The Netherlands: On and Off the Beaten Path

23 May- 1 June, 2021
6-15 June, 2021
20-29 June, 2021
10 days/9 nights
3 & 4 star hotels
18 meals included
(9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 dinners)
Fully escorted
Dutch highlights
  • Canal Boat Tour in Amsterdam
  • History and architecture walking tour of the Hague
  • Delfts blue pottery museum and tour
  • Local food tours in Rotterdam
  • A full day of sailing on a historic tall ship
  • Kinderdijk windmills
  • Biesbosch national park
  • A leisurely afternoon in Utrecht

 

23 May-1 June

6-15 June

20-29 June

Optional Add-On:
  • Delfts Blue
    tile painting workshop at the Royal Delft Museum (€28 extra)

     
Single, double and triple room options available
Flight shame?
Cost per person
double occupancy:

23 May: €3050
6 June: €2950
20 June: €2950
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23 May-1 June

SUSTAINABILITY

The hotels in this tour must be strongly sustainable and locally owned.
The only non-local owned hotel is the SS Rotterdam.
It is part of the
tour for its historic significance.
All motor coach segments are on biodiesel buses. Additional transport and tours are electric or sail powered. Each guest will receive a public transit pass for use in their free time
Initial carbon offset investments are included for 3 tonnes per person. We will calculate the final emissions after the tour and pay any additional offsets out of our profits.

6-15 June

20-29 June

ITINERARY

Day 1

Sunday, 6 June
Amsterdam

 

Meals: Dinner

Hotel: Conscious Hotel Westerpark or similar

We recommend an early afternoon arrival into Amsterdam. Coordinate your arrival with us so your tour manager can meet you at your point of arrival to Amsterdam (the train station, Schipol airport, etc.) and tranfer you via an electric or biodiesel vehicle to your 4-star hotel. Our hotel is centrally located, but not in a crowded or noisy area. You’ll be in the heart of all that the city is known for: a crisscrossing network of canals which creates a landscape of more than 1,700 bridges and countless rows of charming brick houses and cafés. Amsterdam is at the cultural and historical center of Europe. Refresh before joining your tour director  and the rest of your travel companions for an exclusive, private welcome dinner.   
 

Day 2

Monday, 7 June
Amsterdam

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

 

Hotel: Conscious Hotel Westerpark or similar

Today we will get a local introduction to some of Amsterdam’s most iconic sites. We’ll start the day with a tour of the Anne Frank house. We will have an introductory talk before visiting the space where Anne and her family hid during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. This is one of the most moving and important sites in the country. After our visit, we will embark on our chartered, electric canal boat for lunch and a 2-hour tour. Our boat tour will conclude mere steps from our next museum, the world-famous Rijksmuseum. Here our guide will show us works from some of the Netherlands’ most important artists, including Rembrandt and Vermeer. After our tour of the museum, you’ll have the rest of the afternoon and evening free to explore the city. You can continue to enjoy the Rijksmuseum on your own or visit some of the city’s other museums. Perhaps you’d like to have dinner at one of Amsterdam’s cozy brown cafés.

Day 3

Tuesday, 8 June
The Hague via
Zuid-Kennemerland

Meals: Breakfast
 

Hotel: Court Garden Hotel or similar

We will depart on a biodiesel motor coach after lunch to Zuid-Kennemerland National Park which encompasses more than 3800 hectares (9,300 acres). The dune ecosystem of the park is home to more than 40% of the Netherlands plant and animal species, including wild horses, fallow-deer and even Wisent, which are the last wild bison in Europe. We will have time to walk or bicycle among the dunes and hopefully to see some of these incredible animal species! Once we’ve had our fill of fresh sea breezes, we’ll continue to The Hague. Our hotel will be perfectly situated for an evening of city exploration or a return to the seashore at the nearby town of Scheveningen. 
 

Day 4

Wednesday, 9 June
The Hague

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Hotel: Court Garden Hotel or similar

Today we will learn about the incredible influence of The Hague, known as the International City of Peace and Justice. On our private walking tour, our local guide will help us  discover the “royal city by the sea” as we visit the Peace Palace, home to the International Court of Justice, the Binnenhof, Noordeinde Palace and more. Maybe we’ll even catch a glimpse of King Willem-Alexander! After a pleasant stroll through living history, we will enjoy a lunch featuring some of the unique flavors which blend so beautifully in this city of many cultures. The afternoon and evening are yours to relax or continue exploring.  Consider visiting the Escher museum or the Mauritshuis.

