Holland in a Nutshell
One of the most popular short breaks of the past few years is back again!
During this tour to Holland, take in some Dutch classics and some hidden gems. Zaanse Schans is a treasure trove of tradition. Watch as artisans create baked goods and cheese using traditional methods. Pass by authentic local buildings and step inside windmills, many of which still function, to see how they work. Explore more tradition in the pretty fishing village of Volendam, where you can choose to visit a cheese factory. Cruise the Ijsselmeer and rattle through the countryside on a wooden steam train. In spring, you will pass by the colourful blooms of the bulb fields.
From its canals to its world-famous museums and historical centres, Amsterdam is one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in Europe. The city is awash with museums such as the Anne Frank House, the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. Stroll beside the canals or cycle through the wonderful city parks.
This tour encompasses a myriad of Dutch delights: it really is Holland in a nutshell!
Dates throughout 2018 & 2019
Arrive in the Netherlands
Time permitting, being exploring the area or watch the world go by over a slice of delicious Dutch apple cake!
Clogs, Cheese and Windmills
This morning we drive to Zaanse Schans, a living and working community whose origins date back to the 18th Century. Watch
traditional clog and cheese making and visit the historic windmills and buildings. Local charges apply for some attractions. Spend the afternoon in Volendam, a pretty Dutch fishing village where locals dress in traditional costume. There are plenty of tourist shops and restaurants to explore.
Steam Train, Historic Cruise and Bulbfields
This morning we drive across the remarkable Houtribdijk, a 17-mile dike and dam completed in 1975 as part of the Zuiderzee land
reclamation project. At Enkhuizen we board the museum ship ‘Friesland’ for a relaxing cruise on the IJsselmeer to Medemblik.
There’s free time for lunch in Medemblik before we climb aboard the ‘Museumstoomtram’, a charming, historic narrow gauge, steamhauled train for the 20km journey through the bulbfields to Hoorn. Wooden carriages creak, wheels sing and steam hisses as you travel through the Dutch countryside. The train stops at stations along the route, each a little museum in its own right, with views of windmills and (in season) the fields of tulips.
Today, we travel to Amsterdam and explore the Dutch capital. Cruise along the city’s extensive canals, visit Anne Frank’s House, the magnificent Rijksmuseum, Gassan Diamonds or the fascinating, interactive Heineken Experience. Or perhaps simply wander the famous tree-lined canals and their preserved 17th century gabled houses. Optional guided walking and boat tours are available.
If time permits, enjoy some final sightseeing before beginning your return journey to the UK.
The Old Dutch Hotel, Volendam ***
Inspected by Greatdays Staff in February 2017
Family run hotel, located on the waterfront in the centre of Volendam. 32 rooms in total, all equipped with safe, telephone, TV, small desk and shower. The hotel’s restaurant offers typical Dutch and international cuisine. In summer months, guests can sit outside on the hotel’s terrace overlooking the lake. Coaches park at the public coach parking in town and luggage has to be loaded/unloaded at the back street as there is no coach access at the front of the hotel, however the hotel offers luggage service.
Fletcher Hotel Restaurant Amersfoort ****
(previously Princess Hotel)
Excellent hotel located in a green wooded area close to the town of Amersfoort, 25km to the east of Amsterdam. On-site coach parking available. A Greatdays favourite, our groups continue to return to this hotel where the welcome and friendliness of the staff is second-to-none.
Fancy something else in Holland?
|5 days by Land and Sea||Half Twin||Single Supplement|
|2018 dates||Prices available on request||Prices available on request|
|2019 dates||From £355.00 per person||From £106.00 per person|