Best of Holland - Leisure Holidays

Best of HollandNetherlands

From RM6,835 / per person for 6 nights
This Country Explorer trip takes you beyond Holland's tulips and canals to see its pretty towns and unique customs.

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Summary

You're in for a gezellig time in the land of all things orange. But there's far more to this little country with a lot of heart for you to enjoy. Trace the steps of the Dutch Masters, ramble through rainbow fields and explore centuries-old maritime heritage, ending your Dutch discovery with Dignie and Gina in their Groningen farmhouse.


NOTES: Please note that certain departure date of 2019 are not definite.

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Itinerary

Transfer

On arrival at Amsterdam Airport transfers will operate at 9am, 11.30am and 2.30pm. Guest arriving later should make their own arrangement to the hotel.

Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Amsterdam Airport at 8am and 10am.

Accommodation

Day 1 & 2: Hotel Bilderberg Garden

Day 3: Hotel SS Rotterdam (Authentic Accommodation)

Day 4: Hotel Dee Bilderberg

Day 5: Hotel Apollo Groningen

Day 6: Hotel Mercure City

Day 7: Depart Amsterdam

Best of Holland

Day 1: Arrive Amsterdam
What better place to start your jaunt through Holland than in its picture-perfect capital, Amsterdam? Spend your day meandering through the quaint cobblestone streets and tree-lined canals, stopping for a coffee and speculaas along the way. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening on a scenic canal cruise, including a light meal and welcome drinks, admiring the centuries-old façades along the way.


Day 2: Amsterdam Sightseeing
Delve into the Golden Age and its extraordinary art, architecture and history traversing the city's inner labyrinth of canals and narrow streets along which hundreds of sturdy Dutch bicycles rattle day and night. Enjoy an orientation drive of the city's historic centre, including a Small Group Sightseeing tour of the Rijksmuseum - the works of great Dutch masters, including Rembrandt's 'The Night Watch' you will have an opportunity to view before visiting a historic diamond polishing factory for a fascinating Cultural Insight into Amsterdam's centuries-old diamond cutting traditions.


Day 3: Amsterdam - Aalsmeer/ Keukenhof - The Hague - Delft - Rotterdam
We rise with the birds this morning, taking a trip to Aalsmeer to visit the vibrant flower auction and see the vividly hued blooms for which Holland is so famous. Alternatively, during the flowering season (April until mid-May), we'll enjoy an included visit to the tulip fields of Keukenhof - the mesmerising sight of several million flowering bulbs planted across a 70-acre will leave you in absolute awe. This afternoon, we travel through The Hague to the historic town of Delft and visit the Royal Delft Pottery workshop for a Cultural Insight into the manufacturing of this delicate hand-painted blue and white porcelain. We continue to edgy Rotterdam, where we'll enjoy two Cultural Insight experiences. Board a Spido boat cruise along the most important river port in Europe and ascend the iconic Euromast Tower for panoramic views of the city. This evening we stay on board the SS Rotterdam.


Day 4: Rotterdam - Groesbeek - Arnhem - Oosterbeek
Explore the tragic history of Operation Market Garden in Groesbeek, whose residents were forced to flee intense battles which obliterated the city during World War II. Here we will visit the National Liberation Museum, built on one of the landing sites of this airborne operation and learn about the occupation and liberation of Holland. We travel north to Arnhem to see John Frost Bridge, so named to pay tribute to the commander of the British forces that held the bridge for four days with a mere 750 soldiers during the World War II Battle of Arnhem. This afternoon we'll also visit the Hoge Veluwe Park and the Kröller-Müller Museum, featuring the second-largest Van Gogh collection in the world.


Day 5: Ossterbeek - Apeldoorn - Staphorst - Groningen
We head north to the beautiful Hanseatic city of Zwolle, where we'll join our Local Specialist for a walking tour through its Medieval centre. Ending our day in Groningen, we'll join Dignie and Gina on their farm for a hearty Be My Guest dinner and meet-and-greet with their neighbour's cows just in time to see them being milked.


Day 6: Groningen - Volendam - Amsterdam
Enjoy a Cultural Insight and get on your bike exploring the university city of Groningen during a guided bicycle tour of its medieval centre. Ramble along the city's picturesque ring of canals like a local, before enjoying a stunning drive through the mesmerising Frisian Lake District en route to Volendam, a former fishing port on the edge of Ijselmeer. Learn about the craft of wooden clog making and Dutch cheese during a fascinating Cultural Insight, before returning to Amsterdam this evening for a celebratory Farewell Dinner.


Day 7: Depart Amsterdam
For now we say a fond tot ziens to Amsterdam and our newfound friends, closing the door on a memorable Dutch experience. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Extras

Included Extras

Please find below a selection of extras that are included within the price of your tour.

On-Trip Transport

Luxury air-conditioned coach

Meals

9 Meals as per itinerary - 6 buffet breakfast, 3 dinners (Including Be My Guest)

Local Specialist

Local specialist to bring locations alive

Travel Director

An expert Travel Director & separate driver

Charges & Taxes

All baggage handling, hotel charges & local taxes

Connect with Locals

Join Dignie and Gina on their farm in Groningen for a hearty Dutch Be My Guest dinner and meet-and-greet with their neighbour's cows just in time to see them being milked. (Day 5)

Stay with Stories

Spend the night on the restored SS Rotterdam, the former flagship of the Holland America line, which now rests on the Maas river.

Dive into Culture

Explore Holland's long diamond heritage at a historic diamond-polishing factory in Amsterdam. (Day 2)
Visit the Delft Pottery factory to see how this delicate, porcelain is created. (Day 3)
See Rotterdam from the water on a Spido boat cruise and enjoy city views from the top if the Euromast Tower. (Day 3)
Take a guided bicycle tour of Groningen and discover how wooden clogs and Dutch cheese are made. (Day 6)

Optional Extras

All of the below extras are additional to the price of your tour, and can be selected on the next stage.

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