, TV, video
* Upright Piano
* Fitness studio / jacuzzi
* Bicycles
* Elevator
* Air conditioning / heating
* Handicap Access - YES


L Nouvelle Etoile Deckplan

2019 Rates

La Nouvelle Etoile
Accommodations Rate Type Rate Amount
Charter 8 passengers wholeboat Regular 61600
Charter 8 passengers wholeboat 6 night 63650
Suite per person 6 night 8450
Single Cabin 6 night 12675


Departure Dates (Sunday) Rate Type Route
Jun 16 6 night Auxerre to Moret
July 28; Aug 04, 11, 18 6 night Alsace-Lorraine
July 07 6 night Paris to Epernay
Jun 30 6 night Briare to Moret
Sep 01, 15, 29; Oct 13 6 night Remich to Koblenz
Mar 31; Apr 07, 14, 21, 28; May 05, 12 6 night Haarlem to Haarlem
Jun 09 6 night Moret to Auxerre
Sep 08, 22; Oct 6 6 night Koblenz to Remich
Jun 23 6 night Moret to Briare


2020 Rates

La Nouvelle Etoile
Accommodations Rate Type Rate Amount
Single supplement Regular 4225
Charter 8 passengers wholeboat Value 63850
Suite per person Regular 8450


Departure Dates (Sunday) Rate Type Route
Sept 06, 13, 20, 27 Regular Remich to Koblenz
Oct 04, 11 Regular Remich to Koblenz
March 29 April 05, 12, 19, 26 May 03, 10, 17, 24 Regular Holland
June 14, 21, 28, July 05 Regular Burgundy
July 26 Aug 23, 30 Regular Remich to Koblenz