Best of the Netherlands
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 Canal cruise and city tour
- AALSMEER Visit flower auction (except departures April 6 to May 4 where you'll visit KEUKENHOF gardens instead)
- DELFT Visit Royal Delft Pottery factory
- ROTTERDAM Guided sightseeing
- GROESBEEK Visit the National Liberation Museum
- VISIT GIETHOORN & GRONINGEN
- ZAANSE SCHANS Visit Wooden Clog and Dutch Cheese workshop
- VOLENDAM Visit the fishing village
- Headsets throughout the tour.
- Sight Seeing Tours
- Tour Manager
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.
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 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 to join an optional excursion.
Begin your day with a visit to the fascinating AALSMEER FLOWER AUCTION or, when the tulips bloom (departures April 6-May 4), 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.
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.
Breakfast and Dinner
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.
Explore Groningen this morning, an important trade center 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 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.
Breakfast and Dinner
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning
- Starting from AED 4066* per adult on Twin / Triple Sharing
- Child above 8 years are allowed on this tour
May 19: 4 & 25
Jun 19: 1, 22 & 29
July 19: 27
Aug 19: 3, 24 & 31
Sep 19: 7, 21 & 28
Oct 19: 05
HOTEL ACCOMMODATION DETAILS
- Amsterdam: Corendon Village / Hotel Ibis Styles Amsterdam Airport or similar
- Rotterdam: Bilderberg Parkhotel or similar
- Arnhem: Postillion or similar
- Groningen: Apollo Groningen or similar