Netherlands - Best Tours & Trips 2019
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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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.
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.
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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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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Good for Singles Trips that specifically cater to travelers looking to meet other singles.
No Single Supplement Trips where single supplement is usually not required for solo travelers.
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- CITY TOUR in Zwolle
- TICKETS for Keukenhof Bulb fields are included during the flowering season (end March until mid-May)
- 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, Airborne Museum in Arnhem, Hoge Veluwe Park, Kröller-Müller Museum in Zutphen and Volendam
- CRUISE of Rotterdam Harbour
- VIEW the John Frost Bridge in Arnhem
- SMALL GROUP SIGHTSEEING in Amsterdam, enjoy a guided visit to the Rijksmuseum with a group size of no more than 25 guests
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- Visit Amsterdam
- Explore Rotterdam, Haarlem and Utrecht
- Discover Rijksmuseum and Kröller-Müller Museum
- Explore Keukenhof
- 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
- 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
- Explore Germany’s Black Forest
- Explore the lush valley of the Neckar River
- Ride around the Kaiserstuhl
- Visit to Heidelberg
- Visit Romantic city of Venice
- Explore a glass-blowing workshop where highly skilled artisans craft anything from delicate figurines to grand, multi-colored chandeliers
- Visit the Swiss Transport Museum, or relax on one of the lovely lakeshore promenades
- Visit the intriguing Hospices Museum
- Enjoy an expert-led city excursion highlighting the history of Amsterdam through its architecture
- Local scholars discuss Dutch painting and add context to independent visits inside the city’s greatest art museums
- Explore the life and art of Vincent Van Gogh and the incredible impact he had on 20th-century art
- With this multi-country vacation package, you'll get to experience the most that Holland has to offer.
- Guided sightseeing, canal cruises and a Professional Travel Director gives you access to the most well-known sites.
- Included is a special stop at the Van Gogh Village in Nuenen. Experience where he lived and worked for two years.
- There's more to Belgium than just delicious waffles and chocolate. Be sure to try local cuisine! Indulge in traditional frites, croquettes, meatballs, mussels and more.
- While in Amsterdam, surely visit the Anne Frank House. To see it in person is something that cannot be put into words.
- Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea with scones and clotted cream in London.
- Wave hello to the royal family at Buckingham Palace!
- Experience the best sites and activities with sightseeing passes in both cities!
- Wind your way through the elaborate canal system of Amsterdam and past rows of narrow homes.
- Take your pick of Amsterdam's world famous museums, from the Van Gogh Museum to Rijksmuseum.
- Amsterdam has 165 canals and 1,281 bridges - how many will you cross?!
- Surround yourself in the world of Van Gogh with a visit to the iconic Museum.
- Visit the cheese museum, where you can sample cheeses stored in WWII bunkers or infused with truffles!
- Discover the mystery surrounding the famed Red Light district.
- Rent a bike and experience the city the way the locals do!
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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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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 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.
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.
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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