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
(March 31 - May 11, 2019)
  • 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 12-18, 2019)
  • 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 19-30, 2019)
  • Visit Belgium & France (Bruges to Paris) : 11-nights / 12-days

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Between Moret-sur-Loing and Auxerre
(June 9-15, 2019)
Between Auxerre and Moret-sur-Loing
(June 16-22, 2019)

Upper Loire, Sancerre Cruise : Moret-sur-Loing to Briare
(June 23-29, 2019)
Upper Loire, Sancerre Cruise : Briare to Moret-sur-Loing
(June 30 - July 6, 2019)
  • 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 Châtillon Coligny
  • Visit 16th century Château Fargeau
  • Sample wines of the Sancerre wine region & taste some of the local Crottin de Chavignol cheese

Champagne & Brie Cruise : Paris to Epernay
(July 7-13, 2019)

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 and July 28-August 30, 2019)
  • 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
(Sept 16-Oct 20, 2018 and Sept 1-Oct 19, 2019)
  • 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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