The Belle van Zuylen Tour

The Belle van Zuylen Tour

This cultural package is dedicated to one of the first Dutch feminists: the writer Belle van Zuylen, who is also the namesake of one of our saloon boats. The package includes a visit to the stately Zuylen Castle.

Sail the Vecht to the Zuylen Castle

From Maarssen, you and your guests will sail towards Oud-Zuilen on one of the prettiest stretches of the Vecht River. Your private boat will take you past magnificent country houses until you arrive in Oud-Zuilen and dock right at Zuylen Castle where many illustrious knights and noble families once lived.  The most-famous resident, however, was the writer Belle van Zuylen who lived there until she was 31 years old.

After disembarking you will tour the Zuylen Castle museum for a comprehensive historical tour of various rooms such as the Main Room, the Dining Room, the Library, the Blue Room and the Tea Room. This glimpse into the fascinating life of Belle should not be missed.

Your Choice of Vessels

Our own Belle van Zuylen is the preferred private boat to enjoy this package and can accommodate up to 30 people.  However, if your group is larger or smaller, you can also choose one of our three other Rederij Belle luxury boats.

Belle van Zuylen Tour Program:

  • 14:00
    You will board your private boat which is moored in the center of Maarssen at the beautiful Goudestein Town Hall. You will be welcomed with coffee, tea and pastries. When everyone is on board, you will cast off down the beautiful Vecht River.
  • 15:00
    Arrival at Zuylen Castle. You will disembark for a guided tour of the museum where you will learn about the history of the fortress and the life of Belle van Zuylen.
  • 16:00
    You board once again and set sail toward Maarssen. As you sail, we will serve finger foods and drinks.
  • 17:00
    Arrival in Maarssen.

Longer Sail?

The Belle van Zuylen Tour lasts three hours, but if you want to extend the trip or incorporate other activities, just let us know.  We are happy to work with you to plan the perfect afternoon.

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