Best of the Netherlands (48202018)

A 7-Day Cosmos Tours tour starting from $999

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Tour Length: 7 Days
Countries Visited: Germany
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Tour Type:
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Tour Category: Other Cosmos Tours
Tour Operator: Cosmos Tours
Tour Code: 4820-2018
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Title
Best of the Netherlands

Vacation 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 Holland tour 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.” In contrast, on this Holland tour you’ll also overnight in Rotterdam, a young city with the world’s busiest port and known for its modern architecture and design.A highlight of this tour through the Netherlands is a 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 will be replaced by the spectacular visit 70-acre Keukenhof garden, to see the incredible display of colors from seven million flower bulbs. Other highlights include a visit to the Royal Palace of Het Loo, the royal family’s majestic summer residence since the late 1600s; the visit of 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. Stop in Staphorst, the rustic town dating back to the 13th century, and 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 traveler wanting to have an in-depth experience of the Netherlands, this is the perfect Holland vacation!

 

Guides
Local Guides for city sightseeing in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Apeldoorn Het Loo Palace; professional Tour Director while touring

Hotels


AMSTERDAM AREA
Crowne Plaza Schiphol (F) or Holiday Inn Express Arena (ST)

ROTTERDAM
Bilderberg Parkhotel (F)

ARNHEM AREA
De Bilderberg (F)

GRONINGEN
Apollo (F)

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

Transportation
Transportation: Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach

 
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 AALSMEER 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 to do some independent exploring. (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 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. (B,D)

Day 7:
Amsterdam Area. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

 

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Documents
TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: Necessary Travel Documents such as Passports and Visas is the responsibility of the traveler. Passports must be valid six months from your return travel date.

City Highlights
Individual headsetsSightseeing: 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 UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.

 

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Price Details US
Prices based on double room occupancy.Single room supplement $300No triple room reduction.Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:in single room $109-$122, in twin $63-$69, in triple $60-$69.

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