Amsterdam Zaanse Schans Van Gogh Rembrandt Diamonds Flower Auction Keukenhof Madurodam The Hague Rotterdam Delft Kinderdijk Hoge Veluwe National Park Kroller Muller Museum Zwolle Volendam Shopping
The Netherlands packs a lot into a relatively small country and you can experience its highlights on a week long tour featuring world famous places like Amsterdam and The Hague and less well known locations like Zwolle with its historic Hanseatic centre. Of course there are windmills and canals but this tour has a lot more to offer aswell!
Arrive in Amsterdam, a city with more bicycles than permanent residents, and enjoy a panoramic sightseeing of the city including the Rijksmuseum, The National Monument, The Royal Palace, The Van Gogh Museum and the alternative view of the city on a canal cruise before dinner. Overnight Amsterdam area.
After breakfast join a full day guided tour which including the ring of canals, bordered by thousands of gabled merchants houses from the 17th century, Amsterdam’s Golden Age. See the Royal Palace of Amsterdam, one of three palaces still in use by the Dutch Royal Family and Dam Square with its famous monument, the City Hall, Rembrandt’s House and the Jewish Quarter. Take in the Skinny Bridge and the historic windmill, the Vondelpark, Westerkerk church and Anne Frank’s house. You’ll also visit the Coster Diamond Factory, where you can learn about the origins of diamonds and see the diamond cutters and goldsmiths actually at work. In the afternoon proceed to Zaanse Schans living museum, one of the Netherlands’ best loved attractions, where you can see some of the working windmills and visit one of the cheese & clog farmhouses where you will be able to watch a demonstration of how Dutch cheese and wooden clogs are still made in the traditional time honoured way. Overnight Amsterdam area.
An early start is imperative in order to reach Aalsmeer in time to witness a unique spectacle, the world’s largest Flower Auction. Here plants grown in the Netherlands are despatched across the globe. In spring the next stop is Keukenhof Gardens, renowned as the most beautiful spring garden in the world. More than seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths fill over 32 hectares with colour and fragrance. At other times visit delightful Madurodam Miniature Park. Here you will view 1:25 scale model replicas of famous landmarks and attractions of the Netherlands. Continue next to The Hague for a walking tour of the city, home to the UN International Court of Justice at Peace Palace, the International Criminal Court and the Binnenhof complex, seat of the Dutch Parliament. Overnight The Hague/Rotterdam area
A more leisurely start this morning heading to the delightful town of Delft for a tour of the world famous blue and whiteRoyal Delft pottery factory. You can pick up a piece of Delft to own in the factory showroom at the end of the tour. Continue for a guided tour of Rotterdam, the busiest port in Europe, where you will see the Cubic Houses, the Old Town Hall,Old Harbour and Rotterdam Port, the busiest in Europe. Finally enjoy a visit to the Euromast for a great panoramic view of the city. Overnight The Hague/Rotterdam area.
Start with a visit to the remarkable group of 19 traditional Dutch windmills and the associated water management system that remain operative to this day at Kinderdijk, an outstanding UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue north east to the Hoge Veluwe National Park – one of the few hilly parts of the Netherlands. Here the natural landscape is preserved and wildlife is protected and you will also see the second biggest collection of Van Gogh’s works in the world as well as works by other modern masters including Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Piet Mondriaan in the Kroller Muller Museum. This afternoon visit the glorious Het Loo Palace Gardens, or the historic Hanseatic medieval town of Zwolle. Overnight Apeldoorn/Zwolle area.
This morning’s drive takes us to the Batavia Stad designer outlet mall in Lelystad for superb shopping opportunities . You are in what was once sea, the former Zuyderzee now reclaimed from the North Sea by the ingenious Dutch. Drive over the man made “dyke” across the Ijssel Meer that is part of the project to visit Enkhuizen. This pretty well-preserved town is a delight to wander around with its 17th century city walls and city hall. You may also visit the Zuyderzee Museum dedicated to the history of the area. En route back to the Amsterdam area call in at the traditional fishing village of Volendam to complete your tour of the Netherlands. Overnight Amsterdam
Depending on flight times perhaps enjoy the very well presented Heineken Experience housed inside Heineken’s historic brewery or take in one of the many other attractions the city has to offer before your transfer to the airport for your homeward flight.