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Aurora
From
€19,400 Per Charter

Ultra Luxury Class

 

 Aurora is an ultra-deluxe, 8-passenger hotel barge cruising in Holland from Amsterdam to Gouda and France from Strasbourg to Arzviller.

  • Country / Region
    France & Holland /
  • Duration
    7 Days/6 Nights
  • Cruise Code
    BTAUR0217
  • Itinerary
    Amsterdam - Gouda, Strasbourg - Arzviller
  • Cabins
    4
  • Max Passengers
    8
From
€19,400 Per Charter

Ultra Luxury Class

 

 Aurora is an ultra-deluxe, 8-passenger hotel barge cruising in Holland from Amsterdam to Gouda and France from Strasbourg to Arzviller.

  • Country / Region
    France & Holland /
  • Duration
    7 Days/6 Nights
  • Cruise Code
    BTAUR0217
  • Itinerary
    Amsterdam - Gouda, Strasbourg - Arzviller
  • Cabins
    4
  • Max Passengers
    8
Description 
  • Cruise Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation Cabin accommodation (twin or double bed) with en-suite bathroomActivityActivity Excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary MealsMeals All meals included - authentic French cuisine and regional specialities plus a selection of fine winesDrinksDrinks Open bar with alcoholic and non alcoholic drinksInclusionInclusion Sun deck with spa poolTransportation Transportation Vehicle for transfers and excursions ActivityActivity Use of bicyclesInclusionInclusion WiFi on board

Summary

Aurora is an ultra-deluxe hotel barge offering comfortable ambience and super accommodation to its passengers. This luxury barge features four stylish suites with private room, covered terrace for al fresco dining, customised sunken Jacuzzi, indoor-outdoor bar, fireplace, library with TV, DVD, iPod dock and WiFi.

 

Cruise Highlights

  • All-inclusive 6-night/7-day cruise
  • All gourmet meals and open-bar 24/7
  • Attentive service from 5 crew members
  • Transfers between Amsterdam or Strasbourg and Aurora
  • Cruise all year long/Sunday departures
  • This barge is only available to be fully chartered for the exclusive use of your group (minimum 4 passengers).
  • Daily excursions and entry fees to:

    Holland

      • Schiedam and its windmills
      • Royal Delft, the last remaining Delft Blue pottery factory from the 17th century
      • Haarlem and its museum dedicated to the Dutch painter, Franz Hals
      • Zaanse Schans, a neighbourhood of preserved windmills, houses and crafts from the 18th and 19th centuries
      • Keukenhof, ‘Garden of Europe’, one of the world’s largest fl ower gardens
      • Gouda, famous for its cheese, pipes and candles and visit to the town’s historic St John's

    Alsace

      • Forest of Brumath
      • Strasbourg, its Gothic cathedral
      • Meteor Brewery, founded in 1640
      • Route des Grands Vins (oldest wine route in France)
      • Schlumpf Museum, a classic automobile museum
      • Saverne Botanical Garden, created by the pharmacist-botanist Emile Walte
      • Château de Lutzelbourg, a medieval castle ruin with a Marc Chagall stained glass window
      • Experience the Arzviller boat elevator

Exclusions

  • Airfare to and from France
  • Cancellation insurance
  • Crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price).
  • Extra activities not covered in all inclusive package: Golf, tennis, hot-air ballooning, horse riding, helicopter or plane rental, karting, quad bikes, rock climbing, etc.

