Savoir Faire's three country cruiseIn just under 2 weeks time on October 8th our 12-passenger barge Savoir Faire will be setting off from romantic Paris for her three country cruise across Picardie, Flanders and Holland to vibrant Amsterdam, arriving on November 4th - just in time for Christmas shopping!
France, Belgium & The Netherlands
It's a very pleasant time of the year to be travelling - the autumn leaves will be falling, the days are cool, the air invigorating and the barge will be warm and cosy. This cruise is for those who would like to delve a little deeper into the lesser-known areas of northern Europe as well as enjoying their favourites. Its refreshing mixture of ports of call covers the full scale from capital cities to peaceful rural hamlets and sleepy villages. The barge chugs its way through at a steady pace, allowing you to take everything in and not miss a trick.
This three country experience offers great variety - geographical, linguistic and creative - from hills and valleys to cruising below sea level, three main language zones (and several dialect zones!), natural and man-made wonders. This cruise area is famed for its amazing architecture - both historic and modern - and the creativity of its inhabitants has been acclaimed worldwide for centuries from the tapestry makers and painters of the 15th and 16th centuries to the ship and cathedral builders to the garden designers, botanists and horticulturists.
The food on board Savoir-Faire reflects the regional cuisine as she steadily makes her way northwards - this makes for an interesting mixture which includes the transition from wine-loving France to beer loving Belgium and Holland! Strange how monasteries had a lot to do with both!!
Several rivers and waterways carry the Savoir-Faire along her route - the Seine, Oise, Canal du Nord, the Somme, the Scheldt/Escaut and Ijssel. Sometimes you are just on one main solitary waterway passing fields of cows and at other times you are surrounded by water such as the Hollands Diep, with land barely in sight and seagulls soaring overhead. An optional visit to the famous Delta Project is certainly worth contemplating - one of the greatest feats of engineering in the world.
There is plenty of time to explore such pretty towns as Amiens with its beautiful cathedral, Valenciennes with its gardens, renaissance town hall and lake and the charming little walled towns of Bruges, also known as "Venice of the North" (famous amongst other things for its lace makers) and Willemstad with its windmill and dykes. Cheese-making Gouda is also on the route, with much more than cheese there to attract your attention, such as its flamboyant town hall. An interesting and moving contrast is provided by the villages and towns along the river Somme, with their proud commemorations of first world war fallen, including Compiegne, famed site of the signing of the 1st world war armistice.
To offer a contrast to the gentle rural cruising, we visit Gent and Antwerp with their numerous churches, art galleries, museums (including Rubens house), squares and fountains, castle and attractive shopping centres, offering the latest European fashions and fun presents for loved-ones at home.
Visits to stately homes include the opulent Malmaison, home of Napoleon and Josephine, and the country house of Claude Monet at Giverny, where visitors can stroll through his beautiful gardens and walk over the famous Japanese bridge and lily pond.
There is still time to join this special cruise, whether you would like to join for all 13 days or whether you'd like to come for half that time.
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For the 13 day 3 country cruise:
For the 6 night Paris to Gent section or the 6 night Gent to Amsterdam section only:
- Individual cabins: price per person (based on 2 people sharing a cabin) $6,500 / £4,645
- Single occupancy: $7,290 / £6,645
- Discounted charter price available on application
- Individual cabins: price per person (based on 2 people sharing a cabin) $3,445 / £2,460
- Single occupancy supplements apply. Please contact us for more information.
- Charter prices available on application.
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