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What are the benefits of a luxury cruise?

A luxury cruise has several advantages. Not only for complete relaxation but also because of the personal attention and great atmosphere. On board of Aurora Barge Cruises, you will be unsure to have an unforgettable experience in Europe and discover the continent in a breathtaking way. Most of the benefits of this luxury cruise are different in comparison to a normal vacation.

Comfort and exceptional service sets a luxury cruise apart from any other vacation. Every day, care is taken to prepare a delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In addition, the most enjoyable activities are planned, to explore culture and nature.

Explore diverse places in Europe

Europe is a continent brimming with history, culture, and natural beauty. This lures travelers with its countless different destinations. Wherever you travel in Europe, you are sure to encounter diverse cultures, landscapes, and experiences that will enchant you. Visit the most beautiful cities, where their history can be discovered.

During the small luxury cruise of Aurora Barge Cruises, you will pass many beautiful places in the Netherlands, Belgium, and France. Discover the most beautiful places in the land of canals, windmills, and tulips. Visit the Keukenhof Tulip Gardens or the largest windmills in the world. In Haarlem and Leiden, you will come across the most beautiful canals, where you can walk alongside the water. In the Zaanse Schans are the most beautiful green wooden houses, showing the typical Dutch culture.

In Belgium, you will pass by some beautiful places, such as Ghent, Bruges, and Oudenaarde. Where you can visit different breweries and wonderful spots. The city of Ghent is proud of its rich past and its position at the junction of the Leie and Schelde rivers has ensured the town’s success as a trading port. Ghent is much more than just a museum town. The beautiful town of Bruges is known as the ‘’Venice of the North’’. Explore the many museums, magnificent squares, and cozy canals.

After Belgium, we sail on to France, where we visit several small towns. Along the way, we will make several stops at the towns of Cambrai, Amiens, Peronne, and Conflans and finally, we will finish in Paris.

Unique places in the Netherlands

The luxury boat cruise takes you to one of the most popular highlights of the Netherlands: the Keukenhof Tulip Gardens. During the day cruise, visit this beautiful field full of colorful tulips and learn more about this beautiful flower. In addition, the village of Zaanse Schans is a typical Dutch village, with colorful houses. Here you will go back in time and discover more about Dutch culture. From the Zaanse Schans it is possible to take a trip to Volendam, where you can enjoy typical Dutch fish dishes, including fresh herring.

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Culinary delights and wonderful food during luxury cruise

During Aurora Barge Cruises’ luxury cruises in Europe, the most delicious food is provided daily during breakfast, lunch, and dinner. All wishes are discussed in advance and the chef responds to them with each meal.

Special dining experiences

Your Waterway Gourmet private chef on board will present an extensive list of his specialties for you to choose from. Passengers have the choice to eat their favorite dishes or experience new flavors based on our a la carte menus.

Our chef does his best to source products that are local and organic, sourced daily to ensure freshness. Also, all of our jams, spreads, or pâtés are homemade! Your talented chef’s refined cuisine, based on seasonal produce, is authentic and creative, and appealing to the eye and delectable to the palate – it will evoke emotion and pleasure.

Typical Dutch food

Discover typical Dutch cuisine aboard Aurora Barge Cruises. Traditional Dutch cuisine was simple, hearty, and straightforward, with lots of vegetables and little meat: breakfast and lunch usually consisted of bread with toppings such as cheese, while dinner consisted of meat and potatoes supplemented with seasonal vegetables. Today’s Dutch cuisine has changed – influenced by the food culture of the former colonies, it has become more cosmopolitan, exciting, and flavorful.

Personalized cruising

At Aurora Barge Cruises, we can create personalized luxury barge cruises, where all needs and desires are taken into account. Before the trip can begin, all elements will be discussed and completed as needed.

Customized itinerary options

Aurora Barge Cruises offers several itineraries, all of which are in a different vein. Are you interested in cycling, golf, or the history of wars? There are trips designed especially for this purpose, which will take you past places specifically for cycling, golfing, or discovering the history of the Netherlands.

Private excursions

At Aurora Barge Cruises, private excursions are provided so that the most beautiful places can be discovered nicely and quietly, Led by knowledgeable guides, each tailored excursion offers the perfect opportunity to explore the Netherlands’ hidden treasures at your own pace. From cultutal landmarks to natural wonders, immerse yourself fully in the beauty and tranquility of each destination. Experience a private excursion with Aurora Barge Cruises and discover Europe in an intimate and unforgettable way.

Are luxury cruises suitable for families with children?

Aurora Barge Cruises’ luxury cruises accommodate small families, but there is room for one. The ship features several large bedrooms with bathrooms, where all the beauty Europe has to offer can be enjoyed in a relaxed manner.

“Thank you for those people who make us happy for they are the gardeners of our souls! Thank you so very much for creating the ambience and barging our family through one of the most amazing weeks. We loved the food and the wine, the wonderful attention you gave us!”

- Lawrence Rockefeller, Rockefeller Centre, New York, USA -

“There is no water on the Moon! Canals on Mars are a hoax! Nothing can compare with a barge trip – a great relaxing trip with neat friends from Los Angeles. Thanks ever so much!”

- Buzz Aldrin, APOLLO XI

“Beautiful ship… Great to meet you! Sorry you were unable to come to the set!”

- Robert de Niro, USA -
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