Best of the Netherlands


  • 7 days

  • France and the Netherlands

  • Steady pace

Tour : 4820

Up to 10% off on 2020

Single Share available

From

£789 pp

Tour only

Based on 1st Aug 2020

From

£995 pp

Tour with flights & transfers

Based on London Luton

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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 April 4 to May 2 where you'll visit

KEUKENHOF gardens instead)

DELFT Visit Royal Delft Pottery factory

ROTTERDAM Guided sightseeing

GOUDA Cheese experience

GIETHOORN & GRONINGEN Visit

ZAANSE SCHANS Visit Wooden Clog workshop

VOLENDAM Visit the fishing village

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Up to 10% off on 2020

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

ARRIVE IN 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 travelers.

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 Amsterdam from water level. Complete the experience watching skilled craftsmen cut and polish precious stones at a DIAMOND CENTER, 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 attend an optional traditional Dutch dinner.

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, see some of the 7 million flowers planted annually at the world-famous KEUKENHOF—one of the world’s largest flower gardens (departures 0404-0502 and weather permitting). Continue to historic Delft to visit the famous ROYAL DELFT POTTERY FACTORY. See how this exquisite pottery is made, and marvel at the 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.
Today’s Distance: 99 mi/ 160 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

ROTTERDAM–GOUDA–ARNHEM AREA.

Day
4

Arrive in Gouda, renowned for its cheese! Stroll around the picturesque narrow streets to the medieval Market Square, see the gothic Town Hall with its red and white shutters and the Goudse Waag used for cheese weighing in the 17th-century. Then, enjoy your interactive CHEESE EXPERIENCE. Next, is Arnhem, site of the WWII Battle of Arnhem, where you will see John Frost Bridge, named after the commander of the British forces that held the bridge for four days. Enjoy time on your own to do some independent exploring.
Today’s Distance: 71 mi/ 115 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

ARNHEM AREA–GIETHOORN–GRONINGEN

Day
5

This morning, head for the quaint village of Giethoorn, built on canals but quainter than cities like Venice or Amsterdam. Spend the night in the provincial capital of Groningen.
Today’s Distance: 134 mi/ 215 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

GRONINGEN–ZAANSE SCHANS–VOLENDAM–AMSTERDAM AREA

Day
6

Explore Groningen this morning, an important trade center in the 13th century hailed today as the “World Cycling City.” Cross over the 19-mile Barrier Dam, which is part of an incredible system of 1,200 miles of dikes, dams, and dunes built over the last 900 years to protect the part of Holland that is below sea level. Visit a WOODEN CLOG WORKSHOP in Zaanse Schans. Continue to the fishing village of Volendam, then arrive back in Amsterdam and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Today’s Distance: 137 mi/ 220 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

AMSTERDAM AREA.

Day
7

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

Tour only

From

£789 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
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Porterage

Tour with flights

From

£995 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
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Porterage

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