Best of the Netherlands

Best of the Netherlands

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Best of the Netherlands

7 Days Starting in Amsterdam and ending in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Visiting: Amsterdam, Aalsmeer Flower Auction, Keukenhof, Delft, Rotterdam, Gouda, Arnhem, Giethoorn, Groningen, Zaanse Schans, Volendam

Tour operator:

Cosmos

Tour code:

4820-2024

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Age range:

5-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Interests:

Cultural, History

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$1010 (USD) Operator discount: -$254 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$29 -22%
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Tour Overview

Famous for its tulips, windmills, and wooden clogs, The Netherlands is a delightful country with scenic landscapes, historic monuments, and vibrant cities. You’ll get to know the country on this affordable tour starting and ending in Amsterdam. The capital of Holland is a pleasant, 700-year-old city whose elegant and classic architecture, cafés and restaurants, renowned museums, and picturesque canals—not to mention the bike paths throughout the city—make for a pleasurable atmosphere. Hop on a boat cruise—the best way to see Amsterdam—through the elegant canals lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” Stay in Rotterdam, South Holland’s capital, a young city with the world’s busiest port and known for its modern architecture and design, as well as in some of the minor but interesting towns where you’ll discover the rural atmosphere of this country. The Netherlands is known for legendary flower production, which you will experience on the visit to the fascinating Aalsmeer flower auction where more than 20 million plants and flowers are sold daily. (Note that from April to May, the Aalsmeer flower auction visit is replaced by a visit to the spectacular 70-acre Keukenhof garden to see the incredible display of a kaleidoscope of seven million flower bulbs.) You’ll also enjoy a visit of the Royal Delft Pottery Factory to see how this precious pottery is made. Visit Gouda, known for its namesake cheese and seasonal cheese market, regularly held on the medieval Markt square. Take a stroll in Volendam, known for its old fishing boats, characteristic small houses, drawbridges, and canals. Additionally, drive over the 19-mile Barrier Dam, constructed to protect the part of Holland that is below sea level. For the value-minded travel lover wanting to have an in-depth experience of the Netherlands, this is the perfect adventure!

Highlights

  • The Netherlands is a delightful country with scenic landscapes, historic monuments, and vibrant cities

  • The capital of Holland is a pleasant, 700-year-old city whose elegant and classic architecture

  • Hop on a boat cruise—the best way to see Amsterdam—through the elegant canals lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam’s “Golden Age

  • Stay in Rotterdam, South Holland’s capital, a young city with the world’s busiest port and known for its modern architecture and design

  • The Netherlands is known for legendary flower production, which you will experience on the visit to the fascinating Aalsmeer flower auction

Places You'll See

Hotel Ibis Styles Amsterdam Airport

Holiday Inn Express Central Station

De Buunderkamp

Fletcher Hotel

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrive In Amsterdam,Netherlands
Location: Amsterdam
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Ibis Styles Amsterdam Airport
Meals Included: Dinner

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore Amsterdam on your own with the help of the CosmosGO app. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and travel companions.

Day 2 : Amsterdam
Location: Amsterdam
Accommodation Name: Hotel Ibis Styles Amsterdam Airport
Meals Included: Breakfast

For centuries, this tiny nation of seafaring traders played a leading role in world history. It reclaimed 40% of its territory from the sea and produces a healthy agricultural surplus in the midst of Europe’s most densely populated area—yet Holland manage to remain quaint and scenic. Your day begins with a canal cruise to see Amsterdam from water level, and the visit of a diamond center, watching skilled craftsmen cut and polish precious stones. Enjoy time this afternoon to explore on your own, maybe visiting one of the many museums or watching people zooming by on their bicycles. Fun fact: There are four times more bicycles than cars in Amsterdam.

