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Holland in Bloom

Spring flowers are in bloom as we discover the culture and heritage of Holland. Arrive in Amsterdam and visit Zaanse Schans, a picturesque open-air museum. Tour Amsterdam and go on a narrated canal boat ride. See famous works of art at the Rijksmuseum, visit the floating floral market Bloemenmarkt, the Anne Frank House, and the Aalsmeer Flower Auction where 20 million flowers are bought and sold every day. Cross into Belgium to learn about the Belgian horses and chocolates with an overnight in Bruges. Back in Holland, tour the city of Delft and the last remaining 17th century earthenware factory on our way to the Hague, where we will explore the city and stroll the pathways of Keukenhof, popularly known as “the Spring Garden of Europe.”

Hosted By: Kurt Pegler

WMBD/WYZZ Sports Director


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Tour Highlights
  • All airfare, government fees, airport & departure taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Holiday Vacations Tour Director
  • Expert local guides
  • Motorcoach & professional driver
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • $100 travel voucher for a future tour
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Day 1 : Fly to Amsterdam

We fly to the Netherlands, known for their tulip fields, windmills, canals, and interesting architecture.

Day 2 : Zaanse Schans & Canal Boat Ride

We are greeted by our Dutch guide and driver when we arrive at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam this morning. Our first visit is the famous Zaanse Schans, a picturesque historical village established as an open-air museum. See iconic windmills and quaint wooden houses. View a range of traditional Dutch crafts such as cheese and clog making. This afternoon we are introduced to Amsterdam aboard a narrated canal boat ride as Amsterdam is best seen from the water. The city is comprised of 70 islands connected by more than 1000 bridges and miles of canals. Our home for two nights is the Carlton Square Hotel in the quintessential Dutch town of Haarlem just outside of Amsterdam.

A local Dutch Guide will be with us to provide local history and insight into Dutch culture


Day 3 : Rijksmuseum & Anne Frank House

At the Rijksmuseum we view an unrivaled collection of 16th and 17th century art including works by Rembrandt and other Dutch Masters like Vermeer and Frans Hals. Next we visit the Bloemenmarkt, a unique floating flower market. A poignant moment today is our visit to the Anne Frank House. As a young girl, Anne Frank and her family hid here during the Nazi occupation during WWII. This evening enjoy a typical Dutch dinner before our second overnight in Haarlem.


Day 4 : Alsmeer Flower Auction

We are spectators at the Aalsmeer Flower Auction, the world’s largest flower market. Around 20 million flowers of many varieties are traded on a daily basis. Learn how the flowers journey from the fields to local florists in an amazingly short amount of time. We travel south through the Dutch countryside to Thorn, a picture-postcard village where the houses are all painted white. Our destination today is Valkenburg, a historical city in the southeastern province of Limburg.


Day 5 : American Cemetery & Maastricht

We start our day with a visit to the Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten. Immaculately maintained rows upon rows of crosses and Stars of David mark the final resting place of 8,301 American military and over 1,700 missing in action from WWII. Later we have a walking tour of Maastricht, one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands. This evening enjoy dinner at Chateau St. Gerlach, a former monastery located on a beautiful estate. We overnight in Valkenburg for a second night.


Day 6 : Belgium Horses & Bruges

We cross into Belgium to visit the Diepensteyn Stud Farm to learn about the origin and history of the Belgium draught horse. Originally bred as a work horse and eventually replaced by tractors, we see these magnificent horses which today are often used in show rides and competitions. While in Belgium we visit The Chocolate Line where we experience the complete production of Belgium chocolates. Our accommodations tonight are in Bruges, Belgium at the Golden Tulip Hotel de’Medici. With its many canals and the gingerbread architecture of its buildings, Bruges is often referred to as the Venice of the North.


Day 7 : Delft

We cross the border back into Holland to visit Delft. On our guided walking tour through the historic area of Delft we see one of the most beautiful squares in the Netherlands. This afternoon tour Royal Delft, the last remaining earthenware factory from the 17th century. Here we watch skilled artisans create this distinctive, hand-painted blue & white porcelain. Our accommodations for the next two nights are at the Mercure Den Haag Central in The Hague.


Day 8 : Keukenhof

Sure to be a highlight of our vacation, we visit Keukenhof, “the Spring Garden of Europe.” Pathways throughout this beautifully landscaped park weave among creatively designed plantings of tulips, daffodils, narcissus, and other spring blossoms. Stroll through the gardens at your own pace, view plantings in the three exhibition halls, and walk up the windmill for a magnificent look at the adjoining bulb fields. Later we have a driving tour of The Hague, the Royal City of the Netherlands and the country’s government seat. See the Peace Palace, the home of the International Court of Justice for the United Nations. Enjoy our farewell dinner this evening.


Day 9 : Fly Home

We fly home with wonderful memories of our adventure.

Additional Tour Information

Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes

  • All airfare, government fees, airport & departure taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Holiday Vacations Tour Director
  • Expert local guides
  • Motorcoach & professional driver
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • $100 travel voucher for a future tour

All Accommodations Featuring

  • 2 nights at the Carlton Square Hotel in North Amsterdam
  • 2 nights at the Hampshire Hotel Voncken in Valkenburg
  • 1 night at the Golden Tulip Hotel de’Medici in Bruges
  • 2 nights at the Mercure Den Haag Central in The Hague

Attractions & Highlights

  • Zaanse Schans
  • Amsterdam Canal Boat tour
  • Rijksmuseum
  • Anne Frank House
  • Aalsmeer Flower Auction
  • The ‘white village’ of Thorn
  • Netherlands American Cemetery
  • Guided walking tour of Maastricht
  • Diepensteyn Stud Farm
  • Guided walking tour of Delft
  • Royal Delft Porcelain in Delft
  • Keukenhof

12 Excellent Meals Featuring

  • Typical Dutch Dinner
  • Dinner at the Chateau St. Gerlach
  • Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner

Tour Dates & Pricing

April 14th, 2019 - April 22nd, 2019

Category - Occupancy

Price (Per Person)





Final Payment Date: 01/29/2019

Departure Cities

WMBD TV Pickup Locations:

East Peoria, IL - Hampton Inn

Normal, IL - Sam's Club

Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport

Peoria, IL - General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport

Kurt Pegler

Originally from suburban Chicago, Kurt first walked through the doors of WMBD 31 as a college intern from Illinois State University in 1987. Three years later, he was hired as a full-time reporter.

Through the years, Kurt’s covered the Major League Baseball postseason, the NCAA Final Four, PGA and LPGA Tour events, NFL, NBA and NHL games along with NASCAR races. He’s been a finalist for the best downstate sportscast award presented by the Illinois Broadcasters Association every year since 1993, winning the honor in 1994, 2003 and 2004. He has also done play-by-play work for local broadcasts of Missouri Valley Conference men’s and women’s basketball games since 1993. Kurt has called the state tournament boys and girls basketball finals for the Illinois High School Association TV network since 2000.

Kurt has co-hosted the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Easter Seals telethons for WMBD 31. Kurt is a regular emcee at local charity golf events and awards luncheons, speaks to scores of civic and church groups, and frequently reads to elementary school students in area classrooms. 

Kurt has previously hosted Holiday Vacations’ Railroading in the Rockies, Hawaii Three Island Holiday, Alaska and Glacier Bay Cruise, Enchanting Ireland and Bryze, Zion and the Grand Canyon tours.

Join Kurt and WMBD/WYZZ viewers on this fabulous trip of a lifetime.