Luxury itinerary day-by-day
1. Day one
Amsterdam to Zaandam
Arrive in Amsterdam and between 2pm and 4pm board your barge which is moored in the heart of the city. Around 5pm the boat slips its mooring and you enjoy dinner on board as you sail to Zaandam. From your berth in the heart of the city, join a short walk through the highlights of Zaandam in the evening.
2. Day two
Begin the day with a short cycle ride to "Zaanse Schans", an open-air museum which features beautiful windmills, an authentic traditional Dutch village, a clog maker and a cheese factory. Return by bike to the barge. In the afternoon, choose between a boat ride (lasting 2.5 hours) or a cycle trip to Haarlem. Spend the rest of the day exploring Haarlem, including its historic center with the Grote Markt and the St.-Bravo church, the Teylers museum and the French-Hals-museum. Enjoy a short city walk in the evening.
Optional 6 miles (10 km) with a further optional 6 or 14 miles (10 or 22 km)
3. Day three
Haarlem to Kudelstaart
After breakfast, hop on your bike (or travel by road if you prefer) to visit the 'Keukenhof', arguably the most famous flower park in the world where you can admire blooming tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and other floral specimens in their thousands. Next, head to the Kudelstaart (either by guided bike ride or by road) and rejoin your barge on the shores of the Westeinder Lakes.
Optional 25 miles (40 km)
4. Day four
Kudelstaart to Amsterdam
Head out on two wheels after a light bite to eat to visit the famous flower market in Aalsmeeer and watch the early morning auctions, where literally millions of flowers are sold and delivered to destinations all around the world each day. Return to the barge for 10am, where a fantastic brunch awaits you. Following brunch, make your way to Amsterdam either by bike or on board. Upon arrival, the rest of the day is free to visit the inner city flower market if you wish, or enjoy a trip floating down the city's network of canals, or visit one of Amsterdam's many fantastic museums and boutiques.
Optional 6 miles (10 km) with an optional additional 15 miles (25 km)
5. Day five
Enjoy one final breakfast on board before packing up your bags and waving goodbye to the crew. Head back home or on to your next destination at your leisure. Check out is at 9.30am but you can arrange to leave your bags on board until around 3.30pm if you wish to spend the day exploring Amsterdam.
hop on your bike to visit the 'Keukenhof', arguably the most famous flower park in the world