Savoir Faire hotel barge

Cruising in Holland & Belgium
The barge Savoir Faire

Accommodating up to 12 passengers

View of the Savoir Faire

Savoir Faire is rated 4 star

Discover Holland & Belgium in 2019

Cruise file for Savoir Faire

Charters from 15,000€


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

Cruise from Belgium to Holland

Cruise from Belgium to Holland

Join the barge Savoir Faire as she journey's from Belgium to Holland, including Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp, Willemstad, Holland's Diep, Rotterdam, Delft and Haarlem

Sunday: Bruges to Ghent (embarkation 12.00 hrs)
You cannot pass through this part of the world without a visit to the beautiful city of Brugge, known as the "Venice of the North";. Why not book a hotel and spend a day or two here before your cruise. You will not regret a stay in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Somuch so it has been designated as a World Heritage Site. On Sunday, at 12.00 hrs noon, you meet aboard the Savoir Faire and after settling in, we cruise towards Ghent. A light buffet lunch will be served.
Welcome dinner aboard.

Monday: Ghent to Antwerp
This morning we visit Ghent to see the “not to be missed” St Bavo’s Cathedral where you can view the world-famous Adoration of the Mystic Lamb painted by Hubert and Jan van Eyck around 1432. It’s the
highlight of the Flemish Primitives and a milestone in art history. The Polyptych survived the Protestant Iconoclasm, fell into French handsunder Napoleon and was requisitioned by Nazi Germany during the Second World War. But it has now been hanging peacefully for more than 50 years in the place where it belongs: St. Bavo’s Cathedral.
Afterwards rejoin the Savoir Faire for lunch and cruise to Antwerp,
where we shall moor for the night.
Dinner aboard.


Tuesday: Antwerp to Willemstad
We shall have an early breakfast before visiting Reuben’s House.
Rubens is to Antwerp what Gaudi is to Barcelona. Or Warhol to New York. His art has defined the skyline and prestige of Antwerp. The Rubens House is one of the most renowned artist's residences
worldwide. We shall also visit The Cathedral, with its’ iconic treasuryand impressive collection of major art works, including a series of paintings by Rubens. Now, after twenty years, the seven-naved church has been restored to its former architectural glory. Fascinating features include Rubens’ ‘Elevation of the Cross’ and his ‘Descent from the Cross’. We then rejoin the Savoir Faire for a late lunch and cruise onwards towards our mooring at Willemstad in the Netherlands. This town is preserved in its original state, with windmill dykes, an old church and a 15th century arsenal. Wonderful bars along the quayside.
Dinner on board.

Wednesday: Willemstad to Leidschendam
This morning we set off at the crack of dawn across the mighty Holland’s Diep, part of the Dutch estuaries and onward past Dortrecht and Rotterdam, arriving in Delft. This afternoon we take a tour of the Delft Royal Porcelain Factory (, where beautiful hand-painted ceramics are still made. If there is time you can then take a stroll around the cobbled streets of Delft before joining the Savoir Faire in Leidschendam , home to the oldest lock in Holland.
Dinner on board

Thursday: Leidschendam to Haarlem
Today we cruise to the medieval town of Haarlem, often referred to as “Little Amsterdam”. For those wishing to spend time in Haarlem, it will be possible to be driven ahead after lunch, joining the Savoir Faire late afternoon at her final mooring in the center of this beautiful town.
Gala Dinner on board.

Friday: Haarlem (disembarkation at 9.30am)
After breakfast we bid you farewell. Your drivers will take you onwards to either Amsterdam city center or Amsterdam Airport.

Please note that disembarkation is strictly 09,30 hrs as we have our
next group of guests arriving that same afternoon.

