Amsterdam is home to some of the world’s most historic sites and distinguished names, from Anne Frank and Vincent van Gogh to the Royal Palace and clock museum in Utrecht. There is a delight to be unearthed around every corner of Europe’s waterways on a holiday with Le Boat.
Le Boat’s Holland itinerary allows guests to venture into the Dutch world of turning windmills and tulip fields in a new way, by navigating calm, inland waterways as captain of their own modern, fully equipped canal boat. Holland is perfect for cruising, with extensive river and lake systems serving as gateways to the Rhine and Meuse, allowing for self-paced stops along the way to explore the flat, wooded lands by bike or to take a leisurely stroll through the quaint, folk-era villages past willowy merchant houses.
Over the seven nights you can become submerged in the 14th century culture of the North as you take in the ever-changing backdrop and perpetual water views aboard the sundeck of your deluxe boat. Trek the trails of Spakenburg, one of the few villages where women still wear clogs, coifs and waistcoats. Visit the undiscovered Ossenzijl, a leafy village inhabited by only 500 people, and indulge your sweet tooth with Stroopwafels (caramel cookies) and Poffertjes, traditional fluffy pancakes topped with powdered sugar and fresh strawberries, best eaten with a tiny fork.
A Le Boat holiday is perfect for impromptu stops along the canals of Amsterdam to venture inland and soak up the region’s cosmopolitan flavours. Lemmer, the bustling municipality of Friesland, is home to a marina lined with colourful houses, an orchard farm, and fine dining, shopping, and museums, all making for a perfect afternoon trip. St Nicolaaskerk church in Elburg appears mystical and grandiose on the outside, with vibrant paintings, regal statues and two large organs dating back to 1825 filling the interior, while the neo-gothic, reddish-hued Castle De Haar near Haarzuilens, the largest castle in Holland, is equally as mesmerising.
Le Boat is UK/Europe’s number one boating holiday company, with training provided and no experience necessary or license required to cruise down the canal in a roomy and elegant boat. Until April 30, Save up to $1050 on a seven-night Holland Cruise departing between June and October 2015 on boats starting from $2,900.
For further information visit www.leboat.com.au