Best of the Netherlands


  • 7 days

  • France and the Netherlands

  • Steady pace

Tour : 4820

Single Share available

From

£845 pp

Tour only

Based on 27th Jul 2019

From

£1,066 pp

Tour with flights & transfers

Based on London Heathrow

Overview

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Famous for its tulips, windmills, and wooden clogs, Holland is a delightful country with scenic landscapes, historic monuments, and vibrant cities. You’ll get to know the country on this affordable tour of the Netherlands starting and ending in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam, Holland’s capital, is a pleasant, 700-year-old city whose elegant and classic architecture, cafés and restaurants, renowned museums, and picturesque canals—not to mention the bike paths throughout the city—make for a pleasurable atmosphere. Here, your city tour includes a cruise—the best way to see Amsterdam—through the elegant canals lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” On this Holland tour, you’ll also stay in Rotterdam, a young city with the world’s busiest port and known for its modern architecture and design, as well as in some of the minor but interesting towns where you’ll discover the rural atmosphere of this country.

The Netherlands are known for their flower production, which you will experience on the visit to the fascinating Aalsmeer flower auction, where over 20 million plants and flowers are sold daily, however, from April to mid-May, the Aalsmeer flower auction visit will be replaced by the spectacular visit 70-acre Keukenhof garden, to see the incredible display of colours from seven million flower bulbs. You’ll also enjoy a visit to the Royal Delft Pottery Factory to see how this precious pottery is made. In Groesbeek, dive into the history of Holland’s occupation and liberation during WWII at the National Liberation Museum. Take a stroll in Volendam, known for its old fishing boats, characteristic small houses, drawbridges, and canals. Additionally, drive over the 19-mile Barrier Dam, constructed to protect the part of Holland that is below sea level.

For the value-minded traveller wanting to have an in-depth experience of the Netherlands, this is the perfect Holland holiday!

Highlights

Amsterdam Canal cruise and city tour

Aalsmeer Visit flower auction (except departures 6 April to 4 May where you'll visit Keukenhof gardens instead)

Delft Visit Royal Delft Pottery factory

Rotterdam Guided sightseeing

Groesbeek Visit the National Liberation Museum

Giethoorn & Groningen Visit

Zaanse Schans Visit Wooden Clog and Dutch Cheese workshop

Volendam Visit the fishing village

Single Share available

Opt to share a twin room with a fellow traveller, and if there's no one to share with you'll get a room to yourself at no added cost!

Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us to book a single-share holiday.

Single Share available

Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 6 breakfasts, 3 dinners

Amsterdam area, Holland

Day
1

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore Amsterdam on your own with the help of the CosmosGO app. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Amsterdam area

Day
2

For centuries, this tiny nation of seafaring traders played a leading role in world history. It reclaimed 40% of its territory from the sea, and produces a healthy agricultural surplus in the midst of Europe’s most densely populated area—yet Holland manages to remain quaint and scenic. Your day begins with a CANAL CRUISE to see the town from water level. Complete the experience watching skilled craftsmen cut and polish precious stones at a DIAMOND CENTRE, and follow a Local Guide who will point out Amsterdam's highlights on the included city tour. Enjoy time this afternoon to explore on your own or to join an optional excursion.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Amsterdam area – Aalsmeer/Keukenhof – Delft – Rotterdam

Day
3

Begin your day with a visit to the fascinating AALSMEER FLOWER AUCTION or, when the tulips bloom (departures 0406-0504), see some of the 7 million flowers planted annually at the world-famous KEUKENHOF—one of the world’s largest flower gardens (weather permitting). Continue to historic Delft for a visit of the famous ROYAL DELFT POTTERY FACTORY. See how this exquisite pottery is made and marvel at its magnificent collection of hand-painted earthenware. Continue on to Rotterdam, the world’s busiest port, to marvel at the city’s futuristic architecture during your sightseeing with a Local Guide.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Rotterdam - Groesbeek - Arnhem area

Day
4

Today is all about history. Visit Groesbeek, where Allied forces launched Operation Market Garden during WWII, the largest airborne battle in history and the only major Allied defeat of the northwest Europe campaign. Also, explore the NATIONAL LIBERATION MUSEUM, which commemorates Holland’s occupation and liberation during the war. Next is Arnhem, site of the Battle of Arnhem, where you will see John Frost Bridge, named for the commander of the British forces that held the bridge for four days. Enjoy time on your own to do some independent exploring.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Arnhem area – Giethoorn – Groningen

Day
5

This morning, head for the quaint village of Giethoorn, built on canals but very different from busy cities like Venice or Amsterdam. Spend the night in the provincial capital of Groningen.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Groningen – Zaanse Schans – Volendam – Amsterdam area

Day
6

Explore Groningen this morning, an important trade centre in the 13th century that today is hailed as the “World Cycling City.” Cross over the 19-mile Barrier Dam, which is part of an incredible system of 1,200 miles of dykes, dams, and dunes built over the last 900 years to protect the part of Holland that is below sea level. Visit a renowned WOODEN CLOG and DUTCH CHEESE WORKSHOP in Zaanse Schans. Continue to the fishing village of Volendam, then arrive back in Amsterdam to enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Amsterdam area

Day
7

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

What's included

Tour only

From

£845 pp

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Excursions
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Porterage
  • Individual audio system

Tour with flights

From

£1,066 pp

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Excursions
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Porterage

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