Belgium - From Holland to Belgium to Paris

When springtime tulip season is finished in Holland, three of our barges offer extended two and three country cruises from Amsterdam through Belgium to Paris. The different itineraries offer an exciting mix of three cultures, rivers and canals for a diverse barging experience.

These two routes can be booked separately or combined for a complete Amsterdam to Paris cruise.

Amsterdam to Bruges (6 nights)

La Nouvelle Etoile cruises from the quaint town of Haarlem outside of Amsterdam to the stunning town of Bruges, taking in the best of Holland's springtime appeal and Belgium's flemish charm.

Sightseeing can include:

  • Walking tour of Haarlem
  • Visit to the Aalsmeer flower market
  • Famous Keukenhof gardens
  • Delft Pottery Works
  • Ancient distillery of Ketel One
  • Artist Ruben's home in Antwerp
  • The vibrant city of Ghent
  • Bruges the "Venice of the North."

Bruges to Paris (11 nights)

Continuing on, La Nouvelle Etoile departs Bruges for an 11 night cruise to Paris through the Picardy region famous for its WWI and impressionist artists' sites.

Sightseeing can include:

  • Walking tour of Bruges
  • Visit to Ghent and the ancient town of Tournay
  • Extensive cruising through northern France
  • Visit to Amiens cathedral
  • Compiegne where the WWI armistice was signed
  • Impressionist sites of Auvers-sur-Oise where Van Gogh spent his last days
  • Monet's garden
  • Napoleon's chateau at Malmaison
  • Climactic cruise through Paris.

B​elgium Cruises (​6 nights):
Strepy to Bruges and
Namur to Charleville-Mézières

Cruise Belgium aboard the beautiful decorated luxury barge, MS Elisabeth along two picturesque routes.

Sightseeing can include:

  • Experience the Strepy-Thieu boat lift
  • Stroll the streets of beautiful Lille
  • ​Walk historical Ghent and the Cathedral of Saint
  • Take a guided walking tour of Bruges, the Venice of the North
  • Explore the old city of Nemur and its Citadelle, the largest fortress in Europe
  • Visit the Benedictine Monks' Abbey of Maredsous
  • Venture into the Caves of Han-sur-Lesse
  • Visit the war museum in Bastogne to understand the famous battle of the Ardennes


Spring cruise from Amsterdam to Bruges (6 nights) and Bruges to Paris (11 nights):

Spring cruise from Holland to Belgium to Paris (available in weekly sections or combined):

Please see the individual barge's itineraries for the diverse routes and excursions they include.

For more information, call ​1-800-880-0071 or

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Cruise through Holland, country of windmills, clogs and cheese

Ghent, the beautiful and vibrant of Belgium

Visit Bruges, the 'Venice of the North', as you cruise on the barge La Nouvelle Etoile

Paris, the beautiful and intriguing 'City of Light'.