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Netherlands - Best Tours & Trips 2019

546 trips to Netherlands tours from 84 tour companies. 760 reviews. 4.6/5 avg rating.

The Netherlands conjure up images of tulips and fashionably dressed cyclists, but it also offers a great snapshot into European history. The capital, Amsterdam, features one of the world’s most extensive canal systems and is an art lover’s dream, with museums featuring works by Rembrandt and Van Gogh. There’s also the Anne Frank house, documenting the bravery of The Netherlands’ Jewish population during ... Read More

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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Remarkable Rhine & Historic Holland

11 days
$ 364 / day
$ 3,999
From : $ 4,919
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Visits:
Amsterdam, Basel, Cologne, Frankfurt, Rotterdam, Strasbourg, Netherlands, Switzerland
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Bountiful Holland: Tulips & Gardens By Riverboat

Road Scholar
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
10 days
$ 250 / day
$ 2,495
From : $ 3,368
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : N/A
  • N/A
  • Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Experience the world-famous Keukenhof Garden, where more than 7 million bulbs bloom each spring
    • Learn about the history and impact of Delft Blue Pottery
    • Meet a tulip-bulb farmer and explore a bustling flower auction
    Visits:
    Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands
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    Classic Holland Cycle

    UTracks
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    7 days
    $ 170 / day
    $ 1,190
    From : $ 1,666
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : N/A
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
    Highlights
    • Discovering the fantastic cities of Amsterdam, Haarlem, Leiden and Gouda
    • Sampling the exquisite chocolates, waffles and beer in atmospheric cafes and bars
    • Cycling at your own pace on a fantastic self guided itinerary
    • Exploring the picturesque, typical Dutch countryside
    Visits:
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
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    Best of the Netherlands

    7 days
    $ 1,601
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Begin and end your vacation in Amsterdam! Cruise the canals, visit a diamond center, and see the city highlights.
    • Visit the world-famous Keukenhof, one of the world’s largest flower gardens. Admire tulips as far as the eye can see.
    • Visit typical Dutch villages like Staphorst and Giethoorn towns as you cross the area's bogs and swamps.
    • Explore Groningen, an important trade center in the 13th century also known as the "World Cycling City."
    • Feeling cheesy? Taste the Netherlands' famous Gouda cheese at a dutch cheese workshop in Zaanse Schans!
    • This 6-night escorted vacation in the Netherlands will have you saying "it's all gouda!" From the romantic canals of Amsterdam to the quaint village of Zaanse Schans, you'll see and experience it all in the famous home of tulips, windmills, and wooden clogs.
    Visits:
    Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands
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    Belgium & Holland in Spring - Northbound 2019

    Tauck
    By Tauck
    Preferred
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    8 days
    $ 499 / day
    $ 3,990
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
    Highlights
    • All-inclusive 7-night river cruise; Tauck Exclusive dinner at the Mauritshuis museum in The Hague; visits to Keukenhof Gardens and Antwerp's Red Star Line Museum; city tours of Brussels
    • Dordrecht
    • Haarlem
    • Antwerp and more; sightseeing at Kinderdijk windmills with choice of cycling trip; excursion to medieval Flemish cities of Ghent and Bruges; tour of Rijksmuseum & canal cruise in Amsterdam
    Visits:
    Amsterdam, Antwerp, Brussels, Belgium, Netherlands
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    The Holland - Leiden Untour

    7 days
    $ 190 / day
    $ 1,329
    From : $ 1,794
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Visit Amsterdam
    • Explore Rotterdam, Haarlem and Utrecht
    • Discover Rijksmuseum and Kröller-Müller Museum
    • Explore Keukenhof
    Visits:
    Amsterdam, Keukenhof Gardens, Rotterdam, Netherlands
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    Tulips of Northern Holland

    8 days
    $ 375 / day
    $ 2,999
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • On board welcome reception
    • Guided tour in Hoorn; choice of visit to the famous tulip fields, or guided visit to the Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen
    • Choice of guided walk of Enkhuizen, or “Experience the Dutch” outing; excursion to Friesland, visit the planetarium
    • : choice of guided tour of Kampen, or guided tour of the Batavia shipyard in Lelystad; cheese and genever tasting on board
    • Lecture and local specialties tasting on board; choice of visit Museum Hartenstein, or the Kröller-Müller Museum
    • Choice ofchoice of full- or half day excursion to Keukenhof Gardens;, or to the city ofguided tour of Gouda; harbour cruise in Rotterdam
    • Canal cruise
    • Explore the well-known sites of Holland, plus some off the beaten path, for a unique and fascinating river cruise vacation! In Northern Holland, you may opt to see the colorful fields of tulips which make this part of the country so beautiful
    • Alternatively, in Enkhuizen, you may prefer to visit the Zuiderzee Museum to experience the local culture and history
    Visits:
    Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Keukenhof Gardens, Netherlands
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    Radiant Rhine Cruise

