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Best of Holland

7 Days 1 Country 5 Cities

This Country Explorer trip takes you beyond Holland's tulips and canals to see its pretty towns and unique customs.

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7 Days 1 Country 5 Cities

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    • Departure 22 April 2018 will be in Amsterdam on Kings Day. The city centre will be closed to traffic and celebrations will be taking place throughout the country which may impact the timings for our return to Amsterdam.
    • Keukenhof: Tickets for Keukenhof Bulb fields are included during the flowering season (22 March - 13 May 2018). Departures 08 April, 15 April, 22 April, 29 April and 06 May 2018 will include tickets to the magnificent Keukenhof tulip fields instead of a visit to Gouda.
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    • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

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      • Departure 22 April 2018 will be in Amsterdam on Kings Day. The city centre will be closed to traffic and celebrations will be taking place throughout the country which may impact the timings for our return to Amsterdam.
      • Keukenhof: Tickets for Keukenhof Bulb fields are included during the flowering season (22 March - 13 May 2018). Departures 08 April, 15 April, 22 April, 29 April and 06 May 2018 will include tickets to the magnificent Keukenhof tulip fields instead of a visit to Gouda.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

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      About this trip

      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.


      Trip type: Country Explorer i

      Trip code: EBHO

      6 Nights

      accommodation

      9 Meals
      • 6 hot buffet breakfasts

      • 3 dinners (including Be My Guest)

      On-trip Transport

      All transport shown.

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • Enjoy a harbour cruise in Rotterdam

        • Orientation of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and guided bicycle tour in Groningen

        • View the John Frost Bridge in Arnhem

        • Visit the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Aalsmeer or Keukenhof (when open), Royal Delft Pottery, a trip up Euromast Tower in Rotterdam, National Liberation Museum at Groesbeek, Hoge Veluwe Park, Kröller-Müller Museum in Zutphen, Het Loo Palace in Apeldoorm, Staphorst and Volendam

        • Tickets for Keukenhof Bulb fields are included during the flowering season (April until mid-May)


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 6 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 3 dinners
          (including Be My Guest)


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      Travel Highlights

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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


       

      Best of Holland

      Your Itinerary

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      Day 1

      Arrive Amsterdam (2 Nights)

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      Amsterdam Sightseeing

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      Day 3

      Amsterdam – Aalsmeer/Keukenhof – The Hague – Delft – Rotterdam

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      Rotterdam – Groesbeek – Arnhem – Oosterbeek

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      Oosterbeek – Apeldoorn – Staphorst – Groningen

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      Day 6

      Groningen – Volendam – Amsterdam

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      Depart Amsterdam

      Day 1

      Arrive Amsterdam (2 Nights) Day 1 - Arrive Amsterdam (2 Nights)

      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.

      Hotel

      Bilderberg Garden

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      Bilderberg Garden

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Amsterdam Sightseeing 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.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 2

      Day 3

      Amsterdam – Aalsmeer/Keukenhof – The Hague – Delft – Rotterdam 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.

      Hotel

      SS Rotterdam Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      SS Rotterdam Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Rotterdam – Groesbeek – Arnhem – Oosterbeek 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.

      Hotel

      De Bilderberg

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      De Bilderberg

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Oosterbeek – Apeldoorn – Staphorst – Groningen Day 5 - Oosterbeek – Apeldoorn – Staphorst – Groningen

      We head north to scenic Apeldoorn and Het Loo Palace, the former royal residence built in 1685 with its immaculate Baroque Dutch gardens. Our next stop is the traditional village of Staphorst, where you will have an opportunity to experience first-hand the traditions of Holland and see the locals walk by in their traditional dress. 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. 

      Hotel

      Apollo Groningen

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Hotel

      Apollo Groningen

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Groningen – Volendam – Amsterdam 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.

      Hotel

      Mercure City

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Hotel

      Mercure City

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Day 6

      Day 7

      Depart Amsterdam 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.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 7

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      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Authentic Accommodation
        Spend the night on the restored ss Rotterdam, the former flagship of the Holland America line, which now rests on the Maas river

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

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

      • Hidden Treasures
        Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

      • Small Group Sightseeing
        In Amsterdam, enjoy a guided visit to the Rijksmuseum with a group size of no more than 25 guests

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      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • Enjoy a harbour cruise in Rotterdam

        • Orientation of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and guided bicycle tour in Groningen

        • View the John Frost Bridge in Arnhem

        • Visit the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Aalsmeer or Keukenhof (when open), Royal Delft Pottery, a trip up Euromast Tower in Rotterdam, National Liberation Museum at Groesbeek, Hoge Veluwe Park, Kröller-Müller Museum in Zutphen, Het Loo Palace in Apeldoorm, Staphorst and Volendam

        • Tickets for Keukenhof Bulb fields are included during the flowering season (April until mid-May)


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 6 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 3 dinners
          (including Be My Guest)


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      What's Included

      Travel Highlights

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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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      Guest Reviews and Ratings

      • Guest Service Rating from 103 Reviews

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        We were very happy with our tour. The only thing we were disappointed with was that there was no tea/coffee making facilities in the De Bilderberg Hotel Oosterbeek

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        Service rating : Most of the tours were amazing. The restaurants chosen were great. We received good service for both.Product : The Apollo Hotel in Groeningen was not the best. The coach was great

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        Service rating : I really enjoyed both the Highlights of Eastern Europe and the Best of Holland tours. Both travel directors (Gasper and Patrick) did an amazing job in guiding us throughout the tours and often went over and beyond in ensuring our group had a memorable experience.Product : The

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        Service rating : The tour guide was very knowlegable of the tour destinations, very courteous and customer focused.Product : The itinerary covered the highlights of the area and gave us insight into the history of the country. It provided a good variety of experiences --city, countryside, etc.

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        Service rating : All arrangements were made for us for a trip highlighting the best of Holland. We went along for the ride and it couldn't have been easier.Product : Should have left out the diamond cutters and added in the windmills to the included portion of the itinerary.

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