The Netherlands (often referred to as Holland) is a small country, big on character. A fusion of old and new comes to life with historic WWII sites and classic masterpieces contrasted by creative modern arts and contemporary architecture. Marvel at fields of tulips from late March through mid-May, explore windmill lined back roads on a guided tour or set off across Europe on a river cruise from Amsterdam.
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Must do experiences and highlights in the Netherlands
Visit a Delftware Workshop
Visit a pottery workshop and pick up some mementos of your time in Delft, the canal-ringed city which gave name to the blue and white pottery crafted here.
Holland from Handlebar Height
Cycle around Amsterdam’s canals or join the locals pedalling through Groningen, a youthful university city, where the number one mode of transport is by bike.
Marvel at a cityscape reborn after wartime destruction and moulded by a contemporary vision. Wander waterside in this port city, or ascend Euromast Tower to take in sprawling views.
The Tulips of Keukenhof
Travel late March to mid-May to see fields of colourful tulips in bloom at Keukenhof, one of the world’s largest flower gardens. If visiting outside of springtime, you can check out the Aalsmeer flower market year round.
Amsterdam's Galleries and Museums
Admire the incredible collection of the Van Gogh Museum and see Rembrant's 'The Night Watch' among the Rijksmuseum exhibitions. While in Amsterdam, immerse yourself in history with a visit Anne Frank's House, now a museum.
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What our clients are saying about their journeys through the Netherlands
“Delightful green landscapes”
Thank you Hannah of Global Journeys for making our booking so easy. Our tour director IIja was a charming Dutch lady who was proud to show off her country. Regrettably she had little concern for the slower walkers on city walks, often heading off through traffic and intersections. The tour included museums and art galleries which was not too everyone's taste, although in fairness to Iija she did give us extra time to take photographs at the John Frost bridge in Arnhem and served up lots of Dutch ...read more treats throughout the journey. Our overnight stay on SS Rotterdam was a waste of time... our cabin was dated and cold. The corridor carpets were worn which caused me to trip. We were told dinner was not included, so if anyone did not want to have dinner on board, then we may choose to catch a taxi into the city. Since most guests had no idea of the layout of Rotterdam or even where to find a restaurant, we became a "captive audience" settling for dinner on board. In our case our meal was disappointing costing $107.81 for 1 serve of steak & veg and 1 serve of 6 tiger prawns plus two beers. I found a black human hair in my prawns, after bringing it to the attention of staff was told it was a prawn hair!!! The Sprio boat trip around Rotterdam harbour was too long, with little views other than that of the docks and rusty hulks. Some guests were surprised to find the optional excursions was an extra to the tour cost. Something to keep in mind when booking.
“Canals, Windmills and Tulips in Benelux”
What a wonderful tour! April-May is the time to go, as the weather is improving (we had many days in the mid-20s Celsius after a cool beginning), and the Keukenhof Gardens are open and, in our case, were included in the tour. Our wonderful tour director, Philip Orna, went out of his way to ensure we had the best tour possible, and our driver, Ludwig, was also excellent. There were a few downsides. The accommodation in Bruges is a brand new Radisson, which is still teething, is understaffed and ...read more is not well located (next to the rail yards). Apparently chosen by Insight because they received a lot of bad feedback regarding the previous hotel. The NH hotel in Amsterdam is also new to Insight, and is very tired. It is apparently due to be renovated this year (2019), so should be in good shape by 2020, but may not be so good this year. The Chateau D'Urspelt is lovely, but it is a true country stay. It is a long drive from Luxembourg, so those who choose not to take the optional excursion to Trier will have to remain in Luxembourg until the excursion returns. Trier is certainly worthwhile, so we would recommend taking this excursion. We went on the majority of the optional excursions and recommend doing the same. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and made many friends among our travelling companions.
“Well organised Northern Netherlands tour”
I was very happy with this tour. The tour leader was very knowledgeable, competent and thoughtful. Everything was very well organised and interesting. I thought it was very good value.
“Highlights of less-travelled Benelux countries”
A good value Trafalgar trip showcasing the cities of Amsterdam, Luxembourg, Bruges (who could not love this charming medieval city?) and Brussels. There were shorter stops in other interesting, lesser-known and less-busy places: Rotterdam, Maastricht, Orval Abbey (delightful, many left with beer samples), Trier (optional tour and dinner excellent value), Dinant (splendid views along the Meuse River from the cable-car ride to the citadel above), Ghent (busy) and Antwerp (optional, much less so). Waterloo ...read more was also a worthwhile optional extension. I found the optional excursions overall good value except for the Muiderslot castle which was expensive given the very limited time we had there. The hotels were very comfortable and the included meals very good. A criticism I had was that the Kinderdijk trip was an optional excursion, it really should have been part of the tour as if you decide not to do it, there is literally nothing to do nearby for 2 hours. Perhaps the Euromast in Rotterdam (with amazing views of this extensive port city) could be the optional excursion instead - I noticed many did not want to take the ride right to the top, but admission was paid anyway. The tour in Amsterdam included the Rijksmuseum (wonderful) and a canal cruise with dinner. One optional excursion did not go ahead due to lack of numbers. Not a problem as there is so much to enjoy, but some travellers on the tour were not aware that two main attractions in Amsterdam require pre-booking and so they were disappointed they did not get to see them in their free time: The Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank's House. Travellers need to know that it is necessary to book online at least a few days out to ensure a visit to these very popular museums which are not included on the tour.