Barge holidays from our Holland base at Loosdrecht
You'll see the warmth and "joie de vivre" of the Dutch in the cafes, on the welcoming terraces along the water's edge, and in the shops which nestle amongst the cellars of the old houses of Utrecht or of Amsterdam. In Holland you travel through the landscapes of its famous painters, from the emphatic tones of Vermeer to the gentler touch of other Old Masters.
You can moor in the centre of Amsterdam and cruise its canals(permit purchase needed) and similarly in Utrecht. At Gouda the marina is in the centre of the old town.
After crossing the great "broad" of Loosdrecht, dotted with untouched islands, you will follow the course of the river Vecht and pass through the two great art centres of Amsterdam and Utrecht. Further north, near Edam, you cross the Zaan country, full of windmills and rich in wildlife. To the south your cruise unfolds through the timeless Dutch countryside. lifting bridges, dykes, and that magic light of dawn which will tempt you into rising early.
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There is often a small toll at the well-maintained locks and lifting bridges.