Cruise from Belgium to Hollan

Please note: This is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions

Cruise rates

Two Countries Cruise: Belgium to Holland dates and rates

May 5th to May 10th 2019
Whole boat charter for up to 12 guests 15000

The price is in Euro and includes all meals aboard from lunch on day one to breakfast on the last day.
Open bar
Excursions including tour guide and driver as per the itinerary shown
Private whole boat charter for up to 12 guests

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

Cruise to Amsterdam

Canal and river cruising in Europe is a relaxing experience that is inherently flexible in nature.

The following itinerary is a SAMPLE of the places that you can expect to see and visit during your cruise. We have created this cruise for you to include some of the greatest sites this part of Europe has to offer.

The cruising is varied and gives a real insight into the working waterways of both Holland and Belgium.

Sunday: Haarlem to Leiden: Magnificent cruise past the lakes 
Begin to Cruise right away!
Your chauffeurs collect you from your Amsterdam hotel at 2.00pm for the short drive to the Savoir Faire, moored at Haarlem. Once aboard you are welcomed with a champagne reception and an introduction to your crew and ship. Shortly afterwards we begin our cruise to Leiden, Holland’s oldest university town, where we shall moor overnight.

This evening your chef welcomes you to your table with the first of many delicious offerings. Candlelit crystal and gleaming silverware add to the romantic
ambiance of what promises to be the first of many memorable occasions.

Monday: Leiden to Delft: Keukenhof Flower Gardens
Acres of Tulips at Keukenhof Gardens.
A peaceful morning cruise out of Leiden and through the oldest lock in Holland at Leidschendam. After lunch we continue our cruise into Delft. You will have free time in the afternoon to explore this wonderful 16 th century town – so you can visit the Nieuwe Kerk, with the tombs of William of Orange and other royals. Also the Oude Kerk, Vermeer Centre, the Town Hall and the Eastern Gate.
There’s so much to choose from.

Tuesday: Delft to Gouda: Hand-made Royal Porcelain and the port of Rotterdam
After breakfast we take a tour of the Royal Porcelain Factory, where beautiful hand-painted ceramics are still made. Afterwards we join the Savoir Faire for a cruise through the busy port of Rotterdam, past the Euromast (the highest view point in Holland) and then onto Gouda, the Mecca of cheese and the smoking pipe.

Wednesday: Gouda to Uithoorn: Stunning stained-glass windows in medieval Gouda
This morning your tour guide will escort you through the streets of medieval Gouda, where you will visit the 123m tall Gothic church of Sint Janskerk with the most famous of all stained glass windows in Holland. A leisurely stroll through this picture perfect town is a must, with its traditional bricked main squareand the Waag, where Gouda cheese has been weighed since 1668.

After lunch we cruise through charming towns to our overnight mooring at Uithoorn.


Thursday: Uithoorn to Zaandam: A unique view of Amsterdam from the water!
Before breakfast we offer an optional very early rise to the Aalsmeer Flower auction, where some 17 million cut flowers from all over the world are traded each day. Afterwards we begin our cruise along the winding Amstel River into Amsterdam and then through the very heart of this enchanting city where small canals and unique architecture take you back to a bygone era. You can literally reach out and touch the passers by.

Leaving Amsterdam we join the mighty North Sea Canal and head west towards our overnight mooring at Zaandam.

After lunch your tour guide drives you to Zaanse Schans with its clog maker and working windmills. There's even the first supermarket in Holland.

Friday: Zaandam to Haarlem: Famous Museums of Dutch Masterpieces
Our final cruise takes us to the picturesque city of Haarlem, a town of exceptionalbeauty with its main square, once used for jousting and the famous Frans Hals Museum. There will be plenty of time to enjoy this wonderful place and to shop around its many boutiques.

Tonight we celebrate your company at the Captain's table with mouth watering offerings from your chef.

Saturday: Haarlem: Departure 9.30am
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 your hotel in Amsterdam, or the airport or train station for your onward journey.

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
Whole boat charter for up to 12 guests 27000

All prices are in Euro 

2019: 4 departure dates ONLY

August 4th; September 1st, September 8th, September 15th

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