Een rondvaart langs de rijkdom en pracht van de steden uit de Gouden Eeuw zoals Leiden en Gouda
The classic cruise along the most important cities of the Golden Age in the province of South Holland. Sailing through the center of Amsterdam the ship passes 12 bridges! Across the Kagerplassen it goes to the university city of Leiden. If you are going to take a walk here in the evening, remember, don’t forget to climb the structure ‘De Burcht’ in the center!
Along the way to Delft you can go ashore to visit The Hague: the Binnenhof, the Mauritshuis, Madurodam and the seaside resort of Scheveningen, everything is within reach. Being in Delft it is a ‘must’ to visit the porcelain factory where the famous Delft Blue earthenware is produced. Via Rotterdam, the trip heads for Gouda. Although located deeply inland, the city’s harbor still has to deal with tidal water.
Over the river Amstel, the name giver of the city, you finally sail again to Amsterdam.
The crew welcomes you aboard the ship and shows you around. Cabins are assigned and you are free to unpack your luggage and settle in. In the afternoon we will leave Amsterdam and barge over the IJ, through the Houthaven and over the canal Schinkel, Nieuwe Meer, Ringvaart of the Haarlemmermeer to Leiden. On the way we pass our national airport Schiphol. In good weather conditions we may anchor for a swim at the Kagerplassen, an extensive lake district near Leiden
In Leiden we moor near the Zijlpoort, a very old town-gate. The evening is good for a nice walk through the attractive old town centre of this oldest university town of the Netherlands.
Today we barge through the Rijn-Schiekanaal to The Hague.When seeing the polderland along the way, you realize that a large part of the Netherlands lies below sea-level. The easiest way to go to the centre of The Hague is by tram (from Voorburg). In this gouvernment town you can visit the Binnenhof (Houses of Parliament), Madurodam (miniature Holland), Vredespaleis, Haags Gemeentemuseum (art museum), Omniversum (a space theatre) and Panorama Mesdag (famous circular painting of 120 m length). Nearby is the seaside resort Scheveningen.
That same day we will barge further to Delft, a beautiful old town with lots of market-squares, canals, court-yards and picturesque streets and alleys. It is very nice wandering the old town centre. You should take the opportunity to visit the world-famous Delftware factories in Delft.
We leave the city of Delft and follow the Schie untill we reach Rotterdam. There is still enough time to see the town. From the top of the Euromast (height: 180 m) you have a magnificent view over the worlds largest harbour and the city. Other things worth visiting in Rotterdam are the Maritime Museum, the Cubic Houses (surprising architecture) or the Museum Boymans-van Beuningen (paintings and sculpture).
Later this day we head for Gouda. Gouda is famous for it’s cheese and for the production of candles. Remarkable is the fact that the harbour is under tidal influence. Other sights worth visiting are the Sint Jans Church with beautiful stained glass windows, the Catharina Gasthuis and windmill De Roode Leeuw.
In the morning we will stay in Gouda so you have the oppurtunity to visit the beautiful citycentre. At noon we barge over the Gouwe, the Aarkanaal and the Amstel-Drechtkanaal to Uithoorn.
Today we have an early breakfast, because a visit at the flower auction in Aalsmeer is planned at eight o’clock. From Uithoorn you take the bus to the auction hall. After we visited the auction we will come back to the ship for breakfast and sailing back to Amsterdam.