 

Pick-up & Drop-off Points

Alsace

  • Pick-up: Your hotel in Strasbourg at 2:00 pm
  • Drop-off: Your hotel or Basel Airport after breakfast


Holland

  • Pick-up: Your hotel in Amsterdam at 2:00 pm
  • Drop-off: Your hotel or Schiphol Airport after breakfast

Cruise Cuisine

Amuse-Bouche

  • Fresh fig stuffed with mousse de foie gras
  • Spoon of lobster ceviche w/ lobster oil and Tobiko
  • Granny Smith ”Ice cube” with Blue cheese foam and a port wine reduction
  • Carrot “Crème Brûlée” w/ orange juice reduction
  • Crispy veal sweetbreads w/ roasted pecans, wild mushroom ragout, and red wine reduction
  • Venison Carpaccio w/ chocolate sauce and champagne grapes
  • Grilled and chilled black mission figs w/ mascarpone foam and Prosciutto di Parma
  • Watermelon “Cube” w/ aged Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Saffron-Champagne sorbet


Entrees

  • Forest mushroom terrine w/ black truffle vinaigrette
  • Whole roasted foie gras de canard w/ thyme
  • Citrus marinated scallops with micro greens
  • Oysters on the ½ shell w/ champagne vinaigrette and Sevruga caviar
  • Risotto with white truffle oil and shaved Parmagiano Reggiano
  • Chilled (or warm) Asparagus soup w/ crème fraiche
  • Chilled Avocado soup
  • Chilled Vichyssoise


Les Plats

  • Magret de Canard et figues, rôties a l’anis étoilé
  • Pan roasted turbot, fennel and shaved artichoke salad, lemon/lavender vinaigrette
  • Gigot d’agneau roti a la l’ail et au romarin
  • Lotte marine au cumin, a la Nigelle, de menthe et yaourt
  • Queue de boeuf bourguignon, puree des navets, carottes, et pommes de terres
  • Selle D’agneau rotie et farcie avec épinards et l’ail
  • Steak hache Royale: Ground veal and foie gras burger
  • Saumon poche a l’huile d’olive, confits de crème de poireaux


Cheeses

Epoisses, Roquefort, Brie de Meaux, Point de Brique, Munster d’ Alsace, St. Augur, Camembert, Pont l’évêque, Chaource, Comte, Morbier, Crottin de Champcok, Chevrem Port Salut


Wine

Tio Pepe Fino or Amontillado Sherry, Domain Laroche Stellenboch Sauvignon Blanc, Pouilly Fume Les Vielles Terres, Meursault 1er Cru - Chateau de Meursault, Domain Laroche St. Martain Chablis 1er cru, La Chablisienne Fourchaume 1er. Cru Chablis, Pouilly Fuissem Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru - Eric Montchovet , Rully 1er Cru Monopole, Domaine de La Folie Vieilles Vignes, Santanay, Gvery Chambertin 1er cru, Hugel Reisling, Gewurztraminer, Florimont Riesling Grand cru

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Itinerary 

Holland

Day 1, Sunday
Meet at your hotel in Amsterdam at 2:00 p.m. and transfer to ‘Aurora’ You are welcomed on board with an aperitif and some time to relax and a stroll around SCHIEDAM, known for its six working windmills (five of which are the highest traditional, working in the world), We buy our flour from this one. Or visit a jenever (Dutch gin) distillery. Or go to the top of the Euromast. Then enjoy your first dinner on board. 

Day 2, Monday
We start today with a breakfast cruise through the tiny canals of Schiedam, to Delft, famous for the blue-and-white porcelain that bears its name. Delft is a beautiful town & has many historic connections including the Dutch East India Company and the birthplace of artist Jan Vermeer. (visit Vermeer Centre). Visit a factory to learn how the world famous Delft pottery is made. Then a late afternoon cruise to moor in Leidschendam.

Day 3, Tuesday
This morning, we cruise past the University City of Leiden, & on through a small lake. Spend some time shopping in the cosmopolitan town of Haarlem, Or: visit St. Bavo’s Cathedral, where both Mozart and Handel played on its magnificent Muller organ. Or visit Frans Hals portrait Gallery.

Day 4, Wednesday
Morning cruise on the North Sea Canal to the historic village of Zaan Schaans with its working windmills; clog makers, cheese farm and mustard mill. Everything the Dutch are know for can be found in this quaint village.

