European luxury hotel barge cruise vacations on LA NOUVELLE ETOILE cruising France, Holland, Germany & Luxembourg
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Cruising France, Holland, Germany & Luxembourg


Each itinerary has been arranged by season so that you may enjoy the very best of each region.


Dutch Tulip Cruise
(April 1 - May 12, 2018)
  • Tour the famous Keukenhof Gardens with the largest display of flowers in the world.
  • Visit a working windmill, clog maker and cheese maker
  • Explore the Aalsmeer flower auction and the mecca of Dutch cheese, the town of Gouda
  • Visit the Delft pottery works to see the world famous porcelain being hand made and painted
  • Visit the picturesque town of Haarlem and wander around a museum of the famous Dutch painter, Franz Hals.


(May 13-19, 2018)
  • Experience the flower auction in Aalsmeer
  • Visit the Keukenhof Gardens, the largest display of flowers in the world
  • Tour to the Delft Pottery Works
  • Visit the ancient distillery of Ketel One where one of the most prestigious vodkas in the world is made
  • In Antwerp, tour Rubens' home
  • Explore the many museums and maybe buy some of the handmade lace in the little town of Bruges


(May 20-31, 2018)
  • Visit Belgium & France (Bruges to Paris) : 11-nights / 12-days

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Chablis Cruise : Paris to Auxerre
(June 3-9, 2018)
  • Visit the magnificent Chateau de Fontainebleau and the nearby village of Moret, home of the impressionist painter Sisley
  • Tour the medieval town of Provins, the "City of Roses and see a birds of prey show
  • Visit Sens, the oldest town in France with its gothic cathedral
  • Enjoy a private tasting and tour of the cellars at a select vineyard in Chablis
  • Explore Auxerre, the most beautiful of riverside towns on the River Yonne

Between Auxerre and Moret-sur-Loing
(June 10-16, 2018)

Upper Loire, Sancerre Cruise : Moret-sur-Loing to Briare
Upper Loire, Sancerre Cruise : Briare to Moret-sur-Loing
(June 17 - July 21, 2018)
  • Visit Fontainebleau's medieval walled town of Moret-sur Loing, home of Impressionist painter, Alfred Sisley
  • Tour the Palace of Fontainebleau
  • Explore Montargis also called "Little Venice of the Gatinais" because of its numerous canals
  • Stroll around the charming village of Chatillon Coligny
  • Visit 16th century Chateau Fargeau
  • Sample wines of the Sancerre wine region & taste some of the local Crottin de Chavignol cheese

Champagne & Brie Cruise : Paris to Epernay
(July 22-28, 2018)

Champagne & Brie Cruise : Epernay to Paris
(July 29-August 4, 2018)
  • Wonder at Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower and explore the Latin Quarter in the beautiful city of Paris
  • Tour the magnificent Chateau Vaux le Vicomte
  • Enjoy a tasting of Brie cheeses at a master cheese maker
  • Sample champagne at a private tasting in the Moet & Chandon cellars
  • Visit Chateau Thierry, scene of American battles in World War One.
  • Visit Reims, the home of champagne and its historic cathedral.

Alsace Lorraine Cruise : Nancy to Strasbourg
Alsace Lorraine Cruise : Strasbourg to Nancy
(Aug 19-Sept 15, 2018)
  • Take a walking tour of the city of Nancy with its Baroque palaces and home of the Art Nouveau movement
  • Visit the graceful Chateau de Fleville with its 14th century keep and its displays of renaissance antiques
  • Marvel at the Plan Incline Arzvillers, a unique lock that carries the barge up or down the mountainside
  • Enjoy a tour of the Route du Vin d'Alsace and a visit to the old fortified town of Obernai
  • Visit the city of Strasbourg, see its magnificent cathedral and explore the elegant shopping streets


Remich to Koblenz
Koblenz to Remich
(September 16 - October 21, 2018)
  • Visit Burg Eltz, the 12th century "Queen of German Castles", one of the few not destroyed by King Louis XIV
  • Enjoy a private wine tasting in Bernkastel, home of the crème de la crème of German wines
  • Tour Triers, Germany's most ancient town, dating back to Roman times and visit the Porta Nigra
  • Finish the cruise in Luxembourg with a visit to its capital city

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