    SmarTours
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    9 days
    $ 333 / day
    $ 2,999
    From : $ 7,647
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
    Highlights
    • Experience walking Tour of Amsterdam
    • You’ll visit major highlights of Anne Frank’s House (Amsterdam)
    • Visit Haymarket (Cologne)
    • Visit Jewish Baths (Cologne)
    • Visit Gothic Cologne Cathedral (Der Kölner Dom)
    • Walking Tour of Old Town (Koblenz)
    • See the fabulous St. Castor’s Basilica (Koblenz)
    • Schängel Fountain (Koblenz)
    • Mannheim Palace
    • Walking Tour of Strasbourg
    Visits:
    Amsterdam, Cologne, Koblenz, Rotterdam, Rudesheim, Strasbourg, France, Germany, Netherlands
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    Amsterdam and Berlin

    5 days
    $ 98 / day
    $ 490
    From : $ 1,304
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Discover Berlin
    • Explore picturesque typical village of Volendam
    • Enjoy panoramic tour of Amsterdam to see its narrow canals, the Dam Platz, its official buildings and parks and many more.
    • Visit the village that was made famous through the Pied Piper of Hamelin children’s story
    Visits:
    Amsterdam, Berlin, Germany, Netherlands
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    The Spain - Barcelona Untour

    7 days
    $ 200 / day
    $ 1,399
    From : $ 1,889
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Visit Sagrada Familia and Park Guell
    • Explore Picasso Museum, the Joan Miro Foundation, and more
    • Visit Benedictine abbey at Montserra
    • Visit Eixample neighborhood
    Visits:
    Spain
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    All Europe
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    All Europe

    26 days
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    Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Visits:
    Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Berlin Wall, Bratislava, Budapest, Cologne, Colosseum, Florence, Frankfurt, Geneva, Grindelwald, Innsbruck, Lisbon, Lucerne, Madrid, Milan, Pisa, Prague, Rome, Salzburg, St. Peter's Basilica, Venice, Zurich, Arctic, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain
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    Amsterdam and Paris

    6 days
    $ 115 / day
    $ 690
    From : $ 1,834
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • City tour of Amsterdam, today we have a very exciting and beautiful day
    • City tour in Paris
    • Explore Brussels, and will have time in the Grand Place and take a stop to photograph the Atomium
    • Explore Volendam, on a short boat trip we will go to Marken
    Visits:
    Amsterdam, Bruges, Brussels, Louvre Museum, Paris, Belgium, France, Netherlands
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    Beloved Europe

    6 days
    $ 101 / day
    $ 608
    From : $ 1,657
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Visit Grutas Park, known as "Stalin’s world", a park with 86 statues from Soviet times
    • Sightseeing of Vilnius
    • Discover Spain
    • Visit the Baroque Palace Of Rundale, built by the same architect who designed Saint Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum
    • Sightseeing of Riga
    • City tour of Tallinn
    Visits:
    Amsterdam, Cologne, Frankfurt, Prague, Rudesheim, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands
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    Rhine River Cruise Biking

    Butterfield & Robinson
    Preferred
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    8 days
    $ 999 / day
    $ 7,995
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
    Highlights
    • Explore Germany’s Black Forest
    • Explore the lush valley of the Neckar River
    • Ride around the Kaiserstuhl
    Visits:
    Amsterdam, Basel, Cologne, Koblenz, Strasbourg, Germany, Switzerland
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    European Triangle

    8 days
    $ 134 / day
    $ 1,075
    From : $ 1,451
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • World War II bunker  Ferry crossing to United Kingdom
    • Explore City tour in Paris. Boat ride along the Seine and climb to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower
    • Visit London of the guard, British Museum
    • See the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace
    • Discover Netherlands and see the amazing places
    Visits:
    Amsterdam, Bruges, Brussels, Eiffel Tower, London, Paris, The Louvre, Belgium, England, Netherlands, United Kingdom
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    Top Netherlands Experiences and Attractions

    Top Netherlands Experiences

    • Taking to the canals of Amsterdam to see the city from water level
    • Watching the windmills of Kinderdijk appear out of the low sky
    • Wandering through the ancient university towns of Leiden and Utrecht
    • Cycling through polder lands, along a patchwork quilt of canals and waterways in Zeeland
    • Get up (very) early to miss the queues for Anne Frank’s house
    • Seeing carpets of color in North Holland’s tulip fields 
    • Experiencing a myriad of birds and wildlife in the backwaters of South Holland
    • The Hoge Veluwe National Park, and the Kröller-Müller within
    • Seeing the famous Netherlands tulips at the Keukenhof Gardens
    • Strolling along the beautiful canals in Amsterdam and Leiden, birthplace of Rembrandt


