ArrivalYou will be met at the airport by your tour manger/guide who will accompany you to your hotel in central Amsterdam. After time to relax we will take a walk through the city of water. Amsterdam is one of the most important cultural centers in Europe and is renowned for its great art galleries, gabled houses, chiming carillons and, calm canals spanned by a thousand bridges. With over 160 canals, Amsterdam is justifiably called the `Venice of the North'.
Van Gogh MuseumWe will visit the Van Gogh Museum, which houses an unrivalled collection of 200 paintings and 400 drawings by the famous Dutch artist. We will view the Royal Palace which built on 13,000 piles and dominates the Dam in the heart of the city.
Boat TourThis evening we will take the Introductory Boat Tour of Amsterdam’s famous canals.
Day3Day Trip to Alkmaar and Haarlem
Cheese MarketThis morning we will make the short trip to Alkmaar where we will visit the world famous Cheese Market where the cheese makers still dress in traditional costumes.
Haarlem Tour - Church of St. BavoWe will move on to the historical city of Haarlem where your guide will take you on a Walking Tour including the Church of St. Bavo, which was constructed between 1390 and 1520 and is famous for its Muller organ which has lured the likes of Mozart and Handel to Haarlem.
Day4Half-Day Trip to Zaanse Schans
Zaanse SchansThis morning we will visit Zaanse Schans, a 17th century Dutch village turned open-air folk museum where you can see and learn everything Dutch from cheese making to wooden shoe carving.
ZaandijkWhile returning to Amsterdam in the afternoon we will pass the town of Zaandijk which has the best collection of windmills.
RijksmuseumUpon arrival in Amsterdam we will visit the Rijksmuseum, which features works by all the great Dutch painters from the past, including magnificent collections of Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Vermeer and Rubens.
Day5Amsterdam – Aalsmeer – The Hague Area
Aalsmeer Flower AuctionWe will begin today’s sightseeing by visiting the Aalsmeer Flower Auction. Nearly half of the flowers exported from Holland are auctioned off here in six huge auditoriums.
The Hagueext we will go to The Hague, known as the Royal City on the Sea. It is the government center of The Netherlands and the residence of Queen Beatrix.
Walking TourOur Walking Tour will take us past the Houses of Parliament, the Peace Palace and the Mauritshuis.
Day6Day Trip to Delft
Walking Tour of DelftOur day begins with a journey to Delft. Peaceful as a Vermeer painting (he was born here) and lovely as its porcelain, we will tour this typically Dutch town with a special soul.
Royal Porcelain Works – Porceleyne FlesAfter the introductory Walking Tour of the city center we will visit the Royal Porcelain Works - Porceleyne Fles to watch the famous 17th century blue Delftware turn from clay into art. Delft is certainly one of Holland's most idyllic places: all cobbled streets, narrow canals, and slender brick houses with wonderfully ornate architectural bells and façades.
Day7Day Trip to Rotterdam
Walking Tour of RotterdamRotterdam is the world’s largest port; it was completely rebuilt after being bombed flat in World War II. We will view its towering Euromast before we continue with the Walking Tour of the City Center and great pedestrian zone.
Maritime MuseumOur final visit of the day will be to Rotterdam's Maritime Museum which is entirely devoted to the port’s history of shipping in the past and present.
Day8Departure from Amsterdam
Fly Home!Your enjoyable and rewarding tour will come to an end as your guide accompanies you to the airport for the return flight home.