There’s no more suitable destination for a waterway cruise than the Netherlands. Embark on your rental boat at our nautical base in Woubrugge and see for yourself. You'll have the opportunity to explore Holland’s natural environment, rave about the jewels of its heritage and enjoy the hospitality of the Dutch people.
Woubrugge, another way to envisage waterway tourism
It’s not by chance that Les Canalous decided to set up their waterway base in the town of Woubrugge. Stroll through the streets of this picturesque Dutch historic town before boarding the houseboat of your choice. After an introduction to steering your licence-free boat, you’ll be able navigate a unique network of waterways, heading towards the country’s capital : Amsterdam. Nicknamed the Venice of the North, this city is well worth a visit, with its network of concentric canals, as well as its many green spaces, including the imposing Vondelpark. Continue on to the very picturesque city of Alkmaar. Here, you’ll be able to wonder at no less than 12 mills, erected throughout the city, most of which can be orientated in accordance with the wind. You won’t want to miss the Roode Hert, a grain mill that’s still in operation.
Surprises and discoveries at every stage of your waterway cruise
Mills, such as those found in Zaandijk, are one of the pleasures of a Dutch waterway cruise, and well worth a visit. If you stop off in Alkmaar, you’ll discover another of the country’s riches as you take in the Dutch cheese museum. If you visit the town on the first Friday of the month, you’ll also be able to wander around its famous cheese market. You may, of course, prefer the markets of the small villages you travel through during your cruise, or those of the famous town of Gooda. Dutch gastronomy will continue to be one of the little pleasures you’ll enjoy aboard your rental boat.
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suggested itineraries Tested and approved
Set off from Woubrugge and navigate as your desires see fit, or follow our itinerary ideas:
|Week-end or mini-week|
|Aller-retour||75km - 10 locks||4h||Woubrugge > Uithoorn > Nieuwkoop > Woerden > Bodegraven > Alphen aan den Rijn > Woubrugge|
|Aller-retour||85km - 12 locks||12h||Woubrugge > Leiden > Haarlem > Amsterdam > Woubrugge (recommended for beginners)|
|Aller-retour||124km - 3 locks||22h||Woubrugge > Leiden > Katwijk aan Zee > Kagerplassen > Braassemermeer > Westeinderplassen > Drecht > Woerden > Nieuwkoopse Plassen > Alphen aan den Rijn > Woubrugge|
|Aller-retour||180km - 4 locks||29h||Woubrugge > Amsterdam > Edam/Volendam > De Rijp > Alkmaar > Zaandam > Haarlem > Lisse > (Leiden) > Woubrugge|
|Aller-retour||150km - 6 locks||25h||Woubrugge > Amsterdam > Weesp > Utrecht > Gouda > Woubrugge (not recommended for beginners)|
|Aller-retour||152km - 27 locks||7h||Woubrugge > Nieukoop(se Plassen) of Woerden > Westeinder Plassen > Kagerplassen > Katwijk aan Zee > Leiden > Braassemermeer > Woubrugge|