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Barging in Holland: Dutch Golfing Cruise

Between Rotterdam and Gouda

Enjoy golfing on a river barge cruise through the famous Holland canals aboard the luxury Dutch Hotel Barge Aurora as she takes you to lovely towns and flourishing cities. From the quaint town of┬áSchiedam (outside Rotterdam) to scholarly Leiden; from delicate hand-painted porcelain in Delft to the Keukenhof Gardens with the largest display of flowers in the world; from an exciting cruise through Amsterdam to the windmills of Zaanse Schans – there is never a dull moment. Experience the best the Netherlands has to offer with a barge charter aboard Aurora. Great tours, awesome cruising, and delicious cuisine make this a week to remember.

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Sunday, Day 1 - Schiedam (Rotterdam)

Guests are met in Amsterdam and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Aurora in Schiedam, a town well known as the Jenever (Dutch gin) capital of the world situated right outside of Rotterdam. Once aboard, enjoy a champagne welcome and an introduction to your crew and hotel barge. Time to enjoy Schiedam and Rotterdam before dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2 - Schiedam via Delft to Leiden

This morning we cruise via Delft to Leiden through a very scenic and picturesque countryside. Following lunch, we depart for Golfbaan Delfland, a challenging course with many water hazards, strategically place bunkers and breath-taking vistas. Those that do not wish to take part in golfing will have the chance to spend the afternoon in the historical city of Leiden, home to one of the oldest universities in the country and the birthplace of Rembrandt. There is an opportunity to take an early evening stroll or cycle before dinner on board.

Tuesday, Day 3 - Leiden to Haarlem

This morning we cruise to Haarlem, our mooring spot for tonight, dating back to the 13th century. Haarlem is home to the Frans Hals Museum, founded in 1862 with its vast collection of Old Master. After lunch, tee off at Koninklijke Haagsche, the Royal Hague Golf and Country Club considered one of the most beautiful in the European Continent. The course comprises 18 holes in an undulating dune landscape, providing impressive views. For those that do not wish to golf, there will be ample time in the afternoon to stroll around Haarlem, visit some museums and galleries or do some shopping. During the Tulip springtime cruise, we walk through the world famous Keukenhof Gardens. Known as the garden of Europe, with over 100 acres filled with over 7 million flowering bulbs, we stroll through breathtaking waves of color on this unforgettable half-day excursion.

Wednesday, Day 4 - Haarlem to Zaanse Schans

We enjoy an early morning cruise to the historical city of Zaandam. After an early lunch, enjoy a round of golf at Kennemer Golf and Country Club. Founded in 1910, the course is about 1.5 km from the sea and comprises three series of nine holes. Return to the barge for dinner on board. For those that do not wish to golf today, we will visit the world-renown village of Zaanse Schaans with windmills and open-air museum.

Thursday, Day 5 - Zaanse Schans to Alphen a/d Rijn

This morning we enjoy a breakfast cruise through the heart of Amsterdam. Non-golfers can spend the time in the city, do some sightseeing and shopping, or cycle along the towpaths around the cruising route of Aurora. After an early lunch, we depart for our afternoon of golf at Amsterdamse Golf Club. Founded in 1934, it is one of the oldest clubs in the Netherlands. Typical characteristics of the course are water hazards with reeds. Another possibility is to attend Zaanse Golf course or De Hooge Rotterdamsche.

Friday, Day 6 - Alpen a/d Rijn to Gouda

An optional, very early morning tour to the Aalsmeer Flower auction, where some 17 million cut flowers from all over the world are traded each day. During breakfast we will cruise to the nearby medieval town of Gouda, famous for its cheese market and stroopwafels. In Gouda we see the 123-meter tall, Gothic Sint Janskerk Church, known for its magnificent stained glass windows, that is on the UNESCO list of Dutch monuments. In the afternoon, there will be the last round of golf at Golf and Country Club Liemeer.

Saturday, Day 7 - Gouda & Return to Schiedam

After breakfast and a short 2-hour cruise through the center of Rotterdam, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Amsterdam.

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