Netherlands·April 10 - 17 2025

Tulip Time in Holland!

Holland is the tulip capital of the world, but there is so much more to see. Art, Canals, Windmills, and chic Dutch shops to name a few!

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Overview

Overview

As spring unfolds, the Dutch countryside transforms into a captivating wonderland filled with vibrant tulip fields stretching as far as the eye can see. It's a sight you'll remember for a lifetime. We'll start in Amsterdam, one of the loveliest cities in Europe. The art, culture, architecture, and history will capture your heart. Then, we'll head to Delft, a charming city famous for its porcelain and gorgeous small canals. On the way, we'll stop at the Keukenhof Gardens  to see Holland's largest formal display of bulbs. Strolling through these meticulously curated gardens is like stepping into a living canvas, where the scent of tulips permeates the air. We’ll explore the country’s capital, the Hague, the ancient town of Haarlem, and the UNESCO site of Kinderdijk, all of which hold unique hidden charms. It's a Girls' Guide trip, so we're focused on the food you'll enjoy - from the freshest seafood to rijsttaffel to poffertjes ... and, of course, cheese! There's no better way to spend a week in Spring!

Highlights

Stroll through fields of tulips and pick your own bouquet

Stroll through fields of tulips and pick your own bouquet

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 Amsterdam's hip stores

Shop Amsterdam's hip stores

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

Itinerary

Here's a day-by-day itinerary of the trip

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Day 1: Friday, April 10th, 2025

Arrive in Amsterdam on Monday morning and grab a taxi (they are plentiful at the airport) to the Hotel Estherea in one of the oldest canals, the Singel. Take time to chill out and rest.

We’ll meet in the lobby at 1:30 p.m. for a private boat tour of the Amsterdam Historical Canal with a glass of bubbly in hand. 

Then, we'll visit the Anne Frank House for an introductory program and audio tour. 

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 Pantry.

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Dinner

Canal Cruise

Anne Frank House

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Day 2: Saturday, April 11th, 2025

We'll walk to the Bloom Market after breakfast. The market is the world's only floating flower market. Founded in 1862, the market is on the Singel Canal between Muntplein and Koningsplein in the city's southern canal belt. It has 15 souvenir and gift shops, with only a few still selling fresh flowers. 

We will have lunch at a local restaurant and spend the afternoon shopping and sightseeing in the area. 

Afterward, we'll return to Amsterdam for dinner at a local restaurant.

Included

All meals

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Day 3: Sunday, April 12th, 2025

After breakfast at the hotel, we'll wander over to the famous Rijks Museum to see some of the Dutch masterpieces that define the country’s artwork.   

You can have lunch at your own chosen venue before we see the illustrious Van Gogh Museum. Here, we’ll wander around the refurbished museum with a guide and pick out our favorite Van Gogh.  

After a rest at the hotel, we’ll meet in the lobby to walk to our dinner. 

Included

All meals

Cocktail making class

Museum entrances 

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Day 4: Monday, April 13th, 2025

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. 

After a small break 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 colonization was in vogue. Among mostly horrible things, the one good thing to come of this colonial era is the elaborate meal, as interpreted by the Dutch, a never-ending parade of small Indonesian-inspired plates laid out to form a proper celebratory feast.  

Bon Appétite!  

Included

All meals

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Day 5: Tuesday, April 14th, 2025

Today, we leave Amsterdam and head for Delft, the small city famous for its porcelain and its gorgeous small canals. But first, we’ll stop at Rembrandt’s House.   

On route to Delft, we’ll stop and see the largest formal display of bulbs in Holland at the Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse, established in the 15th century.  

We’ll fill up on lekker broodjes (tasty sandwiches) at lunch in Leiden at  Lot En De Walvis on the main canal.   

Then, we’ll arrive at Delft proper, where we’ll check in to the stylish Hotel Arsenaal. The hotel is a short 10-minute walk from the very center of Darling Delft.  