Day 5, Thursday
Morning cruise through the centre of Amsterdam. Continue past lifting bridges and canal houseboats to our mooring. After lunch, experience one of the highlights of the cruise. Walk through the Keukenhof Gardens, a 70-acre showcase for the Dutch floral industry. Visitors are treated to an ever-changing display of spring flowers beginning with crocus and narcissus followed by hyacinths and tulips a few weeks later. (Closes on May 18)

After May 18, visit the Peace Palace, if no one is on trial.

Day 6, Friday
Early morning cruise to Gouda, see the remarkable stained glass windows in St John’s church dating back to the 15th century and take a walking tour of Gouda, famous for its cheese, pipes and candles. An afternoon cruise down the Ijssle , & through spectacular Rotterdam harbour.

Here we enjoy special farewell dinner.

Day 7, Saturday
After a leisurely breakfast, we transfer back to your hotel or to Schipol Airport.



Alsace

Day 1, Sunday
Meet at your hotel in Strasbourg at 2:00 p.m. and transfer to ‘Aurora' You are welcomed on board with an aperitif and some time to unpack, discover the delights of Aurora & relax, peruse tonight's menu over happy hour before enjoying your first gourmet dinner on board.

Day 2, Monday
We start today with a breakfast cruise through Strasbourg, past the Palais de Europe and into the forest of Brumath. After lunch You have many options: La Petit France, Barrage Vauban, Strasbourg Cathedral or Fischer Brewery and a master Chocolatier.

Day 3, Tuesday
Sit on deck with another coffee, or walk or ride along the towpath, as we cruise at your speed … then after lunch drive “the Wine Route” to Obernai walk the ramparts and partake in a wine tasting. Or Meteor Brewery and the Archeology museum.

Day 4, Wednesday
Another morning cruise past flower filled half timber-framed houses. Then even more choices shall you visit - the Schlumpf Museum, the biggest car museum in Europe… many Bugatti or the Saverne Botanical Garden and the ruins of Chateau Haut Barr, a benedictine Abbey and a Jewish culture Museum or Camp de Struthof, the only concentration camp on French soil.

Day 5, Thursday
Pre cruise visit to local market, then on to Lutzelbourg the village they use for postcards. This seems to be all about the tours… but cruising onboard your private floating mansion is the special part.

Today, you could visit either Graufthal a troglodyte village and La Petit Pierre with its amazing fortifications or the Lalique Crystal Museum or the Maginot Line” and go into the fortification.

Day 6, Friday
Final day cruise, and something very special. The only side incline plane ship elevator in France. After another memorable lunch on our shady fore deck, visit Sarrebourg, Chagall Chapel & museum stopping to take in the spectacular panorama at Mt. Dabs chapel or the traditional pottery of Niderviller and the Leher cristallerie.

Day 7, Saturday
After a leisurely breakfast, we transfer you back to your hotel or Basel Airport.

Barge Details 

Aurora Deck Plan

Aurora deck plan

  • Air-conditioned
  • Centrally heated
  • Indoor/outdoor bar
  • Covered sundeck with spa pool
  • 8 bicycles available on board
  • Fireplace, library, TV with a DVD player, a music corner, Bluetooth iPhone dock, Mac computers
  • Wi-Fi (subject to local reception)
Dates & Prices 

Rates for 2017

Departure Dates 2 cabins 3 cabins 4 cabins
June 11, 18, 25 19,400 Euros 29,100 Euros 38,800 Euros
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 19,400 Euros 29,100 Euros 38,800 Euros
August 6, 3, 20, 27 19,400 Euros 29,100 Euros 38,800 Euros
September 3, 10, 17, 24 19,400 Euros 29,100 Euros 38,800 Euros
October 1, 8, 15, 22 19,400 Euros 29,100 Euros 38,800 Euros

Terms & Conditions

Prices shown in Euros or US Dollar will be converted in Australian Dollar (AUD) at time of payment using a daily ROE. An initial deposit of 30% of the total cruise fare for cabin or charter booking is payable at the time of booking. The balance must be paid within 100 days as per our terms and conditions and as specified in our confirmation invoice, which will be despatched when the booking form has been processed. Cancellation policy applies to all bookings.

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