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    Netherlands Trip Reviews

    760 Netherlands Tour Reviews - Summary 95% Recommend

    4.6 out of 5
    Excellent 563
    Great 117
    Average 48
    Disappointing 18
    Terrible 14
    Value
    4.6
    Guide
    4.6
    Activities
    4.6
    Lodging
    4.6
    Transportation
    4.6
    Meals
    4.6

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    Luggage Handling and follow up

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    First cruise, ever! We did a land & sea journey to Alaska through Holland America Line. This is not a review of the trip (which was great!) so much as how HAL handled our complaints of damaged luggage. My sister's luggage arrived at our Yukon hotel with the latch broken, her clothes spilling out. She filed a report. We discovered damage to a corner of my husband's luggage at the departing airport. Too late to do a report...but HAL's property claims were wonderful, in particular, Mr. Scott Gerstl, who even called me to clarify details. He was empathetic and kind. We were reimbursed for both pieces of luggage.

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    Operator Holland America Line

    3 Star Cruiser Won't Travel On Holland American Anymore.

    1.0
    • Value 1.0
    • Guide 1.0
    • Activities 1.0
    • Lodging 1.0
    • Transportation 1.0
    • Meals 1.0

    3 Star cruiser will never travel Holland American again. They have really slipped. We were this time on the Maasdam and this ship should be retired as it's old and not kept up. Many cracked and broken windows. One boarded up with plywood. Teak decks needing repair and rust all over the ship. The sliding enclosure over the pool when it opened and closed sounded like the ship was going to come apart. They nickel and dime you now for everything. No connection with ships officers anymore as the Captain is just a bus driver. Rooms small, beds uncomfortable. They've cut back servers which was especially noticeable in the Lido where one person handled 3 stations at certain times meaning long waits. We so loved Holland America in the past but since Carnival bought them they have definitely slipped. Too bad!

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    Operator Holland America Line

    Thank you Ayana and Jared!

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    From panic to success!
    Had some issues with getting my trip rescheduled after a family emergency . Ayana & Jared were most helpful in getting it resolved and helping straighten out the confusion. I look forward to my new travel plan with the company.

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    Operator Aer Lingus Vacation Store

    Fast-Paced Tour of Western Europe that highlighted most Bucket List Sights. Awesome Company. Great Food and Tour Leader

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 4.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    I jumped on this tour with very little notice and planning, and I was thoroughly impressed. Our Topdeck trip leader was very knowledgeable, fun, and adjusted the trip to the group (34 people). The meals provided were delicious, and they worked hard to cater to dietary needs. Accommodations were good, typically with 2-6 people in a hostel room. Keep in mind they are hostels, not hotels (bring your own towel).

    I loved the itinerary, as it highlighted the must-see places and had variety (ex. Paris, Rome vs. Switzerland). The optionals in each city were all wonderful. However, many were not presented in the Topdeck literature online and were not introduced on the trip more than a day in advance. All are paid for in cash (Euros). Because of how the optionals were presented, it was a bit harder to budget. I would recommend inquiring more about the optionals when booking and at the beginning of your tour via your trip leader. Don't feel pressured to do all of them and remember to keep your own interests in mind.

    The solo travelers easily found others with similar interests to explore with. For many on this trip, drinking and going out to bars/clubs was a major component (as alcohol is often cheaper than water). Because of the shortness of this tour along with all the destinations, prepare for lots of driving and to make the most of the time you have in each city.

    This trip provided am amazing sampling of Western Europe and opened my eyes to cultures and history I was unfamiliar with. Overall, I would highly recommend this itinerary and touring company, as it provided a good balance between budget and experiences.

    P.S. Stay flexible with plans, but some of the popular sights need more pre-planning than expected, like the Eiffel Tower and the Anne Frank House (Amsterdam).

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    Operator Topdeck

    Overall amazing value. Food, particularly by Topdeck staff, excellent. Spontaneous/flexible; be prepared to pay for lots of extra excursions, on and off your itinerary, in cash.

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    Food was excellent. Accomodations were better than expected: hostels, but usually with in-suite bathrooms and always only with other members of your tour of the same gender. Don't try to overplan; trip is quite spontaneous and flexible and you won't know much about the schedule/optionals for each city more than a day or so in advance. Optionals will be plentiful and paid in cash. Only do those that are right for you, even if your trip leader really encourages them and most other people are going. These trips are great for solo travelers, but make sure you find people interested in the same things as you...it will probably be easy to find groups to go to bars and clubs with in the evenings, but harder to find people who prefer other evening plans. Driver was excellent and bus was very comfortable and clean, but be prepared to spend a lot of time on it as there is no driving at night. Trip leader extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and helpful. Overall, excellent value and a trip with plenty of time to see the bucket list highlights in each city.

