Netherlands·April 24 - 30 2023

Tulip Time in Holland!

Holland is the tulip capitol of the world, but there is so much more to see. Art, Canals, Windmills and chic Dutch shops are just the start.

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Overview

Overview

On this flower-filled trip focusing on the Holland portion of the Netherlands, you’ll stay in the quaint royal city of Delft with its tiny picturesque canals. You’ll explore the country’s capital, the Hague, and the ancient town of Haarlem as well as the UNESCO site of Kinderdijk, all of which hold unique hidden charms. The biggest mistake people make when they first go to the Netherlands is they don’t venture outside of Amsterdam. Amsterdam is one of the world’s great cities and if you haven’t been it will surely capture your heart, but the true Netherlands lies just outside the city’s ring road. We’ll stay for our first 3 nights in Amsterdam and we’ll venture into the Dutch countryside to take a deep breath of North Sea air, taste the freshest of local fish and stroll through the flower fields in bloom, passing a windmill or two – an awe-inspiring sight you’ll never forget.

Highlights

Stroll through fields of tulips and pick your own bouquet

Stroll through fields of tulips and pick your own bouquet

Visit the world’s largest flower auction

Visit the world’s largest flower auction

Tour the Van Gogh Museum

Tour the Van Gogh Museum

Take a private canal cruise in Amsterdam with a glass of bubbly

Take a private canal cruise in Amsterdam with a glass of bubbly

Shop the hip stores of Amsterdam

Shop the hip stores of Amsterdam

Savor a 5-course Modern Dutch Culinary Treat

Savor a 5-course Modern Dutch Culinary Treat

Discover a picturesque canal village

Discover a picturesque canal village

Enjoy a Rijstaffel (Rice Table)

Enjoy a Rijstaffel (Rice Table)

Lay Your Eyes on the Dutch Masterpiece, the Girl with the Pearl Earring

Lay Your Eyes on the Dutch Masterpiece, the Girl with the Pearl Earring

Tour secret flower-infused courtyards in Haarlem

Tour secret flower-infused courtyards in Haarlem

Visit the charming UNESCO village Kinderdijk, chock full of windmills

Visit the charming UNESCO village Kinderdijk, chock full of windmills

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Day 0 - April 23, Sunday

The trip doesn’t officially start until tomorrow, Monday April 24, but if you’re traveling across an ocean to get to Holland, you may want to consider arriving in Amsterdam a day early so you have time to relax and get acclimated to the local time zone. If you do decide to arrive early, just let us know and we’ll get you booked into our hotel for Sunday night.

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Day 1 - April 24, Monday

Arrive in Amsterdam Monday morning and grab a taxi (they are plentiful at the airport) to the centrally located and gorgeously decorated Hotel Estheréa, situated right on one of the main canals which make this city so iconic. Take time to rest and relax. We’ll meet up in the lobby at 3pm for a visit to the Anne Frank House (alternate options available if you’ve already been).

Then, we’ll enjoy a canal tour by private classic boat with a glass of bubbly in hand. Welcome to Holland!

Tonight we’ll try some typical Dutch cheese and sausages washed down by a local beer or two at one of the historic, traditional brown bars in town such as the Arendsnest which serves only Dutch beers.

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Day 2 - April 25, Tuesday

We rise early today to head to the flower auction which begins at 7am. During this visit we’ll learn how the global flower trade actually works. Every day, 20 million flowers are bought and sold at this auction from locations as far away as Kenya and Columbia. Afterwards, we’ll head back to our hotel for a late morning nap followed by brunch near our hotel.

You can’t come to Amsterdam and not see the illustrious Van Gogh Museum. Here we’ll wander around the refurbished museum with a guide and pick out which of his paintings are our favorites.

After the Van Gogh Museum, you’ll have a choice of visiting the famous Riksmuseum or getting in some shopping in the hipster area of Jordaan.

After another rest back at our hotel, we’ll dine this evening on the classic Rijsttaffel, a medley of small plate dishes from Indonesia, something every self-respecting Dutchman or woman adores. Why Indonesian food in the Netherlands you ask? The Dutch colonized Indonesia, back when that was in vogue. Among mostly horrible things, the one good thing to come of this colonial era is the elaborate meal interpreted by the Dutch, a never-ending parade of small Indonesian inspired plates laid out to form a proper celebratory feast.

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Day 3 - April 26, Wednesday

Today is our BIG tulip day! We’ll explore the Tulip Bulb Fields and meet with a tulip grower. We’ll have lunch at a country cafe and stop to pick our own tulip bouquet. We’ll tour an historic windmill and take a charming boat ride through one of the most picturesque canal towns in the Netherlands.

