Savoir Faire hotel barge

Cruising in Holland
The barge Savoir Faire

Accommodating up to 12 passengers

View of the Savoir Faire

Savoir Faire is rated 4 star

Discover Holland in 2019

Cruise file for Savoir Faire

4780 € per person

Charters from 46,440 €


Crew members : 6

Boat size
Length 126′4″ ft (38.5 metres)
Width 16′7″ ft (5.05 metres)

Number of bicycles : 12


Up to 12 guests

Double cabins : 6


Central heating




Savoir Faire photos and videos

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Testimonials for Savoir Faire

Michael Higgins, September 2018 (2nd cruise)

"Thank you. Thank you again for your wonderful attention to our every need or whim - you made our return trip even more enjoyable than the first one. Strength to all your aims - we will look for a time to come again"

Michael Higgins, USA; October 2017, charter
Our cruise in Savoir Faire was wonderful in all respects: the FOOD!, the service, the accommodations, the cities, the tours — everything. The crew was very special and saw to our every want and need.
All of us want to do it again maybe next Fall if we can work things out. Chris said his favorite is Champagne and we wonder when that might be scheduled next year? Please let me know along with other possibilities in France.
I am putting some pics together for you and will send them separately.
Thank You!
Georgia; USA

This experience has been one I’ll never forget. You all have a special place in my heart. Thank you for treating the 10 of us so well. Your passion for what you do is very much appreciated

Tom & Mary; USA

All the crew were incredible, food was out of this world, the service the best and everyone spectacular

Bob & Sandy; USA

What an outstanding week. The experience, food and service amazing and our group could not have been happier with the time spent together. Thank you all

Weislers, USA

Great friends + Great Captain and crew + Beautiful French countryside = Wonderful trip

Eric & Joann; USA

Vive la France, Magnifique. Tres bon. To old friends, new friends and wine, wine, wine. Thank you all so much, crew and friends, for an experience that exceeded all our expectations

Dana & Randy; USA

Merci, merci, merci. Thank you to our Captain Chris and crew for a wonderful, perfect trip. We did not know what to expect and this week far exceeded our dreams

Vicki Little, USA

To our wonderful Captain and crew. You are all awesome and it’s been one of the most wonderful trips of my life. Thank you so much for the great food and your attention to our every need

Audrey & Georgie; USA

Exquisite is an understatement - service, scenery, food … thank you. Wonderful adventure, great crew

Saly & George, Florida, USA

Appreciate all the efforts by the crew to give us a relaxing and enjoyable vacation

Vidal; Barcelona, Spain

Our third time on the Savoir Faire. We’ve enjoyed a wonderful time. Good friends, delicious food and lots of fun. Outstanding boat and Captain. Incredible crew

Berry, USA

Kudos to all of you and the memorable barging experience. What great fun, friendship and excellence. You have set the bar so high. I cannot adequately express my appreciation

Mosley, USA

I’m speechless. This was absolutely the best trip ever. Barging is the perfect way to enjoy our vacation with so much to see and all done at a wonderful pace. Chris and our crew presented an experience that I shall savor for a long, long time

Bray, USA

The crew were entertaining, knowledgeable and competent. The food and service was exceptional -  5 stars each meal. The Captain Chris was extremely professional

Warren; USA

Words cannot describe the experience we have had on this cruise from Bruges to Paris. The excellence of service was the best part and then the scenery that is Europe. We will keep the memories in our hearts forever

Mr Putman; USA

To call the voyage perfect is not enough. Perfection has to include the crew and our Captain Chris. Thanks for all the kindness

Varga; Dakota, USA

Thank you for a memorable week of cruising on a barge. The experience was everything we had hoped for

Marcus Moss, Australia

Thank you all for a delightful experience. Your food and hospitality was excellent. Great fellow companions on board. It will be difficult to return to the real world


J Carney. June 2013

The captain (Chris) and crew were wonderful - very friendly and helpful in all respects.
Accommodations were spacious and comfortably furnished.
The food was absolutely wonderful - Dan is a great chef (despite my misgivings about English cooking from trips decades ago).

Well selected land excursions - from châteaux to cathedrals to vineyards.

Interesting variety of activities along the route, both agricultural and industrial.

About the barge "Savoir Faire"

When you step aboard the luxurious hotel barge Savoir Faire, it's hard to believe that her origins go back to the 1930s!

With her unique interior and old-world charm comes stylish, comfortable and spacious accommodation for up to 12 guests.  
Aboard you will find 5 different areas to enjoy, ensuring peace and serenity throughout your stay.

