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Best of Holland

7 Days 1 Country 10 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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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.

Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • 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)


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • 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)

Day 2

Amsterdam Sightseeing

Day 3

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

Day 4

Rotterdam – Groesbeek – Arnhem – Oosterbeek

Day 5

Oosterbeek – Apeldoorn – Staphorst – Groningen

Day 6

Groningen – Volendam – Amsterdam

Day 7

Depart Amsterdam

Day 1

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

Welcome to Amsterdam. Relax and unwind after check-in or take a leisurely stroll through this unique city. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a sightseeing Welcome Reception cruise aboard a canal boat and enjoy a light meal with welcome drinks.

Hotel

Bilderberg Garden

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Hotel

Bilderberg Garden

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Amsterdam Sightseeing Day 2 - Amsterdam Sightseeing

Amsterdam is a fascinating city which boasts art, architecture, canals, museums, bicycles and charming side streets. Start your day with an orientation drive of the historic city centre. Admire Rembrandt's masterpiece 'The Night Watch' during your Small Group Sightseeing tour of the Rijksmuseum. Visit a historic diamond polishing factory for a Cultural Insight into the traditions of cutting and preparing diamonds for export.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Dinner In A Historic Dutch House

Join us for a delicious meal of Dutch specialities, including drinks, in the elegant surroundings of this historic house.

Adult Price: €63.00

Hidden Amsterdam

Discover more about the Frank family and their story with your Local Specialist at the Anne Frank House. You’ll also see the Begijnenhof, where unmarried women lived in safety in earlier times, and discover the rich history and influence of Jewish settlers in Amsterdam.

Adult Price: €40.00

Van Loon Museum

In the heart of the canal district lies Museum Van Loon, a magnificent private residence built in 1672. This former residence of the artist Ferdinand Bol, the interior has remained largely intact since the 18th century and still evokes the splendour of the Golden Age. We’ll discover the museum’s large collection of paintings, fine furniture, precious silver and porcelain from several centuries. Behind the house, the beautiful garden is laid out in formal style and is an oasis of quiet in the modern inner city. This glimpse of the world behind the façades of the world-famous canals is highly recommended.

Adult Price: €40.00

Day 2

Day 3

Amsterdam – Aalsmeer/Keukenhof – The Hague – Delft – Rotterdam Day 3 - Amsterdam – Aalsmeer/Keukenhof – The Hague – Delft – Rotterdam

An early start takes you to Aalsmeer to visit the flower auction. Alternatively during the flowering season (March until mid-May), an included visit to the tulip fields of Keukenhof is sure to dazzle, with several million flowering bulbs planted across a 70-acre site. This afternoon, travel through The Hague to the town of Delft and visit the Royal Delft Pottery workshop for a Cultural Insight into the manufacturing of this hand painted porcelain. Continue to Rotterdam, where you'll be treated to two Cultural Insight experiences. First enjoy an included Spido boat cruise along the most important river port in Europe. After this take a trip up the Euromast tower for sweeping views of the city. Stay this evening aboard 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

After breakfast continue your journey to Groesbeek and visit the National Liberation museum. Once the site of part of Operation Market Garden in 1944, the museum now commemorates Holland's occupation and liberation during World War II. Next, make your way to Arnhem to see John Frost Bridge, named after the commander of the British forces that held the bridge for four days with a mere 750 soldiers during the Battle of Arnhem in World War II. This afternoon you will also visit the Hoge Veluwe Park and the Kröller-Müller Museum which houses some of Van Gogh's most famous works before arriving at your hotel.

Hotel

De Bilderberg

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Hotel

De Bilderberg

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Kinderdijk Exploration And Boat Ride

Join us to discover the spectacular straight line of 19 working windmills at the Kinderdijk. Part of a UNESCO Cultural Heritage site and situated below sea-level, they were built around 1740 to pump water out of the reclaimed 'polder' lands. You’ll also admire the classic Dutch landscape between the Rhine river branches of the delta, during a relaxing boat ride.

Adult Price: €32.00

Historical Delfshaven With Local Drink and Snacks

Enjoy a walk with your Local Specialist through historical Delfshaven and learn about the Pilgrim Fathers. You’ll discover traditional drinks and sample Pelgrim cheese and other local produce.

Adult Price: €33.00

Day 4

Day 5

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

This morning you will arrive in Apeldoorn and visit the 17th century Het Loo Palace with its enchanting formal gardens. Visit the town of Staphorst, whose inhabitants are famous for their traditional dress, en route to Groningen. This evening, join your companions for a memorable Be My Guest dinner of delicious Dutch specialities.

Hotel

Apollo Groningen

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Hotel

Apollo Groningen

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Optional Experiences

Holland's Green Venice Unveiled

At the northern tip of the Province of Overijseel, in the middle of Wieden Nature Reserve and the De Weerribben National Park, lies the village of Giethoorn. You’ll have time to explore this pretty village, more popularly known as 'Holland's Green Venice', and discover its canals, hump-backed bridges and traditional thatched farmhouses.

Adult Price: €31.00

Traditional Dinner on the Hoge Veluwe

Join us for a trip to a cosy restaurant steeped in history. Here you’ll have a chance to enjoy a delicious meal of authentic Dutch specialities accompanied by drinks.

Adult Price: €63.00

Day 5

Day 6

Groningen – Volendam – Amsterdam Day 6 - Groningen – Volendam – Amsterdam

Groningen has been named the world's best city for cycling and what better way to enjoy this Cultural Insight than a guided bicycle tour of the city? After seeing the sights about town, enjoy a scenic drive through the spectacular Frisian Lake District. Continue along the Afsluitdijk to Volendam where you gain a Cultural Insight into the making of wooden clogs and Dutch cheese. Celebrate with your fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner before returning to Amsterdam.

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

This morning after breakfast, bid farewell to your travelling companions as your memorable holiday in The Netherlands comes to an end. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 7

Available Departures

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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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Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • 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)


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • 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 22 Reviews

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    Service rating : Driver and tour director were great, and a small group was greatProduct : Would have liked less time in Amsterdam and Rotterdam and more time in the country

  • Trip:

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    Service rating : Tour director was unorganized. Didn't receive call on first day regarding time change for get together. Didn't receive wake up call on another day. At the traditional dinner on the Hoge Veluwe, I paid 63€ for "grilled Gaasterland pork skewer" but regretfully, the kitchen ran out

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    The service was very good exceeded my expectations and I would ver happily use them again

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    Service rating : This is my 3rd trip with Trafalgar and would do another one in the future it is a great way of meeting new people and experiencing different places and people.Product : It was a very good trip, seen places that I would not have known to go myself. Experienced the culture and

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    Everything perfect except on UK ..Londen Pickup on Heathrow flight was 45 min delayed...tristar's driver was not there We wait anirher hour walking up and down..no one a Nice lady at info desk helped us to phobe Tristar..in the nean time there was a driver frim Tristar to pick up anorher

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    • Keukenhof: Departures 09 April, 16 April, 23 April, 30 April, 07 May and 14 May 2017 will include tickets to the magnificent Keukenhof tulip fields.
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