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Holland in Bloom
Windmills and Tulips in Holland
Dancing Houses and Canal in Amsterdam
Dutch Traditional Clogs, Zaanse Schans
American Cemetery Margraten
Canals and Church of Our Lady Bruges
Delft Pottery, ©NBTC
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Spring flowers are in bloom as we discover the culture and heritage of Holland and Belgium. 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 and visit 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 explore the city and stroll the pathways of Keukenhof, popularly known as “the Spring Garden of Europe.”
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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 & Haarlem
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 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 enjoy a walking tour of the historic city of Haarlem including St. Bavo's church & the Corrie Ten Boom House, a hiding place for Jews during World War II.
Our home for two nights is in the western Amsterdam suburb of Haarlem.
Get to know your fellow travelers during a delicious welcome dinner this evening.
Day 3 : Amsterdam
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.
We will join a local guide to learn about the fascinating city of Amsterdam and her unique architecture.
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.
This evening enjoy a typical Dutch dinner before our second overnight.
Day 4 : 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 just outside of the city of Utrecht to tour the enchanting Castle de Haar and see the beautiful and extensive gardens.
Lunch is served at the castle.
Our destination today is Valkenburg, a historical city in the southeastern province of Limburg.
This evening enjoy dinner at Chateau St. Gerlach, a former monastery located on a beautiful estate.
Day 5 : American Cemetery & Belgian Beer
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.
We cross into Belgium to visit the Diepensteyn Stud Farm to learn about the origin and history of the Belgian draught horse. Originally bred as a work horse and eventually replaced by tractors, we see these magnificent horses which today are used by The Palm Brewery to promote their beer. Tour the Palm Brewery and have an opportunity to taste this Belgian brew.
This afternoon we enjoy a walking tour of the beautiful city of Bruges, the Venice of the Netherlands.
Our overnight tonight is in Bruges.
Day 6 : 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.
Visit New Church in Delft.
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 last three nights are spent in the city of The Hague.
Day 7 : Gouda & The Hague
This morning we journey to the city of Gouda to see the historic cheese market and learn how cheese was bought and sold in times past.
After our tour of Gouda, we will enjoy a stroopwafel making demonstration and have time to shop the charming streets.
Later we have a panoramic 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.
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.
Our farewell dinner is at the beautiful historic seaside resort, the Kurhaus.
Day 9 : Fly Home
We fly home with wonderful memories of our adventure.
April 3, 2020 - April 11, 2020
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