Best of the Netherlands

Price per person
from £996

Price based on
London Luton
1st Sep 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 7 days

  • Netherlands

  • Steady pace

  • Classic escorted tours

Discover authentic Holland and the Netherlands on this journey through its cultural capitals and enchanting landscapes. Explore Amsterdam's leafy canals, Rotterdam's wartime history and Groningen's unique lake district. Taste Dutch cheese at a local producer, shop for clogs in a workshop and see traditional potters at work in Delft.

At a glance


Amsterdam Follow your local guide and see the highlights of the city, then enjoy a relaxing cruise on the city's UNESCO-listed canal ring, taking in its pretty stone bridges and waterside townhouses. Visit a diamond centre to see craftspeople at work.

Rotterdam Discover Groesbeek, where in WWII the Allied Forces launched the largest airbourne battle in history. Commemorate Holland's occupation and liberation during the war at the National Liberation Museum, and walk around the site of the disasterous Battle of Arnhem.

Staphorst Explore this Calvinist village that dates back to the 13th century.

Frisian Lake District Enjoy a scenic tour of this lovely region, an incredible 1,200-mile system of dams, dikes and and dunes built over the last 900 years. Visit a wooden clog and Dutch cheese workshop for an authentic taste of Holland.

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Excursions
  • Porterage
  • Individual audio system
  • Single share option
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our VIP home pick-up service.

Single Share available

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.

Customer Reviews

Quite comprehensive. Some destinations overrated. Yet again the Tour Director...

4th June 2018
Trusted Customer

Quite comprehensive. Some destinations overrated. Yet again the Tour Director kept asking us all to make sure we gave him and the driver a huge gratuity!

Overview

Discover authentic Holland and the Netherlands on this journey through its cultural capitals and enchanting landscapes. Explore Amsterdam's leafy canals, Rotterdam's wartime history and Groningen's unique lake district. Taste Dutch cheese at a local producer, shop for clogs in a workshop and see traditional potters at work in Delft.

Total meals included:

  • 6 breakfasts, 3 dinners

UK - Amsterdam

Day
1

Fly to Amsterdam where you will transfer to your hotel.

Check in to your hotel and meet your travelling companions before enjoying dinner.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Amsterdam

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 sightseeing with a Local Guide pointing out the city highlights. Later, see the city from a different perspective on the canal cruise. Watch skilled craftsmen cut and polish precious stones at a diamond centre. Time in the afternoon to explore on your own or to join an optional excursion.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Amsterdam area - 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 on your visit to world-famous Keukenhof (departures 0704-0505), one of the world’s largest flower gardens (weather permitting). Carry on to historic Delft for a visit of the famous Royal Delft pottery factory. See how this precious 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Rotterdam - Groesbeek - Arnhem area

Day
4

Today is all about recent 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 disastrous 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 - Staphorst - Giethoorn - Groningen

Day
5

This morning, head for the rustic town of Staphorst, dating back to the 13th century when monks began cultivating the area’s bogs and swamps. Inhabitants today still live according to strict Calvinist principles. Stop in 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 - Volendam - Amsterdam

Day
6

Explore Groningen this morning, an important trade centre in the 13th century that today is hailed as the “World Cycling City.” Later, enjoy a scenic drive through the lovely Frisian Lake District. 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 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 - UK

Day
7

Your tour ends today.

Transfer from your hotel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


  • Amsterdam area: Crowne Plaza at Schiphol
  • Rotterdam: Bilderberg Park Hotel 
  • Arnhem: Bilderberg at Oosterbek
  • Groningen: Apollo 
  • Amsterdam area: NH at Schiphol or Holiday Inn Express Arena  

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