The Netherlands 2017

Cruise on the River Vecht with a visit to Slot Zuylen


Due to the limited opening times of the bridges along the river in winter, this cruise can only be done between April 1 and October 31.


The River Vecht

9am (depending on location) After breakfast, your English-speaking guide / driver is ready to take you for a 40-minute drive by luxurious private car to Loenen aan de Vecht, where you board a historical private salon boat for a 2.5-hour cruise on the Vecht River. The scenic cruise will take you along the rich mansions in the direction of Slot Zuylen. In the 17th and 18th centuries, many country estates were built on the banks of the Vecht by rich merchants and administrators from Amsterdam.

12.30pm The cruise will end in Oud Zuylen where you will be taken to Slot Zuylen.

Slot Zuylen Castle is situated on the river Vecht in the tiny village of Oud-Zuilen near Utrecht.

Slot Zuylen Castle

Slot Zuylen Castle

Whilst retaining many of its medieval castle-like features it was converted into a country mansion in the 18th century. Its most famous resident was Belle van Zuylen (Isabelle de Charrière), writer of fame and feminist avant la lettre. Slot Zuylen opened its doors to visitors 60 years ago and has meanwhile acquired museum status. The past is recalled to life through guided tours, garden walks, concerts and special events.

12.30pm Upon arrival, a nice lunch is served in the museum café.

1.30pm We continue with a private guided tour through Slot Zuylen.

3pm From here we continue back to your hotel in Amsterdam where you have the remainder of the day for your own leisure. We arrive back in Amsterdam around 3.45pm.


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