7 day Tour from Amsterdam to Amsterdam
Day 1: Arrive in Amsterdam Area, Holland
Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore Amsterdam on your own. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers. (D)
Day 2: Amsterdam Area
For centuries, this tiny nation of seafaring traders played a leading role in world history. It reclaimed 40% of its territory from the hostile sea, and produces a healthy agricultural surplus in the midst of Europe’s most densely populated area—yet Holland manages to remain quaint and scenic. Your day begins with sightseeing with a Local Guide pointing out the city highlights. Later, see the city from a different perspective on the CANAL CRUISE. Watch skilled craftsmen cut and polish precious stones at a Diamond Center. Time in the afternoon to explore on your own or to join an optional excursion. (B)
Day 3: Amsterdam Area-Aalsmeer/Keukenhof-The Hague-Delft-Rotterdam
Begin your day with a visit to the fascinating Alsmeer Flower Auction or, from April to mid May, when the tulips bloom, see some of the 7 million flowers on your visit to world-famous Keukenhof, one of the world’s largest flower gardens (weather permitting). Carry on to historic Delft for a visit of the famous Royal Delft Pottery Factory. See how this precious pottery is made and marvel at its magnificent collection of hand-painted earthenware. Continue on to Rotterdam, the world’s busiest port to marvel at the city’s futuristic architecture. (B)
Day 4: Rotterdam-Groesbeek-Arnhem Area
Today is all about recent history. Visit Groesbeek, where Allied forces launched Operation Market Garden during WWII, the largest airborne battle in history and the only major Allied defeat of the northwest Europe campaign. Also explore the National Liberation Museum, which commemorates Holland’s occupation and liberation during the war. Next is Arnhem, site of the disastrous Battle of Arnhem, where you will see John Frost Bridge, named for the commander of the British forces that held the bridge for four days. Enjoy time on your own . (B, D)
Day 5: Arnhem Area-Apeldoorn-Staphorst-Groningen
Enjoy a guided visit of the 17th-century Royal Palace of Het Loo with its enchanting Dutch Baroque gardens. Continue to the rustic town of Staphorst, dating back to the 13th century when monks began cultivating the area’s bogs and swamps. Inhabitants today still live according to strict Calvinist principles, and Staphorst boasts one of the highest church attendance rates in the country. Spend the night in the provincial capital of Groningen. (B)
Day 6: Groningen-Zaanse Schans-Volendam-Amsterdam Area
Explore Groningen this morning, an important trade center in the 13th century that today is hailed as the “World Cycling City.” Later, enjoy a scenic drive through the lovely Frisian Lake District. 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 Holland that is below sea level. Visit a wooden clog and Dutch cheese workshop in Zaanse Schans. Continue to fishing village of Volendam, then return to Amsterdam to enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)
Day 7: Amsterdam Area
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Visits Aalsmeer Flower auction or Keukenhof gardens, Delft Royal Pottery, Groesbeek National Liberation Museum, Arnhem John Frost Bridge, Straphorst, Groningen, Zaanse Schans workshops, Volendam. Inside visits and special features are shown in Italic in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.
Guides: Local Guides for city sightseeing in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Apeldoorn Het Loo Palace; professional Tour Director while touring
Amsterdam Area: Crowne Plaza Schiphol Hotel (First-Class) or Holiday Inn Express Arena Hotel (Standard)
Rotterdam: Bilderberg ParkHotel (First-Class)
Arnhem Area: De Bilderberg Hotel (First-Class)
Groningen: Apollo Hotel (First-Class)
Buffet breakfasts daily; 3 dinners, including a farewell dinner at a local restaurant in Amsterdam
Dates and Prices
The price listed does not include your airfare, taxes or fees.
Prices in USD based on double room occupancy.
Single room supplement: $300
No triple room reduction.
Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:
In single room: $109-$122
In twin: $63-$69
In triple: $60-$69