From the piano bar where you can enjoy an entertaining evening among friends, to the saloon ideal for watching the world go by, to the dining area and bar where your barman will serve your favourite cocktail, you will certainly find your favourite place each day.  
The mahogany, teak and brass fittings coupled with antiques and fine art collected over many years, create a wonderful ambiance.

The Savoir Faire also has two superb sundecks from which to admire the magnificent views.  If you're feeling energetic, a crew member will be happy to place one of the bikes ashore for you so that you can explore further afield at your own pace.

After a wonderful day of cruising and excursions, it's time for bed.
Savoir Faire has six ensuite staterooms, which can all be configured with twins or a queen bed.   The air-conditioned cabins have good lighting and ample power sockets, both European 220v and US 110v.  

The Savoir Faire is the perfect choice for groups of 8-12 guests.



Plan of Savoir Faire

Plan of the hotel barge Savoir Faire

Savoir Faire cruise routes & itineraries

Cruising from Haarlem via Amsterdam to Haarlem: A true insight to Holland

Welcome aboard the Savoir Faire for a magical journey, in the true Holland: Working windmills, stunning tulip displays, the popular and vibrant city of Amsterdam, Delft, Gouda & Rotterdam await.
Haarlem to Leiden: Magnificent cruise past the lakes 
You will be met by our guide at the designated pick-up point at 14h00, and escorted via private motor coach to the SAVOIR FAIRE's mooring in Haarlem for a Champagne reception and introduction to the crew.  Sit back and relax as we cruise via the lakes to Leiden, our mooring for the night.   Enjoy pre-dinner cocktails before you first delicious dinner on board.

Leiden to Delft: Keukenhof Flower Gardens
We begin cruising after breakfast, heading along the peaceful canals out of Lieden and through the oldest lock in Holland at Leidschendam.  After lunch,  we set off to see the largest display of tulips in the world at the Keukenhof Gardens.  In addition to tulips, there are also hyacinths and other beautiful bulbous plants to take your breath away.
We return to dinner on board in Delft.

Delft to Gouda: Royal Porcelain and the port of Rotterdam
More wonderful displays await us today, at the Delft Royal Porcelain Factory where we will see hand-pained ceramics.  After our walking tour of the factory, there is time to explore the cobbled streets of Delft before re-joining the barge for our afternoon cruise through Rotterdam and onto Gouda to our evening mooring. Dinner on board.
Gouda to Uithoorn: Gouda cheese and Famous stained-glass windows
After breakfast, our guide will introduce you to the medieval streets of Gouda, and show you the most famous of all stained glass windows in Holland.   Gouda is a delightful town with a quaint main square and numerous enticing boutiques.   After lunch, sit back as we cruise past canalside towns to our evening mooring at Uithoorn. Diiner on board.
Uithoorn to Zaandam: Aalsmeer Flower auction & the windmills of Zaans Schans
A busy day awaits!  An optional pre-breakfast visit to the Aalsmeer Flower Auction where 17 million flowers are traded each day is a real eye-opener!  After breakfast on the barge, we continue our cruise along the meandering Amstel River into Amsterdam, and indeed into the very heart of this city with it's small canals and unique architecture taking us back to a bygone era.  The canals and streets are such that the locals are within arms length!    Next we join the far larger North Sea Canal towards Zaandam, where we moor up.  After lunch, its time to join our tour guide for a drive to Zaans Schans to see working windmills and the gentle art of clog making.  Dinner on board.

Zaandam to Haarlem: Frans Hals Museum and the beautiful town of Haarlem
Our final cruise takes us to Haarlem where in times past, you could have witnessed jousting in the main square.   This is an exceptionally beautiful town where we'll see a vast collection of the Old Masters in the famous Frans Hals Museum.
Take the time to enjoy the town and its many boutiques and friendly atmosphere.
Before dinner, enjoy the fantastic views from the panoramic deck of the Savoir Faire.
This evening, candle lit crystal and gleaming silverware create a stunning table for the Captain's Farewell Dinner.  Enjoy a sumptuous meal, wonderful wines and looking back over the week with your friends, savouring what will become  "Golden Memories to last a lifetime" in the words of our Captain Chris.
Haarlem to Amsterdam: A sad Au Revoir
Enjoy a special hearty breakfast before bidding farewell to the SAVOIR FAIRE, her Captain and crew.  Bags are loaded by 9:30  for the  private transfer to the return point hotel in Amsterdam, arriving by approximately 11.00
Please note: This is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions

Cruise rates

Holland Tulip Cruise dates and rates

6 days / 7 nights

Accommodation 2019 Value rates
Whole boat charter for 11-12 53450
Whole boat charter for up to 10 46440
Stateroom per person 4780
Single supplement 2030

All prices are in Euro 

2019: Departure dates from 31st March to 10th August

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