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 Holland tour starting and ending in Amsterdam.
Travel Best Bets Package Includes:
- Round trip airfare from Canada to Amsterdam
- 7 night guided vacation
- Dining: 6 buffet breakfasts (B) and 3 dinners (D), including a farewell dinner at a local restaurant in Amsterdam
- Round trip airport transfers
- Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach
- Local guides for city sightseeing in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Apeldoorn Het Loo Palace; professional Tour Director while touring
- Individual headsets
Visits Aalsmeer Flower auction, Delft Royal Pottery, Groesbeek National Liberation Museum, Arnhem John Frost Bridge, Straphorst, Groningen, Zaanse Schans workshops, Volendam
- May 4: $2049 + $598 tax
- June 29: $2299 + $598 tax
- Single Supplement add $526
Book by December 12!
1. Depart Canada
Overnight flight to Amsterdam.
2. Arrive Amsterdam (D)
Transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore Amsterdam on your own. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
Hotel: Crowne Plaza Amsterdam – Schiphol or similar (2 nights)
3. Amsterdam Area (B)
For centuries, this tiny nation of seafaring traders played a leading role in world history. It reclaimed 40% of its territory from the hostile 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 CENTER. Time in the afternoon to explore on your own or to join an optional excursion.
4. Amsterdam Area–Aalsmeer–The Hague–Delft–Rotterdam (B)
Begin your day with a visit to the fascinating AALSMEER FLOWER AUCTION. 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.
Hotel: Bilderberg Parkhotel or similar (3 nights)
5. Rotterdam–Groesbeek–Arnhem Area (B/D)
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.
6. Arnhem Area–Apeldoorn–Staphorst–Groningen (B)
Enjoy a guided visit of the 17th-century ROYAL PALACE OF HET LOO with its enchanting Dutch Baroque gardens. Continue to 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, and Staphorst boasts one of the highest church attendance rates in the country. Spend the night in the provincial capital of Groningen.
7. Groningen–Zaanse Schans–Volendam–Amsterdam Area (B/D)
Explore Groningen this morning, an important trade center 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.
Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Arena Towers or similar (2 nights)
8. Amsterdam (B)
After breakfast enjoy the rest of the day is free to explore Amsterdam on your own.
9. Amsterdam – Canada
Transfers from the hotel to the airport to catch your flight back home.
For more details and to book, contact Travel Best Bets by phone 1-877-523-7823 or email [email protected].
About Claire Newell
Claire Newell is a travel expert, author and a recognized authority on the international travel industry. She is the founder and owner of Travel Best Bets, one of the largest agencies in Canada and the best-selling author of Travel Best Bets – An Insider’s Guide to Taking Your Best Trips, Ever. She has appeared in top broadcast and print media throughout U.S. and Canada over the last 22 years, including Canada’s Global TV network, NBC’s Today Show, Fox & Friends, CNN, and others. Claire also writes regularly for print and online publications including Readers’ Digest, Today’s Parent and more.
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