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Netherlands in a Nutshell

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  • Zaanse Schans, Zaandam in Holland ©NBTC

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    Floriade Holland, Netherlands, Medemblik Steam Train ©NBTC
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5 day tour
From £299 per person - minimum 25 passengers

Explore Cultural Highlights of the Wonderful Netherlands

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. Take this journey in spring to pass by the colourful blooms of the bulbfields.

This tour encompasses a myriad of Dutch delights: it really is Netherlands in a nutshell!


Dates throughout 2023

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1

Depart the UK

Take an overnight crossing to the Netherlands, perhaps enjoy a delightful evening meal on board.

Day 2

Clogs, Cheese and Windmills

Upon arrival, 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.

Day 3

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. (The Museumstoomtram has reduced services in Winter months and does not run at all in January.)

Day 4

Delft and Porcelain

Delft and Porcelain. Today, visit the town of Delft, famous for its Royal Porcelain. Enjoy a guided tour of their wonderful factory. Discover all that Delft has to offer by walking along its tree-lined canals, with centuries old houses and little bridges. Discover the ‘Oude Kerk’ church, the town’s main square, the many cafes and shops, or simply see the town from a different perspective on an optional canal cruise. Afterwards, return to the port for your overnight sailing.

Day 5

Arrive back in the UK

Perhaps enjoy a full English breakfast on board before disembarking the ferry to make your way back to your local area.

Extra day?

Amsterdam Sightseeing

Perhaps you’d like to stay an extra day and travel to Amsterdam and explore the Dutch capital. The fabulous city offers many possibilities to explore at leisure. 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. Enjoy an included 1 hour cruise along the city’s extensive canals to sight-see from a different perspective. Optional guided walking tours are available.

Suggested hotels

The Old Dutch Hotel, Volendam ***

Inspected by Greatdays Staff in October 2019

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.

 NH Naarden, Naarden

Inspected by Greatdays Staff in October 2019

The hotel is a 15 minute walk to the town centre, which is a very nice town with bars and restaurants. At the back of the hotel are fields, which are overlooked by the restaurant. There is a large lobby area and a bar. Lift access to all floors. Porterage is available but drop off is right outside the entrance. There are also 107 rooms in total, which are mainly twin rooms. 1 room is adapted for disable guests as it has a walk in shower (with 1 step up) and a connecting door. All the bathrooms have sliding doors. All rooms have a hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities. Coach parking is available in the hotel’s car park. Advised that weekends are best for leisure groups.

NH Bussum Jan Tabak, Naarden

Inspected by Greatdays Staff in October 2019

The hotel has a very large and modern reception area with plenty of seating areas. There is a bar which is only 2 years old. Lift access to all floors. Porterage is available but coaches can drop off right outside the entrance. Hotel is located slightly further out of Naarden, the walk is about 30 minutes. The hotel is on a main road in a residential area. There are 84 rooms in total, 3 are true singles and 85% are twins. Two types of rooms – standard and superior. 1 room is adapted for disabled guests and the three single rooms have walk in showers. The rest of the rooms have shower over the bath. All rooms have a safe and tea and coffee making facilities. Coach parking is free at the hotel  and drop off is at the front.

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5 days  Half Twin Single Supplement
Dates throughout 2023 From £299.00 per person From £110.00 per person
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