This afternoon, we’ll take a guided historical tour of this lovely city and learn about one of Delft’s most famous residents, Johannes Vermeer.  

Dinner tonight will be at a cozy, classic Dutch restaurant,Huszar, a local favorite.  

Included

All meals

Not Included

Dinner

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Day 6: Wednesday, April 15th, 2025

Before heading out today, we’ll try poffertjes, delicious Dutch pancakes. They’re scrumptious, so you’re in for a treat.  

Now, we’re off to a UNESCO World Heritage site about 40 minutes away. The village of Kinderdijk near Rotterdam is home to some of the Netherlands’ most famous windmills. Twenty windmills were built here in the 1700s and have kept this waterside 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. We’ll enjoy a healthy lunch with a riverside view.  

Back in Delft, you’ll have time to explore and shop on your own.  

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 friends we’ve made.

Included

All meals

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Day 7: Thursday, April 16th, 2025

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

We'll spend our last day in the capital of the Netherlands, the Hague, where we’ll tour the town’s parliamentary buildings, the Binnenhof, originally built for the counts of Holland in the 13th century. These buildings are some of the world's oldest parliamentary buildings still in use and a top Netherlands heritage site. We’ll lunch at a charming city bistro.

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


Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Not Included

Dinner

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Day 8: Thursday, April 17th, 2025

All good things must come to an end. After breakfast, we’ll say our goodbyes, share our photos, and depart with many fond memories and new friends. We will have a mid morning group transport to the airport. 

Included

Breakfast

Group Airport Transfer

You'll Be Staying Here

Hotel Estheréa

Hotel Estheréa

Everyone has their own fabulous room at Hotel Estheréa.

Hotel Arsenaal

Hotel Arsenaal

Hotel Arsenaal is within walking distance of the quaint Delft city center.

Hosts

Stacia Whitney

Stacia Whitney

As a mother of three, Stacia makes traveling a priority for her family. Her kids love to jump on a plane for a new adventure. As for Stacia, she loves to explore the food and culture of a new location. She hasn’t found many foods she doesn’t like.  What makes a trip even better for her are the people she meets along the way.

Price

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We're not quite ready to publish this trip, but you can reserve your spot with a FULLY-REFUNDABLE deposit of $250.

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Private Room

Private Room

This is an estimated price. (It's not really sold out). When the trip is finalized, we will activate this option so it can be purchased.

FROM$8,585

There's no better way to celebrate Spring than to discover tulips in Amsterdam

Tulip Time in Amsterdam

As spring unfolds, the Dutch countryside awakens into a captivating wonderland filled with vibrant tulip fields. Join us as we discover the beauty of Delft, Amsterdam and the Hague as the heady scent of tulips reminds you that it's Spring.



Tulip Time in Amsterdam

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)

Trip and Medical Insurance (required)

Reviews

"I traveled to The Netherlands with GGTTW and had a wonderful experience. Of course being there for the tulips was beautiful! The hotels and restaurant choices were terrific and our leader was delightful. I look forward to my next trip with this company...."

Joanne S, Apr 2023 on Trip Advisor

FAQs

The trip officially starts the afternoon of April 4th, but if you’re traveling across an ocean to get to Holland, consider arriving a day or two early so you have time to rest, relax, and adjust to the local time zone. If you decide to arrive early, there's usually an option in the Add-Ons section to purchase extra nights at the first hotel. If not, just let us know, and we'll get you booked early so you don't have to change rooms.

About 8-10 weeks before the trip starts, we'll organize a Zoom video call so everyone on the trip can meet one another, and we so we can go over any last minute details, including what to pack. Also, here's a great website that will help you with packing and travel trips.

Fly into Amsterdam Schiphol airport.

Expect partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the mid to high 50s F. Bring a rain jacket, as spring showers are common in Holland.

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Tulip Time in Holland!

Netherlands· April 10 - 17 2025· 7 nights

FROM$8,585/pp