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Holland in Bloom

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.”

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 & 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Day 9 : Fly Home

We fly home with wonderful memories of our adventure.

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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 Western Amsterdam
  • 1 night at the Hampshire Hotel Voncken in Valkenburg
  • 1 night at the Hotel Academie Bruges
  • 3 nights in the Hague (Mar. 27 & Apr. 3 departures at the Carlton Ambassador Hotel; Apr. 17 departure at the Mercure Den Haag Central)

Attractions & Highlights

  • Zaanse Schans
  • Haarlem walking tour
  • Rijksmuseum
  • Amsterdam walking tour
  • Amsterdam canal boat tour
  • Aalsmeer Flower Auction
  • Castle De Haar
  • Netherlands American Cemetery
  • Tours of The Palm Brewery & Diepenstein Stud Farm
  • Bruges walking tour
  • Delft guided walking tour
  • Royal Delft Porcelain
  • Gouda Cheese Market
  • The Hague city tour
  • Keukenhof Gardens
  • Panorama Mesdag

14 Excellent Meals Featuring

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

Tour Dates & Pricing

April 3rd, 2020 - April 11th, 2020

Category - Occupancy

Price (Per Person)

Double

$5499

Single

$6399

Final Payment Date: 01/19/2020

April 17th, 2020 - April 25th, 2020

Category - Occupancy

Price (Per Person)

Double

$5499

Single

$6399

Final Payment Date: 02/2/2020

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