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