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Best of Holland

7 Days 1 Country 6 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

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.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like... waking up on the historic SS Rotterdam, in a city famous for its maritime history. And enjoying a delicious supper of regional dishes with Dignie and Gina in their traditional Dutch 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. All transfers shown.

Best of Holland

Your 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
Bilderberg Garden

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 visit the flower auction. Alternatively 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 the Hoge Veluwe Park and the Kröller–Müller Museum which houses some of Van Gogh's most famous works before arriving at your hotel.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Hotel
De Bilderberg

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.

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 a Cultural 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
NH Zuid

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

  • Local Specialists
    In Amsterdam, enjoy a guided visit to the Rijksmuseum with a group size of no more than 25 guests.

  • Cultural Insights
    Visit a historic diamond polishing factory in Amsterdam.

  • Cultural Insights
    Visit the Delft Pottery factory for a look at the creation of this renowned hand painted porcelain.

  • Cultural Insights
    Spido boat cruise through Rotterdam port.

  • Cultural Insights
    A trip to the top of the Euromast Tower with great views over Rotterdam.

  • Cultural Insights
    See the sights of Groningen like a local during your guided bicycle tour of the city.

  • Cultural Insights
    Discover from an expert how wooden clogs and Dutch cheese are made.

  • 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.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • Authentic Accommodation
    SS Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Holland The SS Rotterdam is the largest passenger ship ever built in the Netherlands. Welcomed by its crew, you'll gain a rich insight into Rotterdam's ship-building history during a stay on board this Authentic Accommodation.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • 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, Het Loo Palace in Apeldoorm, Staphorst and Volendam

    • View the John Frost Bridge in Arnhem

    • Enjoy a harbour cruise in Rotterdam


What's Included

Dining

    • 6 hot buffet breakfasts.

    • 3 dinners
      (including Be My Guest).


What's Included

Travel Highlights

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

    • Hand-picked 4 and 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

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • VIP entry to many sights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

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


    Airport Transfers

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


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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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    Service rating : Tour Director (Ananda) was very organized. It was great how she had welcome packages already set at each seat on the bus (VOX, sheet with her phone number, welcome shopping bag etc.) Likewise, her seating chart, ensuring a new one was posted each morning was a nice added

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