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Best of Holland

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

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    • Keukenhof: Tickets for Keukenhof Bulb fields are included during the flowering season (21 March - 19 May 2019). Departures 07 April, 14 April, 21 April, 28 April, 05 May and 12 May 2019 will include tickets to the magnificent Keukenhof tulip fields instead of the Aalsmeer flower auction.
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      About this trip

      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 Groningen.


      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

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • CITY TOUR in Zwolle

        • TICKETS for Keukenhof Bulb fields are included during the flowering season (end March until mid-May)

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

        • 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 and Volendam

        • CRUISE of Rotterdam Harbour

        • VIEW the John Frost Bridge in Arnhem

        • SMALL GROUP SIGHTSEEING in Amsterdam, enjoy a guided visit to the Rijksmuseum with a group size of no more than 25 guests


      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 Trip Highlights

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and a professional 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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      Day 2

      Amsterdam Sightseeing

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      Day 3

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

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      Rotterdam – Arnhem – Oosterbeek

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      Oosterbeek – Zwolle – Groningen

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      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 Amsterdam? Spend your day strolling through its pretty 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.

      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 a Small Group Sightseeing tour of the Rijksmuseum, featuring the works of great Dutch masters, including Rembrandt's 'The Night Watch' before visiting a historic diamond-polishing factory. Here you'll 'Dive Into Culture' and gain insights into Amsterdam's centuries-old diamond cutting traditions.

      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
      (Price is subject to change)

      Hidden Amsterdam

      Still in use by the Dutch Royal Family, The Royal Palace in Amsterdam was built in 1648. Originally serving as the Town Hall, it was also a Napoleonic Palace before its current role. Its rich history and the interior of this magnificent building in the heart of Amsterdam make this a must see.

      Adult Price: €43.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Van Loon Museum

      In the heart of the canal district lies Museum Van Loon, a magnificent private residence built in 1672. The former residence of the artist Ferdinand Bol, the 18th century interior still evokes the splendour of the Golden Age. We’ll discover the large collection of paintings, fine furniture, precious silver and porcelain from several centuries. A short walking tour in the heart of the city will then take us to the Beguinage (Begijnhof), a hidden courtyard where extremely pious women lived for almost 700 years. This glimpse behind the façades of Amsterdam's world-famous canals is highly recommended.

      Adult Price: €40.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Holland's Favorite Foods

      Nibble your way through Amsterdam's international dining scene on a tasting tour led by a local specialist. Learn about the international flavors that have influenced Dutch cuisine, while grabbing bites at a cheese shop, beer garden and family restaurant. Savour handpicked local delicacies including artisanal cheeses, a sweet ‘stroopwafel’ and the best fish in town. We'll wash them all down with a beer or jenever.

      Adult Price: €62.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      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 (end March 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 32 hectares will leave you in absolute awe. This afternoon, we travel through The Hague to the historic town of Delft and 'Dive Into Culture' at the Royal Delft Pottery workshop where we'll gain insights into the manufacturing of this delicate hand-painted blue and white porcelain. We continue to edgy Rotterdam, where we'll have an opportunity to 'Dive Into Culture' twice in one city this afternoon. 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 - one of Trafalgar's 'Stays With Stories' and a former flagship of the Holland America line.

      Hotel

      SS Rotterdam

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      SS Rotterdam

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Rotterdam – Arnhem – Oosterbeek Day 4 - Rotterdam – Arnhem – Oosterbeek

      Explore the tragic history of Operation Market Garden, as 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. We stop for a visit of the Airborne Museum to learn about the 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

      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
      (Price is subject to change)

      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
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Oosterbeek – Zwolle – Groningen Day 5 - Oosterbeek – Zwolle – 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 Gronginen, we'll 'Connect With Locals' joining 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
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      Apollo Groningen

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      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
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 5

      Day 6

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

      'Dive Into Culture' and saddle up to explore the university city of Groningen during a guided bicycle tour of its medieval centre. Ramble along the city's 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 IJsselmeer. 'Dive Into Culture' learn about the craft of wooden clog making and Dutch cheese, followed by 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

      • 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)

      • Stays 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. (Day 3)

      • 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 of the Euromast Tower. (Day 3)
        Take a guided bicycle tour of Groningen and discover how wooden clogs and Dutch cheese are made. (Day 6)

      • Local Specialists
        For included sightseeing in Zwolle

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        • CITY TOUR in Zwolle

        • TICKETS for Keukenhof Bulb fields are included during the flowering season (end March until mid-May)

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

        • 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 and Volendam

        • CRUISE of Rotterdam Harbour

        • VIEW the John Frost Bridge in Arnhem

        • 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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      Dining

        • 6 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 3 dinners
          (including Be My Guest)


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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 Trip Highlights

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and a professional 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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