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Best of the Netherlands

Price per person
from £1,013

Price based on
London Gatwick
5th Oct 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 7 days

  • Europe

  • Steady pace

  • Cosmos escorted tours

Famous for its tulips, windmills, and wooden clogs, Holland is a delightful country with scenic landscapes, historic monuments, and vibrant cities. You’ll get to know the country on this affordable tour of the Netherlands starting and ending in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam, Holland’s capital, 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. Here, your city tour includes a cruise—the best way to see Amsterdam—through the elegant canals lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” On this Holland tour, you’ll also stay in Rotterdam, 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 are known for their flower production, which you will experience on the visit to the fascinating Aalsmeer flower auction, where over 20 million plants and flowers are sold daily, however, from April to mid-May, the Aalsmeer flower auction visit will be replaced by the spectacular visit 70-acre Keukenhof garden, to see the incredible display of colours from seven million flower bulbs. You’ll also enjoy a visit to the Royal Delft Pottery Factory to see how this precious pottery is made. In Groesbeek, dive into the history of Holland’s occupation and liberation during WWII at the National Liberation Museum. 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 traveller wanting to have an in-depth experience of the Netherlands, this is the perfect Holland holiday!

At a glance

Amsterdam Canal cruise and city tour

Aalsmeer Visit flower auction (except departures 6 April to 4 May where you'll visit Keukenhof gardens instead)

Delft Visit Royal Delft Pottery factory

Rotterdam Guided sightseeing

Groesbeek Visit the National Liberation Museum

Giethoorn & Groningen Visit

Zaanse Schans Visit Wooden Clog and Dutch Cheese workshop

Volendam Visit the fishing village

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Excursions
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Porterage
  • Individual audio system
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Single Share available

Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us to book a single-share holiday.

Overview

Famous for its tulips, windmills, and wooden clogs, Holland is a delightful country with scenic landscapes, historic monuments, and vibrant cities. You’ll get to know the country on this affordable tour of the Netherlands starting and ending in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam, Holland’s capital, 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. Here, your city tour includes a cruise—the best way to see Amsterdam—through the elegant canals lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” On this Holland tour, you’ll also stay in Rotterdam, 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 are known for their flower production, which you will experience on the visit to the fascinating Aalsmeer flower auction, where over 20 million plants and flowers are sold daily, however, from April to mid-May, the Aalsmeer flower auction visit will be replaced by the spectacular visit 70-acre Keukenhof garden, to see the incredible display of colours from seven million flower bulbs. You’ll also enjoy a visit to the Royal Delft Pottery Factory to see how this precious pottery is made. In Groesbeek, dive into the history of Holland’s occupation and liberation during WWII at the National Liberation Museum. 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 traveller wanting to have an in-depth experience of the Netherlands, this is the perfect Holland holiday!

Total meals included:

  • 6 breakfasts, 3 dinners

UK - Amsterdam area, Holland

Day
1

On arrival in Amsterdam you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

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 fellow travellers.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Amsterdam area

Day
2

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 manages to remain quaint and scenic. Your day begins with a CANAL CRUISE to see the town from water level. Complete the experience watching skilled craftsmen cut and polish precious stones at a DIAMOND CENTRE, and follow a Local Guide who will point out Amsterdam's highlights on the included city tour. Enjoy time this afternoon to explore on your own or to join an optional excursion.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Amsterdam area – Aalsmeer/Keukenhof – Delft – Rotterdam

Day
3

Begin your day with a visit to the fascinating AALSMEER FLOWER AUCTION or, when the tulips bloom (departures 0406-0504), see some of the 7 million flowers planted annually at the world-famous KEUKENHOF—one of the world’s largest flower gardens (weather permitting). Continue to historic Delft for a visit of the famous ROYAL DELFT POTTERY FACTORY. See how this exquisite 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 during your sightseeing with a Local Guide.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Rotterdam - Groesbeek - Arnhem area

Day
4

Today is all about 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 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 to do some independent exploring.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Arnhem area – Giethoorn – Groningen

Day
5

This morning, head for the quaint village of Giethoorn, built on canals but very different from busy cities like Venice or Amsterdam. Spend the night in the provincial capital of Groningen.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Groningen – Zaanse Schans – Volendam – Amsterdam area

Day
6

Explore Groningen this morning, an important trade centre in the 13th century that today is hailed as the “World Cycling City.” Cross over the 19-mile Barrier Dam, which is part of an incredible system of 1,200 miles of dykes, dams, and dunes built over the last 900 years to protect the part of Holland that is below sea level. Visit a renowned WOODEN CLOG and DUTCH CHEESE WORKSHOP in Zaanse Schans. Continue to the fishing village of Volendam, then arrive back in Amsterdam to enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Amsterdam area - UK

Day
7

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Transfer from your hotel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Hotels

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

Amsterdam - Corendon Village

The Corendon Village Amsterdam is a truly unique hospitality concept. With three hotel wings, the hotel will feature approximately 600 rooms. The modern 4-star hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Amsterdam's metropolitan area.

  • Location

    Schipholweg 275, PK Badhoevedorp, Netherlands

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer

Rotterdam - Bilderberg Parkhotel

The dynamic and cosmopolitan city of Rotterdam, the largest port in Europe, is full of interesting architecture and has a passionately beating heart. Rotterdam's impressive and constantly changing skyline is always full of surprises. The lifestyle hotel is centrally located on the green and peaceful Westersingel, within walking distance of the new Central Station and the impressive Markthal. Less than 250 meters from the hotel, you will find the welcoming Witte de Withstraat with its many boutiques and bars. Museum Boijmans van Beuningen and the Museumpark are in 'the back garden'. The Blijdorp zoo, Spido boat tours, Euromast and many theatres are located very close to the hotel.

  • Location

    Westersingel 70, Rotterdam, Netherlands

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer

Arnhem - Postillion

Located in beautiful woodland surroundings on the edge of the Veluwe National Park. This 83-room hotel has a casual restaurant/bar with an outdoor terrace for the summer months and Free Wi-Fi access throughout.

  • Location

    Europaweg 25, Arnhem, Netherlands

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts

Groningen - Apollo Groningen

The Apollo Hotel Groningen is a brand new hotel, which opened its doors in June 2015. Located near the Martiniplaza conference centre and only on a 2,5KM distance of the city centre, which can be reached by foot in 20 minutes.

  • Location

    Laan van de Vrijheid 91, Groningen, Netherlands

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board