After a little rest back at our hotel, we’ll jump in cabs traveling 20 minutes into the suburbs for a unique dining experience – a vegetable forward meal that we’ll enjoy with natural wines inside a greenhouse. This team takes farm to table dining to the next level.

Bon Appétite!

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Day 4 - April 27, Thursday

Today, we leave Amsterdam and head for Delft, the small city famous for its porcelain and its gorgeous small canals. On route we’ll stop and see the largest formal display of bulbs in Holland at the Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse, established in the 15th century.

After, we’ll fill ourselves up on some lekkere broodjes (tasty sandwiches) at lunch in Leiden at Vlot on the main canal. Right outside of Delft, if time allows, we’ll stop into the Royal Delft Factory, the only factory left producing authentic Delft tiles, vases and plates.

Then we’ll arrive at Delft proper, where we’ll check-in to the stylish Hotel Arsenaal that’s less than a 10 minute walk into the very center of darling Delft.

This afternoon we’ll take a guided historical tour of this lovely city, stopping at one of Delft’s famous tea and cake spots.

Dinner tonight will be at a proper Dutch restaurant which is a cozy classic and a favorite of the locals, Thuis.

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Day 5 - April 28, Friday

Today we’ll travel to Alkmaar for the cheese market, which has been taking place here since 1365! We’ll get a private behind-the-scenes tour and then have time to roam around and shop this extremely charming village on your own. We’ll then meet up for lunch.

After lunch will head to Haarlem where we’ll visit the Windmill museum, which Molen De Adriaan originally built in the 18th century. We’ll also visit a few of the “hofjes”which are hidden throughout the city. The hofjes were an early way of caring for the elderly and the common trait they share is their lovely flower-filled courtyards.

We’ll finish our afternoon at the lovely Frans Hals Museum which houses a stimulating mix of both 16th/7th century art and modern art.

We’ve had a big day – rest, relax and enjoy a dinner on your own tonight.

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Day 6 - April 29, Friday

Before heading out today, we’ll try poffertjes, delicious Dutch pancakes which you’ll find scrumptious.

Today we’ll travel to a UNESCO world heritage site about 40 minutes away. The village of Kinderdijk near Rotterdam, is home to some of the most famous windmills in the Netherlands. In the 1700’s, 20 windmills were built here and have been keeping this water-side town dry for hundreds of years. We’ll tour the mills and museum, ride a boat and learn about life here with a guided tour. Lunch will healthy with a riverside view.

Back in Delft you’ll have some down time to do a bit of shopping or exploring on your own.

Tonight, we’ll convene for our farewell meal at a modern lively cafe the Post Office (in Dutch). We’ll toast to our week in Tulip Heaven and the new friendships we’ve made.

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Day 7 - April 30, Saturday

The Hague & Departure

Today we’ll have a late check-out and a final stroll around Delft.

Our last day will be spent in the capital of the Netherlands, the Hague, where we’ll tour the town’s parliamentary buildings, the Binnenhof, which were originally built for the counts of Holland in the 13th century. These buildings are some of the oldest parliamentary buildings still in use in the world and one of the Netherlands’ top heritage sites. We’ll lunch at a charming bistro in the city.

Later, we’ll pop in to see the unspeakably famous painting, the Girl with Pearl Earring by Vermeer, as well as works by Rembrandt which are housed in the small but lovely Mauritshuis Museum.

We’ll finish our day around 2pm-3pm, so if you’re flying home today, please make sure you book an evening flight. Otherwise, if you’re flying home the next day (or continuing your travels in Europe), you have the option of spending the night in The Hague or at a hotel near the airport. In The Hague, we recommend The Collector Hotel or Hotel des Indes. At the Amsterdam Airport, we recommend the Citizen M. (Note: If you elect to stay the night on April 30, your hotel stay is not included in the trip cost. Rates are approx $175-$200).

You'll Be Staying Here

Tulip Time in Holland!

Tulip Time in Holland!

Everyone has their own fabulous room at Hotel Estheréa

Tulip Time in Holland!

Tulip Time in Holland!

 Hotel Arsenaal is walking distance to the quaint city center of Delft

Price

Private Room

Private Room

Everyone gets their own fabulous room!

FROM$7,245.00/pp

What's Included

What's Included

Everything stated in itinerary above including all meals + wine or beer with dinner except Day 5

All guides and tastings

Boat and canal tours

All Museum or other entry fees

All in-country transport

Roundtrip airfare to Amsterdam

First transfer from airport to our hotel in Amsterdam

Spa Treatments desired

Any personal souvenirs or purchases

Additional wine, beer or spirits beyond what is offered at meals

Hotel – night of April 30 (if necessary)

Travel Insurance (required)

Trip Medical Insurance (required)

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Tulip Time in Holland!

Netherlands· April 24 - 30 2023· 6 nights

FROM$7245/pp