Best of Holland - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

7 days

from €1450 pp

Trip available from Jun 2015 to Sep 2015.
"Service is well above excellent"
Lynne , Jul 2014

Taking in every angle of this little country, this is a rare opportunity to go beyond the tulips and canals of Holland's postcards to see its pretty towns and unique customs from the inside.

It's Insider moments like... starting the day waking up on the SS Rotterdam, in a city famous for its maritime history – and ending it enjoying a supper of regional dishes with Dignie and Gina in their Dutch farmhouse.

Trip type:
Country Explorer
Trip code:
EBHO

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Trip Itinerary

  • 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.

    Meal(s)

    Welcome Reception

    Hotel

    Hilton/Double Tree by Hilton

  • 2.

    AMSTERDAM SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    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 with a Local Specialist of the Rijksmuseum. Visit a historic diamond polishing factory for a Cultural Insight into the traditions of cutting and preparing diamonds for export.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 3.

    AMSTERDAM – AALSMEER – KEUKENHOF – THE HAGUE – DELFT – ROTTERDAM

    An early start takes you to Aalsmeer to see the flower auction. During the flowering season (April 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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    SS Rotterdam Authentic Accommodation

  • 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 Hoge Veluwe Park and the ‘Kröller–Müller' Museum which houses some of Van Gogh's most famous works before arriving to our hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    De Bilderberg

  • 5.

    OOSTERBEEK – APELDOORN – STAPHORST – GRONINGEN

    This morning you will arrive to 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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining

    Hotel

    Mercure Martiniplaza

  • 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 an insight into the making of wooden clogs and Dutch cheese. Tonight, celebrate with your fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

    Hotel

    Mercure Amsterdam City

  • 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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Authentic Accommodation

    S.S. Rotterdam in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
  • Be My Guest

    Enjoy a memorable dinner with a local farming family near Groningen. Hear about the history of their property and enjoy typical Dutch cuisine and hospitality.
  • Cultural Insights

    Visit a historic diamond polishing factory in Amsterdam.
    Visit the Delft Pottery factory for a look at the creation of this renowned, hand painted, porcelain.
    Spido boat cruise through Rotterdam port.
    A trip to the top of the Euromast Tower with great views over Rotterdam.
    See the sights of Groningen like a local during your guided bicycle tour of the city.
  • Local Specialists

    In Amsterdam, enjoy a guided visit to the Rijksmuseum with a group size of no more than 25 guests.
    Discover from an expert how wooden clogs and Dutch cheese are made.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always 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, 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, Staphorst and Volendam

Dining

  • 6 hot buffet breakfasts.
    3 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Hand-picked 4 or 5 star accommodation
  • 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
  • Tickets for Keukenhof Bulb fields are included during the flowering season (April until mid-May)
  • 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

Optional Experiences

Notes

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Amsterdam

  • Dinner In A Historic Dutch House

    Adult Price: €62.00 Join us for a delicious meal of Dutch specialities, including drinks, in the elegant surroundings of this historic house.
  • Hidden Amsterdam

    Adult Price: €39.00 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.
  • Kinderdijk Exploration And Boat Ride

    Adult Price: €31.00 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.

Rotterdam

  • Historical Delfshaven With Beer And Cheese

    Adult Price: €32.00 Enjoy a walk with your Local Specialist through historical Delfshaven and learn about the Pilgrim Fathers. You’ll discover how they make traditional pilgrim beer and sample it for yourself, along with Pelgrim cheese and other local produce.

Oosterbeek

  • Traditional Dinner on the Hoge Veluwe

    Adult Price: €62.00 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.

GIETHOORN

  • Holland's Green Venice Unveiled

    Adult Price: €30.00 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.
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