Day 5

Thursday, 10 June
Rotterdam via Delft

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Hotel: The SS Rotterdam or similar

A quick biodiesel motor coach ride will bring us to the charming town of Delft, birthplace of artist Johannes Vermeer and origin of Delft Blue pottery. We will enjoy a private tour of one of Delft’s oldest ceramics factories, where still today the artisans handcraft and hand-paint these exquisite ceramics. Then, we’ll sit down in the factory for a traditional Dutch lunch. Following lunch, you can even paint your own Delft blue tile with the help of one of the factory artists. (Optional). Those who don’t wish to paint will have time to wander the charming town streets.
When our time in Delft is complete, we will continue to the heart of the city of Rotterdam to our unique hotel- the SS Rotterdam. She was once the “grande dame” of the Holland America Line fleet, sailing from Rotterdam to New York beginning in 1958. She has been lovingly restored and moored in the Rotterdam harbor, where she now takes guests on a cruise through history and nostalgia as a 4-star hotel. In the early evening, we’ll take a short ride to the Fenix Food Factory, where we’ll enjoy a tour of the artisan food makers’ stalls before sitting down to a chef-curated dinner of local products. After dinner, join your tour director for an easy and quick walk over to the Hotel New York, the former home of Holland America Line’s offices and one of Rotterdam’s most striking historic buildings. From here, you can keep exploring the city or take a quick watertaxi ride back to the SS Rotterdam.

Day 6

Friday, 11 June
Rotterdam

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

 

Hotel: The SS Rotterdam or similar

Your morning is free, but try not to sleep too late and miss the (included) tour of the SS
Rotterdam’s art installations, engine room and lower decks! At lunch time we will travel to the heart of downtown Rotterdam where we will board the RotterTram, a historic 1969
electric tram car that has been converted into a private, moving restaurant. We will dine on a 3-course lunch as our guide shows us Rotterdam’s architectural highlights- the Central Station, the Market Hall, the cube houses and so much more! The tour will give us a taste of the city and you’ll have the late-afternoon and evening free to explore some of the sites at your leisure.

Day 7

Saturday, 12 June
Dordrecht via Kinderdijk

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

 

Hotel: Villa Augustus or similar

We will say “goodbye” to the steamship Rotterdam and “hello” to our historic tall ship. Once aboard, anyone wishing to assist the crew can help them raise the sails,
navigate and maybe even take the helm! We will use sail power as much as possible to reach our first stop - the UNESCO world heritage site of Kinderdijk. Here we will walk amongst the 19 historic windmills which aided the Dutch in their fight against the water.
After our private tour of the windmills, we will return to the ship for a lunch fit for a captain before we continue sailing to Dordrecht. There, in the early evening, we will disembark the ship and bid a warm goodbye to her hospitable crew. The town of Dordrecht, one of the oldest in the Netherlands, is full of history, beauty and nature. Our hotel blends these elements very nicely and will serve as a perfect base for relaxation or exploration.  Consider visiting the Kyck over den Dyck flour (wind)mill, the Grote Kerk or the Dordrecht museum.

Day 8

Sunday, 13 June
Dordrecht and The Biesbosch NP

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Hotel: Villa Augustus or similar

In the late morning we will depart for the Biesbosch National Park, one of Northwestern Europe’s most important freshwater tidal wetlands. Here we will enjoy a relaxing
morning and afternoon of exploration. We will all pay a visit the park’s visitor’s center to learn more about the waterfowl and mammals that rely on this rich ecosystem. Then, you can share an electric boat with your traveling companions, or set out in a kayak, canoe, stand up paddleboard or bicycle (rentals included) to explore the wetlands and islands. Or find a quiet spot to sit and enjoy the peace of nature. We will all meet in a scenic spot for an included picnic lunch. Once our exploration is complete, we will journey back to Dordrecht for a short walking tour back to our hotel (optional). In the evening, we will enjoy a group dinner at one of Dordrecht’s finest locavore restaurants.

Day 9

Monday, 14 June
Amsterdam via Utrecht

Meals: Breakfast

Hotel: Conscious Hotel Westerpark or similar

Our final day of travel through the Dutch countryside will take us from Dordrecht, through the “Green Heart” of Holland to the city of Utrecht. There is something for everyone to enjoy in this charming city. You’ll have time for lunch and then to tour the Dom tower’s archeological sites, shop or maybe rent a kayak and see the city from the canal system.  In the early afternoon, we’ll continue to Amsterdam. Back in the city center, you’ll have time to relax and reminisce over our adventures as you prepare for your journey home.

Day 10

Monday, 15 June
Amsterdam to home

Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy one last leisurely morning in Amsterdam before your departure home or to your next travel destination! Feel free to ask us for suggestions!

23 May-1 June

6-15 June

20-29 June

Rotterdam, Netherlands
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