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    Operator Topdeck

    Looking at different options what would…

    3.0
    • Value 3.0
    • Guide 3.0
    • Activities 3.0
    • Lodging 3.0
    • Transportation 3.0
    • Meals 3.0

    Looking at different options what would a 9 day trip to Spain cost from us with about 20 students

    Thanks

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    Operator ACIS

    Netherlands Tours and Travel Guide

    Netherlands Attractions & Landmarks Guide

    The Netherlands conjure up images of tulips and fashionably dressed cyclists, but it also offers a great snapshot into European history. The capital, Amsterdam, features one of the world’s most extensive canal systems and is an art lover’s dream, with museums featuring works by Rembrandt and Van Gogh. There’s also the Anne Frank house, documenting the bravery of The Netherlands’ Jewish population during World War II.

    Although small in size and famously below sea level for much of the country, what the Netherlands may lack in size and height of its landscape, it certainly makes up for in beauty and wealth of attractions. A cyclist’s paradise and awash with natural beauty, culture and history, The Netherlands really does offer something for everyone.

    The Netherlands is often referred to as Holland (indeed, the official tourist board is called ‘Visit Holland’), whereas North Holland (including the country’s capital, Amsterdam) and South Holland are officially just 2 of the 12 provinces that make up the Netherlands. Friesland, Zeeland and Limburg offer some of the country’s most beautiful spots and are well worth the effort to pay a visit to. 

    Amsterdam

    Amsterdam is certainly the arrival and starting point for most visitors to the country and should not be missed. The city centre features over 160 canals and is in itself a UNESCO heritage site. With world famous museums such as the Van Gogh Museum, the newly refurbished Rijksmuseum (home to Rembrandt’s Nightwatch), enough ‘Gezellig’ (cosy) cafe’s to keep you warm enough on a windy day, wonderful hotels, and it’s own more ‘liberal’ side, it would be easy to be held captive by Amsterdam for weeks, or longer. 

    Cycling in Amsterdam

    As one of the most cycling friendly cities in the world, it can be very tempting to rent a bike and do as the locals do. A word of caution: Amsterdam cyclists stop for very little, which may or may not include new visitors. 

    Look carefully before crossing streets for cyclists, trams and other traffic, and beware walking inadvertently in bike lanes. If you are tempted to join the throng of two wheelers, have your wits about you, cycle slowly, and make sure you’re accustomed to cycling in a city. 

    For those seeking safety in numbers, there are several companies that run bicycle tours in Amsterdam, which your tour leader may be able to help arrange, or are even included in your trip - check at time of booking.

    River Cruises in Amsterdam

    Many river cruises stop in Amsterdam and/or Kinderdijk before heading up the rivers IJ or Rhine towards Germany. It can be a great way to get an introduction to the Netherlands and enjoy some of the wonderful scenery that the country has to offer from the water.

    Beyond Amsterdam

    It pays, however, to venture away from the capital, after a few days of exploring its museums, canals and nightlife, to some of the less-known treasures of the Netherlands. Outside the capital city you’ll find friendlier locals, a more relaxed pace of life, and stunning scenery.  

    Often overlooked, but still one of the largest ports in the world, Rotterdam is The Netherlands’ second city and offers plenty of culture, art, and a buzzing restaurant scene. Experience the glory of bygone days with a visit to the Hotel New York, the former Head Office of the Holland America line, or stay on former cruise ship SS Rotterdam - now moored in the harbor of Rotterdam and used as a hotel.

    The Hague (Den Haag) and the Dutch Coast

    Experience the British influenced refinement of the Hague, and its neighbouring seaside town of Scheveningen. The Dutch coast offers miles on miles of sandy beaches - perfect for a spot of kite flying, eating haring (herring), or just sitting back and watching the sun set over the sea.

    Leiden and Utrecht

    These are often seen as smaller versions of Amsterdam - picturesque and filled with old houses and canals, but with a fraction of the visitors. Take your time to wander and enjoy these cities of ancient learning.

    Maastricht

    This gem of Limburg is the most southerly province of Holland, and not to be missed as it provides some of the best food and service in the country, all with a friendly southern lilt, known as ‘Limburgish’ - the local dialect. Made famous by the EU treaty of 1992, Maastricht is a great place to spend a few days, take walks by the river, and (almost) look across into Belgium.

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