Day 3 : Amsterdam,Aalsmeer/Keukenhof,Delft,Rotterdam
Location: Aalsmeer Flower Auction, Keukenhof, Delft, Rotterdam
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Holiday Inn Express Central Station
Meals Included: Breakfast

Begin your day with a visit to the fascinating Aalsmeer flower auction or, when the tulips bloom, see some of the 7 million flowers planted annually at the world-famous Keukenhof—one of the world’s largest flower gardens (departures 0406 to 0504 and weather permitting). Continue to historic Delft to visit the famous Royal Delft pottery factory. See how this exquisite pottery is made, and marvel at the magnificent collection of hand-painted earthenware. Continue on to Rotterdam, the world’s busiest port, to marvel at the city’s futuristic architecture during your sightseeing with a Local Guide.
Today’s Distance: 99 mi/ 160 km

Day 4 : Rotterdam,Gouda,Arnhem
Location: Rotterdam, Gouda, Arnhem
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Postillion
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Arrive in Gouda, renowned for its cheese! Stroll around the picturesque narrow streets to the medieval Market Square, see the Gothic-style Town Hall with its red and white shutters and the Goudse Waag used for cheese weighing in the 17th-century. Then, enjoy your interactive cheese experience. Next, is Arnhem, site of the WWII Battle of Arnhem, where you will see John Frost Bridge, named after the commander of the British forces that held the bridge for four days. Enjoy time on your own to do some independent exploring.
Today’s Distance: 71 mi/ 115 km

Day 5 : Arnhem,Giethoorn,Groningen
Location: Giethoorn, Groningen
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Mercure Hotel Groningen Martiniplaza
Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning, head for the village of Giethoorn, built on canals but quainter than cities like Venice or Amsterdam. Spend the night in the provincial capital of Groningen.
Today’s Distance: 118 mi/ 190 km

Day 6 : Groningen,Zaanse Schans,Volendam,Amsterdam
Location: Groningen, Zaanse Schans, Volendam, Amsterdam
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Ibis Styles Amsterdam Airport
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Explore Groningen this morning, an important trade hub in the 13th century, but hailed today as the “World Cycling City.” Cross over the 19-mile Barrier Dam, which is part of an incredible system of 1,200 miles of dikes, dams, and dunes built over the last 900 years to protect the part of the Netherlands that is below sea level. Visit a wooden clog workshop in Zaanse Schans. Continue to the fishing village of Volendam, then arrive back in Amsterdam and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Today’s Distance: 137 mi/ 220 km

Day 7 : Amsterdam
Location: Amsterdam
Meals Included: Breakfast

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

What's Included

  • Accomodation

    It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

  • Meals

    Breakfast6 Dinner3

  • Fully Guided

  • Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation

  • All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

What's Not Included

  • Tipping and Gratuities

  • International Travel

UNESCO Sites

17th Century Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam

Meals

Buffet breakfasts daily; 3 dinners, including dinner at a local restaurant in Amsterdam

Notes

On departures April 6 to May 4 the Aalsmeer flower auction will be replaced by the visit of Keukenhof.

Accommodation

Amsterdam Area:Hotel Ibis Styles Amsterdam Airport
Rotterdam:Holiday Inn Express Central Station
Arnhem Area:Postillion
Groningen:Mercure Hotel Groningen Martiniplaza

Check out our Q&As

  • Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

    Yes

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1961

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Cosmos is committed to minimizing our impact on the environment and to reducing dependence on non-renewable resources. In this endeavor, we have implemented policies to support this mission and are working carefully to enhance our products with this mission and our values combined. We are committed to complying with all relevant legislation and/or regulations.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Travel documents, including any air tickets, itineraries, and other information, are available approximately two to three weeks prior to departure provided full payment has been received.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    All guests are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for travel through February, 2023. Beginning March 1, 2023, while we highly recommend vaccination, we will no longer require it. We ask all guests to comply with airline and destination requirements, which still may apply. To check your destination requirements for your travel dates, view the Latest Travel & Health Restrictions for Travel.

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