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Cruise the canals of Amsterdam, see the Dutch countryside in full bloom. Marvel at masterpieces by Van Gogh and Rembrandt. From wooden clogs and windmills to tulips and Edam cheese, Holland is a country full of character and charm.
Highlights: Amsterdam, Aalsmeer, Keukenhof, Delft, Rotterdam, Groesbeek, Arnhem, Zutphen, Hoge Veluwe, Apeldoorn, Staphorst, Groningen, Volendam, Frisian Lake District
Day 1 DEPART USA Overnight flight to Amsterdam.
Day 2 ARRIVE AMSTERDAM (2 NIGHTS) Welcome to Amsterdam! Relax and unwind after check-in or take a leisurely stroll through this unique city. Tonight, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a sightseeing Welcome Reception cruise aboard a canal boat and enjoy a light meal and welcome drinks. Meal(s): (Welcome Reception) Hotel: Hilton (MD)
Day 3 AMSTERDAM SIGHTSEEING Amsterdam is a fascinating city which boasts art, architecture, canals, museums, bicycles and charming side streets. Start your day with an orientation featuring Mint Tower, Dam Square and Museum Square. Admire Rembrandt's masterpiece 'The Night Watch' during your Small Group Sightseeing tour of the Rijksmuseum, one of the world's most prestigious art museums. Visit an historic diamond polishing factory to see the diamond cutters at work. Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)
Day 4 AMSTERDAM - AALSMEER - KEUKENHOF - 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 closer look at the manufacture of this Local Speciality, hand painted, porcelain. Continue to Rotterdam, your city orientation on arrival reveals the most important river port in Europe. Enjoy free time to explore the city this evening. Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast) Hotel: Inntel Mainport (SF)
Day 5 ROTTERDAM - GROESBEEK - ARNHEM - ZUTPHEN 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. Continue to Zutphen this evening. Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast) Hotel: Intel (F)
Day 6 ZUTPHEN - APELDOORN - STAPHORST - GRONINGEN This morning visit Hoge Veluwe Park and the 'Kröller-Müller' Museum which houses some of Van Gogh's most famous works. Continue to Apeldoorn to 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) Hotel: Mercure (F)
Day 7 GRONINGEN - VOLENDAM - AMSTERDAM Groningen has been named the world's best city for cycling and what better way to enjoy this Local Speciality than a guided bicycle tour of the city? After seeing the sights about town, enjoy a scenic drive through the spectacular Frisian Lake District and the town of Bolsward. Continue along the Afsluitdijk to Volendam where your Local Expert gives you an insight into the making of wooden clogs and Dutch cheese. Tonight in Amsterdam, celebrate with your fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner. Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast/Farewell Dinner) Hotel: Mercure Aan De Amstel (F)
Day 8 AMSTERDAM - USA This morning after breakfast, bid farewell to your travelling companions as your memorable vacation in The Netherlands comes to an end. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)
Sightseeing Highlights: Amsterdam Orientation includes the Mint Tower, Tower of Tears, Dam Square, and 'Skinny Bridge'. Enjoy a sightseeing cruise along the canals. Aalsmeer Visit the renowned flower auction. Keukenhof Visit the magnificent bulb fields (when open). Delft Visit the city of Delft, once the home port of the Dutch East India Company. Rotterdam Visit the thriving port city. Groesbeek Visit the National Liberation museum. Arnhem View John Frost Bridge. Zutphen Visit the historic town of Zutphen. Hoge Veluwe Visit the Kröller-Müller Museum set in a magnificent park. Apeldoorn Visit Het Loo Palace. Staphorst See the traditional farmhouses of Staphorst. Groningen Included bicycle tour and orientation of the city. Volendam Excursion to this fishing village. Frisian Lake District Visit the town of Bolsward in the scenic Lake District.
Insider Experiences: Local Specialty Visit the Delft Pottery factory for a look at the creation of this renowned, hand painted, porcelain.
Local Specialty See the sights of Groningen like a local during your guided bicycle tour of the city.
Local Specialty Visit a historic diamond polishing factory in Amsterdam.
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.
Small Group Sightseeing In Amsterdam, enjoy a guided visit to the Rijksmuseum with a group size of no more than 25 guests.
Local Expert Discover from a local expert how wooden clogs and Dutch cheese are made.
Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
Dining: 6 hot buffet breakfasts
3 evening meals:
Welcome Reception with your Travel Director in Amsterdam including a light meal and drinks on board a canal cruise.
Be My Guest dinner in Groningen with local Dutch specialities.
Farewell Dinner with wine in Amsterdam.
Travel Highlights: First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
Tickets for Keukenhof Bulb fields are included during the flowering season (April until mid-May)
The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
Audio Headsets Provided throughout your tour to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
A travel wallet with your documentation.
Complimentary keepsake photo.
Departure Dates: April - September
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